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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polyester Fiberfil or High Loft Batting? on: February 07, 2013 05:27:51 AM
I have made them with both. The fiberfill did get lumpy and on me after a couple of washings. the batting didn't. After washing the fiberfill quilt looked like balls sewn together, the high loft looked like pillows sewn together. These were quilts made for my grandchildren so they were meant for everyday use. I am working on one for my bed  for winter and I'm using fiberfill.It would probably depend on how much use the quilt would get.
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 08/11/06 - Please Don't Use Craftster to Advertise Things You Sell on: February 04, 2013 03:08:22 AM
This may get me in trouble, but I'm gonna bring it up anyway. Isn't putting a signature at the bottom of a person's post with an certain online site where their items can be bought a form of advertising? I also have an address with a site like that, but I don't list it in the quilting forums I belong to. I believe it is a form of self-advertisement. By putting that website on your post you are,in fact, telling people where to find items that you have for sale.To me, that's wrong. If I want to advertise my work,I will pay for it.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you. on: January 25, 2013 02:53:30 PM
I was sitting at my quilting frame working on a quilt when a relative came by my quilt shop(it's in my house). She actually looked at me and asked if I was working on a quilt. That was one comment so silly I didn't have a answer for it. I also have friends and relatives who tell me that they will "let" me make them a quilt. That's when I tell them I will let them pay me for doing it.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Questions on: January 20, 2013 05:25:51 AM
If you have a wood closet door, attach a pegboard to the inside of it. That way you can hang your sewing tools up when you're not using them and shut the door. If the cat can't see them, it can't get to them and in the process get run the risk of getting hurt. I have a cat who ignores me and follows my granddaughter so I don't have this problem. But just in case when I'm done for the day,I make sure everything is put up. Clear plastic bins with the snap-on lids are great! They come in all sizes for whatever use you need and you can see what you have inside.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Presser foot up or down when not in use... on: January 20, 2013 04:59:20 AM
My mother taught me to always leave my presser foot down,needle down, and my sewing machine covered, and to make sure it was not close to any table edges.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machines, a buyers guide on: January 18, 2013 05:31:51 PM
If you can afford to spend a lot on an expensive sewing machine,go for it, I couldn't to begin with and now I wouldn't . 25 years ago I went to Sears and paid $100 for a new Kenmore sewing machine. It worked great for me for 10 years. Then I wanted one with more stitches to make quilts. So I bought a Brother machine for $150 (new) from WalMart. I have used it for the last 15 years and it is still working great after 60 quilts. My daughter got the Kenmore when I bought my Brother and she is still using it . The key is regular maintenance,keep it in a safe place and covered when not in use. I'm getting ready to buy another Brother when I find one with a bigger bed for my quilt blocks.Don't judge some of those basic sewing machines by the price tags. Price doesn't determine value and quality.
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