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My sewing room is getting set up after a couple year remodeling experience. I've sewn for over 50 years and the knowledge is still there ... getting my hands to follow the head will take a bit of doing. Have most of Louise's patterns and can't wait to get started. Reading directions is one thing, but SEEING the directions brings the technique alive. I've sewn for my kids, my grandkids and church. This time the sewing focus will be on me and my husband. There are new fabrics out there, new products like the interfacings & adhesives. There are new techniques designed for these new fabrics - I need to learn them all again. I'd love a set of Louise's videos to help me do that. Pops doesn't know it yet, but there's also a new sewing machine in my near future too!!!
For those that might look for a reclaimed piece of railing ...suggest that if you look there you look for a piece of railing that has never been treated with paint, varnish et al. Even though the wood might have been stripped, there may be removal residue in the wood that could heat up and produce fumes in the steam. For that reason I recommend bare, untreated wood. I was the one that could put the best crease in my dad's work pants. He was an old Army guy who worked in an oil refinery. No matter how well we maintained the ironing surface with regular pad changes and cover washings - the petro fumes stayed in them (and in his work clothes). 45 years later, petro fumes will send me into a asthma attack. Go for the new wood, it's worth the extra dollars.
This is just like my stair rails ... which we've had for 36 years. Can't believe I missed this. Off to the lumber yard!
I'm not sure about a "virtual" sewing machine but I will certainly check out the site.
Using the machine I had wanted to purchase DID settle the argument of "to buy or not to buy" for me. I stopped in at what was once our nearest Viking dealer for something. I already owned an old Viking. The assistant manager got me looking at the latest Viking (back then it was a #1+. She showed me many of the things the machine would do and I asked her if I could come in and use the machine as I had 4 blouses I was making and I was dreading the buttonholes. A few weeks later I was back at the shop, blouses in tote. I had called the assistant manager before I left to make sure I could use a new machine. The sales lady set me up to make the buttonholes. I made 30 buttonholes faster than I could find my old buttonhole attachment. That did it for me. Three months later I was back in the store purchasing the #1+ (which still makes beautiful buttonholes). That was about 20 years ago.
I'm due for a new machine and I would love it to be a Bernina (saving money now), perhaps a 730 Arista. This time what is catching my eye is the BSR and the embroidery.
Before I would purchase a toy machine I'd want to sit down and sew on it a bit. My daughter purchased a Brother at JoAnns and I found it very difficult to sew on. She experienced a number of problems with the machine. I think that too many cheap machines have turned off many potential sewers. They struggle with the problems of beginner sewing and also with a balky machine. I don't know what is available from the main sewing machine companies or what their price range is for those machines but before I would invest in Kitty, I would check those out. I did see one episode of Eleanor Burns, Quilt In A Day, and she was teaching one little girl to sew. She was using (I think) a Baby Lock machine. It looked very easy to use and you could adjust the speed of the machine to sew slow or at a normal speed. Instead of a presser foot, the little girl used a stop and start button. I was very impressed with the set up of the machine. It seemed one that you could teach a child how to operate it and then leave them to do their own designing. There was not that much difference between this machine and a machine a few steps up so the learning curve on a more advanced machine would be very different.
I've been sewing for a little over 50 years. During that time I've sewn mostly fashion garments for myself and my daughter and ventured into costumes, heirloom and fancier girls dresses as necessity and granddaughters demanded. I've always worked embroidery as the embroidery bag was the easiest thing to tote to the hospital when my son was ill. The last few years my sewing was packed away because of health and remodeling issues. Have recently claimed the family room as my sewing space and working on getting it ready for the machines. Eyesight might limit some of sewing, it certainly has limited some of the embroidery (finer crosstitch) but with the help of wonderful new lighting and magnifying glasses I'm jumping back into the fray because not only do I want to sew clothing for myself, I NEED to be sewing again. It is too much a part of me to lay aside. I enjoy it and it helps me to stay focused. Garments for myself are a first priority, a pile of long-overdue mending will have to be dealt with. Finishing up a heirloom crazy quilt and a few other pieces will also be at the beginning of the list. Beyond that I am going to learn to do some frou frou sewing and decorator sewing ... or anything else that strikes my fancy. I might even break a few rules this time around. Keep on sewing ladies!
I love the clear pictures! When I decided I HAD to be doing something, I picked up candlewicking and have just finished the first pillow top done in colonial knot. I found that it helps me to slip a stilletto in toward the end of the draw down to keep the threads from twisting and also to allow the pull to be tight and neat. My fingers are a bit still from not doing embroidery in so long. I have a needlework book with beautiful candlewick and applique patterns in it. I wanted to first perfect my stitch before I started on those patterns. The satin work is also beautiful. Could you tell us more about that and also the cordonnet thread? It has a beautiful sheen to it. What is a granito stitch?
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