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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need sewing machine help on: June 09, 2009 07:04:31 AM
If you look at a hardware store in the plumbing section, there's a Teflon tape to tighten the seal between pipes.  You'd need the white (not yellow) and just a tiny bit.

It doesn't have adhesive, so it's a removable solution until you get a new screw.

http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/homemaintenance/plumbing/general/teflon.php
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger/Overlock Genius needed: help me adjust the settings on: January 28, 2009 10:01:18 AM
Hello geniuses!

I am totally lost.  I set up my serger according to the manual for a rolled or narrow hem.  For some reason the thread from the upper looper looks like it overshoots the right needle. (See photos.)

The upper feed thread seems to go a random depth and looks loose (?).  I keep playing with the tension, but am not getting any good results.





What am I doing wrong?  How can I fix this?

Thank you in advance for helping a serger newbie like me.

adrienne
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: thrifted basket => perfect laundry basket! on: January 23, 2009 03:56:02 PM
The fabric a smart (and smart looking) addition!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Brain slug hat! on: December 11, 2008 02:23:37 PM
This is the first time I've ever wanted a brain slug of my very own!

Great execution!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crown them with homemade crowns: TUTORIAL LINK on: December 01, 2008 06:55:06 PM

In June, I started making play crowns for the passel of toddler friends turning 3 this year: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249944.msg2775759#msg2775759



It only took me 5 months to put a tutorial together (I kept getting hogtied by the process of converting a paper crown template to an electronic file).

Here's my reversible birthday crown tutorial in all its amateurish splendor:
http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2008/11/crowning-glory-diy-play-crown-tutorial.html
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pumpkin Print skirt with tulle and lacing! on: October 20, 2008 10:59:17 AM
Kids make you tired, but don't confuse that with actually being old.

28 is young (!), and you look great in that skirt.

I wouldn't wear it to a formal dinner, but Halloween is the exact opposite of such an occasion.  Add an opaque panel if you're going to feel uncomfortable.  Wear it and relish your youth!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Name Banner/Bunting; Great Kid Gift and Room Decoration on: October 18, 2008 09:33:50 PM
I started making these pennant name banners as gifts for babies turning one.  They've been used for birthday party decorations as well as room decorations.

It turns out that lots of kids like having name buntings of their very own.  Kids who are beginning to read like them, and so do older kids who are proficient readers.  I guess we all like seeing our names.

My most recent banner has appliqued letters and two layers of flags:


while the first ones had freezer paper stenciled letters:


If you're interested in how I made them, my blog has a tutorial for both versions:
http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2008/10/banner-by-any-other-name-sew-custom.html
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Copernicus- Lino block print on: September 04, 2008 01:32:02 PM
How breath-taking.

Your work is beautiful!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kids Play TeePee? on: July 10, 2008 02:59:07 PM
If you look about 6 inches above the cloth on the exposed PVC pipes, you'll see the beads.  They're threaded on a ribbon and are necessary for the teepee to remain standing.  I initially tried to skip that step and then tried it with ribbon but without beads and neither solution was good.

Eventually I went with the written instructions and they were marvelous.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kids Play TeePee? on: July 10, 2008 07:57:38 AM
this is mine from the butterick 4251 pattern (it was pretty involved)

beautiful work!
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