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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Free motion issuue on: July 13, 2015 08:57:24 PM
I just got my mom's old singer circa 1970s.  Its a great machine and I took it because it is great at freemotion (the one time i checked it out and saw it worked great).

Now I can't get freemotion going.  I have the manual and did everything:

  • took the pressure off the darning thingie at the top
  • moved the feed dogs to down position
  • removed the pressure foot (manual shows there isn't one for embroidry/freemotion)
  • tried to pull the bottom thread through to the top to start and that just won't work.

Any ideas on how a) I can pull the bottom thread through? and b) what else I might be doing wrong? Huh

Thanks!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Team Umizoomi, its time for action! on: June 25, 2015 02:29:59 PM
My son loves Umizoomi.  Unfortunately, the show was cancelled and all the toys are aftermarket which means they are crazy prices ($43 for a 4 inch $7 toy).

So I decided to make him a Bot backpack for his birthday.  I had to wait three weeks to give it to him which was difficult especially since I wasn't sure he would still like the show by then!

I got a basic backpack pattern online then modified the front.  It was a decent pattern but I would definitely make some changes next time.  I also ran out of piping so the back isn't piped.  That makes it more flimsy.  But when I'm sewing at midnight over a coffee table, my attitude is get it done!  Its good enough for a toddler!



He loved it. Had a huge smile on his face and wouldn't take it off.  The only thing I couldn't find was a two inch disco ball for a zipper pull.  That would have been the best final touch.





3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / cool article. guy crochets super mario on: June 20, 2015 09:11:11 AM
In case you haven't seen it yet...

http://www.nrk.no/rogaland/he-spent-six-years-crocheting-super-mario-1.12418100
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / wow on: December 05, 2014 07:16:42 AM
I feel like an underacheiver for not getting my crossstitch done thats 10 years old.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/11/thread-paintings-densely-embroidered-portraits-by-cayce-zavaglia/?src=footer
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mugs rugs on: November 23, 2014 09:09:57 PM
Hi all,

I got my craft on recently thinking I could make some much needed $$ for Christmas. 

So I made some mug rugs.  There are two more space girls to come.  Then I'll do some male firefighter pin ups (don't want to be sexist after all...). 

I hate selling things.  I'm one of those who give things away.  I priced them at $15 CDN (this is a private sale, no one here can be involved).  Considering I had to butcher the fabric to get the girls, etc, I thought that was fair.  They are 10x7". I will do plain ones for $10 CDN.  Does that sound fair?

Enjoy!





6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / My adventure in refinishing... just starting out on: July 19, 2014 09:20:43 PM
Thought I would share my travels in learning about refinishing a cedar chest.  May be someone else will learn something faster! Wink

First, I know nothing to very little about wood finishes.  I know paint, primer, stain and varnish.  I do not know what other finishes are called or I would look them up!

I rescued a Lane cedar chest from the garbage last year.  It was full of white mold.  I bleached it and will bleach it again before refinishing...

Its been sitting in the hall begging my attention.  I keep wavering on what to do.  Paint? Full paint?  Stain?  Stain/paint to match the dining room set? Go funky?  Stay conventional? Crackle?

Finally decided to put one foot in front of the other and head to the home improvement store in hopes of enlightenment.

So I went to Lowes.  I happen to ask about crackle to see a sample so I would know if its something that I like.  They sent me to Home Depot.

I went to Home Depot and asked if they had crackle paint.  They sent me to Randall's.

I went to Randall's and asked if they had crackle or specialty paint, they sent me to Wallacks.  

A very cool guy at Wallacks gave me my first lesson in specialty painting. He talked about acrylics and gel stuff... I really didn't know what look I was going for and mentioned possibly layering paints and having the other show from below.  He mentions milk paint, instructs me to watch a lot of youtube videos for General Finishes milk paint (no actual milk products in this one!), and then sends me to Lee Valley.

I have yet to make it to Lee Valley.

But, I have spent the better part of the night watching videos, trolling Google images and expanding my new found lust for milk paint to other potential victims in my house like the kitchen cabinets and coffee table.   Cool

So far I have learned that:
  • milk paint doesn't require sanding.  can go over existing finish
  • I do not like the distressed look nearly as much as I thought
  • People really overdo the distressed look
  • I do like pinstriping on cabinets
  • I think the cedar chest is a little too flat for the double layer paint effect
  • May have to consider putting moulding on the chest to do the double layer paint effect...
  • Some people really overdo the glazing
  • I like the glazed look... just not to the point where it looks dirty
  • Its hard to find a site with a solid set of samples for milk paint combiniations.
  • Oh the colour combos to choose from. https://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/water-base-milk-paints-glazes
  • I need money
  • I fear of hoarding old furniture to feed my new obession


That's it for one night's work. I will update as things progress.  

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / HP emblems on: July 19, 2014 08:53:52 PM
Hi all,

I'm on a quest to figure out the perfect upcycle finish of a Lane cedar chest I rescue from the garbage last year. 

One option I have in mind (truly the most epic) is to make a Harry Potter chest.  I would like to put the Hogwarts emblem and each of the houses in full colour on the sides (maybe the top).  That would mean the chest would be stained first, then the emblems put on (they won't be painstakingly painted for sure!) then some sort of resilient top coat.

Any recommendations on how to do the image on the chest?  I would like the gold to be gold... and the rest to be full colour.

Thanks!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about adhering a poster on: October 26, 2013 12:53:23 PM
Hi all,

hope this is in the right place.

I bought a big wolverine poster (4x6') and thought it was going to be adhesive.  Its not.  Its a picture quality paper (nice and thick) and comes with 3M strips to hang it.  I was going to use it as a headboard and using the strips just won't work for that.

I would rather adhere it to the wall.  i was wondering if someone can recommend the right product and method. Obviously I don't want it to fall and dont want it super permanent either!

Thanks!
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Your favourite (or your toddler's favourite) vegan recipes on: July 02, 2013 10:37:09 PM
Hi all,

My son just turned 1.  he's going through the 'i dont' want it' phase even for stuff he used to love.  I'm a vegetarian and he is too but he has a milk allergy.  So I'm raising him vegan.

I'm an amateur cook at best (but rock at baking!) and could really use some advice on meals for him.  I need to get some beans, nut butters (little nervous about the possibility of a reaction), grains, etc. in his diet daily.  Now he still relies on soy formula (since he won't eat right) and a few staples like cereal.

I would love to hear your recommendations for toddler meals!

Thanks in advance!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / insert name here quilt on: December 07, 2012 08:02:07 PM
I know about 8 pregnant people right now and am on mat leave myself with a 5 month old.  Surprisingly, I was able  to complete a quilt.  Its a chunky modern quilt and I love modern but always feel guilty if its not intricate.  its like I'm cheating. 

Anyway, I had this panel of 8 animals and it was too much for one quilt.  I had a hard time coming up with a pattern for a rectangular quilt (my brain always seems to turn out square baby quilts o_O).  Finally, MareMare provided the answer

I have the second quilt to finish.  Up to the top and the back being done, they were done in tandem.  But the first shower was coming up so I had to get one done.  Now I need to muster the patience for the second (I'm not one for repeating the same work twice).

The second is the same pattern with different animals. Wish I did more quilting but until plan that better, this is all she gets!

Thoughts?

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