07 May 2014 2 Comments
I never imagined how much money I’d be spending to indulge my sewing/machine embroidery habit. When I query “Neat Receipts” for a tally of how much I’ve spent on this habit that I thought would save me money in the long term, I’ve discovered that this alleged money-saving habit has manifested itself as a substantial long term investment. Yikes!
In an effort to wrangle the hemorrhaging of my purse into the cash registers of the craft stores, I’ve decided to employ the use of inexpensive alternatives or absolute DIY/hack whenever possible. Sure, there will be some things that will require a trip to the store, but I’m definitely trying to avoid it.
Sewing Room Enemy #1: The Shakey Sewing Table
I absolutely refused to purchase purchase a new sewing table to alleviate the shaking of my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale. The machine sounds like a truck on a freeway and the shaking is something akin to a spaceship exiting the atmosphere. Onward to the simple fix…
Something was needed to absorb the shock, so I picked up a yoga mat. I couldn’t just have any old yoga mat, it had to be something that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for dollar stores! I picked up a yoga mat for $2.99 vice spending $12 the same mat (same brand) at the big box store.
Sewing Room Enemy #2: Dependable Storage
11 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
in Designer Diamond Royale, Embroidery hodge podge, Sewing Hodge Podge Tags: barbecue, bbq, cheap, don't do it, embroidery, expensive hobby, learning experience, Marine Corps, sewing, stabilizer, USMC
… a top layer of wash-away will make. It will never be to your advantage to “save stabilizer.
Yes, my second attempt made it to my husband’s apron. Oorah!
04 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
in Designer Diamond Royale, Embroidery Hodge Podge, Newbie Stuff, Sewing Hodge Podge, Tutorials Tags: 5D, 6d, 6D Embroidery, 6D Premier, Cheat Sheet, Design, designer diamond, Designer Diamond Royale, embroidery, embroidery software, Husqvarna Viking, Husqvarnarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale, newbie, sewing, Short Cut, software, viking
04 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: Ann Demeulemeester, Anna Sui, Azzedine Alaia, Badgley Mischka, Balenciaga, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Christian Lacroix, Christian Louboutin, Comme des Garçons, designer, designer names, designers, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Gianfranco Ferre, Givenchy, HarpersBAZAAR.com, Hervé Léger, Hussein Chalayan, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Junya Watanabe, Kinder Aggugini, L'Wren Scott, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, Marchesa, Mary Katrantzou, Miu Miu, Monique Lhuillier, Moschino, Olivier Theyskens, powerball, Proenza Schouler, pronounce, Rochas, Rodarte, Roksanda Ilincic, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Thakoon, Versace, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent
By no means am I up to snuff when it comes to the super-stylistically-fancy and uber-expensive designers. As a matter of fact, in spite of my years of a couple of foreign language classes, I can barely pronounce the names of most designers. Now thanks to Rosie Reeves over at Harper’s Bazaar, I can now hob-nob with the best of them should I ever find myself in the company of the fashion elite post-winning powerball ticket.
Check out this link: How to Pronounce Designer Names 101
Enjoy! May Neiman Markup be with you!
04 Feb 2014 9 Comments
in Embroidery Hodge Podge Tags: amazon, amazon.com, bargain, bargain diva, cheapskate, coats & clark, deal, designer diamond, Designer Diamond Royale, ebay, embroidery, floriani, gutermann, Hancock, hoop, Joann's, Joann's fabric, Marathon, Marathon thread, thread, viking
I’m beginning to wonder if having a smoking addiction is less expensive than a hoop addiction. One thing’s for certain, smoking will surely damage your lungs and both will weaken your wallet. After getting my DESIGNER DIAMOND Royale™ and skimming through the manual I very quickly realized that I needed to spend more money and that my notions budget would soon expand as much as I do after sitting next to a slice of cake and breathing at the same time. I’m not kidding.
Thread would be the first thing on my list and off to the Facebookosphere I would go. Like any newbie, I polled and trolled the FB populous with the question “what thread are you using?” Now of all people, I should have known better than to do this as I could have found the answer to my question in my blog post, “What’s a good starter machine?” People like different threads for different reasons. True to novice mentality, my primary concern was to not break the bank and spend money on anything that I could not understand. Even if someone had made a thread recommendation, I would have rhetorically rebutted, “I’m just learning. Do I really need to spend that much money out the gate?”
Off the Amazon and eBay I went. I found a really good deal on 100 spools of thread for $69.99 on both sites. Ironically, the thread was being offered by the same vendor. Note: the vendor’s listing on Amazon included the cost of shipping whereas the price of shipping on eBay seemed to represent a profit center. After reading all of the vendor’s reviews in triplicate and then at least 100 more times, lighting a candle about it, talking to my husband, conferring with Zeus and finally having my priest sprinkle holy water on the idea, I purchased the thread from Amazon.com. At $.70 per spool, I couldn’t go wrong. Using a coupon at either if the big box stores would have cost me more than twice the amount.
Here’s what you get:
PROS: I’m pleased with my purchase. The threads seem sturdy and I haven’t experienced any breakage. It worked out quite well. Here’s my first project with the thread:
CONS: I only have one complaint. The thread does NOT com with a thread chart. I’ve learned from other purchasers of this product that Marathon’s thread chart works rather well with this thread. Marathon’s online chart will allow you to plug in the number of the color and output a brand equivalent. I’ve tried it, it’s not 100%, but it’s better than nothing.