Getting to know the Brother CE8080

Today I finally got the time to take out my new sewing machine, the Brother CE8080.  It looks and has exactly the same features as the Brother CE8080 PRW Computerized Sewing Machine, the only difference I think is the name since I got this in Canada instead of in the US, where it is marketed differently.  It features a LCD screen which displays your stitch number as well as the width and length of your stitches; a drop-in horizontal plastic bobbin; LED light; 8 button hole styles and a 6 point feed dog. Here are all the stitches that the machine can do, although I’m pretty sure I’ll only be using 2 or 3 of them at first.  🙂

It comes, of course with the foot controller: And the other accessories are inside this front compartment: Like these: Here are the overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, and the monogramming foot: Several types of needles: Spool caps and buttonhole foot: Clockwise from left:  Cleaning brush, seam ripper, extra spool pin, extra bobbins, disc shaped screwdriver, button fitting foot, and the zipper foot: Now I just need to find some time to devote to my first project, and figure out which of the pretty fabric I picked up I’m going to work on.  I never realized how much fun it would be to look through all these bolts of fabric and dream up what I could make!  Now I can relate to all the fabric stashes I see online.  🙂

Here is an assortment of cotton from Cotton Depot in Mall of Asia.  Cost per yard ranges from 160 to 200 pesos (4 to 5 USD per yard):

I also picked up some spandex from Expressions in Glorietta because I want to make my own belly bands following this great tutorial I found online.  They were nice enough to let me have just half a yard of each when I explained what I wanted to do with it.  🙂

After I deplete this stash I want to go back to Ilaya Street in Divisoria with my mother-in-law since everything is there and at a much cheaper price!

Next, I need to take out and organize all my sewing supplies and finally get cracking on that elusive first project but first it’s tinkering with the machine and going back to basics for me since I’ve never used a computerized sewing machine before.  🙂

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First Sewing Project – What to do?!

I’ve been trying to figure out what my first sewing project should be.  Ultimately, I want to be able to sew some of my own clothes and make some crafty things for our baby.  But I have to start with something much simpler as I don’t remember anything from my sixth grade economics class that taught us the basics of how to use a sewing machine.  But even if I did remember, my newfangled machine does not in any way resemble the heavy rusty old Singer machines I used to practice on.

I love to read and I figured that since I’m trying to learn how to sew on my own, books on Kindle are as good a place to start as any.  So far, I’ve downloaded Me and My Sewing Machine on my Kindle which I find very straightforward and informative, and Sewing in a Straight Line which seems like a good book to choose my first project from.  But of course, I couldn’t resist picking up a few books that I hope I can use in the future such as Built by Wendy Dresses (available through Amazon, not sure if we can get it in Manila) and the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook (Php 1,199 from Powerbooks in Alabang Town Center around which both come with patterns inside:

I’m trying to figure out if I should try the one-hour skirt from Sewing in a Straight Line or maybe a really cute and functional crayon roll.  But since both will work well with medium weight fabric and I’ve read that printed or plain cotton is the easiest for beginners, I decided to get some cute fabric to inspire me last weekend.

I went to Fabric Warehouse in Glorietta 5 and Paramus in Glorietta 4 below the food court and left with this fabric:

Fabric from Paramus, Glorietta 4

Printed cotton from Fabric Warehouse (200 per yard)

I bought some matching thread and elastic as well in Carolina’s in the ground floor of Glorietta 5 near Starbucks.  Fanbi in Greenbelt 1 is on sale and seems to have a lot of choices too but I didn’t really look around when I was in the area.

Up next, picking my first sewing project, studying the CE8080 manual, and finally using my new sewing machine.  🙂