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I have my work cut out for me

June 5, 2008

Check out my daughter’s blog and what we got at Joann’s yesterday.

Now, if only the fabric was all cut out.

  1. June 6, 2008 10:01 am

    I love the horse fabric, it’s so cute!
    I thought of you yesterday while I was trying to sort my yard for better storage and came across some quilted wall hanging patterns I bought and never made. One of them is of a German Shepherd that looks exactly my dog (who passed away) and I’d love to make it. I’d also like to make some simple elastic-waist skirts to wear around the house. (I’m nutty enough to make myself a skirt out of Elise’s horse fabric.)

    What sewing machine would you suggest for someone like me who can sew, but hasn’t touched a machine in 10 or 15 years? I want something super easy to use and understand, and inexpensive is a must. What’s your opinion of the Brother sewing machines I see in department stores?

  2. June 6, 2008 2:37 pm

    I don’t know anything about the Brother sewing machines. I’ve always had either a Singer, White or Viking. My machine is an old White – or is it a Viking? I don’t recall and it’s in the other room – from circa 1983 or something. It’s going fine.

    If they have them in your area, you might check out a sewing machine shop and see if they refurbish trade-ins. You might get a good sturdy older used one for the same price as a new one. I don’t know how good the inexpensive new ones are (plastic parts and all.)

    The important thing to see is how hard it is to thread the bobbin and needles. If you can’t do that easily, then you’ll never use the machine, in my opinion. That’s the most frustrating task in the world when that goes wrong.

    I doubt you need all the fancy stitches and embroidery and you can find a basic one for around $150, even less in some places, like a basic one for $69 at Joanns. However, if you see one that looks interesting, write down the make and model number, then go to Pattern Review and search on people’s reviews of the machine. That’s the best way I know to find out which ones are crap and which aren’t. (

    And I could totally see you in that horse fabric skirt.

  3. kaylee permalink
    June 7, 2008 8:05 pm

    OMG off to check that blog 🙂

  4. kaylee permalink
    June 7, 2008 8:05 pm

    ho w you been?

  5. June 9, 2008 11:00 am

    Wow, I never thought of a refurbished one. What a great idea, thanks. The threading the needle thing is key. KEY. When my kids were small I made them overalls all the time, and it seemed like I spent half the day trying to keep the needle threaded.

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