8.10.2015

tell me all about it, stud.

oonaballoona | a sewing blog by marcy harriell | the sewing party

Several months ago, while Ruggy was smack dab in the middle of a climax (wait for it) of a very intense (wait for it) spy thriller movie (THERE it is) I shrieked at my computer screen, having come across some topstitching that could only have produced a "not tonight, dear" migraine for the sewist who labored though it. Ruggy paused his flick as I hollered WHY. WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

You know how it feels when you have a game changing tip, or trick, or tool? You HAVE to share it. That's how I felt about my first Pfaff, Lucille Tipsy Ball-er. I wanted to reach through that screen, grab that gal, and let her have a run on my Lucy. My Pfaff was a game changer, and I shouted about her a lot here, after a very brief affair with a Bernina went sour. I'm not dissing Bernina, because everyone has their love. Or loves! I'm also not judging those of you who are not monogamous in your machine adventures! Hell, it was a key party on my desk for a hot minute, and could very well be again!

So sexy on a Monday.

But I adored my Pfaff Tiptronic (and still do). The IDT specifically had me head over heels. I'd been a vintage gal from the very beginning, but my Pfaff was the first brand I had that made me wonder what it would be like to be behind the wheel of a fully automated, computerized machine.

And then Gorgeous George came into my life.

He made his first appearance on my desk via instagram, back when The Sewing Party relaunch (and therefore, explanation) was supposed to shortly follow. But, as site launches do, it was pushed back a bit, making all of those mysterious Instagram hashtags all the more confusing. To make the hullabaloo hullabaloo-ier, the relaunch was set for my birthday week, and there was too much going on IRL to spend time here. (I'm still recovering from the best birthday week to date: surprised by my parents, surprised by my closest friends, surprised by the man who still surprises me after all these glorious years. So. Very. Happy.)

So, apologies if y'all were like what the fa? Here's the fa:

The purple beauty you see above is the Pfaff Creative Performance 4.5, and is on my desk via the relaunch of The Sewing Party. You might remember The Sewing Party of 2014, which was the first ever online DIY conference, with classes and chat rooms and takeaways and all sorts of fun. Now, The Sewing Party is the collaborative blog of Singer, Husky Viking, and Pfaff, and it's a place for creative folk to gather, connect, and get their stitching groove on. There are eight contributors who will create core content using the three brands, providing inspiration and tutorials.


Obviously, I'm one of the Pfaffers. It's my happy job to play with George and holler about it, and at the end of the run, Georgie stays with me. But I also love that The Sewing Party isn't about ONE BRAND TO RULE THEM ALL. Maybe you're a Husky gal, maybe you're a Singer sewist, maybe you'll fall head over heels for Pfaff like I did. The content from the core group is located on the front page, and includes finished projects and some really wonderful, detailed tutorials (skirt liningsfrench fry quiltinstagram pouches!). That core content will only appear on The Sewing Party-- I'll shout out here with a teaser shot when a post of mine goes up, but you won't see a repeat of the post here.

Aside from the contributor content, there's lots of cool areas for everyone to chill in, a fledgling forum section (which I'm hoping will bring back that great feel of the inaugural burdastyle forums. Remember those?). Tag your IG photos, and they'll appear in the hashtag section so your fellow partiers can get a visual introduction to your creativity. (There's a lot of IG eye candy, but so far I'm the only one who's used #TSPsewingfail. HA!!!)

I feel really great about this partnership (understatement of the year). I realize this is a jealousy inducing beast on my desk, and I hope I can make my time as a contributor worthy of such a treat. I so wholeheartedly adore the Pfaff brand, and I'm really quite honored to be considered inspirational enough to be that partygoer with the lampshade on her head. And I hope you'll come over and party with us!

24 comments:

  1. Inspirational enough to be a partygoer? Puh-lease, Marce! Are you forgetting Oonapallooza? You're the most inspirational of the sewing bunch! I got to use a PFAFF when I was a part of Sewing Party, and it was a great machine. The IDT was da bomb. Yo. Enjoy yours and give it lots o' love.

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  2. George is a handsome fella! I'm almost tempted to cheat on my Juki girl! ;)

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    1. now THAT would be a love affair. i thing george & juki should have a fling, with her lovely straight legged stitchin...

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  3. Wow! What a wonderful incentive! I love the blog and the varied contributors!

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    1. i'm so glad! i agree, there's something for everyone. i may even get into quilting ;)

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  4. I'm a Pfaff junkie too. I still have my tiptonic and adore it along with the fantastic IDT feature. I will not be lured into Bernina World. Karen

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    1. HA!!! the lure is strong in the sewing world, no doubt! i'm glad there will be more content for other options out there.

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  5. Yo you know I'm the green eyed monster over here and I hope you and George will be very happy.

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    1. we'll just be over here waiting for janome to send you a luxury cruise ship of a machine! YOU DESERVE IT!!!

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  6. I do remember the inaugural BurdaStyle forums. After all, it was somewhere in there we first met!
    Happy to hear it's not a one-brand party, because I'm a mostly Singer girl here.

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    1. yep! and all the hulabaloo when the free patterns had price tags...all the headless pictures...

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  7. Lucky gal!!! I'm looking forward to hearing about different brands. My poor baby is on her way out so I'm on the prowl for a new partner! Be sure to put George through the ringer...don't hold back...give all Oona! If he can survive your creativity....and take everything you throw at him, he's a good apple.

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    1. i'm throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him (and even that is not safe). so far EVERY time i think there's something wrong, it's MY fault! george just quietly waits for me to have my aha moment and we merrily move along. i'll do a nice big one-year review of him :)

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  8. Oh dear - I'm also in love with George.....

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    1. that's okay. he does love the attention, he's the quintessential ladies man.

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  9. Why Hello There George. (wink wink) My name is Kimberly. You are lookin' mighty gorgeous there all shiny, new and buff.
    Between you and me....if ever you are interested in hookin' up on the down-low, just whistle. I've got some skills with my Gingher 10s that'll start something you and I will no doubt handle beautifully. I know size don't matter, but I work real smooth with these. Shhhhh....we won't have to let anyone know. And when we're done you can continue to love on Oona and I will return to my Bernina and neither will be none the wiser.....just puttin' it out there....think about it. ;-)

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    1. GEORGE! YOU GET YOUR HOT BOOTY BACK ON MY DESK RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!!!!

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  10. Why Oona I do declare that Georgie Boy of yours is quite the tease. All those winks and hellos left a gal longing for more! Seriously, such a great machine. So excited about the sewing party. Good stuff happening here, and there.

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    1. he just loves to tease, he really can't help it with that sexy purple exterior...

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  11. George is a winner! And with his 6D and Perfect Placement and FMQ skills... Marcie is going down the quilting rabbit hole... no doubt about it!

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    1. BTW, does George have an on board cut-out tool? That is one of the Bernina features I want to add.

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    2. Ooops, looked it up and answered my own question... YES, Pfaff has cut work needle kit for that machine.

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    3. i was looking at the cutwork in the manual! MUST try that!

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