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Old 03-15-2013, 07:23 AM   #3106
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Awwww, such cuties! I'm sure their shirts were a hit!


Ugh! Now i am going to have to go and look at what is on sale!


For me the brand doesn't matter. I use heavy weight cut away stabilizer for most of my stuff.

Here is another outfit that I finished today. It is for my niece's 6th birthday party this Sunday. It is hard to believe that she is turning 6 already. My nephew will be turning 8 too but I thought that the birthday hat design was a little bit feminine so I am on the lookout for something else for him.



I loved the pink fabric when I saw it at Joanns. It is a little bit sparkly and says Happy Birthday on it. A nice bonus was that it was on the clearance rack for $3 per yard! This is also one of the new patterns that I bought on the YCMT $5 sale. I really liked the pattern and it was fairly easy to make.
That is a very pretty dress.
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That's exactly the design that I was thinking of when I heard that Nannye bought carousel fabric!

Yes, I did shirr a portion of the back of the dress. The mom gave me measurements for a tall, thin girl and I thought without some stretch, the dress would be too hard to get in and out of. So I did a shirred panel and added it to the center back of the dress. I liked how it turned out and I might start doing it on more Simply Sweets. The only thing I don't like about that pattern is that it is hard to get in and out of it. I also plan to try a back made with some buttons.
I just happen to be on MissKenzieMac's site and I remember seeing that design but my memory only jogged when you mentioned the carousel.

I really like how you did the back panel. That was a great idea and ensures a nice fit.

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The shirts were a hit at preschool today. And, as expected, they are huge so at our current growth rate they might get more use next year!

(they were looking upstairs at Daddy, but at least they are looking the same direction!)
Double cuteness!

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Enabler Alert - MissKenzieMac is having a really good sale today until midnight. 47% off all designs and sets! Code is "MARCHFBSALE"

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Thank you, I knew she was was going to run a sale but probably would have forgotten if I didn't see your post. I picked up a few designs for our "next" trip. Whenever that is.

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Yes, my machine has a couple of sizes above the 5x7, so I am so going to CASE for our next trip if you don't mind.
I CASEd that from a bunch of people that have done it in the past.

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For those of you that buy stabilizer at Joanns for your embroidery machine, what do you buy? I am going to put in an order today and stabilizer is on sale so I want to get some. Not sure what the best thing to buy is. (I buy a different brand in canada that is likely way more expensive! What do you buy, a link would be so appreciated. Thanks!
I usually like to have a tear away and a cut away stabilizer but I just get whatever is on sale when I need it.

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Here is another outfit that I finished today. It is for my niece's 6th birthday party this Sunday. It is hard to believe that she is turning 6 already. My nephew will be turning 8 too but I thought that the birthday hat design was a little bit feminine so I am on the lookout for something else for him.



I loved the pink fabric when I saw it at Joanns. It is a little bit sparkly and says Happy Birthday on it. A nice bonus was that it was on the clearance rack for $3 per yard! This is also one of the new patterns that I bought on the YCMT $5 sale. I really liked the pattern and it was fairly easy to make.
Perfect fabric and that skirt is super cute. Happy Birthday to your niece and nephew.

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More great pictures! Thanks for not remembering!
I had to change a few things up and get used to them. I lost sight in one eye and so have no depth percepton anymore. I sewed for a living for years so it was quite an adjustment.
Threading a needle is my biggest issue. I have Janome that has a threader and purchased a Babylock serger with the air threader. I have a Singer Futura 350 that I have never got out of the box bouht just after my accident. Threading my old sergers was impossible and I decided it was just to risky to use my industrial machine ever. My original embroidry machine was a POEM.
Asking DH to thread a machine? It's taken about 3 years to get adjusted to not having depth perception and with major help of magnifying lenses that flip down over the sewing machine I have sewed about 6/7 projects so far. Now walking down steps and driving are still a little off.
I think I will get the Brother PE770 but practice for now on the singer since I have all the software.
If I don't start sewing again big time I will run out of space for patterns and fabric.
Thank you for being nice and sharing what you do so well.
Wow, that is a huge adjustment. I'm amazed you can sew at all. I hope you can get some things made with the Futura. I would say that an embroidery machine might be safer since you are not putting your fingers near the needle but I have been injured a few times by my embroidery machine. And YIKES, it hurts.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #3108
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I haven't been feeling great the past couple of days and as a result my pocketbook has taken quite a hit. Since I have been taking it easy, I have spent a lot of time online...and buying all kinds of designs for my embroidery machine, both appliqué and embroidery. One person had 80% off, so I got a ton of her stuff. Then several other sites had sales, so I took advantage of those. But I love everything I got and can't wait to stitch some of them out. I fear I'm addicted.

