June 29, 2010
Our Sources : Choosing the Right Sewing Machine
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Today's post is written by Ashley Little, a web producer for marthastewart.com.
When I began working at marthastewart.com as a web producer, I was an avid knitter and never devoted much time to sewing. After taking a few Martha Stewart employee sewing classes, I was hooked. One pillow, two aprons, and three tote bags later, I knew I wanted a sewing machine of my own.
Singer; Education Manager Becky Hanson, who teaches sewing classes here at MSLO, encouraged me to choose a machine that I can grow into as my skills (hopefully!) improve.
After narrowing my choices to the Husqvarna Viking brand, I spoke with Roxanne and Stuart Lasky at Quilter’s Alley, MSLO’s authorized Viking dealer. Roxanne and I discussed what I would be making with my machine, my budget, and my experience.
Roxanne stressed the importance of buying the machine from an authorized dealer so that I not only choose the right machine, but also receive training and support even after I take the machine home.
Check out the photos from my visit to Quilter’s Alley to see which machine I finally chose!
1 Quilter’s Alley recently relocated to this great space in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
2 I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I opened the box.
3 I purchased a Viking Emerald 183. It has enough bells and whistles to bump me up to an intermediate sewer.
4 I was excited to try all the decorative stitches. There’s even a bicycle!
5 I can’t wait to learn how to use the different types of feet. Buttonholes, anyone?
6 Roxanne gave me some time to test the machine on my own.
7 IThen she trained me to thread the machine and use all the accessories.
8 I spent some time drooling over the fabric and Amy Butler patterns at Quilter’s Alley.
9 Quilter’s Alley uses this machine for long-arm quilting.
10 They had every color of thread you can imagine.
11 A few other Viking machines at Quilter’s Alley, plus some beautiful quilts on display.
12 How many quilts do you think I could make with all this fabric?
13 Roxanne told me to call her about any questions I had, even after I took the machine home.
Quilter’s Alley photos by Heidi Richter
Thinking about buying a sewing machine? Get more tips on choosing the right one.
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