Monday, May 21, 2012

May Giveaway Day! - Book & Jelly Roll [CLOSED]

I am so excited to participate in Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day this year! I was not blogging during the last one, but I did win a lot of goodies and find so many new blogs to follow. If you are new to my blog, you can click the following links for more about me and my finished quilts.

Here is my offering: One person will win 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects by Ellen Luckett Baker & a Grand Finale (by Sandy Gervais) Jelly Roll!

For a chance to win: 
Leave one comment telling me about your sewing machine; what you like about it, what you don't like about it, etc. Buying a sewing machine is overwhelming and I need help! ;) 

I am willing to ship internationally. If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I am able to contact you if you win. 

This giveaway will close May 25th at 5pm PST! I will use random.org to choose the winner.

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***Random.org selected #289 which was Angie from Inspired by H and C! I just sent you an email! Thanks to everyone who entered!

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! You can see the all the giveaways at Sew, Mama, Sew's Blog.

P.S. Beth at Plum & June is hosting the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop this summer. It starts Tuesday, May 22 with Kelsey Sews & Billy Button Designs

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Cindy said... #

I just recently bought a singer confidence quilter machine and I love it!! It was a good price (on amazon)and came with several quilting accessories. It works beautifully! Thanks for the chance to win!

ambjer said... #

i have a sewing machine that also does machine embroidery, and i like that about it (though i have only tried embroidering on knits so far because i don't have all the right stabilizers yet). what i would like in a future machine is a bigger space underneath and bigger on machine table or to actually get a table where i can set it down into (more room for larger things that i want to make eventually). and also would love one of those fancy ones that have the thread cutter built in!

ambjer (at) gmail.com

lorena said... #

I have an older Bernina 145 and I love that I bought it as a "used" classroom machine so I got a great deal on it. I've done all kinds of sewing on it from quilts to zip pouches to hemming jeans and it's a workhorse. There isn't anything about it that I can think I don't like. :) Thank you for your giveaway!

lorepuckett at verizon dot net

The Sewing Dork said... #

Hubby recently bought me a Babylock to replace my 20 year old Cadillac of a machine (an old Elna). I don't like the BAbylock at all! I think it's a poorly made machine packaged to look expensive. But what can I say since it was a gift? I hope your machine gives you better results.

kiskidee said... #

I read dozens of reviews before settling on my husqvarna sapphire 875... the price was right, and it does the trick for most stuff... Overall, it meets my needs. however, out of the box, you dont get the walking foot. I machine quilt, and for the most part it's pretty great, although the addition of the walking foot helped prevent puckering on the quilt bottom...

Stella said... #

Unfortunately we don't have a lot of choices where I live, so I have a pretty basic singer. But I like them basic with a top drop bobbin. Less things to break!

Jacqueline said... #

I use a Janome Horizon. It is expencive but I love the automatic tread cutting option, all the different stiches as well as the 1/4'walking foot I got resently. can't do without it.

Macska said... #

I love my Elna sewing machine - I've had it for about 15 years now. :-) My key recommendation to you when you're buying one is spend as much as you can to get a decent machine! Make sure the bobbin is easily accessible to make it easy to change, and that the machine has an automatic button hole setting. Makes life so much easier!

macska at gmail dot com

Mali said... #

I have an ancient Bernina Record 930 and it rocks the only downside is that it weighs as much as a boat anchor otherwise it is the best and I have zero complaints with it.

Beth said... #

I have a Viking and I love it - very strong and has a nice space for quilting.

Kaye Prince said... #

I like the fact that my sewing machine is all metal and pretty sturdy. However, I don't like how small the throat is and that it weighs a ton! Since I quilt all of my own quilts I would love to get a Janome Horizon or Bernina 830.

Debi said... #

I've an older Husqvarna and the tension is starting to give me fits. I need to take it in again. Other than that, it is a WORK HORSE and I love it! ialady44 at yahoo dot com

Alison said... #

I have 2 Janome sewing machines. My regular machine is 24 years old. And my hubby bought me a serger a few years ago for Christmas. I love both of my machines. They are reliable and great quality machines. I also love that my Janome dealer is so knowledgeable and helpful.


Christy said... #

I have a viking that I love because my mom handed it down to me. I renamed it 'Wally' :) The only thing I wish it had was a needle-down function...oh and a margarita machine attached to it!

Anonymous said... #

I have a singer sewing machine, and the only thing I don't like is the little plastic bits get broken and are hard to track down! I've purchased extra bobbin casings as they tend to snap (I don't know why?) but i love my little machine :D

Debbie B Sam said... #

I have a Brother PR420 (I think). I love my machine, there really isn't much I don't like about it except not getting an accurate 1/4" seam, but I think that is truly operator error!!

AmyLynn said... #

I have a Singer sewing machine. Its just a basic one, but it does do several different stitches.

