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post #21 of 169
Neuromancer - So cool! I got mine at Goodwill and between what I paid for it there and what it cost to get it up and running I still came out ahead and I've got a cabinet for it too. Mine's pretty old (1950s) and only does a straight stitch (though it has reverse) w/out specific attachments, but it seems to do the job perfectly!
post #22 of 169
Thread Starter 
I got mine used on Ebay, its a 1970's Bernina, came from the Original Owner...I still haven't used all the feet that came with it...I'm sure it would be a good idea for me to get to know "her" better...never thought of naming her until the last post

Well, my special Rayon I got in Portland at a natural fiber fabric shop is in the dryer...I am committed to turning it into a flowy A line skirt with longer edges....maybe I will do 4 panels for more spin...?

I also decided to make a simple curtain today, tomorrow I am going to just hem it and sew the casing for the curtain rod.

I wrote a list today for what I want to make for Christmas gifts...for dd I am going to make a really cute dress from a pattern...I casually asked her what she thought of some fabric and she said ooh, great for a dress, use this for the top and this for the bottom..lol..I made both of us dresses from an online tutorial...so no pattern, a pretty standard 6 panel lace back hippy style dress...anyway, this one she got very excited about when she saw the pattern...its cute...I'm nervous to make it...the pattern says easy...she forgot about it so it will be a surprise, a good one I hope!

I'm happy this thread has two whole pages I dont usually start threads around here much.

blessings~
post #23 of 169
mystic~mama - So cool that you got it from the original owner!! After I get through making Christmas presents my next project will be to get the treadle machine my great-grandmother (on my mom's side) used to own up and running. My mom had three of them "fixed up" for me and my sisters...not the machine but the cabinet. I'm hoping I can get the machine in my cabinet switched out with the one in my sister's cabinet as mine doesn't have any attachments and very little by way of bobbins and such if you wanted to use it.

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I made both of us dresses from an online tutorial...so no pattern, a pretty standard 6 panel lace back hippy style dress...
Do you still have the link for this? I usually stick with pretty simple things, but at some point I'd like to make some clothes. I'm definitely inspired by the lists - so many neat ideas!
post #24 of 169
oh I'll join you. I tend to go in spurts. I'll sew til I get frustrated and want to chuck the machines out the window LOL then quit for weeks, days, months - depending on the project in who its for.

-2 baby blankets that are somehow turning into blasted quilts
-a school puch, pencil roll, zip bag for friends dd
-3 dresses
-tons of pants to hem
-shower curtain (still looking for remaining fabric)

for the shower curtain I was going to just hem the top and put button holes as I have hooks already. I want to find blue/orange/tan fabric w/ either a nature theme (tree, not crazy flowers) or dots, stripes or something along those lines.
post #25 of 169
Uhm...my list is ridiculous and embarrassingly long...

I just finished up a sweatshirt for ds2, sweatpants for ds1, and a full sweatsuit for ds3. I have plans for a vest to go with ds1's pants. He could use another pair of pants and possibly a shirt to go with them too.

I made a sleeper for the baby, but the stupid snaps broke and now I have to fix it. I made a hat to go with it and a random pair of booties that will hopefully have a matching outfit at some point?? Also have to repair several things that were ds3's as a newborn.

I have most of a set of over-alls cut out of an old flannel shirt of DH's for ds3.

We just got a co-sleeper from a friend for ds3, to give us a bit more space for the new little one. Over the weekend I made a flat and fitted sheet for it. I'm still working on stuffing the pillow I'm making for it. Carding the wool is going slowly. Once it's done I'll make a matching pillow case and then another set of sheets and hopefully a quilt.

I've had a quilt in progress for ds2 for way too long now. I really want to pull it back out, but I keep thinking of other things I need to do first.

Halloween- I told the older boys that they were on their own for making costumes....and then promptly went and bought the supplies to make most of ds1s! Because apparently I'm just that goofy. It's a long story, but it will basically be a set of long-johns. He's being Peter Pan and I realized that he needed pjs anyway and I happened to be at the fabric store, where I spotted some bright green cotton jersey 40% off and...well the rest is obvious!

Ds3 is too little to make his own costume. He's being a forest child. I'm knitting the top. But will have to whip up some quick pants to go with it. I think I'll be hand-sewing his mushroom cap hat.

There will be christmas pajamas for all of the little ones (4 this year!).

I'm sewing ds3 a waldorf doll for Christmas.

I'm planning on having a blessing ceremony for both ds3 and the new baby. I have the patterns and fabric for a gown and an over-alls/shirt/hat set.

