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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Cookies for Santa on: November 23, 2010 06:02:09 PM
Thanks, everyone!  Glad you like it.
I might have to make one for our house that says:
"Dear Santa, I can explain..."
or:
"Dear Santa,  Please define 'good' "
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cookies for Santa on: November 23, 2010 12:49:34 PM
Here's a present I'm making for my grandbabies this year.  The plate is from the Dollar Tree, and the words were cut out of sign vinyl with my Silhouette machine.  I think these are so cute! The idea just "came" to me, then I googled to find just the right words. 


13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with a Japanese Crochet Symbol (Y-stitch?) on: November 16, 2010 03:53:58 PM
Oops, sorry.
Maybe this page, about half way down?
http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/crochet_stitches/crochet_stitches_how_to_crochet_crochetlessons_symbols_illustrations.htm
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with a Japanese Crochet Symbol (Y-stitch?) on: November 16, 2010 02:39:18 PM
Each mark on the chart represents a stitch.  The little squashed "o"s usually mean chains, the "x"s are single crochet, the extended stitch with a slash is a double crochet, the extended stitch with two slashes is a treble crochet (all in American crochet)
Here is a pretty good explanation:
http://purlyshells.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-to-read-japanese-crochet-pattern.html

These are also found in some older american magazines for crochet.
Best of luck!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Geisha baby! on: November 02, 2010 04:57:59 PM
Your daughter is adorable, and the costume is wonderful!  Love how you made her "hair"!  Great job, mom!
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why? why is it doing this? on: October 26, 2010 09:50:06 PM
Here is some info that might help:

"THE UPPER TENSION. Most sewing machine problems are related to the thread tension. Learn this basic principle right now: the upper tension determines your UNDER stitch. And the bobbin (bottom) tension determines your UPPER stitch. Unless you are experimented to dismantle the upper tension unit or if its explained in your manual, follow this simple technique. Dust, lint and pieces of broken thread often stick between the tension discs. This cause a gap between the tension discs and no pressure is applied to the thread resulting of thread loops underneath. Take an 8" length of thread and make 3 to 4 knots in it (as pictured below). Thread your tension system with this piece of thread a few times in all directions. This will remove any lint residue between the tension discs. Try it for the first time with the presser foot UP and then with the presser foot DOWN. When the presser foot is down and the tension dial set at number 4, you should be able to feel a tension when pulling the thread. If so, the upper tension system is working properly."
Quoted from here:
http://reviews.ebay.com/HOW-TO-FIX-YOUR-SEWING-MACHINE-IN-5-EASY-STEPS_W0QQugidZ10000000004629782
good luck!
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine Part CHALLENGE on: October 26, 2010 10:17:06 AM
This looks interesting - not your machine, but a singer that does chain stitching (this is an unusual option that most machines don't have).  Maybe you can email this lady and get some info:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/review/readreview.pl?ID=1068

As for the part you refer to, 3rd item, 3rd row, I think you're right, it would hold your 2nd spool of thread for twin-needle stitching.

2nd row, 2nd item might be a beading foot (you run your beaded string or string of sequins through the square hole in the front of the foot, then zigzag them down.

2nd row, 3rd item looks like foot to hold your buttons down while sewing them on by machine.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine Part CHALLENGE on: October 25, 2010 10:17:26 PM
the top row of oval pieces are called needle plates - the left one has wider opening for needle to allow for zigzagging, the center one has a small centered hole to allow for sewing straight stitches into fine or thin fabric (to prevent the fabric being pushed down be low the plate) and the third one may be for chain stitching.

Here's a website that identifies several sewing machine feet:
http://www.sewfancy.com/feet.htm

I did find one photo that indicates the machine does chain-stitching:
http://vintagesewingmachine.net/Pictures/Singer%20Athena%201200/index.html
2nd row, last photo on right

Singer.com usually has the owners manuals for their machines, but indicates that the one for this machine is "on order"

Good luck with your machine. 
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Darth Vader Princess! on: October 25, 2010 06:06:40 PM
OMG!!!  Love it!  Laughed out loud with joy when I saw her!  Had to call the hubby over to see.  Thanks for sharing!!
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Amigurumi Addiction Tiny Edition (Send Outs 11-03) on: September 25, 2010 08:58:10 AM
My jaw literally dropped!   Shocked
Your bag is AMAZING!  ^Jumping up and down on "Rocks"^
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