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Old 04-07-2013, 01:25 PM   #3391
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I made these: http://mymagicmom.com/cooling-neck-wrap-tutorial/

Funny story, they are watching "Classic Mickey Collection" of these early Mickey Mouse cartoons. They are in color but are probably from the 1950s maybe? Anyway, they watched it for the first time on Friday with Grandma and now they are demanding endlessly to watch "Plastic Mickey!" instead of Classic Mickey. It's very cute. And I love that they are enjoying the old stuff.
Love the idea of the neck wraps for our June trip. I think I am going to look for some of those beads and make those for the 4 of us.

I love the plastic Mickey story!

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The sewing room looks beautiful and organized. Your new machine looks awesome. What are you going to make first?
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Welcome!! Have fun making pretty things...and remember to show them off!!

That makes me feel better about what I just did...I broke down, with a little prodding by DH, and bought a PE550 from Amazon for about $30 less than the HE1 I was looking at. Yes, it's only a 4x4, and I may be getting some symathetic, friendly "I told you so" in a few month when I get hoop envy, but it was in the budget, and it's a reward/prod to get me to finish cleaning my sewing room.

I should get it by Wednesday...we'll se what happens then. I'm a little excited.
Congratulations. I got my He1 for under $200 & it's the same exact machine as the Pe500 except for the blue vs pink color scheme. I have been embroidering for almost 10 years & have never had need for a bigger hoop. You can buy the multi position one & it works well for me.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:37 PM   #3393
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Here is my newly, sort of organized sewing room. I would really like to add a second L shaped desk in the other corner so I can put one machine on each surface, the sewing and serger on one and the two embroidery machines on the other. (you can see the cute thank you I got from Trev's Star Wars give, I loved it so much I hung it on the wall.)

The PE770 look so tiny compared to the new machine.





All my scraps under 1 yard or so are organized by color-ish, and then I have a few bins for novelty and character fabrics (and it bugs me that they are not all the same, I need to go buy more clear bins!)

Sadly, I have not even plugged in my machine yet, I have been trying to organize and unbox and then my husband decided that the car needed to have alignment and tires TODAY, even though it has been needing it for a while, and he says it is too annoying to take the kids to run errands. (Really? I hadn't noticed when I have to do it EVERY DAY.) So anyway, the kids are here with me so I must wait until nap time.

Pictures of the other wall and corner purposely ommited since it is a huge pile of stuff relocated from that side of the room...
Nice half a room! If I were to show my recent cleaning in my room, there's 3/4 of it that I wouldn't be able to show, so I completely understand.

I was trying to describe your scrap organization and DH gives me this puzzled look and then burst out laughing. He explains that he thought I was talking about a Scrap Organization, rather than organizaton of scraps. Like Organized Crime (he's watching the Untouchables) and he was wondering if there was money in a Scrap Organization.

Have fun with the new machine.(when you can get to it finally - husbands, can't live with them, can't hypnotize them into doing what you want all the time.)

BellePrincessBelle: Thanks, I'm really looking forward to playing with the new machine.

But if I want to play, I have to go clean now. But I'll check in tomorrow, I'm sure.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:42 PM   #3394
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Nice half a room! If I were to show my recent cleaning in my room, there's 3/4 of it that I wouldn't be able to show, so I completely understand.

I was trying to describe your scrap organization and DH gives me this puzzled look and then burst out laughing. He explains that he thought I was talking about a Scrap Organization, rather than organizaton of scraps. Like Organized Crime (he's watching the Untouchables) and he was wondering if there was money in a Scrap Organization.

Have fun with the new machine.(when you can get to it finally - husbands, can't live with them, can't hypnotize them into doing what you want all the time.)

BellePrincessBelle: Thanks, I'm really looking forward to playing with the new machine.

But if I want to play, I have to go clean now. But I'll check in tomorrow, I'm sure.
That is pretty funny. I assume by the droves of trucks driving around the night before garbage pickup that there is some money in scrap. My own husband came in when I was sorting the bins and asked if I was going to organize it. I told him yes, by color, which I thought was evident, but he said it wasn't. But he doesn't use the fabric so I guess that doesn't matter. (how else could I do it? Alphabetical? Dots before stripes...)

