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Thread: A Christmas table runner I will NEVER, EVER make again ...

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    Serging those strips that way with the sparkly metallic serger thread actually turned those strips into ribbon.

    I used to buy holiday ribbon and wind them around foam wreaths and make fine holiday wreaths. I liked to make them as gifts, but the ribbon cost so much money.

    I had a particular ribbon that I loved. It seemed like it was made out of velveteen (spell?) and had serged gold metalic thread edges just like I did with my strips.

    It was a red/green/gold diamond pattern. I'll have to snap a picture of that. All you do is buy it, wrap it around the wreath, pin it down and attach those glittery Christmas foliage thingys you buy in the craft stores and you have a real top class wreath.

    I'll get pic of it and post it. I've never been able to find that beautiful ribbon again, but I wondered if I could make it myself now ...

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    I would be afraid to add up what I have spent on some of my projects. I think the ones that cost me the most are 'I can make that!'. The material, the material to fix what I cut wrong, the batting, the thread, the thread because I keep running out, the gas to buy the equipment. The needles because I keep breaking them, The book because I finally admit I need some help. The phone calls to my sister because she can quilt and tell me what I did wrong, the extra electricity because I am only going to sew a little bit more. The seam ripper because my dog chewed up the one I was using and left in one of the rooms I moved to, so I could rip out more stitching. The kleenex because I cried when I found out I put a whole row on backwards. Just a few of my hidden quilting costs.

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    I don't think I have ever seen one any pretter than that. It is fantastic.What do you mean by woven strips?

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    That is the funniest thing I've ever heard. I needed a good laugh. Then you got me thinking about some of the classes I couldn't live without and how much they ended up costing. I guess we are all a little crazy!

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    It is beautiful!

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    Beautiful table runner.

    I inherited a serger from my aunt. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to thread the stupid thing. Everything was serged (is that a word?) in white thread that was already on there. Then the unthinkable happened. Two of the needles broke and I had to rethread two of the needles. It hasn't worked right since :cry:

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    Haha! I couldn't thread the thing either. The instructor had to thread it for me. When I went to sign up for the class, they said, remember, bring your serger.

    I'm like, huh?

    Oh, you can use one of ours.

    Okay. Thanks.

    I get there and the instructor threads it and shows me what to do. When I ran out, she threaded it and I went on.

    The one my mom has hardley gets used. What do you have that thing for? Oh, I use it. I've never seen her use it, but she says she does.

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    HI, I did one of those table runners with about the same cost as yours. What ever was I thinking?? lOL never again. Also I had a serger once, thought I needed it, wrong, I sold it. If you make clothes it would be nice to have but since I don't do that anymore I really never used it.
    Quilting is my addiction and I am sticking to it. NO more woven tablerunners. Marge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordelia
    Whew! I made this a year ago. I took a class for it.

    But it was a pain in the duff! It's woven strips of fabric with serged edges. I used three (3) spools of serger thread. I don't know how to spell serge. Surge?

    I will say the effect is beautiful under candle light and twinkling Christmas lights, but not an item I can sell at a craft fair.

    It's tacky to talk about money, but honey, it was $40 for the class, 3 half yards for the woven strips, 2.5 yards for the border and backing and $12.99 per spool of serger thread. The backing is the same border fabric.

    Do the math!

    The official $140 table runner.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I have to laugh because that's INSANE. What was I thinking? I can see me now at some craft fair and having some one wanting to buy it for, oh, $25! Yeah, that's what they like to pay.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Does anybody else have "money pit" projects?

    Here it is anyway.
    I think your tablerunner is gorgeous and when you consider that it could grace your table every Christmas season for your lifetime and that of your heirs because it would become an heirloom, the cost per year then becomes a bit more reasonable.

    We've all had "money pit" projects at one time or another...one of mine was a quilt "quillow" that I made for a grand to use on the school cheerleading bus trips......school colors, school mascot appliqued on it, spent $85 having it quilted, all my time and cost of materials and it went to ONE GAME. Got "forgotten" on the bleacher and was never seen again! Even with the quilt label, our grands name, the school colors and mascot you'd a thought whoever found it COULD have done the right thing and somehow gotten the quilt back to the owner but it didn't happen.

    The BIGGEST and most expensive money pit I ever had was a "fixer upper" house I bought back in the 70's! Now that was a MAJOR money pit!

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    Well, Cordelia, I for one think the "expensive" runner is beautiful.

    It's probably a good thing that we don't add up what projects cost (I don't anyway). Just imagine what we "have" in our stashes. LOL


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    It is beautiful. Sorry it cost so much.

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    I know what you mean about people wanting to pay less than it is worth. I made a lap quilt for the church bazaar in 2007. It was worth about $300.00 between the materials, and my time. I put a price of $90.00 on it and it did not sell. The ladies marked it down to $65.00 and it still did not sell.

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    It is a beautiful table runner. Is there any way to make something similar with woven strips, but without the fancy edging? It wouldn't glitter like that one! :?
    I don't even want to think about my money pits! :?

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    Very pretty table runner even if it was so spendy!

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    It is really beautiful. Wow what a price tag though.

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    all are just excellent

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    Well, if the high cost of making it makes it prettier it certainly worked for you!! It is a gorgeous tabletopper. Those supplies do add up fast, don't they. You are good story-teller though and it made my day reading about it. Happy Christmas Season to you with your beautiful work.
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    Oh yes, I have had a money pit project. I call it my $100.00 pillow. It's not very big either and was determined I was
    going to finish it and proudly display it on my bed which I do. But it ended up costing me about a hundred (it was done in silks). BTW; your runner is absolutely gorgeous. There's a class I wanted to take at my lqs, but it was going to cost 25.00 for a monthly kit plus 10.00 class fee each month and it's a 12 month deal. There's 420.00 not including backing and quilting and it's not even a quilt but a wall hanging for each month. I thought that was a little pricey.

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    I think it turned out well, tho a little expensive. A project I'd keep for oneself.

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    It is so, so pretty. I have not had a money-pit project yet and probably never will - I don't have a lot of money to spend...LOL. Your project may have cost you mega bucks, but at least you have a lovely work of art for all that $$$.

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    its beautiful...can't put a price on beauty..lol

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