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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Re: Flea Market Finds to Child's Vanity & Jewelry Organization on: February 24, 2014 04:15:03 AM
I love it! I hope to make one for my girls soon:) Thanks for inspiration!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Junior Varsity Quilling Tutorial on: March 14, 2013 12:58:12 PM
I made my quilling tool out of a larger needle (I cut the end of eye off so I got "forks") and polymer clay handle. Works ok:)
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: May 07, 2012 06:44:13 AM
I'm also searching for alum substitutes as here it's impossible to get it... I searched the web for homemade mordants but most call for alum or iron water which would probably make the image darker/grayer as it has that effect on dyes... Any idea?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / HELP PLEASE - which overlock: Elna 683 or W6 (or AEG 760) on: October 26, 2011 04:59:28 AM
Hello, gals!
Long time, no type;). I've been neglecting craftster lately, I have a lot to post but first I have a question.
I have/had a very nice overlocker Bernina 2500DCET but it had problems most of the time and now it seems that they will never fix the problem... Cry So I started to look for a new one. My budget is a bit tight right now (we're expecting and we'll have to move to a bigger place once in the future...) I might also add I live in EU where machines are more expensive and the old machines are really really expensive!!! You wouldn't believe! There is no old machine under 200 sold here!

So I was looking at German amazon and found this baby: AEG 760 - it now costs 200 and has 2 year of warranty (I'd have to send it to Germany of course if anything was wrong):
http://www.amazon.de/AEG-Electrolux-760-Overlockmaschine/dp/B0030XMUQG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1319627654&sr=8-3

But than I also saw this one - it has much better and more reviews and 10 year warranty and some features that I like (you can turn off the blade and it has adjustable pressure of the foot)... I do not live in Germany so warranty is a bit of a problem - the shipping to Germany is quite expensive (about 25). But I really like the fact that it's supposed to be quiet and sturdy - two things very important to me (I sew at night, we live in a block, I sew a lot of heavy weight stuff as well) It cost the same - 200. So this is this candy:
http://www.amazon.de/W6-Overlock-N%C3%A4hmaschine-454D-Garantie/dp/B0042VYAR2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1319627654&sr=8-8

And than a local repairman offered me a supposed to be new Elna 683 - it was exhibition exponat so it got a bit yellow but it was almost not used and he offers me 2 years of warranty on that one. It would cost 280 (yes, I told you - old machines are very expensive here).

They all do more or less the same thing 3 and 4 thread stitch, 3 thread flatlocking, rolled edge - on amazon I'd probably choose W6 as it is supposed to be robust and well made and that is my primary concern. none of them has 2 thread stitch which I like but I can live without it;). I am also looking for an overlocker without coverlock now - I learned the hard way that the combined machine do not work well. I will buy (or get;) a coverlock later on once (now that we're expecting a boy it will be more needed;) I could just do rolled edge for the girls;)...

I sew many different things - from kids clothing to practical things for home so I need a robust, versatile machine. I mainly use 4 thread stitch and rolled hem (it's easier to convert it on W6 than on AEG but I think Elna is also easy). I have two girls, you know how it is Wink.

So: Elna is here, I can test drive it before I buy it, I can get it now and the warranty would be here in the same town, close to my man's work, which is also good. But it is quite a bit more expensive and does roughly the same.
W6 has really good reviews, a very nice manual (you can download it at their site), the blade can be turned off (probably with Elna as well) and it has 10 year warranty - that means something... But i can't try it, I have never seen it I do not know the W6 firm... But it is 80 cheaper! (I can order it to our relatives in Austria (already asked them) and than the shipping is free - and my MIL would bring it when she visits them (that's like every week so I would not wait long) - it's also just a 2 hour drive (yes, I live in the tiniest country;) and we have to visit them sometimes anyway;).

What do you think? Does any of you have any of those two machines? PLEASE PLEASE any tip or experience would be greatly appreciated! I really need a reliable overlocker!  You know: once you have it you can't live without it! So please please please - help!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger/Overlock questions. Help! on: September 11, 2011 10:04:25 AM
I have another question - about coverstitch (the usual kind you see on tshirts - the wide stitch with 2 needles and one looper). My left needlethread is constantly braking but ONLY when I sew over the serged seam (where fabric gets thicker since there are more layers). When I topstitch/hem the bottom of a T-shirt I have to sew all the way around and it's perfect on the front and back but almost every single time breaks at the sides, where the front and back are sewn/serged together and I have to coverstitch over a bit thicker part. I tried to pull the fabric gently to get it over that spot and it's only worse. If I don't help it it usually james there - though my stitchlength is long and I have feed dogs set to prevent stretching (I sew jersey). I also try to shift the seam so the folded edge of the seam is not on the top of the upper part (so that not all the layer are on top of each other) but the problem persists.

I have rethreaded the whole thing numerous times and I guess it is threaded fine since the stitch is formed just perfectly on the rest of the seam. I cleaned and oiled all the machine parts that need to be lubricated, I used new (never used before) ballpoint (for jersey) needles, my fabric is normal jersey, nothing very thick or problematic, normal Tshirt fabric...  If I change the needle tension the stitch is wonky on the normal part of the clothing so I guess that is not the answer...

I have Bernina 2500 overlocker which does coverstitch too. I use good quality polyester thread that I never had problem with otherwise. I move the therads to the back before I start coverstitching, I start at the middle and not at the very edge (where the seams are), I go very slowly over the sides and I also tried to go over only by hand whealing... Should I increase or decrease foot preasure maby? I haven't tried that yet...

Why I can't seem to get it right??? It really frustrates me so please please, somebody help me!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Re: Hand Carved Bird Stamps on: September 09, 2011 05:33:03 AM
Great detail! Amazing!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: another airbrushed shirt! mermaid! on: September 01, 2011 07:02:51 AM
Thank you for such quick answer. I live in Europe and we don't have this paints in my country (haven't seen them and I know all crafts stores here - there aren't many;) so online is the answer:).

For fabric I usually use Deka or Waco colours (both should be heat setted) but they are waaay to thick for the airbrush. And if you thin them they are not stable anymore (and also no opacity). My paintings on shirts have faded though - but I do wash them normaly (40 or 60C). So I haven't tryed airbrush yet - but I love how it looks. Is it very hard to work with?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: another airbrushed shirt! mermaid! on: September 01, 2011 02:57:21 AM
Very cute. What paints did you use for the t-shirt? Acrilic? Do they wash off? Fabric paint seems a bit too thich for airbrush... I would love to try it but have no idea what paints would work in airbrush (besides acrilics) and would withold all the torture in the washer and dryer.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: cheap fabric online in Europe on: August 20, 2011 10:31:50 AM
Thank you all sooo much! I checked the sites and they have amazing stuff out there!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: You used to change a diaper on THAT? on: August 20, 2011 10:26:20 AM
I love it! I will save the idea (I have a changing table but I will still need it soon and our apartment is waaay to small for a kitchen island - but we plan to move (our apartment is too small for the numbers of kids we'll soon have as well Wink) and there I'll get a big kitchen and I hope I will be able to use your idea - it is great! And a great execution!
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