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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hand-Cuffed on: June 18, 2012 08:13:41 PM
Not really, but it got your attention, right?   Grin



Our church is having a rummage sale this weekend, but we had nothing to donate.  However, I offered to make some bracelets they could put out at the bake sale.  I couldn't find a pattern I really liked, so created these instead using fabric scraps and buttons from my stash.  What do you all think?  

I thought I would love the blue one (which has two buttons for size adjustment), but really like the preppy little green one.  I hope I have enough of that fabric for a second one.

Edit: I meant to mention that these are just my prototypes.  I'm soliciting opinions to see if I should make more or scrap the whole idea and try something else.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Crafting / Swap Hangover? on: September 23, 2010 06:10:27 PM
Has anyone ever experienced this? 
I just finished my first swap and had a blast doing it.  But now that I've sent and received, I think I have crafting / swap hangover.  I have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head, and a couple of items to mend, but cannot even look at it.  I can't even manage to clean off my crafting table from the last push to get eveything done. 
If anyone has been through this, how did you get past it?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Upgrade: Brother / Janome on: September 18, 2010 10:29:01 PM
Please help!  I currently have a base model Brother LS1217 that I purchased 10 years ago.  It was my first sewing machine  and it's been very good to me (still runs like a champ), but I feel like I've finally outgrown it.  I would love another manual machine (like the expenisve Janome Threadbanger TB12), but love that the new computerized machines are so user friendly - and many of them are very reasonably priced.

I've been looking at replacing LS1217 with another Brother - the CS6000i, which had loads of features and a great price ($150 USD).  It got great reviews online; however, after reading some of the craftster threads, I did some more snooping.  I spoted the Janome Magnolia 7330.  This machine is more expensive ($350 USD), but has half the stitches.  I also hate the "Magnolia" decor because it reminds me of the "It's Sew Easy" I had when I was five.  However, I like the Janome because it seems like a heavier, more durable machine. 

Truth is, I don't need all the bells and whistles, but want a machine that combines function and price.  I mainly sew baby bibs and toys, purses and the occasional piece of clothing.  I would like to begin selling my work down the line, and possibly try my hand an quilting.  My questions are: will either of these machines work for me?  Am I better off hanging on to the machine I have for a couple more years (until I can really invest in something else)?  Is there another machine I should be considering in this same price range?  Thank you all in advance for any advice you can offer!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Aloha! A Bag Big Enough to Take Shopping on the Island... on: July 28, 2010 06:54:19 PM
Let me say up front that this is my first handbag.  Ever.  I've made baby bibs, baby blocks and skirts but wasn't sure I was up to this challenge.  So I dove right in, using a two fabric remnants I picked up along the way.  I figured I had nothing to loose, but turns out I REALLY like my bag.  Grin  It is perfect for summer, big enough to store a waterbottle and an umbrella in, and is like nothing else I see at the office every day.  My mom asked for one, which is like a cherry on top.  C&C's please - I would love your honest feedback!





5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need Help for Sewing PEVA Material on: July 11, 2010 08:15:10 PM
My husband and I brown bag our lunches everyday for work.  When I saw these snack bags (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342887.0), I thought they would be perfect for veggies and grapes and such.  However, I'm having problems sewing the PEVA liners.  For those of you who haven't worked with it - it's a very thin, vinyl-type material.  When I sew it, the bottom thread bunches (in big loops).  I've tried changing the tension and am going to try changing to a different sized needle next.  Does anyone have any other ideas?  Would using tear-away paper maybe help?  Also, I just oiled the machine (so I know all is in working order there).

Thanks for everyone who can offer suggestions.  I've had to walk away from this project until I can work out the kinks.  Angry
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