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Old 04-11-2013, 09:43 PM   #3451
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And I have absolutely NO idea what else I was going to quote, but I'm sure it was someone's lovely creation. Hate when that happens. Of course I'm spending every 20 minutes getting a fresh ice pack for DH or taking one away. He was supposed to have simple gum surgery today, an hour procedure that turned into removal of a tooth that was deeply imbedded into his jaw. Two and a half hours later, they were finally done. He's in so much pain, I gave him another pain pill figuring it wouldn't kill him and I hated to see him so miserable. Oops, time to remove the ice. (Love the pics of the sewing spaces)
I am sorry to hear that your DH is having problems after his surgery. I hope he is feeling better today.

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Pretty good, I have between 8-10 weeks left if not less. I am doing my 3 hour glucose test right now. Yesterday I was having a rough day but today is much better.
I hope things will continue to be good for you over the next couple of months!

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I did these 2 shirts last week partially because I've never done one that way and wanted to experiment. I really liked the idea that the wrong side of the sewing wouldn't be directly against their skin when the shirts were worn.



I did like the way they turned out but it was white felt on a white shirt so there wasn't the 'pop' affect that cogero mentioned.

As for your thought of dangly appliques, I would do them in the hoop like clippies (with felt) and insert add ribbon in the appropriate spot (presumably between the fabric front side and the felt back side).

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The outfits look great! I may try doing applique on felt now that I have seen some examples of it.

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Well, I have not done too much sewing in the past few weeks. DH wasn't feeling good for about a week and then we had company for a week so things were a little bit crazy. Add in spring break and that completely took away my sewing time.

I did make some of those cooling neck wraps for our trip to Disney in June. Thanks to Jen for suggesting them!
Here are the ones I made for my in-laws. I know they wouldn't wear Disney ones. I made them with snowmen on them just to be funny.


Then here are the ones I made for my family:

The kids are fighting over who gets the 7 Dwarfs one. If I had know that they would both want those, I would have made 2 of them. I might still go back and make another one since they were a cinch to make. I think these would be a perfect addition to our list of things we regularly make for Big Gives. Plus even a new seamstress could make them as they are really just a long tube that has been divided and filled with the beads.

Then our FB group had another launch on Tuesday night. Here are pictures of the things I had in the launch:






I was thrilled that 2 out of my 3 items sold. The princess dress, which I thought would do well, was the one that didn't get sold. Now I need to figure out what to do with it. LOL!
Sorry to hear that your husband wasn't doing well. The neck wraps look like they are a great idea. The launch outfits look great as usual. I am sure a little girl will be thrilled to have the princess dress!

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My PE500 was at the house when I got home and after walking the dog I got to open it up and start playing. I have a mug rug for a swap at another sight that I'm working on so it was the test. I need to actually work on sizing, but I wrote a whole phrase and it looks great!! I need to do more!!!
Congrats! I can't wait to see what you make with it!

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I missed the part about sealing the ends of the ribbon. I do what other people do and just hold the end near a lit lighter. You don't have to even put the ribbon into the flame. It will immediately melt a bit and seal the ends. Just pull it away from the flame the second it starts to melt. Always works great for me.
I agree that heat sealing ribbons is very easy to do (I used to dance so I had to heat seal ribbons on ballet slippers). It sounds scarier than it actually is!
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It's been a while since I checked in here. I will resist the urge to go photo heavy with everything I have sewn since I last posted (which I don't even remember when it was!), and instead just share DD's Easter dress. This was a Disney Fairies Simplicity pattern.



I am working on the final touches to an Imagination Movers dress for an upcoming concert currently. Hope to finish it tonight!
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I agree with cogero - it is definitely a touchy topic...it seems to be one of those looks that people either really like or really dislike.

I did these 2 shirts last week partially because I've never done one that way and wanted to experiment. I really liked the idea that the wrong side of the sewing wouldn't be directly against their skin when the shirts were worn.




I did like the way they turned out but it was white felt on a white shirt so there wasn't the 'pop' affect that cogero mentioned.

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I think those outfits are darling! Felt or not, they work!

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Well, I have not done too much sewing in the past few weeks. DH wasn't feeling good for about a week and then we had company for a week so things were a little bit crazy. Add in spring break and that completely took away my sewing time.

