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Old 01-19-2015, 07:59 AM   #15
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So much good information and things to think about. We have a 13' Trillium so space is a big factor for us, as is weight. Hubby often takes along a box full of wood related activities - pyrography sometimes, carving tools another, and was quite happy to consider sewing equipment for me.


I will check with my closest sewing machine dealer - two hours away. They sell Babylock so I'll see what light machines they have to offer. The Good News is that it HAS to be cheaper then the one I bought just before Christmas. It has a built in computer, scads of specialty stitches and a boxful of spare feet and gadgets! Still figuring out how to use it. Downside is that it feelslike it weighs a ton and it is too big to fit anywhere in the camper that isn't already designated for something or other.


Too bad I didn't know I might be wanting another machine when I was at the quilting store the other day (my new one wasn't working properly). Helpful hint for all sewing machine users..........never pull out the thread spool towards the top of the machine - pull it out via the needle. I got a bit of fluff caught in the tension discs!


Taking along pieces to work on that are already basically cut to size sounds like the way to go, for sure.
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:00 PM   #16
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This thread is kinda quiet! This coming weekend we are heading out for a creativity weekend - just a group of friends camping in a big yard. I'm taking my sewing machine and some ready cut projects. (Still thinking about the extras - thread, small cutting board, scissors etc). After this weekend I'll know whether I'm going to buy a lightweight machine - have to try things out first - but remembering that we aren't really camping as meals will be prepared in the house. Also taking some calligraphy supplies, cameras and lenses and some library books. Hubby will take his small lathe, tools, dyes etc and get some turning done.


Between the several couples there will be sewing, spinning, weaving, wood turning, carving, calligraphy, photography, painting and maybe more going on.
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:41 PM   #17
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This is the very first quilt that I made. I had done smaller items like placemats before. I made this for my grandson who turned two this spring and learning new words every day. I call it a Vocabulary Quilt because he can use it to learn his colours, shapes and machinery words. The outside border is actually browner than it looks in this photo.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:48 PM   #18
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Hazel, your weekend plans sounded like so much fun! What a great way to enjoy creative time with friends. I haven't done much sewing on the road lately, but have been working on this sewing machine cover. A friend saw one on The Rainbow Hare blog, and knew I'd want to make one. It's not quite done, but I hope it won't be a UFO (unfinished object) much longer.
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Luv that Tammie, currently working on a serger cover with a similar look to it!
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:54 AM   #20
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Have you sewers seen this cartoon? ("Pickles", May 3)
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:33 AM   #21
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Sew funny!
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:12 PM   #22
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Hazel, your weekend plans sounded like so much fun! What a great way to enjoy creative time with friends. I haven't done much sewing on the road lately, but have been working on this sewing machine cover. A friend saw one on The Rainbow Hare blog, and knew I'd want to make one. It's not quite done, but I hope it won't be a UFO (unfinished object) much longer.
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[QUOTE=Tammie;520943 I haven't done much sewing on the road lately, but have been working on this sewing machine cover. A friend saw one on The Rainbow Hare blog, and knew I'd want to make one. It's not quite done, but I hope it won't be a UFO (unfinished object) much longer.[/QUOTE]

Once you finish that you can make a vintage trailer pin cushion to go with it! I made one and the template for it can be found at Thequiltedfish.typepad.com I have used it for the pin cushion but also the trailer template with a bit of modification to match the shape of my own trailer to do some appliqué on tea towels in the trailer.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:36 AM   #24
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My to-do list just got longer! Love your fabric choices, too.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:25 PM   #25
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I've had fancier machines but my favorite remains my vintage Singer Featherweight. It is a workhorse of a machine. It basically sews straight stitch only. With some attachments it can sew zig-zag and it can sew buttonholes and circles. While not as light as its name might indicate it is compact and comes in a sturdy carrying box. I do not, yet, sew while on the road because I am an avid hiker and tend to be too tired for sewing at the end of the day and I prefer to sew by daylight. If I were to sew on the road I would take my Featherweight in its carrying case and I would put some of my materials and tools in drawstring bags right there in the case. Pressing with an iron is integral to quality sewing. I'm not sure what kind of iron I would bring. For quilting projects this might be the ticket Prym Dritz Petite Press Portable Iron at Joann.com. It would be a real treat to sew outdoors. I think I might use cans of food to act as weights to keep projects from blowing away. You know, an ironing board might be a good sewing table as it has adjustable heights AND can be used for ironing. (It might be a little tipsy though) Perhaps a table like this would be good for sewing SB 30" Personal Folding Table | Staples®. It is only 26 inches high, though. You could place an ironing pad on the top Fons & Porter Portable Ironing Pad at Joann.com (be careful because the top is made of plastic).

As you can see by my attached photos I love to sew accessories with themes for our trailer "glamping" experience.
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Wow! Sounds like a great get-together!


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Old 05-11-2015, 08:45 PM   #27
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Lovely projects shared here for the future!


The weekend was really great - everybody had a super time. I bought a folding cutting/pressing board to use that was much admired and doesn't take up much space.
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So Gilda what press board did you end up buying & where.

Your right about not needing a real fancy machine. I have a nice little Bernina that I love but it is getting on in age and based on the new machines is a pretty basic machine but it still has lots of features that I rarely use - some never! What I do have though that I would not want to live without is a walking foot - well worth the extra cost and not just for quilting. It does a great job of feeding all sorts of finicky, slippery or stretch fabrics.
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