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Old 03-20-2013, 01:07 AM   #3181
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Hi, Baby Rapunzel thanks for the welcome and the love!!!! No I do not have a serger. I just used my brother which i hate. I'm getting a Janome as soon as I can talk DH into it. I got my 8 yr old a sew mini and love it so now I need a bigger Janome. I think a serger might be easier but I just found the overedge stitch and used that for the trim on the hem. I got the knits from Joanns and ordered the tshirt from Zumies. I wanted more pattern-y fun fabric but was out of time to order online so I had to settle for what joanns had in the store here in md. I used the front of the shirt and did the back out of knit. The fabrics were all cotton knits but the purple was heavy so the dress is kinda thick. I would choose all lighter knits next time. I am a complete beginner and I cannot sew straight (obviously) but the pattern was fairly easy. I joined the funktional threads pattern group on fb and that helped with some tips. I can send you a pm with a couple of the tips if you want--I feel like I am going on and on now. Overall it was not bad to cut and put together. I had to get a friend to help me with the collar. Now that i have done it once I am ready to try more.

And I agree w/you about NannyE. Erin you are an excellent friend and I think the dresses will be gorgeous!!! Tack on an extra zero to the price of that baby LOL!
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:21 AM   #3182
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VTU on Facebook (Very Truly Yours I think?) Is a group you need approval for, I haven't every bought anything but it looks like a good princess selection. I don't do much with princesses.
I also got a bunch of stuff from Nobbie Neez which is a FB one you "friend" and she has specials that are limited to the first 3 who respond type thing. I have gotten a bunch from her, she had a deal with a boutique CD with a TON of designs on it, but I can't say I was thrilled with the way they stitch. I have had a TON of issues with them, I had an elmo I used that was so thick with the satin stitch it was making the machine thump and shimmy something awful, I just bought Heathresue's elmo and haven't looked back.




Congrats on the new machine. I very nearly bought myself an Innovis 4000d last night on ebay then I realized that even though it was a great price I don't actually have that money so I resisted. And my hubby isn't ob board with upgrading my machine since it is only a little more than 6 months old. (but 4.7 million stitches!)

I used the Applique Ave "Boo" when I made my friend's Monsters inc shirt:
And I just recently stitched out the mickey head with the split red/black with the buttons and I really liked that. The others I have not tried.

I am sorry about your issues with just peachy. I use a lot of her stuff in my etsy shop and have been happy with the way it stitches out. I like the wider satin stitch. I belong to a group appliqué herald on facebook which I think she helps administer and have gotten good responses through there. I know she just moved recently and was without internet access for a couple weeks.

Here is today's project before I take my embroidery machine in for service (it's fine but I feel like it needs maintenance. I have almost 5 Million stitches and Just got it in July.) These are Easter/Trip to Sunny Florida presents for my boys.The East fits as shorts I had done before captain america fully stitched out! Hulk's hair was all fill stitch too so it took forever. My boys are almost obsessed with superheroes as they are with Disney so they are going to LOVE these sets. And even though Easter is at the end of the trip I am just going to give them to them early so they can actually wear them when it is warm because who knows if/when it will ever warm up here in Chicago!



And this is a fun birthday set I made for a friend's twin daughters. She wanted them to go together, but one daughter is really into princesses and the other spiderman. So I used doc mcstuffins pigtails from lynnie pinnie on just peachy's spiderman and girly-ed it up with pink cupcakes to match her sister. I think it is cute and fun and I hope the little spiderman-loving girl loves it.



Now time to start packing for our trip, we leave Wednesday morning, driving to Alabama first to see my husband's cousin, then on to Orlando to see a friend (and breakfast at 'Ohana on Saturday!) before ultimately on to an island near Ft. Meyers my father in law lives that sells itself as an island without a beach. W/ two 3-year-olds. Should be interesting. Oh and I am told he has fire ants and poison ivy in his yard. Yikes!
Those are really cute outfits.

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Here are the jeans I made to match the dog shirt -- all appliques are Heather's. I planned on putting some small paw prints scattered about too, but dd wanted to wear them right away so in the essence of time, no paw prints.




And the wolf shirt and skirt -- I love these designs from AZ Embroidery Barn because they stitch out so fast! I also wasn't keen on the fabric for the under layer of the skirt, but wanted to use from my stash. Once finished though I think it looks really nice together.





