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#1 of 31 Old 12-25-2008, 03:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Not me...but I'm excited for anyone who did.

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Me! I can't unpack it, because I have an essay due, but I'm excited.

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Congratulations! :

You didn't get the old beast going again then? Here's to a year of plentiful sewing.
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Woohoo! Can't wait to see how you like it. Well...actually come to think of it, I did get a new machine. I purchased a machine off ebay that is missing the cord. I've ordered a cord for it and am just waiting for it to arrive and to see if the machine actually works. Fingers crossed.

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We got my daughter a kid's sewing machine for Christmas. The machine is basically crap, but I think she'll have fun with it making small projects. We also got her material and patterns, and I've spent a few hours with her over the past couple of days helping her learn to make a pair of pants. So far, she really likes it.
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I got a sewing machine for christmas I have absolutely no idea how to use it, but I'm excited to learn!
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I got a serger. It's been fun to use. (I didn't wait for the 25th to fire it up!). It's like riding a bike. I haven't used one in 8? 10? years, but I was back at it like a pro.

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Congratulations! :

You didn't get the old beast going again then? Here's to a year of plentiful sewing.
The cost of fixing it was more than half the cost of my new machine... it's heading off to ebay shortly, though I'm not expecting to get much for it.

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I bought it in October but it was my super-early Christmas present. Does that count?

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I got a sewing machine for christmas I have absolutely no idea how to use it, but I'm excited to learn!
ditto! DH and I went to a fabric store today and I didn't buy anything because it was so overwhelming.

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We got dd one (she is 7) and both of us...it will be learning process. We can get lessons where we bought it. We happened into a good sale before Christmas and they had two left so when dh and dd were busy I got to buy.

We have just been messing around a little bit, I did not want to get a kid's machine and did not want to spend 500 bucks on one in case we don't stick with it....overall so far, so good. We will look into lessons though.
So far she is happy with cutting and sewing thigs together, we did make a simple valentine pillow though. VERY SIMPLE

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Total surprise, but my DH got me a Bernina 830. (old one) He found it at Savers for $15! He got it serviced and it runs great. Supposedly it was like "the perfect machine" in its day and is still worth a lot. I have a 130 or something in there but I like this old one even better for some things. I guess I'm now a multiple machine owner, not that I have anywhere to put even one!

Now to go buy more fabric......

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Total surprise, but my DH got me a Bernina 830. (old one) He found it at Savers for $15! He got it serviced and it runs great. Supposedly it was like "the perfect machine" in its day and is still worth a lot. I have a 130 or something in there but I like this old one even better for some things. I guess I'm now a multiple machine owner, not that I have anywhere to put even one!

Now to go buy more fabric......
Rocking DH! That's an awesome machine. I have an 801 and 807 and really dig them both. Happy Sewing!

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how great i was just coming on here to try to learn SOMETHING
Dh surprised me for xmas BIG surprise I had no idea! It's a singer not sure which one but its very automatic and has i think 40 stitches. I learned how to thread the bobin and the machine and started playing around with it on an old t shirt. I was very proud

Now I want to try to sew dd some wool pants, and hem a few pairs of jeans.... I just got back from joann's with pins, elastic and safety pins so excited. I've been sewing by hand, and making a pair of felted sweater pants took me all day, then as soon as dd wore them they ripped in the crotch guess i didn't do it right, they also kept falling down her butt whens he bent over because i didn't do the elastic right haaaa
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Total surprise, but my DH got me a Bernina 830. (old one) He found it at Savers for $15! He got it serviced and it runs great. Supposedly it was like "the perfect machine" in its day and is still worth a lot. I have a 130 or something in there but I like this old one even better for some things. I guess I'm now a multiple machine owner, not that I have anywhere to put even one!

Now to go buy more fabric......
Whoa! that is AMAZING!! That's the machine that I have been using my whole life, it was my grandmas and she got it 50 years ago. It still works great!!

