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Old 02-01-2011, 02:27 AM   #337
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What an awesome project. And P. S. We bought a 68 Tradewind and have it gutted now. Waiting for spring!!! and then we can begin the rebuild project.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:38 AM   #338
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Thanks Tucumcari-

Cant wait to see pics of the Tradewind! Are you going to have the center twin beds? Thats what we have and love the layout.
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Going to get more embroidery done for the fleece Cancer blankets today. If my power lasts. We are waiting for "Snowmageddon" to start at any moment. Already have ice and sleet and a bunch of the white stuff it headed straight for us. 86 days till Paducah! Not that I'm counting or anything. LOL
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:29 AM   #340
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Ok Quilters/Sewers.... where have we all been? I've been working on a baby quilt, the flower garden quilt, and a Kincade Painting puzzle.

Now I've got a question. This goes back to when Paula(foiled again) and I were having a discussion about replacing my 9410. I have finally decided to get a "new" sewing machine. Paula recommended the 306K. Which I still haven't ruled out but after some research I found it's a bit more machine than I really need for my quilting, most of the ones I've seen on ebay tend to be pricey, and I haven't found one on craiglist yet. I tend to be cheap about my machine purchases....

I am looking for an older zigzag machine and I am hoping for some recommendations. The 500A Rocketeer caught my eye.. and there seems to quite a few available (good or bad thing?). I tend to favor the older singers and haven't found a metal singer I haven't liked. However, I am not against an older Kenmore if they come with a zigzag stitch. My mom had one in a cabinet that I sewed on for years that I gave away when my husband bought the 9410 (hindsight...anyone). Yes it was olive green and would have gone well with the counter in the A/S. I just need it to be somewhat portable..... ie.. not cabinet.

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The 306 & 319 are actually 3/4 sized head machines. Get one with a wooden base and you can make a quilted bag to carry it in (Use heavy nylon woven straps and encircle the whole bag. That sucker is heavy.

Did you know they made a ZigZagger attachment that fitted on the Featherweight 221? Perfect for the Airstream no?

Janome makes two small machines - one is "almost a toy" for about $50 and the other I think is the "Jem?" that is about $100. For a plastic fantastic machine, these are actually pretty good ones. The only thing I don't like about the Janomes is that the lever that lifts the presser foot points to right rather than going straight back as the Singers do. I'm left handed and it ticks me off. Hmm. I'm going to pull my machine out and look at it. It might be possible to change it over to a "southpaw sewing machine."

BTW I was grazing through ebay and found a very nice looking hand crank machine from the 1920's - now there is a portable suitable for boondocking. IMHO the handcrank is designed for light sewing only just because your right hand is constantly tied up turning it.

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The 306 & 319 are actually 3/4 sized head machines. Get one with a wooden base and you can make a quilted bag to carry it in (Use heavy nylon woven straps and encircle the whole bag. That sucker is heavy.
You've given me something to do on this snowy cold morning... sewing machine research!!

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Janome makes two small machines - one is "almost a toy" for about $50 and the other I think is the "Jem?" that is about $100. For a plastic fantastic machine, these are actually pretty good ones. The only thing I don't like about the Janomes is that the lever that lifts the presser foot points to right rather than going straight back as the Singers do. I'm left handed and it ticks me off. Hmm. I'm going to pull my machine out and look at it. It might be possible to change it over to a "southpaw sewing machine."
I'll check it out but after the 9410 I'm a bit jaded against plastic machines...

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Did you know they made a ZigZagger attachment that fitted on the Featherweight 221? Perfect for the Airstream no?
I have the zig zag attachment for the FW. I really wanted it to work for me. However, I use the zig zag for attaching patches to jeans and paper piecing hexes together. The attachment moves the fabric instead of the needle moving. It makes it hard to feed the hexes through straight.

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BTW I was grazing through ebay and found a very nice looking hand crank machine from the 1920's - now there is a portable suitable for boondocking. IMHO the handcrank is designed for light sewing only just because your right hand is constantly tied up turning it.