Thanks for looking and now you all know I didn't crawl in a hole and quit sewing. And I'm excited to sew and embroider again so I plan on doing more this week.
The top and jeans are really cute and the wolf outfit is beautiful.

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Hello everyone! I have been quietly reading these threads for...a year?! And just now finally decided to take the jump off and dust off the ol' machine and make something. Here's the funny part: it's not even Disney themed! We're headed to that other park in Orlando...so this is a Funktional Threads "Rachel" inspired by Minion Mayhem. We're having character breakfast there so....
Thank you to everyone on this thread for their beautiful work. I have drooled over them for so long.
I hope this picture works! Here goes nothing. Don't look too closely either! Lol.
Very cute!
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I have no idea where I've left off... I try to hard to stay caught up here, and I just can't. Sigh...

Erin... I definately think you did not charge enough for making that dress... The time put into it already has (IMO) exceeded what you are being paid, and you haven't even started it yet. YIKES! I hope that lady and her dd enjoy that dress a lot!

Minniefanatic... Love the dress you made - the colors really go great together with the theme.

Andrea... Love the outfits for Miss A.

Goteamatwood... Love everything - as usual... You really have an eye for pairing fabrics.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:39 AM   #3184
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Love this one! And the expression on Jesse's face on the Jesse purse. Love!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #3185
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Love this!!! Do you have a serger? Or did you use a sewing machine? Curious about the fabric used and the seams. I have this pattern, but I am afraid to try it yet. Any pointers would be great. And glad you jumped in!


Nannye...wow. You have some patience! I can't even get my DDs dresses made, let alone make one for someone so picky for only $30. She has no idea how lucky she is!!!! And I can't wait to see them!
I don't know that I would say se s picky, more so indecisive. Again also my fault for checking with her on for what she wants for each thing.
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I hope that she loves the dress !!! may all your other customer's be easier than this one !
Hey there! Haven't seen much of you lately. Are you all ready to move? Or have you moved already? Can't remember your timeline. Good to see you again!

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Hello everyone! I have been quietly reading these threads for...a year?! And just now finally decided to take the jump off and dust off the ol' machine and make something. Here's the funny part: it's not even Disney themed! We're headed to that other park in Orlando...so this is a Funktional Threads "Rachel" inspired by Minion Mayhem. We're having character breakfast there so....
Thank you to everyone on this thread for their beautiful work. I have drooled over them for so long.
I hope this picture works! Here goes nothing. Don't look too closely either! Lol.
Welcome! So glad you took the plunge. The dress you made was wonderful. You did a very good job on it. I hope it leads to lots more cuteness that you'll share with us. Doesn't have to be Disney at all!

D~ as I said on your ptr, love the Dopey bag!! Nice to see all the other bags again too.



I have been playing around with my machine, doing a few "in the hoop" projects.





I'm going to put a fun chapstik and some money in the little change purses and give the to my granddaughters for Easter.

ETA: forgot to say the patterns I used came from Five Star Fonts Embroidery
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I am so bummed...I just got to whine a bit!


I love the beach. Almost as much as I love Disney.

For the past several years we have taken a beach trip as soon as the kids got out of school and a Disney vacation in either September or November.

This year, we owe my grand daughter a beach trip since she could not play at the beach last year. Her daddy wanted to take her for a short Disney trip for her birthday...so we thought we would combine the two...Disney for a few days then a weekend at the beach, just before school starts.

Somehow, that morphed into a million different things, ending with renting a 4 bedroom condo in Destin for a week. My son and his family and my daughter and her family were going with us. We put down a non refundable deposit and all was set in stone.

My daughter in law has been having problems deciding to put grand princess in public school or private school. She FINALLY made up her mind.....today...and found out the new school year starts while we are in Destin!

We could still go...except for the fact that the price gets MUCH more expensive when you divide things by 2 instead of 3....Overall it will add about $1000 to the trip...something I just can't swing right now.

So...I not only lost my beach vacation...I also lost my deposit!


GRRRRR

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Hello everyone! I have been quietly reading these threads for...a year?! And just now finally decided to take the jump off and dust off the ol' machine and make something. Here's the funny part: it's not even Disney themed! We're headed to that other park in Orlando...so this is a Funktional Threads "Rachel" inspired by Minion Mayhem. We're having character breakfast there so....
Thank you to everyone on this thread for their beautiful work. I have drooled over them for so long.
I hope this picture works! Here goes nothing. Don't look too closely either! Lol.
Great job. I've seen so many cute dresses with this pattern.

