We All Sew is sponsored by Bernina--a machine that I have been sewing on for over 10 years.
I thought this would be a good time to post some photos of a few of my sewing machines.
This is my main workhorse when I sew.
It is a Bernina Virtuosa 153 Quilters Edition and it is 11 years old.
My serger is a Bernett 800 D.
I have had this for about 15 years. Back in the day, I used it a lot when I was making kids clothes. I still make most of my husband's shirts using this little gem.
He loves flannel shirts for winter.
I learned to sew on my Grandmother's "modern" Singer.
As I grew up, all my clothes were made on this machine. From the 8th grade on, I made most of my own clothes. This was before fancy finishing stitches or even zig zag stitches. It only sews a straight stitch. I learned to sew French seams and Flat-Felled seams to prevent fabric from unravelling and fraying inside garments. I keep it tucked up here on the window shelf above my APQS Green Millennium.
My Dad gave this Singer Featherweight to my Mother the first Christmas they were married.
I have made a few garments on this machine also. I know there are lots of quilters that like to use these for piecing. It still works great; but, I have never pieced a quilt on this machine. I like my free hand system to raise and lower my presser foot and my needle positioner on my Bernina too much.
I keep this little machine up here on this window shelf. Along with my Mom's tapestry sewing bag, a wooden bowl of silk thread wound on their original wooden spools and a stuffed animal that Mom made for me before I was born. A few months ago, I blogged about my Grandmother's Sewing Basket that sits up here also.
I love repurposing and recycling! These sewing machine covers are made from black cotton panel curtains. Originally, I made the curtains from a new black bed sheet with white piping trim for my son's bedroom. It matched his black and white checkered flag/race car theme he had in his room.
When I first got my quilting machine, I practiced what ever I could find in my fabric storage.
I took a cone of Rainbows variegated thread that came with my machine and started to doodle. This was one of the first times I ever used my machine. Now, every time I walk into my studio I find it empowering to look at these beginning doodles and realize how far I have come in the past 4 years.
Here is the original panel with all my doodling before I cut it up to make the sewing machine covers.