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1  Texas / Texas: Central / Surplus sewing machine auction! on: January 06, 2010 07:16:05 PM
Just wanted to give Texas sewers a heads-up on the sewing machines for sale through this online surplus auction. Looks like they're surplus Dallas ISD home ec machines, so who knows how they've been treated, but at 2 for $25? might be worth taking a look.

For example:

http://www.lonestaronline.com/listings/details/index.cfm?itemnum=946688195

http://www.lonestaronline.com/listings/details/index.cfm?itemnum=946688202
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sticky fat quarters on: September 22, 2009 12:16:01 AM
I've had the same problem with the labels on those 99-cent fat quarters from Joann. FWIW, I usually dampen the sticky area and gently pick at the adhesive (which is probably what you're doing anyway;) ).  I've tried steaming the area too which seems to make it a little easier to remove. I don't know if steaming helps much, but at the least it doesn't seem to hurt.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paper piecing question: Ridiculous to give my quilt top a bath? on: September 22, 2009 12:10:36 AM
Thanks for the suggestions!  I ended up getting out a spray bottle and a pair of old tweezers and spending an hour listening to the radio and picking out the remaining scraps. It made a mess, but at least I don't have to worry about my quilt making a crinkling noise from having left some paper in.  Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Paper piecing question: Ridiculous to give my quilt top a bath? on: September 20, 2009 09:52:01 AM
So I just finished my first paper pieced quilt top, a storm at sea pattern in blues and white. I've removed most of the larger pieces of paper backing (I used typing paper and dampening the paper helped a lot in getting it off), but there's still a good bit to finish picking off.

Would it be ridiculous to put the top in a bathtub filled with warm water, swirl it around a bit , and hope that that helps the remaining bits of paper break free?  Or would that be a really bad idea?  I wouldn't want to mess up the top at this point, but picking off the paper is getting tedious...

PS, Think a dollop of Mr. Bubble might help?  Wink
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best embroidery stitch for words? on: September 19, 2009 09:42:15 AM
I usually use either split or stem depending on the size of the lettering.

Good luck on the pillow!

So would you use split stitch for larger lettering and stem for smaller ones or the other way around?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage postcard print fabric - anyone know where to buy? on: September 19, 2009 08:49:32 AM
I've definitely seen fabric like that on Ebay searching for "postcard fabric".
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I wash prewash cotton piping cord? on: September 19, 2009 08:46:54 AM
This reply is probably too late for the OP's purposes, but in case it helps others: I made removable cotton pillow cases with cording. Pre-washed the fabric but not the cord. Have since washed the cases several times without any problems.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: cornflower blue knit fabric? on: September 19, 2009 08:44:59 AM
(Apologies in advance if this is obvious)

Because it's so hard to be sure that what you're seeing on your monitor is a true representation of a fabric's color, you might need to bring a scrap of the fleece to a fabric store to try to get a match.  Alternatively, there are some online fabric stores (like fabric.com) that offer swatches.  I think Denver Fabrics does too, and they have a pretty good knit selection. HTH. Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with darning foot (free motion quilting) on: July 29, 2009 12:46:13 PM
My understanding is the same as BattleAxe says: That the spring is there to allow the foot to adjust to different fabric thicknesses.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Log Cabin for a new baby... on: July 25, 2009 02:42:21 PM
That totally helps!  Thanks so much.  Smiley
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