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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shank/Feet Question on: October 21, 2012 06:21:22 PM
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2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shank/Feet Question on: October 15, 2012 09:32:37 AM
Yes, you do have a low shank machine.

Your feet do snap off, but you can also loosen the screw on the side of the foot so that the ankle will come off.

If you purchase a walking foot you will have to take the ankle and foot off in order to put the walking foot on.

So, you can order either snap on feet or feet with the ankle attached.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: kenmore 385.17928 on: October 15, 2012 09:29:59 AM
I believe if you do a search you should be able to get the manual for this.  Then you can find out how to get the stitches working for you.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting started with serger on: May 18, 2011 08:01:11 PM
Depending on the type of fabric and what you are making you could do either.

If I am making something woven or something that needs a seam, and then the seam allowances need to be pressed open ie. a skirt where I want the seams pressed open so they lay flat.  I will sew 1st, serger after.

If I am making something with a knit fabric... it depends on the knit, if it's thicker, I'll overlock it and leave it, if I think it's not going to stand up to just overlocking then I'll sew and overlock.

You will have a seam guide on the overlocker, similar to a sewing machine, so you would just follow the guide and sew a 3/8" seam like you would on a sewing machine.

I hope that helps!

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing in Small Spaces on: May 14, 2011 07:21:22 PM
I used to do A LOT of garment sewing... back in the day!

And I have 2 of the fold out cardboard cutting mats. Which is what I used to and I still spread them out on the bed.

I've graduated to quilting and still need those cutting mats!

My only problem is that the cats (we  have 3 and a dog) like to lay in the middle of whatever project you have spread out on the bed... so you can't win!!!

I got both of mine used, one at a garage sale, and the other at the goodwill, so if you can, check out those places.  Otherwise Joann's fabrics does carry them on a regular basis.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any good compact sewing machines out there? on: February 12, 2011 06:27:20 PM
I have a pink Kenmore 3/4 machine and use it for taking to classes.  It is plastic, but it has a free arm which I like for hemming.

I know the Janome Jem is a good machine as well.

There is a Singer 3/4 machine which is a Featherweight which was manufactured in the lat 40's early 50's.  They are highly collectable, BUT if you look you can get one at a price you are willing to spend.  They are well sot after in the quilting world, because they are simple, and the foot they use is a perfect quarter inch.

The model after the Featherwieght is the 301, and it is still compact, has a few more stitches, and is also A LOT cheaper!  The only down fall, is that it is a slant foot which they no longer make, and finding accesories for it is hard.

I have a Singer Genie from the 70's, which is not a 3/4 machine, but is 19lbs, and comes in a case which covers the machine and the foot and cord fit in the top.  It is very compact.  I found mine at a local church for $15, but they do sell on ebay quite cheap.

I have a book called "Weekend Sewing" and the author Heather Ross lives in NYC as well, and she has a featherweight, and also a Necchi Syliva Maximatic.  I am not sure how hard they are to find, they look compact, as well as having some stitchs other than just straight.

Good Luck on your search.

Let us know what you get.


7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hardcore old machine VS wimpy new machine on: February 12, 2011 06:04:38 PM
I have several machines, from antique to brand new...

I have to say that my antique machine is probably the best for heavy thick material. (right now my friend has it to make vinyl boat seats).

I have a Singer from the early 70's that is a work horse.  I had a Singer from the 90's and couldn't get rid of it fast enough! 

Singer has gone through numerous changes, and merges over the last 30 years, and it's quality has suffered GREATLY.

I also have the $85 Brother from Wal-Mart, and I haven't put it thorough the heavy stuff... but I was really impressed with the stuff I did ask it to do.

Have to you tried using a heavier needle with the cordory or a walking foot?

I have to hem a lot of denim (I'm short and so is my son) and I only use a walking foot now, it's just so much easier! 

They can be found genericaly on ebay or at your local sewing machine store.

I'd be hard pressed to give up my older machines.  Each one has a different function and are definatly more dependable than my brand new one!


8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pinking Shears on: February 05, 2011 05:32:07 PM
I also inherited pinking shears, and I went and got both pairs sharpened at hardware store that does sissor sharpening. 

I think it cost maybe $5.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone familiar with Brother sewing machine models? on: October 04, 2010 01:35:04 PM
I have a basic Brother I bought from Wal-mart which is similar to the LS1520. 

From what I could see from my Google search was that all 3 seem to be similar and good for a beginner.

I guess the rest would be up to you, what's the cheapest, and what comes with them.

Good Luck!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me pick a good first sewing machine! on: September 27, 2010 04:58:04 PM

I had a look at all of the machines, and the ebay Brother had ended.

The ebay Janome, has to be mounted in a cabinent.

The craigslist Brother looked good from what I could see, certainly it is a good price, have a look on google to see what people are saying about it, that would be helpful too.  She is including the accessories, so that might be worth it right there.

The Brother from overstock seems to be a good deal too, I have the basic Brother from Wal-Mart, and have been happy with it.  I belong to a quilting board, and people are fairly happy with those Brothers too.  I believe this machine is at Wal-Mart too, but I wouldn't quote me on that, but it's worth checking into.

Let us know what you decide!!


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