Prior to the NJS, those particular individuals I was referring to had got me pretty pumped up about entering... and then winning. I didn't win of course. After seeing the winning entries, I certainly don't feel a tad jealous. WOW - still can't believe I was in the ring at all! So why was part of me still feeling quite disappointed? It's not like I made the dress for that show. I didn't really lose anything. So why did I feel a loss? I had to really think about where these feelings were stemming from. When it came right down to it, I did not enter to win a ribbon. It become clear to me that I got all wrapped up in the idea of owning the big prize: "$1000 worth of Janome product". In other words - a brand new computerized sewing machine. 'What if?' ...and away I went in my head. I have Fiona, my back up Kenmore that I bought second hand off kijiji. (It came with ketchup chip crumbs in the bobbin case. GROSS ME OUT.) A new Janome... I began to fantasize.
Finally I decided that getting my Prairie Dress into such a prestigious event in the first place was worth celebrating. Why not buy a new machine? Last time I was at Creative house, I noticed all the red sale tags. I went back to inquire. I found her! A 12 pound computerized machine (My Horizon is 27 pounds!!), has auto threader AND auto cutter which is completely magnificent for threadpainting. I LOVE auto cutter, but haven't seen it on smaller machines until now. I took her for a test drive and it's a PERFECT second machine to the Horizon. PLUS their sale right now is rockin'. So... I bought it!
|Me and Bea - WHO'S EXCITED!?!?!?|
Move over Fiona. Meet... Naomi Janome? haha. Bea? (As in, plan B). Actually, I may just call her Bea. We'll see. My 7700 and my 3160 look like Wilma & Betty when they are side by side. I took her to the thread class on Friday afternoon, and she's just perfect. I'm not sure I'll bother dragging the great big machine out again for teaching or classes. This is just perfect for me. It even came with a quilting pack: walking foot, 1/4 inch foot, quilt in the ditch foot, lots of bobbins... I'm happy.
|Janome 3160 aka "Bea"|
They could tell I was excited, and as I stepped out of the store, I let out a big loud "WOOHOO!!"