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El Camino Sewing Machine

Since my new-to-me vintage machine reminds me of an old car, I decided to add a car decal to it.  Okay, so it doesn’t exactly remind me of an El Camino, but the decal looked good so I’m going with it.

El Camino decal

I’ve never had an El Camino, but I sure do love them.  (Before the 1980’s versions, I mean, c’mon. Headlight aesthetics are important, car designers!)  I figured since right now I don’t even want a car and I’m not great at driving large cars anyways, I probably won’t have an actual El Camino anytime soon.  My sewing machine can be my ride.  I sew with a lead foot.  I’m sure this makes sense.

My ride.

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Studio upgrade: Consew Industrial Sewing Machine

I’ve been wanting an industrial machine ever since I first used one 5 years ago. I’ve had a few different jobs where I sewed on them all day at work and then had to come home and use my little Janome for my own designs. It seemed so slow and weak when I knew what it felt like to sew with SPEED and POWER.  I never purchased one before because I never had enough extra space or money.  One day while patterning, I accidentally thought of a brilliant plan on how to rearrange everything in my studio that would make just the right amount of space for an industrial sewing machine table.  And, thanks to years of saving, a string of successful sales events in my etsy shop, and my super awesome (and super generous) grandparents, money wasn’t an excuse anymore either. I realized that NOW IS THE TIME FOR POWER!!! (Cue gong. Seriously, I need a gong.)

The Consew arrived assembled, bolted down, and plastic wrapped.

I had to use power tools to release the POWER from its cage.

My pups meet the machine.

And then I realized there was NO way I could get my machine into my studio myself. I recruited some helpful muscles, and awaited their arrival.

This machine is a beast.

Look at those MUSCLES! And look at that MACHINE! *swoon*

Consew 2053R-1

The machine I purchased is a Consew 2053R-1. I looked at pretty much every brand of machine I could come across and then narrowed it down to the 4 or 5 brands that I’ve sewn on before. So far, I love the machine I picked out. The manual is rubbish, so I’m figuring out all the settings on my own. It sure does look good in my studio.

 
 

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New-to-me Sewing Machine

This is my new-to-me White sewing machine.  I love that it’s two-toned.  And sturdy.

Blue & white White sewing machine.

This guy’s full of shiny metal guts.

Hope this machine can handle what I’m gonna throw at it.

My favorite part about the look of this machine: the handcrank wheel reminds me of a chrome baby moon hubcap on a hotrod car. AWESOME!

So far my only complaints have been lame ones like “Waaaa, I’m used to having a needle threader attachment and now I have to do it MYSELF!” and “Waaaa, I still haven’t downloaded a manual or picked up a zipper foot for this machine because I am busy and forgetful and feel like complaining.”  So really, no actual complaints as of yet.

Besides, who complains about using a sewing machine that’s reminiscent of a hotrod?!

 
 

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Goodbye, Dear Friend “SSHAMPOOOO”

I’ve been sewing on the same machine for about 10 years. It’s not a super fabulous machine, but it is MINE and I’ve pretty much learned everything I know on it.

Janome Harmony 4052

It’s labelled “SSHAMPOOOO” because I have a label-maker so things get labelled (and mislabelled) often.

My Janome didn’t die a horrible death or anything. That thing is still chuggin’ along, but I sew way too much and way too hard for it.  And I pretty much push it at full speed every time I use it. I like to go FAST and this Janome was not built for a lead foot with an affinity for leather and denim.   I just picked up a new-to-me vintage machine and an industrial machine for my studio, so my Janome has been demoted to “backup sewing machine.” I feel bad, but I’m sure this guy could use a rest. Rest happy, dear friend.

 

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