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1  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Kitty Vane on: January 23, 2007 06:23:59 AM
My sewing machine situation changed today.
I finally got over myself and got a new machine, a Janome Indigo 14. I also had my old machine (which I posted about here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34786.msg1184037#msg1184037) cleaned and serviced, and while it isn't like new, it's as close to as a 16 year-old machine that's been in really hard use can be.

I named the Janome "Uma", as (I hope) it means "horse" in japanese. It is my new work-horse after all, and it's made in Japan. Cheesy


(Excuse the mess around the machine, I was too excited about my new baby to clean the table.)

I tested all the stitches (oh the beauty of the overlock stitch, let me praise thee!) and nobs and buttons and am totally in love with how smoot and quiet it is to sew with. I also love the fact that all the feet my old machine has will also fit this new one. I can use the same bobbins and needles on both too, which is a big bonus.
It even has that new sewing machine smell. Cheesy
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2  Re: How do you people... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Kitty Vane on: December 03, 2006 05:46:23 AM
I try to pick a place that suits the character of plushie being photographed, and that gets fairly good light too, like here with a prissy rabbit:



I'm blessed with big, big windows, but during autumn & winter there's not much natural light to go around so I try and make do with artificial light the best I can.

I'd say that you're best off with a place that has good (natural) light and as for a background, you don't want anything too distracting so that your item is easy to see. Also, with smaller stuff like toys and such if you can, use the macro-setting on your camera to get clear pictures of the little bits.
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3  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by Kitty Vane on: November 03, 2006 03:25:19 AM
This year was my second ever try at pumpkin carving and here is the result:



I'm really proud of how it turned out, even though the poor thing could do with a trip to the orthodontist's. Cheesy
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4  Re: Doll question in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Kitty Vane on: October 24, 2006 06:55:50 AM
What kind of a doll did you make, i.e. what size & shape?

A medieval dress would be easy to make for pretty much any doll, as the basic dress is more or less just two somewhat T shaped pieces, like in this really bad PhotoShop doodle I made:



You can attach the bits coloured here in blue to the sides of the dress to add a little more width to the skirt of the dress.
I hope this makes sense, I'm not the best at explaining things. Smiley
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5  Ursula the Robotologist (Now with more photos!) in CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES by Kitty Vane on: October 05, 2006 08:48:15 AM
Hi!
This is the first challenge I've taken part in and it's been great fun so far. Cheesy

This is Ursula, she's a leading robotologist and she has been working with robots and electronics for years and years. Ursula is currently working on a robot that will look and act just like a real bear.
She has a PhD in science, electronics, robotics, mechanics and bizarrely enough, in cookery.



Ursula is made out of toffee coloured corduroy and she's been stuffed with rags and polyfill. She has a button for a belly button and her eyes and nose have been embroidered.





Her labcoat is made out of cotton and it has little decorative buttons on it.



I apologise for the not so good quality of the photo, the sun had already started to set by the time I got to taking photos of Ursula and so the lighting in the work room wasn't the best possible.
I re-did the photos today, with better light and less of a rush. I also took some additional shots of the details.

And for those who might be wondering, yes the electronics around her are actually recording equipment I borrowed from the boy for this shoot. Smiley
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6  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by Kitty Vane on: September 30, 2006 12:15:24 PM
My best costume to date is Miss Behave, the twisted school marm. Sadly I don't have a photo of the outfit, but I am rather proud of the fact that it was a spur of the moment thing I pulled together in an hour and then went on to win a costume competition held at the bar we were celebrating Halloween that year.
My second best costume, the Freudian Slip I do have a photo of.


(I don't usually look like such a herb, and you can see a bigger version of the picture here: http://static.flickr.com/87/256568736_81f82cb060_o.jpg)

Again, a bit of a spur of the moment thing, but this time I didn't actually get to wear it out since I deemed it too flimsy to wear in the -5c weather, no matter how big a coat I'd put on top.
I still love this costume, mostly because a) not everyone gets it and b) it was super fun to thrift/make. Smiley
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7  Re: tooth fairy ideas? (I made the wings now. Any suggestions?) in Halloween Costumes by Kitty Vane on: September 30, 2006 11:46:38 AM
I was going to dress up as The Toothfairy one Halloween (3 years ago!), but I never got around to making the costume.
I did make a little design sketch of how I wanted the costume to look like, and if anyone here is still stuck for ideas as far as Toothfairy costumes go, you're all free to nab my idea. I don't think I'll ever really get it done any ways. Smiley

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8  Re: what's your dream sewing machine? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Kitty Vane on: September 26, 2006 03:31:44 AM
My dream machine would be something like this:



It's a Singer HD110, and it seems really lovely.
Basically I dream of finding the perfect machine that's super sturdy, durable and that doesn't have any unnecessary bells and whistles that I wouldn't use anyway. I want something that can deal with everything from little tiny bits of doll clothes and delicate materials like silk and chiffon, to thick heavy denim or leather and loooong straight seams.

...Come to think of it, I think I'd actually need two different machines, one for heavy duty sewing and another for the more fiddly stuff. Cheesy
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9  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Kitty Vane on: September 26, 2006 02:51:31 AM
Here's mine:



(Sorry about the rag-cat sitting on the machine, but this seems to be the only decent photo I have of my machine.)

It's an old Brother from the early 90's. I got it as a Christmas present when I was about 12 or so and I've have been using & abusing it ever since.
I have a love/hate relationship with my machine, some times when it's acting up and showing it's age I'd love to just defenestrate it and get a new one, but then when everything goes well I fall in love with it all over again. I do know the thing is in for some heavy duty maintenance soon, it's not been serviced since I got it (besides me adding some more oil now and then) the poor thing.
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