I have a wonderful sewing machine, a Viking Designer SE. It is not the latest and greatest in the Viking line and I still have not used all the features, but that is ok. If you have ever had a machine that caused you more pain than joy, that caused you to use swear words that would make a merchant marine blush, and that you hated to get out of the closet or cabinet even to sew a simple seam, you would be amazed at what a good machine can do. I am not putting down any make or model of machine. If yours works well and you only use it a few times per year, you probably have the right machine for your needs. I didn't know I needed a Viking until I sat down to one at a demonstration years ok. One monogrammed initial and I was hooked. Not just by the monogramming...let's face it, you don't monogram every day you use the machine. It was how the machine ran, how it threaded, how it automatically clipped the threads and how easy it was to use with the touch screen.
Being the compulsive craft tool person that I am, the machine alone wasn't enough. I got the embroidery unit also. The first photo is my actual sewing machine. The second is a stock photo from the internet showing the embroidery unit in place.
What should I sew? There are plenty of ideas on this shelf of books. SOme are techniques, some are gift ideas to sew, and many are quilt books. I must admit, I prefer doing baby quilts, wall quilts and table runners. Whether I am lazy or antsy to move on to the next project is open to debate, but smaller projects get done while big ones sometimes linger for a l-o-n-g time.
Thank goodness Bill doesn't have a blog or know how to come here and comment on mine. He just might embarrass me by telling you how long he sometimes has to wait to get a button sewn on a shirt.
Creating is ever so much more fun than mending!
*Oops! I just realized that the picture of the red Eye Spy quilt in the upper right of the mosaic is a photo of an unfinished quilt. It did get a binding and was finished. Honest. It was a gift.