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Old 02-11-2013, 10:01 AM   #2701
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As fate would have it a friend pinned a Cinderella dress pattern last night. I'm thinking 2 layers to the skirt and possibly cutting the top skirt into panels might make it easier to get the scalloped hem even. I saw an embroidery pattern for that circle detail somewhere, I need to track that down. I'll have to see what I can find for trim, There's no way I can hand bead that much, she'll have outgrown the dress before I finished it. I did see white mini pompom trim this morning, I might give that a shot. I'm feeling like this is going to be a whole lot of trial and error.

I made a trip out in the rain this morning for stabilizer, thread, spray adhesive and HBL, now all I need is the machine to get here
Sounds like this dress is going to be gorgeous!! Have you thought about using heat-fix crystals, instead of beads? They're easy to apply, washable, and most importantly, sparkly!! I like www.cheriscrystals.com the most. Here's a little Minnie I did with them:
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Hello Ladies! I've been lurking for a few months now and I just have to say that I am in awe of all of you! You ladies make some very fine clothing and accessories!! I've been sewing for almost 20 years, but mostly halloween costumes and small crafts. I'm looking to make some shirts for myself for our upcoming trip in September. I'm also looking to getting into embroidery. I've been looking at machines online, but am just more confused. I would only be doing small embroidery designs and only occassionally, so I'm thinking I don't need something huge. The 2 machines I have been looking at are both Brothers: PE500 and PE770. Any of you sewing goddesses have any recommendations, comments, or suggestion?

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I would go with the 770 because it has a 5 x 7 field and is an embroidery only machine. With the 500 I think you will get hoop envy rather quickly.
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I second the 770. It is really recommended on this thread and I love it, but I wanted more and I upgraded to a 10 needle, but no way am I getting rid of my 770.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #2705
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I would go with the 770 because it has a 5 x 7 field and is an embroidery only machine. With the 500 I think you will get hoop envy rather quickly.
I agree. If you can go bigger, with a 5x12 hoop, you'll have more options. Especially if you have any interest in projects where you can embroider on larger quilt blocks/areas.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:48 PM   #2706
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Ok ladies, I need help!!!

I went to pick up my Babylock Ellegante2 at the store that I bought over the weekend. Well, instead of the Ellegante2, they had the original, older, Ellegante and said they would add the upgrades to it. I didn't think that much of it until I had already paid in full and had it loaded in my car. I was buying a used machine, but it was supposed to be a more recent version, so to my thinking an older machine would probably be used a lot more. The price I paid was for the Ellegante 2 and even with upgrades added, I don't think getting the older base unit should cost as much. What do you all think?

Also, I started reading reviews and read a lot of negative reviews that did not make me happy. Please tell me the Babylock Ellegante 2 is a good machine. If it isn't, I will take it back tomorrow and just forget about it. I am literally sick about this as this is a LOT of money to me. If this doesn't work out, I will probably get the Brother 770 I've had my eye on and save thousands of dollars! Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA
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Number 1 check the stitch count. I believe the difference was the color and the updates on the machine like the brother Duetta 4000 and 4500. If they put the updates on the machine they are essentially the same machine. I do think they should of given you an additional discount or something.

I would also take the machine for a test drive tonight and then make a decision because I think you will see a difference between the 770 and the baby lock
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Number 1 check the stitch count. I believe the difference was the color and the updates on the machine like the brother Duetta 4000 and 4500. If they put the updates on the machine they are essentially the same machine. I do think they should of given you an additional discount or something.

I would also take the machine for a test drive tonight and then make a decision because I think you will see a difference between the 770 and the baby lock
I agree (again ). Stitch count is important. Lower stitch counts limit you on the density of stitching that the machine will be able to do at one time.
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I must apologize for not getting more quotes. I was WAY behind because I was lucky enough to go to WDW with my brother and his family for their kids first trip. I have been back for over a week and I'm still catching up on laundry, cleaning and this thread. You guys have been busy making some beautiful things. I only started grabbing quotes today so I apologize if I missed anyone.

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Well, this is the dress I made for Christmas for my Niece who is 5. She just got back from her first trip to wdw. I never got to see her in this to see if it even fit her. I still wasn't sure if it fit her until my MIL just told me she did wear it. I can't wait to see pictures soon. She did say that my niece loves the dress (Ariel is her favorite). And while at wdw, a few people asked where she bought it, so that is an awesome compliment. This was my first ever Grace dress.

