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Old 04-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #3466
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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.

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!
Ha! I'm the mom that Internet meme "hey you mom with the iPhone ignoring your kids growing up" is about. They won't let me use the computer or do anything productive when they're awake but I can sneak in phone stuff. Mama needs a break sometimes! I guess some people are able to devote their attention to their kids 24/7 but I'm not those people!

I think if I did more dresses w/ flat areas I could use both at once but the back part of the t-shirts needs constant vigilance and I'm afraid I'll screw up more than I'll get done trying to do two at a time.

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Ha! I'm the mom that Internet meme "hey you mom with the iPhone ignoring your kids growing up" is about. They won't let me use the computer or do anything productive when they're awake but I can sneak in phone stuff. Mama needs a break sometimes! I guess some people are able to devote their attention to their kids 24/7 but I'm not those people!

I think if I did more dresses w/ flat areas I could use both at once but the back part of the t-shirts needs constant vigilance and I'm afraid I'll screw up more than I'll get done trying to do two at a time.

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http://friedokra4me.blogspot.com/201...-i-get-it.html is much more realistic than the other I think. I choose to believe that my kids will not be scarred for life just because I don't pay attention to them every minute of every day.

I'm contemplating getting this machine. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...E-400/14237607 I know everyone talks about hoop envy and I'm sure I'll experience it but I want a sewing machine that does more than just the straight stitch that the vintage machine I'm borrowing does and I want an embroidery machine as well. With limited space in my craft zone, I think a combo machine is best and my momma gets a 10% discount from Walmart so the price is within my budget. Looking forward to tax season finally being over and having more crafting time!
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A quick drive-by posting to share this cute dress I just finished for a friend's baby to wear to Disney next month. She will be 7 months, and this looks huge, but the baby is affectionately known as "chunk" since and is already wearing 9-12 months. I made the portrait peasant in size 1, I guess I will have to wait to see how it fits her.


And a set I made for my husband's coworker who just had a baby boy and is a HUGE football fan. The birth announcement was deigned to look like he was the newest recruit for the Chicago bears so I think they will like it. Now if it could just warm up to romper weather around here.



And another project I am working on, this is a top, another portrait peasant, this will go under the Irelyns Peekaboo Ruffle dress, which I wanted to get done for the contest Fairytale designs is having on FB, but it has to be done by the 19th I think and I have only cut out the dress, not started assembly at all. I just LOVE how big the design is! Can't get used to that. I am doing this for another friend who has boy/girl twins who are going for their 3d birthday in sept, and having their birthday breakfast at Crystal Palace. The peasant top is just for layering since it will be a lot more convenient for rides and such the rest of the day w/o a big frilly dress.

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A few changes in my status from my last post. Aunt wants machine back so no machine for me. Plus, My Dad picked up a machine "on the side of the road" and now, somehow, he is getting my Singer too. I guess that gives me a new thing to "yard sale" for this year.

All of the drawers are there, the other two of them were in the kitchen being sorted out by us two. We found tons of fun things in the drawers including lots of original feet. Singer's Serial Number list says his machine is 1910 but on the Singer's "Tell Us your Story" says it was 1919 so something if off there.




He paid $25 for it, talked the guy down from $30. It has 2 rufflers and a few more feet than what is pictured here plus about 50 buttons and a WWII war ration token. Now he wants my machine to put in the table until he gets the one he bought restored. He plans on re-doing the table and getting the machine back to pristine. I have a few pages to print out for him so he can get started.
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A few changes in my status from my last post. Aunt wants machine back so no machine for me. Plus, My Dad picked up a machine "on the side of the road" and now, somehow, he is getting my Singer too. I guess that gives me a new thing to "yard sale" for this year.

All of the drawers are there, the other two of them were in the kitchen being sorted out by us two. We found tons of fun things in the drawers including lots of original feet. Singer's Serial Number list says his machine is 1910 but on the Singer's "Tell Us your Story" says it was 1919 so something if off there.




