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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: "scrap" afghan on: January 09, 2007 09:58:22 PM
Yes, all the squares are the same pattern. Very boring, but I managed to do about one per 15 minutes.  They're all approximately the same size.  I got mixed up partway through and forgot if I used an H or I hook, I had the same gold Clover for both sizes.  I started with an H, I think, and then accidentally moved to an I.  That made a small difference, but once I started joining, they all stretched to fit as long as I was putting my stitches in the right place.

Thanks for all the compliments!
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: If you could have ANY sewing machine... on: December 10, 2006 04:46:12 PM
I know many people who have the Huskystar 224.  This is a popular recommendation at the quilting/sewing machine store that I go to.  I think they mentioned that that is one of the top sellers.  I was thinking of getting that one, too, but Viking came out with a comparable model called the Emerald 118.

I have machines that do all those fancy stitches, but honestly, I don't need them.  I do general clothing sewing and quilting.

The Emerald takes Viking feet while the Husky only takes Husky feet.  I wanted a really good walking foot so I opted for the Emerald.

When I purchased my Emerald, it was cheaper than the Husky.  The sales lady actually talked me DOWN to the Emerald, which really really surprised me.  The Husky has something called the Lightning/Stretch stitch that's good for knits, if that's something to go for.

Something I don't like about the Emerald: the needle only goes to the left, not to the right.  I don't remember if the Husky did that too.

If I could have any machines, I would get the old school Singers: 201, 301, and 401, just to mention a few.
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: peaches n creme...your thoughts, please on: November 14, 2006 02:06:17 PM
They all work up individually (very easy to travel with) and then at the very end, I arranged them the way I wanted, kind of.  It was rather overwhelming with 300 in total.  And then you join those.  That's pretty heavy.
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: peaches n creme...your thoughts, please on: November 03, 2006 12:26:33 PM
I crocheted a full/double bed sized afghan with this and it's extremely heavy!  very difficult to wash.  Made a lapgan with it, and that's actually really nice, not too heavy.  I've also knitted an aran style sweater with it and it definitely does NOT drape well.  I'm not going to do that again.
35  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: There's nothing like a good sandwich on: September 20, 2006 08:03:57 PM
I don't know how to make this because I'm not even quite sure what's in it, but I'm obsessed with Vietnameses sandwich which crusty bugette-like bread, with pate, some sort of mystery meat, cilantro, and a mix of seasoned/marinated/flavored vegtables including long strips of carrots.  I get mine cheap and expecially tasty from San Jose.  At $2.50-3, it's definitely my favorite deal!  Too bad I have to drive so far...
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Addi vs Inox Express Circs? on: August 31, 2006 11:37:28 AM
I think I've bought these Inox express maybe a year ago to knit with for my friend's hat --  they're the cheaper version of addi turbos right?.  I didn't use them after that, and I cleaning out my drawers a few months back and found these.  I thought I'd give them another whirl, even though I did not like the thin cable, but to my dismay, I saw that the coating was CHIPPING to reveal the plastic underneath, at the tip and where they connect to the cables.  I treat my needles pretty tenderly, and I didn't know how I could've caused this.  I blame a lot on the humidity here in SF, but i was living in Davis at the time where it's considerably drier.  I've scratched my Addis against each other very hard a couple of times, and I haven't yet seen my oldest pair -- maybe 5 years old -- do this.  I ended up throwing away those needles and thinking, well, you get what you paid for.
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: favorite kind of stitch? on: August 08, 2006 12:07:43 PM
i love shells and pineapples.  i like crocheted pineapples so much, i got a tattoo of it!
38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing machine -- babylock/viking/pfaff? on: July 29, 2006 10:35:05 PM
I'm thinking about trading up my current sewing machine.  Right now, I have a Janome 423S, which is a great starter machine, but I feel like I need something more precise.  See, I bought a walking foot that's supposedly compatible with it, but it turns out that whenever you buy the compatible feet, the needle isn't positioned exactly in the middle and you can only move the needle to the left, not the right.  I need something that I can use for fashion sewing and quilting.

Here are the three I'm considering:
Emerald 122
Pfaff ClassicStyle Quilt 1527
BabyLock New Creative Pro

Does anyone have any of the above machines and what are the pros and cons?  I know the Pfaff is made in Czec Republic, where are the others made?  What feet comes with the Pfaff 1527 and Emerald 122?  Is there a good new workhorse machine that I don't know about?  So far, I like that the Emerald is metal one piece casting.  I'm a little hesitant on the Pfaff because it's metal coated with nylon parts, but I like how it comes with almost all the feet I'm pretty sure I'll need.  I don't know anything about the BabyLock.

Things that I'm looking for:
all metal parts
drop in bobbin
drops feed dogs
mechanical, not computerized
can sew through many layers of fabric
good even straight stitch and zigzag
hard cover
slim free arm
high pressure foot clearance

39  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: July 29, 2006 07:52:15 PM
This is my dad's Singer.  We got it at some garage sale, complete with cabinet.  I'm not sure how old it is.

And this is my Janome 423S.  I bought it for $150 about 2 yrs ago.  I like it, but the only problem is that when I put a foot on there that didn't come with my machine (ie, a walking foot) the needle is off center.  But it sews pretty good -- my sister even sewed a capri sun purse on it.

40  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mechinical vs. computerized on: July 27, 2006 05:59:42 PM
when i was first looking at computerized machines, one thing they told me was to keep my magnetic pin holder far away from it because it can cause damage, something i would probably never think twice about doing.
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