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131  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tank from robotsrock's smock top tutorial on: August 16, 2005 10:50:06 PM
Ohh, very cute. Nice work!   Smiley
132  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Recommendations on: August 16, 2005 07:03:49 PM
I'm considering buying a serger, either now-ish (if I give in to impulse) or maybe late November, early December. I don't genuinely need a serger, it's more in the nature of a toy for me, so I can't justify spending over $300 for one and would prefer to keep it under $200. If I do get one, I'd want something low maintenance, that's easy to find replacement knives and such for.

Has anyone used the Singer Ultralock 14SH654? (You can see it here: http://www.singerco.com/products/.) Wal-Mart sells it for under $200. I believe, earlier in this thread Alisasaur said she'd just gotten one and was having trouble learning to use it because the manual is poorly written, but I didn't see a review from anyone who'd used it much. The only reviews I could find online were four at Amazon: one very bad, one complaining about not being able to find needles, another saying they didn't know why the previous person couldn't find the needles when they are easily available, and one person saying it was a good value. Not much help there.

If I don't buy one at Wal-Mart, I would probably look at Sears next, because of so many people here praising their Kenmore sewing machines--and I know at least one person praised her Kenmore serger. I'd be interested in hearing about any specific Kenmore models people have had good results with.

Do sergers ever go on sale in the post-Thanksgiving sales? I've never noticed because I stay out of stores as much as possible from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

I've used a similar Singer serger at college. I find it to be pretty good. It gives nice, clean edges and looks very professional. Ask for a demonstration and if you decide to buy it ask for lessons as well. But you may need to go to a sewing machine speciality shop for that. Hope this helps.  Smiley
133  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My "Chloe" Dress on: August 16, 2005 04:54:58 AM
It looks great! You should be very pleased with yourself for that effort!!!!

134  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: August 16, 2005 04:50:44 AM
Wow! You guys have had some beauties!!! Luckily i haven't had anything major happen yet! (*knocks on wood*) I know it's only a matter of time though!! I've had minor cuts and burns.

The worst two are probably standind up onto an embroidery needle, having, like, half of it go into my foot! And well, that happened while I was cooking, and i had gotten a tray of cookies out of the oven and put it down on the counter. Not realising i had half of the tray hanging over the bench, i lent in to inspect my handy work and got a long, painful burn on my exposed mid-driff!!! I had to wear a patch over it for the next couple of days it hurt so much!!!!  Undecided

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