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Old 10-18-2014, 06:57 PM
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Wherever I goeth also goeth my Singer (not a chanter) Featherweight 2. And I taketh things I want to learn and/or practice. Not to mention the stuff I needeth for the lessons that I geteth out of the funny shaped "scrolls" which art used in learning today. It seems I hath membrance of their naming something like "magazines." My local chapman is a good source for needles and such and the tinker is a hand at sharpening my cutting implement. They all fit into a bag shaped by myself. It all keeps the time between roistering and sleeping productively filled.

And if you aren't certain I'm nuts by this time there's no help for either of us. It's been a lovely day and I refuse to let it go quite yet. Be silly with me? And, for pity's sake, taketh the sewing machine and all necessary accoutrements.

Enjoy your trip.

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Old 10-18-2014, 06:59 PM
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I took one of my machines to TN with me the last time we went. We always stay in the cabin that belongs to our daughter-in-law's parents. I took everything ready to work on a raggy quilt. All the squares were already cut so mainly I just needed thread, scissors, etc. This way, I could stitch away in the evenings after it was dark...I didn't feel guilty that I wasn't doing anything, and it is pretty mindless type stitching to do. I will make another one the next time we go.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:30 PM
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Absolutely. When I am traveling my quilting or neddlework is the first thing I get ready, before clothes, tolietries...
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
I'm going on a 10 day trip. 6 of those days are for business, and I have no plans for the evenings.
I'm driving, so I could take my machine with me.

Should I?

I think it would be easy to pack the machine, but I'm trying to figure out what it is I could bring with me to work on that would be easy to pack. I tend towards art quilting so I usually have my whole studio and grab what I feel like... So maybe just bring some blank fabric and try some whole cloth motifs?

But is it crazy to bring my sewing machine?

Nope. Spend your first free time looking for local fabric stores. you may find some surprises.
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:45 AM
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I think we are in agreement it would be crazy not to take your machine. Sounds like a perfect end to the day. And the thought of leaving your machine at the front desk is a good idea.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:17 AM
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I did bring the machine with me. I don't piece so I didn't bring anything to do that. I brought some quilting that I was working on, and then fabric and batting for little pieces if I just wanted to play.

I actually ended up being able to do some of the quilting on the major project I brought- but couldn't do everything I hoped. My set up works really well for large quilting, but the machine isn't in an ideal position for microquilting (so I can't do that). I'll get a good portion of my existing project done this week though.

And then I will play with the other fabric.

I wish I had brought more feet with me (I only brought the open toe darning foot)- but I didn't want to risk losing feet. (I only have one machine- my Bernina 430. So it's heavy and bulky but since I drove, not that big of a deal.)
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
Nope. Spend your first free time looking for local fabric stores. you may find some surprises.
I'm working during the day though, so I only have time after 7 to go out at night. Lots of places are closed by then.
(Plus, going to fabric stores costs money. I don't have any to spend right now!)
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:09 PM
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Depending on where you go when you take your trips, be on the lookout for a FW that someone isn't aware of it's value. That does happen occasionally. My sister found one for me at a yard sale here in TN a couple of weeks ago, $65 for a white one.

However, I see that you were doing some quilting, so maybe a FW wouldn't work for you--even though it is so light and handy getting in and out of the car, etc. It is only straight stitch, so good for the piecing aspect of quilting.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by oldtnquiltinglady View Post
However, I see that you were doing some quilting, so maybe a FW wouldn't work for you--even though it is so light and handy getting in and out of the car, etc. It is only straight stitch, so good for the piecing aspect of quilting.
I have a good friend that does wonderful FMQ with her Singer FW.
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:13 PM
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My business travel is mostly by plane. I am always on the lookout for local quilt shops to visit but I have a tendency to take in the local ambience, restaurants and pubs... and I have met a lot of really nice people.
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