Here in Massachusetts we were hit with a whopper snowstorm this weekend, so I thought I’d get started on the Rucci dress. However, that plan was sidelined when I unpacked the Christmas tree skirt and discovered that sometime over the summer $150 worth of ball fringe trim from G Street Fabrics had been chewed off of it by garage mice and used for nesting material.
Time for a new tree skirt.
I had some rich burgundy home dec velvet in my stash, and some great silver silk dupioni for a binding. The embroidery module of my Bernina 180E had not been used in a while, and I had this cool modernist snowflake design that would look just great on the velvet in various shades of silvery-grey threads. And guess what happened? Well, my ancient (2001) Bernina 180E Artlink software is not compatible with any of the five computers we have in this house. I didn’t want to shell out $500+ to Bernina for their true editing software because I don’t use the embroidery module all that much, and who the heck knows if it would even work on a Bernina machine from 2001 and a 2007 PC running Vista. Intense frustration ensued.
So what did I do? Go onto Ebay and bid on an Dell laptop running Windows ’98 so I can match it up with my 8 year old 180E and its Jurassic era Artlink software. And sure enough – Ebay has plenty of once $1,000+ laptops for less than $60. Hopefully I’ll get the snowflakes embroidered in time to stow away the tree skirt till next Christmas. Wish me luck with the laptop I’m bidding on. If I ever sell this Bernina, which as an embroidery machine is depreciating faster than anything GM ever built; I’ll need to include a working laptop with it because no one would ever be able to use the embroidery module without a computer of similiar vintage. And did I tell you that the sole connection from the sewing machine to the PC is a serial port??? I’d better not lose any of the cables either…