I decided the first project for Bernie, my new sewing machine would be Butterick B5354. I’ve made this top countless times for myself and friends. Most recently I made it for my BFF using some gorgeous Birch fabric from Bizzy and Boo on etsy. I loved it so much, and thought the fabric went with the design so well, that I’m gonna be a copycat and make myself an identical one. I’ve made mine a size 8 (even though my measurements indicates size 12) because the pattern is quite large I find.
I figured it was a good top to use while cutting my teeth on my new machine – as I could spend all my time figuring out the sewing machine directions, not the pattern directions.
To start of with I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how the needle threader worked. I was determined to figure out this first step and not resort to eye squinting and manually threading the needle. In the end I had to google it and watch a youtube video about five times before I was successful. I won’t bore you with what I’m sure is a riveting tale of getting to know my new machine. Essentially Bernie is a beaut to sew with and I have a lot to learn. But my top turned out marvelous!