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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / YAY! I got a Baby Lock Quilter's choice today!! on: December 05, 2009 04:33:05 PM
I'm sooo sooo soooo excited.  I got an incredible deal on a Baby Lock machine, sewing table, cutting table and rolling case on craigslist.  All of it 1 year old, tables were still in the box!!!  Just wanted to share my joy!  Now I must sell my collection of misfit machines before my husband has a fit!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Everything is just ducky! on: October 26, 2009 06:02:26 PM
My girl is just CRAZY about ducks!  So of course she wanted to be a duck for Halloween. I started with a vintage Tweety bird pattern that I found in a thrift store for the body but modified it and added the hood and legs/feet.  She's incredibly pleased with it and so am I!





3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / HELP! How to make a detachable monkey tail for a 2 year old?!? on: October 13, 2009 05:54:22 PM
I'm making a monkey costume, but want the tail to be detachable so the little one can sit in the car seat.  The tail will be stiff.  How in the world am I going to make it detachable AND keep it attached and sticking out like it's supposed to when it IS attached?

TIA!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / recommendation for HEAVY DUTY machine on: October 09, 2009 08:11:26 PM
I want a machine that will sew leather and denim without acting like I'm killing it.  I've seen some Omega machines on ebay, are they as good as they sound?  Necchi?  What about the newer Vikings?  My 23 year old Viking that would eat through anything kicked the bucket and is more expensive to repair than it's worth.  *sigh* I loved it so. 

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Is it too much to ask? make my own embroidery design w/o spending thousands!! on: October 09, 2009 08:07:44 PM
I'm (sort of) on the hunt for a new (to me) machine.  I'd LOVE to get a machine that does embroidery, but it's not that useful to me if I can't use my own design.  I don't want to spend HUNDREDS more to buy cards with designs I don't want/need or to buy the "magic box" and software.  The Singer Futura machines are a GREAT concept, use your own computer to do the designs and embroider.  But Singer wouldn't be my first choice and the machines seem to have mixed reviews.  Are there any other brands/models that use this same concept that aren't THOUSANDS of dollars?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Phoebe bag! on: October 03, 2009 05:22:04 AM
I was looking for a purse pattern to make for a friend's birthday and found this post yesterday.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320502.0  It's perfect, such an easy pattern and went together quickly.  I used a really cool print, heavy, sueded home dec fabric that my machine really wasn't fond of but I muddled through.  I soooo miss my Viking machine that died a few weeks ago, it would have chewed right through and asked for more.  I'm still very heartbroken, it'll cost over $300 to repair it but it's 23 years old and I'd rather invest in a newer machine.  *SIGH*  Anyway, back to the purse!!



Front



Back


inside.  that's supposed to be a cell phone pocket that I 've made many times before, but sit didn't turn out so good.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brick pattern memory quilt on: July 11, 2009 12:51:46 PM
Ok, I learned alot making this quilt.  First-I AM NOT A QUILTER!!   Cheesy  This was made using Amy Butler's Lotus Brick Path Quilt Free pattern.  http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/LotusQuilt.pdf  I figured it was simple enough that I would actually finish it and I did.  It turned out much larger than I realized too, 6'X6' I think. 

The second thing I learned it don't use knits for quilting.  Luckily I had read somewhere that I would need to use interfacing on the knits, but the special interfacing was quite pricey.

I used my brother's shirts and military uniforms.  He was a marine and died in a car wreck along with two other men on his 20th birthday just a few days after returning to the states following a year in Iraq.  That was in 2003 and my parents couldn't bring themselves to clean out his closet even after all these years, so I thought this would be a nice way to use his clothes in something they could use and remember him daily.

I'm pleased with how it turned out and so glad I chose this simple pattern.  I'm more of an instant gratification seamstress.


(the stripes are actually blue and yellow not raimbow)

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sew frustrated!! Skipped stitched on multiple layers of fabric on: February 12, 2009 06:18:50 AM
I have an older model Elna Quiltering machine and it has beautiful stitches...most of the time.  When I make purses (which is mostly what I do) and topstitch around the upper edge I have terrible results.  It usually happens when I'm sewing over the handles which are 4 layers of fabric, 2 layers of interfacing, plus the outer fabric and lining both turned down.  I typically use a walking foot to get over all of those layers.  Sometimes it'll skip 5 or 6 stitches and sometimes the thread will just break which is incredibly annoying!!  How often should I change the needle?  I just changed to a brand new one before the previous project.  Do I maybe need to switch to a heavier duty needle just for that edge?  Maybe I need to have the machine serviced as well, I haven't done it yet and I bought it used 6 months ago.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!  I'm very frustrated. 
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / doilies--LOTS of doilies!! on: February 07, 2009 01:26:28 PM
So I've been entrusted with a ton of family heirloom doilies.  Like 30 or so.  They are all so beautiful, but honestly I'm not the doily type.  I would love to fashion them into something I'd actually display.  What good are they if they stay stuffed in the closet for the rest of eternity anyway?  Any ideas?  Most are pretty large like 12" or so.  The only thing I've come up with so far are angel wings for a doll (perhaps made from an embroidered pillowcase) and framing some of them which is still very....doily-like. 

(I do have one female cousin that I offered some of them too, the boy cousins could care less.)
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / No bones about it....my first zipper pouch on: February 05, 2009 02:53:29 PM
I've been wanting to make a zipper pouch for awhile now.  I kept putting it off because 1.) I'm not terribly fond of sewing zippers and 2.) I really didn't want it to have slanted corners at the zipper ends, I think that looks unprofessional. 

Special thanks to Solsisters for providing the great scraps!!  I'm in this scrappy mood lately.  Sure I have TONS of fabric, but I'm obsessed with using scraps.  Yesterday I bought FOUR trashbags of fabric (alot of it is scraps) for $15 on craigslist...score.  The inside fabric came from that pile.

Anyway, on to the pouch!






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