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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to sew plush toy shut on: August 23, 2009 07:35:38 AM
You want a ladder stitch.


http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/ladder.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjOXMuTFXo
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why does my foot pedal smell like burning? on: August 23, 2009 07:32:26 AM
I'll have to try that next if the extremely cheap fix doesn't work.
33  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Why does my foot pedal smell like burning? on: August 22, 2009 11:14:05 PM
I now know the answer, but I wanted to post the somewhat resolution to this problem  since there's not a lot of info for troubleshooting burning foot pedals (or at least I couldn't find a lot and it was very frustrating earlier tonight).

I have a Singer Style-O-Matic 328 sewing machine that I inherited from my great aunt who probably got it second hand (since the initials carved into it aren't hers). It's from the early 60s and an amazingly awesome beast of a sewing machine. I work with a lot of heavy upholstery fabric and faux fur and have never had troubles with this machine until about two years ago. Suddenly I couldn't leave my machine plugged in because the foot pedal was making a popping noise and smelled like burning. So I used it sparingly and only plugged it in when I needed it. I didn't take it into a repair shop because I'm really poor and was afraid of how much it would cost to repair.

Today I forgot to unplug it and the darned thing just about caught on fire. Which was quite frightening I must say. I finally took everything apart that I could including the faulty pedal and the transistor part. I read it called something else but can't remember what. On my pedal it looks like a teenaged mutant ninja 9V battery made out of plastic. On the top are two screws that attach to the wire(s) which plug into the wall and on the bottom is a sort of plunger that completes the circuit when the foot pedal is pressed. When I unscrewed everything I found that inside of this transistor thing there is supposed to be a spring that holds the plunger back when the foot pedal is not depressed. My spring had snapped into four pieces causing the plunger to stay put and continually complete the circuit, ergo be on and running all the time.

I plan on going tomorrow to get a new spring and having a romp with a newly fixed sewing machine that should not have gone so long in the condition it did. Embarrassed I'll update once I get everything all together tomorrow. I'm so excited for being able to figure out what was broken on it finally.
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dinosaur Flying helmets on: August 03, 2009 07:18:40 PM
made another one ;] The rainbowwy bits in this one is some nifty velour

35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dinosaur Flying helmets on: August 03, 2009 11:23:21 AM
What great hats!
I love how funky they are...the angles are fantastic and the circular ear pieces balance it out really nicely.
I've got to get some polar fleece to play with Grin
Cheers!

P.S your head model is super cute too!

Thanks! The face on her is done with india ink. Polar fleece is my favourite. It's forgiving like stretch fabric and felt together ;]

I'm absolutely in love with these hats! I love the colors and the spikes. My favorite has to be the black and gray one. I would totally don one of these.

These are on my etsy as well ;]

So original, I wish I had the courage to wear one of those.

I don't think it's courage as much as liking the unusual thing you want to wear more than you care what people think about it.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dinosaur Flying helmets on: August 02, 2009 05:35:02 PM
Thanks ;]

They're just peachy! I think I may try my hand at an aviator cap this week.

Fan expo?

Fan Expo is a convention that happens here the last weekend of August. It's reasonably large and draws a rather good cross section of nerdery since it's a multi-themed convention (anime, sci-fi, comic, horror and gaming).
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dinosaur Flying helmets on: August 02, 2009 01:06:39 PM
Because I love flying helmets and I love making hats out of polar fleece with dino spikes. I'm bringing these with me to fan expo at the end of august, but also want a bit of feedback for now ;]







so yes, feedback appreciated.
38  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Zombie Me on: July 22, 2009 11:57:02 AM
Ooh. Program crashes are the worst. You'll get used to compulsive saving soon enough.
39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Need opinion on my newest painting on: July 22, 2009 11:52:13 AM
I rather enjoy your use of colour.

I might have a helpful answer on your painting. I think what's bothering you is your line quality. All of the feathery tendrils are very solid and heavy which doesn't really give the feeling of a feather. They're  a bit bunched together too.  With something like this you needn't be afraid of leaving negative space especially when working with something so airy as a peacock feather. You could also go in with a finer brush and add a little more detail to the "eye" of the feather.

By doing a search for "peacock feather" I found this image that has almost the same composition as your painting. As you can see the feather's tendrils are very fine leaving a lot of negative space.


I hope that helps some ;]
40  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Zombie Me on: July 22, 2009 11:31:33 AM
Looks pretty good for a first try. Don't be afraid to zoom in and use smaller brushes to get cleaner lines and finer detail. I think you'll be happy with the results you get from spending a little extra time in this fashion ;]
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