I did make some of those cooling neck wraps for our trip to Disney in June. Thanks to Jen for suggesting them!
Here are the ones I made for my in-laws. I know they wouldn't wear Disney ones. I made them with snowmen on them just to be funny.


Then here are the ones I made for my family:

The kids are fighting over who gets the 7 Dwarfs one. If I had know that they would both want those, I would have made 2 of them. I might still go back and make another one since they were a cinch to make. I think these would be a perfect addition to our list of things we regularly make for Big Gives. Plus even a new seamstress could make them as they are really just a long tube that has been divided and filled with the beads.

Then our FB group had another launch on Tuesday night. Here are pictures of the things I had in the launch:






I was thrilled that 2 out of my 3 items sold. The princess dress, which I thought would do well, was the one that didn't get sold. Now I need to figure out what to do with it. LOL!
First, sorry to hear your DH has not been feeling well. Hope he's better now.

The neck coolers look great. I'm sure you'll be glad you have them in that heat!

Congrats on the successful launch. Your things are always so beautiful and these were no exception.

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My PE500 was at the house when I got home and after walking the dog I got to open it up and start playing. I have a mug rug for a swap at another sight that I'm working on so it was the test. I need to actually work on sizing, but I wrote a whole phrase and it looks great!! I need to do more!!!
Yay! Have fun!

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I'm jumping in here since I just bought a bunch of downloads from Heathersue thanks to the mention on here.
You will love how her things stitch out! Don't forget to post pics of everything.

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It's been a while since I checked in here. I will resist the urge to go photo heavy with everything I have sewn since I last posted (which I don't even remember when it was!), and instead just share DD's Easter dress. This was a Disney Fairies Simplicity pattern.



I am working on the final touches to an Imagination Movers dress for an upcoming concert currently. Hope to finish it tonight!
What a beautiful job you did and your DD is beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing!
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Pretty good, I have between 8-10 weeks left if not less. I am doing my 3 hour glucose test right now. Yesterday I was having a rough day but today is much better.
Ooops, missed your quote first time around. Sorry to hear about your rough day. Hope those are few and far between! Glad you are feeling better and that your glucose test doesn't turn up anything to be concerned about.
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It's been a while since I checked in here. I will resist the urge to go photo heavy with everything I have sewn since I last posted (which I don't even remember when it was!), and instead just share DD's Easter dress. This was a Disney Fairies Simplicity pattern.


I am working on the final touches to an Imagination Movers dress for an upcoming concert currently. Hope to finish it tonight!
Easter dress looks great. That pattern is easy to work with and I love the flutter sleeves on it.

I know I missed a lot of quotes but everything is so cute as always. I like the launch outfits and want to know where you got the princess dresses fabric you used in the princess dress.

Now, I have a question for all of you......

I have mentioned that I borrowed my Aunt's embroidery machine, I would like to ask her about buying it from her or something since I know she never uses it. I don't know what to offer since it is missing so many parts, specifically the embroidery attachment so right now it is just a fancy sewing machine. It is a Brother Pacesetter PC-8500. It does not have the embroidery arm, the card reader, the software, only one hoop instead of the 3 she bought it with and no extra's. It can only be used as a sewing machine but has some cooler stitches than mine does and can do a large font text (1 inch tall). After researching online, I cannot find many for sale. In fact I only found 1 and it's on Ebay for $650 with everything included. It was made in 2002 and my Aunt got it used about 4 or 5 years ago and only used it about 4 times in the first few months and then it sat around until her ex-SIL borrowed it for the last two years where it has sat around for a year without being used. (She is the one who lost all the pieces) I am going to call Brother today and see which parts I can order to make it work again and how much it would cost. I can't see the parts being too cheap plus the online chat person told me that I cannot buy the card reader or the software at all to replace that part. Aunt's only has the 5x7 hoop but it has a really cool touch screen. It also seriously needs a cleaning since when I used it yesterday to stitch out a few names it had a burning smell to it.

What would you offer ?? My sister, who doesn't sew, says to just ask to keep it if I am buying the parts. My Aunt tends to "collect" things and he house if very full and would have forgotten it at her ex-SIL's if I hadn't asked to borrow it. She is one of my favorite Aunt's and nothing she has is junk, all beautiful things but they do sit around, kind of like I do sometimes. Sometimes things are just pretty........
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I am working on the final touches to an Imagination Movers dress for an upcoming concert currently. Hope to finish it tonight!
That is a great dress. Very cute and the model is adorable.