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I think you are correct. It would be hard to get much work done one handed... especially if you are a "north paw" and your "north paw" is cranking the machine.
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I'm hoping we all came through the Blizzard in good shape. I had planned to do lots of sewing, attaching strip and pieced borders to a Thimbleberries quilt, but I've mostly felt restless, wandering window to window, scooping snow, wandering, scooping, scooping...well, it's probably the same for everyone. I think my flock of hens was less disturbed by the weather than I was! Jezibels, I loved the quilt top, and when reflected in the A/s, it's magically made even more impressive. I enjoy the handwork of binding...wish I were there to help you with it I didn't know about the zigzag for the Featherweight. I started getting excited til I read Nikki's comment on how it didn't move the needle but the fabric. Don't think I'd like that either. Ok, you've all put me to shame, so I'm putting my quilt top down onthe floor to start attaching borders. By the way, do any of you have "design boards" or flannel boards hung on a wall to plan graphics? A friend told me that one with grids was available through Fons and Porter but I've not been able to run it down. What do you use for arranging/designing your q tops? ~G
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I'm hoping we all came through the Blizzard in good shape. I had planned to do lots of sewing, attaching strip and pieced borders to a Thimbleberries quilt, but I've mostly felt restless, wandering window to window, scooping snow, wandering, scooping, scooping...well, it's probably the same for everyone. I think my flock of hens was less disturbed by the weather than I was!
I forced myself to pick up the baby quilt I'm working on today. I had pretty much buried myself in books to get through the weather.

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I didn't know about the zigzag for the Featherweight. I started getting excited til I read Nikki's comment on how it didn't move the needle but the fabric. Don't think I'd like that either.
In it's defense, it's really cool to see the "technology" of it. If you can master using it, it makes a nice fancy stitch for applying borders and decorative stitches. I however bought it for a specific purpose and it didn't work for it.

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What do you use for arranging/designing your q tops? ~G
Either the floor or the dining room... at least for now.
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Like sewmary, I'm wondering how I've missed this thread. I've quilted for about 20 years and have a couple of Bernina 1260s (one for the living room & one for the studio) plus a 12-foot Gammill longarm that allows me to take in other quilters' tops. Am on my new laptop with no photos available but will post some later today.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #345
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Here's what I've been working on

I found this kit in my UFO drawer, all cut and ready to sew together, so I got it out and got to work. Not sure what kind of a border I'm going to put on it or what I'm going to do with it when I'm done, but I remember loving the bright colors when I bought the kit.

Hope everyone else is finding projects to enjoy working on over the winter.

