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    I am going camping and am considering bringing along one of those inexpensive battery operated sewing machines to do some piecing. Has anyone used one? Have any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I am going camping and am considering bringing along one of those inexpensive battery operated sewing machines to do some piecing. Has anyone used one? Have any recommendations?
    Hi, I want you to know I just got chastised, I read your post and said to my other 1/2 'Here's a real addict' and then he reminded ME I had taken My FW on vacation TOO! 'Yah, but I had Electricty! I was picturing you in a pup tent
    :lol: I want to Apologize, I live in a 'Glass' house :lol: And your Quilt will Be wonderful! 8-)

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    :-) yes yes i am a true addict i admit it. i am going to the desert where besides hiking and stargazing there is not much to do and my BF likes to hang out at the campsite - so i usually read and play guitar but hey i am behind on my piecing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I am going camping and am considering bringing along one of those inexpensive battery operated sewing machines to do some piecing. Has anyone used one? Have any recommendations?
    Hi, I want you to know I just got chastised, I read your post and said to my other 1/2 'Here's a real addict' and then he reminded ME I had taken My FW on vacation TOO! 'Yah, but I had Electricty! I was picturing you in a pup tent
    :lol: I want to Apologize, I live in a 'Glass' house :lol: And your Quilt will Be wonderful! 8-)

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    PS.. of all places this board is where i thought for sure i'd find someone whos' thought of this or who could give me suggestions - i am taking the silence to suggest i do need some help ... :-) "Hi my name is Yolanda and I am addicted to making quilts..." ;-)

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    Quilters on the vintage site love handcranks for camping. I can't speak from experience, but it'd sew a better seam if you can find one.

    I'd purchase the battery operated one and unpack it carefully and try it out. You don't want to compromise your quilt with less than good seams. If it does well, then I'd go for it.

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    Take along a lot of batteries .

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    Are you thinking of the little hand -operated one? Keep your money in your jeans.

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    I didn't think of a handcrank - very nice! Actually I feel silly posting this and have decided to learn to crochet or bring along a swedish weave project I have waiting in a closet ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I didn't think of a handcrank - very nice! Actually I feel silly posting this and have decided to learn to crochet or bring along a swedish weave project I have waiting in a closet ;-)
    How about a hand piecing project?

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    I bought one for my GD and we tried it out and then took it back to the store. Really bad stitches. I have been looking for a hand crank one to take camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I am going camping and am considering bringing along one of those inexpensive battery operated sewing machines to do some piecing. Has anyone used one? Have any recommendations?

    Hi Yolanda,

    Typically sewers are not happy with these sewing machines.

    You could find out if your camping site is equipped with electric and take a 3/4 size machine depending on how long you plan on camping.

    This might be a good time to start a hand project to take along camping. There are several great options. One would be the GFG, Grandmother's Flower Garden. It's a great take along. The Cathedral Window is another hand sewing project. It can be started at home by machine and then worked by hand when away from home, another take along.

    There are several others that would be something to check into but I'm not able to put a name to them at this time. I'll repost if I think of them later.

    I personally like to spend outdoor time with some sort of handwork. I like the quietness of camping. I like to do redwork type stitching and have several in different colors so I don't get bored. I'm also thinking of starting a GFG to use up small scrap sizes. There was a nice posting of someone who had a nice plastic container to take along her project as she traveled.

    Good luck, enjoy camping.

    Pam M

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    It's a good time for me to learn to hand piece huh? ;-) thank you - I really have wanted to learn to hand quilt .. I can bring a little piece and pratice
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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I didn't think of a handcrank - very nice! Actually I feel silly posting this and have decided to learn to crochet or bring along a swedish weave project I have waiting in a closet ;-)
    How about a hand piecing project?

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    thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by milp04
    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I am going camping and am considering bringing along one of those inexpensive battery operated sewing machines to do some piecing. Has anyone used one? Have any recommendations?

    Hi Yolanda,

    Typically sewers are not happy with these sewing machines.

    You could find out if your camping site is equipped with electric and take a 3/4 size machine depending on how long you plan on camping.

