I was chatting to a friend last week, and she mentioned that she was going to buy a sewing machine and that I’d inspired her to take up sewing again. How double awesome is that! And so she asked what sort of sewing machine I have.
Let me introduce you to Xanadu. Yes, I’ve named my sewing machine. And yes, I realise I’ve probably put that song in your head. You can thank me later…
Anyway, Xanadu is a Brother LS2125. I bought her just after moving back to Sydney, so about 1.5 years ago. I love her. She is a basic, entry-level sewing machine. She’s not fancy at all. But she’s encouraged me. She’s inspired me. She’s my friend.
Xan sits in our “toy room”, with easterly and northerly facing window flooding her with natural light, which is such a pleasant spot to sew. JJ’s dress up clothes are usually strewn across the floor, however until recently I haven’t been able to sew when she is in the room because she has demanded needed my attention and interaction. But this last month or so, she’s showing the maturity to be able to play by herself for longer stretches of time. Hence the increase in my recent sewing output.
The scrap ribbon tree sitting on the easterly window sill.
A little bedside table is next to me with my sewing essentials – thread, scissors, manual, unpicker, etc. An old bounty bag is stuffed with the smallest of my fabric scraps. The larger pieces fill the prime eye-level spot in the linen cupboard in the corridor just outside the room.
Are there fancier machines out there? You betcha. Would I prefer a fancier machine? Umm, I’ll admit yes. I can do everything I need on Xanadu. But with the type of sewing that I do, I would totally use all the decorative stitches that the fancier machines boast. And Xan does have major tension tantrums every now and again. But a bit of oil and a gentle touch will put things right again. And at the end of the day, it’s the sewer, not the sewing machine, that creates.
I’ll upgrade one day. But for now, she’ll do.
(Although, I would cut off my left pinky for an overlocker.)
(This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.)
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