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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / More of a how than a what - Fabric Scraps into Stuffing? on: Today at 12:39:14 PM
I have this idea that I must be able to break down fabric + thread scraps and fluff them into stuffing, but I'm lost on what will break them down relatively quickly without completely destroying them. Anyone ever tried something like this? My first thought was vinegar, but I have a feeling that would be very, very slow Grin
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Machine not feeding fabric! on: August 22, 2016 07:06:14 PM
Hi all!

I was just gifted an old Kenmore Ultra-Stitch 10. After a thorough cleaning it's in great working order, except that it won't feed fabric through. The feed dogs move up and down with stitches, but don't seem to be moving back like they should.

Googling the problem, I'm only coming up with results where the feed dogs aren't moving at all. Not so helpful.

Any idea what might be up with it? I'm half convinced I've got it on some wrong setting, so I'm playing with knobs to try to figure it out, but no luck yet. If anyone else has had this kind of issue, I'd love to hear whether you were able to fix it!

Thanks Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Emperor Pen Pen the Squish. on: October 17, 2015 05:54:37 PM
I made this squishy baby for a close friend's birthday. I was pretty nervous to figure him out, since he's a character, and I've never done any sort of cartoon-y thing before.

I freehanded the pattern, and while he ended up a little wider than I'd intended I ended up keeping that design - good for snuggling. He's about 18" high and 14" wide (not including his little wings!).

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / anyone have experience in bartering for/getting volunteer help with a business? on: August 30, 2013 12:15:26 PM
Sooooo, I've been making custom clothes for a long time now, and I've gotten to the point where I'd really like to expand this hobby into something that looks sort of like a business. The thing is, normally I'd ask for help from friends - but I just moved to a new area and I know basically no one within a four-hour drive.

I've done a bit of poking around, and it seems like there are some people in my area who would be willing to model/take photographs for me in exchange for the experience/portfolio expansion/possible trades. So, what I'm wondering is... do any of you lovely crafters have experience with situations like this? I'm a little bit afraid of it all going to hell in a handbasket since I don't really know these people. Is this a good idea? Bad idea? Heeeelllppp.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Unicorns and chickadees and Christmas trees, oh my? on: August 05, 2013 02:17:10 PM
I guess it's about time to start showing a bit of my crafty endeavoring around here Wink

These are pictures from my very first craft show back in late November of 2012 Grin

All of them are my own design, except for the little green octopus! That was one of the first (if not the very first) ami that I made! The squishy pink unicorn ended up going to my new little cousin for Christmas Tongue

Also, the ivy I spraypainted and glitter-coated for the table just because I think it was pretty Grin

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Multi/Rare-Fandom Swap? on: August 02, 2013 05:40:02 PM
I've done a bit of searching, and haven't found anything quite like this, so I hope it's not just hiding somewhere? Grin

I was thinking about the idea of a multi-fandom swap... rather than specific (Harry Potter, Doctor Who) or themed (BBC, video games), just a swap where you could list whatever you're a fan of - music, TV shows, movies, web comics, video games, board games, celebrities, artists, historical figures, what-have-you, and then your partner would craft a few different things, from different fandoms of yours (or all the same, if you're a super-dedicated fan!)

I think it would be a fun way to both get something having to do with your lesser-known loves, and an opportunity to do some research into things you're unfamiliar with (and maybe find a new fandom of your own along the way).

Thoughts? Cool
7  New York / New York: West / Craft shows in Ithaca area? on: July 09, 2013 04:56:14 PM
Hey hey craftsters! I just moved to Groton from PA, and I've been wondering where the crafty go to sell their creations.
For Pennsylvania, there's a pretty awesome database (PAvendors.com) - is there anything like that for New York?
I've done some searching and found a few short listings, but I'm wondering if any natives know of a better resource.
Thanks in advance!
8  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Pottstown-Phoenxville-Exton area? on: March 03, 2010 10:50:19 AM
Other than the Kimberton show in December, are there any crafty-type events in this area (or nearby)?

If not, is there interest in starting one? Planning/directing/organizing is something of a strong suit for me, so if there are crafty people about, I'm itching to put something together.
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