Saturday, July 5, 2008

Addition to the Family

Yes, it's true I have a brand new "baby". Weighing in at about 40 pounds and approximately 30" long she is quite an armful. I took the plunge and purchased the brand new Viking Designer Diamond. I have been wanting a Viking for quite some time and it has finally happened. This big ticket machine sews beautifully. As I post future pictures of finished projects on my blog I will point out some of the many wonderful features of this fine machine.

Isn't she just lovely?
She comes with three bags: one for presser feet, one for the embroidery unit and the large pulley bag for the machine.

One great feature of the machine is the embroidery. I made this skirt out of a light cotton and underlined it with an organza to give it enough strength to support the embroidered border. I still need to shorten the skirt, hem it and attach the lining and waistband.

I was able to complete the border around the entire skirt without the thread breaking or birdnesting one time. YAY!
Another wonderful feature is the feed teeth (Viking doesn't call them feed dogs). I had some gorgeous silk fabric in my stash that I thought would be perfect for a sheath dress, but I didn't have quite enough to cut out the dress in the traditional way. So I had to peice some scraps together (cutting against the grain) in order to get all the pieces cut. Since the fabric is a vertical stripe I ended up with two strips of horizonal stripes in the back. I needed the stripes to match up along the zipper so that the dress wouldn't be too buzy back there. I didn't have to use a walking foot or do any other tricks to get the stripes to match up because the feed teeth did such a great job of feeding the fabric through.

Needs to be hemmed and taken in at hips and shoulders.
Hand-pick stitch on the visible seam of the lapped zipper.

In order to sort of justify the purchase of the sewing machine I have decided to part with two other machines. My Brother ULT 2001 and my Singer XL5000 - If anyone is interested in purchasing either (or both) of these machines and all of their accessories just make me an offer.

It's actually all boxed up and ready to go!!!! Make me an offer.

I have lots of accessories for the Singer too - I just haven't gotten around to taken photos yet.
One last thing, I will be in Philly for one week, beginning July 13th. I will be staying in the historic district, does anyone know of any must-see fabric shops? Please advise.


Adrienne said...

Congrats on your new baby!!!!!!!

Sheila said...

Wow!! your viking is gorgeous... I'm The embroidery on your skirt is beautiful. Now that is some real embrodiery.

You did a fab job on the dress and like the vertical stripes on the back of the other dress.

Good Luck on selling your machines, I would have love to purchase one but, purchased a computerized machine with embroidery features a month ago.

Elaray said...

"One last thing, I will be in Philly for one week, beginning July 13th. I will be staying in the historic district, does anyone know of any must-see fabric shops. Please advise."

You will be within walking distance of Philadelphia's fabric row at 4th and Bainbridge. Email me if you want a guide. (

stacysews said...

congratulations on your new machine! I need to win the lottery so I can get something like that for myself!

Knitaholictoo said...

Congrats on the new arrival, she's a beaut!!! I, too am drooling. I'd love to get one. I can live with one kidney, right???

BTW, I believe Glam Knits is a book.

coolobreeze said...

Your new Viking is drool-worthy LOL!

Drop me a line to give me an idea of what you're asking for your other machine. I am not good at making offers. :-)

Linda said...

OOOOOHHHHHHH! Love the new Viking, lucky you to get one! Your skirt and dress look great. I have the Viking SE and love it. You made a good choice in buying a Viking.


Did anyone make u an offer for either of your machines yet?
Send me an email