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Old 05-09-2015, 10:33 AM   #21
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:12 AM   #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, 05:36 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, 11:25 AM   #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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Old 05-10-2015, 09:57 PM   #26
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Wow! Sounds like a great get-together!


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Old 05-11-2015, 07:45 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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Old 05-12-2015, 06:28 AM   #29
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Hazel,
The craft retreat sounds like heaven to me. Taking precut fabric was a great idea.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:36 PM   #30
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I got a folding cutting board/pressing board - it is an Omnigrid product and worked just great.


One day I'll give in to the temptation and try a trailer item - they are just so cute.
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I don't have a fancy pressing board at home due to limitations in space. I have a small, table-top ironing board that I use on top of my washer and dryer similar to this one. Sullivans Go Board Portable Ironing Board-12''X32'' at Joann.com When I'm done with it I fold it and tuck it between the wall and the side of the washing machine!
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:19 PM   #32
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That is so cute, do you have a pattern for your sewing machine cover. I would love to make one.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:50 PM   #33
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Hi Cathy,
Thanks!
I followed a tutorial found at Rainbow Hare Quilts: Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover - Pattern (Version 1) and Tutorial
One commenter suggested using Soft&Stable instead of the multiple layers of batting, but it's still a little floppy. Also, I tried to scale the pattern down to fit a smaller machine, and I'm not really happy with my results. Operator error!
It's such a cute pattern, so maybe I'll try again.
Have fun!
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I bought a small Babylock sewing machine specifically for taking along in our 17' Casita SD. I just sew at the dining room table, basically piecing quilt blocks to be final assembled at home where I have more room. I try to keep it as simple as possible, so in addition to bringing my machine, I keep all of my supplies in a small plastic bin that has compartments.
Marsha, i looked up your sewing machine, i believe you said it was an Anna? It really is just the right size for the camper and it has everything you need on it for sewing. It looks like a great machine and probably sews great. (I think I posted this in the wrong section--sorry.)
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