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481  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A on: February 19, 2008 03:52:34 PM
This will probably be the right place to ask about different models of sewing machine - I'll most probably be getting a new one pretty soon. To make a long story short: mine (Elna 3007 - http://www.oksewingandvacuum.com/3007_o.jpg) is driving me crazy for some years now and it is just getting worse every year... To be fair to it - I made 3 fat quilts and some other stuff with very stiff fabric so I guess I should say it served me well (that's what the repairman said - that this wasn't meant for this kind of sewing - just for shirts and skirts and such stuff - grrrr Angry Huh...) - so it did that but only I know how many times I freaked out doing that... Soooo - my darling has enough of my frustration and wants to buy me a new one - yeeey Grin Even better - a really good one - double yeeey!

There is a particular one I fell in love with at the store while looking for serger (by the way - I love it!) - but hadn't have the chance to try it yet. And since this is a major investment I'd like to hear your opinion first. So - does anybody have a Elna Quilter's pro 7200 or 7300 (the newer model - they don't sell 7200 anymore where I live)? And how do you like it? Here is a link:

I'm not so emotionally attached to Elna (it's just the nearest shop so I checked this one out;) - can't go fat with the trolley/wagon in this weather Wink) so I'd be happy to hear about other models from other brands having similar features - I specially like:
the long arm (I really fell in love with that - it seams so practical for quilted blankets)
strong needle penetration on all fabrics (I love power since I made quite some quilts and heavy-duty stuff, my love and I both love jeans - but my sewing machine unfortunately doesn't)
and of course the speed is not something I would reject as well;)

Of course I ' be very happy to have other decorative stitches since they are very limited on mine (and you can not vary most of them:(
I'm particularly interested in brands that are available here - those are: Elna, Bernina, Pfaff, Toyota, Singer (I live in a small country;) I might loose some but we definitely don't have Vicking and Huskvarna. (I don't know how to spell that - sorry)

Where could I find any reviews on different machines - I apologise for my ignorance but I have never bought a sewing machine in my life - I got this one from my mum since she couldn't learn to use it- fine with me Grin but I need to move on before they take me to an institution driving mad over it...

Thank you so much for all your help!
482  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: DIY water soluble fabric marking? school chalk? Anyone? on: February 19, 2008 03:08:51 PM
I also use B pencil on light fabrics on reverse side. On dark fabrics a silver pencil is showing quite ok - not a marker, a normal color (silver color) pencil used to decorate cards etc... School chalk is ok as well - man just has to push harder on it than on the sewing chalk.
483  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: SEWING LEATHER?? on: February 19, 2008 02:55:58 PM
I sew leather on my ordinary machine with polyester thread and a needle for leather - as other have described before me.
It is useful to have a reliable machine though - mine is driving me crazy right now so I decided to wait with other leather projects until I get a new one Cheesy
484  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: "Hell Yes I'm the best!" on: February 12, 2008 12:53:10 PM
Thank you so much for the instructions - I never thought I could use puff paint and freezer paper for stenciling! I'll try it for sure! Thanks again!
485  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: "Hell Yes I'm the best!" on: February 12, 2008 03:34:16 AM
This will sound stupid - again - but what is freezer paper method? I checked your blog but I didn't find any instructions there. Is there any link to how is this made? By stenciling through freezer paper or is it some kind of tie-dy for the bubbles?
486  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My Snowmen -- several images..... on: January 31, 2008 02:35:35 AM
Put a piece of wire in them so you can make them thinner if that's what you're looking for. Or you could make a mitten shape at the end so they don't look bulky. I like him fine as it is;)
487  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: 1 year old gifts on: January 27, 2008 10:20:20 AM
I found a great idea on the net: a sewn snake toy that is constructed from many parts that are connected to one another by a variety of ways: with buttons, zippers, velcro, snaps, staps... That way a toddler can learn to zip up, button,... the toy and later his/hers clothes.

Than a couple of wooden blocks nicely painted or a simple wooden puzzle would also be nice for this age. Also those kind of block that interlock and he has to figure out how to put them together... Or one of those wooden toys that they push around when they start walking... Than you could make a labyrinth from a wooden base, a wire and some funny polymer clay beads on it...

Then there are clothes and plushes of course:) Slippers, booties, a special bib with his favorite character on,...  Last time I saw a pelican plushy that had a hole inside - so you put fish and shrimp in his big beak and than took it out at the bottom. It was quite nice:)

I find a lot of inspiration at the baby and child shops - I see a deisgn and alter it to make it cuter more useful, unique and personal. Sometimes you can join a couple of ideas into one toy.

I have a nephew who turned one two days ago - so I did a lot of thinking on the subject:) I gave him some wooden shapes that you put on a rod (that are interlocking if put on correctly) and I made a bathrobe with his name on.
488  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Bunny Amigurumi. Adorable! on: January 27, 2008 09:55:29 AM
I think I remember how to increase and decrease but I have some problems with the stitch names since English is not my native language and I have no English crochet book to look at;) I'll try to figure out what is what and hope to make some in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Grin
489  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Bunny Amigurumi. Adorable! on: January 26, 2008 05:29:07 AM
This will be a very stupid question - but I have never crocheted any stuffed toy yet - so please excuse me: what kind of a stitch do you use to make those toys? I saw that the majority of crocheted toys has the same look so they are made using the same technique. Is there any tutorial where I could learn how to do it? Or just a drawing of that stitch? I crocheted a bit as a kid but not this kind of stuff. So please, anyone, do you have any link?
Thank you so much!
490  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: January 23, 2008 01:36:21 PM
I just send you PM to ask you for the pattern - since I'm a total new-by I'm not sure it came or not Huh
If it's not too late I'd like to join - I have a 6 month old girl waiting for her first poppet - so pleeeese Grin
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