Since this is a sewing blog, I figure it’s high time I introduce you to the sewing machine who does all the work around here. Without her, I would be sunk. Actually, her manual refers to her as a “sewing computer.” We love each other dearly (most of the time) and make beautiful babies together (and by “babies,” I mean finished projects, of course!).
This is Victoria, so named for all the victorious sewing projects I anticipated we would conquer together (so far, so good on that front). She goes by Tori and shares a birth week with my baby girl. I distinctly remember walking into my local quilt shop/Bernina dealer with my mother, and my 5 day old baby snuggled in a wrap on my chest (just the baby was in the wrap, not my mother) and walking out with this machine sewing computer. Sigh.
Tori is a Bernina 330. I had been looking at purchasing a new sewing machine for well over a year, and after much research, I decided that a Bernina was the way to go. I had actually planned to purchase a different machine, as this one was not available when I did my initial research. As it turned out, though, the 330 was meant to come home with me. For a trade off of fewer decorative stitches, which I don’t use that much anyway, I got some nice upgrades and a sweet deal in an introductory sale. Thanks to the “Bank of Mom,” I also had an interest free loan (which now payed off, by the way).
Her name, Beatrix, or Trixie for short, means “voyager,” and she was purchased specifically to be used during our travels this summer. We are going to be gone for the better part of two months and I decided that Tori was too large, heavy, and expensive to be hauling all around the country. I have some sewing bee commitments that I will have to maintain through the summer, not to mention, I’d like to keep posting on this little blog without a 2 month lapse, so I needed a solution for sewing away from home. Trixie is my solution.
Trixie is a Janome Sew Mini and she is still sew new that I haven’t even sewn a stitch with her yet. I’ll let you know how it goes. She was somewhat of an impulse purchase; I only read a few online reviews before I purchased her on a sale from Hancock fabrics. She is very basic. She does a straight stitch and three widths of a zigzag stitch, she doesn’t have a light and is definitely not made to go through the rigorous work Tori does, like stitching the straps of a mei tai. Still, she should be fine with a few layers of cotton, not to mention she is only about 5 pounds, so she will certainly be easy to pack around the country.
I’ll certainly miss Tori this summer, but I hope Trixie can fill my sewing needs while we’re away.
(by the way, anyone else name inanimate objects, like sewing machines, appliances, or cars?)