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1  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. . .
       
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Purse for Work 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.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A dress I have been itching to make. . . on: July 15, 2012 05:12:32 PM
Since summer started I have found myself itching to make a dress. Something cool and comfortable but dressy enough I could wear to work.  So when I saw this tutorial by violentjayne I had to give it a try.
Here it is:



C & C welcome.

 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about reading chart for cableing on: February 05, 2012 09:18:12 PM
I am sure this is an easy question but I am still a little unsure of myself when it comes to cables.
So I have just started my second project with cables and my first project with charts and I am a little bit confused. I am working on this pattern. . . http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elbow-patch-cardigan.
On the third row of the chart the instructions are to put 1 stitch on cable needle in the back; knit 2, purl 1. Then put 2sts on cable needle in front; purl 1, knit 2.
My question is when do I knit the stitches that I put on the cable needle?
I am thinking maybe I should  put one stitch on cable needle in the back; knit 2, purl 1 from cable needle. Then put 2 sts on cable needle in front; purl 1,knit 2 from cable needle.
Is this correct?
 
Thanks in advance
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I heart your mind on: December 24, 2011 06:32:51 AM
These were for a recent swap. I used my partner's love of anatomy as an excuse to learn a bunch of new stitches.


The heart:


The brain:
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflake Mobile on: December 11, 2011 06:50:58 PM


My new place has rather high ceilings.  I created this snowflake mobile to hang over our table. Hopefully it is high enough that the cat will not bat at it.  Wink She seemed very interested when I was making it. 
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sonic on: July 21, 2011 08:56:13 AM
I made this for my hubby's birthday. He is a big sonic fan.

I wanted it to be a surprise so I tried not to let him know I was working on it. I would work on it while watching TV and hide it under a blanket when he came into the room. He must have thought I was very lazy for all the time I spent just sitting in front of the TV with a blanket on my lap, but I was able to fool him and make it a surprise Cheesy.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Sweater and Booties on: May 06, 2011 05:38:17 PM
I knitted these as a baby shower present for a friend of mine who is expecting. The sweater is Knitting Pure and Simple's Easy Baby Cardigan . I liked it because there was no seaming.

I had some left over yarn so I made the booties.

I made the sweater in the 12 month size because I wanted it to fit during the winter, but since I did not remember ever seeing a 12 month old in booties, they are smaller. Hopefully, it is OK that the sweater and booties match but will probably not fit the baby at the same time  Tongue
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Brocade Purse on: March 08, 2011 01:27:21 PM
I made this bag as part of the make a purse and fill it swap
Purses are one of my favorite things to make and I had a lot of fun putting this one together. This purse is made from an original pattern and it has a magnetic closure.

The front of the bag: It has two outside pockets on the front. 


The back:


The inside lining: The inside has a zippered, pocket that was padded. It was designed to hold my partner's eReader.


A little picture of show off the strap. The strap has a little slider so that it can be adjusted and worn as a shoulder purse or an across the body bag.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Buddha Pendant on: March 06, 2011 10:10:04 PM
I made this Buddha pendant as part of a swap. It was inspired by a Scrabble tile pendent my partner hand on her wist. The pendant has a little bit of dimension because the Buddha is actually a shrinky-dink that I decoupaged and glued to the wooden back.



I used Glossy Accents to make it shiny and I think it turned out OK, but I felt like maybe there is a trick to using it that I had not figured out yet . If anyone has any suggestions/advice I would love to hear them.
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