Don't laugh, but I got a Hello Kitty sewing machine. No, it's not a toy sewing machine. It's actually a repackaged Janome Harmony 1017. This is what started it all. Someone had linked to Chickengirl's Flickr picture of her blue Hello Kitty sewing machine. I clicked on it and then started googling. After finding out that it's not a toy machine and that it's manufactured by a real sewing machine company(Janome), I wanted one.
The blue one is a half size machine. The mint green one is 3/4 size sewing machine. It has a couple of extra stitch functions and can do button holes. And it has a faster speed, more stitches per minute. The mint green one that I got is a Janome Harmony 1017, but I don't know what the half size blue one is in relation to the Janome line. I actually prefer the look of the blue one more. The blue color and red cherries is more appealing to me(cleaner look). Why did they have to write "Sew Pretty with Hello Kitty" across the machine with little flowers? Well, I do realize that they are trying to appeal to a younger audience.
I know nothing about sewing machines or sewing for that matter, except for some simple hand sewing of knitted/crochetted things. The last time I used a sewing machine was in Middle School during a Home Economics class that I didn't do too well in. I have been wanting a sewing machine for a while now. Since I am a Hello Kitty fan, this worked out really well. This machine is a sturdy machine with metal parts. It's a good basic machine for a beginner like me. I was very intimidated when I took it out of the box, but I read the manual and followed the instructions on how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. And then I tested all the different stitches on a scrap piece of fabric.
These Criss-Cross Coasters was my first project. I saw it on Chickengirl's blog and knew that they would be a perfect first project for me. The first one came out a little wonky, but the next four came out really well.
Then I made a tissue holder. The inside is lined with a dotted orange fabric. There were a bunch of tutorials online and I used them like a loose guideline to make mine to custom fit my pocket tissues.I can't believe I am sewing! It is so much fun.
My DH and I went to see the movie, 300, with our friend this weekend. I baked some Cheese Danishes to give to his wife that had to stay at home to take care of their baby. It wasn't really her type of movie anyways, so she didn't mind. After the movie, we went back to their place to see Baby Veronica and to snack on the cheese danishes. They were really yummy. The recipe is called Easy Cheese Danish from Barefoot Contessa at Home.
By the way, I bought the Hello Kitty sewing machine from AllBrands.com. It was Free Shipping, No Tax and I got $10 off for using Google Checkout. You can also buy it from Target and Sears, but online only. They do not carry it in their stores.