Wedding season is coming up. How many weddings can a girl get invited to in one season.
Several years ago, I was at the stage in my life where I was getting married and so were all my friends.  For a period of 3-4 years, I had average of 10 friends getting married per year.  This meant I need to buy gifts for the wedding, bridal shower and baby showers came right after for those who had kids right away… So what is a girl to do??  Buy an embroidery machine 🙂

I decided to buy a sewing and embroidery combo machine so I can personalize their gifts myself. It took me a bit to figure out what to buy.  Originally I was going to go with a computerized sewing machine that had more stitches to embellish my gifts but when I went looking for Sew & Vac store in my area and discovered two wonderful stores – Pocono Sew & Vac in the Pocono, PA and American Sewing in Princeton, NJ.

If you never gone to a Sew and Vac store, you’re in for a treat.   I discovered about the options out there for Sewing Machines, Embroidery Machines or combo machines. I was excited to play with a computerized sewing machine as my mother’s sewing machine was all manual from 20 years ago. It had all these fancy buttons, gazillion stitch options and even able to sew without using the petal.. Then they showed me a combo machine.  The combo is a computerized sewing machine and embroidery machine in one.  It was the best of both worlds.  So I took home a Janome Memory Craft 9900 Sewing & Embroidery Machine and fell in love with it..


For those who never tried machine embroidery, go to your local Sew and Vac store and give it a try.  It’s so much fun being able to embroidery already made items or sew your own things and add a personal touch. The best part is that the store will give you training on the machine you purchase and help you set it up to make sure you are able to take full advantage of your purchase.

Here are some of the features on the Janome Memory Craft 9900:

  • Full color large LCD touchscreen
  • AcuGuide automatic cloth guide
  • Start/stop button
  • Locking stitch button
  • Speed control slider
  • Easy set bobbin
  • Bobbin winder with plate and cutting blade
  • Automatic needle up/down
  • Automatic thread tension
  • Built-in needle threader
  • Free arm
  • Drop feed
  • Adjustable stitch length and width
  • Built in timer tells you how long it will take to complete an embroidery project
  • 200 built-in utility and decorative stitches
  • 175 Built-in embroidery designs
  • Letter monogramming function
  • Max embroidery size: 6.7″ x 7.9″ (170mm x 200mm)
  • Easy on-screen editing capabilities so you don’t need special software to resize, duplicate, flip or combine

I loved so many of the features of this machine and it’s versatile enough for me to expand into quilting in the future. But for now, I’m happy to just sew and learn embroidery.
If you have a Memory Craft machine, I would love to hear your experiences with them.. Until next time, happy sewing..

~~Words of Encouragement~~
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)

Handmade with Love by Bertha