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Thread: Which sewing machine gets to go camping and what pattern to make?

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    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
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    Normally I only bring english paper piecing, grandma's flower garden. This year I am thinking of bringing a sewing machine, iron, tiny ironing board, rotary cutting mat and rotary cutter. I have many sewing machines and the best candidates I would think are a Feather Weight, Janome Jem Gold or maybe a Singer 301. I picture doing piecing only. What patterns have other people found to work well with sit and sew on a camp ground? I have a lot of kidlets so I need to keep one eye on them. We are in a class C motor home (cab over) and will mostly be in sites with full hook up.

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    Have carried my janome dc3050 before, but now that I have a f/w, it will be the f/w simply because I love her and she's my baby and she weighs less and doesn't take up as much room.

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    i have 4 with me. lol. my brother ex660, commodore (15 clone), brother embroidery and my serger.

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    I own neither of the above, so I couldn't give you an honest opinion. When and if I ever get the chance to go camping I take my crochet with me. When we camp, we really camp. No electricity whatsoever. BTW. where is the nearest bush to tinkle in?

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    Whatever you take, pack a can of compressed air to keep your baby clean and running smoothly. Have fun!

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    I take my brother xl2600. And this year I am going to try to cut up some Kits to take with me so that I wont have to cut anything out. REMEMBER to bring your RIPPER...if you don't YOU WILL wish that you had!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Normally I only bring english paper piecing, grandma's flower garden. This year I am thinking of bringing a sewing machine, iron, tiny ironing board, rotary cutting mat and rotary cutter. I have many sewing machines and the best candidates I would think are a Feather Weight, Janome Jem Gold or maybe a Singer 301. I picture doing piecing only. What patterns have other people found to work well with sit and sew on a camp ground? I have a lot of kidlets so I need to keep one eye on them. We are in a class C motor home (cab over) and will mostly be in sites with full hook up.
    I would take the Feather Weight

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    I take my Janome Jem Gold everywhere - to classes, in the car, on planes, love it. When I'm traveling, I take projects I'm doing for charity.

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    Oh no I refused to do that. My man used to take me out like that with little kidlets in tow and eventually I refused. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    I own neither of the above, so I couldn't give you an honest opinion. When and if I ever get the chance to go camping I take my crochet with me. When we camp, we really camp. No electricity whatsoever. BTW. where is the nearest bush to tinkle in?

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    Thanks!!!! So true and eventhough we get hook up the campsite is too far from anything that would cary sewing supplies.


    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    I take my brother xl2600. And this year I am going to try to cut up some Kits to take with me so that I wont have to cut anything out. REMEMBER to bring your RIPPER...if you don't YOU WILL wish that you had!!

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    Wonderful tip. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian
    Whatever you take, pack a can of compressed air to keep your baby clean and running smoothly. Have fun!

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    Sounds like fun! I never brought a machine camping but always had hand work. If I went again I'd bring my FW.
    Have a great time :)

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    Thanks for the feed back. I am thinking the FW might be a good option. Our motor home shakes a lot when driving and DH thinks the FW might be the best option too.

    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Sounds like fun! I never brought a machine camping but always had hand work. If I went again I'd bring my FW.
    Have a great time :)

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    I take my FW but sometimes I take the 66 red eye Hand Crank. People at the camp ground who do not sew are drawn to the HC and just want to watch me piece quilt. I do not know if it is the machine or that I am a man sewing. My wife just sit there reading and being entertained by the people watching me. Glenn

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    I have an old Singer hand crank that I take when I want to piece while camping. That way if we camp w/o electric I can still work on something to occupy my time...boys like to fish and I don't (but will eat what they catch! lol)

    Whichever is the easiest machine for you to tote around would be my answer. If it's like when I go camping, I'm always having to move stuff around to accommodate meal times, so portability is the key for me.

