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craft interests: embroidery, quilting, sewing

Member Since: 03/26/2009

recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

Another new 'cozy mystery' author. What fun. hope I win. If not, I will be looking at the library for these.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I would use my own fabric for the quilts I make. What fun to say it is an original design.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

I would love to have the DVD set. IFrom what I have read about Ms. Cutting, I know that I would learn some great techniques that would help me get back to garment sewing.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

I would love to own the DVD. I had quite a few years of the magazine. Unfortunately, when we moved, I had to give away a lot of my magazines as most of my 'stuff' was going into long term storage while we built the house. It was just too expensive to save everything that I wanted to. I did rip out some of the articles I knew I wanted, but I really would like to have the DVD with all the information. I hope you draw my name.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

I think this would be great to have. maybe next year I can get an earlier start on christmas

Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

Love fashion books of all kinds. this would be a great book to have

Re: Starter Machines and Beginning Sewers

I am a firm believer in learning to sew on a full size machine. I learned to sew at about 6 by hand and about the same time on my grandmother's treadle machine. My nex machine was an old Montgomery Ward's machine. It was a work horse but only did a straight stitch. My grandparents got me a Singer Touch and Sew that I used through junior and senior high school and college. When I started working I bought a Pfaff 1222, still have it and it works great. I have kept all my Pfaffs (3) and now have a Babylock Ellisimo. I wouldn't hesitate to start a youngster on any of the Pfaffs or the Babylock. My best friend from high school hates to sew, but she is working on machines from the late 40's, early 50's (not a Featherweight) that cause her problems all the time. No wonder she hates sewing. Just can't convince her to get a new machine.

As far as a small machine for class, I use my Pfaff 7570. I have a great hard sided rolling case that makes travel easy. Just have to lift it in and out of my Wrangler and lots of times, there's a guy at the quilt store to do that for me, if I ask. (and I have one at work, too, so that I can sew at lunch - the jooys of being a pack rat)

Re: Book Giveaway: Successful Serging

I can always use more information on using a serger. Even though I have had a serger since 1989, I never seem to get beyond the basics - serging edges, napkins, serging fabric before I prewash it.

Re: *UPDATED* The Latest in Sewing Machines

I have used Pfaffs sine I bought my first one in 1975. The last one I bought was the 7570 in 1999. This last year when I wanted a new sewing/embroidery machine, I did a lot of research, talked to people and joined some of the online lists. After a lot of soul searching and thought, (it was a lot of money - way more than my first, second and third cars cost), I went with the Babylock Ellisimo. What a great machine. If I have any complaints at all, it's that Babylock didn't put in the IDT on thier top of the line machine. I am not a big fan of walking feet. Other than that, can't say enough about the machine. And my 7570? Well, couldn't get rid of her, she's my class machine, light enough to tote around and still lots of versatility.