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More great pictures! Thanks for not remembering!
I had to change a few things up and get used to them. I lost sight in one eye and so have no depth percepton anymore. I sewed for a living for years so it was quite an adjustment.
Threading a needle is my biggest issue. I have Janome that has a threader and purchased a Babylock serger with the air threader. I have a Singer Futura 350 that I have never got out of the box bouht just after my accident. Threading my old sergers was impossible and I decided it was just to risky to use my industrial machine ever. My original embroidry machine was a POEM.
Asking DH to thread a machine? It's taken about 3 years to get adjusted to not having depth perception and with major help of magnifying lenses that flip down over the sewing machine I have sewed about 6/7 projects so far. Now walking down steps and driving are still a little off.
I think I will get the Brother PE770 but practice for now on the singer since I have all the software.
If I don't start sewing again big time I will run out of space for patterns and fabric.
Thank you for being nice and sharing what you do so well.
That would be such a difficult adjustment! I hope you continue to be able to sew with the help of the magnifier and that it will get easier as you go along. That Brother 770 goes on sale periodically, so keep you eye out. Amazon seems to have the best prices. Keep us posted please.

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For me the brand doesn't matter. I use heavy weight cut away stabilizer for most of my stuff.

Here is another outfit that I finished today. It is for my niece's 6th birthday party this Sunday. It is hard to believe that she is turning 6 already. My nephew will be turning 8 too but I thought that the birthday hat design was a little bit feminine so I am on the lookout for something else for him.



I loved the pink fabric when I saw it at Joanns. It is a little bit sparkly and says Happy Birthday on it. A nice bonus was that it was on the clearance rack for $3 per yard! This is also one of the new patterns that I bought on the YCMT $5 sale. I really liked the pattern and it was fairly easy to make.
I do the same for the stabilizer. Last week I had lots of 50% off coupons for JoAnn's and I bought every kind of stabilizer there was practically. I do want to get some Tender Touch since I'm doing something on a onesie for my 5 month old granddaughter. But whatever is on sale is what I get.

Love that skirt and the top is adorable! I'm sure she'll love it! I missed the pattern sale and was so bummed!! I don't have any of the patterns you all talk about but I want a bunch of them. Do they have sales very often?

It is a bit harder to find cute things for boys, but since my only grandson won't wear anything I make, I guess it doesn't matter for me. Maybe when he turns 4 he'll have a change of heart!
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:27 PM   #3109
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I haven't been feeling great the past couple of days and as a result my pocketbook has taken quite a hit. Since I have been taking it easy, I have spent a lot of time online...and buying all kinds of designs for my embroidery machine, both appliqué and embroidery. One person had 80% off, so I got a ton of her stuff. Then several other sites had sales, so I took advantage of those. But I love everything I got and can't wait to stitch some of them out. I fear I'm addicted.



Love that skirt and the top is adorable! I'm sure she'll love it! I missed the pattern sale and was so bummed!! I don't have any of the patterns you all talk about but I want a bunch of them. Do they have sales very often?

It is a bit harder to find cute things for boys, but since my only grandson won't wear anything I make, I guess it doesn't matter for me. Maybe when he turns 4 he'll have a change of heart!
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well! (But lounging and shopping is kind of fun!) YCMT doesn't seem to have sales very often at all. When they do their 20% off sale, I try to stock up. That seems to be their highest percentage off most of the time.

Another site that sells lots of the same e-patterns is http://fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/. They are a bit more frequent with sales and have started a review blog. While a pattern is featured, it is 25% off. I got the Grace on sale a few weeks ago.

[Enabler Alert, again] They have a 15% off code good through Sunday. Enter "Lucky2013" at checkout.

Hope you feel better soon!