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I have been playing around with my machine, doing a few "in the hoop" projects.


I love the ITH projects. I just did the CrossBody Bag one for my DD's ipod touch.
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Spoke with daughter in law...she is upset that we are putting our family vacation in front of her daughters education. She said it was only a $500 deposit... I guess she has a lot more money than I do if she is unconcerned about loosing $500..


So, with our June short trip to Disney we will probably take a short drive over to the beach for a few days...


But...on a sewing note, I finished two Dumbo dresses today...they are going in the box with the two Steamboat Willie dresses and the two Snow White dresses... and I can now devote some more time to finishing up my launch dress and work on a skirt pattern I get to test...


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Hello everyone! I have been quietly reading these threads for...a year?! And just now finally decided to take the jump off and dust off the ol' machine and make something. Here's the funny part: it's not even Disney themed! We're headed to that other park in Orlando...so this is a Funktional Threads "Rachel" inspired by Minion Mayhem. We're having character breakfast there so....
Thank you to everyone on this thread for their beautiful work. I have drooled over them for so long.
I hope this picture works! Here goes nothing. Don't look too closely either! Lol.
Very cute. I love the minions. What a fun dress and very impressive first project. I need to get over my knit-phobia and make something. I'll have to try that dress pattern.
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I have no idea where I've left off... I try to hard to stay caught up here, and I just can't. Sigh...

Erin... I definately think you did not charge enough for making that dress... The time put into it already has (IMO) exceeded what you are being paid, and you haven't even started it yet. YIKES! I hope that lady and her dd enjoy that dress a lot!

Minniefanatic... Love the dress you made - the colors really go great together with the theme.

Andrea... Love the outfits for Miss A.

Goteamatwood... Love everything - as usual... You really have an eye for pairing fabrics.

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I have no idea when the last time I posted a bag was... So, I apologize if there are any repeats.

Thanks for letting me share.

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As always, stunning. And love Jessie and Dopey. You had everyone stumped on FB.

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Spoke with daughter in law...she is upset that we are putting our family vacation in front of her daughters education. She said it was only a $500 deposit... I guess she has a lot more money than I do if she is unconcerned about loosing $500..

So, with our June short trip to Disney we will probably take a short drive over to the beach for a few days...

But...on a sewing note, I finished two Dumbo dresses today...they are going in the box with the two Steamboat Willie dresses and the two Snow White dresses... and I can now devote some more time to finishing up my launch dress and work on a skirt pattern I get to test...

Nini
Sounds like she should send you the money since its "only" $500. Yikes. Too bad you can't get someone else to come as the other 1/3. My in-laws canceled going with us to Disney last year, a month before we left the decided to get divorced. But my friend and her husband were able to take the spots in our art of animation reservation.
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Well, we will probably be taking the Grand Princess with us on the Disney/beach trip in June...fulfilling the promise we made to her for a do over beach trip. I will charge her momma a premium for her daughter's portion of the trip.


Now for my problem I seriously need help in solving...

Fabric Storage

I have two basic types of storage issues...fabric that I buy with no idea what I am going to use it for (Stash) and fabric that I over buy... like an extra yard or two... (also ends up being stash after project is over)
I KNOW the best way to solve both problems is to stop over buying fabric...but it is a sickness and I can't!

I am out of ideas for this type of fabric storage. I am on a VERY limited budget (almost non existent) and NEED to come up with a plan...my ginormous sewing studio has walls that are closing in on me!

I am currently using the unused cabinets in the kitchen area of the studio as fabric storage...but they are now out of room. I have shelves under my 12 foot cutting table to hold current projects, and a large dresser under my 10 foot quilting table that holds fabric of past projects.

The top of the cutting table is a joke...I only know there is a table underneath all the fabric because I remember seeing it...once...

The messiness is causing this claustrophobic momma to go crazy!

So... keeping in mind that I want to keep the budget at zero, I only want to store washed new fabric in a way that I can tell at a glance what I have (so I can 'shop' my stash) and that I have zero unused floor space...what suggestions do you have ...and I already know I need serious therapy...but it is not in the budget!

