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Old 02-27-2005, 10:19 AM   #1
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does anybody else have one of these? I hust bought one yesterday at A.C. Moore with my 40% coupon. Do you like how they work or do you prefer a regular sewing machine. I just hate to lug my big one out to make any cards, so I thought i would just try this one.
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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I love mine, just got done using it on a card. One tip: the more you use it the easier you'll find it.. good luck.
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:44 AM   #3
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I bought one couple months ago & I hate it! I find it really hard to keep my card straight with my left hand while trying to hold on to the machine with my right since it's so little & lightweight. When I pull the card out, the thread comes out of the card.
(Maybe I'm just not using it correctly.) I would take mine back in a heartbeat & spend my money on something else if I could!
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:46 AM   #4
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I got mine from Michael's. I have only used it once. I thought it was "okay", but now that's coming from someone who can't thread a needle. If I can master that, I am sure I'll love my little sewing machine. I do however, think a regular machine would be easier. If I had one of them, I'd use it first. Have fun with it. You've got me wanting to try it again just by talking about it.
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Mine is collecting dust somewhere...just couldn't get the hang of it. I took it to work and my friend who sews all the time couldn't figure it out either. It tore the thread out of mine, too. I'll skip the sewing technique for now. Hope you can get the hang of your new one.
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I had some of the same problems that heather stated. It seems so light that it wants to fall over or just not stay straight while I maneuver the paper around. I feel like i need 3 hands to operate it correctly! I may just need to practice more!
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:56 AM   #7
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I just got one, and it's alright. I'd prefer a regular machine, but this will do for now--it's not as if I'm going to try to make clothes with it! At first I had a lit of trouble with it, but once I figured out how to adjust the tension it worked a lot better. I do wish it had a "reverse," though! I actually do own my grandmother's "real" sewing machine, but it needs to be repaired, and living in a studio apartment I didn't have room for it anyway. Have fun with yours--and be sure to post what you come up with!
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I love mine. I will still have to get out my huge machine for zig-zag, but it was well worth the $12 after coupon. I love that you don't have to have a top and bobbin thread, just the one. That makes it very easy to change colors.

I have only one suggestion.....the first card I made with it, I had problems with the thread coming unstitched when pulling it from the machine. I thought...what the.... So, I remembered I'm a woman, not a man and I can indeed read instructions! Even if you know how to sew, read the directions carefully, especially for removing the item from the machine.

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Old 02-27-2005, 11:19 AM   #9
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I really don't care for mine. I much prefer to use my conventional machine as the little one doesn't seem to sew straight or keep well threaded. I also would even prefer handstiching after making a pattern with my crafters tool kit.
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You've all got me thinking about mine now. I'm going to have to get it out & try it again. (This time I'll read the directions- maybe that will help )
Has anyone ever tried using the hand held sewing machines? Can't remember the name of them, but on TV they're used for heming up pants, etc...
Hope you can get yours to work better then I can!
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I also bought one of these and it is collecting dust. I tried using it a few times and for the life of me I cannot figure it out. Directions didn't help me much...maybe I will have to challenge myself and try, try again.

But as of right now, I don't like it...I could get it done faster by hand.

Any tips? If you do like this and use this quite often what are your tips?
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I do not like mine either. I ended up just using my regular sewing machine. It's always out, so I just use it. Just have to change the needle more often when using the sewing machine because paper dulls the needle. I am giving mine away at our scrap/card/ paper craft club!
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I bought one several months ago but I haven't used it yet. I haven't even tried it. Now I want to go get it out. If anyone does have some tips that would help I'd love to hear them.
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I have had one of these machines for a little over a year.....and HATE it! I find that it is very hard to get the stitching to stay in the card.....meaning if you even slightly pull on the strings, the stitching pops out. About the only thing I see that it might be useful for is a quicker way to pierce paper (instead of using the paper piercer from the crafter's tool kit).

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hmmmmm.......
very interesting, I can't wait to try it now. I need to go to the store and get batteries. If I don't like it, I'll just give it to my sister. It only cost me $6 after the coupon anyway. Thanlks for all your comments, and advice, I'll let you know how it works.
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I just bought mine two weeks ago with a 40% off coupon too, lol.

I've played around with it and, yes, read the directions after a couple of attempts with different things, haha. My only problem with it is that it's difficult for me to turn corners with (but I'm not a sewer, either). Paper piercing is easy and I've managed the straight lines in no time flat with no problems.

I had a lot of fun playing with it when I bought it and just want to finish my current swaps so I can spend some time experimenting with it.

Someone else asked about the hand-held machines that were on tv a few years ago. Yes, I have one. Yes, I hate it! It's just not my thing (need a steadier base for the machine than my hand). I think you can still pick them up in Walgreens or places like that if it's your thing.

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My only problem with it is that it's difficult for me to turn corners with (but I'm not a sewer, either).
My mom taught me that the easiest way to turn a corner when machine sewing is to wait till the needle is all the way down into the fabric, and THEN rotate the piece. Works every time! I've never tried sewing paper, but I'm assuming it would behave the same way.
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I have a 5 year old. If I don't like mine I will just give it to her.
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Rachel,

THANKS!

It's funny, I come from a family a quilters but can pretty much only sew a button back on so this is like incredible to me, lol.

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Old 02-27-2005, 09:02 PM   #20
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You can call provo craft and order a adapter... I got through so many batteries for my kids' toys that I just thought the adapter would be perfect. It works pretty well. Batteries are great though when traviling!
It's taken me time too but I like it for quick jobs... nicer stitches I use my big machine.
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I got mine a few weeks ago at the scrapbooking store. They were haveing a big sale. I got mine for $5.00. I have not used it yet either. I figure if I don't like it I did not waste that much money. I think I will get it out and give it a try today. Sewing is pretty easy. It just takes practice. I figure if all those men on trading spaces can do it we can too!!
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