GIFTS 2003



My wonderful Viking #1, books, magazines and upholstery supplies under the table. I've had the Viking #1 for a little over a year. The great thing was that I won it used from a lovely eBay seller for what I felt was a great price, considering it was in pristine condition and came with 17 presser feet. I've acquired about another dozen presser feet since getting the machine. Probably actually use 25% of those when I take the time and don't rush through my projects! Mind you, I didn't pay retail for those additional feet, just some careful scouting (and not a little bit of obsessing) at eBay again.

This machine runs lovely; it is ever so quiet and I like the fact that it offers 3 different speeds, option of up/down needle and a bobbin sensor. Before this model, I used a Euro-Pro 7500 Craft N Sew, and while it was quite serviceable and a workhorse of a machine, I'd choose my Viking over it any day. It is as if the Viking #1 was built perfectly for my needs.

The most often used presser feet in my home decorating repertoire would have to be (in no particular order):

My cutting table has the indispensible OTT-LITE, Huskylock serger 234D under cover, cutting mats, 3-drawer cart with trims and the growing "scrap" stash under the cutting table. I'm forever picking threads and needles out of the carpet. I'd like to do away with the carpet and expose the nice hardwood floors one of these days.

A project for 2004 is to sew nice covers for both the sewing machine and serger using Shirley Botsford's pattern from Simplicity Crafts 8826.

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