Sewing machine review

This is a review done for the sew mama sew sewing machine reviews.


What brand and model do you have?

I have a Bernina 215.

How long have you had it?

I got it as a present from my parents last year for Christmas.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

I honestly can’t remember how much we paid for it… I know it was on sale at the sewing machine store by the mall.

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Mainly clothing, with a few home dec projects. I’d like to branch out and work on handbags as well.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

A few times a week, when I can get the opportunity. For a long time, the machine was at my mom’s house and I wasn’t able to access it regularly. I’m hoping to work on it a lot more now that it’s finally in my craft room!

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

I don’t have a name for her, but I LOVE my machine. I think I’m pretty fortunate that ALL the machines I’ve ever sewn on have been Berninas. I learned how to sew on my mom’s Bernina, and we managed to find this one at a decent price. It’s definitely a work horse, and has been great as a beginner’s machine. It’s very forgiving and easy to use.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

Easy threading, and all the stitches are very easy to switch over to. It’s also easy to change the needle to up/down, or adjust the length, whatever you need. There’s also an automatic threader, but I’ve actually never used it.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

Not so far!

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

Yes! Like I said before, it makes a great beginner’s machine and it very forgiving. Considering the fact I had never threaded a machine before I got this one, I can say first hand how easy it is to use.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Take into consideration what kind of sewing you’d like to do. Visit a variety of different places, and try out the machines when you can. One person’s dream machine might not work for you.

Do you have a dream machine?

Maybe an upper end Bernina? I have been converted and likely won’t go back!


Organized dresser as a changing table

Recently, we started on the finishing touches for the nursery. One of the most important steps is to have an organized changing table, to make sure we have everything in a convenient location.


We’re using my old dresser as the changing table, so all we have to do next to take down the mirror and put up something pleasant to look at.


In the first section, we have diaper wipes, diapers, socks, pacifiers, toys, and containers. Below that, we have tons of swaddling cloths for nighttime.

And in the bottom drawer, we have extra changing covers.

We used IKEA drawer organizers and have slowly added to our collection as we got more things from the various baby showers I’ve had. My due date is Thursday, so it shouldn’t be too much longer before we get to try out our organization ideas firsthand.


On my to-do list for baby

Well, I’m about 38 weeks now, which means baby will be here fairly soon. I have so much stuff I’d like to get done, and thankfully my energy is starting to make a come-back. 


On my list:



Get a massive amount of baby laundry done. It’s nice that everyone has been so sweet and given us clothes, but there’s so much laundry to do! You see this massive pile of clothes? Believe it or not, this is just newborn/0-3 months size. This does not include the load I’d already put in the wash, or the other stuff I have in bigger sizes. She now has more clothes than I do. I guess I’ll appreciate it once she’s here… less laundry. Haha.




Get some meals cooked and put in the freezer. I think I’ll get hubby on this challenge, since he makes an excellent chili and beef stew. I might even start making more food than necessary this week and freezing some of it up when I can. It’ll give us a head start on meals once Baby R gets here.




Get the bassinet in our room. We’re not in a huge hurry to do this, so I’m going to have hubby move it when we get home from the hospital. We have a tiny master bedroom, so putting it in there now just means we’re going to trip over it constantly when we get home. Right now, I think I will load up the bottom with ‘quick’ remedies, like some diapers, diaper cream, a toy, a change of clothes, and a spare sheet. That way I can keep everything close by.



Get these cute buttons on the dress I’m working on. I’m making a dress for Baby R at the moment, which I’ve put aside for other projects. But I now have the overwhelming urge to finish up the dress and add these cute buttons on. I actually also bought some large white buttons that will work in a pinch, but these are cuter. 

And… last but not least… (prepare to be horrified):



I need to reorganize my craft desk. I am not sure how my craft desk became a dumping ground for everything, but it’s a mess. My sewing machine is still at my mom’s, and I need to get my machine here, as I’d like to get some sewing done. Other goals include getting nurse gifts together, and to get the car seat installed in the car. No, we have not done that yet. Yes, I am aware the baby could be here any time now, 

Hopefully, my next blog post will show a much nicer, much more organized desk. 


Packing my bag for baby

Well, I’m not dead. I typically try to update more often, but I’ve been completely zonked. Zombiefied. Not as bad as that first trimester, but pretty darn bad. I’m waiting patiently for some kind of nesting instinct, but as the only instinct I’ve had so far is forcing myself through work and then staring at the walls, I’m guessing labor is pretty far off. 


I did pack my hospital bag. 




The backpack is for baby. So far I have some diaper ointment, two going-home outfits (one in pink and one with pumpkins on it that says “My First Halloween” since she’s due the 24th but could very well be born on Halloween). I’m finishing up some laundry and will add a pink hat and some mittens so she doesn’t scratch herself. My hospital gives out diapers, so I’m not concerned about that.

For myself, I packed a boppy, a going-home outfit for myself (still maternity style), some breast pads, toiletries, and some underwear I could care less about. Then I added a robe and some socks, as I can get cold very, very easily. I wrote a list to remind myself to pack some snacks for hubby, some treats for the nurses, and my Macbook in case I get bored. That way, I can listen to some music as I labor, I guess. I think I’m also going to add a pillow to that list, since everyone says hospital pillows are basically the worst. 

Is there anything else I should add?