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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: July 07, 2009 09:39:41 PM
I got an old refurbished Singer/Kenmore when I finished grad school, but I never got around to learning how to use it, and I sold it off when I moved from taking care of my mom's big house into my own, very small house. Last year I decided I wanted to take another shot at learning how to sew. I bought one of these, new in the box, off eBay:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_R4QWEvQgCxk/SRsu14ggz_I/AAAAAAAAEIM/Lspl0abGh0A/s512/Hello%20Kitty%20Sewing%20Machine%2001.jpg

I used it for a 10-week sewing class through the local community college, and it did everything except decent buttonholes.

Then I inherited my mom's Husqvarna something or other that she'd bought refurbished and used heavily for quilting and making stuff for herself. I took it in for service, and we decided it was probably going to be more to service & repair than it was worth in the long run. So instead, I traded it in and bought this:

http://www.sewvacdirect.com/media/products/janome/ss_size1/dc2010.jpg

It hasn't told me its name yet. We've also yet to get into our first real fight. So far, the vast majority of the bungling has been all mine, and so far it's forgiven me my transgressions.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soon to be hurt craftster-- how to mod clothes so I can dress myself?? on: July 03, 2009 12:14:23 PM
Shorts that are loose-ish and have elastic waists. Maybe some comfy pants too (i.e., pajama-pants. make or buy some solid color ones for going out - they'll look less like jammies). You never know what sort of clothing mood you'll be in.

Are there some wrap-style tops that would work?
Capes, ponchos, other things that can go over your head with one hand and rest on your shoulders.

How about really loose, flowy stuff with wide-but-short sleeves? I don't know how your left arm will be done up (cast that's awkward but could go through a really big sleeve? cast with rigid brace at the elbow and won't bend? sling?), but you might be able to get the left arm through something with a big arm hole.

Sundresses often are sleeveless and have button-up fronts. You might be able to get the left arm through the armhole, and button up the front with just your right. Or you could modify fronts of button-up dresses and tops with velcro or snaps.

Also think about how your clothes are stored. I typically hang a bunch of my stuff on hangers in the closet. It's all packed in there tightly enough that it's sometimes awkward to get items out with two hands, never mind one. Maybe stacking things on top of a dresser or over chairs will be easier for a while.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: dancing with two left feet...aka what feet are your must haves? on: July 03, 2009 11:56:46 AM
I'm new to sewing myself, and I'm just getting my sewing feet under me.  I really like my "serging" foot - is that the overedge foot? I also recently discovered the joys of sewing with vinyl (for wallets & stuff like that), and bought a roller foot rather than a teflon foot (less than half the price!). I haven't gotten to putting zippers in things just yet, but I'm working up to it, and one of the demos I got with my machine suggests I'll love the zipper foot. That's what I'm into so far.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Orange prescription bottles... on: July 03, 2009 11:49:19 AM
See if any of the pharmacies or if the city can recycle them.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old Workout pants to simple swimsuit on: July 03, 2009 11:38:51 AM
How funny - Just the other day, I bought a pair of men's swim trunks from Goodwill and made it into a skirt I can wear for workout walking and for hula hooping.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Safty Glass, Already Broken. on: July 03, 2009 11:28:07 AM
Use it as the rattle noise inside something that's carefully sealed and not going to be handled by children.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Grown up kid, pic heavy, tute on: June 29, 2009 09:07:31 AM
I totally get the algebra. There's a Teen Crap Clothes store in my mall (not the actual name, just a description) that regularly has stuff marked down to $5 and less. I found pants in a fabric I really like. Nothing my size, of course (adult women's 14/16), so I bought a 5 and two 3s to cut up for a skirt. Total cost of the three pairs of pants was about $12, with ready-done pockets & zippers to salvage.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: gathered a-line skirt on: June 16, 2009 10:20:05 AM
Nice job on the skirt  Smiley

Oh, and as far as your co-workers' comments go - in my experience, people don't usually bother giving compliments unless they mean it. Unless it's been forced in conversation somehow.

"Check out the skirt I finished last night!" "Um, yeah, it's fabulous" = forced, actual compliment suspect.

"Hiya. Hey, nice skirt!"  "Thanks, I just finished it last night!"  = not forced, and most likely they meant it.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing in a straight line - Using a magnet as a guide? on: June 07, 2009 08:30:34 AM
I have a magnetic guide made for sewing machines, but I keep forgetting it at my house, and I do most of my sewing at my fiance's house (I have a tiny house, he has a 6-foot dining table). So I borrow a business-card style refrigerator magnet off of his fridge. It's just thick enough to be really useful as I get better with straight seams. It's also been helpful for managing seam allowances with curves.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I Spy Bags for a boy and a girl on: June 07, 2009 08:18:35 AM
For mine, I also used some household items like a stubby pencil, an old diary key, a dime, that sort of thing.
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