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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How do I take the big cover off? on: September 10, 2008 09:43:52 PM
Ok, I know they tell you "never take the bigger cover off."

However, I just broke a needle on the machine today. Because I was stupid, and only imagined I had changed to a heavy duty needle when, in fact, I hadn't.  Roll Eyes Embarrassed

A piece of that needle, somehow, miraculously, (no idea how) flew into the main compartment of the machine. I hear it rattling around in there. It also jammed a few things up in there.

Now, I don't want to send it into repair, because, well, I took this as an opportunity to order my birthday present a little early. Wink (A much more elaborate and embarrassingly expensive Brother. I can't even think about the price without cringing, lol.)

This is just the standard Brother LS2125i. I actually have two of these (different gifts, at different times). So, it's not like I really need to fix this. Actually, it's probably not even worth it in terms of price. I started taking both of them apart, actually, for inside comparison (I'm curious like that).

Anyway, I'm really just 1. curious what it looks like on the inside (I used to take apart electronics as a kid - never grew out of it). 2. Curious to see how the heck a piece of the needle flew up in there, and what kind of damage it did.

I'm not planning on even attempting to fix it. I tried emailing Brother, but they're only response is "do not remove it yourself, send it in to repair."

Anyway, I took off all the screws. But, something is still holding on the cover. I don't want to force it, though I guess it doesn't matter at this point. Still, I was hoping to do it without force.

Anyone have any ideas? Diagrams? Experienced? Stories of dead machines due to stupid mistakes to share?  Wink Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fans of Anne Rice Swap Gallery on: August 11, 2008 07:31:21 PM
We have a sender!  Cheesy

Post your goodies as you receive them. I can't wait to see what craftiness everyone came up with!  Smiley

PM me now
Sent and Received
Late with Communication

TwistedTruth <> AlwaysInspired

GingerChild <> Kurtzie

Ecstatic > Hahnasay > aliismynameoh > Ecstatic

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fans Of Anne Rice Swap (signup 7/17/08 - 7/31/08; Mail by 8/28/08) on: July 17, 2008 11:55:39 AM
Swap name: Fans of Anne Rice Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Ecstatic
Sign-up date range: July 17, 2008 July 31, 2008
Date to send item by: August, 28 2008

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.

Age requirement? 13, as per Craftster rules.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES (only organizing this one).
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:

Ok, this is for all you Anne Rice fans. Whether you like her extensive vampire series or her Mayfair Witches or her stand-alone books or even the new Jesus chronicles this swap is for you.

Well be crafting one large, one medium, and one small. Extras can be decided among partners, of course.  Cheesy

Because Anne Rice has written so many dark and delicious tales the craft options are endless. We can do specific character crafts, specific story crafts, clothing/accessories inspired by her characters/stories, crafts related to the cities in her books, crafts related to the movie adaptations, etc.

The creative possibilities are endless!

DC Numbers on packages are mandatory unless shipping outside of the country (USA). Be sure to keep your receipt in case the package gets lost in that case.

Remember to PM me AND your partner once you send, along with the DC # (if applicable).

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Fans of Anne Rice Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

What are your favorite Anne Rice books? List at least 5 in order of preference.
What types of themes do you like best in her books? (For instance, do you like her sexuality/sensuality tones, or her redemption themes, or her religious elements, or the dark/gothic themes, etc.?)
Did you like any of the movie adaptations? Which ones?
What about the actors who played her characters any favorites?
Would you like to receive any Anne Rice books? If yes, which ones?
Do you have any favorite characters? List them here, in order of preference.
Do you have any favorite colors?
What can you craft?
What would you like to have crafted for you?
Are you allergic to anything?
Do you have any pets or smoke in your home?
Is there anything you wouldnt want to receive?
Say a little something about yourself here: your hobbies, interests, passions, deep dark secrets. Just enough for your partner to get a little blackmail er information on you. Wink



1. Ecstatic
2. Ginger Child
3. hahnasay
4. TwistedTruth
5. AlwaysInspired
6. Kurtzie
7. aliismynameoh *first time swapper

The gallery is now open here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262714.0
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anne Rice Swap Anyone? Vampires, Witches, the works. on: June 11, 2008 10:04:40 PM
Does anyone here read Anne Rice and love her? Is anyone utterly devastated that she will not write more of her vampire books?

I've lived in Louisiana, an hour outside of New Orleans, for 15 years now (minus a 4 year stint in NYC). So, I became acquainted with her here, in the heart of it all. I adore her writing, her characters, her plots.

My personal favorite books are the Witch series, however, they do crossover with the vampires in the last vampire book. And, of course, as most fans, I am in love with Lestat.  Wink

Would anyone be interested in such a swap? Lots of things to craft when it comes to Anne Rice and her characters.