He paid $25 for it, talked the guy down from $30. It has 2 rufflers and a few more feet than what is pictured here plus about 50 buttons and a WWII war ration token. Now he wants my machine to put in the table until he gets the one he bought restored. He plans on re-doing the table and getting the machine back to pristine. I have a few pages to print out for him so he can get started.
My mom has a completely restored table just like that and a classic singer that I don't know if she's ever even tried to use. If she were speaking to me I'd ask her about it but I'm a terrible daughter and worse parent. :/

I'm sure it'll be great once it's returned to glory but it does sound like you're getting the short end of all there deals.

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My mom has a completely restored table just like that and a classic singer that I don't know if she's ever even tried to use. If she were speaking to me I'd ask her about it but I'm a terrible daughter and worse parent. :/

I'm sure it'll be great once it's returned to glory but it does sound like you're getting the short end of all there deals.

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I'm contemplating getting this machine. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...E-400/14237607 I know everyone talks about hoop envy and I'm sure I'll experience it but I want a sewing machine that does more than just the straight stitch that the vintage machine I'm borrowing does and I want an embroidery machine as well. With limited space in my craft zone, I think a combo machine is best and my momma gets a 10% discount from Walmart so the price is within my budget. Looking forward to tax season finally being over and having more crafting time!
The SE 400 is what Chiara had when she started posting here. I think she liked it other than the hoop envy part. I still maintain that you can do a lot with a 4x4 embroidery field - you just need to be a little bit more creative and/or patient at times. In my opinion, Brother makes pretty good sewing machines given the price point.

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A quick drive-by posting to share this cute dress I just finished for a friend's baby to wear to Disney next month. She will be 7 months, and this looks huge, but the baby is affectionately known as "chunk" since and is already wearing 9-12 months. I made the portrait peasant in size 1, I guess I will have to wait to see how it fits her.


And a set I made for my husband's coworker who just had a baby boy and is a HUGE football fan. The birth announcement was deigned to look like he was the newest recruit for the Chicago bears so I think they will like it. Now if it could just warm up to romper weather around here.



And another project I am working on, this is a top, another portrait peasant, this will go under the Irelyns Peekaboo Ruffle dress, which I wanted to get done for the contest Fairytale designs is having on FB, but it has to be done by the 19th I think and I have only cut out the dress, not started assembly at all. I just LOVE how big the design is! Can't get used to that. I am doing this for another friend who has boy/girl twins who are going for their 3d birthday in sept, and having their birthday breakfast at Crystal Palace. The peasant top is just for layering since it will be a lot more convenient for rides and such the rest of the day w/o a big frilly dress.

Looks like you have been busy! I guess you decided not to use the piece with Emmmett (with the extra "m")?

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A few changes in my status from my last post. Aunt wants machine back so no machine for me. Plus, My Dad picked up a machine "on the side of the road" and now, somehow, he is getting my Singer too. I guess that gives me a new thing to "yard sale" for this year.

All of the drawers are there, the other two of them were in the kitchen being sorted out by us two. We found tons of fun things in the drawers including lots of original feet. Singer's Serial Number list says his machine is 1910 but on the Singer's "Tell Us your Story" says it was 1919 so something if off there.




He paid $25 for it, talked the guy down from $30. It has 2 rufflers and a few more feet than what is pictured here plus about 50 buttons and a WWII war ration token. Now he wants my machine to put in the table until he gets the one he bought restored. He plans on re-doing the table and getting the machine back to pristine. I have a few pages to print out for him so he can get started.
So sorry to hear about your machine situation. I hope you won't be without your machine for too long - it sure sounds frustrating!
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I haven't shared my projects in a while so here are a few things I worked on the last few weeks:

First, we have a shirt for a Give:


I also worked on a couple of shirts for one of my co-workers:



I got the Sweet and Sassy Apron pattern from YMCT when they had the $5 pattern sale. This is a bridal shower gift for a young woman who is very much a Disney fan. She was looking at Minnie aprons the last time we met up at Disney World.


