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  1. I love machines. One might say they are a bit of an addiction! Almost all of my machines are pre-loved and from either yard sales or 2nd hand shops. (I bring them home, clean, oil and stitch them in... and dh says, "That will keep you occupied for the weekend!") (People have actually left machines on my patio....) They are all wonderful! They all have their little quirks and personalities! I want to save them all!... unfortunately, I'm running out of floor space! I have a Bernina 1530 for my stay at home, best machine. It doesn't go anywhere, b/c I'm afraid of jostling the machine and messing up the computer bits. (It's probably made of stronger stuff, but I am just unwilling to take a chance with it, after a qgf had her machine in her car, slammed on the brakes and it went tumbling! yeek!) Seat belts! The runner up is the Bernina 1001..it's a mechanical machine, and a real work horse...that machine sews through anything I've thrown at it without hesitation. LOVE! Just have a JA's roller bag for it. It's a mid-weight model, has a built-in handle to make it easier to lift in and out of the tote. It goes to retreats and sewing night on a regular basis. It's only drawback, the silly thing does not have a button-hole stitch which I could really use for machine applique. 'ninas can be pricey. (just looked: The new model of this one is the 1008, their website lists it at ...whew...1699!) I got the 1001 at an estate sale. (I just weighed it...21 lbs) While dh (dear hubby) got me the 1530 which is set up in the sewing room and I use it all the time; the 1001 is really my go-to travelling machine. I don't ever worry that there's something I will need to do but won't be able to sew, because there's always some cute thing, like a new bag or wallet pattern or something someone will bring to retreat...! Also have an old green Bernina Record...that thing EATS denim and canvas like it's butter. I've replaced Carhardtt jacket zippers, but, it's chunky, not exactly easy to move about. Found a portable, folding sewing machine table at a parking lot sale, and... It FITS! Green beastie is going to be set up in this table soon to re-do camper seat covers, and I have no doubt it will chug through them with no hesitation. My DM (dear mom) just blessed me with her best friend's Featherweight. I have given it a spa treatment (thanks to the Singer Featherweight Shop tune-up kit..what a kit! Comes with all kinds of great stuff to give your FW some tlc! (Not affiliated, but really impressed with kit and service! Be sure to read their article on FW grease comparisons.) I'm in the process of fixing the case; it was badly damaged. As in, the bottom fell off! There are a ton of patterns now, for totes that wrap the cases! fun! There are a lot of places that have FW's that are more reasonable now, the prices used to be wild. Singer has a ton of little electric machines...they're really indestructible. Oh, and not to forget, there's the little Singer Genie...so MOD! I also love a little Kenmore Rose...it's a green, light weight portable and has a case that has roses embossed on the outside. If you can find one, they are light weight, more wallet-friendly than a Featherweight, and has a zig-zag. 15 lbs, self-contained accessory tray, etc. Older Kenmore straight-stitch/ziz-zag machines...those are not light, but worth their weight in gold. I have a blue one that isn't easy to lug around, but it sure sews great. Pfaff...they have a couple of lighter weight portables... the Grasshopper, of course, but not to overlook the Supermatic, which does a lot of different stitches with cams. Elna 1010 that is a great little portable machine. I have sewn quilting fabric on it, but haven't done anything like jeans mending or a big bag on it yet. It has lots of stitches. I was going to re-home it, but discovered that it has all these little snap-on feet, and friend gave me a 1/4 circle piecing foot and it fits this baby, so ....now I have to keep her! lol! Oh, that foot is great, btw, if anyone is doing a drunkard's path or anything that has a circle shape...NO pinning! (Curve Master) Too many machines, so little sewing time! (omg...no, I haven't actually counted lately...?!) Maybe we should start a pool? lol! sammi
  2. Those are great bags! Wow. I think you should make a tutorial and a pattern and market them. I *LOVE* anything 'technique-y' and if you've come up with something new or a new spin on an old idea, there are lots of sites where you can sell patterns and make yourself a little 'egg money'. s
  3. Sometimes I help out at an alterations shop. (I don't mind mending--I know--weird!) They frequently get requests like that. What happens is they get the "ripped jeans look" jeans, then when they try to step into them, they'll catch a toe or something and RIIIPPP... what once was fashionable is now possibly indecent exposure! lol! When they get to that point, most of the time the gals will say, "nope. it's time to buy new jeans." The problem is that the reinforced part is now stronger than the fabric around it, so it will most likely tear again, right next to it. Then, they get mad because now they've spent $$ on getting it fixed. So, it becomes a point of diminishing returns. IMHO...you went above and beyond the call of duty here. I fix dh's coveralls, so when they've been mended, I stitch a tiny heart on the top edge. Recently, I did a whole batch and set them out for him to put away, this time I hadn't done any hearts. He started examining them and said, "Where's my heart?!"...had to take them back in the sewing room and put hearts on them all! sammi
  4. Good Grief! I've been in a bit of a sewing slump for a while, haven't felt like sewing, and haven't done much but a little bit of mending/hemming for hubby. So, I finally felt like getting in the sewing room. Found out a friend is expecting, so got out a "Newton" baby panel that's been aging for a while and did some simple square in a square style stuff with the complimentary fabric. Had enough fabric for two little tops. They're baby sized, so it went really fast. Nice! Instant gratification! (and, omg...Newton is SO cute...od on sweetness!) Chucked them right onto the la, try to quilt it while the sewing bug is still around, and DANG if the machine didn't blob oil on the edge of the quilt...the SECOND quilt...! I try to test stitch a little on the edge before starting, just to make sure the machine doesn't do something goofy, and it didn't, til almost the end of the second top. Dang thing! I remembered chatter here about what to do, so I grabbed powder and liberally dosed it, but I had to get the binding on before I could do anything about washing it. I hand washed just the edge with a little bit of Dawn, and then put it on the line to dry. There's a little bit of dark area in the batting...but I figure that they're meant to be baby quilts and used well, so it'll probably get washed soon enough. It's mostly not visible unless one knows where it's at. Fortunately, it wasn't someone's prize possession! But, I knew what to do because I read it here, first! (Edited because I got his name wrong.)
