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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Garage sale find! 1941 Singer Sewing Machine! Now how do I thread it? on: July 30, 2011 12:10:21 AM
So, i had a fabulous find today! There was a garage sale going on in my apartment complex and the lady was selling two antique sewing machines. She wasn't sure if either of them worked, but the one I bought is a 1941 Singer Sewing Machine that comes attached to it's own table, with all of the presser feet and attachments. She also threw in some vintage spools of thread with thread on them and the original bobbins that came with it. I'm seriously contemplating going back tomorrow and getting the other sewing machine which she is selling for $100. It's older, but also beautiful. I'm definitely going to take the one I bought in to have it refurbished but I plugged it in and the light turns on! Yay! There is a short in the wire that prevents it from sewing which was expected seeing how old it is. So that's fine since it's going to the shop anyway.

Here's Betty!

The absolute best part? I bought it all for $40! Woohoo!

So, I do have a question. As it happens, it did not come with a manual. Does anyone have any idea how to thread this particular machine and how to wind the bobbin? I've seen a manual on ebay but I really don't want to pay that much if someone could just tell me.

Thanks ahead of time!
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tonks Patronus Messenger Bag on: July 13, 2011 11:22:22 AM
Soooooo I just was in the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part 2 swap and had so much fun! My partner put in her questionairre that she really wanted a bag or purse of some sort and that her favorite character was Tonks.

I embroidered Tonks's patronus (a werewolf) onto the cover of a messenger bag that I sewed up after embroidering. I got the pattern from a book called One Yard Wonders and I love it! I also embroidered a ton of the spells from the books and movie around the outside of her patronus and along the shoulder strap. There is one part on there that is NOT a spell, but a "line" from the books: friends friends friends. It is what Luna has painted around the top of her room, encircling a painting of her friends. I plugged that in since Luna is my favorite character and I wanted to place her there somehow. Smiley

All of the lettering is done in silver and various colors while the patronus is done in glow in the dark thread.
The bottom around the button says "I open at the close".

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

EDIT: here's a link to where I posted everything I sent her. There's lots more goodies! http://mywyldchild.blogspot.com/2011/07/deathly-hallows-part-2.html
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Part of your world.... I mean apron. on: July 06, 2011 09:36:49 PM
So, my niece's birthday is this weekend and I thought it would be pretty awesome if she had a cute little apron. So I found some sheets that my sister and I grew up with that are the Little Mermaid and I transformed them into this sweet little number from Simplicity 3949. Tell me what you think!

Hop on over here if you want to see some awesome super-heroness from my little goober! Smiley
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Whimsical Note Catcher! on: July 04, 2011 03:39:17 PM
Hey there everyone! Ok so it's my mom's birthday tomorrow and I wanted to make her something special for her birthday. She lives in another state and both my sister and I (and our children) are always sending her pictures and notes and such and I don't know that she has a place to put them other than the fridge. Well, why use the fridge when you can have this totally cute note catcher that you can stick where anyone can see it?

I'm gonna post a mini tute on my blog http://mywyldchild.blogspot.com/2011/07/whimsical-note-catcher.html if you're interrested in making one yourself. Smiley Have a happy fourth of July everyone!
25  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steamy courier cuffs on: May 30, 2011 09:43:57 AM
I made a sew on bustle for my partner in the Small Steampunk Swap about two weeks ago. I didn't just want to send one thing, so I made her some matching cuffs to go with her costume. I love these cuffs! I'm making more in different fabrics to sell in a few craft fairs next month. Smiley

so fun! What do you guys think?
26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steamy cuffs on: May 30, 2011 09:38:18 AM
I was just recently in the Small Steampunk swap, which was anything but small! Everyone went overboard it seems. Smiley Anyway, my partner wanted things of a courier costume she was in the process of acquiring and so I purchased a pattern from the wist she had and sewed up a tie on bustle for her.

I've never sewn cording into anything before, but it was actually pretty easy. Smiley I had a lot of fun and will probably make myself one. Wink
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Qu-arky memory boards! on: May 03, 2011 12:26:00 PM
Hey all! This is the fun little project I completed for my sister's birthday present last week. I got the idea from the One-Yard-Wonders book by Yaker and Hoskins.

Here they are!!

If you want a quick tutorial on how to do it, or just to see how I modified it, you can go to my blog:

Thanks for looking!
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Masquerade!! on: April 12, 2011 10:20:31 PM
Hey there! Here is what i got to wear last weekend! My husband's college was hosting a Masquerade Ball and it was just too much fun! We were each charged with bringing/making our own masks and I did my own. (I did not, however, do my husband's fox mask. That came from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in N. California.)

I partly followed this tutorial: 

When I could no longer follow the tutorial, i deviated to my brain.  Wink Here's a link to my blog where I get to the rest: http://www.mywyldchild.blogspot.com/

here it is close up:

C/C? Smiley Thanks for taking a look!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Quilted Circles Purse on: April 03, 2011 10:42:23 AM
I've been working on this purse for a while. Mostly, I followed the Quilted Circles pattern from the book One Yard Wonders, but I did change a few things. I made the circles bigger, used a loop and button instead of a magnetic closure, and attached the strap differently. The fabric was just too thick for my sewing machine to handle they way the instructions said it needed to be done, so I said, "Hey! I don't want to break my machine!" and changed it. Smiley

I hope you guys like it - there's a bit of an interresting story to go along with it, too. You can read it on my blog if you like. Wink
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / apply a fabric to the back of my hoop for my hoopla? on: March 24, 2011 09:56:47 PM
Hey there! This may seem a silly question, but how do I apply fabric to cover the ugly on the back? Is there a special way to do it? I've seen so many pictures and things covering the back of everyone's hoops and I kinda want to do it to mine. Do I just use my sewing machine and do it halfway through the grip of the hoop? Any advice would be awesome!!!
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