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  1. Help with making a whole in my sewing table for my machine!!!!

    by , 05-29-2013 at 09:56 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Does your sewing machine have a top-loading bobbin? Or a front-loading bobbin? I think that is what makes the difference.

    If you have a top-loader, it's enough to cut the hole to fit the machine.

    If you have a front-loading bobbin as I do, typically you make the hole larger than the machine and create a plexiglass insert to fill the gap between the hole and your machine. I believe hardwares stores will cut plexiglass for you to a paper pattern; you would add legs to the
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  2. My scrappy quilt is done.

    by , 05-29-2013 at 07:47 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by craftygrandma5 View Post
    Your quilt and quilting are both beautiful. Please post the name of the pattern. I have lots of scraps and would love to try making a quilt by this pattern.
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  3. Is there a "best time" to purchase a machine?

    by , 05-29-2013 at 04:54 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Nanny's dollface View Post
    Where I live is Southern California, there are not many places to purchase used machines...nearest quilt store is about 40 minutes away and I still can't afford their prices of $5k or better for a used high end machine that had previously went for $7k.

    Then there's always The Viking Gallery at Joanne's....which is 5 minutes from my house and where I purchased my Viking Emerald 118 on sale for $399 last November just before Thanksgiving ( Black Friday in US). They don't sell used machines.
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  4. Paper piecing question - fabric waster?

    by , 05-29-2013 at 03:57 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Puttergeo View Post
    I have finally figured out how to paper piece, and did a few blocks that came out pretty well. However, I seem to waste quite a bit of fabric, because if I don't cut each piece bigger than it needs to be I end up with edges not covering. Do you have hints on how to limit the waste or is this just one of the things you accept about this? Any other advice about paper piecing welcome!
    Thanks.
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  5. Paper piecing question - fabric waster?

    by , 05-29-2013 at 03:56 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Puttergeo View Post
    I have finally figured out how to paper piece, and did a few blocks that came out pretty well. However, I seem to waste quite a bit of fabric, because if I don't cut each piece bigger than it needs to be I end up with edges not covering. Do you have hints on how to limit the waste or is this just one of the things you accept about this? Any other advice about paper piecing welcome!
    Thanks.
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  6. My hexagon mini "art' work journey.

    by , 05-28-2013 at 02:24 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Recurver View Post
    Hi there,

    Two weeks ago my mother an I went to a workshop to make a hexagon flower ring. We went to the workshop with the idea it was on de sewing machine. I was shocked. I have never did any hand sewing. But we went anyway.

    The morning went by and I put some hexagons together. My mother learned me quick how to sew by hand.
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  7. Pricing on alterations

    by , 05-27-2013 at 09:58 PM
    Ladies I am new to the site and would like to ask a question. I do alterations for people in my community. I have a home based business. I have an order to take some name tags (3) off a set of scrubs, shorten the pants, take 2 pockets out from behind the outer pockets, add a piece of material to the hem of the sleeve and to the V in the top. My question is how much should I charge? I usually charge $5.00 for hems. Any help is appreciated.
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  8. crazy cats

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    , 05-26-2013 at 07:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by alikigirl View Post
    This is from a pattern by Buggy Barn, where you stack the fat quarters, and then slice according to the pattern, the shuffle the fabrics, and sew back together. The eyes are buttons, and the whiskers are baby ric-rac.
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  9. My First Quilt

    by , 05-26-2013 at 01:34 PM
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    This was my first quilt I made. It is a Tradewinds pattern and made out of strips. This quilt was given to my Mother who really enjoys it.

    Updated 05-26-2013 at 01:50 PM by Crooked Toe Quilter

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  10. Quasi-Crazy Quilt from Vintage Scraps and Embroidery

    by , 05-26-2013 at 05:20 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Last summer I made a few blocks for this quilt and posted them on the board. Many months later the quilt is now finished.

    It is a QAYG quilt set on point, and the blocks are made from embroidery pieces, such as old pillowcases and dresser scarves. I used the sew and flip technique with vintage fabric scraps (most are authentic, some are reproductions, some are unknown).

    This quilt will be donated to the Red Willow Bible Camp quilt auction fundraiser.
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