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41  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer sewing machine for sale on: September 26, 2005 05:33:28 PM
I hope its okay that I post here, but I have just received news that I'm getting a new sewing machine for my birhtday!  Hooray for nice boyfriends!  So I'm selling mine.  Its a little older mid grade Singer.  From like, the 80s.  It still works great - I just sewed a denim skirt earlier.  It will do button holes, has auto tension, and has about 10 different stitches.  It will come with a couple different needles, a foot, bobbin - everything you need to get started.  It has recently been serviced professionally and everything is perfect.  It has been well taken care of.  Guy at the sewing machine store said that this model was pretty expensive back in the day.  I have pictures if you're interested, or I am thinking about putting it on eBay.  I am asking $100 OBO.  I accept paypal or just regular money order.  You can email me at albinagems@yahoo.com for pictures or more info.  Thanks a whole lot!!

Rachel
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Day homage and jean purse - my first bags! on: August 26, 2005 01:22:36 PM
Hello!  I tried my hand at stenciling and had so much fun with my first project!  I bought a $3 canvas tote bag at wal-mart to make a book bag for college (starts monday!).  I made a stencil of the front of the new American Idiot album by Green Day in Photoshop.  I printed it out on cardstock and colored in with copper acrylic paint and did the edges with black acrylic paint with the little spout on it.  I found this PhotoFabric at wal mart and made my own patch and sewed that onto the bag.  This was the result of all my hard work and I'm excited to use it! Not perfect, but good enough for me.   I'm not finished though - I'm going to put rhinestones on it and stencil some words on the flip side to one of their songs from that album.  

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/greendaybag.jpg

I had a pair of these stretchy Levi's Capri Jeans and they looked okay, but I never wore them, so I turned them into a purse!  This kept me up until 2 am and am very pleased with the results.  I had to pleat the back and the front after I cut the legs off because it look weird and bowed if I hadn't.  There is a snap on the inside and I made the straps from the legs.  There's mega room inside and I love it.  

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/jeanpurse.jpg

Please let me know what you think of them!  Thanks!
43  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / FOUND! The best thrift shops in East Tennessee! (Knoxville) on: August 04, 2005 02:20:52 PM
Okay, I found these two really AWESOME thrift stores in Knoxville!   The first one is Smart Cents right off of Western Avenue, next to Food City in that little shopping center.  There isn't really anything there under 0.99, but the deals are pretty good and they have an entire section for fabric, patterns and miscellaneous sewing stuff. 

The second one is between Kingston Pike and Parkside Drive, right next to (sort of -- perpendicular) to the Ryans off Kingston Pike.  This place used to be a roller skating rink - so you can imagine how big this place is!  It supports the Knox Area Rescue Ministries, so all their profits go to help homeless people in our area.  THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!  They've got awesome furniture, lots of fabric, LOTS of clothes!! 

If you're in town, check them out!!

Rachel
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ugly 70's curtain and pillowcase = cool new mini skirt! (3 pics) on: August 02, 2005 11:57:42 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm totally getting into the sewing stuff!!  Goodwill was having their STOREWIDE 50% SALE and I couldn't resist a good deal.  The yellow curtain thing pictured cost $1 and the pillowcase (not pictured, but has these awesome ruffles all around it) was .50.  I also used a little bit of extra white stretchy spandex material from another project.  Not too bad for $1.50!  

I used my own pattern - just took the information from doing other projects and made my own.  I love it and had fun making it.  Please let me know what you think!!  Thanks!!  (PS - now that I look at the picture, I think it kind of makes me look like I'm on a 70's business beach trip or something.)

Rachel

Curtain fabric before:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/curtain.jpg

Me sporting it:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/DSCF0469.jpg

Close up:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/curtaincloseup.jpg

Thanks!
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beer/Soda Bottlecap Picture Frame! + Tutorial on: August 01, 2005 07:13:39 PM
Hello everyone!  Lately, I have gotten on a bottle cap art frenzy - this was my first project and it was simple and easy to make and it really adds to whatever room your in and its very unique.  Have fun and I hope you enjoy it!

1) Buy el cheapo frame (the one I got was from the dollar general for $2)  The picture size of course doesn't matter, but the ones that have wide flat edges work best because there is enough room for the caps to stick. Just a tip.

1.5) Buy/collect soda or beer caps - the ones that are metal and screw off work best)

2) Alter your frame the way you'd like (stain, sand, polyurethane, etc.)

3) Glue your caps in any which way you'd like (I used regular tacky glue, so anything would work really.

opt 4) After the caps dry, spray or brush on polyurethane. This will give added security so they don't fall off ... ever!!  

5) N'Joy!  Let friends envy your new found individuality -- also makes great gifts!!!

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/capframe.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/capframe2.jpg
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mahalo! Hawaiian Square Skirt with question! :) on: July 31, 2005 03:06:46 PM
Hi everyone!  This is my second creation ever!  I used this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34064.0 for the striped square skirt.  It was easier than I thought it going to be and I had a lot of fun making it.  In all, it took me about 3 hours to make it .. because I'm slow.  I just have a question though - I accidentally used a permanent marker to make my marks and didn't realize it was washable.  Does anyone know if its possible to somehow get rid of that little mark ??   Huh Cry Cry  Thanks!!  Please let me know what you think.  

The flowers are a lei that my boyfriend bought for me at wal mart for $1.  The white stretchy fabric was in the $1/yard at walmart.  total - $2!

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/hawaiiskirt.jpg
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recon Men's Shirt - my first successful project! w/ pic on: July 30, 2005 07:37:20 PM
Hi everyone!  This isn't my first post, but this is my first completed, successful project post!  If everyone remembers the girl who is featured on the front page for buying the oversized men's shirt and the skirt at the thrift store, well that really inspired me and it looks freakin' fun and easy so I tried it.  My local Goodwill was having a storewide 50% off sale (woohoo!) so I partook of the awesome deals.  

I found this men's purple and white striped shirt that actually fit me pretty well except it was too long and it was long sleeved.  So I cut the sleeves off and trimmed the length and hemmed everything up.  Then I sewed down the middle so that now its just a pull-over and the buttons can't be buttoned.  I have tons of ribbon peices around so I made a little purple ribbon and sewed that onto the pocket and then took a big thick white ribbon and sewed it to my right hip.  I'm sorry I didn't get before pictures, but I'm sure everyone can imagine what it looked like.  All long sleeves look about the same Smiley

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/urbanalbino/firstshirt.jpg

Please let me know what you think.  I'm kind of self conscious, but can take constructive criticism.  Thanks!!!!  Rachel
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