Denise brought M.I.M. over on Tuesday afternoon. In a matter of minutes, every free space in my teen-tiny-living-room was covered with boxes, styrofoam, free accessories, and other sewing essentials.
With Denise reading the manual, it didn't take long to wind a bobbin, thread M.I.M up, and sew my first seam. That was about all I could handle on Tuesday. I, like the rest of the folks on the team, was sick-something-horrible. See that smile? It took the last of my energy.
Luckily, my bug only lasted almost-exactly-24-hours. By Wednesday evening, I was finally feeling up to the task of finishing a quilt I'd started while I was living at the Karnes'. My teeny-tiny-living-room was barely-big-enough to get it ready to quilt. Good thing "barely" counts when it comes to quilting. M.I.M. surpassed all my expectations!
It turned out that sewing something was just what I needed to get well. About 10 minutes after I finished quilting-and-binding that quilt, I started picking-and-cutting fabric for the next one. I also discovered a more-fun-than-drying-laundry use for my drying rack...
M.I.M. and I have spent a lot of quality time together these past couple of days. I don't want to speak too soon, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that she's everything I've been looking for... fast, quiet, easy to get along with... I think we're going to be very happy together.
See how straight she sews? I can't take any credit for those seams (well, maybe just a little credit). But most of it should go to the 1/4" quilting foot that came in that little box above. I had no idea what I'd been missing out on all these years. Now I know. My world has been rocked.
I start school a week from Monday. Which means I've got a week to get rid of all the quilting-energy that's been pent up over the last 2 months. Like I said, things are about to get serious. For real.