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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / New sewist + new machine = awful noise?! on: September 16, 2010 07:34:29 PM
I sat down with my new Janome Sewist 500 (instruction manual in hand) and got the bobbin and thread ready to go. I tested out a few basic stitches, so far so good. I was trying out some of the decorative stitches when I ran into a problem. Now when I begin to sew, the stitches seem to go normally, but the machine sounds awful and rough -- like rocks in the machine or something! I tried going back to the straight stitch -- since I did that successfully before -- but it continued to make the same awful noises.

Help! What did I do?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Janome: Comparing Magnolia 7318 and Sewist 500? on: July 11, 2010 11:58:21 AM
I like to do various types of crafty projects, but I've never learned to sew. So ... I've been doing some research lately on sewing machines. I've read mostly good things about Janome, so I started looking at the Magnolia 7318 and the Sewist 500. They look fairly similar to me (with the Sewist having a few more stitches, 1-step buttonhole and a hard cover included). Are there other important differences? Also, for someone with zero sewing experience, how important is the 1-step buttonhole as opposed to the 4-step?

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How to hang a record cover clock... on: May 01, 2010 03:01:59 PM
I'm making a clock out of an old record cover for my dad ... I had an old wall clock sitting around, so I just took that apart for the mechanism & hands. The problem is that the mechanism doesn't have a hook on it. Any ideas for where I could get some kind of hook to glue on the back? I checked the woodworking area of Hobby Lobby today, and they had a few little (really little) hardware pieces, but nothing that looked too promising.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Need ideas -- scrapbook of sponsored child on: March 20, 2009 06:37:17 PM
For about a year, I've been sponsoring a little girl from Nicaragua through an organization called Compassion International. I have a couple of pictures of her, as well as some letters and crayon drawings from her.  Smiley

I've never done any scrapbooking, but I thought this would be a fun project to start. I'm trying to think of some ideas. It's a little tricky because I don't have that many pictures to work with, and the letters/drawings are mostly on 8.5x11 sized paper. For that reason, I went ahead and bought a 12x12 scrapbook.

Any good ideas for pages I could make or ways to incorporate the fun drawings/letters into pages?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Blank slate of a bedroom! on: September 24, 2007 04:19:44 PM
I recently moved out of my parents' house into my own apartment.  I was excited to get away from the clutter and awful wallpaper of my former bedroom, but I'm realizing that I don't know what to do with the space, now that I have it!   Roll Eyes  I don't have a digital camera, so I'll have to describe it as best I can. 

It's not a huge bedroom, but I have a twin bed, so it's not bad at all.  The floor plan says 13"x11"...I haven't actually measured it.  The walls and ceiling are white, and I think I could paint them, but I don't really want to mess with it (it's a rental apt).  The carpet is very light also.  The only furniture I have in the room is my bed and dresser (both are dark wood), a computer desk w/ computer, and a white cube storage unit that I'm using as a nightstand.

I recently bought a comforter at Wal-mart that I liked.  It's dark brown, and I was thinking of getting some pale blue sheets to go with it, but I haven't done that yet.  I have a good sized window that needs curtains (I just have mini-blinds now), but I don't know what kind of fabric to get for those.  It's not a very wide window, but it is tall, so it lets in quite a bit of light.  I'm terrible with decorating.  I like the chocolate brown/pale blue color scheme, but I don't really know how to use it effectively around the room, I guess. 

Any suggestions for curtains (or other decor) would be much appreciated! 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for magnet making... on: July 08, 2007 11:04:05 AM
I'm trying to think of an easy way to make some fun magnets with quotes from Gilmore Girls on them.  I was thinking that maybe I could get a cheap little piece of wood, but how would I write on it?  If I put on a coat of mod podge, would I be able to write on that with a marker (then coat it again, of course, to make it stay) or would that just smear it? 

Just my jumbled thoughts and ideas thus far.  It seems like a simple idea, but I guess I'm quite the amateur when it comes to this crafty kind of stuff.  Wink  Any other suggestions would be much appreciated!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Paul Anka tribute...Gilmore Girls style! on: June 27, 2007 04:20:17 PM
This is my small tribute to Paul Anka...the dog.  The paint bled a little 'cause it was my first go-round and I messed up the stencil.  Oh well.

I love, love, love the episode "The Real Paul Anka" where Lorelai is recalling her dream and she has to keep distinguishing what's happening to the real Paul Anka and her dog Paul Anka.

So anyway...who doesn't love dog Paul Anka?!  Wink



8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Jones Soda label picture frame! on: June 25, 2007 08:06:55 AM
I haven't posted much so far, but I've definitely been here a lot looking for inspiration!  Smiley

I've been collecting Jones Soda labels for a while, and I was trying to think of what to do with them.  Here's what I came up with! 

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-8/803752/frame1.jpg
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-8/803752/frame2.jpg

I bought an unfinished wood frame for $3.99 at a local craft store.  This one was great because it was for a 5x7" picture, but the edges were really wide...lots of space to work with!  Then I used black acrylic paint to paint the outside edges.  The next part took more of my time.  I had to cut and arrange the labels how I wanted them.  I like to put a little piece of scotch tape on the back while I'm doing that so that I can see what I have without sticking them down permanently.  Once I got that figured out, I pulled them off a little at a time and used glossy mod podge to glue them down to the wood.  One coat of mod podge later, I had the cute frame you see! 

I'd like to make sure it's all secured on there.  Should I give it another coat of mod podge, or is there something better to seal it with?  This was my first project using mod podge...
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Tape wallet problem... on: June 19, 2006 11:06:20 AM
I've recently started trying out some different types of tape wallets.  I made one that was a tri-fold wallet using some soda labels, duct tape, and packing tape.  The problem I'm having is that when the wallet is finished, I fold it up and it buckles a little in the middle...it doesn't fold up nice and smooth.  How can I prevent this?

Thanks!
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