Friday, June 3, 2011

Sew Much Fun

Back in the beginning of May, I hosted a Singer Sewing Machine House Party.  This was an event that I signed up for online a few months ago.  I (along with lots of other people who signed up) got to rent a Singer Confidence Stylist sewing machine for two weeks.  As part of the deal, I hosted sewing party and demoed the machine for some of my friends.  Remember when I left you all hanging with this post?  Here's what was in that box...


They sent all that stuff just for the party!  I was super excited and I had fun filling up brown paper bags with coupons, patterns, thread, and all kinds of stuff to give to my guests.  I still have a few goody bags left so if you would like one, let me know.  A lot of the coupons are already expired but the rest of the stuff is still good.


I ended up having just the right amount of guests show up.  Any more people and we would have had to move the party to the front lawn (have I mentioned that I live in a tiny "hobbit hole" house- that's a topic for another blog entry though).  Here's the party in full swing.  Do we know how to have a good time or what?


There was sewing, sewing, and more sewing...


...but all crafts are welcome here.


We also had just enough time for everyone to complete their own projects.  Two of my guests managed to escape before I could get pictures of theirs but here are the ones I did get...



The House Party company had sent a suggested project along with some fabric (which I forgot to photograph) but I just wasn't thrilled with it so I found the business card/gift card holder project, which I thought better showcased the machine's awesomeness- especially the decorative stitches (there are 70 of them) and the button-sewing-on feature (not the technical name, I'm sure) which I was particularly overly excited about.  

I pre-cut all the fabric (hand-picked from my own stash) so everyone could choose their favorite combo and complete their own card holder.  I made a similar project a while back at the CHA Supershow and remembered how great it was to already have the fabric cut for me so I could get straight to the fun part- decorating it and stitching it all together.



I purposely cut plenty of extras so there would be lots of variety.  I ended up completing the rest of the projects before I had to return the machine.  It was lots of fun...









So yeah, I really did love the Singer Confidence Stylist sewing machine but even with the special discount I would have gotten if I had purchased it, I just couldn't justify buying something like this right now.  It's nice to have a good idea what I might be looking for in my next machine though.

I also feel like I should mention that I was completely enamored with All Brands Sewing and Vacuum in Garden Grove.  I was assigned to pick up my sewing machine there and when I showed up for my required demo I instantly loved the place.  It's an older shop with a mom and pop kind of feel and just about every inch of the front showroom area is filled with sewing machines of every size, shape, and era (there are vacuum cleaners too).  It was the kind of place where I just wanted to hang out for a while.  I definitely plan on going back there if and when I need my current sewing machine serviced and when I am finally ready to purchase a new machine, I plan on checking there first.  

I know this is starting to sound like a commercial so let me assure you, I have not been paid by anyone to say any of this.  I just enjoyed this whole experience that much!

8 comments:

Kim said...

Me, me, me! I want a goody bag! And one of the holders, too! ;) if those are up for grabs.

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Hey, can I buy one of your business card holders? I've been looking for a nice way to carry my cards!

Katie K said...

Kim, you are more than welcome to have a goody bag. I was planning on selling the card holders or I could give you the instructions to make your own. They are super easy and fun. I'll put your goody bag aside and maybe bring it to the coupon extravaganza that I'm being super optimistic about making it to this time. =)

Katie K said...

Emily, I would love to sell you one or, as with Kim, offer you instructions on how to make your own. I know, I know, I'm a terrible business person. =)

Lettie said...

How cute (the holders) and how fun (the party)! I wish I could have come! Now I miss you and am sad I live so far away!!

Katie K said...

Lettie,
I wish you lived closer too! I would have loved to have you at the party. Don't be sad though, just go sew something, it will either make you feel better or get you so frustrated you'll forget about being sad. =)

Sherida said...

Very cool! I was so sad to miss the party. Can I have a goody bag?

Katie K said...

Sherida,
I would have loved to have you at the party. Maybe next time! Of course you can have a goody bag. We need to figure out a meeting time. =)