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  1. I wouldn't say they are any more noisy than the next machine. Sewing machines aren't super quiet in general. I know some computerized machines may be a little quieter. The strong and tough us quieter than a surger...does that help?🤷
  2. It depends one what exactly you want. If you want to see thick items...I have the strong and tough machine. It is great! I can sew multiple layers of denim without any issue. It has manual dials...no computer. I've also had their $200ish computer quilting machines. My daughter uses one of these. They have fancier stitches and also the speed control. She has had hers for about 8 years. She is an occasional user. I use mine nearly every day...so I tend to wear them out (thick layers) every 5-8 years. I wore out the Viking in about the same amount of time. This is why I stick to brothers now. They don't break the bank, and they work just as well as my Viking did. Honestly, the strong and tough machine is working better than the Viking did. I don't have a specific model to recommend because they change models all the time. The ones I've owned are no longer sold, except probably the strong and tough one since I bought it more recently. *Typing on phone ...sorry for any errors.
  3. I think you have two semi conflicting criteria...old machines usually don't have speed control. New machines generally don't have metal parts. Going old, if you can find them, will get you a heavy duty machine that will last forever. Going new, you have to be more choosy about brands, but they have lots of bells and whistles. I've personally had the best luck with brothers and I know janomi are also good machines. I would not waste any money on new singers or white machines. Vikings are ok...but honestly you can get just as good of a machine with a brother for way less money. Brothers are easy to find, you don't have to go to a dealer. They have them at Costco, Amazon, Walmart.... I had a Viking emerald. It lasted about only a year longer than my brother. The brother was a quarter of the price. Hope that helps!
  4. I use the scrapings method. It works but requires advanced planning. I do not have discards. The scrapings method is when you already have a good active starter going. You use what you need for the bread, then store the remaining in the fridge. The night before you want to bake, take out the little bit of starter you have and feed it enough to have the amount you need for the recipe. So if you need 400g of starter, feed it 200 flour and 200 water. Let sit overnight. In the morning it should have more than doubled. Use the 400g you need, you will now have the little bit left over (mine is usually about 100g left). Store this in the fridge and repeate next time you want to make bread. No waste this way, but you do have to make bread at least once a week or the starter starts to weaken and you will have to do more feeds to get it up to an active level that works for rising the bread. When you have to reactivate it like that, you will have discard again.
  5. I feel ya! Only I want a bird not a cat.
  6. Addi turbo circular hands down. If it have a very slippery small yarn I grab some bamboo ones if needed. But they are nothing like addi turbo.
  7. Did you read the directions before asking me how to do this? I didn't ask if you wanted to do it; I said it needs doing. Look it up. Food. (This is my response to "what's for dinner". If I told them what we were having, at least one kid would then whine about it...so I just say food) That is none of your business.
  8. I get uncontrollably shaky and have stomach pain with anxiety/panic attacks... Just another thought.
  9. Mine grew sideways under the gum, never actually erupted. I didn't have the money to get them out until I was married at 25 and under DH insurance. Unfortunately, all those years of orthodontia was semi messed up. All my bottom teeth are overlapped in the front and very tight for flossing. Do get them out early! The surgery wasn't bad at all. I don't remember anything. My only negative part of it was the painkiller made me feel ill afterword.
  10. I did have abdominal migraines as a teen when I first started my period. It lasted for about 3 years and then just lessened to normal cramp levels. I would be completely fine and then my period would start. I would go very pale, be in intense pain, fetal position, throwing up, the runs, and feel basically like I was dying. I didn't know at the time it was called abdominal migraines, and my mother convinced the Dr I was being dramatic...so they didn't realise how bad it was. They did offer me the pill because I was irregular, but my mother didn't allow it, so I cannot say if that would have helped or not. I know Tylenol didn't touch it. That was what we had in the house for me to take.
  11. Well....to start, hot showers aren't the best for eczema, so there is that. If you, like me, love a hot hot shower, you probably need to cool it down. As for soaps and shampoos... A big one for us is sodium laurel sulphates. It is in so many soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc etc. And finding sls free often is more expensive. Trader Joe's toothpaste is also free. Jason brand makes SLS free shampoos, soaps, deodorant, and toothpaste. They are definitely more expensive. As for food aggravators, diary is highest on the list for common causes. If it isn't that, then hopefully you find what it is. In my case, it is mostly stress induced or dry air or grass allergy. It isn't food induced.
  12. Hamburger helper, canned veggies, Lima beans, shake and bake, rice a Roni, tuna casserole, cabbage salad, Velveeta cheese, and empty the fridge goulashes...ie take every leftover from the fridge and put them into a lot together...warm and serve. My mother was a good cook, but she worked and so we often had fast meals.
  13. After feeding my brain ...it didn't make sense 😁
  14. And yet, there is a bill in Oregon that has already passed the first step, to take away those exemptions based on these very few cases of measles. I'm not seeing a ton of press on it either....which makes it feel a little sneaky. Also, people don't take into account in discussing the philosophical exemptions Vs medical exemptions, that some people are forced to use the philosophical exemption for a very valid medical reason simply because the their medical issue doesn't line up with the CDC medical exemption listed. I know a family that nearly lost a child (documented) from a reaction to vaccination and if this law passes, they have had to use the philosophical exemption to not vaccinate their younger child due to their medical history. I do believe that it should be parents choice. I also agree that if you have a big outbreak, like in NY, then quarantine makes sense for safety. I don't agree with laws that force. And yes, we vaccinate.
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