I finished up 2 projects today before I had to take a break and make dinner. One was a big 7x12 hoop applique birthday shirt for my nephew, he turns 6 next month and is a huge Cubs fan, so I made it cubs colors. I also got some red/white/blue hawaiian flower fabric at the expo for super cheap that I am going to make him a Hawaiian-style Cubs shirt. But this was my start. I had some problems with the thread breaking on the A and the Y but then it ran fine after that so I am not sure what that is about. And of course once I got the shirt done it looks like the back of a jersey so he will look like he has his shirt backward... oh well. I think he will like it anyway.



I tried to multi-task while that was stitching out (the new machine was fast but that shirt was 24K stitches!) and do an order I had from last month. A lady ordered a big brother shirt for her son to wear to the hospital when her baby was born, but didn't know what she was having so I told her I would make the little sibling shirt when the baby was born, so this is the little sister shirt to match one I already mailed out. I tried it on the old machine, which I had just had in for maintenance, but the onesie got all sorts of brown oily spots on it. I called and they weren't sure why that would be since they don't use brown oil... so, hmm. so much for my multitasking. (it stitched ay faster on the new machine anyway!)

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Here is my newly, sort of organized sewing room. I would really like to add a second L shaped desk in the other corner so I can put one machine on each surface, the sewing and serger on one and the two embroidery machines on the other. (you can see the cute thank you I got from Trev's Star Wars give, I loved it so much I hung it on the wall.)

The PE770 look so tiny compared to the new machine.





All my scraps under 1 yard or so are organized by color-ish, and then I have a few bins for novelty and character fabrics (and it bugs me that they are not all the same, I need to go buy more clear bins!)

Sadly, I have not even plugged in my machine yet, I have been trying to organize and unbox and then my husband decided that the car needed to have alignment and tires TODAY, even though it has been needing it for a while, and he says it is too annoying to take the kids to run errands. (Really? I hadn't noticed when I have to do it EVERY DAY.) So anyway, the kids are here with me so I must wait until nap time.

Pictures of the other wall and corner purposely ommited since it is a huge pile of stuff relocated from that side of the room...
Your sewing room looks so neat and organized! I am sure you will have lots of fun creating things in that room!

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I was trying to describe your scrap organization and DH gives me this puzzled look and then burst out laughing. He explains that he thought I was talking about a Scrap Organization, rather than organizaton of scraps. Like Organized Crime (he's watching the Untouchables) and he was wondering if there was money in a Scrap Organization.
That's too funny. I guess he must be thinking like scrap metal from cars or something? I am sure there is money in a "scrap organization" since I just keep all my scraps in a large bag!

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That is pretty funny. I assume by the droves of trucks driving around the night before garbage pickup that there is some money in scrap. My own husband came in when I was sorting the bins and asked if I was going to organize it. I told him yes, by color, which I thought was evident, but he said it wasn't. But he doesn't use the fabric so I guess that doesn't matter. (how else could I do it? Alphabetical? Dots before stripes...)

I finished up 2 projects today before I had to take a break and make dinner. One was a big 7x12 hoop applique birthday shirt for my nephew, he turns 6 next month and is a huge Cubs fan, so I made it cubs colors. I also got some red/white/blue hawaiian flower fabric at the expo for super cheap that I am going to make him a Hawaiian-style Cubs shirt. But this was my start. I had some problems with the thread breaking on the A and the Y but then it ran fine after that so I am not sure what that is about. And of course once I got the shirt done it looks like the back of a jersey so he will look like he has his shirt backward... oh well. I think he will like it anyway.



I tried to multi-task while that was stitching out (the new machine was fast but that shirt was 24K stitches!) and do an order I had from last month. A lady ordered a big brother shirt for her son to wear to the hospital when her baby was born, but didn't know what she was having so I told her I would make the little sibling shirt when the baby was born, so this is the little sister shirt to match one I already mailed out. I tried it on the old machine, which I had just had in for maintenance, but the onesie got all sorts of brown oily spots on it. I called and they weren't sure why that would be since they don't use brown oil... so, hmm. so much for my multitasking. (it stitched ay faster on the new machine anyway!)

The 2 shirts look great! I can't see the spots on the onesie so I hope they will wash out. I hope your future multitasking will work more smoothly. I like to multitask when Genie is sewing away too.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:32 PM   #3396
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Looking for opinions.

I want an embroidery machine that does it all for me. Something that will use my computer skills but not my lack of sewing skills. Is there anything out there like that?

