Oh Brother.....Sewing A Box Cushion

It was Christmas in June here at me casa, as Brother Canada had asked me to try out their Innov-is NQ3500D computertized sewing machine, valued at approx. $3800.

 How could I say no?

As an avid seamstress, I have always wanted to try my hand at those fancy schmany machines. Little did I know that the machine came with a nice thick manual, one that I could NEVER go through in the one month trial period I was given. So I decided, I just need to come up with some projects and just jump in.

My parents recently downsized from a house to a condo, and I was gifted this vintage Ikea wicker chair. By vintage I mean it is over 20 years old. It had a cushion cover circa 80's that I made in high school, it was time for an updated version. I am very pleased with how it turned out!

Chair is vintage Ikea and fabric is from Tonic Living.

Moving on....this should be all about the Cadillac of sewing machines. So I finally unpacked and put it together and bravely turned it on. Folliwing the manual I managed to get it threaded and change the foot so I could make piping. It had a piping foot! Cue: angels singing again!

This machine sews like a dream. Fully computerized and partially automated, it was such a fun toy to play with! It has a touch screen where you can adjust the stitches, the length, width and type of stitch. There is an automatic presser foot release, needle drop and at the end of stitching you can have the threads cut at the touch of a button. Quite fun! There is also a speed control button where you can adjust the speed of the pedal foot, which is awesome for sewing control. I have tried to take a few videos to show you a few of the bits and bobs, which I will share in a few days. There were endless stitch options and embroidery options that I could have easily played with it for a year and still not use it to its full capacity. It was a sad day when I had to return the sewer's dream machine.

Look at all the stitch options - all 290 of them!

Pop by later this week when I show you the embroidery aspect of the machine along with a video. It was my first time using iMovie, so please don't laugh....

 Using the embroidery option I made a little something for my daughter's dining table - be sure to pop by.

XO Barbara

* I was given a Brother Canada Innov-is NQ3500D computerized sewing machine for a one month trial. All my opinions are my own.

1 comment

  1. WOW love the chair and the cushion you made, my dear that was stunning! and I TOTALLY get the singing angels when the PIPING foot came out! wow would love that! I have a easy peezy BROTHER machine and its gets the job done! But I wish I could sew like you!...and all those schmanzy attachments!


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