Sewing machines come in many shapes and sizes. They can range from simple stitches to embroidery machines. Finding the right sewing machine can be a daunting task. A variety of factors come into play such as price and durability. Below is a list of sewing machine companies and reviews of various machines used by other Gaians.
Had a sewing machine? Tell us about it. Follow this format:
Lifespan: (how many years did it last)
Recommendation: (who would you recommend it to and why)
Make: Husqvarna (Huskystar) 224
Lifespan: should last 25 years
Review: A very good machine. The options are everything a sewer could need but it doesn’t have the embroidery options. The sewing is smooth and even. There is even a button to have the needle position down at the end of each stitch. That button can take a bit to get used to timing, but otherwise it works well for changing direction.
Recommendation: I recommend this machine to an intermediate to advanced sewer who wants more out of their machine.
It explains costume making using basic shapes. It also describes various period costumes commonly seen on stage. This book is very useful in understanding patterns and showing you how to make your own (or altering existing ones). I wouldn't recomend this to an advanced costumer, but for someone who is just starting out, this is a valuble resource.
For beginers, I would get an Inland grinder. It works well and you can get a bevleing thing to put on it. With grinders, smiple is better because it will be compatible with more kinds of bevleing attachments and differnet grinding heads.
Pistol grip cutters are best. They don't have a tapping ball, but you get an even score line more offen than not. Another plus is that they have this system where you put the oil in the cutter, so you don't have to worry about dipping in pots of oil that are pron to spill. Tapping balls are cheap!
Are there no references for knitting? Does no one else knit or crochet?
Granted, knitting sites tend to not make sense, or are difficult to follow, but there's always hard references, suck as Stich n' b***h Nation, Vogue Knitting, Family Knitting, etc.
Hobby Lobby and Crafts 2000 are my favorite yarn stores, HL for its prices and Crafts for its selection. Books-A-Million is my favorite book store, as they always have Stich N' b***h and knitting magazines in stock.