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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your first machine, a buyers guide on: February 18, 2008 10:17:25 AM
I just bought a Brother XR 7700 Computerized machine that was refurbished from Overstock.com.  It was supposed to be $500 or so, but since it was refurbished, it was only $139.

It works like a dream.  I haven't sewn since high school and managed to get it working with almost no trouble.  Well, there was no trouble at all - just me learning how to thread a bobbin and the needle again after so many years not sewing.

I'm going to try to sew some pants now!

Now if only I had a way to figure out serging, etc..  That's too advanced for me right now.  Later I guess.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: February 12, 2008 11:54:14 AM
So I found this tutorial on Thursday, went out and bought fabric and then sat down Friday evening to hook up my brand new (okay refurbished) sewing machine and made a dress that night for my birthday dinner on Saturday evening.

I haven't sewn since high school.  It was harder for me to figure out how to get the machine working and threading the needle and the bobbin stuff than it was to make this dress!

Saturday morning I made ANOTHER one!

At my birthday dinner, everyone was SHOCKED that I made it.

I also saw the 7-in-1 dress at VS (got an email from them) and laughed.  I'm so excited.  This dress is just awesome.  I'm already envisioning ways to change the dress so that I can make it in many different ways.  I want various skirts for it too... even the bridesmaid versions are abject ripoffs - just imagine, a craftster bride could make all of her BM dresses for practically NOTHING and they could wear them again!


Can you tell I'm excited?

As soon as my friend sends me the pics she took at my party, I'll post those.

Thank you rostitchery!  You rock!
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