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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/30/2016 8:56:00 AM   
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Hi all. Like most of you I have also been sewing ever since I can remember. My mother made us clothes until we left home, and I learned on her old Kenmore, then used her Singer Touch-n-Sew. I took loads of home ec courses when in school, then my parents gave me an Elna SU back in the dark ages when I got married. I moved away from sewing clothes (people are just too picky!) in favor of crafts and home dec quite a few years ago. When my Elna Quilter's Dream bit the dust a few months ago, I got a Janome DC 2014 for a workhorse machine, but have stuck with Babylock for embroidery.

I have done craft fairs off and on for quite a few years, and this past year was particularly good for me. I really like to make teddy bears (toy type as well as jointed collectible types), and rather than tackling entire quilts, I like doing quilted table runners with free motion quilting. My first embroidery machine was a Babylock Sophia 4x4, but just recently upgraded to a Babylock Accord with a 5x7, and the big hoop for combined designs. I haven't the foggiest idea how to use it yet, but figure most of the basics will be like the Sophia. One pass through the manual, and I'm boggled by the editing options! I did do a few ITH designs- key fobs- for the craft fairs, but they didn't sell at all.

Several of you have said you've gotten loads of help using your machines here, and I hope to participate, assuming there are others with Babylocks on here. I want to use the machine to make crafts to sell, and the 5x7 looks like it will be much more versatile than the little 4x4 I had. I can get free lessons on the machine, but the dealer is over an hour away, so I am hoping to tap into the knowledge of you members here to help out when I get stuck.

Glad to be a member!

Joyce

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/30/2016 9:25:11 AM   
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Welcome aboard, Joyce!! You will find lots of advice and friendship on this forum!!

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/31/2016 12:46:55 PM   
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Hi Joyce there are many with Babylock machines = mine are Janome's but I do have a babylock serger... Not sure how many have YOUR particular babylock but you can ask - just put your machine model in your question on this forum like Babylock.... need help and that should do it.


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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/31/2016 6:06:44 PM   
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Welcome Joyce, so glad to meet you! You're a woman after my own heart regarding the home ec classes, table runners, and especially the Elna SU. I sewed on one of those for years and years and wish I still had it if only just to admire that beloved machine. I'm sure you'll find lots of Babylock help here or will be directed to other sources of help. I would like to learn from you about jointed teddy bears, I've collected patterns for them for a long time and never made a one.

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 10/1/2017 1:06:25 PM   
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Welcome Joyce! It's nice to meet you, and I'm sure you will find many kindred sewing spirits here. This is
a great group of great ladies who love to share knowledge. I know you'll feel right at home here : ).

If you're having a specific problem with your machine, may I suggest you post and see if someone has ideas
for you? I sew on a Babylock Ellure Sewing machine and a Janome 8000. And I have an older babylock and
a Necchi serger which I rarely use.

I would love to see some of the things you've made! I'm not a quilter, although I've taken several classes lol!
Never got past the class sampler. But I do so admire those who make beautiful quilts.

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 10/1/2017 4:56:25 PM   
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I have been sewing since high school...a long time since I graduated in 1967!!. I am a registered nurse that worked in a large NICU taking care of tiny babies and I was also a Certified Lactation Consultant. I am now retired. I am enjoying my retirement and my husband and I love camping ( not tent but fifth wheel with a/c!). I have been known to take my small embroidery machine camping with me. I have a large Brother Embroidery machine that I leave at home. I joined this forum Feb. 2, 2011. At that time I was new to machine embroidery and asked a lot of dumb questions---I think I annoyed Shirley with my numerous questions. I am from the deep South and love it here. I know a lot of people don't like Mississippi but I have lived in several states and prefer my Ms. I will never move! I enjoy sewing, embroidering, quilting and most all crafts. I have 9 grandchildren so the opportunity to sew (and mend) is constant. This is a great forum and I have learned so much here. Welcome Joyce, I hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I have from all these wonderful ladies that are so willing to share their knowledge. Ask any questions that you need an answer to and you will surely get the correct answer here.

< Message edited by Belinda -- 10/1/2017 8:32:51 PM >


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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 10/1/2017 8:10:26 PM   
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Thank you, Belinda. Although you're a long time contributor it's so nice to read about your background and experiences.

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 10/1/2017 8:37:28 PM   
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Thanks Carol, I really like to know some of each of your backgrounds too. It makes things seem more personal. It makes us real friends to know a little more about each other!

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 10/1/2017 8:54:44 PM   
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I forgot to mention how I was introduced to this forum...Years ago I attended a Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion in Huntsville Ala. My friend and I saved our money for a year to attend this week long school. It was amazing. We learned so much and did a lot of projects while we were there. I fell in love with Martha and her family. And I found this forum on her site. I did not have an embroidery machine at that time. The first embroidery machine I bought was not user friendly so it really wasn't even fun to use. But then I bought a Brother and fell in love with machine embroidery.

