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I am an awesome:
Love to do crafts, sewing,love my cat.I am a Senior Companion working with senior adults that have various disabilities. Love to sleep late when I can,enjoy being alive at the tender age of 70+. Wish I could sit longer, then I don't think I would stop sewing for hours. Enjoy the community room in my building, great for chatting with others about crafts and catching up with the latest news. Wish I had a sewing buddy in the building to share ideas with. We get lots of snow so that would be nice, just go down the hall and start sewing.
My sewing interests are:
home decor, quilting
My sewing machine(s):
Viking Designer 2. It does embroidery with a special attachment. I have two sergers also. Also have a Memory Craft 6000. Needs to go in for a D&C. It is still a workhorse, all metal and heavy.
I am interested in patterns such as:
New Look and Simplicity

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How do I find instructions to post pictures?

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 8:44pm 4 Comments

   I would like to upload some pictures of my latest projects but I have no idea how to start. Is there a place on our site with step by step insructions? I have been off for a long time, at least it seems like it, so many wonderful ideas and things that we all want to share.  I wrote an update as to what I am doing and didn't know what to push, did not want it on any social sites so I clicked share,…


Looking for Viking Designer 2 owner, need stitch D Cards

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 6:15pm 0 Comments

Help, they discontinued our machine and I need Stitch D Cards, does anyone know where I can get them. thanks, grami fran

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At 8:09am on October 4, 2009, Susan said…
Fran, click here for Elmo fabric

At 1:16am on July 20, 2009, Arlene Hanna said…
Hope you are doing much better Fran. Wishing you a speedy return to your sewing projects and your friends at sew-whats-new.
At 9:01pm on July 19, 2009, Jill Dewar said…
Sorry to hear you have been in hospital - take it easy until you are all better :)
At 12:56am on May 22, 2009, beverly lego said…
Hi Fran
I have found the iron on labels on the web site Create for There are 4 to a pack at $ 1.24 per pack. You do have to buy 3 packs so 12 labels would cost 3.75. They have both created by and designed by. You would add your name in permanent marker. Not a bad price also while you are there you can check out the other purse making supplies. I order from them quite often and have never had a problem, very fast service. Hope this helps.
Have a great day and happy sewing.
At 9:18am on May 18, 2009, Francoise DUARTE said…
This is done whith the same materiel than 24 077 and 24 079 pictures. I combined the materiel and the colors same as a regular quilt. I did 3 inches squares and I combine jeans materiel and cotons ... Thank you for your question and thank you for loving my work. I have a 5 months old grand daughter and I am moving. No to much time to keep sewing... But soon, I'll go back to my hobby... see you soon
At 9:13pm on May 16, 2009, busybug1 said…
Fran…I have a Cannon Power Shot E3 camera. I have found that natural lighting is best for taking pics. Some people purchase a light box but it can be costly to buy one big enough for my purses and I made one from instructions I found online but I could never
get the lighting right. So, I tried different lighting inside unless you use bright white light bulbs you will get a yellow coloring to the pic. I have found that outside is the best on a sunny day and taking the pic in a lightly shaded area. I have a board that is the size of a poster board but heavier that I drape with fabric (non textured….textures don’t seem to do well as backgrounds in pics) or I use a heavy black paper clip to hold poster board as a
background on the board. I use a hanger (like an over the door hanger) or attach fishing line to the black paper clip to hang my purses from so that the handles can be seen as well as the whole design of the purse.
Now as far as taking pics….my camera allows me to adjust the size of my pics by changing how many pics I want to take on my memory card, but there are other programs out there that you can get to do this on your computer. I am not sure of
your computer knowledge and to some people I am considered a novice at computers so
here are some different options to explore that might work for you.
1) is a site you can sign up for that will allow you to download pics for others to see but it also allows you to resize the pic and save it to your computer.
2) If you have Paint Shop Pro…this program will allow you to change the pic to whatever size you want. If you don’t have this you can go to this link and get a free program for 30 days and after that if you like it you can buy it for $40 but the program is rather large in size (323 Meg)
Now as far as getting the right focus and not being blurry that depends on your camera
settings and if you are having problems steading the camera try using a tripod but I also
have a setting on my camera that will make adjustments for that problem as well as focusing in on details without them coming out blurry. I also have a program called Picasa you can download for free ( that I use to finesse my pic to clean up the details of the pics. I take loads of pics and delete all but a handful just to get the right look I want. I hope these suggestions help out..Let me know…Carla
At 5:48pm on May 16, 2009, Susan Jacobsen said…
Hi Fran,
I live in Utica Illinois... a small town about 90 min south east of Chicago...if you've heard of Starved Rock State Park...that's where I live! It practically in my back yard. Would love to compare notes to...always good to meet new friends! Sue
At 11:53am on May 12, 2009, busybug1 said…
Fran..Welcome to my "We Love Purses" group. I left a comment about labels on the group page for you and I look forward to seeing some of your creations..Carla

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