If so, what would you suggest for top of the line, mid range, and inexpensive?

I want to be able to put my kids names on shirts and some character pictures, etc. Put my husband's company logo on a polo shirt. Stuff like that.

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Are we posting stash pics?

Here are some of my sewing room...


jiminykrikkit, if my sewing room looked like that it would mean that someone robbed me Recently I had it all cleaned but the closet; then I took everything out of the closet to clean that...

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I ran into the same issue of more outfits than we had days at Disney, but it came in handy since we did require a few wardrobe changes since my boys are 3 and quite messy. (Like fell asleep eating a mickey bar messy.) We don't have any definite plan for going back and I am already thinking of what outfits I could make if/when we do...

That's what my mother said too. But I still have to try not to go too crazy.


Now, what to do, what to do?
I went to the fabric store yesterday and got the tulle for the tutus plus some great animal print fabric - Somewhere along in this thread someone had an animal print twirly skirt that I must make for Animal Kingdom (sorry I can't remember who and there are too many pages to go back and look)- and some khaki to make safari vests, plus some really cool fluttery blue to do Cinderella.
Annnnd, they came and fixed my mother's quilting machine today. So I have several projects to catch up on there.
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jiminykrikkit, if my sewing room looked like that it would mean that someone robbed me Recently I had it all cleaned but the closet; then I took everything out of the closet to clean that...

That's what my mother said too. But I still have to try not to go too crazy.

Now, what to do, what to do?
I went to the fabric store yesterday and got the tulle for the tutus plus some great animal print fabric - Somewhere along in this thread someone had an animal print twirly skirt that I must make for Animal Kingdom (sorry I can't remember who and there are too many pages to go back and look)- and some khaki to make safari vests, plus some really cool fluttery blue to do Cinderella.
Annnnd, they came and fixed my mother's quilting machine today. So I have several projects to catch up on there.
I made safari vests. I used the (modified) Carla c bowling shirt pattern and left
Off sleeves, placket and collar. I posted pics a page or two back.

And possibly you saw a patchwork twirl skirt or strip work twirl skirt, both patterns you can get from youcanmakethis.com from Carla c the scientific seamstress.
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Family issues going on now and I have a new puppy which is making sewing difficult!

I still haven't decided what to make V for our trip and we head to the states in a few weeks and I have more/different material selection.

I am making a Wishes themed dress. I think the Grace ruffle dress. I'd love to do it in a black fairy frost or something. I want a sparkle to it, without it looking tacky. I'd like to have some bit of sparkle representing the night sky but not overdone. These are the fairy frosts, I can find but I'm not 100% sure on any of them. None are "sparkly" more so shimmer/two toned. Does anyone know of a different material that will give that sparkle that I'm looking for? Another option would be some sort of glitter spray that I could spray the fabric with and use a more solid black?


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I love the idea of a Wishes dress! Good luck with it! I actually have an idea for one in the back of my mind for our next trip, but that won't be for a couple of years yet.


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I think this would work, it's not black but neither is the sky.

Joann's has a great fabric that might work for you.

I found this in the store but not online....



See the hidden Mickey's ?
Love that! I may need to grab some for future use!

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Now that the package has arrived, I can share pictures of a small pixie dust project last weekend. I made a pair of cross body bags for one of the posters here. However, I left the straps off because I have no idea how long to make the straps. I am sure they can tie ribbons or something to the loops for the straps. The pattern is the Out and About Zipper Bag pattern from ymct.



The picture isn't the best quality as I took the picture using my phone at night.
Those are darling, Flora! What a great idea to make them with loops for adjustability!

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Yeah!! People who won't roll their eyes when I talk about tutus and who will understand my dilemma when I say I have more ideas for outfits than we will have days at Disney (what to do, what to do?) I live with all males (even the dogs), and unfortunately my boys are too old to force them to wear cute stuff (16 and 19). Luckily, my sister moved nearby with her little girl (4), and she (my sister) has no interest in sewing or shopping, so I do get to make pretty things now.
I haven't read much of the thread yet. Wanted to subscribe so I wouldn't lose it. But I will be looking at your pics and eventually posting my own.

BTW, sorry if my signature seems a bit boring; I had to turn them off because there's too much flashing and blinking on them (migraines for me) so I haven't spent any time on my own since I wouldn't see it anyway.

