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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first lined zipper pouch! on: March 29, 2009 07:57:07 PM
Hi everyone.

Beginner sewer here, please be kind.  Grin

A bunch of firsts for me!  First time: using my new sewing machine, using a zipper foot (still not sure if i used it right though!!) , making a pouch, and using a zipper.

I used the tute found here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/01/14/how-to-make-a-lined-zipper-pouch-tutorial/

Made this for my 13 year old niece in England, for Easter.  She's a little gothy but girly at the same time.  Found this skull fabric at Joann that I love myself, And used a bubble gum pink fat quarter for the liner and a 6 inch zipper.  I've never met her so I hope she likes it.

Here is the front:

The back:

The inside and it's Bubble Gum pinkness:

I'm really please with how it came out, I can see mistakes (like with the corners), but I still like it.

Comments and Criticism welcome.

Thanks for looking!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Necchi 537FA Reverse Stitch Button issue on: March 15, 2009 01:03:57 PM
Hi all!

I posted a couple of weeks ago about my Necchi 537FA purchase and how great it is.  I did happen across one problem:
The reverse stitch button.  It gets stuck when I push it in, and doesn't pop back out unless I turn the dial, which can be problematic while sewing. 
I'm pretty much a new sewer and think the reverse stitch would be a useful feature to have, especially in securing one's work.

Is there anyway to fix this myself as I do not have the funds right now to get it looked at and taken care of.  If I must take it in for repair, would anyone have a rough estimate on how much something like this would/could cost?

I'm so disappointed as I wanted to sew up a wallet today.  Sad

Thanks for all your help!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / New to the Sewing boards here, regarding presser feet/foot on: March 06, 2009 07:59:39 AM
Hi Everyone!

Usually I'm hanging out in the crochet forums but coming over to the sewing side.

Recently my husband, 4 year old daughter and I moved from NY to WA, I was not able to bring my little crappy sewing machine (used basically for straight lines for curtains and a pillow now and again) and was desperate to find one here after we moved.

I purchased a used Necchi 537FA at Value Village (a thrift shop and new favorite place) for $12.49  Shocked  after a 20 percent off coupon!  It is all white, pretty heavy and I adore it.  Kiss  It came in the original box with the original paperwork.  It only came with one foot, which I am assuming is the basic foot.

I did a swatch with the different stitches and it seems to work fine, the tension seems right and no weird noises from the machine- in fact it hums beautifully.

I am looking to start sewing wallets, handbags, with and without zippers, clothing for my four year old.  I want to get into sewing alot more, I find the times that I have sewn, it is relaxing and doesn't bother the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands nearly as much as crocheting does.

My question after this longer than necessary intro, What basic feet/foot should I have in my collection?  Huh  What feet/foot do you use most in your collection?  What things need to be checked for on a used sewing machine to make it last a long while?  Anything that I can check for on my own, as I do not know of a sewing machine servicing place in a decent distant from me, no car!

In the meantime, while I wait for my Joann.com order to arrive with new Sewing Machine needles, I am planning my first project, which will be a Tea Wallet-something small and basic, to get me back into sewing mode.

I'm highly impressed by the sewing skills of all you Craftsters!  And hopefully one day I'll share my projects as well, as long as they are not wonky looking!  Cheesy

I want to thank you ahead of time for your helping this newbie  Grin
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