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421  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Potholders.... 1st newbie Post, 1st completed sewing machine project! on: June 21, 2006 06:45:07 PM
Hi =)  I"m so excited to be posting my project!  Please be kind =}

I just discovered this great forum- everyone's ideas are great and are inspiring me to try to make loads of new stuff.  I've already made (& sold professionally) handmade jewelry, and love to fold origami, aspire to quilt, compost & garden, and have all sorts of projects in the works!!!

My husband's grandmother gave me about 2 years ago this BEAST of an old sewing machine, an old Brother machine that folds into a wooden desk/table, and we finally got it running.  It is probably 40 years old!!!  No manual or anything, either!  but hey, it was free!  This week I've finished my very first projects on it (pictures below) and wanted to share them with you =}  This is the first time I've used a sewing machine since HIGH SCHOOL, and that was only sewing straight lines while making hair scrunchies...!!!!  Let's just say that I broke 2x sewing machine needles and messed up a bit on these potholders, so they aren't pristine but I do think they came out pretty!  The worst trouble I had was with trying to machine sew the binding onto the edges neatly.  I did three by machine and finally I gave up and hand-sewed the rest of them.  Tips would be *greatly* appreciated!

The two navy blue Japanese indigo potholders were made for my friend's (belated!) birthday present, and came out really well.  I used cotton quilting weight fabric, black extra wide bias tape, and 2 layers of batting: one layer of InsulBrite batting (to insulate) and one layer of 100% cotton needlepunched batting.

I made 10 of the aqua 'Goddess' potholders, using the same edging and batting, and used Cranston Renaissance Romance & its coordinate (a discontinued fabric that I found for a good price at the evil Wal-Mart) for the material.  My mother and her 8 very good friends all get together (actually, it's TODAY!!) on the winter and summer solstices and have a party, laugh a LOT, drink too much wine, and generally have a Very Good Time together!  I just hope that when I am my mom's age, I have just as wonderful, cool, loyal and true friends!  I felt that this fabric would make perfect (albeit a bit late for solstice) gifts for them.

Thanks for looking & hope you enjoy!  I'll be posting more of my creations as I complete them.

~kat Smiley

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