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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever sewn with emergency blanket material? on: October 28, 2009 05:22:17 AM
What we did for our old guy was buy a "hunting seat" from the sports section of the local Walmart. It was round, about 15" across, and stuffed with the stuff that when you sit on it, the pressure creates a chemical reaction and it gets warm. Get up, it cools down again. I covered it with a fleece case (the original was ripstop in hot orange) and Tar agreed that it was a suitable substitute for a lap.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My 7 dollar thrift store desk on: October 27, 2009 04:23:01 AM
I can't decide which I want more, your cool new desk, or your thrift shop where you found your cool new desk!

Nice job, and I'm with you on staining veneer! Your paint job was a much better option.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old sewing machine issue. on: October 26, 2009 04:01:08 AM
This will sound wierd but when your using your test scrap your sewing in the middle of it....?  Then when your sewing the actual piece your sewing on the edge, seam allowance?  I know sometimes with some fabrics my machine will start jamming fabric down into it, like the needle hates it, but if I use the same fabric and give it a larger seam allowance or sew in the middle of a test scrap it's fine........

This, and what foot are you using? I had been using an open toe foot for something, liked that I could see what I was doing, and so left it on. Cue drama. I fiddled with *everything* until it finally occured to me to change the foot. I put the utility foot back on and ta da! No more drama.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!) on: October 23, 2009 04:14:20 AM
Ooh, nice! I probably wouldn't have pinched it out of the dumpster, but only because I'd have just bought it!

What's the purpose of the binding around the frame wires?

It's a quick-and-dirty, no-sew way of attaching fabric to a wire shade. You wrap the frame in bias binding, glue it down and then cut out individual pieces of fabric to glue to each face of the frame. My mother-in-law taught me this method years ago and it's quite effective. Smiley

So *that's* how that's done! I've always wondered, but never taken one apart for myself.

I'll say it again-that's a GREAT recon!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!) on: October 22, 2009 06:55:13 AM
Ooh, nice! I probably wouldn't have pinched it out of the dumpster, but only because I'd have just bought it!

What's the purpose of the binding around the frame wires?
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: two issues: stitch width not stable + zigzag problem on: October 19, 2009 05:04:42 AM
Thanks for the advice, Sew_Classic! I appreciate it. I'll fiddle with the stitch width dial this week, and if I can't get it sorted I'll take it to the fixit guy. I love going there and ogling all of his old machines, but he's a one-man operation and it'll take me weeks to get my machine back, which is why I was trying to avoid it if I could.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Vespa tights! on: October 19, 2009 03:20:29 AM
Nice! Is that a jersey knit? I love the fabric!
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / two issues: stitch width not stable + zigzag problem on: October 17, 2009 04:47:10 PM
I was zigzagging the long raw edges of fabric today and noticed a couple of things. The first I'm fairly sure is mechanical, but the second is probably me.

Issue the first: I had the zigzag set to a nice wide stitch. Three feet later, it was back to a straight stitch. I reset it-same thing. I looks like the vibration of the machine is causing the stitch selector dial to jiggle from whatever it's set to back to zero. Short of taping the dial down, is this something I can fix myself? Or does it need to go to the fixit guy? Actually, maybe I should be asking is this fixable at all?

My next problem is that before my zigzag started disappearing, I noticed that it was pulling the fabric between the edges up into a ridge. I assume that's a tension issue, but fiddle with it didn't get me anywhere. What am I doing wrong-am I supposed to loosen the tension or tighten it when it does that?

Oh, and my machine is a mid-60's Riccar, if that makes a difference:
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Never mind! WAS need clip art for decoupaged dresser on: October 06, 2009 11:46:07 AM
Never mind. I was in the shed yesterday, found a jug of paint stripper and thought I'd see what was under the umptyeleven layers of paint before I added another layer. I *think* it's walnut-whatever it is, it's a nice, close-grained wood with a dark, sort of reddish stain. I'm going to get more stripper today and do the rest, restain and then seal it. (Yes, my middle name is occasionally Maytag, because I'm wishy-washy!)

* * * * *

My dad came down to visit this last weekend and brought my old dresser with him. It's a nice solid wood, but nothing fancy, I don't think, and probably not anything that would look good stained. It was one of my first furniture projects when I was in high school, and that paint is still on it, only it's faded from barely beige to sort of a sickly pink.

My plan is to paint it bright white and decoupage labels on the drawers-clip art panties and bras on one drawer, socks/hose on the next, sweaters, pants, etc. The snag is that I'm not finding clip art like I'm envisioning. I'm looking for somewhat cartoon-y line art, just black and white. (Although if it's not b&w, I can always PS it to *be* b&w.) If I can't find enough of that style, I'd be ok with b&w retro/vintage pictures of the same stuff. (Clothes, not the people in them, although once again, if that's what I find, I can always PS the people out.)

Unfortunately, my google-fu isn't getting me anywhere (try google any variation of "panties" and see what you get! Angry ), and I've already been at it most of the day. Time to call in some backup! Does anyone have any idea where I can find the kind of clip art I've described?
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stargate home symbol on: September 11, 2009 12:37:23 PM
Cool! The Gate frame would be the perfect thing, if you can find/make one.

I want that in a welcome mat. Grin
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