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Easter dress looks great. That pattern is easy to work with and I love the flutter sleeves on it.

I know I missed a lot of quotes but everything is so cute as always. I like the launch outfits and want to know where you got the princess dresses fabric you used in the princess dress.

Now, I have a question for all of you......

I have mentioned that I borrowed my Aunt's embroidery machine, I would like to ask her about buying it from her or something since I know she never uses it. I don't know what to offer since it is missing so many parts, specifically the embroidery attachment so right now it is just a fancy sewing machine. It is a Brother Pacesetter PC-8500. It does not have the embroidery arm, the card reader, the software, only one hoop instead of the 3 she bought it with and no extra's. It can only be used as a sewing machine but has some cooler stitches than mine does and can do a large font text (1 inch tall). After researching online, I cannot find many for sale. In fact I only found 1 and it's on Ebay for $650 with everything included. It was made in 2002 and my Aunt got it used about 4 or 5 years ago and only used it about 4 times in the first few months and then it sat around until her ex-SIL borrowed it for the last two years where it has sat around for a year without being used. (She is the one who lost all the pieces) I am going to call Brother today and see which parts I can order to make it work again and how much it would cost. I can't see the parts being too cheap plus the online chat person told me that I cannot buy the card reader or the software at all to replace that part. Aunt's only has the 5x7 hoop but it has a really cool touch screen. It also seriously needs a cleaning since when I used it yesterday to stitch out a few names it had a burning smell to it.

What would you offer ?? My sister, who doesn't sew, says to just ask to keep it if I am buying the parts. My Aunt tends to "collect" things and he house if very full and would have forgotten it at her ex-SIL's if I hadn't asked to borrow it. She is one of my favorite Aunt's and nothing she has is junk, all beautiful things but they do sit around, kind of like I do sometimes. Sometimes things are just pretty........
I don't have any idea what would be a reasonable offer, but maybe look online and find your nearest brother service dealer and ask what they'd offer for trade to give an idea. Also ask what the cost for service to clean and get it up and running. I just had mine in for a tune up and it was $160. Nothing wrong with it just clean and oil.
Maybe they would have a lead on replacement parts too? Also you can make a search alert on eBay to notify you if there are matching auctions listed for the machine.
I think it's possible you will find yourself spending quite a lot to get it going. it might be cheaper to get a new 5x7 pe770 for $500-600 range than buy all the replacement parts, pay your aunt a fair price and have it serviced. But maybe you can get a trade in price from a shop?


Speaking of embroidery machines, I had a chance to try out using both of my machines at once yesterday working on a couple dress projects and some t-shirts for etsy orders. I have to say I don't think having two machines running at once did anything for my productivity. I ended up ruining 3 t-shirts and a bib. And got 3 t-shirts and an appliqué for a dress done. I think t-shirts just require too much babysitting, especially with appliqués. I ended up having tension issues with the bobbin on one while I was trimming the other so all the stitches were white instead of yellow. then somehow the other shirt I had been working on the new machine got misaligned and I had to pitch it, did it over and the second time it was ok
Until the very last step and the satin stich was a little off and didn't cover the (unfortunately darker) tack down. It was heather sues safari donald which I have done lots of times but this was the first time in 6x10. Plus it wasn't placed right. So the bib was ruined because I spelled the name wrong. I put 3 ms in Emmett. Emmmett. You think the mom would notice?

I was thinking having two machines would be great getting more done but I think with kids little shirts there is too much potential for disaster. I
Did have both running and used my sewing machine at the same time which was exciting. Until I realized I have to do both shirts over. Gah!
Guess maybe ill sell the 770 and put that toward my new machine. Or toward more blank shirts I guess at the rate I'm going.

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Oh, and the machine also doesn't have the foot pedal or the power cord. Those were lost too.
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Oh, and the machine also doesn't have the foot pedal or the power cord. Those were lost too.
To be honest, with as many pieces that are missing, I would think that you will be paying more getting replacement parts than getting a new machine. If you get a new machine, you will have ALL the parts (like the card reader).
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I love browsing through all the posts on this site. You are all so creative! Maybe someday I will learn to sew...
I would love to hear where I can buy some of your creations. After 2 boys, I finally have a little princess that I would really like to dress up for our trips!!
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This Dress is gorgeous! I love your work and I can't believe it didn't sell.
May I ask where you found the fabric with the dresses on it? PLEASEEEEEEEEEE?
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To be honest, with as many pieces that are missing, I would think that you will be paying more getting replacement parts than getting a new machine. If you get a new machine, you will have ALL the parts (like the card reader).
I can get the arm for $300 and the card reader and software for $150. I called my dealer this morning. he will throw in the power cord. I just need to find where I could buy more cards and how much. It might be worth the new machine but this one goes up to a very large hoop and has a touchscreen for placement and such.

