on dream machines…


18 in process

Right after my blog post about the rationalization of why I should not buy a mid-arm machine, I decided to buy one! Two things suddenly occurred to me.

One, the idea kept resurfacing¬†while I kept shoving it down, so maybe it was supposed to happen?! And two, that I could have a big machine¬†upstairs if I simply got rid of the futon sofa in the office/guest room. Seriously how often do we have guests?! Like almost never. So why was I reserving this entire wall for the almost never guest and so¬†the dog could snooze all day on¬†said sofa? Once that came to me I felt as though I had been given a tremendous gift…aka permission to break rules, as in every home must have a guest room?!

It was quite the process to prepare for the new machine. I had to get rid of the futon sofa, have new lighting put in, shop for a machine, buy a machine and get it set up. Now all that has happened and just today I finished stitching my 2nd piece on the mid-arm. I stitched the background for no. 18 in the series before designing anything on it. The next layer will be a giant oak tree which I figured would be best stitched, if the background was already done. The top layer will be hand-stitched so much work in store.

When I learned to drive at 15 my mother drove a Mercedes which in my mind was a dream machine. My entire adult life up until about 10 years ago I was obsessed with someday buying a Mercedes. What happened about ten years ago is my non-Mercedes¬†had to go into the shop for two¬†days. I was instantly aware that I never would want to drive a car that had to be taken out of town to be serviced. So at that point I decided I didn’t much care what kind of car I drove, as long as it ran, was clean, had hubcaps,¬†no dents and¬†wasn’t American made. I do have my standards after all!

Today while stitching away listening to Cajun music it struck me that this new Juki mid-arm is definitely my dream machine! It goes really fast, only needs oil, and is not American made!  Cross that one off the list!

8 Responses to “on dream machines…”

  1. Cindy Kelleher says:

    With your expertise and muse, along with good Cajun music (Clifton Chenier perhaps?) who needs a test drive..on Juki, on.

  2. Martha Ginn says:

    Loved your reasoning on why you needed the machine. And I do not use the word “needed” lightly. Having the machine of our dreams can be a neat way to reward ourselves for all that hard work and saving and making sensible decisions all our early life. I know you will enjoy it! I drive a HQ Sweet Sixteen, and it is indeed sweet. Cajun music can certainly make the whole process more enjoyable.

    • Carol says:

      Ah Martha isn;t it funny/odd how we rationalize things? Do men do that? I doubt it! I love your idea of a reward for all the sensible decisions early on. Isn’t that the truth?!

  3. I have to agree with Martha and add the fact that I think your decision to buy the Juki was a sensible one! Kudos to you.

  4. Your post resonates on many levels, Carol! Unneeded guest bed/sofa in studio; waffling over keeping mid-arm… So glad you listened to your dream. Congratulations!

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