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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / help with machine embroidery "freehand"? on: December 19, 2006 11:24:14 PM
I  am trying to make a monogram on my machine, but all my tests look really sloppy with no real form.  Any suggestions as to how I can more control when using the darning foot? ( I'm trying it on a pleather.)  It doesn't need to look like courier font. but right now it looks like when I write with my left hand.
I'm right handed. Thanks!? Huh
EDIT:
maybe more information will get some feedback? It's a old singer sewing machine, so I'll be "freehanding it". IE: not programmed in. I am writing on the back of the pleather, and I want it too look crisp on the RIGHT side of it. When I say monogram I mean three letters. ANY suggestions? um. please?
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Charcoal pens around Xmas time? >>Gocco ?tion on: November 26, 2006 04:15:52 PM
I borrowed a friend's Gocco, but I told myself I wouldn't open the box till I had solid ideas and ready to work in a orderly fashion.

Well, I couldn't wait that long, and decided to open it up. Everything is present in the box, except that bastard of a coal pen. The Riso one. Sorry for the PG-13 language, but I have stopped in every pen store I've seen in the past month and nobody knows of a pen with charcoal in it or the ink. Any thoughts? Will I have to stick to charcoal sticks - will that actually work anyway? There's not a Michael's or anything close by. It would be a trek I'd be willing to make if the one true pen was actually there. Any Gocco gods out there?
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mail at 33 rpm's on: October 26, 2006 07:16:30 PM
Hey ya'll I made these a while back and I decided to submit it to ready made mag. But I thought I'd let my peeps on craftster ...uh.. peep at it first.
 Below is a CU of the part hammered to the wall & the "instructions" I sent in. It's pretty simple. Hope you like.


Oh LP, LP, Lp's. How I miss thee. This Project is good for scratchy records, or LP's with a good lookin' label you find in the quarter bin. To make the mail slots you need records, nails, and a flame.  I reccomend you do this out side or at least with a mask on. Burning polyvinyl, -never good for the lungs.  I measured to about two thirds of the record, then I made my holes where where the nails will be. Have the LP about 3 inches above the nail holes for about a minute. Take a nail that's the size of the ones you'll use to hang these and open up the "hole"  by just gently pushing & spreading the polyvinyl.  Next step is bending the Lp to a 45 degree angle. in as much of a straight line as you can, bring the LP over the flame, (again about 3/4 inches above), and bring it back and forth over the flame, periodicly taking it off the flame and bending it till you've reached the desired degree. There you are. Hammer to wall, (carefully as usual) and let those bills pile up as per usual - but don't they look better now? "

okay so I put my own lil' voice in there. Hey tell Claire Bigbie that I finally sent something in. Unless of course I already sent this in before. I meant to, I just...can't remember. thanks
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Darn(ing foot) - did I just get ripped off? on: October 24, 2006 03:49:21 PM
Hey ya'll. I have a oldie singer and want to start machine embroidery for clothes & quilts. I went into a sewing machine store, and asked for darning foot. The lady went into the back room after I told her my relic's number and charged me about 17 bucks. Did I get ripped off or is that just the way it is becuase its a older model. I'd like to think the better of the situation, but if not I want to take my business somewhere else.
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Buffy fans-Halloween costume sensitive-HELP! on: October 22, 2006 06:16:21 PM
Aight ya'll. for the past two months i've said
-I'm going to be Anyanka for all hallows eve. So I watched Selfless& WISH
UHoh!She looks really different.

any clues? I'm going to a Buffy related event a few days after the halloween, so being "scary" will be doable, but known is better. Which one do you think is more reckonizable to you as "oh that's Anya as a vengeance demon" The similar ties being wrinkly and the indention on the nose, (which are again different). Please, any comments are VERY welcome. Thanks alot!
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / my 1st freez'r stencil. but -?tions... on: October 16, 2006 11:19:01 PM
Hey ya'll. I did my 1st stencil and perhaps I was a bit amitious. My gold paint was so pretty in the bottle, but not so much on the shirt. AND I grabbed the first shirt I found w/o something on the front. Hello!! Its Velour and it didn't seem to come out too good. I mean its on (heat set & all), but its not inked everywhere. Anybody done this or has some more ideas about printing on velour? oh - and what do you think? Thanks!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It's gettin cold in here.. on: October 03, 2006 08:40:13 PM
Here are a few long sleeve tops I made. They both have bell sleeves. I think I'd wear them more if I A) lost weight or B) made put more material in the tummy area.

this is weird material. Soft & Pink on the inside, Purple and made of like football jersey stuff. Here's a CU of the front
This one has a cowel neck, but I wanted more that plain grey jersey, so I put some green on the sides & the back of the neck.
I like to hide
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My how I've grown (resizing ?tion) on: September 05, 2006 08:06:24 PM
Hey Ya'll
 I bought the simplicity #9877 (cowgrrl shirt) & while the pattern stops at a size "12", I would be a 14/16. Does some one have any suggestions as to what I could do? It's got a contrasting yolk as well.  Perhaps when I put my back piece(s) to be cut (folded RIGHT sides together), just moving it off the fold by two inches. Eh? How's that sound to you? I feel that the arm holes wouldn't have to be adjusted. This is the first pattern I've done in a while, since getting frustrated last time. I suppose I could have chosen something easier. :-\Mmmpfh! Thanks!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / smock top- on: August 11, 2006 06:10:21 PM
 So I've seen some good tut's and examples of the be loved smock top. Here's my question: What's the reccommened material to  be used? Ive seen for the top strechy cotton, then more sturdy linen-like for the bottom & Vicey versey. I'm sure one looks just as great as the other. I've tried doing it in one whole piece at the bottom( non strechy cotton), but had to adjust so I didn't look like a pumpkin, making huge darts on the sides. Plus the top strechy bit was...weird. okay I know that last bit didn't werk, but that's the best explaination I can go.  can you see the wonky bits?

I'd like in put from those who know to those who are guessing, My male metal head roommate ain't the best for these questions. Thanks ya'll!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / WHo knew shorts would be so hot? on: August 02, 2006 01:28:39 AM
 Its been a long time since I had intrest in wearing shorts, But the shorts I see around are such a cute style. And leggings? I used to wear my shorts with fishnets! But I'm running into a prob.
 I basicly drew a pattern from a old pair o'shorts. It fits-ish. But I want to bring in the crotch. The front pieces are sewn together, & the butt too (as to only have two pieces, not four). Before I sew the crotch ALL together, I don't really know if my course of action would be to
A] rip the seam and cut all four pieces in the crotch.
B] or cut equal amount, say one inch,  when together in two parts. The back part being, a slight different shape and longer in the crotch.
 Am I making sense? Please help . Yar. I need to make the legs longer and then the waist will fit correctly.Hehee.
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