And thank you to smile5sunshine for the pep talk that this pattern was doable. I read it over and over and then it finally made sense while I was putting it together.

This came out so nice and I love the contrast of the red.

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Someone asked about the four parks dress I made, it is a Stripwork Jumper but I modified the panels. I just finished this one which DD loves! I modified the straps and panels again:
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I am phone posting and am sorry if these are large!
This is really cute, love the purple color. I made a very similar dress using the same appliques. I will try to post a picture soon.

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On other exciting news: DH and I may be planning a September trip! DH just said to me the other day, would you like to go to Night of Joy? I am just super excited as music is a big part of worship for us (he sings in our church's selected voices choir). Now hopefully we can get free dining and airfare that doesn't cost a fortune. I guess we should have booked that bounceback when we were there last year, but we honestly didn't think we would go during the times they specified. I guess there may be new Disney outfits for me afterall!
Love seeing all the pictures of your days at Disney with your Disney wear. How exciting about the upcoming trip. It sounds like a special time of year to be at the parks. Can't wait to see what you come up with for your trip.

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I made my DD's BFF a rag quilt. The poor kid has a real pip for a Mom. I wanted the kid to know someone thinks she's worth making something special for.


And here are a few of the tissue holders I made. I think I did 48 and have learned that even though my day job is stressful I shouldnt give it up and try to earn a living making things.


I'm working on another rag quilt. Almost done with the sewing. If the snow forecasts are accurate this weekend should be a good time to do the cutting on the seams.
I LOVE that rag quilt. The colors are fabulous and it looks so cozy. The tissue holders are really cute, but 48 would make me crazy

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Hi! I finally uploaded photos of the baby quilt I did.

Not Disney, but surely fit for a princess.



I adored the little princess fabric and based the whole quilt on that. It was a real pleasure to make, and was gifted to one of my DIS friends who is expecting her first baby in a couple of weeks.
What a beautiful gift, that fabric is so cute.

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Why oh why am I having so many problems finding boy fabric I love for this next trip

Nothing has been speaking to me.
I hope something speaks to you soon. I love the prints you have used in the past, especially the plaids. Maybe something Hawaiian print???

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I usually put together commercial patterns with ease. It's the only kind I've done so far. It's coming along with a few issues but I think it looks great so far.

That dress is so pretty.

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Well, after a marathon of sewing last week, I finished the beach robes for my kiddos. I'm very happy with the results and they worked great, BUT I'm not in a hurry to use towels/terry cloth anytime soon. What a messy project! Nothing difficult, but little bits of towel were EVERYWHERE! I was happy to vacuum my sewing area tonight! (Also, the towels I got from Walmart snagged something furious. I don't know if all towels would behave that way or not.)

OH, and I ended up back at Walmart for the fabric I mentioned last week that is the hood lining, appliqes and belts. JoAnn's just didn't have anything in the colors I wanted, while the Wally one was exactly right. I asked about coupons and they looked at me like I had two heads. So, no, Walmart does not accept competitor coupons.

All three robes:


Heading to the pool:


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The robes are so cool. I really like the fabric you picked for the hood and belt, it is the perfect choice. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the water park.

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Here are a couple of super hero capes for my two DGDs. I made a super hero cape for my DGS (which he has still never worn) and his sister loved it and "ordered" one for herself with purple fabric on one side, Strawberry Shortcake on the other and two Ss for Super Selah. Well arlighty then! So I had to make one for my other DGD as well with her favorites.

Selah's cape:


Charlotte's cape:


The letters are glittery, but it doesn't show up on the photos.
Oh the capes are great. It seems your DGD knows what she wants! I love Strawberry Shortcake too.

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Ok ladies, I need help!!!

I went to pick up my Babylock Ellegante2 at the store that I bought over the weekend. Well, instead of the Ellegante2, they had the original, older, Ellegante and said they would add the upgrades to it. I didn't think that much of it until I had already paid in full and had it loaded in my car. I was buying a used machine, but it was supposed to be a more recent version, so to my thinking an older machine would probably be used a lot more. The price I paid was for the Ellegante 2 and even with upgrades added, I don't think getting the older base unit should cost as much. What do you all think?

