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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: I would love some advice on embroidery machines, more details below. on: February 24, 2015 06:56:01 AM
I got a Brother PE500 on Black Friday. It's very easy to use, and download patterns to. I use it on duck cloth a lot, and haven't had any problems. The only issue is that it only has a 4" x 4" embroidery area, which for what I have been doing, isn't a real problem.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your earliest sewing memories... chime in! on: February 24, 2015 06:52:57 AM
I think that my mom taught me how to hand sew, and I think that I was around 10. I can't remember for sure which was first, but I had gotten a kit of some sort that had a quilt to put together for a doll. I still have it somewhere. The other thing that I did, was when my mom showed me how to chain in crochet, but could not remember how to turn, so I made a long chain, and folded it back on its self over and over, and sewed each of the layers to make a barbie blanket. Then in 7th grade I took home ec, and learned how to use a sewing machine, and made a tote, which I might still have. My first sewing machine was a brother that I got from my mom, and I just recently handed that down to my girls.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Last night at Wal-mart on: February 11, 2015 06:40:09 AM
Last night I went to Wal-Mart. They had just gotten in fabric within the last 6 months, but there is never anyone staffed there. I went and found a stock man, and told him that I needed to get some fabric cut. He said okay, and that he would get me someone. About 10 minutes later, the same stock man came around again. He asked if someone came to help yet. I said no, and he went to find someone again. A couple minutes later he came back and said that he couldn't find anyone, and that he would just do it himself. I asked if he knew how to cut fabric, and he got this deer in the headlights look, and asked if I did. I said yes, just keep it straight. Then he attempted to measure, and he was stretching the fabric (which was knit), so I showed him the proper way to measure it. Then I said just take the scissors up the the groove to cut it. He put his hands up in there, and said you do it, so I ended up cutting my own fabric.  Roll Eyes The the poor guy couldn't figure out how to print the ticket for it. He ended up printing out a sticker for each yard, rather than having them all on the same one. He was a really nice guy, and I actually kind of felt bad for him. I think in total from the first time I asked him for help, until he was done printing the stickers, it took over 20 minutes, for 2 yards of fabric, from the same bolt.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: To prewash or not to prewash, that is the question... on: January 29, 2015 11:44:09 AM
I recently bought a few fabric quarters from Wal-Mart. I pre-washed them, but when they came out of the washer, they were frayed, and not usable. I got some more from Jo-Ann's, but I'm nervous that the same thing will happen. It's going to be for a quilt, where I'll embroider some of the blocks, and they will be around 8" x 8". Will it be okay to wash the top after sewing it together, but before I add the back? or should I change the cycle on my washing machine? or does the issue have something to do with the quality of Wal-Mart fabric?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brother PE540D and hoop size on: January 22, 2015 06:34:53 AM
I have the PE500, so I assume it would be similar. The larger hoop just allows you to do more without rehooping. You can use digitizing software to split a design in half, and be able to have a bigger design in the hoop.
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Has anyone else seen this?  I don't think it's in our ad network.

craftylittlemonkey, could you please try clearing your cookies and cache to see if it goes away for you?  I think it might be following you from another site's ad system.

I get this ad as well, and I have cleared my cookies.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Family Moments on: December 30, 2013 08:34:18 PM
I made this for my parents. I woodburned the family moments and the months on the actual plaque. For the discs, I ended up using a sharpie. It seems our family is always growing, and with my parents living halfway across the country, this made sense, so that they could add to it if necessary. My husband drilled the holes for the discs, and because of the size, I ended up having to make the hooks to fit it. I hope you enjoy!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Christmas poinsetta towell topper on: December 02, 2013 03:00:35 PM
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: finished product half as big as pattern says on: November 15, 2013 09:46:17 AM
Are you sure that the pattern is in US English, and not British English? Double crochet is US terms equals triple crochet in British terms.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Magnificent Butterfly Afghan on: August 13, 2013 12:12:15 PM
This is beautiful!
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