The Sewing Party: A Secret I Can Finally Tell…

A few months back I was contacted by the education department at SVP Worldwide, the company that owns Singer, Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff brand sewing machines. I was presented with an opportunity to take part in a new blog and website the company was putting together under the name The Sewing Party. In exchange I was sent a new Husqvarna Viking Topaz 50 Embroidery machine and software to play with. It was a good deal in my eyes.

The Sewing Party! {an Art School Dropout's life}I of course said yes! I am already the proud owner of TWO Viking sewing machines. One was a 10 year old embroidery machine, that could only embroider up to 3.85″ square, and the other was a newer quilting model that I had purchased a couple years ago. I was also raised sewing on Viking and Singer Machines, So I’ve been a fan since birth, and I wasn’t selling out. I would be promoting a company I trusted and rely on.

Also, I just really love new technology and gadgets. haha.

Now, let’s fast forward two months to today! Today the Sewing Party went live after weeks of work on their part and the small blogging group I am part of. The website has a blog that will feature tutorials, projects, and stories all about sewing. It also has a community based forum where you can ask fellow sewers whatever question you may have! It’s pretty awesome and I highly suggest a visit!!!


As part of the unveiling, a few blog post went live too! One of them was my first embroidered project on the new machine, something I am calling a Selfie Pouch! I used Viking’s 6D Premier Embroidery Software and the Topaz 50 they sent me to make this extremely photo realistic pouch featuring an IG friend of mine @_sarahsassypants_ . (I was given permission) If you would like to read the full post explaining the embroidery process AND how to easily make a zipper pouch, then click on over!

I am very happy with the way this project came out, the way the new website came together and the amazing reception it has had! I am looking forward to making more projects and sharing a few stories here and there as part of the collaboration. This is the type of stuff that I enjoy working on the most and I am so grateful for the opportunity.

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May Crafternoon

crafternoon_051913_001 crafternoon_051913_002 crafternoon_051913_003 crafternoon_051913_004 crafternoon_051913_005Look! I actually took nice enough photos at this months crafternoon! I kinda was on the ball and remembered my camera. Woohoo! (This is a big milestone for me, seriously big).

This months crafternoon was embroidery themed. Heidi provided all the materials and patterns and just let us do our thing while chatting away. It was a bit earlier in the day than it usually is, so I was kinda tired (I’m not a morning person) but I was totally fine with that since the earlier time meant people who normally couldn’t come, could.

I was also jolted awake a bit by all the awesome gluten free treats that were offered! Heidi made gluten free coffee cake (I should have asked to take some home!). Tasha made gluten free orange scones (which I DID take home and am still eating here and there) and Molly made sure her egg casserole was GF. How sweet are these girls? My plan was just to eat beforehand and then afterwards, but instead I was able to indulge in things I don’t get to eat often! Thank you girls!!! Oh and the cat donuts Heidi made weren’t gluten free, but I still had the pleasure of staring at their cuteness the entire time.

The embroidery part was really nice and calming. I usually do this type of craft at home, alone, while watching TV. It was neat doing it while talking to others. I might want to do that again. Maybe I can try a Skype type of thing? An internet embroidery/cross stitch party? Hmmm.

I missed last months crafternoon due to my irrational fear of getting sick and possibly having to reschedule my endoscopy again. (I know, super crazy, but I just had to do it) I’m really happy I was able to go to this months. I needed to get out socially and interact with other like minded people. Working from home can really get to a person sometimes. Especially when your only interaction with others is the people you live with and online social networks. I absolutely love being able to interact with everyone online, but it sure is nice to hear a real laugh instead of “haha” and see real facial expressions instead of emoticons. I’m beyond thankful for it all.

Ok, I’m done being sappy now, I think I’m going to go look into this Skype thing…