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I love browsing through all the posts on this site. You are all so creative! Maybe someday I will learn to sew...
I would love to hear where I can buy some of your creations. After 2 boys, I finally have a little princess that I would really like to dress up for our trips!!
A lot of the posters have their Etsy shop in their signature if you look. They are not allowed to sell here.
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I glanced through the launch, but I didn't see the princess one, so maybe not enough people saw it. The Bugs Life one is super cute!!

My PE500 was at the house when I got home and after walking the dog I got to open it up and start playing. I have a mug rug for a swap at another sight that I'm working on so it was the test. I need to actually work on sizing, but I wrote a whole phrase and it looks great!! I need to do more!!!
To be honest I didn't have the best pictures of the dress. I just ordered a child sized dress form so I am hoping to get some new pictures and get it sold!

Hooray for your new machine. I've never made a mug rug but I have made a coffee cup cozy.

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Adorable girl and terrific dress! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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I have mentioned that I borrowed my Aunt's embroidery machine, I would like to ask her about buying it from her or something since I know she never uses it. I don't know what to offer since it is missing so many parts, specifically the embroidery attachment so right now it is just a fancy sewing machine. It is a Brother Pacesetter PC-8500. It does not have the embroidery arm, the card reader, the software, only one hoop instead of the 3 she bought it with and no extra's. It can only be used as a sewing machine but has some cooler stitches than mine does and can do a large font text (1 inch tall). After researching online, I cannot find many for sale. In fact I only found 1 and it's on Ebay for $650 with everything included. It was made in 2002 and my Aunt got it used about 4 or 5 years ago and only used it about 4 times in the first few months and then it sat around until her ex-SIL borrowed it for the last two years where it has sat around for a year without being used. (She is the one who lost all the pieces) I am going to call Brother today and see which parts I can order to make it work again and how much it would cost. I can't see the parts being too cheap plus the online chat person told me that I cannot buy the card reader or the software at all to replace that part. Aunt's only has the 5x7 hoop but it has a really cool touch screen. It also seriously needs a cleaning since when I used it yesterday to stitch out a few names it had a burning smell to it.
Make sure you get it checked over well before you invest any money into the machine. I'd start with that cleaning that it needed and go from there. I'd want to make sure that the burning smell isn't something electrical inside the machine. I also want to second what Jen said. You need to carefully consider how much money you put into an older machine. These machines do not have as long a lifespan as our moms' sewing machines. The 8500 could possible be at the end of its lifetime. I know it has some great features like the touch screen etc so if you can get it going again without investing too much money, that would be terrific. Also, you can purchase designs in the internet and download them onto a card that you put into the machine. Don't spend money on the embroidery cards themselves. What you need is called PED Basic. You can order it from Walmart.com for around $100. Here is the link:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/2171274?wm...l5=pla&veh=sem

My old Ellageo did not have a USB port so I would buy designs and load them onto the PED Basic card and then transfer them to my machine. Does the 8500 have a floppy disk drive too? Because you can also buy a floppy disk writer that attaches to your USB port on your computer. They only cost about $10. Then you can put designs on floppy disks and use those in the 8500.

Definitely keep watch on Ebay for the extra hoops and the embroidery machine attachment. You do see the hoops all the time and from time to time somebody will sell only the embroidery unit.

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This Dress is gorgeous! I love your work and I can't believe it didn't sell.
May I ask where you found the fabric with the dresses on it? PLEASEEEEEEEEEE?
thanks!
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Thanks! I am hoping that the dress will still get sold.
I got the dress fabric on Fabric.com. I forget which one but it was either Riley Blake or Michael Miller fabric.

