Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Introducing my Brother

Apparently, when you buy a new sewing machine, even if it is off the shelf at Wal-Mart, you are supposed to take pictures, give it a name and share. OK, I can do that.

Blogland, meet my new Brother, Curt.

Curt is named after my old (younger) brother, Curtis.
(this photo was taken at Xmas 2009 - he doesn't always wear a Philadelphia Eagles Santa hat)

Why would I name my sewing machine after my brother, you ask? Well, first of all, Curtis, my flesh-and-blood brother, is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. He is loyal, hard-working, no-frills, efficient, steady, and creative. He can always be counted on to do what is asked of him. It takes quite a bit of effort to fluster him. In short, he is awesome.

In naming my machine after my brother, I am hoping to imbue many of those same qualities into my sewing partner. Let's hope it works.

Last night, I took Curt for a test drive. First, we sewed the binding onto my Bright Futures quilt, which I finished hand quilting over the weekend. I'll post pics once I finish sewing the binding down by hand. Then, we played with some of the available stitches. All I'm used to having is a straight stitch, so this was fun! I picked five stitches to highlight, and used them to quilt up this cozy for a plastic takeout container (I think it once held Green Chicken Curry - YUM!) to hold my sharp things in.


Here's hoping that Curt and I have a long, fruitful, creative, no-hassle future together!

11 comments:

Cheryl Willis said...

those stitches are all ones I enjoy on my machine. I use them for bindings and for decorative stuff on potholders. enjoy your new sewing buddy. cw

Becky said...

My girlfriend just got a sibling of your machine and she loves it! I haven't yet named my machines...there must be something wrong with me! Looks like it's doing a good job so far. Aren't fancy stitches fun!! Have a good time playing with Curt!

Judi said...

Yeah for the picture and the name is awesome. I did have trouble telling that it was an Eagles hat, but you could take care of that with your fancy stitching now.

Char said...

Congratulations! You deserve it! Curt does beautiful work. Just imagine the possibilities.

Rachel said...

Great story about naming your sewing machine. I hope you and Curt have a long, happy, and creative partnership!

cozy quilter said...

I hope Curt is just like his namesake! I hope you still find time to blog now that you have a new man in your life! Happy Sewing!

Em said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful celebration to get a brother! I love those stitches you used and use the branch/leaves the most. So tickled that you got a machine!

Amo House said...

Though I had several old handcrank Singer machines my fist REAL machine, with every penny saved by my step Dad for me, was a Brother.

I worked that little machine to the bone and it rarely complained. My son and daughter both learned on it and it made so many gifts with love I lost count.

I really missed that machine for many years when it had to be left behind and even now when my big guys are having off days I tell them that that little Brother was never as much trouble!

You have fun Erin!

dobco said...

You are so lucky to have a brother that can do all that fancy stitching! Have fun!

Kim said...

Congratulations on the new machine.

Hey is Curtis married.......
I have this adorable daughter that needs a good man like your brother :0).

Happy Sewing and many happy hours with your new sewing Brother Curt.

Janet said...

Looks like a fabulous machine. Kind of like your Brother? :)