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Post by DarkMuse » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:16 am

I don't know if anyone is looking for a new sewing machine. I have a friend close to Ft Lewis that has hers up for sale (she'll mail it to you if you're not close). It's a Viking Sapphire 875 with lots of extras.

http://wanderingstarsonetsy.wordpress.c ... about it.


Post by BigMama » Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:49 pm

Okay so today I have completed the Punk Rocker costume and the (now) willowy gown (night gown looking thing) for my vampire daughter.

Tuesday I will do most of Little Bo Peep ... hopefully :) Then finish it on Wednesday.

Post by NidDAlouette » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:55 pm

Aww, they all sound really cute! Good luck with all the sewing!

Post by BigMama » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:13 pm

Ok. So now Halloween is coming closer and closer and I have NOT even started sewing the girls costumes.

Decided on Little Bo Peep for Karleigh. Kaelyn is going as a Punk Rocker and Cathryne wanted to be IT (that scary clown) but now decided to be a zombie... Told her sorry I can't do that make-up but we'll try!

I'll go on the 25th to buy the fabric for the costumes since thats payday.

Post by BigMama » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:46 pm

I know! Since it's big now too, I thought it would be a great costume.

Post by NidDAlouette » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:37 pm

I love the idea of Alice in sounds like that look would be perfect for her!

Post by BigMama » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:58 pm

Okay... so it's getting awful close to Halloween!!!

Last year I made my daughter a Raggedy Ann costume. But this year I am thinking more fairy tale style. But I can't decide...

I really like the Little Bo Peep costume (with a lamb basket) for my daughter. But then again I also like Little Miss Muffet (with a spider basket), Mary Had A Little Lamb (lamb basket) and .. I know... Alice in Wonderland.

My daughter has white blonde hair and blue eyes. What does everyone think??

I think am also going to make a Little Red Riding Hood costume, but I know she's not going to be that.

Post by gebbe » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:05 am

Another website I use is You can download 3 free designs a month from a special list (this month there's 1792 designs to choose from on the free list). They aren't real detailed, but, is free! I just wish I had more time to embroider!

Post by BigMama » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:42 pm

Oh yeah?? Thanks Amanda. I'll have to check it out after I double check w/ my DH my file type :oops:

Post by k8 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:21 pm

Thanks for the site. I have a few good sites at home too. (ones my mom frequented) Once I come across them I'll post them on here! :)

Post by DarkMuse » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:15 pm

You all should check out Urban Threads. She has some awesome, out of the ordinary embroidery designs. She also has free ones that she changes randomly that you can get in the file type for your machine.


Post by BigMama » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:12 pm

Yeah I have been slowly collecting embroidery designs on my computer too. My husband knows how to convert them... I just don't get it.

Of course he's the one finding the graphics too so they are not really what I want. But he finds the free ones. All the ones I like and want you have to pay for.... so I'll just keep waiting.

Post by k8 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:53 am

GREAT post ladies!!! I have a serger too...but haven't quite figured out what to use it for yet. I've only used it for some burp cloths I made a couple years ago. (and's been sitting!) I also have an embroidery machine which I LOVE!!!! I inherited it from my mom...who was awesome with that thing. I'm still learning, but have knocked out some GREAT things. Now, I just have to figure out how to use the digitizing software! I have hundreds of designs on my computer...just haven't figured out how to convert the files yet...
I actually sewed yesterday...had to hem DH's ACU pants...that was fun..with that drawstring...but it worked anyway. LOL!

Any tips on the serger would be GREAT! :) (I did see some above already...) :)

Post by BigMama » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:07 pm

Yeah. We were only taught using 3 threads instead of 4. She said we could do all sorts of things with the serger. But with limited time and many students, we only used it to finish the edges.

Post by gebbe » Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:45 pm

Actually, you don't always have to straight stitch your seam first if you're keeping the seam allowance together. All sergers (if there's at least 4 threads) have a straight stitch in the middle of the stitch (does that make sense?) and can be used for stability...but you don't HAVE to use it. As an example, if you're serging a knit fabric where you want some stretch, but a smaller seam allowance than 5/8", don't thread the 4th thread, just use 3 and serge the seam together.

Besides using a straight stitch first so you can press the seam allowance open, you can use it when you want a wider seam allowance than the 1/4" on the when you are serging fabrics that fray easy.

Depending on the serger you buy, you should be able to serge all types of fabric.