Quilt magazines – Are they worth it?

Have you stared at the newsstand wondering if those quilt magazines are worth it or will they end up just clutter in your house? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether or not to make that purchase when you see a tempting quilt magazine in your favorite grocery store.Quilting Magazine

Would I Use These Patterns?

When you consider that the cost of one pattern is equal to one magazine, a magazine can definitely be worth it, if you like the patterns. So, before purchasing,decide your “must buy” number of quilt patterns. For example, I will purchase a magazine if I like three patterns and a “stretch pattern.”

I would also purchase a magazine they have very detailed instructions for a technique that I wanted to learn.

If you have your own requirements in mind before you enter the store, you can either stay strong against the lure of “one” pattern or you can buy a magazine with a clear conscience. Those are my requirements. What are yours?

But just don’t look at the patterns. Think if you can make the patterns work with what you currently have available in your stash. If you happen to love big, flashy prints, you will want to make a quilt that shows them off. Conversely, if you love fabric that “reads” as solid colors, using them in a big blocks could make a very boring quilt. Colorful quilt

You do not have to follow the color palette as laid out in the magazine. Luckily, most magazines will also show the quilts in different fabrics. Think in terms of color value and if you can interpret the quilt in colors that you love.

How Can I Alter This Pattern?

Think about combinations and permutations. Just because the magazine has the blocks set on point, doesn’t mean that you have to do that. Don’t discount a pattern just because a certain color palette is used. If you keep the same values, you can use the same pattern and it will look just as good.

How versatile are these patterns? Can you use the blocks as part of a tote bag or change the size for a table topper or wall hanging? It may just look like one pattern, but if you can get several looks out of it, it makes it easier

Follow these tips and you’ll never have to wonder if the quilting magazine you purchased was a “good buy.” You’ll not only enjoy your purchase, you’ll know and enjoy your quilt magazines, by actually using the patterns in them!

Questions concerning Sewing Machine Repairs

Question Vintage Sewing Machine Repair? okay, so after a few hours of messing with the darn thing and searching around on the internet i am at a loss and figured i would come to my trusty yahoo!Answers brethren 😛 I bought a Sears Kenmore 158.18032 Sewing Machine, a model from 1973 i believe, its motor runs fine and the lower belt spins fine, but the hand wheel and the belt connecting the hand wheel are giving me a laundry list of problems, the belt wont catch when the motor runs, i can hand crank to needle but it is difficult and takes forever, i need to get at the belt to see if it needs replacing or if the gear just needs a bit of oil. Unfortunately, a 1973 model rarely comes with a manual and this one didnt, i was wondering if anyone might have this or a similar model and if so, might know how to remove the cover, if possible, or how to get at this problem thanks in advance!!!
Best Answer I’d send you to talk to the nice folks at the yahoo group “wefixit”, where good information about diagnosis and treatment of old sewing machine problems is dispensed. Also, I’m going to send you to the Sears Parts Direct website, where you will find a manual and parts diagram for this machine. I believe Linda at Relics has a service manual for the 158 machines, also, for sale. Could be a bad belt, could be fossilized oil (especially if someone has oiled it with 3-in-1 type oils), could be a lot of things.

Question What’s wrong with my sewing machine and how much would it cost to repair it? While I was sewing, I heard a loud pop and then the machine sounded like it was running low on power. I turned it off and realized the needle was bent. So, I replaced the needle. But when I pushed the foot pedal the needle did not move, but I could hear the motor running. When I turn the nob on the side, the needle moves. Do you think it’s a belt, or something, that broke? If you think you may know the problem, how much would it cost to fix it?
Best Answer Impossible to say from the information given. Broken needles are generally the result of trying to push or pull the fabric under the presser foot instead of letting the machine transport the fabric. Or trying to sew through fabric too dense for the machine, or with too light a needle. Start by taking out your manual, turning to the section on cleaning the machine, and start by taking all the thread out of/off of the machine. Remove the bobbin, bobbin case, needle plate and any and all lint, bits of thread and needle shards you see. Use a vacuum, not compressed air, and brush to get the machine clean. Oil only as directed by the manual, and use only sewing machine oil, not 3-in-1 types nor WD-40 types, both of which will freeze up a machine (for different reasons!). Reassemble correctly. Once you’re done cleaning, rethread the machine from scratch and try again. Does the needlebar move? Does it stitch? (If it doesn’t, is the needle in the right way around?) Do the feed dogs move properly? Does it sound right? Is the machine in time? (see http://preview.tinyurl.com/smtiming) What you’ve done (new needle, clean machine, rethreading correctly) may fix the problem. I’ve become the neighborhood “last stop before taking the machine in for professional service” person, and in my experience, about 90% of the dead machines I’m asked to look at are magically fixed by cleaning and rethreading and new needle. My guesses as to what might be going on that you can’t fix with the above treatment include timing, a broken gear or cam, a broken belt (though most machines now lack one), an electrical fault, a broken sewing hook, a popped fuse or circuit breaker…. could be a lot of things, and the cost to fix may range from nearly free to “not worth fixing this machine”.

Spring Pants

I am in love.With my girl and my hubby, of course.But also with this fabric and these pants.They pants are Anna Maria Horner’s Quick Change Trousers from Handmade Beginnings.The pattern is for reversible pants, but I wanted something a little lighter for summer, so only made one layer with a cuff. They were so quick to put together and very easy!Contact us @ Nadelfrau.comAlthough. I must admit. I didn’t start them until about 10:30 at night. And, I had a TON of work I was supposed to be doing. BUT, what’s a girl going to do when she finds adorable fabric–on sale no less– and it’s just staring at her? Taunting her.Sew me! Sew me!So I sewed. And drank quite a bit of coffee the next day!

IMG_0016I think it was worth it. (Karis does too.)I wanted Karis to show off her new trousers at church, but thought they needed a little dressing up, so I made a quick bow.

I used, roughly, this pattern from The Purl Bee.LOVE it!I think more of these fabric flower bows may be in Karis’ future.

And, definitely more of these pants!We’re linking up with Fabric Tuesday – check out all the cute projects on their site.
(Girls, we missed you!)