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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / maybe the question should be "what *shouldn't* I get?" on: January 08, 2009 11:09:46 AM
Okay, I've decided to splurge and purchase a serger.  I am dying to make things that only a serger will allow me to make in good quality.  I'm trying my damndest to be patient and do my research but most machines I look at have very mixed reviews.  Also, serger, alone equals "splurge" to me.  I'm only looking to spend $250 tops.  I think the top of my list at the moment is http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=1723621 then there are a couple different Singer ones that sound like decent options as well as a White.  My first sewing machine was White and it was the cheapest model but it gave me some issues, so I don't know what the rest of their stuff is like. 
Seems like instructional disc should be on my checklist too, from what I've read. 

Can anyone tell me what I should NOT get?  Or have an exceptionally high recommendation for a particular machine?  I hope this isn't a duplicate duplicate duplicate question on here.  I couldn't find anything that was really helpful, feel free to just give me a link to another thread that may help me, and send me on my way  Smiley

Thanks in advance!!!
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / So proud of my first quilt on: December 18, 2008 07:35:31 AM
I've made a baby quilt, but it was with no research on how it should be done and so it was not a great success but turned out pretty enough.  Then I made a small wall hanging that was quilted, and I was very happy with it but it was small and easy in comparison to this.  I couldn't believe how long it took me to find all the appropriate t-shirts in thrift stores and from friends & family to come up with enough to make this & for the one I have yet to assemble for my inlaws (this one is for my parents for Christmas).  Anyway, here it!   Grin


corners (I'm extra proud of these, yay!)

What do you think?!

It's FAR from perfect and the back (oh! the back is a dark brown, super cuddly flannel sheet) is a bit saggy in a couple spots around my attempt at quilting, but all in all I think it's pretty decent considering it's my first and that I have very little room to work and I have a very dinky little sewing machine.   

 Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley  Thanks for looking!  Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the bag that nearly came between me and my sewing machine on: October 13, 2008 12:49:21 PM
okay, so as it turns out my sewing machine doesn't like sturdy fabric all folded up.  The needle not going through was the least of my worries (and I now have the appropriate needle).  The fabric was just creating too snug of an environment for my machine.  Someone suggested I lower the feed dog just a bit, but my mahine only provides two options far as the feed dog is concerened: up or down  Tongue So I had to sit there turning the knob 1 stitch at a time for nearly all of the sewing to both assemble the handles and to attach the handles to the bag. 
Next stupid move: not interfacing the non-red fabric.  I was only thinking about sturdyness, like will the bag hold shape and I figured the red fabric being all thick and mighty would do that on it's own. Nope.  And not only that but the handles quickly started pulling away from the adorable squirrely fabric, it also would've helped if I'd have stitch all the way back up the the top red part... you'll see what I mean in the 2nd pic.  I think it will last through the fall but I was very disappointed in myself on this bag.  Oh well, at least the fabric is SO adorable, it's distracting enough, lol.  I have very little of this fabric left, maybe I'll make another bag and just use it for some pockets.  Anyway, here's the satan purse.

the zipper top, that I couldn't get to attach on the ends...

here, I got it too at least LOOK like it holds it's shape, but I'm a fraud...

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / might be the nicest bag I've made... and it's for an 8-yr old ;0D on: September 23, 2008 08:53:21 AM
I made a messenger-style bag for my niece's birthday present (and filled it with fun stationary goodies, of course) back in July (I'm a posting-slacker  Undecided)

I'm super thrilled with this bag!!!!!

the sides both have pockets

the back of the bag, with a lined-zipper pocket

and the inside, complete with another big pocket and two pen/pencil holders  Smiley

What do ya think???

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Bucs helmet on: September 18, 2008 04:52:16 AM
I think this goes here...

I make things on wood.  BIL asked me to make him a Bucs Helmet for his birthday.  I obliged  Smiley  It hangs on the wall (which is why I chose this section to post in)

I'm quite happy with the outcome, and he was pleased too.

Ignore Cogsworth in the background, it's just a picture on a scratch piece of paper I used to lay under the helmet while dried on my kitchen table.

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Pleatness on: September 18, 2008 04:49:27 AM
I jumped on the pleatness bandwagon.  It was a fun purse to make once I got going with it.  I'm sure I'll make more.  This one was a very late birthday present to my SIL.  She had, ironically, given me a huge valance that she'd had for years but never had place to put it so finally decided to give it to me for material.  As soon as she gave it to me I knew it had to be her purse.  She's always been into Asian decor, plus, she bought the valance she it must've been her style regardless, right?  lol.  I think the red I picked out compliments it perfectly!  I chose magnetic snaps (2 of them) instead of doing the zipper gussett because I didn't have a right sized zipper at the time and was in a hurry.  Anyway, enough babbling- I'm sorry I always do way too much of it...

I could tell she honestly adored it, which was so very flattering  Smiley
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Goddess Sock Monkey on: September 16, 2008 12:35:52 PM
I made a sock monkey as the medium item for my partner in the mythology swap.  can I just give some props to all you regular sock monkey crafters out there- because it was way more time consuming than I expected!  It was fun and it won't be my last but sewing the face and limbs on by hand- not an easy feat!
Anyway!  My parnter loved Egyptian myth and Vulture myth, so I chose to base the sock monkey off of the Goddess Mut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut who was often depicted as a woman with wings of a white vulture  Smiley  Okay, so WARNING- this is one ugly... doll (?) but I still think it came out really fun...

Mut with her wings spread:

(the wings do tuck back so that her arms can lay down)

Mut butt:

And the happy recipient:

28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Mythology Wall Hanging on: September 16, 2008 12:22:45 PM
I made this as my large item for my partner in the Mythology Swap.  I was able to mix and match her fave myth topics by doing this and I'm so happy with how the colors (all from my personal stash) came together.  I virutally... no, you know what- I didn't have to spend a thing to make this!  I'm so thrilled with myself on this and she seems genuinely happy too, which is SO important.  Anyway, here it is-  (color is a bit dark, sorry)


The top is an Egyptian depiction of a vulture (she loves Egyptian mythology AND Vultures)
The middle is Ganesh- her absolute favorite
and the bottom is Eos, Goddess of the Dawn.

And here's the picture she took when she got it- the colors are better depicted here:

29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / It's not jamming perse, it's just STOPPING!!! on: September 14, 2008 06:11:33 PM
I've even tried punching it and nothings working!!!

I have a White Sew Easy, yes, cheap but generally a good machine.  Tonight I started sewing a purse and then I changed the thread color, put in some fabric to sew and the needle MIGHT go in once and then just won't move.  I MIGHT be able to finagle it to go in and out a couple more times with the manual feeder thingy but mostly it just won't move until I pull the whole shibang out from underneath (which there are no knots, birds nests, jams, etc).  I've tried cleaning, oiling, changing the needle.  I just can't figure it out!!!! I was only even using the machine for like 15 minutes, max, before this started happening.  Please, can anyone help me?
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / a little lamb to match a quilt on: August 18, 2008 08:13:59 AM
I made this little guy to match a baby quilt I was also making for a baby shower.  I used the tutorial provided on the tute list here (http://www.patternbee.com/FREELAMBKIN.html) but it took me waaaaaaaaay longer than it should have... I mean HOURS, but at the last minute it pulled together and, I think, turned out really cute.  It's not quite exactly the same as the picture on the site, but I still like it  Smiley

Here's the quilt that I made later to match

Here's the lambykins:

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