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Lana, your quilt makes me smile with all its brights! Now, we also have a '78 single axle Minuet Ours is disassembled (lounges and dinette) in our barn waiting for warm weather to be put back together again. We are in the process of replacing the worn stained orange carpet with a floating stone effect hardsurface floor and all the upholstery, plus the old foam. What is yours like on the interior? Do you have front dinette or two lounges? What do you have yours covered in? I'm having an awful time deciding whether to keep the dinette with all the night time and morning rebuilding if used as a bed--as we'd have to do, or having a second lounge built in up front. I also cannot seem to settle on upholstery fabric. I think I'd like a tough stain-hiding chenille--soft to touch but hardy to live with. We had a persistent leak that seems to come from above the door (but who can really tell??) so I will have the spring job of redoing caulking on the outside and windows come spring. Somehow in the middle of all this snow and freezing, spring Argosy work is appealing Please describe how you've done yours inside or post some pics. Much interested...~G
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Nikki, thanks for your comments. I too am using floors and bed tops as places to work on quilt tops and design, but I'd love to find a large enough piece of flannel, especially one marked with grids to hang on an open wall in my sewing room. Then I could plan, rearrange, just play with colors and pieces of a quilt top to reach a design I like--and it would be up at eye level, easier to visualize. I'll keep looking because I think this is "must" for me.
Summerkid, wow! Your machines put you right in the professional quilters category. I'm amazed at sewers who master those longarm machines. Welcome to our quilting circle--can't wait to learn from you! ~G
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By the way, do any of you have "design boards" or flannel boards hung on a wall to plan graphics? A friend told me that one with grids was available through Fons and Porter but I've not been able to run it down. What do you use for arranging/designing your q tops? ~G
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I do have 2 flannel boards. One has a grid with 4" squares. I did the grid myself several years ago when I took a water color quilt class. Hung it on curtains to arrange the squares. Had to pin each 2" square onto the flannel. A few years later took another watercolor class but the instructor had flannel panels with a 2" grid. Made a board out of insulfoam which we got at Home Depot. Cut the foam board in half and reattached it back together with duct tape. Made for easy transportation to class. The other nifty thing about the foam board is that you can just pin you pieces to the board and it makes for easy "fiddling around" placement. If I can figure out how to post pictures I will get a couple of pics here.
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Lana, your quilt makes me smile with all its brights! Now, we also have a '78 single axle Minuet Ours is disassembled (lounges and dinette) in our barn waiting for warm weather to be put back together again. We are in the process of replacing the worn stained orange carpet with a floating stone effect hardsurface floor and all the upholstery, plus the old foam. What is yours like on the interior? Do you have front dinette or two lounges? What do you have yours covered in? I'm having an awful time deciding whether to keep the dinette with all the night time and morning rebuilding if used as a bed--as we'd have to do, or having a second lounge built in up front. I also cannot seem to settle on upholstery fabric. I think I'd like a tough stain-hiding chenille--soft to touch but hardy to live with. We had a persistent leak that seems to come from above the door (but who can really tell??) so I will have the spring job of redoing caulking on the outside and windows come spring. Somehow in the middle of all this snow and freezing, spring Argosy work is appealing Please describe how you've done yours inside or post some pics. Much interested...~G
Ah, we love our Minuet. We've only had it for a year and a half, but it was in pretty good shape when we got it. I have made new draperies - the old ones were original I think and in shreds - and have upholstery material to recover the cushions. The current upholstery isn't in bad shape, just ugly. Anyway, I'll have to take a pic of the material and post for you. I got it at JoAnn's. Love it. Can't wait to get started on it. That is my project for March and April. We, too, took out the orange carpet and are thinking of Marboleum for the floor. We have the orange countertops. We do have the dinette up front and have been using it for our bed and keep it made up as a bed during the day. There is just the two of us. Then we use the gaucho during the day for a sofa. We have been considering leaving the front made up as a dinette and using the gaucho for a bed because it's easy to push in during the day. I think it would be nice to have the dinette set up during the day. My dream is to have a 25 FB to solve that problem!
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I'm hoping we all came through the Blizzard in good shape. I had planned to do lots of sewing, attaching strip and pieced borders to a Thimbleberries quilt, but I've mostly felt restless, wandering window to window, scooping snow, wandering, scooping, scooping...well, it's probably the same for everyone. I think my flock of hens was less disturbed by the weather than I was! Jezibels, I loved the quilt top, and when reflected in the A/s, it's magically made even more impressive. I enjoy the handwork of binding...wish I were there to help you with it I didn't know about the zigzag for the Featherweight. I started getting excited til I read Nikki's comment on how it didn't move the needle but the fabric. Don't think I'd like that either. Ok, you've all put me to shame, so I'm putting my quilt top down onthe floor to start attaching borders. By the way, do any of you have "design boards" or flannel boards hung on a wall to plan graphics? A friend told me that one with grids was available through Fons and Porter but I've not been able to run it down. What do you use for arranging/designing your q tops? ~G
I bought a flannel design board - I think it's Cheryl Anne's?? at a quilt show. It packs up in it's own bag when not in use, which is handy.
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