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/1/2017 8:54:47 PM   
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I was never able to attend any of Martha's schools but found the forum after I bought my emb machine. I had been a long time subscriber to Sew Beautiful and can't remember exactly how I got here but I do remember the first time I logged on .... I stayed up half the night reading all of the posts and knew this was my new home away from home AND School of All Things Sewing/Embroidery. That was in 2003, are you tired of me yet? Lol

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/4/2017 1:15:56 PM   
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I have been here for over 20 years I got my first machine both a Janome 8000 and a serger the same day... that would have been 1989 back then mostly it was ann the gran.... and it was free designs. I still have that machine but something must have jostled it in the move... I used to use it for sewing and the other machines for embroidery... must find all the parts for it like cord hoop I found not sure about the cord but some cords from one machine work on the other machines but the 12000 and 500e use same cord... I need to also take my 10001 or 11000 for repair... again jostled...

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/4/2017 10:00:17 PM   
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Ann the Gran is the site my dealer pointed me to back then, I guess they were the biggest game in town at the time.

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 12/5/2017 11:40:48 AM   
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I am not sure if they were the only game in town.... yesterday I saw a tag on post from new member spamming us and what it was attached to was a note on Emb Library having a sale for $1 on chickens roosters... and it was directed to me and those fond of chickens... I should have clued in at the $1 sale because it seems that since the merger with Urban threads Emb Library have bumped up their sale prices 40% now they are 1.39 and seems to me that I no longer even download the free designs from them... they just have lost their appeal.


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I sew on Janome 8000, 10001, 11000se, 12000, 350e, 300e, Janome 234d and Babylock Imagine

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 8/27/2018 4:09:05 PM   
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Hi everyone! I am a very ham fists tryer! I have been trying for years to get some sewing things done, I did a course maybe 15 years ago. I've had three machines and two kids and 13 houses in the last years since I did that course and I can say I have not finished a single thing full or properly.

Honestly I am near giving up. But that's not me. I am really bad at sewing, I am bad at getting organised and doing things neatly, I never seem to have some vital tool for the job. And sometimes it takes me so many years to save up and buy the thread that the **** machine has gone out of warranty by then!

I hae attempted making my own shoes. I have all these old silk Sara's I got years ago with the idea of making clothes. I have a ton of wool for felting. I got some silk floss who he is so fine my machine won't really use it.
I have two machines at the moment an old elna which stitches so wonky it makes my teeth itch. And I had a singer confidence that nearly destroyed any confidence or enthusiasm I had. I gave it to the repair man because I couldn't bear to bring it home again. I really hate that machine.

But every day I try. I fix things I do a sample square and I fix the next thing. It frustrates me but I keep trying because I have such visions of what I want and it doesn't exist and I really want it but I do struggle to stay positive.

I can't be this bad can I? I have recently decided to just hand see and managed to make a small meter of silk with wool batting. Then my kid spilled curry pot noodle on it. I didn't even cry. I have come to expect an uphill battle but I am tho king now maybe it's not me. Maybe my machines just are not good. Not for silk not for leather these are maybe things I should not be trying as a begginners I'm holding myself back by not starting small. It's just that I can't really afford material so I was trying old t shirts and my god they are so slippy. Anyway my elna only straight stitches and it doesn't work on t shirts.

So first thing I need is a machine. Or maybe to handsew better. Anyway I am hoping by being nearby to people who do this it will rub off on me and give me some luck. Some confidence. It feels so shattered.

Gosh sorry my intro is so depressing. If I get something simple done I will be the happiest person alive!! Just got to get tere!

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 8/27/2018 10:23:27 PM   
ShirleyCalgary


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I learned to sew at age 5 and then school with the nuns new sewing project new embroidery by hand project and new knitting project every year... I learned on an old Singer electric from the late 40s owned by my granny. Now I only have Janome machines... you cant sew anything but fine leather like very thin by machine heavy leather like in a purse the home machine cant handle that... most machines can handle up to 60 wt thread... my janome machines love it... they don't handle 30 wt very well it is thicker the machine is set at the factory so my old janome machines expect 50 wt the newer one is likely set for 40 wt which is standard embroidery thread.
I am guessing that you are not trying or looking to do machine embroidery but just regular garment sewing... or home d├ęcor - try making something simple like pillow - if you have an idea about making something in particular - google how to make a pillow case or a pillow and then type you tube you can watch and rewatch the free video...so whatever it is you would like to try google how to sew a ......... - you tube

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I sew on Janome 8000, 10001, 11000se, 12000, 350e, 300e, Janome 234d and Babylock Imagine

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RE: OT - kinda - Introduce Yourself - 9/6/2018 4:58:22 AM   
samui

 

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hey there

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