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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / $30 Dress form and dress form stand construction *tutorial* on: January 25, 2006 09:39:41 PM
I was up in Madison recently and came upon an adjustable dress form at St Vinny's for only $25! 

Dial on the sides to increase bust, waist, and hips!

So pretty cool, but it didn't come with a stand.  I traced the bottom of the dress form's pipe (5/8" diameter) and then measured how tall I needed my stand to be so it was around my height (around 35").  Then I went to the Home Depot for PVC pipe and something stand-like. 

In the plumbing section I found 1/2" PVC pipe, a 1/2" galvanized iron flange for iron piping, and a 1/2" male adapter for PVC pipe. Then in the lumber section I scored a sweet 11 3/4" circular piece of particle board.  All this stuff came up to round $5.

Composed of many different materials but the important thing is that the male adapter screwed perfectly into the flange.  The PVC pipe - which the folks at HD cut for me, yeah! - can just be stuck into the other end.

The particle board creates a wider base so my dress form won't totter over.  I drilled my flange contraption into the particleboard, stuck the PVC on and placed the dress form on top! Since the PVC pipe is slightly smaller than the pipe of the dress form, the dress form itself can easily rotate.

Light, inexpensive, and easily taken apart for travel! Hurrah!

I have some lengths of PVC pipe left, so I need to find something to do with them...  Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster Mittens on: December 12, 2005 10:14:45 PM
Say YES to fur!

Faux fur, that is. And monster fur, to be exact.  Grin

Finally got off my bum to craft some wares to sell.  I made some scarves out of the same material last winter with hand-warmer pockets and claws.

The fur is only on the backs of the mittens, so they won't interfere with stuff like holding mugs of tea, jabbing eyes, or other delicate operations.

I used an anti-pill fleece, which is super sturdy.  I was originally going to use two layers of fleece per side but after seeing how heavy it was, I was like,"No need for that."

Despite the curves, it is much easier than making the scarves.  My mom's machine can't handle so many layers - I haven't set up my old school Singer Touch n Sew, which should tackle anything up to bearskin, I think - but the mittens went through all right.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Reverse stitching issues on: September 23, 2005 08:07:05 AM
I have a vintage Singer Touch n Sew 603e; it's basically a sturdy little thing.

It's so nice and I got it tuned up a few months back so it was working like a dream.

However,  my reverse stitching is not working.  It skips stitches or jams up. Almost like feed dogs are not working.

Forward sewing is fine and tension seems to be ok.  It just messes up whenever I try to reverse stitch.
Is there anything I can do to troubleshoot?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Strawberry hat! Chock full of....seeds?! on: November 13, 2004 01:56:37 PM
Huzzah for knitting!  In order to avoid cleaning my room, I found a HUGE stash of yarn.  After putting it all in a box, I  was reminded of posting my strawberry cap here.

The entire cap:

A glamour shot:

I used Caron's Simply Soft in Autumn Red, Green, and Soft Yellow on size 8 needles.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wraparound Studded Wristband on: January 31, 2004 08:38:33 PM
Hi. I'm new here.
Ive wanted to make my own studded wristcuff instead of buying one, because all I seem to see are black or hot pink.  I wanted to make something less common.
The internet seems to lack good instructions, so after fantasizing and finally getting off my ass, I decided to make a move.
Here is a wristband that wraps round my wrist twice.  It reminds me of those fancy Swatch watches.  I bought the studs at http://www.studsandspikes.com.  

Everything you need you can find at a craft store or around your house, save the studs.
Doubles as a collar.

Youll need
Studs (conical, pyramid, it doesnt matter)
Craft knife or box cutter
Skinny belt or a strip of vinyl/leather that is slightly wider than the width of your studs.
4-piece Snap fasteners and something to apply them with
Stud awl or regular Awl
Masking tape
Needle nose pliers
1.Measure your wrist loosely, multiply by two and add a little more than an inch.  This number is the length of your band.
2.Measure 2.5-3 from both ends of your band.  Mark it.  
3.Depending on how many studs you want, measure and mark where youll want the studs to go.
4.Wrap masking tape round one side of your pliers. This will prevent it from scratching the stud.
5.<b>If you have a stud awl</b>, punch a slit wherever you made a mark.  Insert studs and clamp shut with pliers.
6.<b>If you have no stud awl</b>, press a stud into the band wherever you made a mark.  Take your knife and press into the band so youve made a slit.  Insert studs and clamp shut with pliers.
7.Keep doing this until youre done setting the studs. Then make a mark where you want the snap fasteners to go.
8.Follow the instructions of the snap fastener package to apply them.  For thicker materials like leather, I would use a craft knife to cut out a hole smaller than the size of the fastener parts so they can be more easily hammered into the band.
9.Youre done.  The end.

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