Anonymous said... #

I have a Janome - and what I love about it is that it works! :) I broke two machines in two years before I bought my Janome - 3 years of quilting pleasure ever since!
lynne_bel99 at hotmail dot com

Melissa said... #

Lovely giveaway! Thank you!
I have a mid range Kenmore. I like that it has 7 feed dogs instead of 5 for a more even feed. It has plenty of stitches, and since its a mechanical machine I don't have to worry about the computer frying out.

Melissa said... #

I have a Singer Confidence Quilter that my mom got me for Christmas one year. I loved it at first (I had an ancient machine with tension issues before but it was only $10 at Goodwill!) but now I'm dreaming of a higher quality machine! It's a great value though!

pwollen said... #

I have a Brother PC-420. I love it because it is affordable and has an extension table. I'm simple that way. Just wish it had a bigger throat so I could quilt on it easier.

Robyn said... #

I have a Kenmore sewing machine, and I really like it. I went from an antique that could only sew a straigt or zig zag (no other options for speed, types of stitches, etc.) to this one which was given to me. I like that it is simple to use. Thanks for the giveaway.


Deb said... #

I love my Bernina 220..just got it serviced and it runs so smoothly!

Bobbie said... #

I have a simplicity (Simple Simon)that I bought at a garage sale for 10 bucks and it works great but I didnt have any extra feet for it and since trying FMQ I needed them. My CaMom just sent me my new brother, Sherman last week- total surprise- I'm still getting to know him- presser foot lever is in a different place and that is driving me crazy! :) He has a few other quirks but once I figured them out we are getting along fine.

Anonymous said... #

I have a Brother and I love it. It is dependable and has just the bells and whistles that I need without being too much. It is a workhorse.

Blu said... #

I have a very basic machine that works fine for the everyday stuff. I'm actually shopping around for a better machine myself, so the comments are very helpful to me too!

Lynne said... #

I have a brother machine and I love that's it's easy to use and has lots of stitches. Thanks for the great giveaway!

SassyCathy said... #

I have a Babylock (same as Brother I think made by the same people).
It is an embroidery / sewing machine. I love the automatic needle threading - auto foot up - cut thread - the list is long which I love
DO NOT LIKE the bobbin thread running out warning - it stops sewing and lets you know the bobbin thread is running out - don't really like that (to each his/her own)
I purchased from a dealer who has free classes allll the time. I did attend many which helped me learn much.
There is a forum called sewforum which has been a great help to me, and you can get free embroidery files which is really great. Just sign up (register) it's free.
There are many sections on different aspects of sewing and life in general. These gals/guys are really friendly - you should try it out - the search button (upper left hand side) is very helpful.
good luck

Paskiaq said... #

I have a Singer my mom bought me from Costco. It tends to have a lot of tension issues but generally gets the job done.,.would love something nicer though!

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said... #

I have a basic Singer machine and I really like it! It is so easy to use. Literally, take it out of the box and you are ready to roll! Choosing a new machine can be overwhelming! :) Good luck!

Amanda said... #

I have a Husqvarna Lisa. I like it a lot. I'm not too experienced at sewing though, so I am pleased with the smallest things.

Anonymous said... #

I have a brother that I got from Walmart. It's nothing fancy but I am happy with it. It is what I could afford and it works well. I like that it is computerized so you don't have to mess with the length and width to do the fancy stitches.
creatingmakesmehappy (at) gmail (dot) com

Sue said... #

I have an older (20 years) Brother. It's a pretty basic machine, and I sometimes wish I more bells and whistles.


Anonymous said... #

I don't think I can help you get a new machine. Mine is an ancient (well, older than me) White. I love how solid this thing is - no plastic parts here! It's a basic machine, but for now that's all I need

Roxy said... #

I just bought the new singer 160 anniversary edition. I am moving up from a very basic sewing machine that carried me through design school. I love me new Singer it's very pretty to look at and easy to use.

Krista said... #

It's my mom's old Pfaff. It's 38 years old. Time for a new one!

Tamie said... #

That is such a tough question. I used my great aunt's featherweight at first- for years. It is a great machine but I wanted to be able to do more. I finally invested in a Viking and love it. The feet snap on and off, there is a needle threader (important as you age), there is a button to push to "tie off", the bobbin is on top and visible so you know when you are getting low, you can wind the bobbin without unthreading your machine... I really love mine. Thanks for participating in the Giveaway Day.

Krystal said... #

I have a Juki TL 2000QI and she works like a beauty. Sews and quilts anything I throw at her. The throat space is 9 inches and can be placed on a frame for easy quilting! Has not given me any problems at all! Price was reasonable for all that it does. I also have a Brother that I use for piecing and fancy stitches. Hope you find a machine that can accommodate all your needs. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

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