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1  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: January 07, 2005 06:00:11 PM
Oh! Reading your posts is making me homesick! I definitely didn't get my fill of the North over the holidays. And because of all the snow I didn't make it to any of the shops I intended to (I'm referring to those mentioned earlier in this thread). Do any of them have web sites?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing on: December 17, 2004 11:27:25 AM
I have a Viking Husquvarna that is 20+ years old and has gone through a lot of wear and tear (in addition to Mom making everything for years I went through four years of fashion design school with it and two years later it's still going strong). I inherited it from my Mom. It's self oiled and computerized. They're a more expensive brand but in my case it was worth my Mom's money. When my Mom gave me the Viking she replaced it with an inexpensive Brother that she picked up at WalMart. She's had it for four or five years now and it's still going strong.

Since you're new to sewing I would start off with a basic and inexpensive machine. Once you feel comfortable with that and get an idea of what types of things you'll be working on I'd look into a more sophisticated (i.e. more expensive) machine. You may find that all you need is a few stitches. Plus when you go into a sewing store they're going to try to sell up. Trust me on that one I used to work at a store where they did that. You really don't need to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a machine that only does 20 stitches! Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions. Happy Holidays!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: mod bag! on: December 16, 2004 07:36:03 AM
I'm shocked (and delighted) that you got such good results using a lighter interfacing. I'm going to have to try that. As for thread I've done some sewing using invisible thread (not in the bobbin thought) for skirt hems. So far so good! I was a fraid it wouldn't stand up to washing and drying and such but it's done great so far. I try not to leave it in the dryer for too long though. Maybe that would help for projects such as this. It's also a cost saver as you don't end up with spools upon spools of odd thread colors you'll never use again. What sort of closure did you use for the bag?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: mod bag! on: December 15, 2004 08:05:20 AM
Great job! Is this your first bag? How did the square handles go? What kind of interfacing did you use? I've just started making bags and have been using a heavy craft interfacing. I was just wondering how it holds up to wear and washing. Once again great job! You've inspired me and now I know what I'm going ot be doing on Christmas vacation! Happy Holidays!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ballet-style top and necktie shirt (with tutorials!) on: December 03, 2004 06:49:06 AM
Great site and tutorials! I love the dolls! I can't wait for the weekend so I can get sewing!
6  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: Dayton Area Craft/Thrifting on: December 01, 2004 06:39:48 AM
Wow! It's great to see so many people excited about crafting in Dayton! I'm currently living in the south but grew up in Waynesville. I can't wait to get home for the holidays and check out some of the stores everyone's been mentioning. I majored in fashion design in college and the itch to create is never satisfied. I'm new to Craftster (this is my first post) and have been inspired by all of you. I definitely need to get busy crafting! Next time you're in Waynesville check out some of the art galleries - The Fish House Art Gallery http://www.fishhouseart.com/home.htm (on Main Street near Franklin) is very open to opportunities and I showed some work there a couple of years ago. The owner does a lot of fiber arts.
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