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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Today I went Bernina! And I have some questions on: June 05, 2008 03:10:43 PM
 Today at approximately 6:15am EST, I purchased a Bernina Aurora 440 QE. My brain has been doing an insane jig all day long knowing that it will be here in a week.

 My only worry is the stitch regulator (aka one of the main reasons I wanted the machine). I played with it on the floor model at the shop and it just seems so foreign to me. Do any of you ladies and gents have words of encouragement? I know they have the classes and everything, but I am easily put off when I have too much trouble with a feature. Is it really just a practice, practice, practice type of feature?

 I didn't get the embroidery module, but I was thinking about asking for it as a birthday present. Anyone have an opinion on it?

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Going batty over dress form decisions on: March 14, 2008 04:10:34 PM
 So I've been scouring Craftster and the internet at large for helpful information on adjustable dress forms and I'm getting no where quickly. I would prefer an industrial one, but with my odd measurements, it's impossible to find one that will work for me so adjustable it is.

 The Uniquely You one won't work for me (again oddly sized) and that seems to be the most suggested.

 Anyone have luck with the Dritz My Double?
13  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Anyone in the Triangle need fat quarters or yarn? on: December 27, 2007 05:02:21 PM

 The lady (Annette) who posted this is selling fat quarters for 75 cents! I forgot the yarn prices, sorry! Anyway, her friend died and the friend's husband is just overwhelmed by all the things left so Annette is helping him sell everything off. She had about 700 fat quarters and most of them are left. There are a lot of plaid hand woven fabrics that are just gorgeous.

 She asked me to pass along the info so I am. I hope that some of you can help them out.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Patchwork "Quilted" Bag on: December 19, 2007 02:28:56 PM
 I am so proud of this bag. I agonized over it for weeks and decided at the last minute to add the decorative stitching. The decorative stitching is machine done with a varigated cotton rainbow thread and a transparent nylon thread on the bottom. All the swatches of fabric are from the wall hanging I'm working on and I love it! It's lined with muslin and it has a braided brown latigo strap to pull it closed.

 I just wanted to share this because I think everyone here can appreciate how you feel after a project like this is finished.

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / First foray into quilting. Need fabric advice, please! on: December 04, 2007 09:07:36 PM
Hello quilters!

 This is my first quilted anything. It's a cute rainbow progression crazy quilted wall hanging. As you can see, I'm not finished with the hand embroidery and there is no border. The border is the issue here. I cannot for the life of me find the fabric I want to use because I think it doesn't exist. I want to find a rainbow stripe cotton with bold colors. I can find pastel and black with rainbow stripes, but I can't find just striped.

 So I have settled on the yellow, but I just don't know if I like it. Please take a look and offer some advice. I just put the top on the fabric for the picture's sake. I've driven all the ladies at the local fabric stores crazy with this. You're my last hope!

 Any and all input is greatly appreciated!

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Needing crafting moral support! on: November 28, 2007 09:32:52 PM
 I'm working on decoupaging these vases and I can't get things lined up properly and I have ruined a bunch of the paper and basically I'm having a crafting mental breakdown.

 Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get through this without the full blown hysteria that usually accompanies a crafting mental breakdown? Any and all suggestions welcome as I'm about 20 minutes from red faced screaming at the materials followed by bursting into tears.

I didn't know where else to post this. Sorry!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Evil recon turned all new pouch on: November 04, 2007 06:19:47 PM
 I started this as a recon of an Earth shoes bag, but realized half way through that I was basically just making a new pouch all together. So I just left the Earth shoe pouch as an added layer of padding and used the original drawstring closure. I hand stitched the opening with embroidery floss in an effort to add a something more personal. The outside fabric is from a book of upholstery fabric samples. The lining is fleece left over from a blanket I made for my mom last year.

 Please give me some feedback. I had a heck of a time with it as there are some pieces of fabric that had a cardboard backing I couldn't remove.

18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin Egg Nog French Toast on: October 20, 2007 08:04:41 PM
 This was our breakfast on Thanksgiving last year because it was so easy and filling enough to sustain us through til dinner. Planning our meal for this year I thought to share this. Warning: I live and cook by approximates so don't take my measurements or lack there of as gospel.

 1 loaf "old" French or Italian bread*
  3-4 eggs
 1/2 can pumpkin
 a pint of egg nog (full fat)
 splash of Madagascar vanilla
 cinnamon, nutmeg if desired

 *note: I would NOT recommend Brioche for this recipe unless you wanted to slice and dip the bread for a few minutes immediately before frying. If left to soak over night, Brioche will become oversaturate and fall apart miserably and you will cry.

 Soak the bread overnight in the egg mixture (all the other ingredients whisked).

 In the morning, just pull it out and throw them on the griddle! Of course, since you're using eggs be sure to cook them throughly. They are delicious on their own or with butter and maple syrup.

 Hopefully this made some kind of sense Smiley

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My brain can't make this work (pattern drama) on: October 20, 2007 07:36:20 PM

 I am in love with this bonnet pattern and want more than anything in the whole world to make my very own. However, the title says it can be made in under 2 hours and I have now spent almost 3 hours trying to draft this pattern (let alone actually making the thing). The longer I look at the, the more twisted up I become.

 The big issue is with the largest piece. There is a noticeable lack of measurement from the "base" or flat side until the beginning of the curve. I keep getting points. Am I just getting too focused on the little things?

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / De-cardboarding fabric sample books? on: April 19, 2007 03:25:01 PM
 Does anyone know if it is possible to remove the cardboard info strips from the back of fabric in sample books? I have checked many places and searched here, but no luck.

 Thank you and have a beautiful day Smiley
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