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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plush Wall-e on: December 01, 2010 07:27:49 PM
This is amazing! I love Wall-E so much  Grin

I would never have thought of making a pattern that way, obviously it works!  I will have to try it next time I need to make a custom stuffie.

I'm sure your friend will love it!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Raggedy Ann 15" Doll I made on: November 13, 2010 06:58:15 PM
I know I haven't been able to find it in any craft stores or even new online.  You're right, eBay and Etsy seem to be the best places to look. 
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Raggedy Ann 15" Doll I made on: November 12, 2010 08:38:50 PM
Adorable!  I know what you mean about taking longer than you thought, I've made a couple too and that hair takes forever!

Aww, she's so pretty! I love her. Did you use a pattern? If so, would you be willing to tell me where you got it? I've been trying to find a good pattern so I can make one for my daughter.

I'm not sure you can buy it new anymore, but google McCall's 2531 or 2447 and you should be able to find some for resale.  That's how I got mine  Smiley
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Autumn-Themed Raggedy Ann on: November 01, 2010 11:09:21 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments  Smiley  I am addicted to making Raggedy Ann's now!
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Autumn-Themed Raggedy Ann on: October 30, 2010 12:04:57 PM
This is my second Raggedy Ann and I'm really happy with her!  I think it's the best doll I've made so far.  She is a 20" doll from the popular McCall's pattern.  She turned out just exactly as I had envisioned.  I had originally planned for her just to be a Fall decoration, but now I think I'll make her a set of clothes for every season/holiday so I can always have her out  Smiley

And just to throw it out there - if you're looking for doll chairs to display your dolls, try local flea markets or antique malls.  I found the chair she's sitting in for $10.  All I had to do was sand and repaint and it was as good as new!



16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Raggedy Ann & Andy Rag Dolls I have made on: October 06, 2010 02:10:44 PM
This is a great pattern and you did a fantastic job!  That face embroidery looks so beautiful and thoughtfully done.  I have made a couple of dolls from this same pattern and I just love it!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Two Rag Dolls on: September 06, 2010 06:10:37 PM
Ann is my favorite! How did you do her face details? Did you do it by hand? Machine? I want to make one, but I'm not sure how to do the face.

I did it by hand.  The pattern came with iron-on face transfers, but they were really old and much used, so I had to trace them onto paper and then onto the fabric.  I used 3 strands of standard embroidery floss.  I did the embroidery after stuffing the head, but if I had to do over again I would do the embroidery BEFORE stuffing.  I didn't have a small enough hoop at the time, or I would have Smiley
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Two Rag Dolls on: August 03, 2010 07:20:05 PM
Thank you so much!  I try to take my time on details because I believe they are so important.
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Futura CE-150: Dreadful Tension Problems! on: August 01, 2010 07:55:12 PM
Thank you so much, tightening that little green screw was exactly what it needed!!!  It was so tiny I didn't even realize it was there at first.

You're a life saver!  Grin
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Futura CE-150: Dreadful Tension Problems! on: July 30, 2010 12:27:14 PM
I love my dear embroidery machine, but right now I am at my wit's end.

When it embroiders, the white bobbin thread is pulling through and showing on the top.  I checked and double-checked that the bobbin was inserted and threaded correctly, and the bobbin tension is factory-set, so I'm not sure what the problem is.  Changing the upper thread tension (either direction) just makes things worse.  When I use the same color bobbin thread as the top thread of course you can't tell, but that's not practical for designs that need two or more colors.  I have only been using text and designs that came on a Singer stock CD designed for this machine, so it can't be anything to do with the design.  Also, when the machine is in sewing mode, the tension is perfect.

The only thing I have not tried is changing to a new needle.  Could that be it?  Any other suggestions?
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