I splurged

In many companies in the Netherlands you build up some money each month and this is paid out in December. Basically this means you get a double salary that month. Most years I am sensible and transfer it to a savings account because we’re saving up to buy a house someday. Not this year. This year, I decided to do my thing against the ongoing global economic crisis and stimulated the Dutch, Swiss and Japanese economies. Oh, who am I kidding? I just wanted some fancy sewing equipment.

So I bought this:

Bernina1110D Overlock machine

Bernina1110D overlock machine. I see knitwear and quickly finished seams in my future.

And this:

Janome CoverPro 1000 CPX.

Janome CoverPro 1000 CPX. Just think of all the fantastic looking hems I’ll be able to create…

And now I need that new house because my sewing room has become too small…

December 30, 2013

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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18 Comments

  1. Kelly

    Ooh, very nice! enjoy 🙂

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    • Emmely

      I am sure I will! I had been thinking about buying these machines for ages and I am hoping they will increase my productivity and help to make garments look more professional.

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  2. foamofdays

    Wow! I would love to have double salary in December! 🙂 Congratulations on your new machines! I’m especially jealous about the overlocker, I’ve been contemplating about getting one for ages..

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    • Emmely

      I think I had been thinking about getting these machines for over 2 years. It mostly took so long because I wasn’t sure whether I wanted two separate machines (takes up a lot of space) or get one that combines overlock and coverstitch function. In the end I decided that since I already don’t like switching feet on my sewing machine it would be better to get two separate machines instead of having to convert back and fort between the two functions on a single machine.

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  3. Christine

    Oh, how wonderful!! I’ve had a serger in my Amazon wish list for a couple of months. This makes me want to splurge too! LOL Have fun!!!

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    • Emmely

      Sometimes splurging can be a lot of fun! I’m still learning how to use the machines properly but once I get a bit more confident I’m sure they’ll both get used very often.

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  4. angrycrafteruk

    How exciting. I bought my first overlocker today – not having much fun sorting out the tension tho :-/ look forward to seeing your creations! Xx

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    • Emmely

      I’m still in the process of figuring things out as well. My dealer did some demonstrations for me, that was very helpful.

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  5. Ali

    Ooooooo! i’m so jealous! i’ve been drooling over the cover stitch pro, can’t wait to see all the lovely stretch things you’ll be making!
    I got an overlocker for my 21st birthday (21 years ago!! gosh, i feel old!) and i love it. Good luck with you new toys!

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    • Emmely

      The CoverPro is a pretty awesome machine. Perhaps you could ask it for your next birthday since the overlocker was already so long ago? 😉

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      • Ali

        yea, might help if I make my hubby some clothes with dodgy hems so he thinks i NEED one!!
        I’m just writing up my blog about my crocheting antics and have linked it to yours! I love your scarf! it’s huge!

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        • Emmely

          The main reason I wanted one is because I just can’t get my regular sewing machine to behave properly with a twin needle. I’ve been using all kinds of other stitches on hems just to avoid having to use a twin needle.
          Can’t wait to see your crochet projects! I’ve just started my very first granny square and so far so good.

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  6. Nicole Nordström

    Oh, congrats to the new machines! I would love to get a coverPro myself but I haven’t got any space left in the apartment 🙁

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    • Emmely

      Yes, space is a bit of an issue. So far it’s working. I’m lucky to have quite a large sewing table so in theory there is enough space for all of these machines although I have to do some rearranging when I want to switch from one to the other. The new machines now occupy space on the table that was previously covered in random clutter from finished projects. I now have to be much more strict with myself to clean up after I am done. That’s a good development as I tend to gather clutter at light speed.

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  7. Geo P

    What a wonderful Christmas present! I bought my serger when I got a yearly bonus. It’s a necessary addition to any seamstress’ “tool box”. How do you get on with the overlock? I’ve read on so many blogs that it’s not easy to make it work properly. I would love a perfect hem on my knits but I don’t want to pay that much and still have to work very hard to get one.

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    • Emmely

      Yes, I’m very happy with these sewing room additions. Do you mean the overlock or the coverstitch? I’m assuming the coverstitch since you already have an overlock/serger yourself. It did take some getting used to and trying out different settings, especially the differential feed when sewing on knits, but I’m starting to feel confident when using it.
      I found this blog very useful for information on coverstitch machines: http://stitchesandseams.blogspot.nl/2001/01/coverstitch-all-stuff.html

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  8. Lori M

    Congratulations Emmely. I hope the learning curve is quick and gentle! I think you will have great fun with these.
    I found your blog when searching for info on the janome 1000CPX. I would love to try one. I love making lingerie with very fluid rayon/lycra fabric and stretch laces. If you try out yur machine with these tricky fabrics, I would really like to hear how it does. No one near where I live carries these machines, so I haven’t had the chance to try it out on my tricky fabrics of choice.

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    • Emmely

      I haven’t tried it with very fluid fabrics yet. I don’t usually sew with them. I have tested it on scraps of viscose with 8% lycra and that works fine, although I had to play a bit with the differential feed to get it perfect. I suspect that it should work with more fluid fabrics as well. After all it is advertised as a machine to sew gymnastics- and swimwear clothing with. Being able to test a machine with your own fabrics is the best though. Perhaps you can try to visit a store that carries it when you go on holiday?

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