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Hello everyone! I have been quietly reading these threads for...a year?! And just now finally decided to take the jump off and dust off the ol' machine and make something. Here's the funny part: it's not even Disney themed! We're headed to that other park in Orlando...so this is a Funktional Threads "Rachel" inspired by Minion Mayhem. We're having character breakfast there so....
Thank you to everyone on this thread for their beautiful work. I have drooled over them for so long.
I hope this picture works! Here goes nothing. Don't look too closely either! Lol.
I like the dress. I love the colors you brought in.

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Hey there! Haven't seen much of you lately. Are you all ready to move? Or have you moved already? Can't remember your timeline. Good to see you again!





I'm going to put a fun chapstik and some money in the little change purses and give the to my granddaughters for Easter.

ETA: forgot to say the patterns I used came from Five Star Fonts Embroidery
Still selling the house and won't be moving until the end of June. It's such a pain to try to sell while not being able to pack because the movers have to pack it.

I haven't been sewing much in the last few weeks until last week when I started working on my DD's Sailor Moon contest. Shirting fabric is very different to work with, that's for sure. I like the crispness of it though. I had a friend over yesterday who wanted to learn how to follow a pattern to make clothes for her DD and that was fun. We only got everything cut out but at least that's done. She will be back next week so I can show her how to pin it up and sew it together.

Those change purses look great. They look like a lot of work. Your grand-daughters will love them.

DMGeurts - love the purses. My fav is Dopey and the hat.
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I have no idea where I've left off... I try to hard to stay caught up here, and I just can't. Sigh...

Erin... I definately think you did not charge enough for making that dress... The time put into it already has (IMO) exceeded what you are being paid, and you haven't even started it yet. YIKES! I hope that lady and her dd enjoy that dress a lot!

Minniefanatic... Love the dress you made - the colors really go great together with the theme.

Andrea... Love the outfits for Miss A.

Goteamatwood... Love everything - as usual... You really have an eye for pairing fabrics.

************************************************** ****************

I have no idea when the last time I posted a bag was... So, I apologize if there are any repeats.













Thanks for letting me share.

D~
I love them all!

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Hey there! Haven't seen much of you lately. Are you all ready to move? Or have you moved already? Can't remember your timeline. Good to see you again!



Welcome! So glad you took the plunge. The dress you made was wonderful. You did a very good job on it. I hope it leads to lots more cuteness that you'll share with us. Doesn't have to be Disney at all!

D~ as I said on your ptr, love the Dopey bag!! Nice to see all the other bags again too.



I have been playing around with my machine, doing a few "in the hoop" projects.





I'm going to put a fun chapstik and some money in the little change purses and give the to my granddaughters for Easter.

ETA: forgot to say the patterns I used came from Five Star Fonts Embroidery
Everything looks great!
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Well, we will probably be taking the Grand Princess with us on the Disney/beach trip in June...fulfilling the promise we made to her for a do over beach trip. I will charge her momma a premium for her daughter's portion of the trip.


Now for my problem I seriously need help in solving...

Fabric Storage

I have two basic types of storage issues...fabric that I buy with no idea what I am going to use it for (Stash) and fabric that I over buy... like an extra yard or two... (also ends up being stash after project is over)
I KNOW the best way to solve both problems is to stop over buying fabric...but it is a sickness and I can't!

I am out of ideas for this type of fabric storage. I am on a VERY limited budget (almost non existent) and NEED to come up with a plan...my ginormous sewing studio has walls that are closing in on me!

I am currently using the unused cabinets in the kitchen area of the studio as fabric storage...but they are now out of room. I have shelves under my 12 foot cutting table to hold current projects, and a large dresser under my 10 foot quilting table that holds fabric of past projects.

The top of the cutting table is a joke...I only know there is a table underneath all the fabric because I remember seeing it...once...

The messiness is causing this claustrophobic momma to go crazy!

So... keeping in mind that I want to keep the budget at zero, I only want to store washed new fabric in a way that I can tell at a glance what I have (so I can 'shop' my stash) and that I have zero unused floor space...what suggestions do you have ...and I already know I need serious therapy...but it is not in the budget!

Nini
Wish I could help but good luck !!
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I am so bummed...I just got to whine a bit!


I love the beach. Almost as much as I love Disney.

For the past several years we have taken a beach trip as soon as the kids got out of school and a Disney vacation in either September or November.

This year, we owe my grand daughter a beach trip since she could not play at the beach last year. Her daddy wanted to take her for a short Disney trip for her birthday...so we thought we would combine the two...Disney for a few days then a weekend at the beach, just before school starts.

