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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Machine advice desperately needed...... on: April 02, 2009 10:44:59 PM
otherwise my well meaning hubby will buy something I don't need.....

I had (operative word) a White 2037.  Unfortunately, I didn't know pooh about maintenence.  I used Minkee (it's minkee, it's minkeey, it'll tear up your machine....sung to the tune of the old slinky commercial), and neglected to clean up my machine.  I have a burnt bobbin shuttle case and bad tension.  Cost to repair is more than I paid for my White.

We're looking on Ebay for a new machine because we have Paypal Buyer credit, and want the Paypal protection.

I've been told that the new Singers are pooh pooh.  I am looking at Brother machines.  I've had 2 in the past that failed miserably.  I test drove a used Bernina, but the cost is more than I can afford (I can afford around 300). 

Hubby looked at a Bernina Bernette.  I need decorative stitches as I am planning a stashbuster quilt as you go deal.  He leans more toward the mechanical.  I lean toward computerized.  I lust for auto tension because that isa major downfall for me.

Suggestions for machines?  It doesn't necessarily need to be computerized,, but I want auto tension.  I'm open for suggestions so I can argue it with the hubby.  I want good and bad.  Spill fellow sewing craftsters, spill!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / What's your favorite dress pattern? on: November 22, 2007 08:37:27 PM
We're going out to the middle of the California desert next July  Undecided for my hubby's cousin's wedding.  I've decided that I want to make my own dress.  My problem is picking a pattern.  Everything I pick, the hubby says either makes me look way too old, or way too young.  I'm 32...will be 33 when the wedding rolls around.  I have a tummy pooch courtesy of 2 c-sections and average boobs at a 36 c.  My sewing skills are fairly good.  I haven't tackled darts yet, but can follow patterns.
Any suggestions from the Curvacious Craftsters?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Freecycle Trunk...to funkify or restore? on: November 15, 2007 02:32:38 PM
I got this trunk from a Freecycle member last summer, and it's been out in the garage ever since.  The wood is in fabulous shape, however, some of the tin is so rusty that it's a bit crumbly.
It can be restored to it's once beautiful state, but that will take way more money than I can afford right now... about $500-600 dollars.
I'm a funky, eclectic girl, so I'm thinking about funkifying the trunk.  My problem lies in what I should do to it. 
Decoupauge?  Paint?  Fabric?
Help me funkify my trunk so the hubby doesn't toss it out!

And the oh so rusty pics LOL:

 

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / From poo brown to lilac panne-Fabric covered walls WIP w/pics on: August 26, 2007 03:36:45 PM
My stepdaughter, Liv, has been living with the most hideous walls ever for the past 3 years.  They are striped: poo brown, dark blue, and white.  With a 2 year old monkeyboy and a 4 year old, I can't paint the walls.  We discussed wallpaper, but I'm currently in the process of stripping old wallpaper off of about 80% of the walls.
We decided to cover her walls in lilac panne velvet.   So far we've gotten 1 wall covered...took all day with trials and errors.  We're going to hide the seams with some grosgrain ribbon and decorative tacks.  I know this is the completed projects section, but we feel pretty accomplished having covered a whole wall.

Before:


After:


The corner where icky meets princessy:
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 4 free pdf patterns for dresses/tunics on: July 24, 2007 12:56:22 PM
http://www.hancockfabrics.com/images/EmailImages/072307/4easydresses.pdf