Sweater pants for the two little ones.

1/2 dozen tie diapers

wool sleep sacks

the colored pencil roll that I forgot I promised ds2 last week.

2-3 sets of long-johns for ds3

Curtains for ds1 and ds2's room, floor pillows for their room

oodles of random baby things

need I continue?? I don't know what part of my brain makes me think that I'm capable of doing even half of this stuff! lol By hey, I've got a whole 9 weeks before *my* baby comes, so that makes it all reasonable, now doesn't it?

Don't even ask about my knitting list! lol
post #26 of 169
So i have been getting stuff done, but i am nearing baby time. (guess those dipes need to go to the top of the list)

Some one asked about sewing machines- I have a Janome embriodery machine, a cheap singer from walmart, a singer serger, and i technically own my grandmas sewing machine from the 1920s, but it is big and sitting in her basement. and i recently gave my mom an old brother i had around for a while. Overall i use the Janome everyday, it is a good quality machine (better be for what i paid for it)
post #27 of 169
Oh fun! I wanna play.

I'm just finishing stuff for dd and I to wear to the highland games tomorrow.
I made a plaid ring sling and I'll wear it with 2 simple gathered skirts and a chemise I'd made a while ago. I'm skipping the bodice because it would make breastfeeding too difficult.

For dd I made a chemise by modifying this pattern for a 7 month old. I also made a jumper out of the same fabric as my ring sling and a 3 piece coif.

The jumper was so easy that I have 3 more planned. One in corduroy one in linen and one in calico cotton.

I also just bought some fleece and want to try my hand at making a soaker.

I also have a diaper bag to finish.

Oh and I have to finish DD halloween costume. It's a homemade version of this. I'm appliqueing the letters to the front and just attaching a cape to the shoulders of a plain onesie.
post #28 of 169
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Oh and I have to finish DD halloween costume. It's a homemade version of this. I'm appliqueing the letters to the front and just attaching a cape to the shoulders of a plain onesie.
That onsie is so cool!
post #29 of 169
I'm not the best seamstress; totally self taught. But I just finished a prefold diaper yesterday that looks like it will engulf my newborn when s/he arrives in January. I might work on a smaller version because the patter I found was super easy (http://www.geocities.com/charmie981/MakePrefolds.html). It was good practice with my machine anyway!

I've also ordered some fabric for pocket diapers and I've downloaded some pad patterns for after the birth.

Big thanks to orangefoot for the quick skirt pattern link. That's definitely my speed.
post #30 of 169
I've been sewing off and on since I was 13 or 14, more on in the last 15 years though. So...over 20 years . I have a nice collection of machines...actually my own little sewing factory, but really love vintage machines
My list, I'm almost done with dd's halloween costume and I'm sewing it on my Viking Husqvarna 6440 which I got off craigslist from the original owners son...the owner loved it well and had every attachment and cam, plus the manual and original box . I couldn't love this machine more if I tried. It sews beautifully. I also have a couple modern machines that I adore too.
I always have tons of UFO's going since I tend to cut out a bunch of projects at once and work on them as I get a chance. I have 4 pairs of pj pants, ds's halloween costume, a dress for me, a purse, 2 dresses for dd, a skirt for dd. I'm very excited because I usually work on the weekends, but I'm off this weekend and plan to sew, sew, sew!
I make about 90% all of dd's clothes except for her jeans (I don't know why I haven't made her jeans...I think it's because I can get them for $1.25 at the thrift store and denim is so expensive in comparison), I even make her cute undies from knit scraps. . For my boys I make about 40%. Nothing fancy, but they seem to like it, which is surprising since they are getting older.
For those who are self taught, bravo! I've learned a lot on my own from just trying stuff, but have expanded my skills by taking classes when I could (such as quilting, etc.). I think the library is your friend and even if you make a mistake on your project, that's fine...you've learned something along the way. I have tons of pictures of finished stuff on my blog. It's funny when I look back on stuff. I can always tell if it was something I was comfortable sewing or if I was trying something new, lol.
Happy Sewing!
post #31 of 169
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Originally Posted by sabrinat View Post
I've been sewing off and on since I was 13 or 14, more on in the last 15 years though. So...over 20 years . I have a nice collection of machines...actually my own little sewing factory, but really love vintage machines
My list, I'm almost done with dd's halloween costume and I'm sewing it on my Viking Husqvarna 6440 which I got off craigslist from the original owners son...the owner loved it well and had every attachment and cam, plus the manual and original box . I couldn't love this machine more if I tried. It sews beautifully.
That is the machine I have! I had to have it repaired because it hadn't been used in a while, but now (beyond the buttonhole issue) it works well and I have all of the cams I think and a ton of feet. Love her!

