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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: new western shirt! on: May 29, 2010 11:39:44 AM
  You are a talented Lady! The shirt is beautiful. I wish I had 1/2 your talent, no I would take 1/4. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you, although I would like to point out that I am a man and not a lady. Guys sew too!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new western shirt! on: May 27, 2010 04:25:47 PM
Just finished this shirt. The fabric is baby blue (color doesn't translate well in the photos) with dark red piping and applique and red pearl snaps. The shirt was designed by me, Jerry Lee. Let me know what you think!







3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 31-15 walking foot on: April 01, 2010 11:58:52 AM
You can't get a walking foor for a Singer 31-15. It's a straight stitch machine. You would have to get a walking foot machine or something like a Singer 31-20 that is made for heavier fabrics. The 31-15 is a really great machine for general sewing and tailoring of light to mid weight fabrics.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help with an older Kenmore on: March 22, 2010 12:07:07 PM
I would answer your question if you didn't start your post with "Hello Ladies". I'm a man and I sew.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Sewing Machine? on: March 12, 2010 04:06:27 PM
If you're making purses then you probably want something industrial. I would go with a Singer 20u. You can usually pick up a used 20u at an industrial machine shop for less than $400 and it will last the rest of your life. It does straight stitch but can easily be converted to zig zag.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: February 28, 2010 06:11:23 AM
This is my new (er new to me) 1930's Singer industrial embroidery machine, the 107w102. There are no feed dogs or presser foot so the fabric is guided manually using your hands. The width of the zig zag stitch is controlled by a knee lever. I purchased it from the local industrial sewing machine shop so it has a new table and motor and sews great!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need some help, please!! on: February 02, 2010 07:20:21 PM
You should take your friend to small claims court.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me decide which sewing machine to get! on: January 16, 2010 09:56:28 PM
I'm curious about this sewing machine shop in "some guy's house". You mean there is some guy who is an independent business man and probably knows everything there is to know about sewing machines and would most likely be able to help you choose the best sewing machine for your money? Yeah... sounds real creepy. I'll tell you what gives me the creeps: the possibility that one day those old sewing machine techs will no longer be around to repair our sewing machines. The possibility that one day our only options will be plastic Taiwanese made Brothers from Walmart.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: White Super Lock Model No. 208 on: January 16, 2010 06:03:32 AM
In 1988 that "new invention" was already more than 100 years old. The Merrow Machine Company first introduced overlock machines for the industrial market in the early 1880's and Baby Lock began producing overlock machines for the home sewer in the 1960's. As for value, it's worth whatever you paid for it if you enjoy it and use it. Baby Lock machines from the 60's and 70's regularly sell on eBay for less than $100, suggesting that there is no collectable market for serger/overlock machines. However, these all metal Japanese-made Baby Lock sergers are vastly superior to new sergers that can be bought for three times the price of a used Baby Lock. Happy overlocking!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: white sewing machine ? on: January 10, 2010 02:13:33 PM
thanks for the info , I do plan on buying a newer machine closer to spring

For as much sewing as you seem to do, you should really look into buying an industrial sewing machine. Aside from being heavy and not very portable, a good used industrial machine will probably last the rest of your life and you can usually buy something for less than $500 at an industrial sewing machine shop. I recently bought a 1929 Singer 31-15 industrial straight stitch machine and it sews as well as the day it was made.
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