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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / 1956 Morse Zig-Zag Sewing Machine on: June 11, 2008 04:27:34 PM
So I was at Goodwill one day and I found this sewing machine in a cabinet for $20. AS IS.  Well, I decided that even for $20, if it didn't work, it wasn't worth the money, so I moved on.  I turned down another isle and there was the most beautiful sewing machine in a cabinet.  I look in the drawers, and it had all the original accessories and the original instruction manual.  I was so excited.  It was marked for $25, and orange tag.  Orange tag just so happened to be 50% off that day.  I was so EXCITED!!!!   Here she is:

Her name is Green.   I brought her home and plugged her in, threaded her, and she just purred.  I was so excited. My husband was like " why do you need this?"  MEN!   Anyway, she is a 1956 Morse Zig-Zag.   O.k. so now I just need to know, as I'm not very familiar with old electicity, is it normal for the motor to spark?  She's not make any weird noses or anything.  I am just not sure.  Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Please help! Elastic Guide on: August 19, 2007 03:35:49 AM
I'm making a little dress for my niece. The problem I am having is I don't know how to cut the elastic.  The pattern says to use the elastic guide to determine the length of the elastic, so I did, and it was 19 inches long (newborn), I got it worked through, but not all  of it is going into the casing, there's 10 inches left , and no matter how I work it it won't pull through.  Huh My question is this : When you cut elastic do you stretch it when measuring for the length, or do you just lie it out then cut it (which is what I did).  I'm just worried because the dress is very gathered, and although it does stretch out to the width of the dress, I don't won't it to be too tight for my niece to wear.  PLEASE PLEASE help me! thank!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help me choose a color please! on: April 29, 2007 06:07:03 PM
O.k. so I'm crocheting this purse:

(front panel)

It's not really crooked like that

What I need help with is deciding which one of these fabrics behind it.


or pink

It's kinda hard to tell, but the yarn is actually a heathered blue, the second pic is the closest to the actual color. 
Any opinions would be much appreciated!  Thanks!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Thread Tension on: April 26, 2007 05:37:31 PM
What thread tension do you use when quilting?  Should I use a short stitch or a long stitch?  I'm doing a paisley pattern on my quilt, and I'm not sure what type of stitch to use.  This will be the first time I actually quilt one of my quilts, the others I just pieced together, and I'm really afraid of messing it up.  Any advice will be great!  Thanks in advance.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Crafting Apron on: April 09, 2007 12:38:29 PM
So I decided to make an apron for when I sew.  I'm all the time miss placing the things I'm working with.  SO, I dug through my stash and found these beautiful fabrics.  So without further ado...


I did discover that I cannot sew a circle!
Other side:

I do not like working with this fabric, and I have a feeling that I will be mending my apron quite a bit.  I tried to reinforce my seams, but the material frays really bad, and already have had to mend my apron twice (that's why there are no close ups!).  Over all though, I am very happy with it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easter Dress on: April 08, 2007 01:42:02 PM
I made this Easter dress for my daughter.

 It's rather simple, I know, but I also made matching ones for my neices ages 3,5,10.  The patterns I wanted to use for my daughter and 3 yr old neice were to frilly and "little" girlish for the 10 yr old, and my 5 yr old neice wears nothing with lace or any thing that she doesn't find 100% comfortable.  So I settled for this. It is suppose to have a little bow on the ribbon too, but my 5 yr old neice actually wanted to wear it, so I didn't want to push my luck with it.  My other two neices live out of state and haven't gotten their's yet.  I'm just excited that they turned out so well.  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern sizes on: March 30, 2007 07:17:54 PM
I'm new to sewing clothing with patterns.  I know that adult sizes aren't the same for patterns as they are for store bought clothes.  My question is though, in your experiences, are children clothing pattern sizes about the same as children's store bought clothes?   For example, my daughter is in a size 3T, so will she be a size 3 in pattern sizes?  Or even my main concern is my niece she is a size 10 in pants and a size 14/16 in girls shirts, so would it be o.k. if I made her a size 14 dress? she's not here so I can't measure her, and doubt her mother would have a clue how to take her measurements.  I'm just kinda concerned, because I'm a size 10 in store bought clothes, but a size 14 in sewing pattern measurements, so I'm worried that if children's patterns are the same as adults her dress would be too small.   Can someone please help me? 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Saint Patrick's Day Dress on: March 13, 2007 01:27:02 PM
My sister is having her birthday party on St. Patrick's Day, so I made myself a cute dress for both occasions (as I am of Irish decent), the top came out a little big, nothing I'm not used to though, my breast are smaller then my stomach, so I always have extra on top.  sigh... Anyway on to the pictures...

The fabric I used for the skirt:

The fabric I used for the top:

The dress

And the dress again, but with my daughter in the picture... she thought it was so much fun running back and forth (I used the timer on the camera...)

comments and suggestions to make my tops smaller in the breast area. Let me know what you think!  Thanks for looking
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Look what I got!t on: March 12, 2007 11:56:00 AM
I'm so excited!  I just love vintage clothing, and while exploring ebay, I found some awesome vintage sewing patterns, I just got this one today, and expect ten more in a couple of days.  I put the envelope for this pattern in a picture frame, to preserve it from any more damage.

It's Simplicity 2195.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help ME! on: March 11, 2007 07:24:15 PM
I'm trying to make my sister a dress, this is my third attempt on making the top, using two different patterns.  This pattern is just a little confusing, let me show you...

you can see the overlap of the seam in this pic

I tried to line the edges up (like you would normally do), but it just didn't work, so then I thought maybe I had cut it out wrong, but, alas I did not...

Here is the pic of the pattern

The dark line in the middle is the center line seam? or the placement line seam for trim?...

Here are more pics

Trying to line the edges up

The top

Can someone tell me if I'm doing it right or not??? I'm so confused, please help me!!!
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