And I used up the remaining fabric from that piece to make a Lucy Halter top for myself (thus continuing my line of Minnie-inspired Sis Boom outfits)


Since it is snowing outside, I decided I want to make a pair of long pants. This is a pair of adult Easy Fits with some Disney fun


With the snow (we are expecting like 4 inches of snow), I also thought it would be nice to make something for spring so I can look forward to warmer temperatures. I figured one can never be too old for butt ruffles so I made this using Lisa's Audery Ruffle skirt pattern:



Thanks for looking!

Also, we are officially planning a December trip! We booked the plane tickets the other day (using a loyalty program points so we only had to pay taxes and fees - mind you, just the taxes and fees are higher than what some of you pay in total!). We also made a room only reservation at POFQ, but we are certainly keeping an eye out for any discounts. We stayed at POFQ in the past and it is our second choice for an onsite resort. I am just happy that I have that much time to plan the outfits for the trip!
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After seeing this set I decided to make one of these for the new baby. Love your version it is so cute.
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I haven't shared my projects in a while so here are a few things I worked on the last few weeks:

First, we have a shirt for a Give:


I also worked on a couple of shirts for one of my co-workers:



I got the Sweet and Sassy Apron pattern from YMCT when they had the $5 pattern sale. This is a bridal shower gift for a young woman who is very much a Disney fan. She was looking at Minnie aprons the last time we met up at Disney World.


And I used up the remaining fabric from that piece to make a Lucy Halter top for myself (thus continuing my line of Minnie-inspired Sis Boom outfits)


Since it is snowing outside, I decided I want to make a pair of long pants. This is a pair of adult Easy Fits with some Disney fun


With the snow (we are expecting like 4 inches of snow), I also thought it would be nice to make something for spring so I can look forward to warmer temperatures. I figured one can never be too old for butt ruffles so I made this using Lisa's Audery Ruffle skirt pattern:



Thanks for looking!

Also, we are officially planning a December trip! We booked the plane tickets the other day (using a royalty program points so we only had to pay taxes and fees - mind you, just the taxes and fees are higher than what some of you pay in total!). We also made a room only reservation at POFQ, but we are certainly keeping an eye out for any discounts. We stayed at POFQ in the past and it is our second choice for an onsite resort. I am just happy that I have that much time to plan the outfits for the trip!

Flora I love the items you made for you. They are so cool. I love the Halter.
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Flora! I love that!

I have to ask...what font did you use on the McQueen ?

Also, I wish I could get away with but ruffles...but mine is so big ...and I would be ruffling yards and YARDS!


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hi everyone QUESTION

Does any know where i can get a pooh design of multiple characters. i have looked at Heather Sue and she has all he characters separate but i am hoping to find an appliquee of more than one of them something like the group christmas design.

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Does any know where i can get a pooh design of multiple characters. i have looked at Heather Sue and she has all he characters separate but i am hoping to find an appliquee of more than one of them something like the group christmas design.

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I have not seen one...the problem you run into is the teeny tiny pieces of fabric you would need to make it work as an applique...after you add the satin stitch not a lot of the fabric would show up...

If you find one I would be very careful with the cutting...because the satin stitch will be very tiny and might not cover all the fabric well...meaning it would fray very easily...


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I haven't shared my projects in a while so here are a few things I worked on the last few weeks:

First, we have a shirt for a Give:


I also worked on a couple of shirts for one of my co-workers:



I got the Sweet and Sassy Apron pattern from YMCT when they had the $5 pattern sale. This is a bridal shower gift for a young woman who is very much a Disney fan. She was looking at Minnie aprons the last time we met up at Disney World.


And I used up the remaining fabric from that piece to make a Lucy Halter top for myself (thus continuing my line of Minnie-inspired Sis Boom outfits)


Since it is snowing outside, I decided I want to make a pair of long pants. This is a pair of adult Easy Fits with some Disney fun


With the snow (we are expecting like 4 inches of snow), I also thought it would be nice to make something for spring so I can look forward to warmer temperatures. I figured one can never be too old for butt ruffles so I made this using Lisa's Audery Ruffle skirt pattern:



Thanks for looking!

