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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm sick of sucky sewing machines!! what do you guys like? on: May 22, 2010 01:04:07 PM
I have a Janome 6600P and I love it!  Now that Janome has just released the next generation (7700) you might be able to get a really good deal on the 6600.  I paid $1100 for mine.  If that's too much, check out the Threadbanger models. 
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: NYC used machine store? on: May 22, 2010 01:01:00 PM
Buying locally in NYC is problematic.  There are virtually no dealers left, but if your neighborhood has one, by all means check it out.  They may have a trade-in.  See if they give lessons too.  There are a couple of dealers on Route 17 in Paramus if you have a way of getting there.  Be prepared to bargain.

You can get a NEW Janome 7306 6 Stitch Magnolia Basic Freearm Mechanical Sewing Machine  for $100 at Allbrands.com.  (I've bought two machines from Allbrands.  Their prices and customer service are excellent.) 

Buying off Craigslist or posting a request on Freecycle might also be somewhere to look for a bargain on a used machine.  When buying used, stick to Kenmore, Pfaff, Viking, Elna or Bernina.  Stay away from Singer machines made during the 1980s-1990s; they were made of nylon and plastic and worthless. 

Don't ever buy  a so-called  "vintage" machine for anything more than $120, unless it is a top-of-the-line Bernina with all the parts INCLUDING THE MANUAL! and you have test-driven it yourself. 

13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for some "friends" to hold my hand and translate, TBI on: May 22, 2010 12:41:16 PM
Can you make new memories? Or do you have to rely on the here and now?

You might also like to be in touch with the Stitcher's Guild Forum.  http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php  There are hundreds of very experienced sewers who would be delighted to provide whatever help you need.  They're a friendly bunch.
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 03:15:13 PM
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15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flouncy Bag -- My Version on: May 03, 2010 01:37:56 PM
There was only one project in "One-Yard Wonders" that captured my attention -- the Flouncy Bag.  I love purses and this was a shape I had not seen before.  This is my version.  Took a bit more than one yard, but the basic pattern idea is here. Added a bunch of interior pockets, outside slip pocket for cellphone, cross-body strap as well as shoulder handles. Also added zip top for security.  Forgive the "unclipped" threads still inside the interior photo.



16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: February 11, 2010 09:00:23 AM
Had to sell this to make room    Sad

But

Here's my newest Grin. and I love it!  It's a Janome 6600P



The best part is how well it fits in my old Singer Stylist 534 cabinet!
17  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Re: ATTENTION JERSEY CRAFTSTERS - check it out! Craftster heatmap! on: November 27, 2009 04:49:39 PM
This is so cool.
Another crafster lives in my county!
I live in Cliffside Park, Bergen County.

I'm right down the street from you in Ft. Lee!  Wondering if there are more of us?
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lower looper thread breaking and breaking and breaking... on: November 18, 2009 07:52:56 AM
Have you changed the needle lately?
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode TWO - Official Craftster Discussion Thread on: August 28, 2009 02:03:14 PM
My late father was a sample maker in the garment center during the 1930s and 1940s.  I remember watching him "smock" by hand, which was the only way it was done then and probably still done for couture today. 

He taught me how to make buttonholes by hand too. 

Such meticulous, exactly hand work is one of the reasons couture costs so much money.

Frankly, I'm glad they invented the built-in buttonholer and elastic thread.







20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Six - Episode TWO - Official Craftster Discussion Thread on: August 28, 2009 08:19:13 AM
... the construction/execution on the shorts outfit was horrid and the other design concept was pretty out there ...

I couldn't agree more.  

I wonder:

Concept aside, why on earth would anyone design clothing for the most vulnerable time in any woman's life that suggests she is nothing more than a barnyard animal?  Considering it came from a 23 year old, self-described as gender-neutral, the total lack of understanding of the task he was asked to perform was cringe worthy, made even worse by his parting comments.  This kid obviously thinks he has all the answers.  He should start asking a few questions first.

As for those shorts, which were cut for maybe a size 50 or larger waistline, if sewing skills are so necessary, which this kid obviously lacks, how come these contestants are not pre-screened for their sewing abilities?  I think they purposely throw in a few who can't sew so we can watch Nina Garcia throw a hissy fit or two.  It makes for great television, even if it does annoy those of us who do sew.

I also observe that these designers seemed to be trained only to fit body types that are not found on "normal" women.  It drives me nuts that they think a size 10 or 12 is plus size and "impossible," which may account for the unrealistic attitudes that young women have about their own bodies.
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