My New Sewing Machine
In effort to ignore the fact that I still haven’t finished my write up on my Three Favorite Bushcraft Items that Stick over at Stick’s Blog challenged me to by tagging me in his post, I’m going to talk about the newest piece of gear I have gotten. So without further ado I introduce…
My New Sewing Machine!!!!!!
Yeah I know, total surprise. The title didn’t give it away or anything :) . The amount of sewing I do, especially for backpacking, I was in need of a new sewing machine. Richard was sweet enough (with many promises of making lots of gear and things to sell) let me splurge on a very nice Babylock machine called Grace. For those of you who don’t know, Babylock is the same company that makes Brother sewing machines, but Babylock is their elite line and Grace is the machine that is designed for people who do a lot of sewing with many different types of fabric and styles. It’s a far more durable machine than my previous one and, with proper maintenance and care, should last me a decade, maybe more!
Now just in case you’re thinking about a new machine, I’ll warn you, Babylocks and other top of the line machines like this one are not for the beginner and is not always needed for people who aren’t planning on making more ambitious projects. Even someone who has been sewing their whole life (like me), may have to take a class to know how to really take care of, and best use such a machine. Which is exactly what I will be doing before I get into my bigger projects (can anyone say shelter? :D ). In fact, I recommend anyone wanting to make gear take a beginner’s sewing class. You can usually find one at a local sewing shop and if you find a shop you like, they can usually help you find a great machine that will work for the types of projects you do. If you work with some of the UL fabrics like M50, M90, 1.1 Silnylon and even Cuben Fiber, it’s not a bad idea to take some scraps in with you to help make your decision. Most people in the sewing world haven’t heard of many of the fabrics UL backpackers use and it is so much more helpful to have a sample than trying to explain what M50 is. A good shop should even let you try a machine out with your specialty fabrics. This is the same process that I used to pick out my new sewing machine and it was extremely helpful!
It will take a few weeks before I’ll be able to show off my list of gear projects I have waiting for this machine, but I’m hoping over the rest of the year to get to show many new gear items that will be one of a kinds made by yours truly! As you can see, Mom and I had a lot of fun reading the manual and learning all the fun things my sewing machine can do. We spent all afternoon trying things out and I still don’t know everything it can do. If you love sewing projects, farm life, and DIY projects, you can check out my mom’s blog at Imagine It’s Finished. If you read it and end up wondering, I’m Daughter #2.