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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Preserving strawberries 3 ways on: July 09, 2014 07:04:45 PM
 Shocked  *drools at screen
That looks soooooo good!
My mom used to make strawberry jam when I was a kid and the kind from the store just isn't the same.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Office Sweet Office on: July 09, 2014 07:01:08 PM
Hehe I love it. . . . I have to seriously consider making something like this for my office.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pin-up girl peplum top on: July 09, 2014 07:00:17 PM
Ohhhh. not to knock the original design but I like it so much better like this.  You look adorable!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: A moment of silence for my old singer. . . on: July 09, 2014 06:58:26 PM
 Smiley I hope so. 
I am sooooo close to finishing the queen size quilt I was making with all of your wonderful blocks.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: A moment of silence for my old singer. . . on: July 06, 2014 07:10:37 PM
Hey guys.  Thank-you so much for your replies/condolences. 
Choo-choo if I was anywhere near Wyoming I would bring you my machine Wink.  It seems that there are not as many placed to take sewing machines as there used to be (at least around here).  Thank-you for the suggestion to check the Singer site, I will try to find an authorized dealer near me. I do not think that the repair guy I took it to was trying to sell me a new machine, the shop does not sell machines, just fabric; but I think you are probably right about getting a second opinion anyway. At least to get an estimate on how much it would be to repair.
There was no smells or anything when it stopped, so maybe the brushes? I am afraid I do not have the mechanical savvy to know. 

Also fif you check to make sure you had not released the handwheel?
I am not sure how to check this. 

Sorry to take so long to reply. We had two birthdays in the house this week and between that and the holdiay things have been a little hectic, but I do appreciate your posts.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sewing Table gets a new life on: July 06, 2014 06:54:21 PM
Your table looks great. It is always wonderful to be able to modify something to make it functional without detracting from the form  Wink.  Well Done!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dr. Mario Painting on: July 02, 2014 01:10:30 PM
They look great!  I love Dr Mario and you did a great job
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / A moment of silence for my old singer. . . 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. . .
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My crochet doll on: May 18, 2014 01:42:38 PM
ahhh. . .That is the most adorable little doll. I love that she has an even more tiny little doll!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Infinity Dress With Handkerchief Hem on: May 17, 2014 09:03:40 PM
A lovely dress. It looks great on you.
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