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1  I Have No Idea!!! what sewing machine do i have?? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by eelkje on: December 10, 2012 04:27:55 PM



Sorry for the crappy picture... This is my sewing machine, got it from a friend in the Netherlands. It's labeled as a Baronie machine but after crawling through the vast interwebs i concluded that it is most likely to be a kenmore, it has the typical red/black fancy stitch lever on the upper left dial.

Does anyone recognize the dial layout, or even better, the machine itself? What i'm looking for is a brandname and model number. Many thanks!!!
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2  It's been ages - new dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: April 22, 2009 01:12:26 PM
A few months ago i got blessed with a place to sell my sewings, and i worked like crazy to make stuff and consequently forgot to take pictures of most of it, some of it is already sold and i hope to take some pictures of things that i haven't sold yet. Anyhow, this i finished yesterday (after spending a week on 2 dresses that from the beginning felt like no-hopers but you know how it is, sometimes you know you should give up but you just continue anyway) and i am thrilled to have finished something without getting lost halfway through (:

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3  my amazing 'Oh no it's gone pear-shaped!' dress (w piccies) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: September 28, 2008 06:37:01 AM
Hi there everyone!
I was looking around craftster and just when i was starting to feel overwhelmingly impressed by all the amazing, cool and wonderfull things you all are making i realised there is no beter cure for the 'damn i'll never be as creative/crafty/meticulous as these people'-feeling than showing something i made myself! The fabric i bought at a gardening center (?) and it was one of the few times i bought new fabric but i think you understand why if you see it (:

I used burdastyle pattern Zoe, but modified it because in its original state it reminded me more of a bag than the flashing 60s dress it was supposed to be. So i added fake princess seams in front, and i also added the blue hem, and replaced the 20 cm zipper for a 40 cm one so i could get in/out the dress after i made it formfitting.



As you can see i didn't watch the pattern of the fabric when cutting the pieces. I have learned my lesson and next time i will be a good girl and measure so it will look more professional...



I am pretty pleased with the form-fitting i did!



I hope you will excuse the bruised knees, i love making dresses but i hardly get to wear them because you can't climb or rope walk with a dress on... (no really. it's lethal!)

Ps: i  am not a 100% sure about the hem, i also though about making it more of a tulipskirt shape, with a smaller hem. Opinions?

thanks for reading and happy crafting!
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4  I Am Organized! (img heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: September 15, 2008 03:45:06 PM
Yesterday i went to a secondhand shop and bought a bag full of goodies (please read my thread about the mystery sewing ft http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269008.0 and help me figure out what they are for) and in that bag were quite a lot of spools of thread so i figured it was about time to make an Impressive Organizer that i have seen around on the forum and everytime i saw one i thought 'wow that is impressive, this girl must be so Organized and Important and Crafty to have such a thing on her wall' so of course i wanted one as well. The organizer hangs from my wall, and allready i feel waves of Importance and Organizedness flowing over me Smiley
It was super easy, cost next to nothing (thrifted fabric, piece of wood underneath i literally went outside saying to the bf 'i am going to find a piece of wood' and so i did. i LOVE living in the projects Smiley oh and the pins are made of q-tips. So now i have a little container filled with q-tip heads which look really nice so i'm keeping them just for looks)

Well enough with the talk, here come the pictures!


one closer up:


And here is a picture of the outstanding embroidery my machine produces...


sweet little q-tips standing in line like brave soldiers Smiley


I hope you like it and i love to hear from all of you!
have a very happy day!
eelkje
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5  I have funny feet, do you want some? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by eelkje on: September 15, 2008 03:32:42 PM
yesterday i was at a secondhand shop and bought, for my last 21 swedish crowns (1,5 dollar), a bag of sewing goodies that actually cost 50 crowns but i did the sad face and the counting my money and they did not accept cards so i was lucky! In this very very nice bag were not only various spools of thread but also some sewing feet, which i didnt even see when i bought the bag so go figure my total feeling of happiness when they fitted on my machine!
There were to hem-rollers, one zipperfoot and also two feet that i have not succeeded to categorize. I have some assumptions about one of them and the other leaves me with no clue at all. I also have some feet that came with my machine that, upon trying them on yesterday (i've had that machine for like two year), turned out not to fit and probably belong to an other machine entirely. I also have some spools that were in the goodybag that don't fit my machine so anyone who is interested just tell me maybe we can swap some things.
Here are the pictures:

Foot number one (seen from the bottom): i suspect it to be some kind of zipper foot for blind zips where you let the
coil of the zipper glide to one of the two eh channels if you can call them that. But why there are two channels: i have no clue. So maybe it's something else completely?


Foot number one from the front (upside down):


Foot number two: this one really frosts my cookies. It looks like you can work wonders with it once you've figured it out so someone please help me i want to work wonders!

( i know my middle finger is yellow, playing w/ ink and such...)

And now, my dear friends, this is what i have to offer to those in need of well: these feet / bobbins:

The bobbin with all the holes i have  like 6 or 7 of, the rest only 1 of each. The feet all seem to be from the same machine, using a click-mechanism.


