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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Possibly getting a new Janome sewing machine, need advice & opinions! on: January 23, 2007 06:58:17 AM
Well, I guess you don't need another opinion anymore, but I'll give it to you anyway! Tongue I bought a bottom-line Kenmore, the one made by Janome, years ago, and have used the life out of it, and it's still going strong, now have a Janome QE Something or other, absolutely love it, and now just bought a Janome MyLock 744D, which I haven't tried yet, but have only heard good things about, too.

I'm all about the Janomes, lol. I got two of my friends buying the identical Kenmore I had, but a later model, and they both love love love them, as well. No regrets, ever!

I'm also all about the Janomes now, I'm a total convert! Cheesy
The thing that really did it for me as far as deciding to go with the Janome was that the worst anyone had to say about them is that the white plastic gets dirty easily and that if you hold your arms a certain way when you sew the accessory box might pop open.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Possibly getting a new Janome sewing machine, need advice & opinions! on: January 23, 2007 06:32:01 AM
I finally got over myself and bought the Janome!

It's an Indigo 14 (now I finally know the model!) and having fiddled with it for nearly an hour, trying out all the stitches and things, I'm happy to say that I love it! It's very easy to use and it does everything I need it to, and does it ever so smoothly too. As an added bonus the feet of the Janome are completely interchangable with my old Brother's feet! Grin
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: January 23, 2007 06:23:59 AM
My sewing machine situation changed today.
I finally got over myself and got a new machine, a Janome Indigo 14. I also had my old machine (which I posted about here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34786.msg1184037#msg1184037) cleaned and serviced, and while it isn't like new, it's as close to as a 16 year-old machine that's been in really hard use can be.

I named the Janome "Uma", as (I hope) it means "horse" in japanese. It is my new work-horse after all, and it's made in Japan. Cheesy

(Excuse the mess around the machine, I was too excited about my new baby to clean the table.)

I tested all the stitches (oh the beauty of the overlock stitch, let me praise thee!) and nobs and buttons and am totally in love with how smoot and quiet it is to sew with. I also love the fact that all the feet my old machine has will also fit this new one. I can use the same bobbins and needles on both too, which is a big bonus.
It even has that new sewing machine smell. Cheesy
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please recommend me a sewing machine thread! on: January 22, 2007 04:58:14 AM
I mostly use Gutermann as it's easily available and really good quality too. I really like Molnlycke too, but like mmd32 said, it is harder to come by.
I only use cheap thread for basting and such, I dare not sully my machine with it.

Gutermann makes different threads for a variety of materials and you should be able to find a suitable thread for all the materials you mentioned in their selection. For leather I've used this stuff that's called "bear thread" (?). I have no idea what it's actually called in english, but it's super strong & durable and meant especially for sewing leather and anything that requires that extra bit of strength.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Poloko - Crazy chick on: January 22, 2007 04:32:18 AM
Aaaw! He's super fantastic!
I love his expression and over all shape and his little beak is adorable.

Really brilliant work! Cheesy
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafting and Your Mental Health! I Need Your Input! Edited to Add Another Q on: January 22, 2007 04:14:54 AM
First of all, I have to say that this is a great thread. It's been really nice & eye opening reading all the replies.
Secondly, should you still need more answers, here's mine:

How do you feel when you're crafting?

I feel very centered when working and in a funny way crafting (and art too) is a form escapism for me. I can separate myself from everything else when I craft/draw; it's like I go into a whole different place and everything else just fades away; there's no worries of everyday life, just the joy of creating.
(I'm not very good at expressing this so sorry if this isn't making much sense...)
I also find it easy to really think about things when I work as my hands are busy leaving my mind free to wander, a bit like I was meditating. Most of the time I don't get any real deep thougts going though, I mostly just fantasize and day dream the whole time. Cheesy
Crafting also makes me feel happy and accomplished. It's great to create something from nothing and it's enjoyable being able to stretch my creative muscles. And lets face it, there's nothing better to lift you up when you're feeling blue than showing off your work and having it admired. Smiley

Why do you craft?

