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« Reply #990 on: February 26, 2014 09:09:02 AM »



miniature bottles? oh the cuteness--how the heck?

Lite Brite pegs.  Believe me, I'm not smart / gifted enough to make something like that from scratch! LOL!

Brilliant!
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« Reply #991 on: February 26, 2014 01:30:11 PM »

made some family cloth today (cloth toilet paper)



the green and yellow on the bottom is reversible.
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« Reply #992 on: February 26, 2014 05:50:04 PM »

My dad gave me my first sewing lesson today!  We were using an older machine that hadn't been used in a while, so I learned how to take off all of the covers, where to oil, where to grease, and how to put it back together again.  Then how to wind a bobbin and put it in and how to thread the machine, and get it all set up.

He had a couple of old towels that he wanted to make smaller to use to clean the car, so we cut them in half and I tried different ways to hem them.  Keep in mind, we used only dressmaker shears (no rotary cutters, no rulers, no pins...) because we were just making rags, really.

Oh, and part way through, I learned how to clear up a tangle with the bobbin (though, I'm still not clear on what caused them...).  Basically, once I got going, dad left to go fix the neighbour's furnace and I made, basically, four of these:


IMG4497.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

(Terribly exciting, I know!)

Here's a close up of my hems, the first one is on the right, the second is to the left of that, with the last one on the far left:


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So, I started with doing a zigzag stitch near the end (far right hem).  Then I tried folding it over and straight stitching (second from the right).  Then I tried folding over and using the zigzag (second from the left).  Then it occurred to me that I should stop yanking the fabric through so I tried the zigzag again (with slightly wider zigs, I think), and tried not to pull it and just let the machine to the work (left-most).

Not bad, if I do say so myself!

ETA: When dad got home from the neighbours, he then showed me how much better his sewing machine was than mine. What a braggart! Tongue
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« Reply #993 on: February 27, 2014 08:35:33 AM »

Ok question for you guys...does bleach lose its bleaching....power after a period of time? I bought a small bottle of bleach a while ago for bleach stenciling and whatnot. I used a bit soon after I bought it and it worked like a charm. So forward to at least half a year later, I just tried to bleach some shirts with it and nothing is happening!! It was a 50/50 mixture with water but no change of color at all??? I'm stymied. I didn't think bleach ever stopped bleaching ever...

And I know some man-made fabric can resist bleaching, but I tried it on 3 different shirts, with a good percentage of cotton in all of them...
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« Reply #994 on: February 27, 2014 08:58:02 AM »

Bleach does lose its effectiveness...it might be ok to kill germs in your toilet and wash, but for taking out dye, it loses strength about 3-6 months.

I use a black marker to date my "craft" bleach...also, the bleach gel lasts a bit longer, but it also stops working on anything after a while...
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« Reply #995 on: February 27, 2014 09:00:42 AM »

good thing bleach is cheap... Tongue
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« Reply #996 on: February 27, 2014 09:49:45 AM »

Very interesting.
That's why I couldn't get beautiful bleaching when I tried a few years back. I thought the bleach wasn't powerful enough. Ah ah, now, I will try again. Thanks for the tip.
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« Reply #997 on: February 27, 2014 10:33:08 AM »

thanks to google.... Grin
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« Reply #998 on: February 27, 2014 10:57:49 AM »

Here is a quickie I made up for a plain boring phone dock I have at work.  I prettied it up with some washi tape!
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« Reply #999 on: February 27, 2014 11:06:41 AM »

washi tape is awesome! I love those two together.
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