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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 'The marching band coat' for the boy on: January 19, 2009 03:33:03 PM
Hey there, I am in awe you manage to get anything done from reading your blog, so absolutely hats off to you. WRT the coat - super cute but in my humble opinion you are right about the red crossy over bits (sorry forgot the name!). If you wanna go really swish how about doing the same piping you did around the hood on those black crossy over things? As much as I love hoods and one can never be out of place, for a more military style I think little pointy collars and some black epaulets with that red cording would look most dashing!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knowledgeable sewers - fight between Viking 6460 + Janome 3018. Who'll win?! on: January 13, 2009 02:43:27 PM
Thank you so much ladies, very useful and thought provoking advice.
Here's the stickler with the Oliva - it's not her machine but the same brand. So that's ok, I know almost exactly what I'd be getting. It only does forward, back and zig zag and It's 350euros - a lot for a 40yr old machine. The lovely local couple are no spring chickens - this bothers me as once they are gone who'll know abou the mysterious Oliva?! I suppose anyone vaguely mechanical would be able to help.
Anyways for now luvvly hubby's offered to buy the machine of my choice (from the Huskvanrna or the Janome) as an early birthday pres. That'll tide me over creatively until I can afford the Oliva.
Thanks again for helping me decide - think I'll take the Janome for the fancier stuff and the Oliva will do the heavy stuff. Gotta have different tools for different jobs, right?

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knowledgeable sewers - fight between Viking 6460 + Janome 3018. Who'll win?! on: January 12, 2009 05:29:41 PM
 Wink I was secretly hoping you'd reply sewclassic! I have checked your web page and now is where you'll get upset with me as - I was checking those 2 out on ebay (don't do it I hear you say!). So there is no chance of trying the Janome. But you have answered one of my doubts - the glitches of the Husqvarna. It does look a little complex. I thought the Janome would be easier for a newbie simpleton sewer like myself. I was only looking at vintage ones as they do seem to be able to handle the thickness / heaviness of the materials I use fairly frequently.
Part of the problem is that I live in Portugal and we don't have a great selection - just singers and brothers in the main showrooms. There is a lovely lady down town who has a sewing class and whose husband does the repairs on machines and she recommended her vintage Oliva - the next problem is that I can't find any info on these at all although I did use hers with no problems. Hmm, decisions in life!
What are the other 'easier' vintage ones that you recommend?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Knowledgeable sewers - fight between Viking 6460 + Janome 3018. Who'll win?! on: January 12, 2009 05:04:47 PM
Hello,I'm hoping someone can help me make this decision. I've been all over the web like a rash and while there is a lot of love for the red husqvarna viking 6460, I'm a bit nervous about the cams and possible replacement parts in the future. On the other hand I can't find anything bad about the Janome New Home 3018.
I'd sew clothes for my little 'un and on a fortnightly basis will do something heavier like dog blankets (lots of layers ofrecycled denim to get through) and bags (Its the handles and final topstithing that make/ made my last and first machine die!
Thank you.xxx
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New cookie badges with packaging! on: December 25, 2008 01:56:27 PM
They look good enough to eat! Am experiencing felt envy!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The amazing technicolour elf coat. With velveteen. on: December 22, 2008 04:45:43 PM
It is an amazing coat. Re the velvet stuff - I made some of these and one of these with some similar velvety stuff.
Oh drat I can seem to link anything check out my flickr green velvet set.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New stuffs from scratch on: October 20, 2008 05:20:40 PM
Fabulous work, I'm so envious you can work with that stretch stuff with cuffs and all!! One thing though, do tell, where did you get that panda print, I am blinded by sheer awesomeness! (Yes, my lil 'un and so I, have watched Kung fu panda too many times - she would go nuts for this).
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie sewing....some recent projects on: October 11, 2008 08:10:21 PM
The sweater works like a dream, isn't it great when that happens! x keep on !!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New fall stuff...! on: September 27, 2008 10:15:08 AM
yea, can never have enough pockets! luv 'em!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Forest Creature wristlet/clutches on: September 17, 2008 03:22:23 PM
I'm in love with all of them! Love your choice of fabrics. One question, when you say 'flap' do you mean the animals actually lift up and hide some kind of fastening? Just curious about what's under them! xxx
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