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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Fix or replace? on: February 20, 2009 03:53:32 PM
I got a Singer Prelude about 18 months ago and it died yesterday.  It was only $65, on post-Thanksgiving sale at Target.  There's something wrong down inside the machine, we've taken it all apart and can't figure it out.  It started slowing down and then I stopped sewing, and now the fly-wheel won't turn, it feels very tight. 

Do these machines break easily?  Is it worth it to try and get it fixed or should I just get a new one?  Is this a duddy machine or do you just have to buy an expensive one in order for it to work?

I'm frustrated and sad. 
2  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Southwest KS Crafters? on: February 20, 2009 03:45:35 PM
I'm jealous of the Wichita group and their plans to get together.  Anyone in Southwest KS want to get together?  I'm in Garden City. 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which serger should I ask for? on: January 20, 2009 10:47:00 AM
Thanks for the help, both of you!  I've got some research direction now, and some options. 

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Which serger should I ask for? on: January 16, 2009 05:36:27 AM
After waiting through two Christmases and a Birthday, I'm going to do a little research before I put "serger" on my Birthday list again. 

I've serged just a little with one from a friend, just enough to know that I want one.  I'm not a terrific seamstress, I've made a few things for my daughter, lots of crafty things, housewares, etc.  So I probably don't need anything very fancy, just a basic model that will work well and easily for a long time. 

Any advice?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilted Christmas Bag on: November 15, 2008 08:18:32 AM
I don't know about online, I've seen a few things at our Wal-Mart.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilted Christmas Bag on: November 09, 2008 06:59:47 PM
Thanks for all of the nice comments!  Pretty good for $2.00!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Christmas Bag on: November 07, 2008 03:13:00 PM
I found some quilted Christmas fabric a while ago at a thrift store, and wanted to make myself a Christmas bag.

I tried to follow all of the rules this time, and actually think things through and iron and pay attention and all of that.

I'm very pleased.

It has a pocket for my phone and sunglasses, though these are a little shallow.

One of my favorite things is that I used a Coke box to stablilize the bottom.  

Thanks for looking!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Bathroom redecorated! on: October 26, 2008 09:21:19 PM
I love nesting!  You get so much done!

Love the bathroom too, looks homey now. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Fun with Goodwill Sweaters on: October 09, 2008 07:50:04 PM
JerseyGal:  The wool sweaters get felted in the washing machine, so they don't unravel.  I'm not sure what's going to happen with the cotton ones, I didn't do anything else to the top b/c when I sew them they stretch all out. 

UUMom2Many:  The dress...I laid one of her jumpers on top of the sweater body, and then cut out armholes using the other dress as a guide, and cut a very slight angle along the sides to the bottom of the dress. Then I stitched up the sides.  The armholes were really tough to figure out, eventually I used a bit of t-shirt to make a binding around the edges, which made the arm holes way too big.  Then I put it on her and pinched it shut where it looked OK, and then stitched another angle there.  VERY unscientific.  I'll bet these instructions make NO sense.  Sorry.  Sad
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fun with Goodwill Sweaters on: October 09, 2008 04:46:31 PM
It's been a long time since I made anything. The sewing machine has actually been under the table for awhile, but I got it back out today and had a pretty good afternoon. 

Here's what I did and how I did it-I really know nothing about what I'm doing, so feel free to set me straight.

I got started making legwarmers, since girlie is refusing to wear pants, and legwarmers are $5 at Target. For less than that, I can get a nice wool sweater at Goodwill and cut it up and have lots of fun. I like to try and find sweaters that people have already washed accidentally, because then I don't feel so bad cutting it up.

Here are the 3 sweaters I started with. The dark one and the pink one were "pre-felted" wool, and the Tommy Hilfiger was all stretched out. It was pretty, but cotton, so I wasn't sure how it would work.


To make leg warmers out of a wool sweater, all you have to do is felt it, and then cut the sleeves off at the arm, straight across. It makes a kind of cropped sleeve sweater when you're done.


I use pinking shears, but I don't think it matters. Usually that's all you need to do. Then pull them on the little legs and you're done.



For the cotton sweater, I had to make the tube a little narrower, so that it would stay up. Just turn it inside out and sew a line along side the seam, then turn it back right side out and try it on. Repeat until it fits, and then cut off your excess.



Then I had the bodies of the sweaters to work with, so I made this little bag first. I think it's fun that you can reach through the neck to grab something small, or lift the flap for big things.


Out of the cotton sweater, after much fiddling, I made this little dress for her. I'm pretty happy with it.  The arm holes were really tough.  I eventually made a sort of binding out of an old t-shirt. 



Thanks for looking!

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