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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Torture Devices? What is this stuff!? on: August 10, 2005 10:32:37 AM
I bought a bunch of singer sewing machine parts on ebay and I'm not sure what all of these weird pieces are. If you recognize any of these items, could you tell me how to use them or what they are called so I can research them?

#1. I think this is some kind of covered hem foot but I don't know how to work it.



#2. This has a little ruler on it



#3. This one is similar to 2, but with a bigger ruler.




#4. And the big kahuna--this has some kind of sharp foot, a selector where you can pick one of "star, 12, 6, 1" It is possibly a ruffler foot? What a mystery!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Freestanding decoupaged earring holder (mini-tutorial) on: July 29, 2005 12:43:23 PM
I made an earring holder using a picture frame, but it wouldn't stand up easily on my dresser. So, I made a completely freestanding earring holder out of an old box, some newspaper clippings, and cross-stich mesh. I added a few studs to decorate.

Here's the front:

http://www.chicpolitique.com/images/craftster/holder_front.jpg

From the side, you can see the shape of it:
http://www.chicpolitique.com/images/craftster/holder_side.jpg

And the back:

http://www.chicpolitique.com/images/craftster/holder_back.jpg

The key is the slanty shape, because it gives extra weight on the bottom to prevent the holder from tipping over. It also makes it easier to see the earrings.

This is the way you need to cut your box:

http://www.chicpolitique.com/images/craftster/holder_diagram.jpg

You get two holders from one box!

After I had the basic shape, I decoupaged on some newspaper clippings, and hot-glued on a rectangle of cross-stitch mesh.

The holder is quite portable and ever-so useful.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Sculpey insanity (dissolves plastic!) on: July 04, 2005 08:29:27 AM
I went back to my sculpey supply because I was selling some of it on ebay, and I found that it had eaten away at my plastic storage drawers!! The clay had been sitting in these drawers undisturbed for about 2 years, and it has eaten holes in my storage drawers and turned them into a gooey mess. Here are some pics.

I am sticking my finger through a hole made by glow in the dark sculpey (it seems like this was the most corrosive):



Another pic of the hole in one drawer. The shiny areas around each piece of clay are melted-ish plastic, it's gooey like clear glue.



Some more melted areas around pieces of clay:



This is so weird! I guess you shouldn't store sculpey in plastic containers because of a chemical reaction?
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Crafts for a [political/activist] cause on: May 01, 2005 10:21:17 PM
Like for a political party, breast cancer, Darfur, etc. Some really inspiring and important crafts would come out of this!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super-budget powerbook laptop case + TUTORIAL on: April 28, 2005 11:39:24 AM
I have a 12" powerbook, and it doesn't fit most computer cases. Also, most computer cases cost more than free. To prevent my computer from getting beat up in my backpack, I made a case out of a padded envelope.

Step 1. Take an appropriately-sized padded envelope and cut off one side (the short side if it's for a backpack, or the long side if it's for a messenger bag).

Step 2. Tape on more bubble wrap for extra padding
http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/case_1.jpg

Step 3. Decorate! I used fur tape and apple logo tape from the store Hollywood Mirror in Chicago. One side has yellow accents and one side has orange.
http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/case_2.jpg
http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/case_3.jpg

It cost me practically nothing because I used a padded envelope that came in the mail when I ordered a book, and now my laptop is safe!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My sewing machine won't sew slowly--mechanical problem? on: April 24, 2005 04:40:00 PM
My sewing machine will not sew slowly anymore. I used to be able to press the foot down lightly and make it go slowly, but now when I do that it makes a noise as if some gear was not "turning over." I have to press the foot really hard and it works, but it goes too fast for detailed work.

I think there is some gear or part that needs oil. Anyone have an idea what it could be?
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Attaching stuff to regular flip-flops on: April 20, 2005 09:25:29 PM
So, I have these blue flip flops that are the cheap kind everyone knows of--they have a foam bottom and a thick plastic strap thing.

How can I attach things to the straps? I have this blue sequin ribbon stuff, but I don't think I can sew it since the plastic is too thick. I don't think hot glue will stick, and I don't think superglue will stick to the sequins enough.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Biology Geeks Only! (sequel to the music geeks t-shirt) on: April 14, 2005 09:26:55 PM
heh heh, Retro Virus:

http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/retrovirus.jpg

I added those stars at the last minute, and I think they need to go.

p.s. To those who do not enjoy the fine science of biology, the spider-looking thing is a diagram of a retrovirus, a specific class of viruses that includes such villans as HIV.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Finishing the ends of ribbon on: April 07, 2005 08:37:50 PM
How should I go about this? I want to add ribbon to a top and make it in a bow. I was thinking of dipping the ends in super glue or rhinestone glue. I need something that is easy so I can do it on a LOT of ribbon.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Music geeks only! on: April 07, 2005 08:32:15 PM
Latest print--do you get it?

http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/fermata.jpg
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