Also, I started reading reviews and read a lot of negative reviews that did not make me happy. Please tell me the Babylock Ellegante 2 is a good machine. If it isn't, I will take it back tomorrow and just forget about it. I am literally sick about this as this is a LOT of money to me. If this doesn't work out, I will probably get the Brother 770 I've had my eye on and save thousands of dollars! Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA
Hmm, I was just going to reply to your other post to say congrats on the new machine. That is my kind of Home & Garden show. I am not familiar with the different babylock models but I think that if you paid for a new machine you should get a new machine. I can't imagine that they are that much different that a lower price for a used version would not be expected. Either option sounds like a very nice machine but I wouldn't feel good about spending the same amount on a new machine as a used machine if the models were fairly similar. Good luck getting it all figured out.
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Glad to see you dropping by. I look forward to seeing pictures of the outfits for your trip.
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How is the trip prep going? Can’t wait to see outfits.

Thanks... I really need to get going I did start to work on shirts for BoG.

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I hope this work as I don't post many pictures on here. :D
Great job on the water cooler bags.

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Here are a few things I've made this week:


I didn't remember seeing these two. These came out great.

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Hi haven't posted anything in a long while, but I lurk here pretty much daily. I love so many things that it is hard to keep up!

I won't repaste pictures/quote but I wanted to say I love so many things lately!!!

I also bought a two-zip hipster pattern on Etsy from Erin Erickson . I have material cut out for a vintage-inspired Mickey/Minnie hipster for our trip using the same pattern. I love how this turned out! Thank you to D~ for the inspiration to try out a hipster, your bags are awesome!!!


Thanks for viewing!
Everything looks great. I love the bag.


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Well, this is the dress I made for Christmas for my Niece who is 5. She just got back from her first trip to wdw. I never got to see her in this to see if it even fit her. I still wasn't sure if it fit her until my MIL just told me she did wear it. I can't wait to see pictures soon. She did say that my niece loves the dress (Ariel is her favorite). And while at wdw, a few people asked where she bought it, so that is an awesome compliment. This was my first ever Grace dress.


That dress came out adorable.

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On other exciting news: DH and I may be planning a September trip! DH just said to me the other day, would you like to go to Night of Joy? I am just super excited as music is a big part of worship for us (he sings in our church's selected voices choir). Now hopefully we can get free dining and airfare that doesn't cost a fortune. I guess we should have booked that bounceback when we were there last year, but we honestly didn't think we would go during the times they specified. I guess there may be new Disney outfits for me afterall!
That is wonderful news. ♥♥♥

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I made my DD's BFF a rag quilt. The poor kid has a real pip for a Mom. I wanted the kid to know someone thinks she's worth making something special for.

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Love the quilt. I see your ticker is getting close too. Are you going during April vacation. We will be there 4/13-4/20

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That came out great.

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I usually put together commercial patterns with ease. It's the only kind I've done so far. It's coming along with a few issues but I think it looks great so far.


What a pretty dress.

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Hello you talented ladies. I just wanted to let you know I have been so inspired by reading the last few threads and have finally worked up the courage to do some sewing for my almost 3 year old twins for our trip this summer.

I just wanted to say I am so impressed and inspired with all of your creations.

Kelly
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Well, after a marathon of sewing last week, I finished the beach robes for my kiddos. I'm very happy with the results and they worked great, BUT I'm not in a hurry to use towels/terry cloth anytime soon. What a messy project! Nothing difficult, but little bits of towel were EVERYWHERE! I was happy to vacuum my sewing area tonight! (Also, the towels I got from Walmart snagged something furious. I don't know if all towels would behave that way or not.)

All three robes:


Regards,
C.
Those robes came out so cute

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Seriously considering purchasing an embroidery machine. I enjoy sewing and am thinking of starting to make DD's clothing. It is getting harder and harder to find things that fit they way they should on her. Anyway, I don't want everything she wears to be plain. I want a machine that I can make a picture on my computer and then send it to the machine and it makes it.

I am looking at the Singer Futura XL 400. It is currently on sale for $699 at JoAnn's. And from what I am reading I can get a pretty good area to embroider if I purchase larger hoops.

Can I use a downloaded font like Disney font with a machine?

Can I just grab clipart and use that for a pattern?

The other machine I was looking at was a Brother but it is not getting the best of reviews.

Any advice is helpful! I will add that it has been close to 10 years since I have sewn so everything is kind of brand new all over again.
Like everyone said I know alot of people have had problems with the Singer machines. I only have Brother machines and I love them all. ♥

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On Wednesday, I'll be 4 weeks post op (knee surgery) and I've got quite the range of motion in my knee now. Physical therapy is amazing. So I am really looking forward to starting to sew again!
That's great news.