I had my second sewing class the other night. We traced and cut out the pattern pieces for the dresses we will be making. I chose some solid fabric because I was nervous about matching up prints. Then we were taught how to do tailoring tacks and to pin darts on the front and back bodice. Darts are hard!
post #32 of 169
I want to join! Self taught and certainly sometimes I'm more active than others. I've purchased the Ottobre magazines for fall and thus been busy.

I've just finished:
A Peter Pan costume
Cutie Patootie blouse for DD
Plaid skirt for me

Working on:
Two tier skirt for DD

I can't let me list of to-dos to get too long or I procrastinate. Not sure why, it must be one of my quirks
post #33 of 169
Forgot to mention - Is the "Sewing in No Time" a book? I'd love to see the tent. I'll have to check into that.
post #34 of 169
KristyDi - Love the onesie!
katmann - It had never crossed my mind to make my own prefold diapers...too bad too! Loved the tutorial link.
Neuromancer - Color me somewhat jealous of you and your class, sounds like fun!
jlpumkin - It's a book. I found it while searching the online card catalog at my library (do they even call it that anymore?). I absolutely adore the vast majority of the projects in there - as do both my mom and my sister!

So far I've hit a slight roadblock in my "to do" list...ran out of extra funds to buy the fabric. Dh is in the midst of switching jobs so I'll likely have to wait until December (!) to get started again. I did finish dh's handkerchiefs and my mom's birthday present (the clothespin bag. I'm going to make a peg board for her for Christmas).
post #35 of 169
I am having a hard time finding time to sew. For some reason it's all I think about but I end up doing other things such as trying to clean the house and organize this and that instead. I hope I can get on it soon.
post #36 of 169
Thanks Pamperedmom for the book rec. I'll check on that.

I hit a little snag in my skirt as well. DD is tall and lean. So I ran out of fabric lengthening the skirt. I picked up some more tomorrow but probably not a lot of time to sew until later this week.
post #37 of 169
Okay. A tiny bit of progress, though halloween is coming, so I'd better get busy! Today I'm making apple butter, but tomorrow through Saturday is SEWING TIME!

My amended list:

done with the peasant skirt

I have to make dd's Halloween costume (Laura Ingalls, including dress, apron, and sunbonnet)--obviously by Halloween.

I have to make ds' Halloween costume (a brown bat), again, by Halloween. With his, I bought a waffle knit shirt and brown canvas pants, and brown knit to match. I will make the knit into wings (that I plan to sew to the sleeves of the shirt and velcro to the legs of the pants) and a "hood" with bat ears on it.

I have two jumpers to make for Dd.

I have three pair of pants to make for Dd...preferably before mid-november, when it gets cold around here.

Nine sock bunnies. I traded a friend for them for some web design work. I have the bodies of six of them done. Need to hand stitch the arms on and embroider the face, as well as stitch on the satin in the ears. Two evenings in front of the idiot box, but needs to be completed by the time I go to bed on Thursday night.

An ABC. Just made a sale, and I need to make it in a timely fashion.

I am hoping to make my neice a couple pair of flannel jammy pants for X-mas.
I also told her mom I'd make her a dark pink sparkly tutu. I have the netting and ribbon, that will be an hour job, tops.

I am hoping to make each of us (dh, dd, ds, and myself) a pair of jammy pants for Christmas Morning.

Friend is due Christmas Day. I am making I think a dozen diapers and six covers for her in a size small.


Wow. I STILL need to get busy!!
post #38 of 169
Thread Starter 
hey mamas! happy to see the sewing circle going...its been busy and i want to get back to some sewing soon! looking forward to catching up on the posts...be back in a couple days, blessings and happy sewing! my curtain i made came out super cute...and i didnt forget about the dress tutorial...the page isnt working but i may be able to find it...i'll try.
post #39 of 169
I finished the pillow and the little sheet set. : If you want you can see them here.
post #40 of 169
ok.. here's im working on.......

6- I Spy bags
40ct. cloth wipes
10 pairs of baby legg warmies
30 ct cloth napkins
finish up DD tinkerbell tutu
10 new holiday Korkers

I figure this is a good time to use some of this fabric thats been sitting around here for months...♥
and i need to start out family lounge pants for x-mas day.... for all 6 of us..( i make my ex-dh one also)
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