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PS - Stitching out the dragon I bought yesterday from MissKenzieMac on shirts for my boys. It's SOOO cute! Pics later.
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More great pictures! Thanks for not remembering!
I had to change a few things up and get used to them. I lost sight in one eye and so have no depth percepton anymore. I sewed for a living for years so it was quite an adjustment.
Threading a needle is my biggest issue. I have Janome that has a threader and purchased a Babylock serger with the air threader. I have a Singer Futura 350 that I have never got out of the box bouht just after my accident. Threading my old sergers was impossible and I decided it was just to risky to use my industrial machine ever. My original embroidry machine was a POEM.
Asking DH to thread a machine? It's taken about 3 years to get adjusted to not having depth perception and with major help of magnifying lenses that flip down over the sewing machine I have sewed about 6/7 projects so far. Now walking down steps and driving are still a little off.
I think I will get the Brother PE770 but practice for now on the singer since I have all the software.
If I don't start sewing again big time I will run out of space for patterns and fabric.
Thank you for being nice and sharing what you do so well.
I had the unfortunate pleasure of my DH "assisting" me with an issue with my Singer, so I completely understand the when thinking of DH around the machine...I'm so glad you're back to sewing, even if it's just a few things. The human body is amazing and with time you should amaze others with the beautiful things you are able to make even with your "disability."
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I figured they would wear these tomorrow and then for the weekend and since they are too big maybe even next year!

Cute!

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Here is a dress that I made for a customer:


It was fun to make because the mom gave me pretty much free reign to have fun with creating it.
That is so beautiful! I didn't realize you took commissions!


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Here is another outfit that I finished today. It is for my niece's 6th birthday party this Sunday. It is hard to believe that she is turning 6 already. My nephew will be turning 8 too but I thought that the birthday hat design was a little bit feminine so I am on the lookout for something else for him.



I loved the pink fabric when I saw it at Joanns. It is a little bit sparkly and says Happy Birthday on it. A nice bonus was that it was on the clearance rack for $3 per yard! This is also one of the new patterns that I bought on the YCMT $5 sale. I really liked the pattern and it was fairly easy to make.
Very cute! I love fabrics with sparkle!

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More great pictures! Thanks for not remembering!
I had to change a few things up and get used to them. I lost sight in one eye and so have no depth percepton anymore. I sewed for a living for years so it was quite an adjustment.
Threading a needle is my biggest issue. I have Janome that has a threader and purchased a Babylock serger with the air threader. I have a Singer Futura 350 that I have never got out of the box bouht just after my accident. Threading my old sergers was impossible and I decided it was just to risky to use my industrial machine ever. My original embroidry machine was a POEM.
Asking DH to thread a machine? It's taken about 3 years to get adjusted to not having depth perception and with major help of magnifying lenses that flip down over the sewing machine I have sewed about 6/7 projects so far. Now walking down steps and driving are still a little off.
I think I will get the Brother PE770 but practice for now on the singer since I have all the software.
If I don't start sewing again big time I will run out of space for patterns and fabric.
Thank you for being nice and sharing what you do so well.
Wow! I'm sorry you have had to go through this! I hope you will have success as you get back into sewing!

Here are the dragon shirts I made last night and today for my boys. I've 'owed' them some non-Disney shirts since Christmas and they helped pick the fabrics from my stash. I added the quote from Tolkien because "Do not meddle with the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup." wouldn't fit.




Oh, btw, I was having terrible bird's nests the other day and my PE-770 has been acting up and making a funny noise whenever the carriage moved through a certain spot. After opening up the throat plate, and removing the bobbin case twice(!), I found the cause of all my woes. A tiny piece of stabilizer had gotten stuck to the inside of the bobbin race. It was slowly growing by collecting lint and thread bits, but the first time I looked, I mistook it for something that was supposed to be there. You know how there are tiny felt or fuzzy areas that are actually part of the machine? It looked like one of those until I touched it and some black plaque came off and I realized it was not supposed to be there.

Anyway, we've all heard a lot about looking for a stray thread when a machine is acting up, but I thought it might be useful to have another possibility to look for if you ever have a similar problem.

Hope you all have a great weekend!
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More great pictures! Thanks for not remembering!
I had to change a few things up and get used to them. I lost sight in one eye and so have no depth percepton anymore. I sewed for a living for years so it was quite an adjustment.

