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post #161 of 397
hey ladies! my dh is buying me a sewing machine for my (thirtieth! eep!) bday. any tips on a good model for a beginner or what i should be looking for?? thanks!

eta: i was just looking through old threads on the sewing forum here and a couple of other places, was feeling overwhelmed, and tweeted that i was looking for a machine and did anyone have any tips etc -- then my friend tweeted back to say i could just have his girlfriend's! yes! sometimes the internet really rules. lol.
post #162 of 397
nice!

and what are you eeping save your eeping for your 70's


ahh, i borrowed some tools from a friend and got a lot of pruning done i've started a new round of seeds, which is unbelievably late, but i just need some kind of satisfaction in my garden! i do still have seeds coming up, at least. they may be weeds, but they're so slow i figure they aren't

we went to an old fashioned steam fair in london today, delightful.

i am on the verge, my little one hasn't nursed in a week and we are retiring the stroller so i can feel lots of possibilities coming on.

kind of day, as you can see.


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post #163 of 397
oh! oh! and the pruning tools were great for cutting up our bamboo and allium spears into short hollow pieces, and bundling them up to make bug + bee houses of course my little one wants me to make one that looks like a proper house, with a roof etc. i need more tools.

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post #164 of 397
brooklyn warbler -
My Grandmother has been a seamstress for MANY years and she says that you can't go wrong with a basic Kenmore sewing machine if your just doing basic clothes sewing. She said that when you go machine shoping take a piece of denim material with you, and see how many layers of denim the machine can handle. She said that you should be able to get at least 4-5 layers sewn through without the machine acting like it is an old woman. (her words)
Anyways I got mine off of craigslist, it is an older model but works great for me.
post #165 of 397
I love my Singer Confidence Quilter (Bday gift - the whole fam pitched in for it). That being said, my grandmother has an 45 year old Viking that is a BEAST. I mean this sucker will sew through anything, and she's sewn all her kids clothes on it through the years. It's heavy though! If you're looking to not have a designated sewing area, look for a lightweight machine, so you don't have to huff a metal monster around! (btdt, can you tell? )

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! I finally faced my fears and wrote out a complete list of what I need to do to finish off "moving in". Yuck. My whiteboard is full full full! Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work I go...
post #166 of 397
i got back to work on a major, and very neglected project : my own work...it feels great, but the house is utterly neglected

at least the children were out with my sitter for most of it so the house wasn't doubly trashed.

then i taught them how to iron, and we prepared some fabric/apron reconstruction made of very wrinkled linen, so we can start cutting. i'm doing the 'towel apron' though it isn't from a towel i think it will be very cute. i'm always pleased when my girls can learn some of these things. they helped to cut out the fabric too.

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post #167 of 397
that is super cute!!! My 5yo has been begging to learn to sew..I will have to save this as a good project to do with him one day in the future!
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i got back to work on a major, and very neglected project : my own work...it feels great, but the house is utterly neglected

at least the children were out with my sitter for most of it so the house wasn't doubly trashed.

then i taught them how to iron, and we prepared some fabric/apron reconstruction made of very wrinkled linen, so we can start cutting. i'm doing the 'towel apron' though it isn't from a towel i think it will be very cute. i'm always pleased when my girls can learn some of these things. they helped to cut out the fabric too.

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post #168 of 397
I also have a Viking sewing machine that I love. It might be a bit newer than the one nerdymom is talking about, because it isn't that huge.. but it is a very sturdy, reliable machine. I was heartbroken when I moved away from my mom and couldn't use hers anymore, and she bought me one just like it (from ebay)!
post #169 of 397
I have a Pfaff that I love, most of the time. It is a quilting machine, and I am a costumer. It just doesn't want to stand up when I am making heavy clothing such as corsets. It did sew my patchwork denim skirt just fine, so I think it might actually be a problem with the thread I was using.

I realized today that I am almost out of canned veggies, so it looks like I am off to try my hand at canning sooner than I thought. The local farmer's market is going on so I'll have some nice fresh veggies to preserve.
post #170 of 397
I have an old (like 30 years old) Singer that was my great-aunt's. I need to get it set up.

