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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Purchase Advise - No Max Budget on: February 22, 2010 09:27:08 AM
One of our dogs tripped on my old Kenmore's power cord. It was rather on its last leg and smashed apart when it hit the floor. Silver lining is that I get to buy a new machine!

The budget is unlimited because I'm willing to save up and buy the best machine for my needs.

I've been sewing for about 30 years. I do some garment design and enjoy making up children's costumes from scratch.

Here's a little about what I sew:
  • Children's clothing (denim, cottons, knits, costumes)
  • My own clothing (same as the kids' + silk & chiffon)
  • Dolls & their clothing (waldorf style)
  • Garment repair (as in the husband rips stuff often)
  • Applique

I've never done embroidery because I've never had a machine that could do it. I do, however, have a 5 year old daughter who would wear embroidered clothing 24/7.  Cheesy

I've quilted in the past but don't really have an interest in it any longer.

So, if you could buy any machine - which one would you suggest?

(I'm not looking for some industrial overkill here. I don't want a machine that specializes in something that I don't enjoy sewing, i.e. quilting. I'm looking for the best fit for what I actually do.)

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Staying with 3yo in Hospital - How to make costumes? on: October 12, 2008 08:07:31 AM
My husband is willing to go to the fabric store and bring up my sewing machine. However, he needs VERY specific information on what to purchase.

Miss Chief, the 3 year old, wants to be a King similar to Pablo in the Tale of the Mighty Knights of Backyardigans.

Mr. B, my 9 year old, wants to be a wizard with a blue and silver theme.

Ideas on how to make this work from here? We're hanging out on the Oncology floor until Miss Chief's bone marrow starts to rebound and she stops having fevers. It could be a few more days or it could be a few more weeks.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Inspiration: Pettiskirts at OopsyDaisyBaby on: August 30, 2007 12:32:07 PM
I am totally in love with the pettiskirts at OopsyDaisyBaby

Insert pictures here. I lost my login & started over again with a new username. Whoops!

I've been searching the web & archives here for an idea on how to make one for my daughter. It's not really a tiered design - so the oft mentioned petticoat tutorial isn't a good match.  Undecided

Does anyone have any ideas for me?

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