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3511  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 23, 2009 07:07:49 AM
More than happy to jennieingram
3512  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: WHY CANT I OPERATE SEWING MACHINES!!! im so FRUSTRATED!!! on: August 22, 2009 07:35:28 PM
How about posting a message on your city/country board on craftster...to find a craftster buddy who lives near you, invite her over for an afternoon or a day of sewing, make food and spend time getting her to first teach you how to use the machine correctly (i know you had your aunt do this, but you need someone around for a few hours so you can get into trouble and learn how to get yourself out of trouble) and then to work on some of her own crafts while you just learn to sew,

in the meantime, most problems are because of threading, if you have played a bit with the various settings, you may have thrown the tension right out. Perhaps post a request on the sewing board, with the model of the machine in the subject line, to see if anyone on craftster has the same one and can tell you the 'default' settings for tension. if not, it should generally be about the middle of the dial.

Always work with good quality polyester thread

dont try and learn on anything other than fabric you are happy to throw away,

keep the bulk of the fabric to the left of the needle.

in general the flat side of the needle shank should be facing away from you.

use a fresh needle in case the one you are using is blunt,.

As someone already said, make sure you have a good 6 inches of both top and bobbin thread through the presser foot and to the back of the machine...and hold onto them...as you start to sew.

try starting the seam an inch away from the starting edge of the fabrics, in case you are starting (like a serger) right at the edge and are not catching any fabric...regular sewing machines dont like this.

Clean out the bobbin case and under the needle with a stiff paintbrush, little pieces of lint can cause all sorts of problems.

Ask lots of questions!
3513  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick-n-Choose Rnd 3 on: August 22, 2009 07:18:48 PM
thanks so much for posting pix, feline..I am so glad that your ratties like the hammock.
3514  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Single idea starting point, papercrafts swap shrine/altered book/chunky page on: August 21, 2009 04:53:46 PM
calluna, thats what i thought, it would be fabulous to see how other people interpret an image that you love.

I plan to start this one up in a few weeks.
3515  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help With These Ruffles? I just can't think of a good way to do them. (pics!) on: August 21, 2009 04:48:06 PM
No worries sweetie, ask away!
3516  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Shrine to submission, adult content, NSFW on: August 21, 2009 04:45:34 PM
thank you so much hon.
3517  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help With These Ruffles? I just can't think of a good way to do them. (pics!) on: August 21, 2009 06:08:45 AM
ruffles are best made from cutting from a circle of fabric, so that there is a short edge (the one you sew to your garmet) and a long edge the one that is the ruffle)

so try this, take a circle of (waste!) fabric and draw a spiral from the centre, BUT make the inner parts narrow getting wider as you go out, think sea shell, or snail shell. cut on the line you have drawn and you will have a ruffle that goes from narrow to deep, (when you stretch it out) doing it this way means that you have a nice smooth straight edge to sew to your garment, unless you want to gather it as well, make it even more pouffy...if you want to do this, then make the ruffle 2X longer than the length you need.

if you cut two matching ones of these, seam them together at the deep ends (I wish I could draw this for you!!) you will have one long ruffle that is narrow to deepest at the centre and narrow again at the edge, sew this on and I think it will give you the effect that you describe.

I would love to see the finished coat though!
3518  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Fill a me stocking because my DH isn't so good at that sort of thing swap on: August 21, 2009 05:47:47 AM
i think big spoilage is such a good idea. but am I the only one who is impatient for partners so I can start working on stuff...lol..insane I know as its 5 months away!
3519  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 21, 2009 05:41:19 AM
Oh Phizz I am sorry to hear about your aunt. travel safely.

3520  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Single idea starting point, papercrafts swap shrine/altered book/chunky page on: August 21, 2009 05:37:55 AM
Oh yes a reasonable amount of time for crafting, but the chunky page or current WWP shrine swaps are all similar in terms of starting with recipients theme for paper crafts and the 'doing' time isnt too long

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