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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Star Trek crafting assistance needed! on: June 14, 2014 10:26:05 PM
my first thought was making them as cookies.  Not practical, plaster is better.  But I love the idea of eating the money when you're done with it.

Cookies.  maybe I've been low-carb too long.
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I don't think the tension adjuster is working? on: June 13, 2014 11:47:51 PM
It does sound like a bobbin case problem.  Threads get caught in the case and prevent it from tensioning properly. Kind of like getting dental floss stuck between your teeth.

If it's really clean but still a problem, there's usually a tiny screw on the bobbin case; turn it one way (probably clockwise) to increase bobbin tension, and counterclockwise to reduce it.  Pay attention to how much you turned it, so you can do it again or undo it.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: crooked straight stitch help.. on: June 13, 2014 11:43:27 PM
Have you tried all the usual things, including
thoroughly cleaning and oiling the machine,
checking for thread/ knots/ lint in the bobbin case and tension disks,
changing the needle
trying different thread
trying a different bobbin

If you're still having trouble after all that, it sounds like something might be slipping.
Maybe the drive belt is damaged and that's causing repeating problems. 
Or something is sticking/getting jammed.  That can happen to parts that aren't on the regular oiling routine.  Or when someone uses WD40 on a machine.  That's a solvent, not lubricant, and can dry sticky and cause problems.
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kenmore Solid State 158.17851 manual? on: June 13, 2014 11:34:25 PM
nice of you to do your best to make the manual available to others!
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is my Brother 2600i breaking, or is super-speed just the way this model is? on: June 13, 2014 11:31:54 PM
That doesn't sound like anything anybody would want in a sewing machine, so I think you have a problem.
From your description, it sounds like a dirty electrical contact.

first thing I would do is (unplug the machine and) open up the foot pedal--usually just one screw holds it together, sometimes there's no screw, just invisible clamps and you pry it apart with a flat screwdriver. 
Clean out any lint or gunk. 
Check any bare metal parts, and if they're dull, sand gently with an emory board and wipe clean.
Put the pedal back together, plug in the machine and see if that helps.
If it doesn't, take it in for service.
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: very new person need help selecting a machine on: June 13, 2014 11:25:54 PM
Did you read the sticky at the top of the forum, "Sewing Machines, a Buyers Guide"?  It's there so that the same info doesn't have to be posted for every single person who joins Craftster just to request info on buying a sewing machine.  There is also a search function, so you can find all the other posts of people who joined Craftster just to request info on buying a sewing machine. 
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 13, 2014 11:15:50 PM
I have several garage-sale place card holders that are just weighted bottoms with a wire and alligator clamp like on the magnetic clamp.  Just enough of a third hand for small projects.
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern simplicity 1426 - Top A - Newbie needs so much help. on: June 13, 2014 08:56:49 PM
yup, stay stitch and dart all the pieces, outer fabric and lining.

a little logic behind the directions:
Stay stitching keeps fabric from stretching, so you want both the inner and outer fabrics stabilized.
Darting controls fullness in fabric.  Control is good!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: chandelier shapes on: June 13, 2014 11:11:47 AM
thanks, I hadn't thought about plastic and UV. 
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / chandelier shapes on: June 12, 2014 09:56:07 PM
that's not a good description, so I'll use lots of words to try to make you understand.

I want to build a chandelier for my deck.  Outside.

The electrical is no problem, I'm going to use strands of LED xmas lights.  I even have a couple of ideas for frames--a plant stand and tomato cages.

What I'm trying to figure out is...
I want to attach sea-theme shapes to the frame.  Like mermaids, coral, dolphins, shells.  The shapes need to stand up to sun and rain--and I live in Hawaii, so we get tons of both.

I'm kinda thinking sheet aluminum cut with a jigsaw, then gently curved to fit the frame.  Another option is all that scrap acrylic sheet I've been hoarding.  That wouldn't curve, but I could use smaller elements. 

But painted details would be great, and I don't know what kind of metal-friendly paint would hold up to the weather.  If I use the clear acrylic, it would be super cool to use a stained glass paint and have it stay translucent.  Any suggestions on type or brand?

Also, I don't think my rivet gun will work with the frames I have in mind; any suggestions for attachment?

I'm still in the early planning stages (just started this morning) so really any suggestions, random thoughts, wishes, inspirational links or whatever would be welcome.  I promise I won't judge.

Oooh, it just occurred to me; I'm thinking about taking a ceramics course.  So if you have suggestions in that realm, bring 'em on!

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