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Hi Everyone!

I'm so happy to have found you! I'm Cristy, and I sew, quilt, appliqué, tie-dye, etc. It's so fantastic to know that you all "get" my Disney and my sewing obsessions. Yay!!

I'm in the midst of planning our family's vacation to DLR, for March. Time is ticking and I've got to get sewing! I have a DD6 and a DD3 to sew a dress, or two, for.

I'm planning on making peasant type princess dresses for my girls. Fabric shopping is on my list for today. (Twist my arm, right?! :rofl )

Here's a couple of things I've made in the past:

A little Mickey/Minnie free-motion quilting:


I'll be back, for sure!
Welcome and can't wait to see what you make for your trip.

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Here are a couple of super hero capes for my two DGDs. I made a super hero cape for my DGS (which he has still never worn) and his sister loved it and "ordered" one for herself with purple fabric on one side, Strawberry Shortcake on the other and two Ss for Super Selah. Well arlighty then! So I had to make one for my other DGD as well with her favorites.

Selah's cape:

!
Great job on the super hero capes.

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Hello Ladies! I've been lurking for a few months now and I just have to say that I am in awe of all of you! You ladies make some very fine clothing and accessories!! I've been sewing for almost 20 years, but mostly halloween costumes and small crafts. I'm looking to make some shirts for myself for our upcoming trip in September. I'm also looking to getting into embroidery. I've been looking at machines online, but am just more confused. I would only be doing small embroidery designs and only occassionally, so I'm thinking I don't need something huge. The 2 machines I have been looking at are both Brothers: PE500 and PE770. Any of you sewing goddesses have any recommendations, comments, or suggestion?

TIA.....You Guys Rock!!!
I will also say the PE770 because you can go up to a 5x7. The PE770 is a great machine for the price.
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On Wednesday, I'll be 4 weeks post op (knee surgery) and I've got quite the range of motion in my knee now. Physical therapy is amazing. So I am really looking forward to starting to sew again!
Hooray for PT and hooray for getting to sew again!

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Hi Everyone!

I'm so happy to have found you! I'm Cristy, and I sew, quilt, appliqué, tie-dye, etc. It's so fantastic to know that you all "get" my Disney and my sewing obsessions. Yay!!


I'm planning on making peasant type princess dresses for my girls. Fabric shopping is on my list for today. (Twist my arm, right?! :rofl )

Here's a couple of things I've made in the past:

A little Mickey/Minnie free-motion quilting:


Some Mickey tie-dying:
Hi Cristy and welcome to the group! You are definitely in the right place if you love Disney and you love sewing! I love your tie dye and your quilting. I can't wait to see the princess dresses you make for your girls.

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Selah's cape:


Charlotte's cape:
Adorable capes! I've made a couple of capes before and the kids have so much fun with them. My tutorial that I used didn't give great measurements though. Next time I make them I will look for a different one.

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I finally purchased my amchine.. I ended up going with an Elna 664 Pro. It is a brand made by Janome. It should be easy for me to learn as it has easy to see pictures (on the machine) that tell me exactly what to do for every type of stitch. I hope that I am really happy with it.

Thanks for the help.
Exciting! We can't wait to hear how it runs and see what you make with it!

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As fate would have it a friend pinned a Cinderella dress pattern last night. I'm thinking 2 layers to the skirt and possibly cutting the top skirt into panels might make it easier to get the scalloped hem even. I saw an embroidery pattern for that circle detail somewhere, I need to track that down. I'll have to see what I can find for trim, There's no way I can hand bead that much, she'll have outgrown the dress before I finished it. I did see white mini pompom trim this morning, I might give that a shot. I'm feeling like this is going to be a whole lot of trial and error.

I made a trip out in the rain this morning for stabilizer, thread, spray adhesive and HBL, now all I need is the machine to get here
It sounds like you have a great plan for how to start on the dress. I can't wait for you to post pictures of the finished product.


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The 2 machines I have been looking at are both Brothers: PE500 and PE770. Any of you sewing goddesses have any recommendations, comments, or suggestion?

TIA.....You Guys Rock!!!
Hi and welcome to the group! Definitely go with the PE770 over the the machine with the smaller hoop. When I bought my first machine it only had a 4x4 embroidery field. Within 6 months I replaced it. So don't make my mistake and buy the machine with the larger embroidery field.