I think I will get the Brother PE770 but practice for now on the singer since I have all the software.
If I don't start sewing again big time I will run out of space for patterns and fabric.
Thank you for being nice and sharing what you do so well.
My MIL has very limited vision in one eye so I know what you are dealing with. Her depth perception is very affected. I'm glad that you found some machines that will work for you and allow you to start sewing again. You might want to look for a somewhat more expensive machine than the PE770 because I'm not sure it has an automatic needle threader. My Brother 4000d, which I bought used, has a wonderful automatic needle threader.

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Great job on the set and you can't beat the price on the pink fabric! I also picked up that pattern from YMCT so I am glad to hear that it is fairly easy to make. I just need to find the energy and time to sew!
I'm sure you will make some beautiful skirts with that pattern. You definitely deserve some time to rest after all the company that you had.

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I haven't been feeling great the past couple of days and as a result my pocketbook has taken quite a hit. Since I have been taking it easy, I have spent a lot of time online...and buying all kinds of designs for my embroidery machine, both appliqué and embroidery. One person had 80% off, so I got a ton of her stuff. Then several other sites had sales, so I took advantage of those. But I love everything I got and can't wait to stitch some of them out. I fear I'm addicted.

Love that skirt and the top is adorable! I'm sure she'll love it! I missed the pattern sale and was so bummed!! I don't have any of the patterns you all talk about but I want a bunch of them. Do they have sales very often?
Sorry that you haven't been feeling well. I hope you are feeling better now. But you can't tell us about an 80% off sale and then not tell us where the sale is!

They really haven't been doing sales on YCMT very often lately. I am a little bit bummed out because of that.

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Another site that sells lots of the same e-patterns is http://fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/. They are a bit more frequent with sales and have started a review blog. While a pattern is featured, it is 25% off. I got the Grace on sale a few weeks ago.

[Enabler Alert, again] They have a 15% off code good through Sunday. Enter "Lucky2013" at checkout.

Hope you feel better soon!

Regards,
C.
Now I am going to have to go and look at Fairytale Frocks and see what is new there! Can't wait to see pictures of the dragon.
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This thread has raged while I wasn't here. So many cute things, too many to count nevermind respond to all. But I am always so impressed with everyone's stuff.

I had to take a break from sewing so I could get my house packed up some to get it listed and be good enough to show. Almost done, the little things are killing me. Meanwhile, I had to start making my DD's Sailor Moon costume for Anime Con since it's coming up quick. I realized that when cutting it out we made a few mistakes but nothing that is not fixable. I didn't cut or even know it required netting for the skirt and we accidentally cut out a white sailor's collar instead of blue. It's been interesting to sew since I used shirting fabric for all of it.

Also, I know that most of you don't do Big 3 patterns but this one looks so cute and fun that I thought some of you might like it.

http://www.simplicity.com/p-8883-childs-top-skirt.aspx#
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Thanks for comments on the stabilizer, I will just order what I found on sale! Also I am looking for the tender touch, can't seem to find it online perhaps it isn't listed on line, but if someone has a link please post it~

Does anyone have any experience with either of these machines

Elna 2800 or Elna520

I visited the local sewing machine today and those are two that I looked at and liked. The elna 520 is computerized, hence a lot more money but.....

We also looked at the Janome 419s and the singer heavy duty 4423 both of which were okay.

I'm looking around to see if I can find a cheaper price but so far no luck.
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I am still MIA here it seems...I am at least lurking even if not posting!

Today is a kind of emotional day for me. Today marks the anniversary of my Grand Princess first surgery in the round of surgeries we went through last year. She was born with club foot and wore casts on her leg for the first six months of her life. When that didn't work she had her first surgery to reconstruct her heel. The heel was originally on the top of her foot. Before she was two she had had 3 more surgeries, and at least one every year after that until last year.

They removed a large section of bone and replaced it with a metal rod. So her foot would turn in the right direction) Then on the foot itself, they replaced one bone with another metal rod and some pins to hold it. On all the other surgeries she was always feeling better by the second or third day and was either crawling or walking around with her cast within a week. Last year was different. She had to be on so much pain that she was on Lortab constantly. At the three week mark, they discovered she had a bad infection in the bone and had to go in and remove more bone and infection ...this started the downward spiral. After that they were having to go in at least once a week to remove the infection. Having a 5 year old go into surgery once a week was pretty bad.
Somewhere around the 2 month mark, they decided to add a wound vac to help keep the infection away...this meant she had to go into surgery 3 times a week for the next 6 months! During that time she lost two more bones in her foot. There was a space of several months that we were hopeful that she would not loose her foot. She was on several different antibiotics. The wound would not heal.

