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Imi, first thing - make sure you match at the stitch line and not the seam allowance. Then, if one is bigger than the other you do what Vege said. I honestly don't understand how you can do amazing quilts and say you can't sew. It's really just a matter of practice :)
How about you post the parts you're having trouble with and we try to help you?
By the way, why do people use sewing machine covers? Asking because I've always loved to display mine, they're a conversation piece.

The Cafe / Re: Two very special TSP birthdays today!
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:54:50 AM »
Happy Birthday Imi!!  :cake: I do hope you enjoy your gift and can't wait to hear all about it! :)
Happy birthday Zigzag!

The Cafe / Re: Induction hobs
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:37:54 PM »
Mine only beeps if I set something over the controls. Otherwise I always put pots/pans on it. Even cookie sheets sometimes :D

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 10, 2017, 18:29:04 PM »
Imi, it's about 15 x 15 cm. I've used no show cut away mesh stabilizer, got it from

IMI!!!! How can you resist? I'd be dying. But then again...I've had my machine for two months and only embroidered one design  :[
I hope you'll be happy with it :)
The stabilizer sounds like Vilene Filmoplast (which it probably is) -
Morgan, quick question about thread: I have poly thread and my machine has auto tensioning, and it seems to tension properly. In this it worth investing in Rayon thread as well? What would the difference be?

Embroidery Machines / Re: Embroidery Software
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:56:15 AM »
Just wanted to post an update on what I decided :)
After testing Brother PeDesign, Embird and Embrilliance, I settled for Embrilliance.
It has a friendly use interface (Embrid seemd very outdated to me and not all that intuitive) and does everything I need it to do. Plus there are a LOT of tutorials out there.

The Cafe / Re: Induction hobs
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:29:44 AM »
I do remember reading about this as well but don't have anyone with a pacemaker. I guess it's a safety first situation.

The Cafe / Re: Induction hobs
« on: October 10, 2017, 00:12:52 AM »
I have induction and LOVE it! Yes, you might need to change a few pans, but I found most of mine compatible.
It's a lot faster than gas (I can brint 1 l of water to boil in about 1 and a half minutes), more eficient, doesn't heat up the kitchen and it's so much safer.
There is a slight learning curve until you get used to which level of power works for what, but after that it's easier than pie :) Temperature control is very precise and instant.
Oh, and cleanup is a breeze!
Never had an electric cooktop so don't know how it compares to it.
One thing I have learned: invest in a quality hob. The cheaper ones act weird sometimes and temperature control can be a pain. Mine's a Miele.
Oh, and you really do need at least one "bridge" zone. I use  it a lot and find it useful for oversized or oddly shaped pans (casseroles for example).
I also have a dog and three cats, they don't seem bothered by the noise (sometimes there's a slight audible buzz while the pan heats up) - I'm not bothered either.

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 09, 2017, 18:42:13 PM »
Want and need are two veeeeery different things :)
I really didn't NEED an embroidery machine. But oh boy, did I want one...

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 09, 2017, 15:44:23 PM »
Supergran, I wish!  :D I barely know to resize and rotate a design. It's from Urban Threads:

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 08, 2017, 22:16:21 PM »
I made a cat!  :D My first big design! It's on a jersey I only wear indoors that doesn't look to great, but at least I know the design is awesome :) Also glow in the dark  :D

Machine Accessories / Re: Twin needle
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:16:11 PM »
How big is the hem? Any chance the fabric gets pulled in a bit in the throat plate? I know I've had this problem recently and was solved by switching to a staight stitch plate (which, of course, you cannot do with a twin needle). You could also try some stabilizer, or even some tissue paper.

For a machine that's only been used twice, I'd say a max of 50.000 is fair (assuming some big/dense designs, which is unlikely for someone who has used the machine twice). Any more than that and it's probably been used a bit more.
Fingers crossed all goes well!

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Which Overlocker?
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:40:49 AM »
Here's another one in favour of the Juki :) I have the MO735, because I really didn't have the space for a coverstitch and an overlocker. I've had it for a little over one year and it's been super reliable.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Does this machine exist
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:21:38 AM »
I have a combo and, in all honesty, I LOVE IT! I do my construction in a way that doesn't require to change back and forth between the two, so I overlock everything and at the end change to coverstitch. It was a tad complicated at first, because I had to keep looking at the manual to thread the coverstitch part which I don't use as often. But now that that's stored in my brain it takes me at most 5 minutes (I'm being generous, it usually takes a lot less) to change from one to the other. Probably the same amount of time it would take me to switch machines.
I have the Juki MO735 and it's really wonderful, can't recommend it enoug!

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