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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Radiator Springs Birthday Cake!!! (Pics Galore) on: May 24, 2011 01:59:17 AM
You've just been given the 'WOWWWWWWW!" approval by my cars-mad 4 year old Cheesy that's an amazing cake, and a complete work of art!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Big and Beautiful Plus Size Swap (Sign Up 5/11-5/20 Send 7/2) CLOSED! on: May 23, 2011 12:10:56 AM
I had a cheap 99$ Walmart sewing machine and boy was it a headache. The machine had so many issues with jamming, suddenly losing tension, and just plain stopping that I thought I was too stupid to sew. As a beginner it never occurred to me that it was the machine that was the problem.

I've now heard from 3 other people that have had the same issues.

My husband bought me a 300$ brother and I absolutely love it. My advice is to keep saving and get something better quality than the stuff at Walmart because you will be much happier with it.

I've just read this and had a lightbulb moment. Up until 3 months ago I'd not used a sewing machine since school, and I borrowed my mother's for quilting. Everything was fine until I came to the bias tape. I sewed the first part on just fine but when it came to folding the bias over and sewing through what, 7 layers of fabric, which wasn't that thick, I couldn't for the life of me work out why it wouldn't sew. I changed the needle, kept tweaking the tension and starting again and again, changing the stitch and nomatter what I did the sewing machine just kept losing tension every couple of stitches and the thread bunched up in a horrible mess on the back of the bias. Mums only ever used the sewing machine for alterations on clothing, so she was struggling too. Now I know it's our cheapo machine, so thanks! It's been bothering me for well over a month now!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Meet Pippin on: May 20, 2011 10:06:47 AM
Naaaaaaww, how cute Cheesy ! Gorgeous bear, tell your fianc to keep hold of him tight while he's there, he might end up disappearing with another patient Cheesy
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kawaii NetBook cover on: May 19, 2011 02:38:48 PM
I was browsing ebay a couple of days ago and I found the most amazingly sickeningly cute fabric I'd ever seen. Ever.
The listing said it was for one fq, but as over here people's idea of a fq and how large it should be varies so much, I didn't have a clue how big it would be or what I could use it for. I bought it anyway at the bargain price of 90p Cheesy When it arrived I immediately looked at my NetBook and thought - I HAVE to make a cover out of this.

Its basically just a mini quilt, made to fit. I didn't use a pattern, but it's so simple you can see what I did with it. I machine sewed two kawaii fabric-batting-fleece sandwiches. I then made my own bias binding with some more kawaii fabric, and hand sewed it to the top edges of both of my 'sandwiches' (which worked out surprisingly well since it was late and I could NOT be bothered to iron it. I'm surprised it worked out as straight as it did).
I then sewed my sandwiches together by hand, outside pieces facing each other. Then came the fun bit Cheesy I made two satchel straps, (or what I call satchel straps, that must be completely wrong) sewed them together right sides together. I left a little opening, pulled them out the right way, pressed them with my hand (still could not be bothered ironing so late) and top stitched them both. I then made my first attempts at button holes, attached the straps, sewed some very shiny gold buttons on that I 'borrowed' from my mum's stash and et voila! 90 pence NetBook case, thats reeeeally really soft and squidgy, and fits a placemat inside perfectly so that when I'm sat with the NetBook on my lap, it doubles up as a lap table.
Hope you like Cheesy

Finished product;


Gorgeous buttons I found;


The fleece I lined it with;


My first buttonhole, and the dodgy top stitching to match Cheesy cannot top stitch in circles!!


Snug as a bug in a rug. Also doubles up as family sleeping bag for borrowers.


C&C welcome as I'm thinking of bashing a few of these out as Christmas presents Smiley
Sara x
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap--Round 5 Gallery! on: May 17, 2011 02:47:55 PM
Thank you so much FinRaziel! Sorry for being the impatient one of the group xD
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap--Round 5 Gallery! on: May 16, 2011 01:01:49 PM
I was just wondering if we have to wait until everyone has sent/recieved before we can get feedback? And if so how long would we estimate that to be? Cheesy it's just I've seen another swap I'd like to get involved in and i need to have successfully completed a swap before I can join it.
Sorry to be the impatient one Tongue was just wondering
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Big and Beautiful Plus Size Swap (Sign Up 5/11 - 5/20 Send Out 7/2) on: May 16, 2011 09:57:34 AM
Uhhhm, when we say plus size, what's the minimum size?
I would like to know this too. I'm kind of on the lower end of plus size. I wear like a size 13-14 pant and am usually a large or XL on top depending on the boob room. Measurements are 46-32-44.

This is just my opinion but basically if you have to shop in a separate section of a store or a totally different store or have to wear the largest size at a "normal" store, I'd say that's plus sized. I think for most places that starts at size 12.

I agree.... 12/14 ish...if you ever shop in the plus size section, then I would say you qualify.

I'm between a 12/14 UK size now, and in the UK I can shop either, but my main problem is I'm tall (5"11) and i can't find tall clothes. When I was a size 6 I didn't find this a problem, I just had to pay a lot more for clothes (around $75 for a pair of jeans) but now, even long leg clothes are hard to find. They seem to think anyone over a size 10 is short. And I also have a baby belly I can't shift, and due to the length of size 12/14 tops, I can't seem to cover it! So, with my huge clothing problem, do I qualify? Cheesy I don't know the difference between UK/US sizes!

I'm not sure about UK sizes, but i would say being overly tall with difficulty to find clothing, would fall within this swap because your still technically "plus size" i think...I would'nt have a problem accepting you for the swap.

I looked on the internet and it says UK size 12-14 is US sizes 10-12. I think as long as nobody thinks I'm gatecrashing then I'd be happy to join, but I also won't be offended otherwise Smiley
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Big and Beautiful Plus Size Swap (Sign Up 5/11 - 5/20 Send Out 7/2) on: May 15, 2011 04:28:07 AM
Uhhhm, when we say plus size, what's the minimum size?
I would like to know this too. I'm kind of on the lower end of plus size. I wear like a size 13-14 pant and am usually a large or XL on top depending on the boob room. Measurements are 46-32-44.

This is just my opinion but basically if you have to shop in a separate section of a store or a totally different store or have to wear the largest size at a "normal" store, I'd say that's plus sized. I think for most places that starts at size 12.

I agree.... 12/14 ish...if you ever shop in the plus size section, then I would say you qualify.

I'm between a 12/14 UK size now, and in the UK I can shop either, but my main problem is I'm tall (5"11) and i can't find tall clothes. When I was a size 6 I didn't find this a problem, I just had to pay a lot more for clothes (around $75 for a pair of jeans) but now, even long leg clothes are hard to find. They seem to think anyone over a size 10 is short. And I also have a baby belly I can't shift, and due to the length of size 12/14 tops, I can't seem to cover it! So, with my huge clothing problem, do I qualify? Cheesy I don't know the difference between UK/US sizes!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Big and Beautiful Plus Size Swap (Sign Up 5/11 - 5/20 Send Out 7/2) on: May 14, 2011 05:05:15 AM
Uhhhm, when we say plus size, what's the minimum size?
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Hedgehog Finished! on: May 13, 2011 02:51:36 AM
SQUEEEEEEE!!!  I'd swap my right leg for it!!
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