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Ok ladies, I need help!!!

I went to pick up my Babylock Ellegante2 at the store that I bought over the weekend. Well, instead of the Ellegante2, they had the original, older, Ellegante and said they would add the upgrades to it. I didn't think that much of it until I had already paid in full and had it loaded in my car. I was buying a used machine, but it was supposed to be a more recent version, so to my thinking an older machine would probably be used a lot more. The price I paid was for the Ellegante 2 and even with upgrades added, I don't think getting the older base unit should cost as much. What do you all think?

Also, I started reading reviews and read a lot of negative reviews that did not make me happy. Please tell me the Babylock Ellegante 2 is a good machine. If it isn't, I will take it back tomorrow and just forget about it. I am literally sick about this as this is a LOT of money to me. If this doesn't work out, I will probably get the Brother 770 I've had my eye on and save thousands of dollars! Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA
Well, first off, congratulations on your new machine. I am sure you will love it. The Ellegante is about the same as my Brother 4000d, which is what I have. The Ellegante 2 is definitely newer but I don't know how much more there is to it. I love my machine and it works great. It is a little fussier about the bobbin thread that I use but it stitches everything out so nicely! A huge plus that the Ellegante has over the PE770 is that you can add wording and combine designs right on the machine. You don't need additional software in order to do those things.

I would be a little bit ticked that the store did not make it clear that you were buying an Ellegante and not an Ellegante 2. Obviously the Ellegante 2 would be newer. You will need to check the stitch count on your Ellegante to make sure that it doesn't have a high stitch count. A high stitch count would indicate that the machine may be nearing the end of its life. However, not all used machines have a high stitch count. I bought my Brother 4000d used and it only had 1.2 million stitches on it. Don't let a few negative reviews color your thought on the machine. It is probably a bunch of people who don't know how to use the machine correctly. It is a sophisticated machine and it requires some learning in order to use it properly.

I hope you decide to keep the machine in the end, because I think you will really enjoy using it.
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I am doing a second post because I have a bunch of pictures to include and I didn't want to exceed the maximum.

First up are a few t-shirts that I made for DH. They will be for our trip this summer.


Here are close ups of my two favorite designs:




Then here are some shorts outfits that I made for my nephews.



Here are some closer pictures of a few of my favorites:







Then here are two dresses that I made for the launch last week.
With the pinafore on:

With the pinafore removed:

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On Wednesday, I'll be 4 weeks post op (knee surgery) and I've got quite the range of motion in my knee now. Physical therapy is amazing. So I am really looking forward to starting to sew again!
I am happy to hear that you are making great progress on recovery. I hope you will back to sewing soon!

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Hi Everyone!

I'm so happy to have found you! I'm Cristy, and I sew, quilt, appliqué, tie-dye, etc. It's so fantastic to know that you all "get" my Disney and my sewing obsessions. Yay!!

I'm in the midst of planning our family's vacation to DLR, for March. Time is ticking and I've got to get sewing! I have a DD6 and a DD3 to sew a dress, or two, for.

I'm planning on making peasant type princess dresses for my girls. Fabric shopping is on my list for today. (Twist my arm, right?! :rofl )

Here's a couple of things I've made in the past:

A little Mickey/Minnie free-motion quilting:


Some Mickey tie-dying:


I'll be back, for sure!
Welcome! The free motion quilting looks great, as are the tie dyed shirts. I can't wait to see pictures of your creations!

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Here are a couple of super hero capes for my two DGDs. I made a super hero cape for my DGS (which he has still never worn) and his sister loved it and "ordered" one for herself with purple fabric on one side, Strawberry Shortcake on the other and two Ss for Super Selah. Well arlighty then! So I had to make one for my other DGD as well with her favorites.

Selah's cape:


Charlotte's cape:


The letters are glittery, but it doesn't show up on the photos.
The capes look great! I am sure your granddaugthers will love them!


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I finally purchased my amchine.. I ended up going with an Elna 664 Pro. It is a brand made by Janome. It should be easy for me to learn as it has easy to see pictures (on the machine) that tell me exactly what to do for every type of stitch. I hope that I am really happy with it.

Thanks for the help.
Congratulations! I hope the serger is exactly what you wanted!

