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From: stitchedup
Date: 05-01-2006, 07:45 AM (1 of 7)
hi all, well I took the plunge and bought my new machine ,a Brother PS-55 ,
its seems to have all the stuff I need as a begginer , all the basic stitches and features (love the needle threader). I had a really fun week , stitched a couple of old bed sheets to death ,with a mile or so of thread...anyway the lines are getting straighter and the seams a little neater ,and its time to try my first project...slip on covers for the backs of some old outdoor chairs .pretty basic first up effort ,a bit like shaped half pillow cases for chairs..I saw the thread in general sewing re fabric for outdoor cushions and should be able to find something similar in Oz .just one question , do I use a special thread for outside ?? cheers gordon
User: stitchedup
Member since: 04-10-2006
Total posts: 5
From: MaryW
Date: 05-01-2006, 08:59 AM (2 of 7)
Try upholstery thread in polyester. It will last much longer in the outdoor elements.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: beachgirl
Date: 05-01-2006, 11:56 AM (3 of 7)
Congrats on your new sewing machine. Hooray on your first project !!! You'll do just fine. We all had to start somewhere plus we still get stuck on some new things. Just ask away if you need something. That's what we're all here for.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: sweetpea1
Date: 05-01-2006, 12:20 PM (4 of 7)
Hey - how about some nice decorative pillows to go in those chairs along with the chair back covers? Really jazz up that outdoor set!

Have fun with that new machine. There are so many nice and easy projects you can do. Home Dec will become a snap. Quick gifts for just about anyone will make you so proud to give away. Fun, Fun, Fun. I love to sew.

Sweet Pea
User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
From: esrun3
Date: 05-01-2006, 07:35 PM (5 of 7)
Be sure to use a larger needle also. Good luck-please share with us when you are done.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: westozmum
Date: 05-02-2006, 03:11 AM (6 of 7)
G'day! Another Aussie!!

Gutterman make an upholstery thread that would be suitable for your needs. Spotlight sells it. A bigger needle is also a good tip,size 14 or 16 depending on the fabricand thread that you use.

Have fun!! :smile: :smile:
Westozmum aka Laura from the Land Down Under
User: westozmum
Member since: 02-16-2006
Total posts: 41
From: swartzrn
Date: 05-05-2006, 08:32 PM (7 of 7)
HI --I'm excited to hear that you have a new sewing machine!! Trust me when I say, it is an addiction instead of a hobby, I am sure!
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
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