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Researching a new machine

Well I haven’t been able to take my machine to the shop where i purchased as yet. It makes a horrible grinding noise and the bobbin winder doesn’t work either. Although i’m grateful during this economy to have my job, it does get in the way of the funner things in life like sewing.

I’m currently visiting various sites to find an inexpensive, basic sewing machine just so i can finish these projects quickly (especially the quillow). It’s great that people can add comments about their experiences with the products they’ve purchased such as on Target and Walmart sites. There seems to be a lot of good feedback for Brother brand sewing machines, more so than for Singer. I also found a site called FixYa where you can ask a question but then for a fee they will give you the answer to help trouble shoot or fix the problem. This is a good site though to help you determine what machines are prone to breaking down easily, etc. Replacement manuals are also available for $15 from the Singer site (my current sewing machine ), i may have to get one if i can’t find mine. If you are looking for a new machine, hope some of these sites and their info can help you out.

December 29, 2009 Posted by | sewing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Live chat tonight on Quilting Weekly

Do you have a new machine and need help on how to use or maybe want to chat with others about sewing tips and tricks? log on tonight and through July 10 to Quilting Weekly for a live chat on sewing machines for central time zone. Haven’t blogged in a while as life sometimes gets in the way of the fun stuff. I have started a new quilt from this pattern pictured below. I love my material and can’t wait to complete it. Since it will be  a large quilt (big enough for my queen size bed!) i may have to save up to have this one quilted by a pro.

Trip Around the 9 Patch
Trip Around the 9 Patch

materialI’m hoping to get a camera soon so i can take photos more often to post, having to scan things or wait till i can borrow my daughter’s camera delays the postings sometimes.

hope you can join the chat tonight!

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Quilting, sewing | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another generation begins….

002Well tonight i’m helping Karina (my youngest) cut out a dress pattern and then hopefully she will want to take on the challenge of sewing it herself since the dress is for her. it’s a very simple pattern and i made the exact same dress last night for my oldest daughter. just a simple sun dress for around the house or beach. Karina’s doing hers in the red material and Carmen (oldest) picked the brown paisley. It’s been awhile since i made clothes so getting back into the swing.

 

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I’ve also started a quilt for Karina using the same pattern as the first quilt i made. as soon as i can get ahold of a camera i’ll post photos to go along with the blog postings. Karina is a wanna be hippie and she picked out some great fabric, very retro – flower power. Bought it at a fabric shop we found where the fabric is 1/2 price from the quilt store. Large selection and many people there, some were even from out of town and were going to ship their purchases home. 001

June 10, 2009 Posted by | sewing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BeepBeep

Yesterday I attended a class to learn how to work my new sewing machine. Although I had experimented at home with it, it kept beeping and stopping. Upon checking the owner’s manual, it went into a long drawn out explanation that gave the impression the beeping had to do with the settings. I was so glad when yesterday I started sewing in class and it began giving me the same problem. The teacher at first was just as perplexed. So she adjusted the thread somewhat. Still beeped. She took the thread out altogether and rethreaded the whole thing. Beeping stopped. As the class progressed I noticed a little tab peeking out from underneath my machine. Unsure if i might break something i none the less pulled on it. Low and behold it was a little trouble-shooting cheat sheet! And there under number 19 (a little light flashed on stitch number 19 when it beeped) it mentioned “may need to readjust threading”.

I also learned that i didn’t have to follow the instructions per letter in the owner’s manual for my bobbin. The book gave a complicated process that i was having trouble with. The teacher said i could do it like i’ve always done, just wind the loose end about 5-7 times around the bobbin and go. worked just fine.  I’m such a rule follower that it makes me nervous to try something new, different. What am i afraid of? i don’t know, it’s something i’m working to overcome – sometimes the rules can be broken with no harm done. This is what i’m hoping to work on by quilting. Yes there are certain rules but doesn’t appear so when it comes to fabric – Colors do not need to match – it can be as wild and as funky as i want it to be. looking forward to these experiments.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Quilting, sewing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The thread goes where?

002 Well, I’ve taken out the new machine to familiarize myself with all it’s fancy gadgets and workings. After several tries I was finally able to get my bobbin threaded after spending a few minutes figuring out the example drawn in the instruction book, yet I still don’t think I’m doing it quite right. It kept getting tangled up on the bobbin and ending up in a big mess that definitely would not work. So I managed to figure out a way to get the thread on there tight and managed to thread the machine. I then went through some old scrap material I still had (I keep everything!) to test some of the stitches. It sews beautifully! However as I went through the various stitches, the machine kept making a beeping noise and stopping. Apparently it is factory set and although I moved the knobs to adjust the stitch length, it still keeps beeping. This will be very annoying if it does this while I’m in my quilting class so I found a class for next Monday morning – lesson 1 to learn how to work my machine. I had already been through this series of classes with my previous machine and now I’m back at square one. Well it will be worth it, this has some really neat stitch options – ivy and starbursts among others and I can’t wait to use them on upcoming projects.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | sewing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment