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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Man's Shirt to Dress Recon. Now with TUTE! on: May 10, 2010 01:10:46 PM
Thank you SO much!  This is exactly what I have been needing for the 2 big/tall mens shirts I recently thrifted. Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you trust used sewing machines? on: July 13, 2009 10:30:40 AM
I have three old machines that I purchased from thrift stores/junk shops (one of them from Goodwill--my prized Pfaff 130!), and they all work beautifully.  I paid less for all three of them combined than I paid for my first sewing machine 6 years ago (it was a brand-new Singer, and quite honestly, a piece of crap!  Undecided).  I got rid of my "new" model machine a long time ago and have never looked back.  I think it's a fine idea to look around for an old used machine.  Here's my advice (though I'm no expert!  Cheesy):  Ask the place where you're buying it from if they will let you take it back if it doesn't work.  If possible, see if they will allow you to plug it in and test it before you buy.  My local Goodwill will take back electronics that do not work within the first 24 hours if you keep the receipt.  Smaller thrift stores usually will not, in my experience.  Take a good look at the machine before you buy it--check out the electrical cord if it's electric, see what condition the belt is in, see if it's obviously missing parts, etc etc.  What I usually do after buying a "new" old machine is run it over to the local sew-n-vac and have them give it a quick look-over, & purchase the appropriate bobbins and any other parts/accessories I might need.  Some old sewing machines may need a lot of work done.  I have been very lucky in finding machines that are in great working condition.  Part of the fun for me is hunting around for them. Smiley
Good luck, and I hope you find a great old machine! ^_^
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Aldens sewing machine--anyone have info on this brand?(semi-image he on: July 13, 2009 10:19:25 AM
PeanutPaterooski:  Haha, thanks! Cheesy 
It works beautifully, actually.  The motor is fast and quiet, and it makes gorgeous zig-zag stitches.

Sew-Classic:  Thanks.  Yeah, someone once mentioned the made-in-Japan badged machines to me a while back, but I can't remember who.  It's a great little machine and has such a cute mid-century-esque look, I really love it. Smiley
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Aldens sewing machine--anyone have info on this brand?(semi-image he on: July 10, 2009 12:36:40 AM
Hi Vinny,
I will send you a message on myspace and try to explain it to you tomorrow, 'cause I'm about to hit the sack right now.  Cheesy
Cheers!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Whew! My first poppet is finally done ^_^ on: January 12, 2009 02:05:56 PM
Thank you very much. ^_^
She's now naked, very beat up, and traumatized-looking...on the floor of my daughter's closet, lol.  I'm working on a revised version of the kimono pattern + tutorial, which I will more than likely post here when finished. ^^;
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Whew! My first poppet is finally done ^_^ on: October 10, 2008 10:31:18 PM
Thank you! ^_^
I'm planning a tutorial on the kimono for poppets but haven't gotten very far with it yet due to surgery/hospitalisation.  I'll be sure to post a link to it here when I do get done since there seems to be some interest in it. ^^;
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Whew! My first poppet is finally done ^_^ on: September 25, 2008 02:20:16 PM
The sign of a well loved gift! Doesn't take long sometimes.
For sure!  I always think fondly of "The Velveteen Rabbit" when I see a worn out looking toy. Smiley

MacesMeMe
Thank you! ^_^
I think Sushi is a darling name, and very inventive for such a young one to come up with. ^_^
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Whew! My first poppet is finally done ^_^ on: September 24, 2008 01:16:40 PM
Thank you so much! ^_^
You guys should see her now...she's all kinds of raggedy from being dragged around and snuggled with in bed every night by my daughter.  She's also naked all the time since Devinn lost her kimono and dress.  *sigh*  Roll Eyes
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cheshire Cat Necklace on: August 25, 2008 08:43:13 AM
Yeah, it's one of those books that will change your life after you read it. Smiley
I bought the sequel from Barnes and Noble, but I know that Amazon.com has it, too.

Love the new pendants.... especially the Sweet Transvestite!  Grin
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cheshire Cat Necklace on: August 24, 2008 11:09:09 AM
ZOMG.  I just noticed your user name!!   Shocked
Catch 22 is one of my favourite books, ever.  I'm actually reading the sequel right now, and I'm working on a fanlisting for Yossarian. Cheesy
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