by Meredith Neal!
1. Babylock Imagine
The first time I used the Imagine I knew it had to be mine. When I think about all the years I’ve threaded and rethreaded in frustration…it is honestly the easiest serger to use—threading, changing the needles, switching between a roll hem and an overlock. I could go on and on. I adore it!
2. Maxi Lock Stretch
One of my goals is to start sewing my own underthings on my fancy Imagine. This stretch thread provides the softest seams, perfect for such endeavors.
3. Bernina Feet
I know, I know…I’m a foot junkie. I already have about 20 feet for my Bernina 1008. But I can always use more. Once I started using specialty feet I realized there are real advantages and now can’t imagine how I sewed for so long without them. On my current wish list: #8 Jeans, #10 Edgestitch, #16 Gathering, #71 Lap Seam.
4. Large Thread Rack
This is one I can actually cross off my list. I splurged last week and picked one up. I don’t know about you but after keeping loose thread in a bin with no idea if that is my only purple, I knew I needed a better system. I now love to go in my home studio and look at the rainbow of organized threads. Happiness.
5. Best Press
I almost always have a quilt top I’m sporadically working on. One of my tricks to accurate cutting and piecing is starching before I cut. This starch is perfect—not too stiff, pleasant scents.
6. Stitch Magazine
Can I tell you how much I love this magazine. I’m always super excited when a new issue comes out. Very thoughtfully edited, great projects.
7. eat.shop Portland
So my husband and I just moved here from NYC and we’re still exploring and discovering things in Portland. This would be an awesome guide.
8. The Practical Guide to Patchwork
I am in awe of Elizabeth and her talent. It would be a great addition to my library of quilting books.
9. Fasturn Set
I’m still struggling with my old loop turner. There are different sizes so you could even turn a spaghetti strap in like 2 seconds. Genius.
10. The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
One of my most favorite things is collecting all the bits and baubles. And a book with great pictures showing me how to use those sounds like a good book to me. Also, if you haven’t noticed…I really like books!
Meredith is the newest addition to the MD staff. She recently moved here from Brooklyn NY with her husband, Dave and their two cats, Rue and Paulina. Having spent years pursuing Theatrical Costume Design, she now takes great joy in immersing herself in the craft community, both in New York (as manager of The City Quilter in Manhattan) and in Portland (fulfilling her wish of working at both MD and Bolt!).