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1  California / California: South / Re: Looking for Sewing/Machine Embroidery newbies for sewing group on: February 25, 2010 06:36:30 PM
email me at psully6@cox.net for info.
2  California / California: South / Looking for Sewing/Machine Embroidery newbies for sewing group on: February 02, 2010 03:07:09 PM
I am starting a sewing/machine embroidery group,in Southern California, North San Diego County area. No 6 thread machines. To get together 1 sat a month. Must have a sewing/embroidery Machine that you can transport. Does not matter if you are a seasoned sewer or a newbie. There are 2 of us now looking for about 3-4 more. Sewing Diva (I should have named myself) Sewing fanatic, he he!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / embroidered his & hers towels on: April 09, 2009 06:25:26 PM
I made this set for a recent wedding I went to.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Eatable Easter Basket on: April 05, 2009 01:35:40 PM
Licorice would have been a good idea for the handle. I made marshmellow treats and stuffed them in a buttered glass bowl to make the shape and then I rolled out white fondant. (you can get it at michaels, joannes or walmart) and when the rice cripie treats were hard I covered it with the rolled out fondant. I rolled out a rope of fondant and kind of twisted it around the top. The grass is eatable grass. Walmart had several colors of this. I thought it was fun. I had 5 young girls over and they made them. I learned though that I need to make the rice crispie treats up and put in the bowl until they are hard. I tried it only a few minutes after we made the treats and they did not hold their shape under the fondant. Try it it was fun!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Eatable Easter Basket on: March 30, 2009 09:27:58 PM
I made this cute Easter Basket out of marshmellow treats and fondant. Then Decorated it with eatable grass and candy eggs and bunny peep. Only thing you can't eat is the handle. I could not figure a way to keep the fondant up.
It was a big hit with the little kids!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!! I need ideas and inspiration! on: March 30, 2009 08:57:01 PM
How about making some skirts that have elastic waists. Just measure how big around she will be and double it, sew the sides together. Then just hem the one end and make a casing on the top edge wide enough to slip the elastic thru it. Sew the ends of the elastic together and let it slip back into the casing. You could applique some larger butterflys on some butterfly printed fabric. Or Make a pocket on the skirt and put a little stuffed animal inside it. I just recently got some pink and white butterfly printed cotton fabric at walmart and I thought it would be fun to make this way.
Good luck!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Plus Fabric.. How To? on: March 30, 2009 08:30:43 PM
I bought a brother's 900D sewing embroidery machine. It has a a 4X4 hoop size, I bought this machine because it is user friendly and not too expensive. I did not want to spend too much on a machine incase I really did not use it alot. It cost me $800.00 Well I have used it ALOT! this machine allows me to purchase designs off the internet and down load them in to my computer and then transfer them to my machine. Now that I have become a little more knowledgeable I wish I had gotten a machine with a bigger hoop. Even a 5X7 would have been a good one to start with.  With a 5X7 hoop I could stitch out 4X4 or 5X7 size designs. Also I am finding I would like to have some software now that I know a few things and would like to have the freedom to change, resize and to optimize stitching. Some patterns that I have purchased and downloaded seem to have a lot of stitches that over lap and with some of the software I could take out the extra stitches. My sister is the one who said to buy the brother's  machine. She has had a PAFF, Bernina and a couple others. She went and tried out the 900D at her local shop and said she really liked it. It has been a good investment. I think that sometime in the future I would like a machine that lets me put a pin drive directly into my machine, and a bigger hoop. Hope this helps, and good luck!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Machine embroidery donut pin cushion on: March 30, 2009 08:09:20 PM
This is the neatest pincushion I have seen!  was this a pattern that I can download?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: bobbin thread ran out mid-project HELP on: March 02, 2009 07:22:22 PM
I have a brothers 900d I have ran out of thread often. Do you have the option to go back a few stitches? When I run out  I take the hoop off the machine and stil leaving the item in the hoop.  It is nice if you have a bobbin winder if not just wind the bobbin and rethread the machine. Put the bobbin back in and go back a few stitches. If you take the project out of the hoop or go out of the project you will not be able to get it back into the exact same place to restart. On my machine there is a place to adjust your design. When I touch it then a box that looks like the bottom of a needle and has -/+ next to it. When I choose this I then have larger boxes that show a spool -  (this lets me go back a whole color.)
        a spool +  ( this lets me go forward a whole color)
        a needle - (this lets me go back a stitch at a time)
        a needle + ( this lets me go forward a stitch at a time.)
Hope this helps.
Pauline Sewing Diva
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Costume made from 2 thrift store dresses on: February 21, 2009 10:09:40 PM
I made this dress for my daughter who wanted something special. I got on of those really plain dresses that just slip over your neck that was made from knit fabric that looks like crushed velvet and I slit it down the front. I used wonder under to turn the edges over and then I put in grommets and laced up the front with rope trim. I slit the sleeves and sewed in some cream colored satin and made them tye with the grommets and rope trim in 3 places. I also pulled up the skirt on the sides and tyed it with the rope trim. The other dress that I used was a little house on the prarie looking wedding dress that I got for $20.00. I just loved the skirt. I cut off the bottom of the dress at the waist and made a skirt. Then I ripped of the lace and attached it to the neck and bottom of the sleeves of the red dress. After all my hard work my daughter told me she was not going to the Halloween party! I loved it so much I wore it to work with my hair up in ringletts. The red dress cost $8.00 and the wedding dress $10.00 (1/2 price that day at the thrift store) The rope trim was .99 a yard about 10 yards. Not to bad in price compared to those poorly made costumes they sell now.
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