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91  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: belting and/or webbing? on: January 10, 2005 04:39:18 PM
Thanks Kate Conspiracy for your list of sites. I've ordered webbing from Seattle Fabrics and I would definitely order from them again.

I've given up trying to find this stuff at Joann's or Hancock- they never have the color or amount I need. Now I buy it online.
92  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thoughts on Denise Interchangables? on: January 10, 2005 04:20:04 PM
Another happy Denise customer....my only complaint is with the smaller ones, 5 and 6, the cord is pretty much the same size as the needle tip so it's a little hard to slide the stitches back and forth.

Also, did y'all know that these things have a lifetime warranty? I snapped the black part off one of my cords recently (and nearly had a heart attack when my knitting fell off!) So I sent it back to them with $1 for postage (their request) and they sent me a new one, no questions asked. Very nice!!!
93  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: cozy for graphing calculator on: January 07, 2005 04:53:23 PM
very cute cozy.  great for shoving in your backpack!

wow, I've never seen pink before!  those have gotten much more nifty since I got my 83 in 8th grade.

and you don't need to be ultra paranoid about it.  I have three different ones (an 83, an 86, and now an 89, but apparently I'll never ever need a better one, even when I'm actually a working engineer, yay!) and have dropped them each several times with no probems (accedentally), even a couple times on cement.  I also have one of them in my backpack every day, often with the cover on the back, not over the buttons, and no problems.  Smiley

kategirl! You have three of them! You win! I am a math geek (hence mathgirl) and I only have two, an 82 and 92 (the old numbers were 82, 85 and 92) but the 92 is like the death star of calculators. They are all fancy now. I got the 82 about 8 or 9 years ago when I was a sophmore and it is a boring gray rectangle.

I have seen them get broken (the screens especially) so a cozy can't hurt. Plus it is all cute and nerdy.
94  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: crafty stores in chicago on: January 03, 2005 04:18:12 PM
Downtown...I believe it's on Rush St. actually near Oak. very nice buttons but very expensive.
95  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I use all these feet??? on: December 13, 2004 04:26:53 PM
With the hemming feet, I'm assuming you mean the kind that makes a rolled hem... I've found that the problem is usually getting it started, so I start the rolled hem by hand (just folding over a quarter inch twice and ironing it down) and sew a couple of inches down with the regular foot. Then I can stop, change to the rolled hem foot and put the fabric into the spiral where I stopped sewing, and then it will stay in the spiral and roll itself over.

There is also a book sold at Sears that explains how to  use all the different feet they sell. I wanted to buy one but they want $30 for it- no way!   If you can, go look at it and maybe seeing pictures  of the different feet in action will help you figure them out. Or you can hit up your folks for thiry bucks  Smiley
96  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Recommendations on: December 11, 2004 08:53:00 PM
My 2 cents- all the brands that are made by Janome - Janome, New Home, Kenmore, Elna, and CraftMaster - are good, and you can get some pretty good deals. I have a Kenmore sewing maching and a CraftMaster serger and I am very happy with them. The serger was only $165- cheap for a serger. I didn't want to spend a lot on a serger since I had no idea how to use one but I have been really happy with it.

Just to reiterate what everyone else has said---
You CAN get good machines from good brands (like Janome) for under $250 without resorting to buying a toy or buying at WalMart. My Mom's previous machine was a Brother from WalMart and she hated it. (Her machine before that was an excellent '80s singer which I broke and she still hasn't forgiven me  Smiley )The high-end brands like Viking, Pfaff, and Bernina are amazing but you are going to pay more for fewer features.

I admit I had the "ewww, Sears" feeling for a while but I'm glad I bought the Kenmore from them.
Hope this helps---

PS> the Bernina lady above- Berninas start at about $700 where I live and I think that is beyond the means of most of us, especially when that doesn't even get you a one-step buttonhole.

97  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap on: December 08, 2004 08:28:07 PM
Whoa, I thought that was an actual vintage photo. Perfection
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