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post #21 of 104

That's my problem, too, TalkToMeNow. I have a sewing machine but have only used it a few times in the past 12+ years. I don't think I'd remember how to thread the darn thing. irked.gif Last time I tried, I think I must've left out one step because whenever I'd start sewing, the thread would come out of the needle and I got so frustrated! I wonder if I can still find instructions for such an old machine... It would be fun to make a simple baby blanket! I hope to someday be ambitious enough to make my own cloth diapers too.

post #22 of 104
Learning to thread is intimidating at first, but once you have good instuctions in front of you (your manual, youtube, whatever) its really not so bad. It won't take long before its as automatic as tying your shoe.

Thread coming out of the needle might not mean something is wrong. That happens to me all the time. I sometimes will, right before I start sewing, hold onto the thread tail and manually lower the needle to make sure the thread doesn't escape!
post #23 of 104


What helps me is to make sure the thread tail is long enough, and then manually lowering (with the wheel- not sure the technical name, lol) the needle into the fabric before starting.  That way the thread is already in the fabric, otherwise when the needle starts going the tension pulls on the thread and often pulls it out.  

 

 

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That's my problem, too, TalkToMeNow. I have a sewing machine but have only used it a few times in the past 12+ years. I don't think I'd remember how to thread the darn thing. irked.gif Last time I tried, I think I must've left out one step because whenever I'd start sewing, the thread would come out of the needle and I got so frustrated! I wonder if I can still find instructions for such an old machine... It would be fun to make a simple baby blanket! I hope to someday be ambitious enough to make my own cloth diapers too.



 

post #24 of 104

Ooo, good tip! Thanks!

post #25 of 104

How come none of the JoAnns around me have the diaper making stuff?  

post #26 of 104

Did you ask them specifically for "babyville boutique"? some might be confused, maybe? I know not all have it though. If you have hobby lobby sometime in october ALL hobby lobbies are supposed to get it!

post #27 of 104

The babyville stuff is also with the notions, not the fabric.

post #28 of 104

Wishing I had time to futz with my sewing machine, but I've mostly been knitting. I've made a Baby Surprise jacket, and matching hat, though the hat seems really big. I've made a pair of booties. And I've been working on a massive baby blanket (3.5 ft by 3.5 ft) out of yarn leftovers and single skeins, all from my stash. I have 6 inches to go, and am just about out of all of the smaller balls I was using, so it's working out great. 

 

I'll try and take some pictures and post them soon. 

 

I don't know how much of the list I'll get done, if any, but I still want to make at least one more hat, a kicking bag, at least one pair of longies, and a couple pairs of mitts. Mostly out of stash yarn, though I might try and get something softer for the hat and mitts. 

 

I also really would like to make a mobile for this baby, so that I can swap out the mobile objects. I'll make high-contrast black and white objects for the first few months (possibly the faces of family members), and then maybe some brightly coloured birds for the older months. 

 

I have a number of home-based projects to work on in the next little while too, like sewing curtains for DD's room, the living room, the kitchen, and all of our closet doors (oh, I guess I need to futz with the machine after all) though once we are unpacked, I'll likely get DH set up to do the actual sewing. He likes doing long straight seams, which I find boring. 

 

I also have all the supplies I need to make a circular braided rug out of old t-shirts. Though this seems to be a pipe-dream project at the moment. 

 

 

post #29 of 104

Wow KayPea, those are some great projects you're working on! If you ever run out of things to do, feel free to visit us in Wisconsin and teach me how to do some of that. lol.gif

post #30 of 104
I'm working on a blanket too, Kaypea. I'm making it big enough to be the crib blanket. I'm about 10" in and I've hit a slump! Gotta keep going, though.
post #31 of 104
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Wow KayPea, those are some great projects you're working on! If you ever run out of things to do, feel free to visit us in Wisconsin and teach me how to do some of that. lol.gif



What can I say? I'm a project kind of person. I do love teaching other people, but I think Wisconsin is a little out of my range. Not that I'll ever run out of things to do... this is actually a fraction of my master list.



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I'm working on a blanket too, Kaypea. I'm making it big enough to be the crib blanket. I'm about 10" in and I've hit a slump! Gotta keep going, though.

 


I started this blanket when I was 12 weeks along - so I've been working on it for 5 months now. I left lots of time to allow for many a slump! i think I put it down for over a month at one point. The reason I like working on it though is because it's just garter stitch (just straight up knit, knit, knit, knit, no fancy things) I can work on it anywhere - on the bus, at playgroup, in front of the TV, and I can pick it up and put it down at any point. Perfect for a busy life with a toddler. 

 

Good luck with your blanket! 

 

post #32 of 104
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Originally Posted by KayPea View Post

What can I say? I'm a project kind of person. I do love teaching other people, but I think Wisconsin is a little out of my range. Not that I'll ever run out of things to do... this is actually a fraction of my master list.

 

I started this blanket when I was 12 weeks along - so I've been working on it for 5 months now. I left lots of time to allow for many a slump! i think I put it down for over a month at one point. The reason I like working on it though is because it's just garter stitch (just straight up knit, knit, knit, knit, no fancy things) I can work on it anywhere - on the bus, at playgroup, in front of the TV, and I can pick it up and put it down at any point. Perfect for a busy life with a toddler. 

 

Good luck with your blanket! 

 


After knitting seven soakers in a row, I was ready for something simple. The blanket is a relief! I actually wish I would have picked an even easier pattern. RS is all knit, but WS is k3 p3. So I have to pay a little bit of attention on every other row. But mostly, it is a great project for watching tv, watching the girls at practices or the park, etc. I should have started earlier to make room for the slumps! Now I'm going to have to just push through to get this thing done. :)

 

post #33 of 104
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I'm still plugging away on H's hexagon blanket in rainbow colors since he's my rainbow baby
post #34 of 104

Wanted to post a pic of Jasper's diaper covers all together. Hopefully it's enough to get us through a few months. smile.gif

 

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post #35 of 104

Aww, so cute! You made them yourself?! Wow! thumb.gif

post #36 of 104
Those soakers are darling, talk to me now. Did you use a different pattern for each?
post #37 of 104

Thanks guys!
 

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Those soakers are darling, talk to me now. Did you use a different pattern for each?


It's actually three different patterns. Two of them just have options for the finishing, so they look a bit different. 

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post #39 of 104

I found a super simple newborn hat pattern here: http://tiedyedivadesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/free-baby-knot-hat-pattern-and-tutorial.html cute and easy! I made 2 today and its one of those projects where cutting the fabric takes longer than the sewing. I probably spent like 5 minutes sewing each one?! I'd like to try making a couple that are lined so the seam doesn't bug that sweet brand new baby head :) 

post #40 of 104

Ohhh, I love the little detail on the pink hat.  I'm totally going to try it!
 

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For all you crocheters- I found these cute tutorials on Pinterest.  I knit, otherwise I'd be all over these!

 

http://vallieskids.blogspot.com/2009/06/olivias-butterfly.html  (free pattern)

 

(pattern for purchase- she has many cute ones in her store)  http://www.etsy.com/listing/69342341/2-crochet-pattern-set-happy-hippo-cap?ref=sr_gallery_38&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=stuffed+hippo&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade



 

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