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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / long tail CO easiest?? on: October 28, 2008 08:56:09 AM
I keep reading that the Longtail CO is super easy, well then I must be missing something, because I cannot do it, not for the life of me. I watched the knittinghelp video, yeah, no not working, so if anyone's got a better video, that would be great. (Knitting help did not help me on the kitchner stitch either, I had to find another video, so it might just be her description I don't get. What makes this so much easier/better than knitting on (which I do now)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how bad will it turn out on: October 22, 2008 05:35:51 PM
I am a new knitter, so I don't have very many needle sets. a straight 10.5 a 42" circular in 10.5, a 14" or 16" (I can't remember the conversion 40cm) circular in size 7 and a DPN set in size 8.

The pattern I'm planning on doing next has you start out 4 sizes smaller than you need to get the pattern guage, then you switch to needles 2 sizes smaller than guage, then later to the guage size. now this would mean I'd need to buy 2 more sets of circulars, as I'm 90% sure that my gauge size is 7 though I'm going to double check. Also this pattern is done in the round

Will it turn out bad if I do it all on one set of needles?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / cleaning tension disks? on: August 10, 2008 03:28:58 PM
I am sure i have something caught in the tension disk for the left needle of my serger, I know the thread caught because there is tension on it, but there isn't enough, and I've turned it all the way to 9, it's serging like it's at 5, it needs to be between 6and7, when it's working proper. it looks fine most of the time, but it's not right, and that bothers me.

so how do I fix this?

DH won't be able to go with me into the city to get it serviced, if that's what it needs, until september.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother LS2125 q? on: August 06, 2008 04:26:21 PM
I want to lengthen just the length of the 3 step zigzag on my brother LS2125, I was wondering if it was possible, I noticed there is a little screw next to the stitch selector that looks like it will change the zigzag length, but I don't want to mess with the other stitches, they work perfect, I just want that one to be a little bit longer when i'm doing elastic.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / der, stupid mistake on: July 27, 2008 05:29:36 PM
I have been having problems with my bobbin thread going crazy, yesterday I quit sewing, because it was so bad. and I couldn't figure it out, but I just read a post that suggested changing the needle. Doh, I've been using this one for several weeks, and on velcro to yet, and I've been very busy sewing. I bet the machine could use a good oiling too.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Spinning wheel bag on: July 12, 2008 10:36:39 AM
ok, I'm making a bag for a friend who has a hitchhiker spinning wheel,

http://www.woolery.com/Pages/hitchhiker.html

I wanted to have a flap to close the bag, over the wheel, but she suggested she wanted the handles to be like the bag pictured in the link. just like a cloth shopping bag.

I'm wondering how I can do the handles, like she wants, and still have it with a flap (I think it would be better if not everyone could see the wheel inside)
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / What Questions to ask? on: July 04, 2008 08:19:54 PM
What kind of questions do you ask when you are considering doing a craft fair?

How much traffic to expect?
What type of customer is expected?

what else?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Charity craft fair and home based business fair on: July 04, 2008 07:30:11 PM
My local foodbank is having a craft/homebased business fair.
what do you think? will they get a lot of people?

they're charging $25 a table, which goes to the foodbank, then I keep the profit from whatever I sell.

Is this the type of fair a lot of people go to? I make cloth diapers, and diaper bags mostly, so my target customers are Parents, and the odd grandparent or aunt/uncle.

This would also be my first time selling outside internet sales.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / color bleeding on: July 04, 2008 05:44:51 PM
I got some fabric from a lady who supposedly prewashed it, I doubted it at first, but I really doubt it now, I put in the last piece (hot), 4or5 meters of red flannel, and checked while it was agitating, and the water was red, not pink, but red.

I ran it again on warm, then on cold, i checked it during the cold cycle, and think it worked, but i want to double check with people more knowledgable that colour doesn't just come out in a hot wash like that.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / how important on: June 21, 2008 08:00:10 PM
when you're preshrinking fabric, how important is it to put it in the dryer?

I got a lot of fabric, about 5 loads in my washing machine 7 in my dryer, so i decided to hang it outside to dry, mostly for the powerbill, and to make my house still be bearable in the heat.

all of the new stuff I bought along with some I bought from a classified ad are cotton.

Am I going to have to rewash in order for it to shrink properly? I did wash on HOT, and rinse on cold
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