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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 05, 2009 09:22:11 AM
While I absolutely love sewing (bags n' clothes n' what-have-yous), I've yet to purchase my own machine. I have full use of my upper body as my situation is the result of an old spinal cord injury (t3). I'm pretty sure I could use my elbow with a foot-operated model but that seems like it would be rather awkward and irritating after a little bit. I've always done all of my sewing by hand and I'd really like to upgrade so I can finish my projects quicker. I guess I'm impatient. 

So my question is this: What would be a quality starter machine for someone who'd rather not have to operate it by pedal? I guess it doesn't have to be a beginner machine but I figure that would probably be the way to go since I've never actually used one that wasn't a hand held model (which was comprised of pure EVIL). I do learn quite quickly though, so if there's a complicated one you'd like to suggest then I'm all for that too. Quality is certainly a factor.. I'd hate to get one I could use easily only to explode it in my enthusiasm  Tongue
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Do these exist? (specific tubing/straws) on: September 29, 2009 04:58:23 PM
So, while I've given up trying to do this for the upcoming competition, I'm in need of straws. Or straw advice..

I'm trying to make a lamp base and I figured that using crazy straws would be most excellent. The problem with that is that they're just so thin.. how could I wire them without pulling apart my wire? ..Assuming that half the wire could fit in there. I'm still doubtful of that.

Solution... maybe bubble tea twisty straws?
Problem... I don't think they exist.  Angry

Now I could be wrong but so far all I've been able to find are the normal bubble tea straws, or normal twisty/crazy/bendy straws. I don't want to give up! Has anyone seen anything like what I'm looking for?

Or maybe someone has an idea of what I could use to make said 1/2" diameter twisty straw? (or larger, larger is good too!)

If you can help me I promise pretty pretty twisty lamp pics with a tutorial. I'm making my own lampshades too, the whole lamp from scratch really but it won't be nearly as cool without your help guys.  Smiley
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