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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few vintage questions... on: April 07, 2009 08:32:19 AM
What an incredible Blog, I am going to take the time to pour over it today. One more quick question though: I read somewhere that for free motion quilting a slant needle is not ideal. Is this true?


I suggest a vertical hook machine for FM work.  Some of the slants are horizontal hook machines (401, 403, 404, 500 and 503 just to name a few), and these are not ideally suited to FM work when compared to a vetical hook machine.  The 301 is a wonderful machine for FM work. It has a slant needle, but it is a vertical hook machine, and the feed dogs drop.   This is covered in my review of the 301.

*blushing* I probably read it on your blog then...thanks for explaining it here though. Off to think about the 301s...
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few vintage questions... on: April 07, 2009 05:40:14 AM
What an incredible Blog, I am going to take the time to pour over it today. One more quick question though: I read somewhere that for free motion quilting a slant needle is not ideal. Is this true?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / A few vintage questions... on: April 07, 2009 05:16:32 AM
I read on patternreview somewhere that it is pretty easy to sew your finger using a vintage 50s Singer 301/401. Is this true? I love the idea of refurbished all metal, but I am clumsy, very clumsy.

I am mostly looking to do some quilting, are these machines, singer 301/401 good choices? I don't need a great buttonhole, just a walking foot, a 1/4" foot, a free motion foot...thats about it. Just a pefect straight stitch, everything else is gravy.

If not the Singers, what would suit my needs?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Husqvaqrna Viking Victoria sewing maching on: February 11, 2006 06:28:55 PM
Check out this review from patternreview.com...

http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingMachine/Review/1/87

I bought a used Viking from the late 80s and I absolutely love it--much better value than a new target/walmart budget machine. $200 sounds like a pretty decent price.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for shirtwaister and wrap dress patterns on: February 11, 2006 04:36:54 PM
ooooh TopShop--I used to shop there when I lived in Lisbon--you euro girls have much better shopping, not to mention fabric shops! Finding stretch knits is a bitch anywhere though--so few make it past the RTW factory hogs!
For the wrap dress I'm thinking of trying a pink silk jersey with big red poppies...I too will post pix in a few weeks when the fabric gets here and I manage to finish the dress (my first big knits project, so it may be a big mess!)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for shirtwaister and wrap dress patterns on: February 11, 2006 07:29:17 AM
I don't know what a "shirtwaister" is, but there's a HUGE amount of wrap dress pattern recommendations in the DvF thread in Designer Homage. Smiley

Edit: patternreview.com also just picked New Look 6429 as one of their ten best patterns of 2005, with loads of reviews and finished photos from people who've made it. I just took the plunge since it's on sale for 2.50 at habithat.co.uk right now so I'll let you all know how it turns out. Smiley


I just bought that one too squirrely--have you chosen a fabric yet? I want to find a pucci-esque print but can't seem to find one...
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: share your favorite skirt patterns,please!!!! on: February 04, 2006 09:11:50 PM
Cool, I'm in for the New Look skirt too:)

Another possibility: Today I made Burda Young 8039, a skinny low-rise skirt with a front zipper...I had some sizing issues--made it about 2 sizes too big and had 4 inches of seam adjustments to make, which made for slightly-less-than-perfect results, but I think the pattern has great potential...

http://www.burdamode.com/8039_Skirt_Detailed_View,1270778-1172169-1172176-1314151-1317683-1317685,enEN.html

8  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re: Fabric Stores in RI or nearby on: January 27, 2006 11:42:55 PM
I haven't gotten around to driving out there yet, but I've heard that www.appleanniefabrics.com , in swansea, is the best around...
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Machine Needed Please Help on: January 15, 2006 07:05:00 AM
I'd go check out the forums/message board at www.sewing.patternreview.com
--those ladies *really* know their stuff
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first dress from a pattern=success! on: January 04, 2006 06:07:18 PM
ooooh, I love it...and found the pattern on ebay.au! Give me about 6 months and, if the pattern ever makes it to providence, I'll post my homage project:)
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