Welcome! We'll look forward to seeing your projects!


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Are we posting stash pics?

Here are some of my sewing room...


sewing room reorganization by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

This is my room, those boxes along the bottom hold my stash. I'm a quilter first and foremost, so that's mostly quilting cottons broken down into colors. There's a cubby on the left that holds large cuts and all my apparel fabric is behind that.


Fabric Storage by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

That's some detail of how I organize my quilting cottons. See the hidden Mickeys?
Love your sewing space! I drool over such a clean, neat place to work! I share half our finished basement with dh's computers. It's not bad, but I could use some more white shelf space like you've got! Thanks for sharing!

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That is really cute, Lois! I like the colors!


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That makes me feel better about what I just did...I broke down, with a little prodding by DH, and bought a PE550 from Amazon for about $30 less than the HE1 I was looking at. Yes, it's only a 4x4, and I may be getting some symathetic, friendly "I told you so" in a few month when I get hoop envy, but it was in the budget, and it's a reward/prod to get me to finish cleaning my sewing room.

I should get it by Wednesday...we'll se what happens then. I'm a little excited.
How exciting! So many new (or new-to-us!) machines around here lately!

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Embrilliance. I love it. I am a life-long Mac loyalist (and former apple employee married to a current apple employee so not changing ever...) And it's great. They JUST came out with an add-on like last week called AlphaTricks too which lets you map alphabets you buy, like Heather's Disney Font or any of the 600+ 8clawsandapaw fonts I got in their subscription deal last year, and instead of using them as 26 individual PES files and placing them manually, you can literally TYPE using those fonts. I have already mapped a few dozen that I use most often, it saves SO much time. (But I do a LOT of custom shirts with names so I use that option several times a week. If it is more a one-off thing you can just do what I have been doing for the past several months and manually place them in the Embrilliance without the alpha tricks add on. Also you can put embrilliance on as many computers as you own (We have 3) and they have a 30 day guarantee if you buy it and don't like it they will refund it. They have great tech support and have been really responsive. I posted a weird behavior on their facebook forum and they released an update and messaged me to let me know they fixed it.

It's around $150 I think, and Alphatricks is on special since it is new for $79, actual price is $99 I think. You can also PM me if you have specific questions about it, I am happy to help.



I got as far as unboxing the new machine and getting it put together, except for the power cord, before my kids woke up from their nap demanding to eat, so we took Grandma out for dinner as a thank you for all her help, and just got back. They are watching a short show before bed and then I intend to go play!

Funny story, they are watching "Classic Mickey Collection" of these early Mickey Mouse cartoons. They are in color but are probably from the 1950s maybe? Anyway, they watched it for the first time on Friday with Grandma and now they are demanding endlessly to watch "Plastic Mickey!" instead of Classic Mickey. It's very cute. And I love that they are enjoying the old stuff.
I love the "Plastc Mickey" quote! How cute! So, now you're making me rethink getting Embird. That AlphaTricks add-on sounds amazing! I use a Mac, too, but with Virtual Box so I can keep SEU for as long as it's around, or until I save up enough to buy something else. I tried the Embrilliance demo a while ago, but was annoyed that I couldn't stitch out my testing, so I kind of wrote it off. I'm going to go check it out again, though before I buy Embird.

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Here is my newly, sort of organized sewing room. I would really like to add a second L shaped desk in the other corner so I can put one machine on each surface, the sewing and serger on one and the two embroidery machines on the other. (you can see the cute thank you I got from Trev's Star Wars give, I loved it so much I hung it on the wall.)

The PE770 look so tiny compared to the new machine.





All my scraps under 1 yard or so are organized by color-ish, and then I have a few bins for novelty and character fabrics (and it bugs me that they are not all the same, I need to go buy more clear bins!)

Sadly, I have not even plugged in my machine yet, I have been trying to organize and unbox and then my husband decided that the car needed to have alignment and tires TODAY, even though it has been needing it for a while, and he says it is too annoying to take the kids to run errands. (Really? I hadn't noticed when I have to do it EVERY DAY.) So anyway, the kids are here with me so I must wait until nap time.

Pictures of the other wall and corner purposely ommited since it is a huge pile of stuff relocated from that side of the room...
Congrats on your new baby! How exciting!! Love, your organization too! Where are your cube shelves from?

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Looking for opinions.

