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« on: July 19, 2013 04:43:00 PM »

I have long been intrigued with "drawing" done on the sewing machine, and have always had it on my "to do" list of things to learn more about.  Finally I just said - the heck with it -I'm just gonna give it a try!
  This is Ma Rainey - a blues singer who was in her prime in the 20's!! She was a lady ahead of her time.
  This was actually a lot of fun - my thread broke a couple times, but other than that it really was like drawing!
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013 05:04:00 PM »

I've always wanted to give a try, too. This is your first try? It looks great! Very cartoon-y. Awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013 05:08:30 PM »

Very cool.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013 05:11:58 PM »

Ma Rainey! I think you've captured her perfectly! This is really great for your first try. Did you have a free-motion foot on the machine?

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2013 05:24:24 PM »

Awesome! I can't believe that was your first try. Did you sketch it out first, or did you just wing it? Either way, kudos to you. I love it.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013 05:44:10 PM »

Thank you!   Cheesy
Wulf - I had a darning foot - I have a free motion foot but it was a little trickier to see what I was doing.  I tried it with no foot too -a little crazier - but it worked!
  Racky, I sketched it lightly in pencil first and kept a photo in front of me while I worked just for some of the details like hair and jewelry.
  I've already got a few thoughts in my head of some great faces I might try.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013 06:03:11 PM »

You're a natural!
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2013 06:36:08 PM »

How cool! And your first try?! You are amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2013 08:48:05 AM »

TMT and Whistley - thank you so much!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2013 08:56:01 AM »

That is brilliant!  Very cool! I really like the sketchiness of free machine embroidery.
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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2014 05:33:29 AM »

You're featured on Mr XStitch!  http://www.mrxstitch.com/craftster-pick-week-ma-rainey/   
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2014 11:08:14 AM »

Wow - well that's pretty cool!  I can't get the link to open, but it might just be me!  Thanks!!!
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2014 06:35:14 AM »

This is really wonderful, 'thisbird. I've never heard of drawing with a sewing machine before, now I'm really intrigued. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!
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