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1  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Supermutts on: December 11, 2015 08:01:02 PM
Just received an awesome Hogwarts crest ornament from Dinkime

Now I don't have to be jealous of the one that itsmereba got Smiley Thank you Dinkime because I absolutely love it!
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2  Re: Minion Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Supermutts on: November 24, 2015 01:49:11 PM
Just received an a swap package from Teag!

The package was even in theme and it was fun coming home to find this waiting for me

The full package

A fun minion eye magnet (I don't know how she knew I never have enough magnets)

A cute little jewelry box

And my favorite part a wonderfully sculpted minion jar. I cant believe how amazing this looks!

Thanks Teag for such an awesome package!
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3  Re: Minion Swap (Signup 10/14/2015-10/25/2015 ; Mail by 11/23/2015) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Supermutts on: October 21, 2015 05:35:28 AM
My desk at work is ready for this swap

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4  Hatshepsut: 1926 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Restoration & Repaint (Pic Heavy) in Completed Projects by Supermutts on: October 18, 2015 06:01:02 PM
Hatshepsut: A 1926 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Restoration and Repaint (Pic Heavy)
Model# 66 Singer Treadle

A breakdown of my crazy summer project that turned into a fall project.
Word of Caution: Im not a restoration expert! This is just what worked for me  Cheesy
Before Pics:

My grandmother owned a treadle when I was a child so when I came across one at a lawn sale on my birthday I knew I had to buy it. The problem was it was not cared for lovingly like my grandmothers machine. The decals and paint were worn and the machine was completely seized. The cabinet had serious scuffs and dings and while I can heavily appreciate the fact that its 89 years old I wanted to restore her glory.

Luckily my little brother has an extensive tool shop and he helped tear down the machine and took photos all along the way to help put it back together. The amount of grime and rust inside the machine explains why it was seized.

The cabinets:
The finish was in rough condition so I sanded it down and re-stained it. It had a lacquer on it so if you want to do this yourself get paint thinner otherwise it is extremely difficult to sand through. Once I finished sanding it down I stained it with Minwax dark walnut followed by polyurethane.

Cabinets Before:

Refinished cabinets:

All the hinges and screws were soaked in Loctite rust dissolver and then scrubbed to remove the 89 years of rust and grime.

The treadle:
To clean up the treadle I took a brass wire brush and steel wool to scrape off the flaking paint and rust. Then I spray painted it with a Krylon matte black spray paint for metals. The treadle was missing one wheel so my brother out a wooden wheel and after spray painting it you cant tell the difference.

Treadle before:

Treadle after:

The decorative plates/needleplates, etc:
These were really rusty and grimy! The biggest help fixing these was a dremel with a brass wire brush and then Maas metal polish. The before and after pictures are amazing!

The interior pieces:
The bobbin and all the metal bars were heavily rusted and grimy so my brother and I used a dremel tool and a brass brush to clean up everything to working order.

Word to the wise: You need to have some mechanical skills to do a complete tear down like we did and in most cases it is not going to be necessary. This is my brothers skill set and we still had some moments of confusion and our biggest help was that I found a second identical machine in a flea market to salvage broken parts from and compare part placement.

Before and after: The feed dogs

Repainting the Machine:
To strip the old paint I used Ready Strip but I didnt like it and I had to use a razorblade scraper to get the majority of the paint off. While I love the end product I will probably never repaint a sewing machine again.

After I got the machine stripped I primed it with a Self etching primer. I taped off, stuffed paper, toothpicks and cotton swabs into any openings in the machine.

For the main color I went with Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Gloss Seaside. I used steel wool between coats to softly sand off blemishes like the fly that decided to land on the machine while I worked  Angry

Replacement Decals:
 I found some beautiful Egyptian styled waterslide decals on Ebay designed for this model. To help set the decals to my curvy machine I used Micro Sol solution. To finish I used Rustoleum clear gloss to protect it. The pictures do not do the decals justice, they really make this machine pop.

After it fully dried it had to be reassembled which wouldnt have been possible without my brothers patience. And the best news is that it sews! We couldnt test it before starting since it was so seized so it was a frightening 3 month restoration hoping it would sew at the end. It still needs some adjustments and I have to get used to working the treadle but meet Hatshepsut my newly restored 1926 Singer Model 66 Treadle Sewing machine!

Finished Machine: Back in the Cabinet!

89 years later and still stitching!

Thanks for looking!
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5  Ma'am is acceptable in a crunch, but I prefer Captain: Janeway Plushie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Supermutts on: September 17, 2015 04:03:50 AM
The Flaptain (Fleet Captain) of my Husbands Star Trek Fan group is celebrating a birthday soon and since Janeway is her hero I thought I would make her a plushie for her birthday

I used a pattern for Spock and Kirk by a lovely etsy seller and then made my own adjustments. You can find her patterns here:

I struggled on the hair color since she has red tones in her hair but I could only get brown felt so she is more brunette than I would like.