And, though not much of a fan ... her new Jesus books could be included in said swap!  Cheesy
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Thrift Store Remake: Feng Shui(ish) Stenciled Box on: May 15, 2008 12:37:48 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have before pictures. But, it was a very beat up brown box with an ugly picture of some playing cards on it. I got it for 25 cents at the thrift store.

So, I painted it black, and stenciled what I thought could pass for a "money tree" on the front. I also stenciled the Chinese wealth (or salary) symbol on the sides. There is one symbol on every side - except the front, which has 3. I used contact paper for the stencils, and I have blisters from cutting out so many leaves! I went over it with decopauge (only sealant I had in the house) for extra shine.

I gave it to my mom for mother's day as she's REALLY into Feng Shui, and all that energy/chi/positive thinking stuff. She really loved it.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kitchen Scrubbies (with pattern link) on: April 21, 2008 05:01:05 PM
I made these for the Going Green Swap. I got the pattern from Ravelry under "circular scrubby." My username is the same there. But, for those of you not there, it's supposed to be free somewhere on http://www.knitability.com/

Though, I can't find it there for some reason. Alternatively, this looks the same:


I knitted them up using 2 strands of yarn held together, as one strand made (IMO) too small of a scrubby.

My swap partner took this photo - starryeyeddiy. Have to give photo credit where it's due, lol. Wink

I took this one:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Is there a pattern similar to this? on: March 12, 2008 05:00:20 PM
I want this:

It's from the www.simpleshoes.com website. But, it costs $75.00 ... and right now I'm saving all my money for moving from one state to another.

I could sew this, my sewing skills are good. But I have never made up my own pattern before. So, does anyone know of a pattern similar to this one? I went through all the patterns at my local sewing stores, and couldn't find anything. I don't mind paying some money for a pattern (as long as it's not a $75.00 pattern, lol). I just need some idea of how to make this.

I'd appreciate any help. Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Taking normal photos and making them miniature - how? on: January 21, 2008 11:48:55 PM
I don't know if this is the right place to post this. But, I couldn't decide where else and tried searching but got miniature everything, just not photos. 

I want to make these: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/marblemagnets They're "marble magnets."

But, I want to put, instead of random pictures, photos of me under them. Does anyone know how I can take a regular photo and miniaturize it? I thought this would make a sexy gift (depending on what the photos contain, hehe) for Valentine's Day for my S/O.

Is there a software that does this? A photo place that does this? Huh

I'd appreciate any pointers in the right direction.  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Grrrr .. Catwarming (mouse) question on: December 21, 2007 08:27:12 PM
Ok, I'm about ready to snap my knitting needles. Well, not really, lol. But, it's getting frustrating considering I've been at it for 4 hours.

I'm trying to make the mice for my cat (already made the ball thing, no problem). The instructions say to CO 3 stitches. I do that. Then it says to increase into each stitch. I do that with the bar increase, and wind up with 6 stitches. It then says to purl. I do that. No problem.

But, then, it says to (K1, inc1) twice, K2, (inc1, K1) twice. But, I only have SIX stitches on my needle. In order to do all of that, I would need 10.

What am I missing?

If I just skip the doing it twice part, and only do it once, all subsequent instructions are off by several stitches. Leaving me with a very disfigured mouse, lol.

I feel beyond silly being stuck on this one problem. I've never had a problem with patterns when it comes to increasing. I've done a lot of them. But, this one has me stumped.

If anyone could offer any help, I'd appreciate it.  Smiley
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for Designers (who basically "craft" for a living)? on: October 18, 2007 02:14:16 PM
So, I have a friend - male, 42. He's a designer. Now, he owns his own company but before that he designed everything from cars to planes to tupperware. Plus, he's an incredible painter, artist, etc. He's into cycling BIG time. 

Basically, anything I could possibly make, he'd probably be able to top. I know it's the thought that counts ... but, still, I'd like to impress him finally! Last year, I thought my gift was crafty. I gave him a book, but I read it first and put my thoughts via sticky notes throughout the pages. So, it was like reading it with me. But then he gave me this incredible, homemade, leather journal that totally blew my gift right out of the water. Angry Wink

This would be his xmas gift. I can sew, knit, bake, and can learn anything else, lol. I just need a creative idea. I do have a bit of a crush on him, and we've been flirting with the idea of a relationship ... but, nothing definite yet. So, I don't want anything too over the top, in terms of romance. But, something that says "I want you" is good, lol.  Cheesy

I'd appreciate any help at all. So far, all I have is a sketch book which I made for him.
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