I have been harvesting some veggies from out garden. Plus I am in organization mode right now. I want to purge and declutter and find a home for everything. I plan to donate tons of stuff. I'm tired of waiting for DH to set up a yard sale, and I can't hold one myself with the 2 kids.
post #171 of 397
emski I have an old Singer too. It was my grandmother's. It's set up but I'm not very good at using it
post #172 of 397
i have my grandmother's singer too, back in canada. i love it, its gorgeous. i need to get it cleaned, though, it stopped working after a major project, probably just linty inside. there's another one, my other grandmother's, which is a singer as well, the kind you push with your foot or your knee, i think! it is a table unto itself. here i have a brown singer, i haven't quite got it set up though i'm dying to start sewing. i must get on that!!

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post #173 of 397

any wool spinners?

Do any of you mamas dye and spin wool? Is it hard? What supplies are needed? I have always wanted to get into spinning. Since I am now living near a ton of sheep and alpaca farms I would love to give it a whirl.
post #174 of 397
hi, started following this thread and you now have me hooked.

I embraced my more traditional self a few years ago when we moved into our current house. Our house was built in 1910 but it really has a 30's, 40's feel.

I am reading about rag rugs so once I finish making my girls some dresses I will get to rugs. Makes me all happy to know I can do these things. I know my sewing skills aren't as good as others but I am learning and improving everyday.

I have been putting up food for winter. So far I have black raspberry jam, swiss chard and peas frozen. Plus soup fixins, which means odds and ends in a bag with onion, garlic and parsley.
post #175 of 397


this reminds me I need to make some black raspberry syrup before I forget! hopefully the deer didn't get the last of the berries! we did have a hug pea crop this year too.. so we froze a bunch.

what kind of rugs will you make?

I would love to make a penny rug. (a big one!) I also would love to crochet a rug with recycled fabric. Has anyone done this?

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hi, started following this thread and you now have me hooked.

I embraced my more traditional self a few years ago when we moved into our current house. Our house was built in 1910 but it really has a 30's, 40's feel.

I am reading about rag rugs so once I finish making my girls some dresses I will get to rugs. Makes me all happy to know I can do these things. I know my sewing skills aren't as good as others but I am learning and improving everyday.

I have been putting up food for winter. So far I have black raspberry jam, swiss chard and peas frozen. Plus soup fixins, which means odds and ends in a bag with onion, garlic and parsley.
post #176 of 397
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Originally Posted by artparent View Post
i have my grandmother's singer too, back in canada. i love it, its gorgeous. i need to get it cleaned, though, it stopped working after a major project, probably just linty inside. there's another one, my other grandmother's, which is a singer as well, the kind you push with your foot or your knee, i think! it is a table unto itself. here i have a brown singer, i haven't quite got it set up though i'm dying to start sewing. i must get on that!!

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Ooh, a treadle machine, where they are built into the table? Nice. My grandmother has one, but it is not in working order. If you can get yours up and running you will have to let me know how you like it. I hear it is supposed to be very soothing and zen-like once you get into the rhythm of working the treadle.

I unpacked my knitting needles finally! And now I am knitting DS a sweater. I'm just making it out of some Sugar'n'Cream cotton yarn. I'd love to make it out of a nice soft cotton or wool, but don't have any yarn money atm, so I am using what I have on hand. This will be my first sweater, indeed the first knitting I've done from a pattern. I'm making it size 2T so that it' sure to fit him. I figure if he's wearing 18 months this summer, he'll be close to 2T by fall.

Today I make bread. And I'm going to try and "catch" a yeast so I can do my own sourdoughs.
post #177 of 397
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Originally Posted by artparent View Post
there's another one, my other grandmother's, which is a singer as well, the kind you push with your foot or your knee, i think! it is a table unto itself. here i have a brown singer, i haven't quite got it set up though i'm dying to start sewing. i must get on that!!
that's the kind i have, too.
post #178 of 397
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
Do any of you mamas dye and spin wool? Is it hard? What supplies are needed? I have always wanted to get into spinning. Since I am now living near a ton of sheep and alpaca farms I would love to give it a whirl.
i picked up a nice drop spindle on etsy a few monthes before dd was born but still havent had a chance to start working with it seriously. apparantly it's easy, i know someone who can't even knit or crochet but likes to spin wool for others to use.

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post #179 of 397
I'm very interested. I'm subbing, and I'll be back later with an intro when I don't have to run.
post #180 of 397
Well I've been sewing. The house is a disaster, but I've got a nice little stack of newborn sized fitted diapers awaiting the final aplix application! I love tiny diapers
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