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So, I visited Droxy today and she taught me how to use a sewing machine. Perhaps surprisingly, I lived to tell the tale. There were no horrific accidents involving fingers/needles nor were there any explosions. It was actually a lot less scary than I thought it would be, though certainly not easy.

Droxy was a great teacher. She only made me cry twice. ;)

Okay, so there was no crying either! She really was a great teacher though. I learned a lot. I will no longer look at sewing machines and tremble.

What did I sew? Why, I sewed a rectangle cloak for dixiebell12's *bleepcensored* costume! (Are you scared dix? LOL).

Date: 2009-03-01 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] droxy.livejournal.com
-Snerk-

You did OK. We also "repaired" your death eater cloak. Butchered a suit coat and made lots of rags...

Yes, Dix is getting a cloak made out of 20 year old curtains....LOL

Date: 2009-03-01 06:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
And ate pizza! Wow - what a productive day. I'm all tuckered out.

We'll just look at them as *antique* curtains. It'll be, er, a vintage cloak.

Date: 2009-03-01 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themoreyouclean.livejournal.com
It's called repurposing, people. Now you're officially green as well as thrifty. :D

Date: 2009-03-01 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dixiebell12.livejournal.com
It sounds perfect, I'll be proud to wear your curtains (LOL)

Hugs,
Dix

Date: 2009-03-01 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
"I'll be proud to wear your curtains"

LMAO! :)

Date: 2009-03-01 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dickgloucester.livejournal.com
*envy*

Are you going to get yourself a sewing machine now?

Date: 2009-03-01 04:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
I'm definitely thinking about it, yes. :)

Date: 2009-03-01 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamsnape.livejournal.com
You have more guts than me... I hand stitch when I have to and when I can't rely on my mother ;p a sewing machine...*shudders*

Date: 2009-03-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
At least you hand stitch! I usually use 'liquid stitch' fabric glue.

The sewing machine really wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.

Date: 2009-03-01 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themoreyouclean.livejournal.com
~iz sooooo envious~ Sounds like a great way to spend a day.

Date: 2009-03-01 04:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
It was very productive!

Date: 2009-03-01 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sc010f.livejournal.com
:) Congratulations on the successful lessons!

I can't sew to save my life, and I'm always impressed when people can!

Date: 2009-03-01 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
I wouldn't say I *can* sew. We'll just not mention that to dixiebell. LOL!

Date: 2009-03-01 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sabrebabe.livejournal.com
Hooray for learning to sew! It's a great feeling to have made something yourself instead of buying something off the rack. :D

Of course, once I get thees two dolls finished and sent off, I have to start bringing my good sewing machine home on a regualr basis. I have two, one's a Brother I bought at Wal-Mart for $175 with a buttonhole attachment and stuff, the other is a professional sewing machine by Huskvarna that was...a lot more. But it does a lot more, too.

Hubby has decided that all this cosplay has made him nostalgic for the Goode Olde Days and wants new Ren Faire garb for when he goes off east this year. SO I need to make more costumes than I had originally planned for this year. :P Fortunately, his is easy.

Do you know how addicting sewing can be? Especially whey you start "recycling" old clothes into costumes? DO you know you have it bad when you start fondling your neighbor's upholstery for ideas? Or spend a day in a fabric shop fondling fabric because you're having a bad day? :D

Join the club! (ask droxy about the glittery fabric we bought and I sparkled all day!)

Date: 2009-03-01 11:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
I learned a lot, but I have a lot more to learn!! Is the Brother machine good? Would you suggest it for a beginner such as myself?

Wow. It sounds like you have a lot to do! LOL at fondling the neighbor's upholstery! I could so see myself doing something like that!

Date: 2009-03-02 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sabrebabe.livejournal.com
I recommended the Brother because it's a relatively inexpensive, first-timers machine. For under $200, you can get a decent machine that has a few accessories (like a button-holer) and some different feet (for blind hems, zippers, etc.) and a small variety of stitches. They're actually pretty user-friendly, and *not* computerised (like my Huskvarna is, and can be a tempermental bitch when she's in a mood!), so ther'es no learning software and programming and stuff. Just turn a dial, push a button, and you have your stitch. The users manual has lots of pictures and diagrams (I had to go to *classes* to learn to use my Huskvarna!) and simple directions.

You can get a lot of bang for your buck with a Brother, and most of it's accessories (like bobbins, needles and such) you can get at most places that carry sewing goods (like Wal-Mart, Joanns, etc. I have to go to my Huskvarna dealer to buy bobbins!).

I love my Brother machine, but the poor thing is in dire need of an good cleaning and tune-up (if you do a lot of sewing, best to get that done once a year by someone who knows how to take it apart, cleaning, tune it, and put it back together again). I will have to get that done soon, as dragging my monster home from work every weekend is Not Fun. Lovely machine, but I'm so paranoid that the smallest little bump is going to make it crash or something. It's weird working with a computerised machine. But I have work here at home that needs to be done so I have to get my Brother up and running again. Well, it runs now, but it's very noisy and grumpy about it. :D

I love fondling fabric. Back when we still had a JoAnn's, whenever I got depressed, hubby would send me out to "fondle fabric" with a $20 budget as therapy. :D Now I have a *lot* of fabric and a grandbaby on the way, so I have projects to make for the baby! :D

Date: 2009-03-02 02:08 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qui-quae-quod.livejournal.com
Thanks for the advice! I'm going to start saving now. Maybe I'll be able to get one in time to attempt to make something for Azkatraz. *crosses fingers* If I do get one, I'll probably be bugging the heck out of you and droxy for advice. :)

I had to google Huskvarna...and wow...those look very complicated! I would be very paranoid about having to drag that around as well. *is in awe*

Good luck getting everything done, and congrats on the grandbaby! I'd love to see some pics as you work on your projects! :)

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