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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Purchase Advise - No Max Budget on: February 22, 2010 09:27:08 AM
One of our dogs tripped on my old Kenmore's power cord. It was rather on its last leg and smashed apart when it hit the floor. Silver lining is that I get to buy a new machine!

The budget is unlimited because I'm willing to save up and buy the best machine for my needs.

I've been sewing for about 30 years. I do some garment design and enjoy making up children's costumes from scratch.

Here's a little about what I sew:
  • Children's clothing (denim, cottons, knits, costumes)
  • My own clothing (same as the kids' + silk & chiffon)
  • Dolls & their clothing (waldorf style)
  • Garment repair (as in the husband rips stuff often)
  • Applique

I've never done embroidery because I've never had a machine that could do it. I do, however, have a 5 year old daughter who would wear embroidered clothing 24/7.  Cheesy

I've quilted in the past but don't really have an interest in it any longer.

So, if you could buy any machine - which one would you suggest?

(I'm not looking for some industrial overkill here. I don't want a machine that specializes in something that I don't enjoy sewing, i.e. quilting. I'm looking for the best fit for what I actually do.)

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Staying with 3yo in Hospital - How to make costumes? on: October 12, 2008 08:19:49 AM
I just found a free pattern for the capes at Simplicity.

But could still use advise on how to do the rest from here!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Staying with 3yo in Hospital - How to make costumes? on: October 12, 2008 08:07:31 AM
My husband is willing to go to the fabric store and bring up my sewing machine. However, he needs VERY specific information on what to purchase.

Miss Chief, the 3 year old, wants to be a King similar to Pablo in the Tale of the Mighty Knights of Backyardigans.

Mr. B, my 9 year old, wants to be a wizard with a blue and silver theme.

Ideas on how to make this work from here? We're hanging out on the Oncology floor until Miss Chief's bone marrow starts to rebound and she stops having fevers. It could be a few more days or it could be a few more weeks.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: FREE chair re-upholstered for a new life on: September 23, 2008 10:14:58 AM
What an inspiration! Totally This Rocks!

We own two similar chairs and the cats have destroyed the top/backs. I'd love to find a puncture-proof fabric or self-healing one. Suppose the self-healing mats would be too thick to put through the sewing machine?  Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Nightmare before Christmas- ZERO! (img heavy) NOW WITH LINK TO PATTERN!!!! on: November 06, 2007 04:02:57 PM
Hillariously adorable!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Butterfly girl, snowflake girl & ladybird girl on: November 06, 2007 03:52:59 PM
Butterfly girl is divine. I know your aunt would have loved her.

Condolences to you and yours on the loss.  Cry
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New PJ's for my little guy. on: September 07, 2007 12:05:43 PM
Congrats! I used to make footie pjs for my son when he was a lot younger. Yours look so very soft!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Boring mailbox on: September 06, 2007 12:40:48 PM
hey these are all good ideas but what i did was i had some fake flowers and leaves so i used contact glue to put them on the mailbox,then added 2 coats of varnish and it looks really cool.but around the post i put a vine of fake leaves creeping up the post and added butterflies.

I bet it looks super-cute. I'd love to see a picture of what you created.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Worst backyard ever...need ideas and a plan of attack on: September 06, 2007 12:36:14 PM
High Country Gardens

I'm so glad they were mentioned. I *heart* HCG/Santa Fe Greenhouses. The plants are fabulous quality, shipping is fast & they have tons of stuff that thrives in AZ.

Good luck & keep us informed with more pics as you are able to do this. And remember, you can do this!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: concrete pipe playhouse - any ideas how to make? or get? on: September 06, 2007 12:28:03 PM
What an inspirational idea!

Neighbor's backhoe + we live on the side of a mountain + BIG plastic pipe = Super fun playhouse!

I wonder what the strength of the plastic would be. Or if it is sunlight stable?

To answer one of my own questions: They use them under streets for waste. (Duh) I'm sure piling on dirt and flowers would be just fine.
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