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Mrs.Moos
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Date: 12/27/09 3:29 AM

At the store I work at, they have the Janome felting machine. I had not had the opportunity to play with one until a few days ago. Now I am lusting after one!
Does anyone have one of these machines and if so, what types of things did you do with it? I took in a scrap of old jeans and it worked wool roving right into a design. I am wondering what other fabrics it can be used with. (I don't think it would look good for me to spend all my time at work "playing with" the floor model, eh?)
So what have y'all done with your felting machines?
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Date: 12/27/09 9:16 AM

I would love to hear more about this too!

Nora :)

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Date: 12/27/09 10:44 AM

I just got an email about felting wool for scarves. Maybe this would be of interest to you using the machine. felting. scarves.

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Date: 12/27/09 3:03 PM

I have a Babylock 7 needle and it is a lot of fun. You can embellish just about anything. Fleece, flannel, silk, wool, denim, lace and so on. There are no rules!! Try it and see is the mantra. A quick google search will give you a thousand ideas. There are even Yahoo groups for machine needle felting and embellishing. Threads mag had an article about using it on lace, silk chiffon and dupioni last year. Can't find the link right now, sorry.

Just be aware it is a huge time sucker....it's lots of fun!! and if you have zero self-control (like me) home cooked meals will become a distant memory. (I suggest frozen Bertolli dinners) LOL

Edit to add thought: It's really nice to add machine embroidery along with it.
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She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. Proverbs 31:13 NAS

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Date: 12/28/09 1:58 AM

Quote: my horse
I have a Babylock 7 needle and it is a lot of fun. You can embellish just about anything. Fleece, flannel, silk, wool, denim, lace and so on. There are no rules!! Try it and see is the mantra. A quick google search will give you a thousand ideas. There are even Yahoo groups for machine needle felting and embellishing. Threads mag had an article about using it on lace, silk chiffon and dupioni last year. Can't find the link right now, sorry.



Just be aware it is a huge time sucker....it's lots of fun!! and if you have zero self-control (like me) home cooked meals will become a distant memory. (I suggest frozen Bertolli dinners) LOL



Edit to add thought: It's really nice to add machine embroidery along with it.
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OK you enabler you! I am going into work tomorrow and may be possibly walking out with the Janome 725 embellishing machine!And I don't mean I am going to shop-lift it--KA-CHING!
Hopefully my husband won't notice another machine in the sewing room!Maybe I can get my DD interested in this...Yeah that's it...its for the KIDS!
BTW, the Bertolli sounds good to me

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Date: 12/28/09 8:10 AM

I have also been wanting to know more about these machines. I want to know how much extras you need. I don't need a whole lots of extra expense but would love to try this. When I got my embroidery machine I didn't realize the extras I would need but would do it again. This time I want to know what I'm doing before doing it.

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Date: 12/28/09 10:53 AM

It looks to me like you just need the base fabric or garment and then the roving or loose wool, decorative fiber or yarn or??? to apply to the base fabric. The one we have in the store has had felt applied to felt--but I am not that into felt. The last issue of Sew Stylish has an old mn's sweater refashioned into a women's wear with felting accents. It looks like they used the roving fibers for this.
I think the other cost involved would be the needle assembly and needles. The replacement I saw in the store was $30-$40.

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Date: 12/28/09 11:25 AM

Lots of good info on this website. This is the tutorials page to give you an overview. She also sells replacement needles for a lot less than dealers. Carries a limited supply of basic materials and is the owner of the best yahoo group for this type of embellishment.

This site should give you an idea of extra costs. It is very minimal compared to machine embroidery!

As far as buying it for the kids....that's not an unreal idea. Kids love to do it and get instant gratification. They are more prone to break needles because of the hand/eye coordination required but they learn quickly. The major problem with using it with my 4 yo twin GDs is that the projects are so fast they want to do more-more-more!!!! A good starter is yarn on fleece. I bought some Wally World fleece earmuff headband thingys and they squiggled yarn all over them. They love to say they 'made' it. I sit the younger kids in my lap so I'm in control of the foot pedal. There is a plastic guard around the needles and they could get stuck I guess, but with stern warnings they seem to be very concious of them and do well.

Have fun and let us know if you get it!

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She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. Proverbs 31:13 NAS

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Date: 12/28/09 5:43 PM

I have been Jonesing for a one for a couple of years now. I'm a member of a couple of the Embellishing groups on Yahoo.
There are some great prices on Ebay. 199 free shipping on the Janome and 99 on the Singer with free shipping.
Remember, I'm the machine junkie.

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Date: 12/31/09 10:44 PM

Well I did it, read my new thread in sewing machines. Brought home today. YEAH ME. Sorry I'll tone it down now.

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