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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother LB6800PRW Accessories Help on: April 01, 2011 07:06:42 AM
Hi everyone! I usually lurk in the jewelry/resin/clay forums, so this is my first post in the sewing boards. I started out with a Janome sew mini machine and it's great - sewed through 4 layers of fleece, somewhat managed to sew through fuzzy fabric - and now I want to be able to play with more stitches and embroidery.  Grin I have zero experience with embroidery, so this machine will probably be with me for a good couple of years.

I tried looking through the description of the product and was wondering what supplies I'll be needing before embroidering with this machine. I've heard the name Embirid for making your own designs dropped around, so I'll be investigating that. I've also heard stabilizers(??) and different kinds of thread and now I'm just way too confused.  Huh

I have about less than 6 hours to decide before purchasing the machine and any input would be greatly appreciated.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Soft fuzzy fabric and soft towel fabric :D on: January 08, 2011 09:37:32 AM
I recently made a scarf with this Curly Pile Fleece Fabric from Hobby Lobby and I LOVE how soft it feels! I was wondering if anyone knew where else to buy different colors of the same fabric. However, I'm sort of questioning the label of "fleece" because I thought fleece meant cotton or some type of lamb fabric.

Also, does anyone know where to find soft towel fabric (forgot the name of the fabric)? All the towel fabrics at Hobby Lobby felt rough.  Embarrassed
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Post your firsts! on: October 04, 2010 08:55:32 AM
Everyone started out somewhere with a little something. Proud of it? Ashamed of it? Well, I thought we could post pics of our first little pieces and share some of the things we've learned how to do and what not to do. Tongue I came up with this idea because I was looking for old clay that I've stored 3 years ago out of frustration. In the corner of the old tool shed, I found my clay plus a trip down memory lane. Smiley (Plus, my Amco clay pasta machine that I bought at Hobby Lobby FINALLY works smoothly! I bet it was from the metal expanding from the heat and then shrinking in the winter.)
I'll go first:

My jewelry box/time capsule


A general theme of fruits and obsessed fan theme


I was obsessed with Avatar: The Last Airbender back when it first aired. Then I blew all my hard-earned cash for making these


Something I learned from resin making was baking them for 15 min or so at 350 degrees to get rid of tackiness. However, that made the colors fade on some of my pieces (I think it's due to the fact that the runnier, transparent dyes held color more loosely than the thicker, opaque ones). But I don't think I'll ever go back to resin jewelry because I don't have the patience to wait for it to cure. Meh, who knows - I told myself I'll never go back to using polymer clay, but here I am again. Tongue

Love to hear from everyone Smiley
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Baking, Sanding, Antiquing, Buffing? Or... on: October 04, 2010 06:30:36 AM
So, I'm a little confused in the order in which to antique my pieces. Visited the Glass Attic website and all I know is that antiquing can be applied before or after baking. However, if you wanted your pieces to have a high-gloss shine, is the order: bake, sand, antique, then buff? Or is it bake, antique, sand, buff? I'm not sure since I've never antiqued clay before plus giving it a nice buffed shine.

(I'd also like to add that just like many clayers out there, I got so giddy about having produced shiny clay jewelry that I started to buff my older pieces. :3)
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Have you tried buffing with a Shamwow? on: October 02, 2010 10:14:39 AM
Has anyone tried buffing polymer clay with a Shamwow? I was gonna buy some muslin buffing cloth, but I saw my unused stack of shamwows (tried it on my dog, but it didn't work! Tongue) and thought I could cut it into circles and buff away.

I wiki-ed it and said it was chamois leather for buffing jewelry and stuff. I know I have to sandpaper my stuff real good for this to work.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamois_leather
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Custom made mailing boxes on: September 20, 2010 01:42:19 PM
I have a cricut and I love the idea that you can make any type of boxes with it! Has anyone tried making their own mailing box and have it survive the postal abuse?

Thanks!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gold Shrinky Dink Bracelet on: September 17, 2010 11:06:54 AM


Centerpiece made of shrinky dinks and gold pigment dust usually for polymer clay. Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where do you buy Gold bails? on: September 14, 2010 12:57:38 AM
Well, not gold, exactly, but fake gold? Like this:
http://www.sunshineglass.com/rcol/j-odds/bails-36.htm

Well, the shipping is ridiculous! Does anyone know if it's sold at Michael's or a local store? I've tried Hobby Lobby, but their thing was, "Well, if it's not out here then we don't have it." ARGH. FRUSTRATION.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Plastic notebook covers! on: September 30, 2009 08:23:13 PM
Hi again guys! I was just wondering if anyone knows of where to buy flexible plastic that they use to cover spiral notebooks. I wanted to make a mini index card for classes (with my own designs!) and I don't know where to start looking. I was about to use clear shrinky dink papers, but they're 8"x10" and the cards I'm printing are on regular 8.5"x11" cardstock, so the cutter I'm using will result in uneven dimensions.

Pleeeeeeaaase, if you have any idea what I'm talking about (I'm not crazy, honest!), I'd love to hear!

Thank you!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Silver Reflective Plastic Wrap on: August 01, 2009 01:16:49 PM
Does anyone know where to purchase those plastic bags that look like the ones they seal food in (like when you open a box of Nilla Wafers)? I've been looking at some cellophane, but it's too "see-through" for me. I just wish I knew what to call those bags.

Thanks for reading this!

EDIT
Ah! I found out what it's called! I was sort-of right, what I was looking for is a type of cellophane, but the ones at Hobby Lobby were a little too see-through. It's "mylar", but no one's heard of it at Hobby Lobby (surprise, surprise).
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