(Closed) Calling all sewing bees! : )

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: what brand of machine do you like/use?
    brother : (3 votes)
    21 %
    singer : (6 votes)
    43 %
    other : (5 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I sew, a lot.

    I have a Bernina and a Brother, both are older but are brilliant machines.  I just got an overlock Bernina machine from my mom, this will save me lots of time, cant wait to put it to use.

    Right now I am working on a copy of a Dior dress I saw online.  I have parts of the muslin pinned to my form as I am designing it from scratch.  Really, I am dying to get this finished and I really need to get it done because I want to wear it to a wedding at the beginning of November.

    I bought both of my machines on Craigslist for cheap.  I bought the Bernina first, I knew the brand really well so I bought it.  It was around $30.  A few months later someone was selling a really nice Brother machine that had all the attatchments included plus a bunch of extra stuff (including the dress form) for $50.  I really only wanted the dress form, but I LOVE the Brother machine now as much as I love my Bernina.

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Im a sewer!!

    I have a bernina sewing machine but really want an elna….sadly they are waaay out of my budget at the moment. 

    I make almost all of my dresses or buy them second hand and change them up a little to fit me better and make them a bit more interesting.  when i first started making my own clothes i found it so difficult to get the fit right but i invested in a dressmakers mannequin and set it to my measurements and it made everything so much easier!  I also tend to stick with patterns that i know suit me and make little changes to the collar, length and sleeves and make heaps of them in different fabrics rather than trying a new pattern every time and battling with having to adjust it to fit me all over again each time.

     i love making toys from old felted jumpers and screen printing then sewing cushions but right now im stuck working (or should be working) on a uni assignment making a lace tunic from free hand machine embroidering on disolvable fabric. it’s killing me!! 

    Have you looked at local classifieds or online at second hand sewing machines, ive been looking at industrial sewing machines for months now but alas i live in a rented apartment so i know i just wont be able to get it up the stairs 🙁

    Post # 6
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @kansas_nurse:  when I was thinking about buying a brand new one a few years ago (I ended up moving around for work) I went to JoAnns and they let me play around with their machines to see which one I like.  They just handed me scrap fabric and walked away.  I liked that a lot, it was zero pressure and it gave me a knowledge of the new machines.

    Post # 8
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    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I have a Brother, PC-2800. We got it when I was younger and learning to sew so it is basic but it does well and hasn’t broken on me yet! I wish I were better at sewing but I make lots of skirts and quilt some. I made a big blue white and black quilt that I love. I am currently in the middle of about 5 different quilts because I get bored and finish the top but never FINISH it. I wish I were better at tops/dresses but I am such an awkward shape patterns don’t fit right but I am not so skilled to be able to alter them well. So I stick to my geometric shape quilts! 

    I really really really want to get one of those amazing sewing/embrodiery machines but won’t until I have a spare $700-1000 to spare. If I get one of those I am getting a NICE one.  

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @kansas_nurse:  RIGHT?!?! I can cross stitch, sorta, but it isn’t the same as being able to stick something in the machine and 15 minutes later have this epic monogram and picture on the fabric. 

    Post # 12
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I saw one of those embroidery machines on a sales pitch youtube video that works with tablets too.  You draw pretty much whatever you want and it copies it.  It was Redic!  Holy moly, it didn’t give a price in the pitch which is never a good thing, but man do I want it.

    Post # 13
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    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have a brother and a Janome, which I prefer to use.

    Post # 14
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have a Bernina 1080 that is wonderful. I come from a long line of serious seamstresses, do I’ve slowly but surely worked to improve my skills since I got my machine. Ny favorite thing I’ve sewn clothing wise is a wrap skirt and my favorite crafty sewing item is a set of wine bottle holders that I made a few years ago. I am dying to make a dress that actually turns out correctly–as I said, I’m still learning! I love sewing, though. It’s so relaxing and it often feels like the time when I really feel at peace, no matter how my project turns out. 

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    my mum bought a Janome a few years ago and she loves it. she spent guite a bit of money on it though because shes a craftomaniac (she turned my room into a sewing room when i left home ) and uses it for pretty much everything, she quilts, makes clothes and makes bags/pencil cases and pretty much anything, she even makes barbie clothes for my cousins!!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I grew up on Singers, and have a Singer on my wish list right now.  Hopefully for Christmas 🙂  I was given an older Singer a year ago, and just gifted it to my sister, lover of all things Antiques.  I prefer the computerized models.  Right now, I have a quilt half cut out, and just need to get a machine so I can piece it!

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