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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Know of a sale on patterns or fabric? post it here!! on: September 13, 2010 03:18:39 PM
JoAnn Fabric is having a 99 cent sale on all butterick patterns Sept 12 - 25th.

I plan to grab a few. Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger Help!! on: August 30, 2010 01:35:42 PM
I have a 14u 244. I don't know if the manual would be close enough to help. But if it is, I could probably make copies and mail it to you...
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: My son's first sewing lesson on: August 28, 2010 11:44:49 AM
Sewing big buttons on felt is a good idea - did you just use an ordinary sewing needle? I tried sewing with tapestry wool in and out of holes punched into a piece of felt with my 2.5 year old but she didn't really take to it: maybe too boring??

I did a similar thing with my daughter when she was 3.5. I bought a little teddy bear set from Joann fabrics that had the holes punched into it, and I'd sit with her and do it. She'd only sit for about 5 or ten minutes at a time, but I let her come and go with it as she pleased. We still haven't quite finished it, but every now and then, she will ask if she can sew her teddy bear. It's pretty cute.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What does your partner mean about your sewing? on: August 28, 2010 11:41:46 AM
My BF is totally an enabler and got me into sewing.  He started sewing costumes for ren faires and pirate festivals before we started dating.  Usually I'm asking him for advice but I still do my own thing if we disagree.

THIS! Very much this. However, I stumbled into sewing on my own, he had previously won an award at one of those faires for one of his costumes. Anytime I get frustrated, he's there to help me sort it out. He is VERY supportive, and dare I say, an enabler at times. I'm a pretty lucky girl to have him, I think.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: My son's first sewing lesson on: August 24, 2010 03:41:41 PM
This is so awesome!! I was curious about when my daughter might be old enough to sew on the machine. She's been wanting to. I never thought about sticking her on my brother machine with the stitches slowed down!!

We just made our own beanbags, and we painted an old boot box. When the paint is dry I'll cut a hole out of the lid, and she can play bean bag toss. Thanks for this great idea. It gave me and my daughter a great afternoon together.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: August 23, 2010 12:39:45 PM
Lordy, I am full of bad habits.

I usually have a beer or some wine while I am sewing, and I have the music pretty loud, so I can get "lost" in my own little world.

I def put pins in my mouth, and I pin backwards.

I am addicted to the remnants bin at the Crack (craft) Store.

I buy fabric that I REALLY like if it's ridiculously low priced, even if I have no idea what I will use it for.

I am slowly stock piling machines....

I almost never mark my fabric.

I destroy patterns. I hate this about myself, and I am working on rehabbing myself so I can preserve patterns, and use them again and again.

I am never exactly sure what needle to use with what thread.... so I just use one kind of thread and one kind of needle. I am remedying this this fall, however. I'm over it.

I talk about sewing to friends of mine my age who have no interest what so ever in sewing. Apparently I'm pretty lame. *rolls eyes*

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: sadness=cured! Good decision?? on: August 23, 2010 10:42:12 AM
I know a few people who are quite happy with their project runway brother machines! I hope you enjoy it!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: August 23, 2010 10:22:41 AM
I love this thread! I've read wayy too many pages of it, but I loved seeing all the different machines!

I have a Brother XR-7700 which looks just like this one:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_z9ulP5suIjY/Sixp56lYu2I/AAAAAAAAAUM/by6byd1SgtY/s320/09033900.jpg

And I have a Singer 319w which I believe is from 1954 (at least the notes that came with the machine were all dated fall of 1954). I bought it at an estate sale for 55 bucks, in cabinet, and her name is Winnifred (Winnie) after the lady who owned her first.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/218789_19May10_SingerOpen.JPG

And here is my newest edition. I picked this 15-91 up at another estate sale this past weekend. Name Florence (Flo) after the woman who owned her. Got her all cleaned and oiled and she runs like a dream! So excited about this machine!

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/218789_23Aug10_SDC12226.JPG

(I need to stop lurking so much and post more, so I can actually post images!!)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Is that Ed Hardy? A Rockabilly Tattoo Top on: June 03, 2010 06:53:37 PM
That is freakin' ADORABLE!!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: my brand-new sewing machine!! on: May 26, 2010 08:47:37 AM
I wanted to share, but I didn't want to start another thread of the same topic. I hope you guys don't mind me piggy-backing on this one!!

A few weeks ago, I was at an estate sale, and I picked up this gem for $65, cabinet and all! The drawers were all filled with all sorts of foots and bottonholers, and manuals... and the Singer Sewing lessons which contained notes that the lady made while learning to sew dated 1954! I thought that was pretty cool. The people at the sale told me that the lady who owned it was the go-to lady for alterations in our town. All the maintenance slips were in the manual. Is it possible to be in love with a sewing machine?? So far Ive made a tote, and I am in the process of making a dress for my daughter.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/218789_19May10_SingerOpen.JPG

So now, I think I might have a bit of a bug, cause I noticed a Singer 201-2 at the thrift store by my house, in cabinet, for $49.99 and I literally had to make myself leave the store before I bought it. I don't want to be the crazy cat lady of sewing machines....
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