On the 31st May, I turned 21! And it feels no different, seeing as in the UK the legal drinking age is 18. A "big" birthday, but no real perks to it, other than....
This is my new baby - a Brother XL6600, bought by my amazing mother and equally amazing boyfriend!
Her name is Gertie, since I'm the sort of person that has to name her equipment [Read: unhinged], and I thought Gertie was appropriate - but what do you think?
Do you even name your stuff - or am I actually that strange?
|Exciting picture of exciting scissors|
I wanted to take this moment, however, to just let everyone know about the amazing service that I received when buying my machine - because I was severely impressed.
I wanted a new machine, because my unidentified Singer was on its last legs, the tension had finally lost it, I'd had enough of not being able to change the feet [seriously], and although stitches aren't too important, I wanted a machine with a faux-overlocking stitch to tide me over until I save up and buy an actual overlocker.
I chose the XL6600 because of;
- The price
- The stitches, including the faux-overlock and the stretch stitches
- 1-step buttonhole
- Ability to drop the feed dogs [for the free-hand embroidery I used to love]
- Clip-on feet
Ordered on the Saturday, confirmed by text first thing Monday morning, to be delivered the Tuesday.
Tuesday morning we got a confirmation text of the delivery time [an hour slot], and they arrived within five minutes of the earliest time they gave.
Another text to confirm another delivery; a complimentary sewing pack, including 50 threads, a scissor set, five spare bobbins, and two spare packets of needles - all of this, and three years guarantee included in the free next day delivery.
|An artistic collage of free stuff.|
And the XL6600? Works like a dream. Extremely easy to use, but powerful and just wonderful; I actually adore the machine.
Other than my beautiful Gertie, I got a bit spoiled this year!
|Gorgeous Stratton Compact and sewing box from my siblings, a Stockings and Romance Bullet Bra from my boyfriend, a Jasper Conran bag from my mum and.. well, that's just an amusing card.|
So I think now that my showing off is out of my system, I'll lay this post to rest - but if there's anything to take away from it, is that Sewing Machines Direct is awesome, and this is not how you eat cake;