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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iron just broke . . . Suggestions for a new one? on: June 06, 2007 08:36:54 PM
Hi.  Don't know if you're still looking, but I highly highly recomend is the Black and Decker Digital Advantage, from Target (link below)

The steam on it is great.  I was recently borrowing a friend's aunt's Rowenta -- not sure which one -- and whenever I pressed steam on it, the steam would come out right under the handle.  I would constantly be moving my hand away cause it got way too hot.

The Black and Decker I have now was recomended to me by my sewing teacher.  The classrooms are all stocked with this iron so I figured that it had to be good.  Once she made that recomendation in class, probably half of us rushed out to get one and I haven't heard any bad reviews about it yet.

It's fairly heavy and powerful.  Cons: I'm not too fond of the digital feature, but it's actually quite handy.  It beeps loudly when it's warmed up.  I wish the cord was retractable.  I was thinking of getting an iron pad so that I could leave it sitting horizontally, but when you leave it like that, it leaks.

22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: sherbert quilt. [4 img] on: April 04, 2007 02:47:40 PM
all your points match up!!  (which is the hardest part of quilting). 

i think cameras have some sort of airbrushing technique, but my points don't actually match.  i just happened to take a pic of the one perfect one!

Thanks everyone!  Now for the matching pillow...
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / sherbert quilt. [4 img] on: March 31, 2007 07:37:55 PM
my very first quilt.

Full View of the front with part of the bottom right cut off due to my poor camera skills.

Close Up of a square.

Close Up of bottom left corner.

Back folded over.

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Burda Downloadable 50s Retro Dress Pattern on: March 15, 2007 12:01:29 PM
This dress just caught my eye on Burda's download page.

has anyone made this dress?  any thoughts on it?
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is this sewing machine valuable? on: March 09, 2007 10:02:54 PM
Hi, smoker, is this your machine?

You can try selling on craigslist, I bought several of my machines there.  It's not worth too much if it doesn't work.  If you take it to a dealer, it'll probably cost more to repair, if it doesn't.  I know that a regular tune up, depending on the area that you live, can range from $50-80.  Where I live, it's more of in the $80 range for a basic tune up.  If you decide to clean it yourself, there's several yahoo!groups that have very knowledgable people who are very willing and able to walk you through it.

The most popular collector Singers are probably the featherweight and the slant needles (301,401, 500, 501).

Here's an article on how you can estimate how much your machine's worth.  I would probably see if someone on ebay is selling something similar to your machine and use that as a reference point.

hope this helps!
26  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: fair isle sweater and valentine's hat on: March 09, 2007 04:37:06 PM

I tried to find this slip stitched hat pattern but was unsuccessful. Could you post a link?  Wink thanks

27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger reconmendations on: March 05, 2007 08:42:44 PM
P.S. myrLegacy: This is not a computerized machine!  I thought the same thing, but it is not.  It works just like my 1981 Bernina-- electric, but no computer. You should definitely visit a dealer and play with one if you are interested. 

Okay, don't know if anyone here can answer this question, but this is my biggest hesitation about the Imagine:

If the Babylock Imagine is NOT computerized, how does it figure out the tension by itself???
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger reconmendations on: February 09, 2007 08:43:07 PM
Am looking around for a serger too.  I've been eyeing the Babylock Imagine (but it's kinda... um, over my budget, to say the least).  I'm limiting myself to local dealers.  I'm wondering how well the Imagine handles.  I think I'm suspicious of anything that is "computerized."  Has anyone had any problems with it?  Anyone have an opinion on wheather or not it would be a good investment?  I'm being seduced by the thought of automatic tension, but is this something that'll break down and cost way to much to fix?
29  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: fair isle sweater and valentine's hat on: February 09, 2007 08:36:37 PM
kinda off topic but i LOVE your shirt!!!!! where'd ya get it??? or did you stay true to your crafty ways and MAKE it? Grin

I got my shirt at Stitches West, not sure what vendor though.  (not a big silkscreener/stenciller)
30  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: fair isle sweater and valentine's hat on: January 18, 2007 08:53:49 PM
oh! love the hat! was it hard to make? im a new knitter and looking for semi-easy patterns...

Easy enough.  it's pretty much a normal beanie pattern with added little flaps.  It's knits, purls, decreases, pick ups (for the other flap - not sure if that's the technical name for it), and an I-cord.
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