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Speaking of embroidery machines, I had a chance to try out using both of my machines at once yesterday working on a couple dress projects and some t-shirts for etsy orders. I have to say I don't think having two machines running at once did anything for my productivity. I ended up ruining 3 t-shirts and a bib. And got 3 t-shirts and an appliqué for a dress done. I think t-shirts just require too much babysitting, especially with appliqués. I ended up having tension issues with the bobbin on one while I was trimming the other so all the stitches were white instead of yellow. then somehow the other shirt I had been working on the new machine got misaligned and I had to pitch it, did it over and the second time it was ok
Until the very last step and the satin stich was a little off and didn't cover the (unfortunately darker) tack down. It was heather sues safari donald which I have done lots of times but this was the first time in 6x10. Plus it wasn't placed right. So the bib was ruined because I spelled the name wrong. I put 3 ms in Emmett. Emmmett. You think the mom would notice?

I was thinking having two machines would be great getting more done but I think with kids little shirts there is too much potential for disaster. I
Did have both running and used my sewing machine at the same time which was exciting. Until I realized I have to do both shirts over. Gah!
Guess maybe ill sell the 770 and put that toward my new machine. Or toward more blank shirts I guess at the rate I'm going.

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Sorry that you ruined shirts and weren't as productive as you hoped. I like to sew or do some cutting while my machine does some of the satin stitching but they really do need some babysitting. Especially certain designs. I'd think that if you decided to sell the 770, you would get a nice amount back out of it.
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It's been a while since I checked in here. I will resist the urge to go photo heavy with everything I have sewn since I last posted (which I don't even remember when it was!), and instead just share DD's Easter dress. This was a Disney Fairies Simplicity pattern.



I am working on the final touches to an Imagination Movers dress for an upcoming concert currently. Hope to finish it tonight!
The dress looks great! The model is very cute looking too!

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Now, I have a question for all of you......

I have mentioned that I borrowed my Aunt's embroidery machine, I would like to ask her about buying it from her or something since I know she never uses it. I don't know what to offer since it is missing so many parts, specifically the embroidery attachment so right now it is just a fancy sewing machine. It is a Brother Pacesetter PC-8500. It does not have the embroidery arm, the card reader, the software, only one hoop instead of the 3 she bought it with and no extra's. It can only be used as a sewing machine but has some cooler stitches than mine does and can do a large font text (1 inch tall). After researching online, I cannot find many for sale. In fact I only found 1 and it's on Ebay for $650 with everything included. It was made in 2002 and my Aunt got it used about 4 or 5 years ago and only used it about 4 times in the first few months and then it sat around until her ex-SIL borrowed it for the last two years where it has sat around for a year without being used. (She is the one who lost all the pieces) I am going to call Brother today and see which parts I can order to make it work again and how much it would cost. I can't see the parts being too cheap plus the online chat person told me that I cannot buy the card reader or the software at all to replace that part. Aunt's only has the 5x7 hoop but it has a really cool touch screen. It also seriously needs a cleaning since when I used it yesterday to stitch out a few names it had a burning smell to it.

What would you offer ?? My sister, who doesn't sew, says to just ask to keep it if I am buying the parts. My Aunt tends to "collect" things and he house if very full and would have forgotten it at her ex-SIL's if I hadn't asked to borrow it. She is one of my favorite Aunt's and nothing she has is junk, all beautiful things but they do sit around, kind of like I do sometimes. Sometimes things are just pretty........
If I were in your shoes, I would just ask the aunt if she would consider parting with the machine since you enjoy sewing on it so much. If she agrees, you can then ask her how much she would like for it. You can evaluate if it is worthwhile after she gives you a price. I am a firm believer that "whoever names a price first loses."

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Speaking of embroidery machines, I had a chance to try out using both of my machines at once yesterday working on a couple dress projects and some t-shirts for etsy orders. I have to say I don't think having two machines running at once did anything for my productivity. I ended up ruining 3 t-shirts and a bib. And got 3 t-shirts and an appliqué for a dress done. I think t-shirts just require too much babysitting, especially with appliqués. I ended up having tension issues with the bobbin on one while I was trimming the other so all the stitches were white instead of yellow. then somehow the other shirt I had been working on the new machine got misaligned and I had to pitch it, did it over and the second time it was ok
Until the very last step and the satin stich was a little off and didn't cover the (unfortunately darker) tack down. It was heather sues safari donald which I have done lots of times but this was the first time in 6x10. Plus it wasn't placed right. So the bib was ruined because I spelled the name wrong. I put 3 ms in Emmett. Emmmett. You think the mom would notice?