    This might be a good time to start a hand project to take along camping. There are several great options. One would be the GFG, Grandmother's Flower Garden. It's a great take along. The Cathedral Window is another hand sewing project. It can be started at home by machine and then worked by hand when away from home, another take along.

    There are several others that would be something to check into but I'm not able to put a name to them at this time. I'll repost if I think of them later.

    I personally like to spend outdoor time with some sort of handwork. I like the quietness of camping. I like to do redwork type stitching and have several in different colors so I don't get bored. I'm also thinking of starting a GFG to use up small scrap sizes. There was a nice posting of someone who had a nice plastic container to take along her project as she traveled.

    Good luck, enjoy camping.

    Pam M

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    thanks again to everyone for their suggestions -- i will take along hand work of some sort --- still feeling silly for my post

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    thanks again to everyone for their suggestions -- i will take along hand work of some sort --- still feeling silly for my post
    No need to feel silly. It was a good question.

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    I take one with me camping for my granddaughter I paid $20.00 for it at Rite aid In fact I now have two of them It sews like a dream. My Grandaughter sews on it and has made a quilt, pillows and stuffed dolls, Even an outfit one time I have used it while camping if I need to mend something too.
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    I have a hand crank and it is wonderful. Took all of 5 minutes to learn to use it. I actually like it better than my treadle, well maybe evenly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    thanks again to everyone for their suggestions -- i will take along hand work of some sort --- still feeling silly for my post
    Hey! Don't feel silly. I've never tried either the battery operated or the hand crank so I couldn't give you an opinion. You had mentioned learning to hand piece; keep your hand clean out in them thar hills! Personally, I like the idea about crocheting. I have one project that I take with me when I know that I don't have access to a machine. I've been working on it for years, but it does help wile away the hours sitting at the doctors office or my Greyhound bus adventures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    PS.. of all places this board is where i thought for sure i'd find someone whos' thought of this or who could give me suggestions - i am taking the silence to suggest i do need some help ... :-) "Hi my name is Yolanda and I am addicted to making quilts..." ;-)
    I take one camping & my DH runs the generator for me.

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    LOL we camp at a rustic campground generators are my pet peeve! Breaks up the sound of nature. No offense meant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    LOL we camp at a rustic campground generators are my pet peeve! Breaks up the sound of nature. No offense meant!
    Where we camp there is no electric usual about 6 dif groups all together we only turn them on late in the evening to charge up our batteries in the trailer thats when 3 us sew.

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    I camp best at a Holiday Inn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enchanted Quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    LOL we camp at a rustic campground generators are my pet peeve! Breaks up the sound of nature. No offense meant!
    Where we camp there is no electric usual about 6 dif groups all together we only turn them on late in the evening to charge up our batteries in the trailer thats when 3 us sew.
    I would rather mid day for generators as kids are getting put to bed in the evening Now where we camp it is very rustic no indoor plumbing and a lot of tents Vs campers so it may be different where you go. I still mean no offense I complain to myself only once did I mention it to a generator user He laughed but turned it off for the time being

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    I'm feeling the same way there!
    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    I camp best at a Holiday Inn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Quote Originally Posted by Enchanted Quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    LOL we camp at a rustic campground generators are my pet peeve! Breaks up the sound of nature. No offense meant!
    Where we camp there is no electric usual about 6 dif groups all together we only turn them on late in the evening to charge up our batteries in the trailer thats when 3 us sew.
    I would rather mid day for generators as kids are getting put to bed in the evening Now where we camp it is very rustic no indoor plumbing and a lot of tents Vs campers so it may be different where you go. I still mean no offense I complain to myself only once did I mention it to a generator user He laughed but turned it off for the time being
    I didn't take offense we try real hard to work around everyone we just go to have a good time and be with everyone. We have been doing this for many Yrs . If my Dad & mom go this yr 2 the reunion it is on 4th July it will be his 46th yr he is 93 & my mom is 83. They started this yrs ago w/ all Family. Hope yopu have a Great Time . I know we will.

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