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1  A moment of silence for my old singer. . . in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by EllaRain on: July 02, 2014 08:20:56 AM
This is my sewing machine.  An old metal singer that was made back in the early eighties.  It was my mom's first, but I have had it for about 15 years.  Last week it just stopped sewing.  It was rather strange because it happened midway down a line of quilting and there weren't any tangled threads.  I cleaned out everywhere where dust likes to accumulate, but it was just stuck.  I took it in for repair, but alas it is not able to be fixed. Apparently, over time moisture has gotten into the machine and rusted some of the gears, so they are fusing together.  No one makes the gears anymore so fixing this problem is not really an option.  Cry  I am feeling more sentimental then I was expecting about the loss of my machine.  It is the only one I have every have and it is so tough I guess I just kind of thought it would last forever.

Now comes the arduous task of selecting a replacement machine.   Huh It seems that new machines have lots of fancy features compared to mine, but they also seems much more flimsy that it makes me wonder how long they will last. I would appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the topic.  My impulse is to get another singer.  A friend recommended this one( http://www.amazon.com/9970-600-Stitch-Computerized-Extension-Accessories/dp/B00GG5W9NY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404313678&sr=8-1&keywords=singer+9970) , but she does not actually own the machine.  Do you guys have any experience with it?
I am feeling a little lost and have been trying to think about the characteristics I would like in a new machine.
I want it too last. . . (It does not have to last the 30+ years of my old machine, but I don't want to have to buy a new one for a good while)
I want to be able to quilt through lots of fabric. I use my  machine to quilt, and make purses out of upholstery fabric and sometimes sew denim.
I would like to be able to lower the feed dogs (this is something my old machine could not do but I think it would be fun to learn to free motion quilt).
I am looking to spend less than $500. 
I am sure there are other things but I cannot think right now. . .
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2  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: November 12, 2013 07:20:52 PM
In case anyone is still following this thread:
Unfortunately, the quilt blocks I sent to Fontiua got lost in the mail.  According to the tracking number they never even made it out of the town that I sent them from Undecided
Anyway, here are the new quilt blocks I have made to replace those that were lost. Fontiua, I hope these find there way to you.   I am planning on sending them out tomorrow.

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3  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: July 23, 2013 04:27:11 PM
My Gallery!
Group 2

Melladh quilters choice (deep northern blues & greens)

jungrrl Starflower (vintage-y pastels & white)

Fontiua French braid type with corners (purples, teals, blacks, grays, whites)

Sparkledust strip block (pastels)

Group 4

danynn Celtic Twist block (warm reds, oranges, and yellows with black background)

carolmb quilters choice of pinwheel (scrappy with off white background)

alwaysinmyroom Party hats (red, white and blue)

kbrison Four Patch Ladder

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4  Re: One Tiny Monster Hoopla Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: July 11, 2013 03:54:21 PM
Check out the cute little guy I got from QueenNinjaMonkey

He looks so happy with his little animal friends Cheesy.  Plus the background fabric is really cool.

Thank-you, QueenNinjaMonkey!!  I just love him! Grin
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5  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: April 28, 2013 10:24:11 AM
So exciting to have all my blocks. I think I am going to want to add some more blocks before I sew them together (maybe wait for another round) but I could not resist laying them all out together anyway.  I just love them!

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6  New Purse for Work in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by EllaRain on: February 25, 2013 05:03:27 PM
I usually like very small purses, but lately decided I needed something a little bit bigger for work. The bag itself is about 7.5 x 10 (big for me). 

 I thought about using Amy Bulter's Blossom bag, but after reading about how difficult it is to make, I decided to just use "Blossom" style handles on a bag of my own design.  The lining has all sorts of pockets so I can stay organized. 

I took it for a test run to the store yesterday and I am pretty happy with it.

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7  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: February 24, 2013 08:05:41 PM
Hey everyone check out the wonderful MAQ I received from WhistleFish:
She choose my "Christmas Table Square" Theme and as you can see it turned out awesome! Grin

Looking back over my questionnaire I felt kind of guilty about how demanding of a partner I was.  I wanted a table square, I wanted it to be viewable from every angle (for all the people sitting around the table) and I wanted it to look good on its own or underneath some other decoration (like a bouquet of flowers). 
But WhistleFish fulfilled all of my demands and made the most adorable, whimsical, jolly creation.  I could not be more pleased.

Here you can see some of the detail.  The center is full of stars and there are all sorts of different kinds of neat stitch-work around each of the houses and trees.  I especially like the stitches on the evergreens.  It makes it look like they have snow on their branches.   Grin

Thank-you, WhislteFish.  I just love it! 
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8  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: February 20, 2013 02:33:53 PM
Group 1:

- donniesgirl - Textured Quilt Blocks in blues & white

Prairie points pinwheel:

Cross shirring:

Lotus flower smocking

- princesspimp81 - Quilters choice (sampler style) in pastels
Ice Cream Cone:

Thrifty Block:

Woven Ribbons Block

- waterbaby - Quilters choice of stars, spinners & pinwheels in jewel tones

- sloth003 - French braid type with corners in scrappy colors

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9  Re: Purse Craftalong? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by EllaRain on: February 12, 2013 07:34:45 PM
I would be up for this, if there is still interest.
I have been thinking I might like to make this bag: http://sdmikke.blogspot.com/2009/03/pleated-purse-pattern.html.  I used the pattern once for a swap:

  and now I think I would like to make one for myself (in non-skull fabric  Wink).
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10  Re: simple 4 piece dress -WITH TUTE in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by EllaRain on: July 26, 2012 05:53:12 PM
Nothing says love like making three posts in a row  Wink.
But I had to post one more time because I made another dress. I saw some cute fabric on sale and I just could not help myself. Plus since I already had the pattern cut it was super quick.
Here it is:

Thanks again violentjayne!!!
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