I'd be delighted to be enlightened!!!
have a happy day!
eelkje
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6  Re: More info about the screen in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: September 14, 2008 12:51:32 PM
Love it! Both pieces are so nicely done and look really beautiful.

Like drrubina, I'm curious about how you made the screen, so thanks for the reply. I'll have to look around for a tutorial - I'm the kind of person who likes to plan stuff out in gruesome detail before I start (which is unfortunate, because then it takes longer to start!).  One question I was hoping to ask you though: how do you attach the fabric to the frame?

Also, I love the colors. Congrats on your lovely project!

Here's a tiny tutuorial. Planning in advance is in this case necessary because you have to measure stuff otherwise things get wonky. So good for you (:
Attaching the fabric is done as shown in the second picture, and i'll try to explain it in words also because it's dead easy when you see it but maybe not so easy to explain it...

Basically you put the fabric between the side of the divider and a strip of wood. To make things a bit more controllable you first glue the strips to the fabric and then attach them to the divider frame.

For the bottom part you directly attach the strips to the divider frame so you can lay the plywood on top and glue or nail it.

Here's the mini tut:



A few notes: i mean that you use the dimensions of the upper part of the divider minus half a cm on each side so when you attach it it will be pulled tight. To that square you add allowance according to your strips. So you do not add -0,5 cm allowance. sorry for my confusing instruction there....

Secondly of course you need hinges, just buy them and attach. If they're big you'll have to do a bit of chiseling to make room for them but if you use pianohinges (the wee ones) you can just screw them on like that.

For attaching the frame you can do it whichever way you fancy and then use polyfiller for the holes/screws before you paint over the whole thing.

Good luck!

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7  I made my mom a room divider (now w/ mini tut!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: September 14, 2008 09:02:19 AM
My mom finally realised i am no longer a pubescent little brat and i can actually make pretty decent stuff (which i have been able to do for a long long time but you know how mothers have that special way of thinking you're lovely but no way near to contributing to society in any constructive way, shape or form)!
Anyhow, she took a sabbatical and repainted her whole house, the livingroom darkred with deep purple and the kitchen limegreen w/ yellow. Yes. She's a pretty cool 60-year-old. A pretty cool 60-year-old in need of a pretty cool roomdivider. So i built her one, which was sort of hilarious, standing in the shed listening to my old cd's.

And this is what it looks like:



In fact i also made her some nice pull-up curtains which were a bit hellish due to very slippery fabric which also was expensive so no room for f-ups. Since my mother wasn't at home at the time i made the curtains i could sort of wing it so the distance between each pull-bit is exactly one LP-record wide (:

Here's the curtains and and the colours of the livingroom. I made two more curtains, same material but the other way around color-wise. They do look a bit wrinkly, i don't remember them looking that way but maybe i was a bit crappier at sewing at the time...



Thanks for listening, and comments are appreciated!
Have a happy day today!
eelkje
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8  Change you life, not the channel! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by eelkje on: September 09, 2008 12:09:25 PM
Just before i left for sweden i was eating in my favourite vegan bar and they happened to be selling some really nice shirts so i bought the one saying 'change your life not the channel' in xxl with the thought to make something more formfitting of it. And much to my surprise i actually did so. A year later that is  Wink

So lo and behold here is my made-over shirt!


My sincere apologies for the face im making, i flatter myself to think that the other 23,9 hours of the day i look nothing but smashing Smiley
Its a bit hard to see on this picture but it has 2 round pockets w/ bias binding.

One from the back:


This was btw my first time making my own bias-tape and i can tell you it was in fact a piece of cake! After reading a lot of people complaining about it i was sort of wary to start with but as long as you take the time to iron stuff it really is easy.
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9  my first commisioned bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: August 29, 2008 04:15:52 AM
I am very proud to announce my first commisioned bag!!!
I found out it is really exciting to make a bag for someone you don't know that well, because you sort of start thinking everything over 50 times.
This one is for a homeopathic nurse who works a lot with ointments so i made a special plastic-lined zipped compartment for stuff that's bound to leak.
She was very happy with it!

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10  loveliest remix dress (if it wasn't mine i would buy it) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by eelkje on: June 09, 2008 09:34:18 AM
Hej Allihopa!

We went camping this weekend which was the perfect opportunity to shoot some nice pics of my newest creation: my Cute Dress.

I actually made the first version of it in the weekend of easter, when i was at the lovely countryside house of my BF's father with an attic filled with fabric. Heaven!
I made a very simple dress, big piece of plaid brown fabric in the middle pleated between two strips of blue. Made me look like a medieval local idiot wearing a barrel.

It thusly ended up on a shelf until last week when i had some Divine Inspiration and started modelling it after burdastyle's sabrina dress, not having enough brown fabric so i had to make it shorter, and then adding the bottom strip and modding the yoke so it got a princesse-y neckline. If i had more brown fabric i probably would have made the lowest yokeband brown also but when i was done i had so little fabric left that i was lucky i had already made those two buttons...


sooooo here it is!



A little closer look (where you can clearly see i did not have enough fabric to align the pattern):



[photocredits: A. Robijn]

Hope you like it, i am chuffed to bits!
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