That is incredible! Where did he find it?

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Oh, I see, he got it at Savers.... where's that?

Unbelievable deal :
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Oh, I see, he got it at Savers.... where's that?

Unbelievable deal :
Savers is a thrift store. We have one down the road that my friend is always finding cool stuff at.
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Savers is a thrift store. We have one down the road that my friend is always finding cool stuff at.

I'm completely jealous That DH deserves a big congratulations
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I did! Last year I'm totally intimidated and still haven't taken it out of the box but my New Year's Resolution is to actually finish and use some of the things I have on hand instead of finding new project to start (or think about starting).
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My daughter did (she's 5.5)! She has been bugging us for this kid's Singer sewing machine she saw in a learning catalog but I could tell it was probably a piece of crap. So instead we (and by we I mean Santa) got her a mint green Janome with Hello Kitty on it. It's a 3/4 size and does 10 stitches.

She loves it! It is very easy to thread and runs very smooth. I hate to admit it but I think I like it better than my full-size Pfaff.
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Get that machine out of the box and get to stitching!

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I did! Last year I'm totally intimidated and still haven't taken it out of the box but my New Year's Resolution is to actually finish and use some of the things I have on hand instead of finding new project to start (or think about starting).

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I did! Last year I'm totally intimidated and still haven't taken it out of the box but my New Year's Resolution is to actually finish and use some of the things I have on hand instead of finding new project to start (or think about starting).
lol, I got you beat....DH gave me a Babylock serger for Christmas '06 and it's still in the box. I got pregnant shortly after that....morning sickness, college, work, and life prevented me from using it. I was actually hoping to start using it this week. Maybe that'll be my goal for tomorrow.
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We bought ourselves an early Christmas present (Babylock Eclipse DX) in November. It sat in the box for over a month, because it was so intimidating. We're starting to use it now. Very slooooooowly. lol

Last Christmas brought a Singer Quantum Futura embroidery machine. Now THAT machine has gotten TONS of use.

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I just barely sat down to my new serger yesterday I was intimidated too! I read the threading instructions and got scared. I'm loving it now though! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
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My MIL sent me a Pfaff It has a cabinet and everything. I've been watching youtube to learn how to thread it; I'm as clueless as I am eager.

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Me! I got a Kenmore serger for Christmas from my sweet DH and kids. I started it out by making a few more cloth pads for that lovely time of month. It does an awesome job and is much faster than just sewing and topstitching. It is great to have in addition to my regular Singer sewing machine.

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i got a singer serger for Christmas. Bless my husband's heart! I made some cloth wipes on it as soon as i opened it. It was so fun!

It keeps coming unthreaded. The left upper needle, how is that possible, i do not know.

My husband is very mechanically inclined and he cannot even figure it out. It might be going back.
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i got a singer serger for Christmas. Bless my husband's heart! I made some cloth wipes on it as soon as i opened it. It was so fun!

It keeps coming unthreaded. The left upper needle, how is that possible, i do not know.

My husband is very mechanically inclined and he cannot even figure it out. It might be going back.
Is it breaking the thread?

I'm having a hard time picturing the "left upper needle"
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Is it breaking the thread?

I'm having a hard time picturing the "left upper needle"
No, it does not break, it just comes unthreaded, even tho i have a long chain. I cannot even see how it slips out of the eye of the needle.

By the upper needle, i mean the needles that you thread.

I really want to get good at sewing. It seems that machines to not like me so much all the time. LOL
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No, it does not break, it just comes unthreaded, even tho i have a long chain. I cannot even see how it slips out of the eye of the needle.

By the upper needle, i mean the needles that you thread.

I really want to get good at sewing. It seems that machines to not like me so much all the time. LOL


One of my machines will do that. Before you begin to sew make sure you have a long tail of thread under the pressure foot, pull it toward the back of the machine and hold on to it when you begin to sew, you'll only need to do that for a few stitches.

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