I want an embroidery machine that does it all for me. Something that will use my computer skills but not my lack of sewing skills. Is there anything out there like that?

If so, what would you suggest for top of the line, mid range, and inexpensive?

I want to be able to put my kids names on shirts and some character pictures, etc. Put my husband's company logo on a polo shirt. Stuff like that.

Thanks!
From the sounds of what you'd like to do, a Brother PE-770, sounds about right. It's what many of us have as our first embroidery machines.


So, a couple weeks ago we talked about pulling threads out from the needle rather than backwards to protect the machine's tension. My mom mentioned another tip she picked up at a class that I found useful and thought others might too.

Her teacher said NOT to use a spool cover (the circular disk that goes on the spool pin after the thread spool) when embroidering. At first I thought this was crazy, but I tried it and it really works well and saves time during thread changes. The only time I use one now is for winding a bobbin or if a spool happens to be notched or rough so that thread catches on it. I even discovered that some of my Marathon spools that unroll 'backwards' from the way they are supposed to enter the machine work fine this way. If you're interested, try it out and see what you think!

I've gotten a lot done on my towels and charms this week. I even had time to applique a dress for dd. The dress itself is from Kavio, who has lots of more girly styles than I've seen elsewhere. You do have to watch the weight on their stuff though since some of it is thin like tissue t's. Anyway, here it is:



Applique Close-up - it's from Bunnycup, a raggy design:


This is a shirt I did for myself a few weeks ago from Heather Sue's superhero designs after discovering that you cannot buy a Batgirl shirt in anything but Junior sizes. The guy at the comic shop was impressed.


Hope you all have a great week!
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Love the idea of the neck wraps for our June trip. I think I am going to look for some of those beads and make those for the 4 of us.

I love the plastic Mickey story!


Good tip!


The sewing room looks beautiful and organized. Your new machine looks awesome. What are you going to make first?
A little bit goes a LONG way on the water beads. At Hobby Lobby they had a little packet that looked like it had a sugar-packet worth and then a little jar which was about the size of a coke can. I figured the little one would not be enough and went with the bigger, I think the packet would have been fine!

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I love the "Plastc Mickey" quote! How cute! So, now you're making me rethink getting Embird. That AlphaTricks add-on sounds amazing! I use a Mac, too, but with Virtual Box so I can keep SEU for as long as it's around, or until I save up enough to buy something else. I tried the Embrilliance demo a while ago, but was annoyed that I couldn't stitch out my testing, so I kind of wrote it off. I'm going to go check it out again, though before I buy Embird.



Congrats on your new baby! How exciting!! Love, your organization too! Where are your cube shelves from?

So, a couple weeks ago we talked about pulling threads out from the needle rather than backwards to protect the machine's tension. My mom mentioned another tip she picked up at a class that I found useful and thought others might too.

Her teacher said NOT to use a spool cover (the circular disk that goes on the spool pin after the thread spool) when embroidering. At first I thought this was crazy, but I tried it and it really works well and saves time during thread changes. The only time I use one now is for winding a bobbin or if a spool happens to be notched or rough so that thread catches on it. I even discovered that some of my Marathon spools that unroll 'backwards' from the way they are supposed to enter the machine work fine this way. If you're interested, try it out and see what you think!



Applique Close-up - it's from Bunnycup, a raggy design:


This is a shirt I did for myself a few weeks ago from Heather Sue's superhero designs after discovering that you cannot buy a Batgirl shirt in anything but Junior sizes. The guy at the comic shop was impressed.


Hope you all have a great week!
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I was annoyed too with not being able to save so I contacted them about it, they said they want people to be happy so if you do buy it and decide it isn't for you, they will refund your purchase. Which, being in systems admin for more than a decade, I can tell you, software companies just don't do. But yeah, the alpha thing is awesome.

I love the batman shirt. We are a superhero/comic nerd family so I think my kids have had batman in every size since 0-3. They had adorable onesies that were 0-3M but were HUGE on them when they were born and my husband asked every day for the almost-3-months that it took for them to fit wether they could wear them yet. When they outgrew them, we put the outfits onto stuffed animals a friend brought to the boys in the hospital when they were born, and they still sleep with them. They call them SuperMonkey and BatElephant.

I can't imagine if I had an embroidery machine back then, not that I would have had time or energy to make anything.