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Anyone have a favorite fabric marker, that washes well, repeatedly? I'm planning on getting character signatures on fabric blocks, yo make into a quilt. Thanks a bunch!!
I don't have any recommendations as I embroidered the signatures for my quilt. I think the fabric markers tend to do well if you heat set the signatures before you sew the blocks together.

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Hello Ladies! I've been lurking for a few months now and I just have to say that I am in awe of all of you! You ladies make some very fine clothing and accessories!! I've been sewing for almost 20 years, but mostly halloween costumes and small crafts. I'm looking to make some shirts for myself for our upcoming trip in September. I'm also looking to getting into embroidery. I've been looking at machines online, but am just more confused. I would only be doing small embroidery designs and only occassionally, so I'm thinking I don't need something huge. The 2 machines I have been looking at are both Brothers: PE500 and PE770. Any of you sewing goddesses have any recommendations, comments, or suggestion?

TIA.....You Guys Rock!!!
Welcome! I would suggest the 770 as others have said. The 5x7 hoop vs. 4x4 hoop makes a difference. I have a 4x4 hoop and I find things limiting at times!

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I second the 770. It is really recommended on this thread and I love it, but I wanted more and I upgraded to a 10 needle, but no way am I getting rid of my 770.
Which 10 needle machine do you have? Are you happy with it? I am thinking about making the jump to a multi-needle machine but I have only found a few reviews on them so far.

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Ok ladies, I need help!!!

I went to pick up my Babylock Ellegante2 at the store that I bought over the weekend. Well, instead of the Ellegante2, they had the original, older, Ellegante and said they would add the upgrades to it. I didn't think that much of it until I had already paid in full and had it loaded in my car. I was buying a used machine, but it was supposed to be a more recent version, so to my thinking an older machine would probably be used a lot more. The price I paid was for the Ellegante 2 and even with upgrades added, I don't think getting the older base unit should cost as much. What do you all think?

Also, I started reading reviews and read a lot of negative reviews that did not make me happy. Please tell me the Babylock Ellegante 2 is a good machine. If it isn't, I will take it back tomorrow and just forget about it. I am literally sick about this as this is a LOT of money to me. If this doesn't work out, I will probably get the Brother 770 I've had my eye on and save thousands of dollars! Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA
Yikes! I am sorry to hear that the machine isn't quite what you thought you were getting. I agree with what others have said in terms of the stitch count. I would also talk to the store owner and let them know that you are not impressed with the machine. Perhaps they can do something about it.

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I must apologize for not getting more quotes. I was WAY behind because I was lucky enough to go to WDW with my brother and his family for their kids first trip. I have been back for over a week and I'm still catching up on laundry, cleaning and this thread. You guys have been busy making some beautiful things. I only started grabbing quotes today so I apologize if I missed anyone.

Love seeing all the pictures of your days at Disney with your Disney wear. How exciting about the upcoming trip. It sounds like a special time of year to be at the parks. Can't wait to see what you come up with for your trip.
I hope you and your brother's family had a good trip. Right now I am trying to figure out vacation time and search for good airfare for the trip.

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I am doing a second post because I have a bunch of pictures to include and I didn't want to exceed the maximum.

First up are a few t-shirts that I made for DH. They will be for our trip this summer.


Then here are some shorts outfits that I made for my nephews.


Then here are two dresses that I made for the launch last week.
With the pinafore on:

With the pinafore removed:

Great job on everything. I have to say I like the cowboy shirt the most! The dresses are beautiful and I am sure the recipients will be very happy to wear them!
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Diane I totally love the shorts you made. I think I need to go to Joanns and find some of those plaids. Maybe Friday when I am out with my Mom.
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Thanks everyone for the advise on my Ellegante machine. It was all very helpful! I will be talking to the owner of the store today and see what she can do. It says on my bill of sale Ellegante 2, so that's what I want. DH was impressed with the owner (who sold me the machine in the first place) and seems positive she will want to make me happy. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for the comments on the capes. They are so easy, but kids seem to just love them! For the person who wanted the pattern I used, here's a link:
http://www.howdoesshe.com/super-hero-cape/
I modified it a bit, but it gives you a jumping off place for sizing.

Diane, your outfits are all so wonderful!! You always get so much done in such a short amount of time. Don't know how you do it! I love the Rapunzel dress. Where did you get that fabric for the dress itself. That is my DGD's favorite character and she would love something made from that fabric.

Hope everyone has a great day! And again, thanks for responding to my desperate plea!!
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