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15 January 2008 @ 04:25 pm
 
Second day of classes done, and only one class I still have to get a feel for--Archery is tomorrow, yay.

My intercultural communication/sociology class will be a lot of work and small projects, I think. Advanced Copy Editing should be all right, a lot of work too, but not too bad overall. The teachers of both classes seem nice and helpful. I haven't had this many female teachers in a long time.

... actually, they're all female so far. That is so weird.

I have the itch to craft, and the craft I want to do is quilting (which, you know, I've not done before). However, I don't have a sewing machine. Gah.

Is it possible to buy a cheap sewing machine? Somewhere, anywhere? *gusty sigh*

Of course, I still need to buy my glass/water fabric and the border fabric. But that doesn't change the fact that I want to plaaaaayyyyyy. LOL.

Sigh. Back to trying to write this scene that is being so damn stubbourn.


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Goddess of Potholes and Puddles: Electricsmeddley on January 15th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
How cheap is cheap enough?

No, but seriously, how much are you talking about? Wal-Mart and Target have some fairly cheap ones (I bought a Singer from Wally World awhile back for... about $100, and it works well, though I use my Husky mostly these days). And if you're just talking about quilting, all you need is a reliable straight stitch.

Also, if there's a sewing machine repair shop around you might want to inquire about refurbished machines. Some of those old ones are pretty good, as long as they've had maintenance.

And it's almost garage sale season - it seems that every church garage sale I've been to has an old-style sewing machine in a cabinet... my friend got one for $15. It worked just fine, too.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on January 15th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
LOL.

Well, I'd definitely take something that cheap if it worked consistently ;)

I really can't afford more than maybe $50 tops. I shouldn't even go that high, because my mum would kill me.

Apparently there's a small quilting/sewing machine store around here somewhere. I should go by tomorrow if I can.

I guess I'll have to keep an eye out at garage sales. I don't usually go, at least by myself, so I'll have to peer at the newpapers I guess.

Thanks for the tips :)
Goddess of Potholes and Puddles: Black Holesmeddley on January 15th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Amazon and... it was either Target or Wal-Mart had some in the $40 range. Probably not the best, but certainly enough for what you want to do.

Here's where I'll give you an unsolicited tip, though. While it may be tempting to buy your thread from Wal-Mart and save some bucks, don't. I'm the queen of cheap when I can get away with it, but this is not one of those times. Last time I bought Coats and Clark thread and loaded my machine all it did was break and not sew properly. I thought something was wrong with my sewing machine!

But, no. Turns out that even though the thread doesn't look it to the naked eye, it's lumpy. Enough that it gets caught up and binds up the machine. It's perfectly fine for hand sewing, but I've never put it in a machine again.

Gutermann thread may seem expensive in comparison (and, yeah, it is) but you can often find it on sale and it is WAY WAY WAY better thread. I've never had a problem with it in either of my machines.

Also, a quilting tip? You only need two colors - light grey, and dark grey. Surprisingly, the grey blends in with almost every pattern. It's kinda spooky!
It's better to fly and it's better to die: disputes between mythical creaturesgelsey on January 15th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Well, I can go with crappy, seeing as how at this moment quilting is all I want to do with it. I'd beg mum to borrow her sewing machine, but I'd probably break it and she'd kill me.

Any and all tips are appreciated, as I have never, ever done anything like this before.

Light grey and dark grey, huh? Never would have thought about that.
ladywhitehart: Julieladywhitehart on January 16th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
I quilt too, but that is a new one. Thanks!

I just sold my old machine, or I would have given it to you to use. It was fine for quilting but I do a lot of apparel sewing and needed an upgrade.

Don't forget to pre-wash your fabric.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on January 16th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Darn, wish I'd mentioned it sooner, LOL. But thanks for the thought.

Erg. Okay, pre-wash. *looks at the squares* I think I'll save that until I have a machine I can use ...
Bambu: Fantasy Dragonbambu345 on January 16th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
It sounds like your new year is going very, very well so far.

Quilting? I've never had that urge, but then again, I've never been terribly crafty. I greatly admire my friends who are.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on January 16th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
It's going pretty good. I'm in an antsy mood with all the change and stuff, though.

I love crafting, I just don't have much time/space. smeddley is wonderfully crafty, though, and she's sharing some stuff with me so I can try stuff out ... I got some quilting squares from her from her contest last year.

Someday, I'll have my own place, and extra money, and I'll be able to experiment and decide on what I like doing besides cross stitch ...
redvelvetcanopy: Kiss sexy frontredvelvetcanopy on January 16th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
I used to quilt, but it's rather expensive (all that material to buy) and so time consuming.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on January 16th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I've never quilted before ... figured I'd give it a try (when I eventually get a machine, lol). smeddley gave me some of the fabric, and Walmart prices aren't too bad ... it's just the machine that's threatening to be an expense at this point.