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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine suggestions, please! on: April 30, 2011 10:44:49 PM
It really depends exactly what you want it to do.  For example I'm a quilter - I use very few stitches so it's not worth me paying for lots of fancy embroidery stitches.  I do need a machine that can cope with bulk and heavy-duty sewing though.  A garment maker or embroider may have different requirements.

I would recommend finding a specialist sewing machine shop and talking to them about your needs.  They should let you have a go on the machines to see what you like - take some fabric with you of the kind you most often work with.  If they won't let you try the machines, or they don't know what they're selling, find somewhere else.  The shops that do repairs / servicing are often good as they can tell you which machines they have to repair the most.

Don't rule out second hand machines either - again, the specialists may have reconditioned trade-ins.  Often you can get a better machine at a lower price.

Have fun - and don't rush your decision.

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Dunkin Donuts Quilt on: April 30, 2011 10:37:49 PM
Love it!  Orange and pink is my favourite colour combination ever.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Peaceful Ripples, A Mini Art Quilt on: April 30, 2011 10:35:49 PM
What a beautiful interpretation of the inspiration
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Little House on the Prairie Mini Quilt on: April 28, 2011 02:00:15 AM
Gorgeous - love the fabric choices
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What should I do with this? on: April 28, 2011 01:57:30 AM
The colours are lovely so it would make a nice cushion.  If any mismatched seams (not that I can see any!) are really bugging you, then some toning, well-placed buttons always look good.
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is a walking foot necessary? on: April 28, 2011 01:55:27 AM
Another agreement here - a walking foot makes life a lot easier, and tends to give much better results.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Quilting projects completed before Halloween! Yay me! Pic Heavy! on: September 07, 2008 09:22:18 AM
Love them.  I keep buying halloween fabric and keep spotting patterns that I want to make from it - not got any further yet though!!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sew What Skirts -- question on: July 14, 2008 12:51:46 PM
Recently finished my first skirt from this book.  I normally have problems 'cos my waist to hip ratio is way different to lots of patterns but I LOVE the skirt I made.  Definitely would recommend it.
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Uk fabric suppliers? on: July 14, 2008 12:47:43 PM
I don't know if there's a list on here but I live in Yorkshire so know a few places round there if that's anywhere near for you?
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: To Write Love On Her Arms Memorial Quilt on: July 14, 2008 12:45:03 PM
Beautiful quilt.  I hope you find some closure and some peace soon.  I'm sure you have been told many times that you cannot be responsible for someone else's happiness or their actions.

Please keep crafting - I believe that creating is healing in itself.  And your work is gorgeous.
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