Let me introduce you to my mom’s Bernina from the 1970s. It was the first major purchase she made after graduating (with her masters, btw) and starting her profession as a teacher.
It is in the hip color of the season, that classic avocado green. I absolutely love it. When I was little, I was fascinated by the little drawers (sadly one is cracked now) and all the different feet and thimbles and bobbins. Not enough to ever really learn how to sew, though. I have sewn a few things (easy skirts), but it’s been several years. I remember my mom sewing quite often when I was little, and then whenever I needed something custom-made (a certain bridesmaid dress comes to mind or a costume for the school play), my mom would pull out the machine. It is stored in a huge green suitcase and it is very heavy. Lately, though, it has had a permanent place at our kitchen table as my mom is carefully crafting some princess dresses for Penny Lane. When Claire slept over a few weeks ago, my mom introduced her to the Bernina and taught her how to sew a little bag.
I would say that maybe after starting at an early age, Claire will have a leg up at winning Project Runway, but as we learned tonight on the season 9 finale, you don’t have to have sewing skills to win (anya). And while we’re on the subject, my friend Cristen made this:
Ha! Anyway, Claire sewed up an adorable drawstring bag and then embroidered a flower on it. And somehow I didn’t get a picture of the completed project. It might have been because I was busy making banana bread.
We’re a pretty domestic bunch.