Friday, February 04, 2011

At The Office Where The Papers Grow She Takes A Break

Ok kids, the week is OVER!

Thank freaking goodness! I'm up to my eyeballs in paper and just general crap at work.

And now for the unveiling.

My new sewing machine!

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It's a Janome DC3050.

Nope. I didn't test drive it at the store.

I just effing bought it.

Why?

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CLEAR BOBBIN WINDOW! Swoon!

I think one review of my old sewing machine, the Beast, I found online summed it up well:

Sewing with this machine is like baking a Thanksgiving dinner with an Easy Bake Oven.

So you see, anything would be a step up from that.

So there you have it.

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A million frivolous stitches!

I love it.

Now I just need to find time to play with it!!! By the time I get home from work I'm wiped out.

Speaking of work--it's time for part two of this post if you've made it this far.

It's time for YOU to work.

But there's a reward in it.

But first the work.

I want to solicit your ideas for a name for this new machine.

I can't guarantee I'll use it--you know how it goes--sometimes pets/kids just name themselves. But I know you guys will come up with something clever.

The reward?

For the most original name that tickles my fancy (or loads my bobbin) you will get a one year subscription to Knitcircus.

And in the interest of sharing the love I'll give away to two random winners each a Knitcircus Spring 2011 pattern set. These winners will be picked by my lovely assistants Mooch and Chunky or a random number generator--depending on the general mood of my assistants at the time of the drawing!

All you have to do is leave your name suggestion in the comments section.

Contest ends Monday at 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter!

ETA: Well kids, I can't catch a break. The machine is defective. I can't even turn it on. The culprit is the power cord. The metal piece inside is misshapen and I can't get it to connect to the machine. Keep the names coming though. At least I'm enjoying them, even though I can't enjoy my machine.

ETA #2: Problem fixed!!! I was able to reshape the metal piece inside the end of the power cord that connects to the machine. Bad news is that I now need a new size 3 DPN. Thank god I don't have expensive taste in knitting needles and it was just a Susan Bates I ruined.

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38 Comments:

Anonymous jaala said...

Ha! Love the contest--and the machine! Can't wait to hear its new title.
oxo jaala

8:24 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Hmmmm. I don't know; it looks like a she. Perhaps Annie, because according to the wonderful interwebs, St. Anne is the patron saint of seamstresses. If it's a boy machine, maybe Tommy because St. Thomas More is the patron saint of educators and scientists (and intellectual types like us)... I don't know why I'm on a saint track - talking with my fanatical MIL will do that, I guess ;-)

9:01 PM  
Blogger ccr in MA said...

I would call her Genome, as she will create things. Maybe Jeannie for short.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Harlem Purl said...

My most logical response would be to name her "The Beauty" but I guess that's a bit cliche. I like Naomi too! Good luck naming her.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Andey Layne said...

My husband says it looks like a Pierre to him. I say, ooh, shiny, I want one! Mine goes forward, backward and zig zag. Nuthin' fancy like that one.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Hmm. My Bernina is Bernadette, so I'm thinking yours should relate to Janome... Janice, maybe? Plus, she was always one of my favorite Muppets. :)

Congrats on the new machine. It's a lovely feeling to upgrade, isn't it?

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey that looks just like the one that I looked at on the web when you told me what models you were looking at!! LOL!

I think a name like Clear Bobbin Window or Swoon is what I would go for.

Love, Mom

11:15 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

You will LOVE this machine. I guarantee it. My BFF has this machine and every time we have "sewing weekend", I want to steal it away.

After some contemplation, I would dubb the "The Sexy Maven"...cause what's better than The Beast than The Sexy Maven.

Have fun with the new machine!!

1:34 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

I think Betsy would work. It says that she's a lady, but no winpy girl girl. To me, the name Betsy says work horse, which I bet this machine is. Gotta tell you... all those stitches... wow!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

It needs a Jersey name. I vote for Gabriela Antonia Castigliano, but I'd call her Gabby or Toni for short.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome...If I had that machine I would just call her Sweetie! or My Sweetie!!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Amanda D Allen said...

I think i would go for Janet. It is a good respectable name, but also convenient for those times when you just need to say "Damnit Janet"

9:21 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Woohoo! A new sewing machine! I had actually been eyeing that same Janome machine, but my budget wouldn't allow for it. : (

I got a Kenmore machine on sale at Sears. I read in a bunch of places that Kemmore machines are manufactured by Janome, so that made me feel better about buying one. I don't have any previous sewing machines to compare it to, but so far it works great.