Also, we are officially planning a December trip! We booked the plane tickets the other day (using a royalty program points so we only had to pay taxes and fees - mind you, just the taxes and fees are higher than what some of you pay in total!). We also made a room only reservation at POFQ, but we are certainly keeping an eye out for any discounts. We stayed at POFQ in the past and it is our second choice for an onsite resort. I am just happy that I have that much time to plan the outfits for the trip!
I love everything you made. I saw the Mine Mine Mine shirt on Angel's thread and I love it. When we were at Art of Animation they have some huge seagulls that say Mine Mine Mine occasionally as you walk by, my kids thought that was the best. Last week in the car one said, "Do you remember when we saw those geese and they said mine at the hotel at Disneyworld?" Um, close. But to all the naysayers who said taking 3 year olds to Disney was a waste because they won't remember I say phooey! They remember EVERYTHING.

I am pseudo planning another trip for my boys' birthday, which is the 1st week of november. Last year we went the end of October since we were trying to get them in as under-3, but I found that going the 1st week in november we can swing both the halloween and christmas parties. Which shouldn't confuse the little ones at all! Of course I haven't mentioned my plan to my husband, who actually has to take the time off work and stuff, but I have been checking out crowd calendars and dreaming of outfits for my kids...

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The Minnie and Daisy in the teacup came from Miss Kenzie Mac, I thought it was a perfect baby dress design.

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Flora! I love that!

I have to ask...what font did you use on the McQueen ?

Also, I wish I could get away with but ruffles...but mine is so big ...and I would be ruffling yards and YARDS!


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Ha! I was thinking the same thing! Maybe not too old for ruffles, but certainly too large. I try not to draw any additional attention back there. One of my sons told me recently I have "a lot of Butt."

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hi everyone QUESTION

Does any know where i can get a pooh design of multiple characters. i have looked at Heather Sue and she has all he characters separate but i am hoping to find an appliquee of more than one of them something like the group christmas design.

thanks
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You can get a fill only one from ibroidery.com, but I agree w/ nini applique would be teeny tiny.

So yesterday's naptime project, besides finishing up the Minnie dress, was learning how to rolled hem on my serger. I enrolled in the Craftsy class to learn the serger but I haven't had time to sit down and do it, so I found just a tutorial online. After a short trial and error I figured it out and it was GORGEOUS.

Then I ran out of thread on one spool (I wasn't using the cones, I wound bobbins of a color I wanted which was a tip I found on Pinterest and one I will not use again!) So I tried the tie-on method and 2/3 threads broke, so I ended up completely re-threading from scratch, several times. And for the next hour and a half I got nothing but this:


So I went to bed. Too much frustration. Starting fresh today, though my husband had a meeting today at 7 a.m. So on his day off he was gone before the sun (stupid retail) and tomorrow I have a dentist appt so I am losing valuable husband-days-off productivity.

I am trying so hard to get the Peek-a-boo ruffle dress done, it is great for me to have a deadline of their contest to actually complete something, learn my serger, etc. But man is it frustrating. In the meantime I used the ENTIRE spool of blue thread I bought yesterday, so I need to buy more, but you'd better believe I am buying the cones! (The dress is super cute, and it seems to be going together easily, despite my serger woes. I think it would make an adorable princess dress in nearly any princess color scheme.)

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Flora I love the items you made for you. They are so cool. I love the Halter.
Thanks Chiara. The halter actually provided more coverage and support than I thought. I may be making more of those with mods to cover just a touch more.

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Flora! I love that!

I have to ask...what font did you use on the McQueen ?

Also, I wish I could get away with but ruffles...but mine is so big ...and I would be ruffling yards and YARDS!


