The Best Sewing Machine For Kids

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Hello Friends! I am always looking for good blog material. This one actually came to me! Maria with Stitch and Sew sent me a link to her guide to kids sewing machines and I thought it was a great fit for The Cafe Blog! I bought my first sewing machine (see above) off E-bay for $99 when my first born was about a year old. He is now about to turn 14 and it still works! Granted there is some tape holding it together, but I whip it out every now and then as needed and it still works like a charm. At the time I took a class and learned to make jon jons and a few other things like kids pants and shorts. I attempted a bed skirt once and always wanted to learn to REALLY sew. I never did, as embroidery took over my life as well as applique and then 3 kids. I can, however, sew a straight line when needed.

Do you have a daughter, granddaughter, or a boy in your life who is interested in sewing? If so check out this article! It covers things to consider like:

Speed control of the machine

Brand name {I have always owned Brother machines}

Auto needle threaders

Large dials

***SAFETY***

and much more! Click on the picture below to check out the article now! She also has several other articles that look interesting. Like I’ve never really understood SERGERS and how they work and what you use them for. Amateur, I know.

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Happy Spring Everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather {before it gets hot and we all melt} and the last month or so of SCHOOL! This year has flown by! The hours and days fly by. I was at work today and before I knew it, it was almost 1:00. Tomorrow is Friday already. TIME FLIES!

I’ve added a new Ad over on the right for a website that has been on my LINKS list forever. Apparel-n-bags! The pigment dyed hats, Comfort Colors t-shirts and sweatshirts, trucker hats…. all there! I’ve been using the Adams brand hats for a long time and have done a blog post or two on doing them (monogramming hats + I’ve done a couple of designs on them too (Mini Stitch & Anchor Patch). They come in youth and adult sizes too. We all love Comfort Colors also. And I feel I am too old for trucker hats, but they sure are popular these days! Anyway, great blanks and all from ANB. Check them out! Click on any of the pics below to pop over!

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We hope to get a few new designs done ASAP. We hosted 40 people for Easter, so now that it is behind us we can get some other stuff done (besides pine straw, cleaning and mowing the grass). You can check out all of our latest designs at Applique Cafe! Have a great weekend! Here are those HATS I did on the Adams hats… Also, be sure to click on the LINKS tab up top for lots of other BLANKS websites! It needs updating but it’s a great place to start browsing.

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Happy November and DIY Costumes!

It’s November already, although it hardly feels like it. My weather app says it’s 85 degrees. I’m still wearing my stinky summer OTBTs and my closet is still in summer mode. This is the worst time of the year to attempt to dress with the season and not sweat to death. Monday was Halloween, and below is my trio in our (mostly) DIY Costumes. My 10 yr old’s costume was a 2:00 day-0f purchase from Target (Santa pjs) and I made the beard from a piece of white felt, jumbo cotton balls and too many glue sticks to count. Oh and a piece of elastic! It was in shambles before we hit the first house and was no where to be found 20 minutes later. He also wore a Santa hat so Skinny Santa had a great night of trick or treating. Bonus: PAJAMAS!! He can wear them to sleep in too! Side note: his friends were a snowman and an elf, so they were a cute trio!

My 8 year old knew a week or two in advance that she wanted to be Larry Culpepper (see Dr. Pepper commercials). Luckily the 10 year old played Larry last year so all we had to do was pour out some DPs and hot glue them to the lid of a shoe box and attach a cooler strap. By the end of the night I think 1 can was left, but she was adorable in a sea of girly costumes and loved every minute of it.

The 13 year old. This was our Sunday afternoon painting-in-the-driveway project. If you live in the Southeast, then you know who Alexander Shunnarah is or have seen a billboard or two (or 380). He wanted to dress normal and be a “bottle flipper”, but one day while driving to work last week I saw a billboard and decided this would be much funnier. His costume was a hit in the neighborhood and on Facebook! Plus it only cost me about $13 in alphabet stickers.

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In other November news… did you see our Girly Turkey aka Digitizer’s Pick? I sewed this on a little t-shirt Monday and it’s one of my all time favorite Turkeys! Plus only 3 fabrics. It’s $1.50 for a ltd time!

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Here are a few of our new designs also! The Holly & Wreath are both raggy, and I used 1) red gingham on bottom, 2) white flannel in the middle, and 3) green polka dot on top. Check them out at Applique Cafe for a better photo! These designs plus all the others are 40% off through Tuesday, November 8th, which happens to be ELECTION DAY!! Won’t we all be glad when that’s over!?!?

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Enjoy the rest of your week!