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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: NYE Dresses for Max + Betty California ::With Matching Hair:: on: January 01, 2009 09:09:01 AM
I didn't think I looked that pregnant in my dress, but while we were at Southbank ((lame)) a girl came up and was like, "I REALLY like your dress" and I was like, "YEY" and then her friend was like, "omg she's pregnant!"

 *shrug*

Congratulations on baby!!! The dress looks awesome too.  So what was this girls problem?  Its not like pregnant women have to stay locked up at home right? Show it off! Only immature little ******* (bad word) would say that anyways. 

Michelle
~mother of 3 & still rocks!~
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How many purses to bring to a craft fair? on: December 30, 2008 08:04:48 PM
Thank you SOOO much for replying!!!

I haven't made any since the craft fair is next november, I will start in awhile, once I find out how intense my upcoming class will be (the last one was harsh!).

I do make them entirely from scratch, I try to find quality fabrics on sale, but will pay full price and buy less to use that as an accent on a purse made with quality "sale" fabrics.  Although I live in Saskatchewan and the recession isn't affecting us nearly as bad as in the USA people here are just generally "cheap" so I can't charge too high a price, and also I will be doing this just for fun!

I was thinking I may need 7 really nice ones (show pieces) and 10 basic purses in the same style, but different prints, and perhaps 20 small pouches/makeup bags.  And maybe one boutique style diaper bag?

thanks so much again!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidering odd items...what I have done so far on: December 19, 2008 08:33:41 AM
I'm pretty boring with my embroidery although I do have on the must do list two sets of duffel bags - one for each kid and there is 3 to a set.
I have embroidered on hand made paper though if that counts... I just set it on top of some lightweight tearway and held it until it got a few stitches to keep it in place.  It was easy peasy.

That sounds fun, I love making paper.  DH hates it when I do because it makes such a pulpy mess. 

I forgot & you reminded me!  I have embroidered a couple of backpacks.  I will never do that again, it was way too hard to get under my machine.  I will make patches next time & use heat'n'bond to get them on.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: This machine is going to be the end of me. HELP. Singer CE100 Futura on: December 18, 2008 07:20:56 PM
there is a yahoo group for futura owners, the people there will help you.  I was going to buy a futura & to tell you the truth I am glad I didn't, I hear nothing but problems.  I really hope you are able to figure it out, because people say once you learn how to use it right, there are no problems.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Embroidering odd items...what I have done so far on: December 18, 2008 07:18:07 PM
The odd things I have embroidered so far include vinyl, a guitar strap and wristbands. 

I already posted about my experience with the vinyl on this board.

The guitar strap was quite easy as it was just regular webbing.  I used tear-away medium weight on the back, a size 14 needle & poly thread.  I just pinned it to the hoop.

The wristbands I will probably never do again.  I ended up having to cut them apart because they were too thick.  I also pinned these to the hoop.  I used two layers of tear-away & one layer of cut-away.  they turned out nice, but it was too much work. 

Has anyone else embroidered different types of items?  I would love to hear how you did it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handbeaded baby Maternity shirt on: December 13, 2008 02:20:46 PM
That is just precious!  Great Job!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: December 08, 2008 08:50:31 PM
And my newest baby, my Mom bought this at a yard sale and just gave it to me last night. She was hoping I could use it for heavier fabrics (vinyl, etc). According to it's serial number it's a 99K and was made in 1922.
If anyone knows anything about these I would love to find more info. It had a lever that you worked with your knee (as opposed to a foot pedal) so I'll have to make or find one before I can sew with this. However we plugged it in and it sounds great Smiley

I don't know more info on this per se, but my mom's old Singer looks almost identical (except it must be younger, because it's blue instead of black and threads slightly differently) and I just wanted to say... it has the knee lever, and knee levers suck.  It always swivels sideways out of my knee-grip.  Grrrrrrr.  And it's hard to reach with my short legs, because my knees don't really reach that high when I'm seated, and you need your foot on the floor for a fulcrum.

Just $.02  Tongue

I actually like knee controls, but honestly they are only useful for machines in a cabinet, or if the machine is so heavy it will not move no matter what!!!  I had an old 1940's Elna and it had one.  I found it especially useful for my kids to either help, or not accidentally step on the pedal because I could easily pull it out if I was frustrated with them!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Craft or Die hoodie!! on: December 08, 2008 08:43:37 PM
OMG I would totally kill for that design!

It actually reminds me of a funny story, which may not be funny if you are not in the insurance industry.  I just took a class & the instructor made some jeopardy style power points.  One "answer" stated that "an insurer must pay a claim or die" LOL.  Apparently this was a mistake to be blamed on "the dictation program" (yeah right!)

Perhaps I should think of something new to do???

Back on topic...I would totally kill for that!  Hitting this rocks!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Update on free digitizing program - Sophie Sew (I finally tried! Works Good!) on: December 08, 2008 08:37:22 PM
I found a free digitizing program called Sophie Sew (google it!), and it has no size limits, you don't have to pay to have it converted to embroidery format or have someone else do it!  (At least I don't see limits anywhere).

It also has full video tutorials on how to use it which can be paused, fast forwarded & re-winded (re-winded???)  Tongue

I needed to have a design digitized & fast!  It is a logo for a hockey team.  I followed the videos step by step while doing the logo & after a few errors it worked great, especially since I have never digitized anything in my life!

It is still in development, which is probably why it is free, and every so often it has an error and it asks you to describe it so that the creator can fix it.  This is perfectly fine with me, except that you lose your work up to that point if you haven't already saved it.  Basically when this happens you have to use your task manager to turn it off.  I got around this by my third try (not too bright am I ?!) by saving it early on, then after each step I saved it again.  it didn't bother me to do this, because I also couldn't figure out how to undo something if I messed up, so at least this way I could just re-open it to the last step I did & try again. 

It is compatible with a bunch of windows OS's (I think including 2000, XP & Vista and some others).  I had no problems downloaded & installing to my computer with XP, but it took a few tries on Vista.  Now I can digitize on my laptop if my DH is sleeping since my other computer is in the bedroom with my embroidery machine, then just email it to myself!

It creates embroidery files in 11 major formats: pec, hus, dst, exp, vip, ksm, dat, 10o, xxx, jef, SsD. 

It has lots of stitches, a thread manager, it can be used to draw basic shapes & circles instead of starting with another program.  It imports pictures to work on also!  I don't think it does photo's or cross stitch, but I don't need those!

I think I will be happy with it one I learn a little more.  I will post a picture later this week hopefully!  If anyone else has tried it I would love to hear what you think of it!  The person who created it obviously put alot of work into it & did a great job!

Michellegio_sew
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: What machine do you use? on: December 04, 2008 08:15:43 PM
craftydep, can you take pictures of when you're making something on your jeans and don't have to rip it apart like people usually need to? i tried to google your machine but i couldn't find a picture of it actually DOING something Smiley i mean, that sounds so fantastic!!

Hi Amarok (and anyone else interested!).  I am absolutley in love with this machine but I also haven't seen it in action.  If I had the money I would invest in it in a heartbeat!

I found some videos that show what the machine can do to some extent that you may be interested in.  They are halfway down the page here:
http://www.toews.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showPage&pageid=003bca7b-0829-2f48-a0de-e9425551d7b2
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