So about this spool cover thing? It doesn't come off? I have had issues where the thread gets caught between the cover and the spool end, but I never thought it would work not contained, for lack of a better word.

Also the shelves came from Ikea. I went looking for the Expedit shelves, but they had these right by them in the store and they are about 1/2 the price. They are slightly shorter than the expedit shelves I found out when the bins I also got there didn't fit. But I got 2 shelves instead of just the one I budgeted. I don't remember what the name is, and I didn't see them on the website, you have to go there I think.


I have to admit seeing all your praise for how neat my sewing room was made me feel like a charlatan or something. LIES, ALL LIES! This is what the other side looked like. (and don't even get me started on the closet!)



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That motivated me to clean it up and now it looks like this:

I want to get a very small desk or even a shelf to put the computer on, since we got a new computer last week, I got the old Mac Mini we were using for a media server, and I moved the printer into my project room since the only time we print is shipping labels. (but it is networked in case we do need to print something from another room) The folding table is my main cutting/etc table, and clearly a catch-all. So lest anyone think my room is super neat, it is all in perspective. (though my husband came in this evening and was very impressed since it has been somewhat of a total wreck in there for a few weeks.
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WHO ORDERS KONA COTTON ONLINE??????????????????

I need some help with ordering Kona Cotton! I am ordering from Fabric.com I want black, the blackest black I can get. BUT ordering online is difficult because pictures distort colors etc...
This is "Black" http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail....7-39a1e6024c2a but when you look at the picture, it isn't very black.
This "charcoal" looks darker BUT charcoal is usually a bit greyer http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail....8-cfd2bd2fbd1c
Here is "pepper" and it looks the blackest, but when you view the image larger it looks a bit tonal. http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail....f-a212f2463c83

SO, when YOU order black, which one do you order?
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I was annoyed too with not being able to save so I contacted them about it, they said they want people to be happy so if you do buy it and decide it isn't for you, they will refund your purchase. Which, being in systems admin for more than a decade, I can tell you, software companies just don't do. But yeah, the alpha thing is awesome.

I love the batman shirt. We are a superhero/comic nerd family so I think my kids have had batman in every size since 0-3. They had adorable onesies that were 0-3M but were HUGE on them when they were born and my husband asked every day for the almost-3-months that it took for them to fit wether they could wear them yet. When they outgrew them, we put the outfits onto stuffed animals a friend brought to the boys in the hospital when they were born, and they still sleep with them. They call them SuperMonkey and BatElephant.

I can't imagine if I had an embroidery machine back then, not that I would have had time or energy to make anything.
That is officially one of the cutest baby pictures I've ever seen! Love it! And love that their stuffed friends still wear those outfits!

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So about this spool cover thing? It doesn't come off? I have had issues where the thread gets caught between the cover and the spool end, but I never thought it would work not contained, for lack of a better word.
Amazingly, no, the spool pretty much stays put. I was very surprised! Now of course with your new, high speed baby it could be a different story, but I think my mom's machine in faster that my 770 and she does it. I thought for sure the thread would get wrapped around the pin, but that doesn't happen either.

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Also the shelves came from Ikea. I went looking for the Expedit shelves, but they had these right by them in the store and they are about 1/2 the price. They are slightly shorter than the expedit shelves I found out when the bins I also got there didn't fit. But I got 2 shelves instead of just the one I budgeted. I don't remember what the name is, and I didn't see them on the website, you have to go there I think.
Ok, thanks for the info! I'm thinking one of those horizontally might work under my sewing counter to replace the three sets of plastic drawers I've got now.

I have two Expedits in my kitchen that we use for toy storage and books/school. If you want something different than plastic bins, you might like those fabric drawers by Closetmaid. I bought a bunch of them on clearance at Target a couple years ago and they've held up pretty well to Legos, Matchbox, etc. They are about two inches smaller in all 3 dimensions than the squares of an Expedit. Here's what it looks like:



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I have to admit seeing all your praise for how neat my sewing room was made me feel like a charlatan or something. LIES, ALL LIES! This is what the other side looked like. (and don't even get me started on the closet!)



