Monday, April 25, 2016

Singer Bobbins....Class 15J!!

There's been alot of discussion in the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Facebook Group lately about the proper size bobbins for the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine.  We had an ongoing post about this topic when I originally formed the group over a year ago.  Well, it seems that there's still some confusion unfortunately.  I will do my best to show the bobbins that came with my machine and the bobbins that I purchased for my machine.  Yes....these are the same bobbins I use in my machine just in case you were wondering.


When I started to do research into purchasing the Singer 9960 over 4 years ago, I read every piece of information I could get my hands on.  There were some discrepancies in the actual information and that was alarming to me.  One source stated the correct bobbin size was 15J and another stated the correct bobbin size was Class 15....We have had members call Singer and inquire with this question only to add more confusion to this issue.


My Singer 9960 came with these 4 bobbins.  I have never had an issue with using these bobbins.  My machine has run flawlessly for more than 4 years.  These bobbins are Singer Class 15J.



I purchased this package of genuine Singer Class 15J bobbins shortly after receiving my machine so I would be fully stocked with bobbins for all my projects.  These bobbins are the same as the 4 bobbins that came with my machine only they are a slightly different color.



Here's a picture of the 2 bobbins side by side.  The one on the left is one of the Class 15J bobbin's that came with my machine.  The one on the right is from the package of Singer Class 15J bobbins I purchased.  They look pretty flat to me and are the same in size and shape.  They appear to have a slightly purple coloration to them.  I don't have any Class 15 bobbins on hand, so unfortunately I can't show them side by side.




Here's a picture of the Class 15J bobbin inserted into the Singer 9960 properly.  Notice how it fills the bobbin casing area completely.  There's no extra room around the bobbin and it fits snugly.



Hope this explanation helps if you too were wondering about the correct bobbin size for the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. 

Have a Happy Creative Day!!
Roxanne 

Friday, April 22, 2016

UPDATE: Singer 8060 is NOW Available at Amazon!!

Happy Friday!!  I have some great news to share!!  I received several messages about my post on the Singer 8060, which is a re-branding of the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960.  It was relayed to me that 8060 is no longer available at Sams Club and many of you were very disappointed.  After researching, I found that the Singer 8060 is now available on Amazon!!




This is great news for those of you that were interested in a plain white version of this machine without the graphics on the front.  Looks to me that the only cosmetic difference, other than the missing front graphic, is that the face plate is red instead of gray on the control panel. Even though the ad states that it comes with Bonus Accessories, I don't believe it comes with the Bonus Foot Collection.  Still a great deal in my opinion since I paid much more for my Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 more than 4 years ago.  If you get this machine, I'd love to hear what you think! 

Have a Happy Creative Day!!
Roxanne 




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Another Milestone! 3000 YouTube Subscribers!!

Hi Everyone!!  I know it's been a while.  The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Facebook Group has been Active and Amazing!!  What a wonderful group of people that have come together to share ideas and their wonderful creations.  If you Own, Use and Love your 9960 or you're interested in more information about the 9960, please consider joining our group.  Although I haven't produced a video in a little while, my YouTube Channel has continued to blossom.  I'm very happy and excited to share that I have surpassed 3000 subscribers!!



I'm planning some new things for those of us that Own, Use and Love our Singer Quantum Stylist 9960's.  Thank you for all the support, ideas and wonderful comments.  See you soon!!

Have a Happy Creative Day!!
Roxanne



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Group Member in Focus: Meet Meredyth!!

Hi Everyone!  I'd like to introduce Meredyth!  She's a member of the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Fans FB Group.  This is the group I started about one year ago for those that Own, Use and Love the Singer 9960.

This group is full of talented people and Meredyth is no exception.  She has a Unique Artistic Gift that we've all been mesmerized by in the group and I'd like to share her work with you.

drum roll please....





Meredyth creates animal portraiture with free motion embroidery!  Each one of these wonderful pieces of Art are created by hand with free motion stitches.



  I find the expressiveness in the eyes that she's able to convey just fascinating.  The shading and textures really bring these animals to life!!



More recently she's taken her Artwork to a new level with a more free style approach to portraits.  Notice how the eyes and shape are still very realistic, but she's used shapes and pattern stitching to create the texture of the animals.  Just Amazing!!

I asked Meredyth a few questions and she was kind enough to graciously answer and bring us into her world.

How did you get started exploring this kind of thread painting?
"Until I got my 9960, I just did standard quilting and other sewing (mostly refashioning or clothing) on a very basic machine.  I always admired thread painting from afar.  When I got my 9960, which came with all the feet, including the darning/free motion quilting foot, that's when I started experimenting with different quilting patterns and techniques.  I started doing the pet artwork when my mother's dog passed away and I wanted to make her something really unique and special.  I never thought it would become my "niche", but it turned out so well that when I shared it in some of the quilting groups I belong too, the orders started rolling in."

How long does it take for you to complete a portrait of someone's pet?
"Generally speaking, my pet products take about 20 to 30 hours from start to finish."

What do you call this kind of Artwork?  It's very unique.
"It falls into the thread painting category, although I also use raw edge applique and quilting techniques to get the texture and color right."

If you'd like more information about Meredyth's work, please check out her Etsy Store:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/fourfootfashions

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these wonderful creations by Meredyth!  She truly uses her Singer 9960 to it's potential.  I'll leave you with a sneak peek of something very new she's working on:


I'm looking forward to seeing how this evolves into something Incredible!

Have a Happy Creative Day!!

Roxanne












The link for my tutorial is https://fourfootfashions.wordpress.com.









Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Surprise!


Hi Everyone!  I encountered a Happy Surprise!!  One of my Picture Tutorials, The Flower Power Purse




was included in a round up on Diply!  It was great to have been included with other upcycled denim projects in a post called "She grabs a pair of old jeans and starts cutting". I'm a HUGE fan of upcycling, so if you are too, check out all the projects included.  The best part of this round up is that each item included has an actual tutorial to learn how to make it.  Another thing I found refreshing about this post is that all the projects featured seem to be not the "same old same old".  Let's face it. There's a lot of recycled content being put out these days, and this is NOT.  So many times, I find a picture of a project that claims to have a tutorial and it just doesn't or it's nowhere to be found.  So annoying.....



I was not familiar at all with Diply, however it's a site that's well worth checking out.  The site is a compilation of a variety of subjects like, Art, DIY, Entertainment, Inspirational just to name a few.  It only takes a moment to sign up and create an account to have access to lot's of great information.  It seems similar to Instructables in that it's set up for you to share a post of your own tutorials. I will take some time to explore Diply and get back to you on how user friendly it is and how it compares to other similar formats.  Until then....

Have a Happy Creative Day!!
Roxanne