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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 500 series? Something, anything on: March 28, 2007 09:38:19 AM
I have a late 50's singer that I've had repaired several times.  the same problem keeps occuring where it balls up the thread underneath and skips stitches.  I am tired of dealing with it and started looking for a new machine.  The fanciest stitch I do is to put in a zipper.  I don't do decorative stitching, smocking, or machine embroidery. I don't need to sew heavy weight denimn.  All I need is a machine that will sew a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch.  I am used to making 4-step button holes.  I've never had a free arm machine. 

I need a basic, basic reliable sewing machine.  I've got a little EuroPro, but it doesn't strike me as a long term machine.  I looked at the Singer 500 series yesterday, but the salesman started getting condescending which sent me right out of the store. 

I prefer in cabinet, but I can get another portable.  $200 is my limit.
22  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Buttons on: March 15, 2007 11:58:40 AM
I made a bracelet out of shank buttons, beads, small jingle bells, and safety pins years ago.  basically, you thread the buttons, beads, and bells through 1 inch safety pins and close them.  Then you run an empty pin through the hole at the head of a closed pin and then the tail of a closed pin, head, and tail again.  Repeat to link together.

It's a great thing to wear to a sporting event.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Felt is the debil on: March 13, 2007 09:29:39 AM
My problem with felt is that it has no give.  I need to be able to push against the fabric and have it move back into place.  The few things I've done with felt, I've found the only stitch I really like the look of on felt is the back stitch and that you have to make one stitch down and one stitch up and one stitch down and one stitch up, etc.  I'm used to making my down and back up in the same motion, so felt takes twice as much time for me to do.
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: whats the difference? on: March 09, 2007 09:27:20 AM
Don't forget there's also "un-counted" cross stitch which simply uses a pattern of hand stitched x's to create a picture.  I have a cross stitched tree of life quilt that was done on feed sacks back in the fifties.
here's the pattern.  awesome, no?  My grandmother did six quilts on this order. 

Aunt Martha has several of the iron on transfers for this sort of thing.  One advantage of this kind of cross stitch is that it's easy.  I do both, but I've put the aida cloth up for a while before I pitch it across the room in frustration.  Something else I learned from my grandmother.  Also, I like the old-fashioned vintage style designs, but absolutely loathe most counted cross stitch patterns.  To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, they make me want to "fwow up". 


25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seeking Vintage Cross Stitch.. on: March 07, 2007 11:24:45 AM

Aunt Martha's has a lot of cross-stitch for quilts and dishtowels if you want non-counted cross stitch.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Colonial Patterns flour sack quality? on: March 07, 2007 09:47:50 AM
I use them for drying clean dishes, and I have no complaints with the quality.  I also have some from Target that are ok.  It just feels right using an embroidered dish towel to dry my 1940's Franciscan Apple pattern dishes.
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