Author Archives: Sandra

Sufficient Evaluation Could Save You Thousands on a Sewing Machine

In the last post, I shared how an affinity for my mom’s Janome sewing machine confounded me into an overwhelming investment.  Had I been aware of the following information. Had I been as aware of my need originally, I could have saved myself thousands of dollars!  Hindsight is, indeed, 20/20.   The Unbearable Task of…

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Your Guide to Purchasing the Best Sewing Machine You Can Afford

I shared my experience in procuring an extra attachment for my home sewing machine in the last post, and how much more happy I am with what the results I am getting with my Pfaff.  Before you shop, I’d like to assist you in being armed with the information you will need to buy your…

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Case Study in Buying a Sewing Machine

In the previous post, I shared my experience with machines that got the job done, and machines that were meant for much more than I would ever uses them for.  The purchases were made in haste, and without much focused intention.  Those experiences had made me wise in the desire I had for a simple,…

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Onto the Web and Off to the Store

Within the last post, the features of sewing machines available at different price ranges were discussed.  Now that you know a bit more about what range you’ll delve into, you are prepared to move forward. Let’s Shop Around for that Sewing Machine You have been given the ability to think more critically through many details pertaining…

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What’s with the Ethel and I name?

You may have wondered about the name for this blog.  To clarify the concept, I will share a bit of the history with you.   Where it All Began When I decided to begin a sewing based business, I had a home sewing machine and a home serger.  With the project I was trying to…

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Welcome Lessons in Buying a Home Sewing Machine

In the last post, I expressed a bit of buyer’s remorse about investing a very large sum in a Pfaff sewing machine, a.k.a. The Rocket Launcher!  Now, about ten years after purchase, it’s still a great machine, but in many ways it is a lot fancier than I ever needed.  Here is my cautionary tale of how I…

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The Sewing Machine that Could Launch Rockets

Making the Best of the Daunting Task Ahead of You What kind of sewing machine do you need and with what features?  This decision is not to be taken lightly.  Many have made an abrupt purchase, not fully thought out, and had regrets about it later.  This was my experience. When I talk about sewing…

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Welcome to Ethel and I

Welcome to this sewing blog!  Regardless of where you are in you are in your sewing journey, this blog is dedicated to you, and the heart and soul you put into everything you craft with your sewing skills, whether you sew by machine or by hand. This blog is meant to help you simplify the process of…

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Sewing Machine Needle Sizing

Improving the Outcome Every successful sewing project begins with the right sewing needle. There can be a lot of information printed on the sewing needle packages.  One of the most important bits of information you will find on the package is the notation of the needle size. Using the incorrect needle can cause many problems…

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