The infection she had was in the same family as the flesh eating bacteria...but just enough different that it did not spread to other parts of her body. We were very lucky and thankful for that!

She has now been infection free for a little over a month, but will be on antibiotics for at least another year as a precaution. The wound has healed, but there is a large 'hole' where the infection was... at least a half inch deep and an inch or so around. Her foot is about three inches shorter than her other foot and will never grow because the bone that dies was part of her growth plates. She will have to have another surgery in about a year to have some spacers put in to lengthen her foot. This will have to be repeated every year or so until she stops growing.

Sorry... this was supposed to be a quick update...but then again I can never write just a little bit!

Other than her crazy limp, you would never know anything had ever happened and she is back to her wonderful crazy self! She is a bit upset that we are taking two trips to Disney this year and she only gets to go on one...but she is having fun planning the trip with us.

Last June we went to the beach...her favorite spot (next to Disney) and she still had the wound vac on so could not go in the water to play at the beach...so we promised her a do over. This year the WHOLE family is headed to the beach in August for her "birthday" ( a few days early...). We have rented a big beach house in Destin. She is REALLY excited about that!




Sorry so long...but if you count the number of words...it sort of makes up for not writing more often...LOL!

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Today is a kind of emotional day for me. Today marks the anniversary of my Grand Princess first surgery in the round of surgeries we went through last year. She was born with club foot and wore casts on her leg for the first six months of her life. When that didn't work she had her first surgery to reconstruct her heel. The heel was originally on the top of her foot. Before she was two she had had 3 more surgeries, and at least one every year after that until last year.

They removed a large section of bone and replaced it with a metal rod. So her foot would turn in the right direction) Then on the foot itself, they replaced one bone with another metal rod and some pins to hold it. On all the other surgeries she was always feeling better by the second or third day and was either crawling or walking around with her cast within a week. Last year was different. She had to be on so much pain that she was on Lortab constantly. At the three week mark, they discovered she had a bad infection in the bone and had to go in and remove more bone and infection ...this started the downward spiral. After that they were having to go in at least once a week to remove the infection. Having a 5 year old go into surgery once a week was pretty bad.
Somewhere around the 2 month mark, they decided to add a wound vac to help keep the infection away...this meant she had to go into surgery 3 times a week for the next 6 months! During that time she lost two more bones in her foot. There was a space of several months that we were hopeful that she would not loose her foot. She was on several different antibiotics. The wound would not heal.

The infection she had was in the same family as the flesh eating bacteria...but just enough different that it did not spread to other parts of her body. We were very lucky and thankful for that!

She has now been infection free for a little over a month, but will be on antibiotics for at least another year as a precaution. The wound has healed, but there is a large 'hole' where the infection was... at least a half inch deep and an inch or so around. Her foot is about three inches shorter than her other foot and will never grow because the bone that dies was part of her growth plates. She will have to have another surgery in about a year to have some spacers put in to lengthen her foot. This will have to be repeated every year or so until she stops growing.

Sorry... this was supposed to be a quick update...but then again I can never write just a little bit!

Other than her crazy limp, you would never know anything had ever happened and she is back to her wonderful crazy self! She is a bit upset that we are taking two trips to Disney this year and she only gets to go on one...but she is having fun planning the trip with us.

Last June we went to the beach...her favorite spot (next to Disney) and she still had the wound vac on so could not go in the water to play at the beach...so we promised her a do over. This year the WHOLE family is headed to the beach in August for her "birthday" ( a few days early...). We have rented a big beach house in Destin. She is REALLY excited about that!




Sorry so long...but if you count the number of words...it sort of makes up for not writing more often...LOL!

