Field Trip: 2010 Creativ Festival

Posted in: Field Trip — By on October 25, 2010 7:36 AM

This blog post is brought to you by two very happy ladies…

Jordy and I visited the Creativ Festival at the Toronto Convention Centre this past weekend and had tons of fun browsing the aisles of fabrics, tools and gadgets, knitting supplies, beads and other crafting curiosities. We oohed and aahed at the lovely yarns, were inspired by the incredible quilts on display, added many a gadget to our respective wish lists, and showed remarkable self restraint around all of the amazing (and amazingly cheap) fat quarters by only buying two each!

…We also decided to try out the sewing machines.

Many of the major sewing machine makers were there, including Pfaff, Singer, Baby Lock, Bernina and Janome, and each company had their complete lines of sewing machines set up for demonstrations. Jordy and I each use basic mechanical domestic sewing machines but thought we’d hop on some of the fancier machines just for kicks.  We learned something today:  Once you’ve sewn with a nice machine, it’s hard to go back!

You guessed it: We both bought computerized sewing machines!  We were blown away by the capabilities of these machines, and the prices that were offered at the Creativ Festival were too good to pass up.

We both had reservations about making the switch from a mechanical machine to an electronic one. Somehow it’s reassuring to know that everything is powered by knobs and buttons rather than a computer, and you feel like you have more control over a mechanical machine.  That said, after trying a computerized Bernina machine, it’s clear that there are many advantages to going electronic.  Switching and adjusting the stitches is super easy, you can regulate the speed, and the number of stitches available is incredible.  On top of that, these machines are powerful, yet sew really smoothly.  Jordy and I both flinched when we tried to sew through twelve layers of denim, but it was like sewing through butter!  Did I mention the drop in bobbin, automatic buttonhole function, or the fact that you can program these machines to sew letters??

We are so excited to learn to use them when they arrive in a week or two — stay tuned for future posts on getting the hang of our modern machines!

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  1. Jordynn says:

    I can’t wait to get my new machine!! You won’t see me until Christmas… maybe New Year’s :)

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