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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: PLEASE recommend your favorite sewing machine on: May 26, 2004 12:04:58 PM
My MIL had a fancy Janome sewing machine for quilting which she loved.  I bought the Sears version - Janome Harmony for WAY less.  Still the same brand, just not as many bells and whistles.  I bought it last year and I still love it.  It was under $200, I think.

Kristen in MA
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Some of my felted purses on: May 24, 2004 08:42:07 AM
I'm kind of late, but I'd love the pattern too! 


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: fabric bowl on: May 11, 2004 11:03:34 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind compliments...I got the instructions for the bowl from a book called "Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Bowls" by Linda Johansen.  Being new here I not quite sure of the rules for posting tutorials from bought patterns??  Basically you fuse a piece of fabric to both sides of a Timtex square (a kind of thick interfacing/stabilizer they use for baseball hat brims).  I did mine a 9" square.  Then you fuse a smaller square (mine was 3") on both sides in the middle and zig-zag around it.  Then you cut darts starting 1/8" from the point of each middle square to the edge, mine ended up going out to 1 1/2" at the base (the edge of the bowl).  Then you zig-zag the darts closed and zig-zag around the edge.  I zig-zag'd twice, once narrow and then with a wider stitch.  The trick is to use a very tight zig-zag to get that satin stith look (and to go really slow so it doesn't pucker)  I used just regular cotton thread - Coats & Clark I think. 

Sorry if those directions don't make much sense.  The book spelled it out very well and had great pictures!

Oh, sewoz - I'm from Springfield.

Kristen in MA
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tang Pouch Purse! on: May 10, 2004 10:57:24 AM
I'm a little late here, but I wanted to post my first attempt at a Capri Sun bag.  It came out ok, but I need to work on dealing with the bottom better.  Everyone at work wants one, one girl even wants to bring one to her prom!!  I discovered I really don't like Capri Sun, but luckily my daughter does!

Kristen in MA
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: sakura pouch on: May 10, 2004 10:38:13 AM
That's really beautiful.  I actually went out and bought the Omiyage book after seeing your pictures, but got a little frustrated.  I didn't realize everything was SOOOOO small!  And I used regular cotton (quilting) fabric which really didn't work - it was too stiff.  What type of fabric did you use?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / fabric bowl on: May 10, 2004 10:04:46 AM
Hi, I'm new here and I must say I've been very inspired by reading what everyone else has done!  I wanted to share a picture of the fabric bowl I made last night.  It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to make some more.  It was kind of hard to get a good picture of it, but you get the idea!


Kristen in MA
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