Nini
Thanks Nini. I believe the font is the Mission: Space font. I downloaded a whole bunch of Disney font and that one just had the right look for cars. I just plopped it into Brother's SE Design program (which I got at a significant discount when I bought Genie). I am happy to do some name digitizing for you if you want since it literally takes me a minute to do (and this offer is open to anyone on this thread).

Let's see if anyone will say anything about the size of my behind when I wear the skirt. Certainly mine isn't as ruffly as it could have been (since I am too lazy to join strips). I am debating if I want to make a similar skirt with a Disney-inspired theme for my trip.

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hi everyone QUESTION

Does any know where i can get a pooh design of multiple characters. i have looked at Heather Sue and she has all he characters separate but i am hoping to find an appliquee of more than one of them something like the group christmas design.

thanks
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I agree with Nini that applique with a group will mean small pieces of fabric, unless you have a huge hoop and combine multiple 4x4 designs.

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I love everything you made. I saw the Mine Mine Mine shirt on Angel's thread and I love it. When we were at Art of Animation they have some huge seagulls that say Mine Mine Mine occasionally as you walk by, my kids thought that was the best. Last week in the car one said, "Do you remember when we saw those geese and they said mine at the hotel at Disneyworld?" Um, close. But to all the naysayers who said taking 3 year olds to Disney was a waste because they won't remember I say phooey! They remember EVERYTHING.

I am pseudo planning another trip for my boys' birthday, which is the 1st week of november. Last year we went the end of October since we were trying to get them in as under-3, but I found that going the 1st week in november we can swing both the halloween and christmas parties. Which shouldn't confuse the little ones at all! Of course I haven't mentioned my plan to my husband, who actually has to take the time off work and stuff, but I have been checking out crowd calendars and dreaming of outfits for my kids...

Ha! I was thinking the same thing! Maybe not too old for ruffles, but certainly too large. I try not to draw any additional attention back there. One of my sons told me recently I have "a lot of Butt."

So yesterday's naptime project, besides finishing up the Minnie dress, was learning how to rolled hem on my serger. I enrolled in the Craftsy class to learn the serger but I haven't had time to sit down and do it, so I found just a tutorial online. After a short trial and error I figured it out and it was GORGEOUS.

Then I ran out of thread on one spool (I wasn't using the cones, I wound bobbins of a color I wanted which was a tip I found on Pinterest and one I will not use again!) So I tried the tie-on method and 2/3 threads broke, so I ended up completely re-threading from scratch, several times. And for the next hour and a half I got nothing but this:


So I went to bed. Too much frustration. Starting fresh today, though my husband had a meeting today at 7 a.m. So on his day off he was gone before the sun (stupid retail) and tomorrow I have a dentist appt so I am losing valuable husband-days-off productivity.

I am trying so hard to get the Peek-a-boo ruffle dress done, it is great for me to have a deadline of their contest to actually complete something, learn my serger, etc. But man is it frustrating. In the meantime I used the ENTIRE spool of blue thread I bought yesterday, so I need to buy more, but you'd better believe I am buying the cones! (The dress is super cute, and it seems to be going together easily, despite my serger woes. I think it would make an adorable princess dress in nearly any princess color scheme.)

Jen
Thanks Jen. I agree that kids remember lots of stuff even when they are young. Besides, I figured the trips are just as much for the parents as they are for the kids! I guess your kids thought seagulls and geese are the same because they both make noises? I used to have geese sitting outside my office window in the spring and summer and they were noisy! I am so glad I work at a different office now.

It would be cool if you can get away for a birthday trip for the boys!

Maybe "a lot of butt" is a good thing to your kids? (By the way, that just reminds me of Finding Nemo!) I remember telling my mom that I liked her tummy because it was soft. I am sure she didn't appreciate it at the time!

Your rolled hem looks beautiful. I have done both rolled hem on the serger and narrow hem on the sewing machine. My personal preference is the narrow hem (looks more professional to me somehow). I hope you can get the serger re-threaded and make nice rolled hem again. Oh, and don't forget to switch the setting back to serging when you are done. I forgot to do that once and it made a mess when I tried to use the serger to finish seams.
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