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10/12/13 9:49 P

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Hi Margie!

I looked up the machine you mentioned on Amazon. It might not be until mid-winter before I plan on sewing since there's so much going on right now where I'm at.

I did put the Gem Gold in my Amazon Wish List so that I can look at it again when I get ready to buy.

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I bought a small sewing machine while I was in RV in Pismo Beach last fall. It is from amazon and they delivered it down there....

Janome Jem Gold 660 Lightweight Sewing Machine


I am happy with it so far. I especially love the needle threader, don't know what I would do without one.

I have it in the RV right now for our 4 week trip to Pismo this year. Last year I made napkins and small travel jewelry keepers.

This year I will be making aprons for my 4 GD's. I would love to see your apron pattern.

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Wish I could help.

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No matter what machine you decide to buy I would think you would want one that does zig zag stitches too.



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Enjoy your creations. I love to sew too. Pat emoticon

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9/10/13 12:03 P

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You are such a doll, Pat! Thank you!

I haven't sat down at a sewing machine since the 80s, or very, very early 90s. But I used to love, love, love to sew! So I'm hoping that once I get a machine, I'll use it enough to justify the expense--and the space it takes up.

About this apron... I already bought some bright cotton fabric to make my first apron! LOL Talk about jumping the gun! DH and I are currently traveling until mid-October (so I really don't have the time to sew). But then we'll be parked for about five weeks in our 'home' area visiting our kids/grandkids (Kansas City, MO). After that, we'll be parked for three months down in the Gulf Shores, AL area. So I should have plenty of time to (a) find a sewing machine, and (b) sew!

Thanks again, Pat!
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That is what sergers do but they are expensive and few other crafts can be done with a serger. The examples are Placemats, when towels have frayed edges you can make them look better in minutes. basically anything flat.

If you are making flat items press a small hem round the edges and sew it. I usually trim it close to the stitches and it turns under easier.If the edges are square you can forgo the pressing and make bigger hems, the sides stay flat much better.

An apron with curved bottom usually looks better and will be washed often so it might be better to cut the fabric bigger around the edges about 1/2 inch. Sew a single row the width of the presser foot wide.( usually 1/4 inch)
This is a stabilzing stitch for a curved edge. Fold at the first row and the fabric will roll under easily and that will go faster.

I like terry cloth for aprons so I use inexpensive hand towels.

Another way is reversible cut 2 sew them together at the edges turn the inside pattern to the outside Press and finish the band hwoever the band you want to use. Just suggestion to make it easy.

cotton is good to use but man made fibers can burn or melt so use wisely for anything near a stove or BBQ. Pat in Maine.

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9/10/13 12:18 A

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Thank you Pat!

So... may I ask you a question? All I want to do with the sewing machine is to sew all around the edge of a single piece of fabric to keep it from raveling.

I bought an old (vintage?) over-my-head apron from a thrift store, which is going to be my pattern. It is the simplest apron I have ever seen! Less than one yard of fabric; no seams; no apron strings.

And of course, use the sewing machine for other, maybe light craft purposes.

Thanks again for responding to my post!
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Your right, Pat. I have a standard machine that I got in 1969!! It worked great and was well maintained until 2 summers ago. Went to us it after being gone all winter and it froze up on me. I haven't taken it in as we are gone most the yr. and the Kenmore is great for my needs. I have a feeling if I want to get into more sewing, I won't be able to get the old timer fixed and will have to have a newer model.

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I was in the sewing and alteration business and I still have 7 machines.
Sergers are great for the seamstress but they do not hem or mend.
I have bought machines at places like Walmart and the great thing is if you cannot get the hang of it or it is too heavy you can return it. I have students who have done that.
We have Jo-Ann fabrics they have a line of machines for beginners I did buy a grand daughter one it was light weight and if you need them to show you I know our store will help.
Try not to buy a used one because most people neglect to keep their machine well taken care of and if they are not lubricated they are not much use and often frustrating.
Hope any of this helps

.Our sons have used sewing machines all if their lives so it can be a great resource and gives some of us great enjoyment. Pat in Maine

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9/9/13 1:37 A

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Sounds good, Eileen! Thanks! I'll have to look into the K-mart Kenmore brands too now!

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Hi Suzy,
I have a little Kenmore that I got at Kmart 4-5 yrs. ago for $34. It has stitches from straight to a fairly deep zigzag. I use it for mending, edging, etc. I have a cloth bag that I need to re-attach the handles on and it will take that type of fabric. Really a handy machine that holds up well.

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9/7/13 9:47 P

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Thanks for being the first to respond, Sharon! I will be very careful and slow to purchase... because like you said, I certainly don't want to waste my money.

Tammy, I'm just not familiar with sergers. I'll have to look into that.

Jacque, several have mentioned the Brother Runway machine in a satisfied way... and they said they got it at Walmart. So that means I will certainly need to look into that one!

In fact, here's a link to one: www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-37-Stitch
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pecial-Edition-Butterfly-Blossom-SewR>ing-Machine-Model-BB370/21630182


They show 12 of the stitches possible. I'm thinking that one or two of those might work.

But anyway... I'll keep looking and researching!

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I'm like Tammy, I have a nice lightweight small machine I got at Walmart for just over $100. It's made by Brother and is called the Runway series. It does lots of embroidery type stitches and all the other basic stuff. If you don't know for sure what you want I'd suggest going to a fabric store that sells machines or to a machine repair shop and talk to one of the experts, they can steer you in the right direction.

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The sewing machine that I use right now is a small one, and I bought it at WalMart for less than $100. It is very lightweight.


However, it makes me wonder if all you want is a serger...do some investigating and see if that is what you really want...

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I don't sew so I'm not much help. I did buy a small sewing machine for our RV just for an occasional mending but it was useless. Don't invest any money without trying it first. In that case, I never would have wasted my money.



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Can anyone recommend a small travel sewing machine?

I have not sewed in decades! So when I was downsizing from our house to living in our RV, naturally I got rid of my sewing machine.

Now... I'd love to do the occasional small sewing project.

And now I need a decent SMALL, lightweight sewing machine. I've heard that there are specific 'travel' sewing machines...

Specifically, I want to be able to cut a piece of fabric and use the machine to sew the fabric edging to keep it from unraveling--and it (the sewed edging) needs to look good! LOL

The word I may be looking for to describe is "overlap stitching"?

So I'm thinking that those little hand sewing machines that look like over-sized staplers will NOT work for my purposes.

Any suggestions?! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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