  5. "spanx"~ thanks for the laughs this am! Incidentally, there's nothing like karaoke to cure public speaking jitters. Talking in front of a group is really easy after getting up and singing in front of a group!
  6. I'm allergic to cats, too. So, HOW does the cat KNOW that and come right to ME? lol! My hubby likes cats, so I always tell them, "Go to HIM, he'll pet you." ...but they rarely listen. And, invariably, eventually, they'll mark something that you care about. or, the reverse could be true, a customer's critter could find your animal's scent and re-mark their territory. I couldn't sleep anywhere where a cat's had their fur or dander, and I wouldn't want to put someone that has really bad allergies at risk. We're animal free-here, now, but we did have a dog for a long time. He's been gone 9 years. Even this last week, I pulled out some UFO's and found his fur on them...that wasn't an issue for me, but wouldn't be ok if it were a customer's item. (omg...so HOW long have I been working on that afghan?! lol!) Sammi
  7. They have WAREHOUSES to store the stuff that gets lost! It took me forever, but I finally climbed the food chain on the phone one day, and spoke to their main office, because they lost my husband's PICKUP seat. They have people to track it down, and someone finally called me back and said, we found your truck seat! ...except it wasn't ours, it was a different color, make and shape. Exactly HOW does one lose a truck seat? Let alone, TWO?.......really?
  8. dittos for appliqueing over the damaged portions. Unsewing isn't so bad! Sit down and watch a good movie together! After doing alterations for a while, I realized that unsewing is more than half the job, and if it's being altered, it's not going to BE perfect and "brand new" again...right? So having a good repair is definitely OK. I certainly would NOT use the same fabric and possibly having that stress other areas of the quilt, but find something 'blendy' for the repair. Perhaps, once the replacement bits are applique'd on, one could 'fake in' a bit of quilting over that portion by hand or on a regular mach?
  9. David, A tip from someone that really HATES sanding sheetrock. T-111 siding. We did three walls in hubby's hobby room with sheetrock, mud & tape, sand, mud, sand, patch...omg. It took me three months to get those three little walls done. (don't ask how much of that was procrastination!) Then, we were at the "big orange store" one day and I spotted this stuff in the lumber dept, and asked dh (dear Hubby), "what is that?"...it was paneling, primered, looks like wood? He said, "Tee one-eleven siding. Like the stuff on the side of your mom's house." I told him, "You know what I'm thinkin'?...." It's now the walls in his hobby room. It's tongue and groove. The walls were framed already. It was easy to cut with a circular saw, maybe you'll be lucky and they'll fit, but we had to cut 6" off each one because the basement walls aren't full height. He cut around the outlet boxes with a little stab saw. Put it up with a little pneumatic pinner, but little panel nails would work, too. The previous three walls took three months, these three, bigger walls took a weekend, and most of that was moving his tool bench and work tables, and re-arranging his 'stuff'. He's a sparky, so we put in outlets everywhere, some counter height and some at regular wall height. I even offered to paint it for him! It's primer grey, but he said the grey matched the cabinets we salvaged, so he likes it just fine the way it is. The panels are easy to pin into, ie, thumbtacks and things like design walls. I'm not sure how it would compare price-wise to the plain wall paneling, but that stuff is really homely, (imho...looks like the old mobile home I grew up in! ug!) And, it's got to have some insulating qualities, because it's thicker than the paneling. Hope this helps. Sammi
  10. brewersewing.com they have 39 varieties. Nancy's Notions has some different kinds. Wawak has four. Don't know these guys: mjtrends.com Their site shows one that looks like a basic tweezer that came with my serger. Perhaps try a search for serger supplies or commercial embroidery supplies. I saw several on the commercial embr. sites. Hope this helps. Sam ps, just search those names, they'll pop right up. (avoiding Hotlinks)
  11. Has anyone tried this with one of those little electric razor-style trimmers?
  12. Hey! The Washington Post covered the two climbers yesterday. I had to show the article to hubby and told him that "one of my quilters" had posted a photo of the two climbers that looked like tiny gnats climbing up the wall. He thought I meant you'd posted the link, but I explained that you'd been there and it was your very own photo of the climbers. To put it in perspective, they're climbing nearly half a mile...880 yards, almost nine football fields. Cool! Thank you for sharing the pic. S
  13. DSM for small quilts at first, then rented a stitch-regulated LA at a store to finish a couple more quilts. I LOVED the quilting more than the piecing. Hubby found my Ultimate 1 in the little 'thrifty' newspaper! I'm still a newbie when one counts the actual number of quilts I've done myself...I don't piece fast enough to keep myself in tops. Sammi in frozen MT!
  14. Thanks for the input. I guess I'll give one of them a try and see what happens. It should be a real learning experience, between me using poly for backing and the wildness of the quilts... (I really have got to learn how to upload photos! lol!) Since the backing seems heavy, I was debating whether or not to use a batting. I was thinking something light, lofty, to help 'fluff' the wowies, and polyester, for laundering ease. s
  15. Ever quilted a polyester top, or used polyester as a backing? Zeke~ any of those 'beauties' you've ever done been poly? I'm wondering about how to use up several cases of polyester fabric, and thought I could try some of it on those....unusual... quilt tops I got a little while back. I haven't tried it and am wondering about the amount of stretch, and if I should even try it? tia, Sammi
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