Simply put, because I want to. I've been drawing and sewing for as long as I remember and I can't even imagine what life would be like if I couldn't. It makes me happy, it lets me forget all my worries and woes for a while and I'm pretty sure my head would explde if I didn't have an outlet for all my imagination and stuff! Cheesy
I live inside my head most of the time and I'm not good at expressing myself through normal means. Being able to express myself though crafts and art helps a lot, it gives voice to all the things I'd be unable to externalise otherwise.

Who do you craft for?

First and foremost for myself. Even though right now most of my work is meant to be sold it's not really my potential future customers I think about, it's more about what I like and want to do and what'll make me happy. I don't completely ignore ideas and opinions from other people and I do my best to take them into consideration when planning a new project, but they do come after my own.
I like to show off my work and of course I hope that it will get a favourable response, but I won't make something just to get more attention, I think that would pretty much kill my creativity. I make stuff I like & enjoy and it's just a bonus that others like it too.

How many hours a week do you average crafting?

I have no idea! It changes with my motivation and inspiration, but if I were to give an average I'd say abooout... uh... 35 to 40 I guess. But there are weeks when I get nothing done and then there are weeks that I work pretty much all the time. And when I'm not actually physically working, I'm thinking up new ideas and designs and stuff.

In a way crafting & art keeps me sane. I allows me to express myself, it helps me center and to organize my life, it makes me feel good, happy and proud, it helps me escape real life for a bit and it keeps me busy and prevents me from falling into a depressed slump. I'm prone to depression and with that comes the inability to do anything much besides just sleeping and laying in bed. Art & craft gets me out of bed as I get the burning desire to get this or that idea done, even when I have little motivation for anything else.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cute Tea Cozy, Not sure about the irony levels though! on: January 22, 2007 03:28:04 AM
He however is adorable, but what is his name? Steamy the fireless dragon? Okay that was bad, but I have to know what his name is. Please.
Erm...  my mum called him "T'Cozee" like tea cozy but with a T(tuh?) If you've ever seen Star Trek Enterprise... its like T'Pol  Cheesy

Maybe it's T like in T-Rex? Grin

No matter what he's called, he's ruddy fantastic! I love how the spout comes out of his mouth and those button eyes just melt your heart. Cheesy
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Custom Resin Nipple Pasties & matching eye patch on: January 22, 2007 03:23:21 AM
Haha! Those are fantastic! Cheesy
I love how they make a whole "outfit" with the eye patch and all.

Can't wait to see more of your resin pasties, these alone are so brilliant. Smiley
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Possibly getting a new Janome sewing machine, need advice & opinions! on: January 18, 2007 10:53:28 AM
Yup, it's good to have a machine that can tackle both the thoughest of denim and the finest of silks. And unless you're going to really truly need a lot of fancy stitches all the time you're best off getting a basic hard working machine that'll last you a lifetime. Smiley
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Possibly getting a new Janome sewing machine, need advice & opinions! on: January 18, 2007 09:06:42 AM
LOL Grin!  It seems as though the seller is being honest.  There are so many good reviews for this brand.  The model you are thinking about is cute.  I'll have to check out on the US site because I can't read Japanese.  I wish I was good at other languages though.

What about this model appeals to you?  I actually looked at the US site yesterday but there were so many machines to choose from?

I can't read japanese either, but I have a friend who's fluent in it so I can get a more reliable translation than the poop that Babelfish brings up (I mean, what on earth is "You open the head and close the cleaning door of freedom" supposed to mean!).

I like this particular model because it's so simple. I don't need any special stitches, just the basic straight and zig-zags will do me fine, but I do need a machine that can withstand heavy use and still stitch nicely. While the machine is plastic on the outside, everything inside is metal and thus it'll stand up to what ever I may throw at it. It's also very simple to use and since it's completely mechanic it won't break down as easy as an electronic machine would. It also takes all standard needles and bobbins, so I won't have to search all over for that elusive bobbin type should one get lost or break (which is what I have to do now with my old machine).
The machine has a full 5 year guarantee & free yearly cleaning and tune up. The seller also said he'll throw in a handful of metal bobbins (I expressed my dislike for plastic ones) to sweeten the deal. Smiley
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