How many stitches do you think you take with your sewing machine in a year? This month celebrates my (loaner) Bernina 440QE‘s one year birthday and yesterday I discovered that I’ve sewn 360,000 stitches. One of my favorite features is that the machine reminds you to oil your machine every 180,000 stitches (at 2,000,000 it tells you to have your machine serviced, etc.) – I’ve done this twice, bringing me to my new total. I wonder what the average is?
After cleaning my machine(s), I decided that I would save pattern alterations for my boatneck top for the weekend and go with an instant gratification project instead:

I have a friend who’s birthday is coming up and thought I would make her a boxbag filled with goodies. I think I finally found the perfect interfacing too – a fusible heavyweight on exterior and lining. It really kept the shape, produced crisp lines, but really kept the bag feeling soft.
Lastly, I’ve decided I need to stop surfing the web. Last night, I found this – Yudu screen Printing Machine…. and I want one. Of course, I’d have to make a lot of shirts to make this thing pay off and I understand that the Yudu is quite large (where would I put it?), but I think it would be fun to play with! Anyone own one of these and would like to give me a review?

10 thoughts on “360,000

  1. Marguerite

    So clever, all around (book, bag, etc.) … I’m hoping for more reviews of the Yudu. I wanted a Gocco, but now that they’re discontinued … I hope to see enough reviews from people whose creations I like to know whether or not I want one — by my birthday, at the end of July, so it should be ok!

  2. Sharon

    I don’t own one, but just yesterday I was looking at it in the latest Joann’s flyer. I also had wanted a Gocco so I’m curious about the reviews also. Or – since I’m not buying fabric and patterns – I’ll just I’ll pick one up and do the review myself *LOL*

  3. MelissaB

    What a cute little machine – no clue on it. I didn’t even see the price for it (maybe I missed it). Love the box bag – cute print. And that is a lots of stitches, I wonder how many I’ve sewn over the past year. None today tho, guess I better get sewing and stop blog reading! lol

  4. anary

    Joann has on its flyer…199 bucuks for the machine…I wonder how much it cost the bulbs to make the burning of the screen…they are usually one time use and I bet pretty pricey.
    Still my eyeballs jumped when I saw this cutie! Hehehe

  5. Carrie

    Provo Craft strikes again with the Yudu! I have a Cricut, the Yourstory, and the Cuttlebug. I have NO more rooom for provo craft machines =)But I must say it looks like FUN!! You and Taylor would have a lot of fun with it I bet!

  6. bernadette

    The yudu appears to be a slicker version of the regular silk-screen kits and tools offered by art stores. Same techniques, etc.
    I used to do some silk screen on fabric (mostly t-shirts!) years ago. Pitfall: To change a screen from one design to a different one, you have to clear off the old emulsion (not talking about the inks, which you clean out right away anyway ) before it gets too “set” in the screen. Otherwise, it becomes almost impossible to completely clear the screen for a new design. That was always my downfall! You can instead buy new screens but that gets expensive, unless you intend to keep and reuse a design over and over. (Not sure how many prints you can “pull” of one design before it breaks down too much.)
    The YUDU seems to offer some perks – photo emulsion in sheets rather than paint-on, it looks like it includes a light source (?) to “expose” the emulsion with your design to ready it for printing, and it offers stability since it is so big. Usually, you would want to have a helper steady the silkscreen while you pull the squeegee across your design to print.
    The Yudu seems to be most suited to t-shirts and flat bags, pillow covers, etc. For yardage, it is better to have a moveable screen so the fabric can be flat.
    ( I have also heard of a silk-screen method that uses stick-on sheets with designs cut into them as the “resist”, instead of emulsion, but have never tried it. And you can do a quick, but not too sturdy, resist design on a screen with shapes of masking tape, interfacing, etc. placed on the fabric-touching side of the screen. Have not tried these myself. And I am sure there are other fun methods out there.)
    Sorry this got so long! Delete it if it takes up too much space, please.

  7. Katrina

    I guess I surf the net too much as well because I came across the same thing! I think it was late last night or in the wee hours of the morning and I have no idea how I came across it. I immediately thought that it would be so cool to have that.

  8. KateS

    Lovely box bag- I am sure it will be very appreciated, what a fantstic gift:)
    As to the silk screening : have you tried any local art supplies stores to see what they offer? I know the local one here (Jacksons) has a similar type of machine (more industrial type) and you just pay to have your image burnt onto a special screen sheet (looks abit like the ones on the Yudu website)- I think this costs abot $16 aust for an a4 sheet total. Maybe not cheaper in the long run but good if you just want to have a play. You can buy a squeegee or use an old credit/plasticated store card to squeeze the ink through. I brought a silk screen for about $30 aust and plan just to use it with paper stencils- you can use lithograph paper for this, just wash the ink out afterwards!You can use tape or glue to temporarily hold “floating” bits onto the screen (pieces not physically attached to the rest of the paper ie the circle in the middle of the letter “o”), once you apply ink that will also help hold it there for a couple more applications. Maybe not as sophisticated or delicate in detail as a light burnt image still fun!

  9. Julia

    I’ve been using a product called PhotoEZ (ezscreenprint.com) that lets you make screens using sunlight. The starter kit, which comes with a couple of pieces of screen and a frame for exposing it) is only about $50. I just posted on my blog about a sleep tee I screened using this — it works well enough for my needs and doesn’t take up much space. You might check it out!

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