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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing denim problems on: December 01, 2008 11:04:26 AM
Thank you so much everyone! I will go try it out and report back Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing denim problems on: December 01, 2008 03:44:06 AM
Yep, I am using the denim needle. Needle goes in fine but the thread just jams.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing denim problems on: November 30, 2008 09:46:31 PM
Hello everyone,

I am not quite sure where to put this but this is just for sewing with denim in general, not necessarily sewing clothing or crafts because I do both.

I am having tons of problems with my machine sewing denim. I am at my wit's end now. I have a Husqvarna Viking Huskeystar C20. It is a good little machine that does everything I wanted BUT sewing denim. I am not sure why. It would sometimes sew denim if it is 2 layers but say if I want to make little dolly jeans or something nope... it hates me.

Here is how I treated the denim:

1) fray check it
2) fold the hems together and pin it down (I remove the pins as I sew along)
3) sew with machine

Then the machine would hardly move the fabric so it jams and then the machine would eat it. I checked the tension and the foot pressure but still nothing. The best I got the machine to do is move it manually but the stitches would either be very small or the tension on the back would suck horribly. I am at my wit's end. My hand stitching is a lot faster than that!

So sewing gurus of craftster: any tips on how to make sewing denim NOT a living nightmare? Should I zigzag the edges first before sewing or use a serger first before sewing? Any special tips I should know?

Thank you so much for reading this plea for help and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Regards,
Betty
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is the economy effecting your business on: November 05, 2008 01:40:42 PM
I personally think it has affected my business in a huge way. I have find myself working myself to a frenzy trying to make more things for the holidays and see no one really buying much. To me that is pretty sad since I get lots of praises for my miniature work BUT no one is buying! It is one that people like your work and another to have them buy it and take it home. I sure hope things will improve soon.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Ooodles of Ornaments! IMG Heavy!! on: November 04, 2008 01:40:12 PM
Those ornaments are very unique and brilliant! I love them! Thank you for sharing!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fall clay food jewelry (Heavy on the images) on: November 04, 2008 01:38:47 PM
Thank you very much everyone!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny wedding cake: on: November 04, 2008 12:51:03 AM
I love tiny wedding cakes. Yours are inspiring me to make some! Thank you for sharing!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Latest Experiments IMG HEAVY on: November 04, 2008 12:49:32 AM
I love the flower beads! They are beautiful!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fall clay food jewelry (Heavy on the images) on: November 02, 2008 07:58:46 PM
Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for all your kind comments about my work earlier. Here are some more polymer clay works, this time jewelry related:



Some pendent/necklaces I made out of treats from a local coffee shop



Chocolate tart with blackberries and white chocolate flakes



The "Evasion" Truffle ring with coffee bean decorations



Fall present cake with a rose and maple leaves



Pecan pie with pie plate ring. Honestly I don't know why people don't make pie rings but I fell in love with pecan pie and I happen to have one lying around in mini so I put it on the ring. It seems to fit the season well.



... and a fall dark red rose ring for people who loves flowers.

I hope you enjoy these new works!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Banana canes on: November 02, 2008 07:33:58 PM
Hello there,

I made some banana canes. I used Angie Scarr's instructions to make it. I seen it done several ways myself, and no way is wrong. Personally I made each section of the banana first and then put it together into a circular cane. It helps to draw a picture of how the cane is going to look first and look for a pattern. Then make one part of the pattern and put it together into one cane. I hope that is not too confusing..

Regards,
Betty
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