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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Sewer - Overwhelmed :-/ on: January 07, 2011 06:59:18 PM
There's a book I really like -- it's Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time by Deborah Moebes. You could probably check your local library for it if you don't want to buy it.

She gives a lot of info. about fabrics, sewing tools, techniques, etc. The cool thing is that you can work through the projects and learn techniques as you go. They start simple, and by the end of the book, you're making a blouse and an a-line skirt. I own the book and, even though I haven't made any of the projects yet, I've used it as a reference several times when I needed to know what some sewing term meant or how to do a particular technique. She gives good directions and step-by-step photos. Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: singer problem, it wont sew ..please remind me on: October 16, 2010 11:46:03 AM
If that's what it's doing, it helps to hang on to the thread until you've sewn a couple stitches -- that way it can't slip out of the needle. Smiley
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: singer problem, it wont sew ..please remind me on: October 15, 2010 04:07:59 PM
Is the thread slipping out of the needle as you start to sew? (that's happened to me before)
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine Upgrade: Brother / Janome on: September 23, 2010 07:01:38 PM
If you like the Magnolia 7330, I've read that the Janome 8077 is essentially the same machine -- but without the cutesy flower design. Smiley

Plus, on Amazon it's about $50 less than the Magnolia (at least right now).
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / New sewist + new machine = awful noise?! on: September 16, 2010 07:34:29 PM
I sat down with my new Janome Sewist 500 (instruction manual in hand) and got the bobbin and thread ready to go. I tested out a few basic stitches, so far so good. I was trying out some of the decorative stitches when I ran into a problem. Now when I begin to sew, the stitches seem to go normally, but the machine sounds awful and rough -- like rocks in the machine or something! I tried going back to the straight stitch -- since I did that successfully before -- but it continued to make the same awful noises.

Help! What did I do?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Janome: Comparing Magnolia 7318 and Sewist 500? on: September 11, 2010 09:36:27 AM
Just ordered my Sewist 500 on Amazon last night! I was planning on buying it at a local shop, but it would've cost me about $50 more. They do offer classes for a small fee, so if I really can't figure things out, I can always do that. I'm kind of a do-it-yourself kind of gal anyway. Smiley

So ... now I just sit and wait. And check the order status often. Wink
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Janome: Comparing Magnolia 7318 and Sewist 500 on: July 17, 2010 11:48:26 AM
I'm really just getting started, so it's hard to guess what I might end up sewing. Probably simple garments, pillows, bags ... those types of things. Don't foresee doing any quilting or super heavy-duty sewing, although I want to make sure that if I need to hem a pair of jeans or something I'll be able to.

Anybody have either of these machines? I'd love to know what you think of them.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Janome: Comparing Magnolia 7318 and Sewist 500? on: July 11, 2010 11:58:21 AM
I like to do various types of crafty projects, but I've never learned to sew. So ... I've been doing some research lately on sewing machines. I've read mostly good things about Janome, so I started looking at the Magnolia 7318 and the Sewist 500. They look fairly similar to me (with the Sewist having a few more stitches, 1-step buttonhole and a hard cover included). Are there other important differences? Also, for someone with zero sewing experience, how important is the 1-step buttonhole as opposed to the 4-step?

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to hang a record cover clock... on: May 01, 2010 06:38:07 PM
Might have my own solution ... I'll have to see how it works. The clock I took the mechanism from just had a little round piece on the back w/ a notch in it, so I heated that part and was able to remove it w/ a knife. I think I can superglue it to the top of the mechanism. We'll see ... I haven't tried yet.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How to hang a record cover clock... on: May 01, 2010 03:01:59 PM
I'm making a clock out of an old record cover for my dad ... I had an old wall clock sitting around, so I just took that apart for the mechanism & hands. The problem is that the mechanism doesn't have a hook on it. Any ideas for where I could get some kind of hook to glue on the back? I checked the woodworking area of Hobby Lobby today, and they had a few little (really little) hardware pieces, but nothing that looked too promising.
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