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41  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery machine on: February 04, 2011 11:32:26 AM
I don't have any advice on ordering from amazon.  As long as it is a verified type seller (or directly through amazon vs a third party), I wouldn't see any problems with it.

The one thing I would look for is that whatever machine you get can use designs downloaded from the internet.  Some friends have the model down from my machine, and have complete machine envy because I do so much more with mine due to the ease of downloading single designs rather than buying an expensive CD. 
42  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: First Ever Embroidery Project on: February 04, 2011 11:27:04 AM
Your butterfly turned out well. 

That was the first pattern that I ever used, too.  One of the most-used patterns that came on my Babylock. 
43  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: waterproof fabric on: January 09, 2011 05:56:35 PM
I've chopped up (the more plastic-y) shower curtains to sew with before.  I didn't make a bag, but a bike seat cover, and the shower curtain held up to that use.  The vinyl coated tablecloths may work too, but the ones I've tried didn't hold up to the rain storms as well as the shower curtain.
44  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Celtic Fairy Circle T-shirt on: January 08, 2011 11:52:18 AM
That looks like it turned out great.

Yes, emblibrary does have some dense designs.  I've used a lot of their designs though, and they have all stitched out well. 
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Convertible Grocery Tote/Backpack on: January 01, 2011 07:40:30 PM
I love this! Did you draft the pattern yourself? Tute pleeeease!
It is a pattern I'm creating myself.  It's not quite done yet - I'm still trying to find the best strap placement.  Unfortunately, classes start on Monday, so I won't have time to work on the bags (or a tutorial) for a while.
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Convertible Grocery Tote/Backpack on: December 30, 2010 08:57:41 PM
A few weeks ago, I made myself a bag that converts from a shoulder/tote bag to a backpack.  I've used it for a variety of things including shopping, school and traveling.  One of my friends saw the prototype for this bag and commented that she'd love one in a sturdier fabric to use when she rides her bike to the grocery store, as it can be easily worn either as a messenger style or backpack when her small bike basket is full.  At this point, I had already nearly finished the gift I'd been planning to make her for the holidays, a padded case for her new GPS.  Then I saw this challenge and decided to make the bag to wrap the GPS case. 

This bag has a zippered pocket on the outside, a flat patch pocket on the inside, boxed corners and zips closed on top.  It has canvas as the exterior and is lined with a layer of vinyl, then cotton.  It also has fully adjustable straps, which can be used to change the bag from a shoulder bag to being a two strapped backpack.

As a shoulder bag, more like the typical grocery bag


As a backpack


And here's how I used it to wrap the GPS case.
47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best padding material for laptop bags on: June 22, 2010 10:13:40 AM
Neoprene, if you can find it- works great and is surprisingly easy to sew, plus it doesn't unravel. Of course it is extremely insulating so I would advise against putting your laptop inside a neoprene case while its running (I'm speaking from experience)
I had the same thought, about getting neoprene to make a case for my netbook (I need a case that I can bike with).  I found some neoprene at a foam/upholstery type store.  It feels much sturdier and more protective than any sort of foam that I saw at JoAnns craft store.  I haven't tried sewing it at all yet, though. 
48  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 11, 2009 12:09:16 PM
My baby lock xscape can sew without the foot pedal, with a start/stop button and speed setting on the machine.  I sew with the buttons more than I use the pedal now. 
49  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Floating embroidery! on: November 22, 2008 08:45:37 AM
That's a great idea.

Thanks for the link to the tutorial.
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop / School Bag! [kinda image heavy] on: November 18, 2008 02:21:20 PM
Cool bag. 

What did you use to pad the computer section?
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