Thanks for looking!
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6  Owl Pegboard Thread/Craft Supply Rack in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Supermutts on: August 03, 2015 05:15:29 PM

I saw a pegboard thread rack on pinterest and realized that it would work perfect in the tiny corner I rearranged to fit my new old singer treadle sewing machine. The sewing machine still needs to be cleaned up before I can use it but I decided the work on the pegboard first.

Humble beginnings:

I glued wooden dowels into the pegboard with gorilla glue and arranged them based on the crafting supplies I needed to store/display.

Once it was dry I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint. I wasn't perfectly happy with the plain blue so I took a owl stamp and dipped it in white paint to create the owl accents. Then I just painted simple branches to connect the owls.

Finished Paint (The picture is crooked because of me not the wall)

Then I organized my thread according to color and discovered that I own a ridiculous amount of pink thread for reasons I don't understand and that I desperately need to go buy some black thread. So for anyone who struggles to keep track of their thread supply might find this very helpful. And you can add as many or as little pegs as you want based on how much thread you own.

Thanks for looking!

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7  Steampunk Bicorn Hat in Costumes: Completed Projects by Supermutts on: July 07, 2015 06:01:59 PM
My husband is steampunking as Riker from Star Trek so in keeping with the naval feel of his costume he wanted a bicorn hat. I searched for a pattern but was unsuccessful so I bought a yard of black felt and started draping it till I got the look I wanted.

Below you can see where it is built over top of a top hat because it was easier than trying to create the whole thing from scratch. And I also already had the top hat from our wedding and past steampunking.

Because it needed help to maintain its shape/stay upright I weaved black zip ties through the back of the gold braiding and then glued it to the edges of the hat for trim. It made a huge difference and provides the hat with the structure it needed. The red fabric strip in the center also has zip ties inside to help the sides stay rigid.

Close up of details: Made from an assortment of gears and other paraphernalia that is leftover from other projects.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Steampunk Victorian Dress in Costumes: Completed Projects by Supermutts on: June 08, 2015 09:53:26 AM
For my friends Steampunk Tea Party this summer I needed an appropriate costume. My husband is going as a Steampunk Riker from Star Trek so I decided to make my costume in blue to be his Troi (but with allot less cleavage).

Updated! New pic after finishing my comm badge and taking the costume for a spin

I didn't make the triangular points on the sleeves in blue like I should have because with the gathered sleeve I didn't have the patience to try and fuss with it to make it line up. As a result it looks more inconspicuous than my husbands costume.

Close up of top:

The gold trim and buttons match what I used on my husbands costume so that when we are together they will compliment each other. Now I just have to sculpt the comm badges.

Pattern: Simplicity 2207

I mostly stuck to the pattern except for the bustle which I didn't like so I made my own by improvising. I also added the blue trim on the bottom of the top as trim to make it longer since I like a little more coverage around the middle.

The ruffle on the bottom was a major pain and time consuming. And I have about 4 yards of fabric just in the bottom ruffle alone. It still needs to be hemmed but I am saving that for another day when I am very bored.

Sorry for the poor camera photos and thanks for looking!
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9  Steampunk Trek in Costumes: Completed Projects by Supermutts on: May 25, 2015 07:06:19 AM
Updated: New Pic after getting my husband to model it

My friend Graverobbergirl has a steampunk tea party every summer so I needed to work on new costumes. And because I have been slaving away on Star Trek costumes for my husband and his friend for a convention this summer I decided to mesh the two together.

The yokes is leftover poly poplin and the black is a cheaper cotton twill lining fabric since I couldnt afford to keep working with gabardine like the rest of my star trek pieces.

The jacket is trimmed with gold braiding and has gold button accents. I still have to make a steampunk style communicator badge to go with it.


The jacket is a hybrid of two patterns and some liberal adjustments by myself.
McCall's Patterns M4745

And Voyager jumpsuit pattern I had purchased from badwolfcostumes.com

I was inspired by this piece, it was very impressive and deserves credit for the design idea, link to his gallery is included:


Thanks for looking!

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10  Star Trek Voyager Jackets in Costumes: Completed Projects by Supermutts on: May 17, 2015 05:23:14 PM
The jackets are made of a poly gabardine (because my budget doesn't support wool gabardine) and the yokes are poly poplin because that's all my local area had available in these colors.

Our friends jacket is modeled after Chief O'Brien:

I struggled finding the right kind of yellow. The one I ended up getting was a tad too bright so I actually layered a orange cotton fabric behind it to change the color tone which helped considerably in the end result. Of course with my camera and the lighting in my apartment the jacket looks different in every picture)

My husbands jacket is modeled after Riker:

The bottom is different/not screen accurate because he wanted the elastic to stretch all the way around to give him a more snug fit at the waist. The O'Brien jacket is more accurate to the screen uniforms since the elastic is only at the sides.

In order to make the jackets I adapted a Voyager jumpsuit pattern I had purchased from badwolfcostumes.com for this project:

Thanks for looking!

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