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Everything posted by sammi357

  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 mac
  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
  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, tr
  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 bee
  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 port
  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 w
  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
  16. Any possibility that you could reinforce the stitching line so that it's not just vinyl? Perhaps stitch in a bias binding, or even a selvedge/selvage edges to give it reinforcement at the seams. (not like we don't have yards of those! lol!) I'd do both sides of the seam allowance. Use the binder clips to hold the layers? And, lengthen your stitch length. The needle's making little perforations, so make them farther apart & less likely to tear. s
  17. Thank you all for the input. It seems the consensus is that even ..uh...ugly quilts need love, too! Quilting does make a HUGE difference in a top. And, Zeke, thank you for the offer to quilt them. (Too funny, stealing ugly quilts from your competition! roflol!) We got a different computer, and I'm not sure how to upload pics on to this system yet. MY reason for not doing them my own little self is that I haven't worked on any of my own things for ages. At the rate I'm going, I'm never going to get this fabric sewn up. So. Here's what I'm thinking.... there are a few
  18. Oye. Some days I should NOT be allowed near a computer! I was recently looking at Freecycle, and there was a listing for quilt tops and blocks. FREE is a powerful word! A friend recently got a longarm, and she's afraid to use it, so I thought, "Hey, ready-made tops, ready to quilt." She could practice on them, then donate them or something. Well, she took one look at them and ran! These tops are ...um.........I don't have the right words. Utilitarian? They're not 'lovely' old tops that someone didn't get around to quilting. They ARE interesting. The donor said,
  19. Thank you! I'll look at that site. As a follow up, I did make several hankies from different stuff out of my stash, with mixed results. Softness is the key, and absorbency. The 100% cottons are softer. Anything with a blend is not as absorbent. Quilting cotton: some got softer than others, and they seem to be washing well. Some pieces are 'crunchier' than others. The softer ones of these are my favorites so far, because they are fun colors. Some people have commented, especially on the pink 'pigs'...lol! I'm wanting to find more fun fabrics. Chickens would be fun. Sister-in-law re
  20. Is the 'yukky' factor because you don't LIKE the design? If you don't like the design, don't find it pleasing to YOU personally, doesn't mean that the quilting is bad. We see quilting and piecing so up close while things are in progress that sometimes it's hard to step back and see the big picture. Unsewing bits because the machine stitch isn't good is one thing, but frogging perfectly fine hand-guided work because you're not a computer is another! I think the sample photo looks fine. Free hand is not computer generated...it has a human, hands-on element that is what it is sup
  21. Three arcs, from point to point inside each triangle. Very simple all over and can be done free hand. figure your starting point to leave you an 'exit' strategy to the next block.
  22. I have this machine. I just finished cleaning, checking for burrs, and re-timing the machine, because there was no fixing the burr it had without removing the hook assembly. (You may note that it's after midnight! lol!) Which I do not recommend...get a rest, THEN time the machine!) The videos are great: under product care on the home page, there's a dropdown menu that has instructional videos. (also on YouTube) Be sure to look at the page on how to check for burrs on the parts, the finger, the plate, hook, etc. The instructions on where to look for burrs are very clear, and I do notice
  23. Love those organizers. Trouble is, I have very little wall space. At present, am using one of the mail sorter-type things...though, it's a 'pretty' one made of wire with a daisy design rather than the office industrial look. Fortunately, I don't have that many rulers and things to store. It also holds the French curve and etc, too. Scissors and rotary cutters, etc, are in a little Singer themed holder, it resembles a cardboard 6-pack holder. The front has three slots, the back is just one. If they have a home, usually I can keep things pretty well organized. Love the repurposed dish rac
  24. Since the under LA storage topic came up, I'm also wondering how you all store your rulers and other odd-shaped tools? thanks!
  25. Here is a link to a small, really tricky folded piece of paper that one could use for just this purpose. It can be printed with different 'pages' to fit the purpose that you fine most useful, ie, lists, calendar, emergency contacts, etc. Small enough to fit in a wallet, jogging pouch, cell phone case, etc. http://www.pocketmod.com/ I tried this, and it's really cool and tricky! I typically don't carry a purse, just a small wallet that fits in my hip pocket. Sammi
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