Somehow, that morphed into a million different things, ending with renting a 4 bedroom condo in Destin for a week. My son and his family and my daughter and her family were going with us. We put down a non refundable deposit and all was set in stone.

My daughter in law has been having problems deciding to put grand princess in public school or private school. She FINALLY made up her mind.....today...and found out the new school year starts while we are in Destin!

We could still go...except for the fact that the price gets MUCH more expensive when you divide things by 2 instead of 3....Overall it will add about $1000 to the trip...something I just can't swing right now.

So...I not only lost my beach vacation...I also lost my deposit!


GRRRRR



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Spoke with daughter in law...she is upset that we are putting our family vacation in front of her daughters education. She said it was only a $500 deposit... I guess she has a lot more money than I do if she is unconcerned about loosing $500..


So, with our June short trip to Disney we will probably take a short drive over to the beach for a few days...


But...on a sewing note, I finished two Dumbo dresses today...they are going in the box with the two Steamboat Willie dresses and the two Snow White dresses... and I can now devote some more time to finishing up my launch dress and work on a skirt pattern I get to test...


Nini
I dropped your quote yesterday and didn't even realize it! I was so sorry to hear about the trip! That is so hard to swallow, especially since it affects so many people! And believe me, $500 is considered A LOT of money to lots of us!! I hope this doesn't end up being a source on contention between you and your DIL.

Glad you were able to get a lot of sewing done. That's therapy for me, hope it works that way for you as well.

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Well, we will probably be taking the Grand Princess with us on the Disney/beach trip in June...fulfilling the promise we made to her for a do over beach trip. I will charge her momma a premium for her daughter's portion of the trip.

Good for you! Glad you get to fulfill your promise.



Now for my problem I seriously need help in solving...

Fabric Storage

I have two basic types of storage issues...fabric that I buy with no idea what I am going to use it for (Stash) and fabric that I over buy... like an extra yard or two... (also ends up being stash after project is over)
I KNOW the best way to solve both problems is to stop over buying fabric...but it is a sickness and I can't!

I am out of ideas for this type of fabric storage. I am on a VERY limited budget (almost non existent) and NEED to come up with a plan...my ginormous sewing studio has walls that are closing in on me!

I am currently using the unused cabinets in the kitchen area of the studio as fabric storage...but they are now out of room. I have shelves under my 12 foot cutting table to hold current projects, and a large dresser under my 10 foot quilting table that holds fabric of past projects.

The top of the cutting table is a joke...I only know there is a table underneath all the fabric because I remember seeing it...once...

The messiness is causing this claustrophobic momma to go crazy!

So... keeping in mind that I want to keep the budget at zero, I only want to store washed new fabric in a way that I can tell at a glance what I have (so I can 'shop' my stash) and that I have zero unused floor space...what suggestions do you have ...and I already know I need serious therapy...but it is not in the budget!

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I'm reeling (and drooling) at the thought of having a sewing space large enough for a 12 foot cutting table and a 10 foot quilting table. I'm having serious table envy right now!

Would it work for you to cut a swatch from all your fabric and put them in a folder of some sort, maybe something with plastic sleeves to it, and organize them by color or design or however you would like it? Then you could put the actual fabric yardage in totes or stacked neatly somewhere out of the way.

The other solution that comes to mind is, if you have sewing buddies near by, you could take any fabric you're sort of wishy washy about and let them "shop" your stash, making the amount a bit more manageable.

I know what you mean about not being able to resist buying. I think that sort of goes with the territory. I hope you are able to resolve your problem soon. I'm sure there will be lots of great suggestions coming your way. Good luck!
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Would it work for you to cut a swatch from all your fabric and put them in a folder of some sort, maybe something with plastic sleeves to it, and organize them by color or design or however you would like it? Then you could put the actual fabric yardage in totes or stacked neatly somewhere out of the way.

The other solution that comes to mind is, if you have sewing buddies near by, you could take any fabric you're sort of wishy washy about and let them "shop" your stash, making the amount a bit more manageable.

I know what you mean about not being able to resist buying. I think that sort of goes with the territory. I hope you are able to resolve your problem soon. I'm sure there will be lots of great suggestions coming your way. Good luck!
I missed the original quote but maybe pictures of the fabric and you could write on them how much you have and what kind of material it is. They could be digital so you could keep them in your phone or tablet even so you have it with you.
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