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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: The Wide World of Craftster Canning on: January 27, 2016 01:51:37 PM
Great info!  Thank you for concise-ifying it all into one place.  DH and I are new to canning.  We have made pickles and look forward to preserving more foods in the future.  We want to get a pressure canner.  What features should we look for?  What do you seasoned canners recommend and what should we steer clear of?  TIA
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2016, 2015 on: January 25, 2016 07:33:51 PM
Wow, you all have been busy!  It's great to see so many creative projects and talented artisans.  I hope everyone is staying warm and healthy in this weather.

My fake swap partner and I are fakeswapping some household chores.  (Not a real fake-swap, I know Smiley  Instead it's a FLakeswap!)  She washed dishes; I dried.  She sorted laundry; I folded from the dryer.  She ordered some carob chips, and I will sample the carob muffins that she will make tomorrow.  Then I will wash the dishes and she will dry.  I swear that girl knows me inside and out.  We take turns reading the same books.  She has set aside some projects in order to help her hubby put down a floor in the garage.  What a coincidence - I have unfinished creations, too!  Fabric for a doggie coat (and a few other items) has been cut but not sewn.  On a good note, DH and I are making progress with nailing beams and plywood for a floor in an unheated detached garage.  Eventually the space will be for woodworking tools, saws, staining, etc.  There will be time for crafts once this is finished. Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by my Great Grandmother, C. 1886 on: January 24, 2016 06:25:13 AM
Such a treasure!  Thank you for sharing Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hatshepsut: 1926 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Restoration & Repaint (Pic Heavy) on: January 24, 2016 06:21:51 AM
Truly beautiful.  The care that you and your brother invested really shines.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Important diagram! on: January 24, 2016 06:06:52 AM
!!! This puts it all in perspective LOL
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why I Recommend Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine and What to Look for if you do on: January 23, 2016 05:08:15 PM
Thank you for the kind remarks Smiley  Yes I have searched ISMACS and other places for a Viscount manual.  Unfortunately the Viscount was not a popular brand.  There are manuals for other clones that are similar though, and hopefully I can figure out the basics.

Here is her mugshot:

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with new sewing machine and VERY beginner sewer on: January 22, 2016 08:39:09 AM
If I am understanding correctly... What you described sounds like a tension issue.  Straight thread on top that doesn't get pulled down (is this what you meant or am I misunderstanding?)
Your bobbin thread is looping over your top thread (good).. and you can see this on your top fabric, instead of the top thread being pulled by said loop down into the layers (bad)... Which means that there is a tighter tension on your upper thread than on your bobbin thread.

This video might help:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekWAnJDt5I
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why I Recommend Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine and What to Look for if you do on: January 22, 2016 08:16:12 AM
Thank you so much for posting this information!  My newer, "modern" plastic machine that I've had for several years only sews reliably in reverse.  It never sewed  forward even after servicing.  Currently I am trying to revamp my VSMs -- a Viscount (Japanese 15 clone, no manual, recently acquired from a thrift store) and a treadle (family heirloom).   I look forward to being able to sew like a normal stashaholic Smiley
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Bath Bombs on: December 22, 2015 07:46:38 PM
Thank you, MareMare, I will look into that colorant.  In the meantime I'll label my batches as  "Mutant  Bath Bombs" Smiley

ohohoh... I wonder if MIL likes any of the zombie tv shows... !!!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Bath Bombs on: December 22, 2015 04:36:42 PM
This was such fun to make!  I have been planning for months to make these for MIL for Christmas.  I love the idea of giving something that is homemade, from the heart.

However, my batches have turned a brownish color while drying.  Would anyone happen to know why?  I used ingredients fresh from the store, and blue food coloring.  I made 2 different batches.  The only difference was 2 different brands of food coloring, thinking perhaps the coloring had been old in the first batch.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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