But...
That motivated me to clean it up and now it looks like this:

I want to get a very small desk or even a shelf to put the computer on, since we got a new computer last week, I got the old Mac Mini we were using for a media server, and I moved the printer into my project room since the only time we print is shipping labels. (but it is networked in case we do need to print something from another room) The folding table is my main cutting/etc table, and clearly a catch-all. So lest anyone think my room is super neat, it is all in perspective. (though my husband came in this evening and was very impressed since it has been somewhat of a total wreck in there for a few weeks.
Your mess is still neater than my current disaster area! Looks like a really nice space! Next time I get things halfway cleaned I'll share pics.

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I tried to multi-task while that was stitching out (the new machine was fast but that shirt was 24K stitches!) and do an order I had from last month. A lady ordered a big brother shirt for her son to wear to the hospital when her baby was born, but didn't know what she was having so I told her I would make the little sibling shirt when the baby was born, so this is the little sister shirt to match one I already mailed out. I tried it on the old machine, which I had just had in for maintenance, but the onesie got all sorts of brown oily spots on it. I called and they weren't sure why that would be since they don't use brown oil... so, hmm. so much for my multitasking. (it stitched ay faster on the new machine anyway!)
I just wanted to say...one of my 770's had that problem when I brought it home from the spa... It is almost a 2 hour drive back to the spa...so I was REALLY upset, since I ruined 2 shirts! They told me to bring it back in and they would blow it out... they did not clean all the dust out prior to oiling it! (and probably used too much oil as well.)

Instead (well actually I bought a new one...but this is what I did to clean it out) I put just a double layer of stabilizer and ran it at full force (increasing the speed) and put small bits of almost used spools of thread... and just ran one design after another...until it stopped dripping... I think I did this for a couple days while doing other things and after a week...it finally stopped so I could use it...

VERY upsetting, but it eventually all came out. If there excuse is they don't use BROWN oil..then they either don't know what they are doing or didn't want to deal with it!

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Evidently I did not grab the other quotes...

I had thought about making those neck thingys...but the chilly pad things from Frogg Togg work the same way, through evaporation. Their advantage is you can easily use them on other parts of your body other than your neck.
For instance if I get over heated, the best place to apply cool water or ice (or the chilly pad) is my wrists. I cool down much faster that way. And in extreme cases you can put them under your hat... helps to cool down your head...but really does mess up your hair!

I have made the neck thingys for my silly friends who run in the heat...and thy like them...of course they are all of questionable intelligence since they RUN IN THE HEAT!!!




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Looking for opinions.

I want an embroidery machine that does it all for me. Something that will use my computer skills but not my lack of sewing skills. Is there anything out there like that?

If so, what would you suggest for top of the line, mid range, and inexpensive?

I want to be able to put my kids names on shirts and some character pictures, etc. Put my husband's company logo on a polo shirt. Stuff like that.

Thanks!
I have to say I don't think there is much sewing skill in embroidery, you could do it without strong sewing skill. Any of the computerized embroidery machines can put names, characters and logos (though you would have to either buy software or pay someone to digitize the logo.) I could see being able to just use the embroidery machine w/o sewing at all. The much-recommened Brother PE770 is on the lower end of the price range and I think it is a great place to start. You can find it on Amazon for the $550-650 range but plan on spending at least another $100-200 on misc supplies like stabilizers, thread, special curved scissors if you want to do appliqués, blank shirts ( you will ruin some, I still do.) and fabric to use for the appliques. It adds up quickly. Oh, and the embroidery designs... I think my $550 PE770 quickly became $1000 once I added in all that stuff.

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I just wanted to say...one of my 770's had that problem when I brought it home from the spa... It is almost a 2 hour drive back to the spa...so I was REALLY upset, since I ruined 2 shirts! They told me to bring it back in and they would blow it out... they did not clean all the dust out prior to oiling it! (and probably used too much oil as well.)

Instead (well actually I bought a new one...but this is what I did to clean it out) I put just a double layer of stabilizer and ran it at full force (increasing the speed) and put small bits of almost used spools of thread... and just ran one design after another...until it stopped dripping... I think I did this for a couple days while doing other things and after a week...it finally stopped so I could use it...

VERY upsetting, but it eventually all came out. If there excuse is they don't use BROWN oil..then they either don't know what they are doing or didn't want to deal with it!

___________

Evidently I did not grab the other quotes...

I had thought about making those neck thingys...but the chilly pad things from Frogg Togg work the same way, through evaporation. Their advantage is you can easily use them on other parts of your body other than your neck.
For instance if I get over heated, the best place to apply cool water or ice (or the chilly pad) is my wrists. I cool down much faster that way. And in extreme cases you can put them under your hat... helps to cool down your head...but really does mess up your hair!