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I don't ever visit this forum, but was on here looking for "crafty ideas" for my DD's upcoming wish trip and saw your post. I am so sorry to hear about everything that your Grand Princess has been through. As a mother of a daughter with lots of health issues, hospitalizations, and surgeries, I know that our heart aches with every single thing that they go through. I'm praying for her continued health. So exciting about your Disney and Beach trips!
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So yesterday we were looking at the elna 520 that was at my local shop for $650. yes Pricey and WAY over budget for what I wanted, but I LOVED the computerized feature. I likely would not have gotten it but I liked the computer model, so easy! My mom brought in her old Kenmore to be serviced. It's over 30 years old and has NEVER been serviced. It needs some work and they estimated $100-$125 not bad, she could trade it in and get $50 off a new machine, but it is a good solid machine and works well so she wasn't sure. So last night my parents were talking and my dad agreed (Keep in mind I still live at home) that my mom could buy a new machine and that rather than ME buying a new machine, she would buy the new machine and I would pay for the service on her old one. We will both use the new machine and if we need it at the same time, she will use her old one.

Well we decided to go to another city today and look to see what they had. We found a better model of elna the 530 (more stitches and options) for $500! it was regularly $900 I think. It was a demo so he was selling for $500. so we got it! I am amazed at it. yesterday the lady at the first store showed us how the 520 could sew through 2 layers of denim no problem at all. The guy today laughed and sewed through 8 layers of denim! it looks like it was so smooth I'm excited!

We chatted about my PE770 and he was amazed at what a great deal I got! Anything he had that could compare was around $1500. We also found out that he used to work for Brother as a traveling service guy or something and he said to bring it to him for any servicing. I feel more confident in him than our local store, because he sells and services other brother machines. Our local store doesn't sell brothers at all.
He said when I was ready for a higher model, I could trade it in for just about what I paid for it if not more! I don't know if he was serious, but it is certainly something to consider somewhere down the line.
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QUESTION:

So apparently I was totally disillusioned! I thought that the PE770 came with the 4x4 and 5x7 hoops and could do those designs. I THOUGHT that if I got the bigger hoops I would be able to do bigger designs. Apparently I was wrong. anyways so that aside. A lot of people have mentioned hoop envy, and getting the eclipse set of hoops. What are reasons that people get the other set of hoops?

I need to decide if I really want to get the other hoops or not.
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So as an update to the carousel fabric I mentioned, I had to laugh. I didn't grab quotes, but thank you for all the suggestions on what to make with it. Only thing, is I hadn't actually bought it! I have bought so much material lately and not used it yet. I held off! She did like it tho. It was super cute. Today in the Fabric District lol ( A street in a town an hour away that just has store after store of fabrics) I DID purchase material for the underskirt and linings for V's new Mary Poppins dress. The one my mom made last year will be too small. AND she's gotten a lot better as have I so a new one is in order.

It was cute fabric, she liked it (of course she likes EVERYTHING!) so you never know!
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So yesterday we were looking at the elna 520 that was at my local shop for $650. yes Pricey and WAY over budget for what I wanted, but I LOVED the computerized feature. I likely would not have gotten it but I liked the computer model, so easy! My mom brought in her old Kenmore to be serviced. It's over 30 years old and has NEVER been serviced. It needs some work and they estimated $100-$125 not bad, she could trade it in and get $50 off a new machine, but it is a good solid machine and works well so she wasn't sure. So last night my parents were talking and my dad agreed (Keep in mind I still live at home) that my mom could buy a new machine and that rather than ME buying a new machine, she would buy the new machine and I would pay for the service on her old one. We will both use the new machine and if we need it at the same time, she will use her old one.

Well we decided to go to another city today and look to see what they had. We found a better model of elna the 530 (more stitches and options) for $500! it was regularly $900 I think. It was a demo so he was selling for $500. so we got it! I am amazed at it. yesterday the lady at the first store showed us how the 520 could sew through 2 layers of denim no problem at all. The guy today laughed and sewed through 8 layers of denim! it looks like it was so smooth I'm excited!

We chatted about my PE770 and he was amazed at what a great deal I got! Anything he had that could compare was around $1500. We also found out that he used to work for Brother as a traveling service guy or something and he said to bring it to him for any servicing. I feel more confident in him than our local store, because he sells and services other brother machines. Our local store doesn't sell brothers at all.
He said when I was ready for a higher model, I could trade it in for just about what I paid for it if not more! I don't know if he was serious, but it is certainly something to consider somewhere down the line.
Hi Erin,
Where is this store located? I am hoping it is between you and me so that I can take my machine there when it needs servicing as I don't like my local store either and I haven't found anyone else who will service it, not that I have looked around a lot either.

Is the Fabric District in T.O? I thought I knew all the places around here so it must be an hour from you in the other direction! Lol!
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