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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine for a beginner? on: July 31, 2008 03:03:58 PM
Thanks so much! It's great to know that I'm at least on the right track; there's so many choices out there.
Take care and happy sewing!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine for a beginner? on: July 30, 2008 06:03:32 PM
I'd like to jump in here. Smiley
 I'm in the process of looking for a new sewing machine. And would love a recommendation from people that sew a lot.

I'm looking for it to be sturdy (I'll be sewing several layers of jean material as well as thinner stuff), dependable of course, under $500. if possible, and be electronic (digital). Other goodies could incl. several decorative stitches or even some embroidery - but blanket, satin, zigzag, and something that does over-locking stitch well (I won't have extra for a serger. yet.) for sure -- I'm a somewhat of an advanced / beginner sewer and my 23 year old Wards machine gives me fits & just isn't fun to work with. lol.

Make and model would be fab. and I'll look it up.
I don't have any fabric stores here in small town mid-america except Walmart so this will be an online purchase.

I have been looking online at a Janome 7061 (2007 I hear is the same) or the Janome Memory Craft MC3000 but don't want it to be one of the "throw away" models or something that won't last. I'm willing to pay a little more if it's going to last. I've heard people say that the lower priced models and/or beginner machines are not meant to be repaired but instead replaced, but no one says what price point becomes a "lower priced model" or "beginner machine".
I'm not adverse to getting an older used model as long as I can find one online.

Thanks for any help - I greatly greatly appreciate it.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: continental v.s. English methods? on: November 09, 2007 07:35:11 PM
I just taught myself cont. knitting and it's fab! Once I got the tension down and all. I'm a crocheter so cont. it similar.
And knitting english... too slow! I have a whole list of things to knit for my grandchild who is due in Jan and english just wasn't going to cut it.
Go for the cont. - you won't regret it!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: bento swap? on: November 09, 2007 08:39:28 AM
Just keeping an eye on this one. I'll probably not be able to join this first round - too busy knitting for the coming in Jan grandbaby - but I'll be on board for the second round.
Bento rocks.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Totoro on: November 07, 2007 06:22:46 PM
Love him! And love even more that your bf loves Totoro!
Great job!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hooded scarf on: October 06, 2007 09:15:14 PM
It looks fab!
I actually started making that hooded scarf for my nephew last Christmas... but w/ the edging that the pattern called for it was looking a bit girly. lol. So... I took out the hood part (that seam) and just made a long scarf out of it. I then decided to keep it! It's so long and warm - I love it. lol.
This year I'm going to try and knit the nephews a snake scarf. They don't need real scarfs much where they live in Cali anyway - not for long that is. lol.

Anyways, nice job! Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern for apple or pear jackets in knit? on: October 04, 2007 06:03:01 PM
Fab! Thanks so much! I searched on apple jacket and came up empty but cozy did the trick.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for apple or pear jackets in knit? on: October 04, 2007 05:36:59 PM
Hi everyone!
Is there a pattern avail. for the cute little knitted "jackets" for apples (and or pears)? These are so cute and I would love to make some for Christmas.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitch Marker Swap Signups June 21 - July 7 Sendouts July 27 on: June 26, 2007 07:14:13 PM
In my experience HLobby is a bit more expensive than Walmart. But HLobby has more cool stuff than our Wmart, which has pared down it's craft and fabrics section. So... I guess it's a toss up.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A crochet handbag on: June 26, 2007 01:09:02 PM
Pink and brown is always fab. Nice looking bag. If there's a zipper at the top did you have to do anything different to sew the zipper in - meaning different technique than you would with fabric.
(can you tell I'm not a zipper sew-er? lol.)
<3 the flower - nice detail!
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