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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting machines - what's yours? on: April 25, 2012 04:24:25 AM
anaximander, I've been gawping at the APQS Millenium for the last day, it looks incredible! But for $17,400, I'd have to put that on my "if/when I ever win the Lotto" list! I originally wanted the Bernina 440 QE, but the guy in the shop said that's now called the Bernina 550 QE (and costs almost 2,000) so I'm now looking at the 350 instead. How often would you need to oil your Bernina 440?

 KyTriplets, I've never actually seen a Viking machine in person, but they do seem like tanks that sew!

 playswithneedles, I've often heard that Juki do some magnificent machines, especially the industrial ones. I think they do make long arms as well, but I haven't seen many.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting machines - what's yours? on: April 16, 2012 10:47:07 AM
 So I've been seriously considering upgrading my machine, and soon I hope to have the space to properly quilt (potential new home!). I have a Singer Talent 3323 which is a beaut but as I hope to start a business selling quilts, I need a machine that'll be able to handle the volume of work I'll put into it.
 So I've been looking around and came across a few that seem like they'd do the job, like a Bernina 350 PE, or a Pfaff Grand Quilter but I know nothing of these brands. I'd appreciate if anyone could tell me a little about their machines, maybe with pros and cons. I'm thinking of spending about 1000-1500 but don't let that put you off, I'd still love to hear about your machines!

 For me, embroidery features would be nice, but not as essential as having a larger throat/harp and can handle bulky seams. An extension table would also be nice, but I reckon I'll get one of those nifty sewing tables in my new craft room.

 Thank you!
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you. on: April 16, 2012 09:42:11 AM
Thankfully, I don't get many stupid or snarky comments, but the one that really annoys me is "Oh, you sew? Can you make this/that/the other for me/a friend/whoever?" as if it doesn't take any time or cost to make anything. My favourite responses are "I could" with a little awkward silence to indicate that yes, I can make that but I aint gonna, or "Sure, how much are you going to pay me?" which always seems to throw people.
 The other phrase I hate is "Oh I wish I could sew, but I don't know how." usually said by someone who has no interest in learning anything new and just wishes to have instant talent.

 Sometimes people are baffled as to why I make stuff but they get even more baffled when I tell them I don't watch TV. I'm a baffling person and enjoy watching people slowly but surely try to back away from me Cheesy
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 04/01/12 - Craftster Goes Katster! on: April 01, 2012 07:04:44 AM
Yay, kitties! EVERYWHERE!

 Banana731, awesome pic! Cheesy
15  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: So how many of us are there..enough for a swap? on: February 05, 2012 01:18:04 PM
I'd be up for it in a few weeks!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rocket ship - quilted pillow on: January 29, 2012 11:55:15 AM
 I wasn't sure this belongs in the sewing board or here, so if someone could set me right, that'd be great!

 My fianc is currently very much in love with the quilty stuff that I make, and very often will stealthily acquire most of what I make. He's pretty sick and spends a lot of time lying down, so I suppose it's no real wonder why  Wink

 I got "Doodlestitching" by Aimee Ray recently, which has lots of lovely embroidery designs. I chose the rocket ship because of our love of Futurama, we've have been known to sing this song at each other: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KosPy6KH3-o&feature=related (it's from "Bender's Game" in case anyone wants to know)


 I stuffed it with fabric scraps, as I've been trying desperately to reduce my mountain of scraps. (Which is not going well, as it has grown instead of shrunk!)

 All C&C welcome Smiley
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Present: The Dress She Designed Herself on: January 11, 2012 09:43:39 AM
Wow, that's incredible work! I know a few adults who would love a dress like that Cheesy
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/09/12 - Fanatic Friends of Craftster Now Have the Option to Turn Off Ads! on: January 09, 2012 01:29:06 PM
Awh, you guys rock! My screen is now full of awesome Smiley
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Panda In New York" messenger bag on: December 26, 2011 03:48:35 PM
Thanks guys! Smiley
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Panda In New York" messenger bag on: December 26, 2011 07:29:17 AM
I started out with the intention of making a camera bag using a tutorial by fellow Craftster user lianatempera (this one to be specific http://creatinghappinessblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/padded-dslr-camera-bag-tutorial.html) but I got kinda lazy when I ran out of black velcro, so it's just a normal messenger bag.
 I bought the kawaii fabric from eBay, I wish I had bought more!

Front pockets:

The first inner zipper pocket I've made that actually worked!

Artsy shot of the interior, showing an inner pocket, keyhook and zipper closure (ran out of normal zips, so I used an invisible one instead):

 I'm really happy with how it turned out, although it still needs a strap as on Christmas eve, it caused my sewing machine to blow its fuse so it'll be a few days before I can truly finish it.

 I hope you like it, any C&C is welcome!
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