I was thinking having two machines would be great getting more done but I think with kids little shirts there is too much potential for disaster. I
Did have both running and used my sewing machine at the same time which was exciting. Until I realized I have to do both shirts over. Gah!
Guess maybe ill sell the 770 and put that toward my new machine. Or toward more blank shirts I guess at the rate I'm going.

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Oh no! I am so sorry to hear about your mishap with trying to work on multiple projects at the same time. Perhaps practice makes perfect?

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I love browsing through all the posts on this site. You are all so creative! Maybe someday I will learn to sew...
I would love to hear where I can buy some of your creations. After 2 boys, I finally have a little princess that I would really like to dress up for our trips!!
Welcome. Not every one sells here but you can often find people's etsy shops in their signatures. You can also PM the poster if you see an outfit you like. As a disclaimer, I do not sell so I am not in any conflict of interest.
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Now, I have a question for all of you......

I have mentioned that I borrowed my Aunt's embroidery machine, I would like to ask her about buying it from her or something since I know she never uses it. I don't know what to offer since it is missing so many parts, specifically the embroidery attachment so right now it is just a fancy sewing machine. It is a Brother Pacesetter PC-8500. It does not have the embroidery arm, the card reader, the software, only one hoop instead of the 3 she bought it with and no extra's. It can only be used as a sewing machine but has some cooler stitches than mine does and can do a large font text (1 inch tall). After researching online, I cannot find many for sale. In fact I only found 1 and it's on Ebay for $650 with everything included. It was made in 2002 and my Aunt got it used about 4 or 5 years ago and only used it about 4 times in the first few months and then it sat around until her ex-SIL borrowed it for the last two years where it has sat around for a year without being used. (She is the one who lost all the pieces) I am going to call Brother today and see which parts I can order to make it work again and how much it would cost. I can't see the parts being too cheap plus the online chat person told me that I cannot buy the card reader or the software at all to replace that part. Aunt's only has the 5x7 hoop but it has a really cool touch screen. It also seriously needs a cleaning since when I used it yesterday to stitch out a few names it had a burning smell to it.

What would you offer ?? My sister, who doesn't sew, says to just ask to keep it if I am buying the parts. My Aunt tends to "collect" things and he house if very full and would have forgotten it at her ex-SIL's if I hadn't asked to borrow it. She is one of my favorite Aunt's and nothing she has is junk, all beautiful things but they do sit around, kind of like I do sometimes. Sometimes things are just pretty........
I had a Pacesetter 8500 that I traded in on my new machine in January. Maybe it was just me, but I didn't care for the embroidery part of it. As a sewing machine it was great. I agree with Jen and Diane that the money you have to put in to it, plus the awkwardness of putting a price on it to buy it from your aunt, would seem that a new embroidery machine would be your best bet. I know the touch screen is great, but everyone seems to really love the Brother 770. I wish you luck with your decision and hope you end up with something you're happy with.

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Speaking of embroidery machines, I had a chance to try out using both of my machines at once yesterday working on a couple dress projects and some t-shirts for etsy orders. I have to say I don't think having two machines running at once did anything for my productivity. I ended up ruining 3 t-shirts and a bib. And got 3 t-shirts and an appliqué for a dress done. I think t-shirts just require too much babysitting, especially with appliqués. I ended up having tension issues with the bobbin on one while I was trimming the other so all the stitches were white instead of yellow. then somehow the other shirt I had been working on the new machine got misaligned and I had to pitch it, did it over and the second time it was ok
Until the very last step and the satin stich was a little off and didn't cover the (unfortunately darker) tack down. It was heather sues safari donald which I have done lots of times but this was the first time in 6x10. Plus it wasn't placed right. So the bib was ruined because I spelled the name wrong. I put 3 ms in Emmett. Emmmett. You think the mom would notice?

I was thinking having two machines would be great getting more done but I think with kids little shirts there is too much potential for disaster. I
Did have both running and used my sewing machine at the same time which was exciting. Until I realized I have to do both shirts over. Gah!
Guess maybe ill sell the 770 and put that toward my new machine. Or toward more blank shirts I guess at the rate I'm going.

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First, let me say how impressed I am that you keyed that long post from your iPhone! You go!

Sounds like Murphy's law was in effect for you with the machines. It is so frustrating to have to do things over again, never mind the expense! I know someone on here who needs to buy a 770. Am I allowed to say that? If you decide to try to multi-task with your machines again, I wish you better luck with it!
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