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Sewing Machines / Re: Heavy Duty machine in US
« Last post by Miranda Y. on Yesterday at 09:53:45 PM »
According to the manual it has a variable stitch length. It can go all the way from a 1 to a 6 and up to a 5mm wide zig zag.  I believe that stitches per inch is just referring to the fact that if you sewed at 6mm, you'd only get 4 full stitches per inch.
Chatter / Re: Resisting buying temptations when the stash is already huge
« Last post by Celia on Yesterday at 09:53:04 PM »

[/quote]The one time I felt actual relief was when I donated all the quilting fabrics.  I quilted out of a sense of guilt.  I'd spent "all that money" and felt guilty about throwing it away. It was such a mental relief to say I don't quilt and don't have to keep fabrics for quilting

This is really interesting to me as I am feeling a little like this with Machine embroidery, I have a lot of thread and money invested in machines and software, I have also been working in this field but now really feel guilty about having this stuff as I no longer feel drawn to doing it, I actually prefer hand embroidery.

I also have mixed feelings about quilting as I have more time now and am still struggerling to find my way with what I want to do, I have done a little quilting but am unsure that I want to get too involved, at the moment I only have one draw of quilting fabrics which can be used for craft based items too.
Chatter / Re: Book Chat: Fiction and Non-Fiction
« Last post by Patti B on Yesterday at 09:37:55 PM »
Su-sew and Lisa, the very different series you have recommended sound intriguing. The never-ending list of Books to be Read grows longer...

I've just finished some armchair travel with mysteries -- Murder in Mykonos (Greek isles), Imperfect Strangers (northwestern Japan), Murder on Potrero Hill (San Francisco), Journey to Munich (duh). It's always fun to read a book set in a place you're familiar with -- or not. I'm looking forward to a return to Three Pines with the most recent Louise Penny mystery.
Chatter / Re: Replacement for Photobucket
« Last post by Elona on Yesterday at 09:22:22 PM »
I use photobucket, and lately, I do get a pop-up cheerfully telling me I can go 'Ad-free' for only .99 per month.  So far, no warnings of a deadline that I can spot.  But the handwriting is probably on the wall.
Chatter / Re: Book Chat: Fiction and Non-Fiction
« Last post by Lisa on Yesterday at 09:21:04 PM »
Just finished the 10-book (so far) Schooled in Magic series by Christopher G. Nuttall.  This is a alternate world/fantasy series which posits a civilization that uses magic instead of technology (since magic is developed and technology, not so much).  The main character (Emily) is an abused teen from our world who's had to (essentially) raise herself.  Alcoholic mom/emotionally abusive step-dad, with hints that if she hadn't "left" SD might have become sexually abusive as well.

Emily's mom is named "Destiny" and bad-guy asked a demon to bring him a "Child of Destiny" to sacrifice for no-good-purpose.  Emily is discovered to have magical gifts, rescued and gets sent to a boarding school for the magically-talented.  Lots of fun ensues as Emily tries to figure out how to fit in in a medieval culture w/ magic tossed in.  She keeps introducing things from her own world, while realizing that she wishes she'd known to grab a copy of "How Things Work" to have with her.

I highly recommend this series...but it's a "beach/airport/while-you're sick" read.  Probably not serious enough for a book club.  I thought of the series like popcorn or potato chips.  Was anxious to read the next one!

Anybody else read these (or others by this author)?

Sewing Machines / Re: Heavy Duty machine in US
« Last post by sewsy on Yesterday at 09:16:47 PM »
I noticed the same thing, Miranda. Four stitches seems like they'll be pretty large.
Heirloom and Hand Sewing / Re: Knitting V
« Last post by su-sew on Yesterday at 09:15:37 PM »
It seemed like such a waste of nice yarn (silk and cotton- I'm a natural fiber snob and guessing the yarn wasn't cheap) and it was much easier to take apart than I expected - it helped that the few seams were done using a thin smooth cotton yarn. 
Sewing Machines / Re: Heavy Duty machine in US
« Last post by Lisa on Yesterday at 09:03:08 PM »
The thing I noticed, is that the linked material says "up to 4 stitches per inch."  Which seems to imply that you can't do smaller stitches.  Does that work for you? (Or maybe the description is flawed?)


(whoops, I see that KarenR posted while I was away from my PC for a bit...but I'll leave this anyway, in case it's helpful...
Sewing Machines / Re: Heavy Duty machine in US
« Last post by KarenR on Yesterday at 08:57:52 PM »
I'm confused between stitch length 0-6mm and stitches per inch up to -4-??
14" bed size seemed odd then I realized they're probably measuring end to end, not needle to head.
But if it's at a local dealer it's worth taking a look!
Fabrics / Re: Faille - what do you sew with it?
« Last post by su-sew on Yesterday at 08:53:10 PM »
I was reading up (Claire Shaffer's book) on faille/ottoman last night since I'm making a dress out of it.
Most of the information refers to making formal/dressy clothing out of faille.

My ottoman is a looser/ coarse weave, and frays like crazy so I have zigged zagged the vertical seam allowances, stay stitched the neckline and very narrow zigzagged at the edge of the skirt hem before doing any basting of the darts.  I'm going to stay tape shoulder seams and the centre back SA below the zipper; the zipper area has been interfaced before I zz'ed.
I was right in picking a pattern with minimal pieces, not just for the fraying, but to show off the horizontal ribs and my fabric is two colour in a double weave!   :)
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