I found this today and thought I'd post it, though I'm not sure if this is the right spot.  I think they could be funkified...esp the tunic.  I have some aqua interlock fabric that's been sitting around and if my sons ever decide to nap, I'm gonna whip one up.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Hmmm...2 10 gallon totes full o BDU's and a chair that needs a slipcover..... on: March 30, 2007 09:30:40 PM
I've been planning to make slipcovers for the furniture in my den.  It's old and ugly as hell....but has great bones and is built like a tank.  When I finally sat down and figured out how much fabric it's going to take to cover both the couch and chair and a half, I wigged...20 yards alone for the couch and another 10 for the huge chair  Shocked
I've been cleaning out our walk in closet in the master bedroom.  The hubby retired from the Air Force last year and I have 2 10 gallon totes full of his BDU's.
We've been joking about doing the furniture covers in camo since we live in the Redneck Riviera...near Destin FL....and he graciously offered up his BDU's for the job.
I spent all day picking the seams on 1 set with a seam ripper.  Our big chair has great curved arms that line up perfectly with the arm pieces of his BDU shirts, so I'm going to leave the stripes on and strategically place them as the center for the arms.  And all of the fabulous pockets on the pants will be handy for remote holders, cig holders, phone holders etc.....
I am having a blast, and taking pics as I go if anyone out there is interested in seeing them.
I'm going to cover the couch in denim and make a couch throw out of some of the BDU fabric since I have the traditional AF green camo and some desert choco chips from his deployments after the first Gulf War.
I think it's a fitting tribute for my hubby who spent the last 20 years working for Uncle Sam.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Neat, possibly new product for knitters and crocheters on: March 18, 2007 04:11:25 PM
I am on the search for upholstery fabric and found an item that is completely new to me.  I crochet and want to learn to knit one of these days and I thought this was the neatest idea ever.

http://www.fabricdirect.com/acatalog/Toku_Batik_Ribbon.html

It's strips of batik quilting fabric, cut on the bias.  The fabric is made by Timeless Treasures, so it's good stuff.

Thought I'd share since it doesn't seem terribly expensive.

Carol
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 30-10 by 12 pieces of thin aluminum **edited with an idea** on: March 10, 2007 10:16:14 AM
I have 30 pieces of thin aluminum that measures 10 inches by 12 inches.  One side is white, the other is the poo poo brown favored by the Air Force for everything. 
Hubby brought them home to recycle, and when I saw them I knew someone would be able to suggest something I could do with them.

I was thinking of the CD cover wall, but I've got little kiddos and the edges are sharp....and I was also thinking of drilling swirly patterns into them, wiring them together and making my own candle lanterns...

What crafty suggestions do you all have?

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Last night I had a crafty dream  Shocked
I am now thinking of peeling the letters off, and painting the pieces of aluminum, then drilling 2 holes in the top for hanging, and multiple holes in the bottom....wiring beads down there.  I don't know what to do with the blank expanse of metal plate though.  Any suggestions for that?  I'd kind of like to string them up in my back yard as I have 3 trees fairly close together, so I need something weather friendly  Wink.  Any ideas?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Ikea Kvartal curtain rod system help on: March 09, 2007 03:39:40 PM
Hubby and I have a huge walk in closet with no doors and honestly, I'm sick of looking at the closet mess when I'm laying in bed at night.

I've been thinking of doing this:
http://fabulouslygreen.blogspot.com/2007/03/diy-style-sliding-felt-doors.html

But instead of felt, I want to use a fabric/interfacing sammich.  I've looked at Chicago Canvas' website at the curtain track system, and also did some looking on line at IKEA.  I like the Kvartal system, but I have no clue of what I need to buy.  There is no IKEA around here  Angry for me to go look at  Cry.

Do any of you have the Kvartal system?

Thanks,
Carol
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Walls of different colors....anyone have pics? on: March 03, 2007 08:30:48 AM
We've been in our house for 3 years now, and my poor stepdaughter still has the ugliest paint on her 4 walls.  It's dark blue on the bottom 3rd, a stripe of off white about a foot wide, then is poopy brown on the top.....with pretty raspberry pink carpeting  Lips sealed Embarrassed  I almost forgot the hideous sailboat wall border  Lips sealed at the very top of the walls.

She has a major lust for dark pinks and purples, but we don't want her room to be dark as she only has 2 windows.  We also want her room to be able to grow with her.

I was thinking of doing each wall in a different color, but I can't find a way to describe it to the skeptical hubby.  Somewhere I saw a room that had been done this way, but I can't figure out where....

Do any of you fabulous craftsters have any pics that I can show the hubby?
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