They ordered it for me (in a panic) to be shipped from Norway immediately and it was supposed to arrive this thursay, but a snow-storm got in the way and it arrived just before closing-time on friday. Fortunately I work just a couple of blocks from the shop, so when they called to let me know it had arrived I went straight there and bought it.
I spent all day saturday ice-skating in the archipelago, and half the day today organising my room (I live in a one-room flat, one room + a kitchen, a bathroom, a very small walk-in closet and a big balcony that is), it somehow seemed unwrthy to pick up such a precious machine in the middle of a mess!
You can't spend all the rest of the weekend cleaning when you have a new sewing machine though, so here it is:
Oh, beauty! I love how small it is (though heavy! I had to carry it home, passing by a sportwear shop toget a backpack and skating-poles for the ice-skating on saturday, and boy, did I have to bring out the most stubborn me to get it all the way home without loosing my temper!), and the rounded corners. You can see the remains of the mess I was trying to clear on the bed behind it...
As pretty as it is it's still kind of useless since they sent the wrong pedal with it...
That plug does not fit the kind of sockets we have here (on the left). Square plugs + round holes = no no!
Kind of strange since the manual is in Swedish. I don't get it. Well. Once again I'm glad the shop is close to work, fingers crossed they keep spare baby-lock pedals in stock or I'll have to wait until thursday to use it...
So, I thought I'd grab the chance to show you my other sewing machines, the rest of my babies!
The first one, a Husqvarna Selectronic 6570 (or Viking 6570 as it was called abroad) was a gift from my parents when I graduated from high school. It was used but restored at the shop to a condition as new, and I've used it loads and loads. I've now had it for nearly 16 years...
It has this very inventive system with colour-coded wheels that you change to access new seams. It has a whole number of decorative seams that I haven't used much at all but who knows, I might want to make a peasant-blouse one day? I'll sure pick it out and use them then.
I also really like how all the parts are made to fit togehter so that you can pack them all away really neatly. Even the instruction manual that I was stupid enough not to pack with the machine a couple of years ago, so it got lost among my books when I moved. I'm sure I still have it, I just have no idea where it is...
Here's from above with everything in its place before the cover is on it (it has a hard plastic cover that fits neatly around it all):
It still works really well but I began to think it was a bit slow, and when I used my mum's new top-fed Pfaffand realised the difference when sewing delicate fabrics and jersey is huge I got the urge to get a Pfaff myself... so about a year ago I did:
It's just back from service, it hasn't run as smoothly as it should for quite a while so I took it back to the shop where I got it to make sure it got a good service before the guarantee-period ran out... I hope it's alrigth now, I haven't had the time to try it since I got it back (been busy organising my drawers).
I really like the top-feed-function and that it bareley ever pulls the fabric into the machinery (that happens a lot more with the Husqvarna).
I think that with the Baby-lock-addition I will live happily ever after with these machines and no more, but then I was totally convinced only a year ago that I would not need an overlock-machine, so I guess you never know...
Stangely, I feel quite alright about the fact that I still haven't been able to use the Baby Lock that I had planned to use a lot this week (I had monday, tuesday and wednesday off work thanks to a holiday here in Sweden!), I think it must be because skating on saturday was so very nice. It's been really really cold this winter, and despite loads of snow there is new but thick ice with no snow on it, all skater's dream.
You could skate this close to the edge, closer even, without any risk of the ice breaking. But you have to be careful with ice, it's not always like this. And there were loads of open spots, so you had to be careful not to accidently fall into one. My brother's friend did earlier this week, when he was skating alone (I would never skate alone!) and he was convinced he was going to die. Fortunately, he didn't! It's a good thing there's a load of safety equipment that you just do carry with you in case you would fall in the water, or the ice would break)
The sun actually felt a bit warm, that's a big sign of spring here. But we'll still have to wait for a couple of moths before we get any spring flowers or anything like that (I love that time of the year!)... until then I plan to make the best of this winter, it's the best one we've had for years in this region, splendid!
Update: here's a video that a friend of mine shot... I flash by a second or so, with a black + orange back-pack (that's actually a floating-device, full of dry clothes and air). And I've now borrowed a "new" (used) pedal from the shop, so tonight I'll get sewing, yey!