I wish I could think of a name for your machine. Looking forward to see what you end up picking!

10:03 AM  
Anonymous string said...

I think any sewing machine with such lovely purple designs is definitely feminine. I always give machines old fashioned names like Violet or Edith. It just seems right. That being said I've had my car for 4 months and it doesn't have a name.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Hmmmm my Janome Gem is referred to as Jem, you know, truly outrageous, truly truly outrageous.

Yours though....DC whatever? How did Janome stop with the creativity! The travesty!

I don't know if I"m pronouncing it right, but I pronounce Janome "jan-O-me." So How about gnome?

Gnome? G-nom-ee? Or, and I mention it only because no one else has yet, My Precious :).

11:06 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Yay for your new machine!! I envy that clear bobbin cover too, that's awesome :)

Ok, for a name (but don't enter me as i have a sub.) Ja No Me better than I do ;) Ok so not great, but I tried!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Marie Grace said...

Dude seriously, I'm so happy for you! I remember my old machine... it ate more fabric than it ever sewed. The day I got my new one was like the heavens opened up and the angels sang. If I believed in that sort of thing that is.

So what are ya gonna sew first?

12:31 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Nice machine, the sheer quantity of stitch pattern tattoos is dazzling. I got no clever ideas for names... although I do sorta hear Tom Jones singing, "She's a lady whoa whoa whoa... and the lady is mine," so Lady. Long may she sew!

1:34 PM  
Blogger April said...

I really have no name ideas, I just want a prize.

But - my verification word is "lingepus". I think it might work.

1:53 PM  
Blogger knitting-cat said...

Congratulations.

The advantage of a new machine is no @#&$^@ but the
disadvantage is that it is usually the user mistake when it jams.

Jersey Peach for a name, Peach when she is good and Jersey just to remind you of that God awful state you need to live in.

sercas is my verification

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

All I know is that I use knitting, sewing, etc to help me through every day life... sometimes even with my wonderful husband. Therefore, and pardon my snarkiness, I would name her The Marital Aid.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd name her "Jay" as a play on the brand name...

As an aside, consider getting the store where you bought her sending you a new power cord. Once those metal prongs are bent out of shape, they tend to loosen/cause problems in the future.

Good luck!

Cheryl

6:09 PM  
Anonymous dawn said...

I think it looks like a Jorgi.
Have fun.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

I'd call her Sassy, because she is! Beautiful machine. Congratulations!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Bob-ra. So named after the clear bobbin case.

8:40 PM  
Blogger CBear said...

J'effin
Charlie
JoMomma
Cookie

10:39 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Well,,,,, since you are from Alaska,,,, and it goes along nicely with the make of the machine,,, why not Juno?

It has a nice ring anyway.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

Call it Janomious!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Not entering the contest for obvious reasons, but congrats on the new machine!

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Have fun!!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Bev said...

Joy. Pure Joy. How can it be anything less after giving up your Beastie?

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rockin' Bobbin for her name.

"She rocks through the fabric all day long
Sewing' and a-bobbin and hummin' along
All the sharp needles on Meanderin's street
Love to hear the bobbin go sweet sweet sweet"

"Rockin' Bobbin sweet sweet sweet
Rockin' Bobbin sweet sweet sweet
Go Rockin' Bobbin 'cause we're really gonna sew tonight."

No matter what name you give her you are going to enjoy her. Have fun!

Cynthia M.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

juan. (pronounced whan) Cause sewing with this is gonna be like making sweet love on a caribbean beach in comparison to the Beast

7:08 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

i knew it! congrats and welcome to the janome fold!

i haven't named my machine so i'm no good at it. maybe Mary because if The Beast was anything like my old machine, i threw out swears all the time and her Holiness will hopefully elicit fewer of them?

9:15 AM  
Blogger Deeners said...

Jeannine the Janome

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bertha....

Or Jerry. Because those are the names that popped into my head.

Have fun sewing!!


Ba

6:44 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Bob-rah Sue, in honor of the clear bobbin case and the Susan Bates needle that heroically gave its life so that you could sew...

7:09 PM  
Blogger ~RaenWa~ said...

How about Heloise you can call her Wheezy for short lol. Glad you got her working.

12:28 AM  

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