I have made the neck thingys for my silly friends who run in the heat...and thy like them...of course they are all of questionable intelligence since they RUN IN THE HEAT!!!




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I am more than a little annoyed that it is ruining stuff. But I started w/ a onesie, and I think the oily gunk was getting on the neck area because it is a super small opening and it was rubbing against the presser foot. I ended up cutting the onesie in half and letting it finish, but without the flappy part it wasn't getting on the fabric. So the one I posted I did on the new machine, and I am going to try again on the little one today. I used the already-ruined onesie to wipe around the presserfoot and a TON of gunk came off, I am hoping it will help. But yeah, super annoying. My machine works great and is whisper quiet but I can't actually use it or it ruins shirts.
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So, a couple weeks ago we talked about pulling threads out from the needle rather than backwards to protect the machine's tension. My mom mentioned another tip she picked up at a class that I found useful and thought others might too.

Her teacher said NOT to use a spool cover (the circular disk that goes on the spool pin after the thread spool) when embroidering. At first I thought this was crazy, but I tried it and it really works well and saves time during thread changes. The only time I use one now is for winding a bobbin or if a spool happens to be notched or rough so that thread catches on it. I even discovered that some of my Marathon spools that unroll 'backwards' from the way they are supposed to enter the machine work fine this way. If you're interested, try it out and see what you think!

I've gotten a lot done on my towels and charms this week. I even had time to applique a dress for dd. The dress itself is from Kavio, who has lots of more girly styles than I've seen elsewhere. You do have to watch the weight on their stuff though since some of it is thin like tissue t's. Anyway, here it is:



Applique Close-up - it's from Bunnycup, a raggy design:


This is a shirt I did for myself a few weeks ago from Heather Sue's superhero designs after discovering that you cannot buy a Batgirl shirt in anything but Junior sizes. The guy at the comic shop was impressed.


Hope you all have a great week!
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Ok - see, the design on your shirt is a huge reason I wanted an embroidery machine...Batman (and Deadpool) emblems on things that I would wear out of the house.

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I love the batman shirt. We are a superhero/comic nerd family so I think my kids have had batman in every size since 0-3. They had adorable onesies that were 0-3M but were HUGE on them when they were born and my husband asked every day for the almost-3-months that it took for them to fit wether they could wear them yet. When they outgrew them, we put the outfits onto stuffed animals a friend brought to the boys in the hospital when they were born, and they still sleep with them. They call them SuperMonkey and BatElephant.

I can't imagine if I had an embroidery machine back then, not that I would have had time or energy to make anything.

So about this spool cover thing? It doesn't come off? I have had issues where the thread gets caught between the cover and the spool end, but I never thought it would work not contained, for lack of a better word.

Also the shelves came from Ikea. I went looking for the Expedit shelves, but they had these right by them in the store and they are about 1/2 the price. They are slightly shorter than the expedit shelves I found out when the bins I also got there didn't fit. But I got 2 shelves instead of just the one I budgeted. I don't remember what the name is, and I didn't see them on the website, you have to go there I think.


I have to admit seeing all your praise for how neat my sewing room was made me feel like a charlatan or something. LIES, ALL LIES! This is what the other side looked like. (and don't even get me started on the closet!)



But...
That motivated me to clean it up and now it looks like this:

I want to get a very small desk or even a shelf to put the computer on, since we got a new computer last week, I got the old Mac Mini we were using for a media server, and I moved the printer into my project room since the only time we print is shipping labels. (but it is networked in case we do need to print something from another room) The folding table is my main cutting/etc table, and clearly a catch-all. So lest anyone think my room is super neat, it is all in perspective. (though my husband came in this evening and was very impressed since it has been somewhat of a total wreck in there for a few weeks.
Cute little super heroes! and isn't it great to find a use for something they've physically outgrown, but mentally will be a wubie.

Still got you beat on mess, but I remembered I have an old craft table my mom didn't want when she moved earlier this year and after some discussion with DH, we figured out that it might work under the window in my room - I'll have to move my vintage dressform, but that'll be easy enough.

So, my cleaning/neatening of the sewing room turned into a "next weekend" problem. I do need to get a power strip before my new machine gets set up, or I'll have to set her up on the opposite side of the room.
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