    Christine

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    Sorry I can't help you. When I go camping with my DS, we're in a tent with no utilities. The table is the camp supplied picnic table. I wouldn't dare take a machine with me because it would get full of sand.
    I usually take beach novels. You know the ones. The kind that if you leave them at the beach, you don't care?
    Anyway, have a great vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Wonderful tip. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian
    Whatever you take, pack a can of compressed air to keep your baby clean and running smoothly. Have fun!
    I thought compressed air was bad for sewing machines.....at least that is what the sewing machine repair place has told me....that it forces more lint/dust further into the mechanics of the machines. Therefore needing repaired more often. Has anyone ever heard this before?

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    We are leaving tomorrow. I'm taking my FW and have several kid's charity tops cut and in sets. They are just 6 in. squares which I have laid out and stacked in the order I want to sew them. I also just bought a kit for a US flag wall hanging made with tumbler blocks that will be easy to stitch.
    Have fun with your stitching

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    I usually take my Janome platinum. It's small, light, and fits into the odd shaped storage places our MH has. I've been quilting in the MH for about 6 or 7 years.
    We just bought a new MH, so this time I'm going to try it with the big Pfaff. I'll let you know how it works when we get home next August.

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    I do 'civilized' camping now- you know the kind where you have your own queen sized bed, full bathroom and a 10x22 foot covered porch next to the trailer. I just got back from it as a matter of fact, and today I finished piecing my next quilt project :-)
    I usually bring my featherweight, but since my DH gave me a bernina 430 for graduation, I have been hauling that back and forth (it is definately heavier than my 221) so that I can play with it. I do most of my cutting at home, then piece on my porch! Have fun camping

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    We are leaving tomorrow and I'm taking my crocheting - almost done with my daughter's afghan she requested at Christmas - and some cross stitching that I want to work on. I may eventually bring along quilting, but I am going to check at a quilt store, count on that :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NauDeeGal
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Wonderful tip. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian
    Whatever you take, pack a can of compressed air to keep your baby clean and running smoothly. Have fun!
    I thought compressed air was bad for sewing machines.....at least that is what the sewing machine repair place has told me....that it forces more lint/dust further into the mechanics of the machines. Therefore needing repaired more often. Has anyone ever heard this before?
    Yes, I heard this somewhere but I think it's for computerized machines. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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    I do have a singer 15 hand crank too. It has no reverse and is soooooo heavy that I opted out of taking that one for me. Now if I had a hand cranck on a Singer 99, 3/4 machine, maybe. It would be nice to take something to the river side when the kids are playing but I think I will stick to hand quilting there as I can not imagine me hiking out there with "Scotty" my singer 15 hand cranck under one arm and the families lunch and my chair under the other. Hehehehe DH was thinking about a hand crank for the FW. I think it is great you sew and hand crank quilt tops while camping. I would stop by too and come and look to see another quilter. I have sons, 9-24 yrs old, and I always point out other men quilters to them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I take my FW but sometimes I take the 66 red eye Hand Crank. People at the camp ground who do not sew are drawn to the HC and just want to watch me piece quilt. I do not know if it is the machine or that I am a man sewing. My wife just sit there reading and being entertained by the people watching me. Glenn

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    Aaaahhhh sounds lovely. I wished.

    Quote Originally Posted by DesiG
    I do 'civilized' camping now- you know the kind where you have your own queen sized bed, full bathroom and a 10x22 foot covered porch next to the trailer. I just got back from it as a matter of fact, and today I finished piecing my next quilt project :-)
    I usually bring my featherweight, but since my DH gave me a bernina 430 for graduation, I have been hauling that back and forth (it is definately heavier than my 221) so that I can play with it. I do most of my cutting at home, then piece on my porch! Have fun camping

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    Hehehehe I need some of those novels too to leave at the river bank. Maybe a stop at Walmart is in order.

    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Sorry I can't help you. When I go camping with my DS, we're in a tent with no utilities. The table is the camp supplied picnic table. I wouldn't dare take a machine with me because it would get full of sand.
    I usually take beach novels. You know the ones. The kind that if you leave them at the beach, you don't care?
    Anyway, have a great vacation.

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