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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Merritt 2404 More sewing room? Less thread? on: January 01, 2014 01:39:56 PM
I'm using a Singer Merritt 2404 right now. It has a pretty strong stitch and I'm pretty happy with it. I don't think I need to get an industrial sewing machine, it works well enough.

Three things I'm wondering are:

1. When you start sewing, it requires you to leave a long tail of loose thread or it pulls it through the needle. This is wasting a lot of thread. Is there anything I can do about this?

2. It allows allows for you to fit a pretty standard size thickness of fabric under the foot. But I'm wondering if the machine can be altered to allow for even greater thickness? I don't know what the metal rods are called that connect to the foot, but does anyone know if there's a way to shorten them or buy shorter ones?

3. It takes some kind of special bobbin reels. They're shorter and shaped differently than the regular ones I usually see. Does anyone know what these special ones are called so I can buy more?
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Anything faster than pinning? on: December 31, 2013 08:22:21 AM
Well, I suck and take forever at anything sewing related as it is, but putting in all those pins just to take them back out again takes up most of the time. Is there any alternative? Do they make temporary adhesive or something that I can be using instead of all those pins?
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Like a rock on: December 14, 2013 07:47:35 PM
Some people paint rocks to look like things... But I want to paint things to look like rocks. How do I achieve this? What technique can I use?

I tried doing dabs of different shades of black and brown and it's okay, but it just look kind of rock like.

It helps that I'm using clay and concrete and other materials so it's at least in the shape of rocks with dips and valleys.
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Two questions, what fabric and what's this called? on: November 16, 2013 01:44:48 PM
Hey guys. I need to make treat pouches for animal training. So I need a fabric that's waterproof, or at least water resistant. What kind of fabrics would that be? (Scotchguarding would be unsuitable, I'd think as the pouches would need to be washed and I don't know if it's toxic.)

Also, does anyone know what these kind of hinges are called? http://www.blackdog.net.au/index.php?route=product/product&path=74&product_id=133

A lot of treat pouches use them so that they can be propped open or closed semi-securely to keep out nosey animals. I'd like to use them in mine too. But I can't find a supplier until I know what they're called.

Thanks!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Luna's chew toys on: September 13, 2013 03:27:08 AM
This is so precious! And I bet it's so great for teeth cleaning too.
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Semi-slide buckles or other adjustable notion for this purpose? on: September 09, 2013 04:12:11 PM
I'm trying to make something like this http://www.strapworks.com/Side_Release_Straps_Belts_s/51.htm

As you can see, the straps feeds through the buckle and extends on. If pulled on, the strap will continue to feed through.

With what I'm making, I need it to be able to feed through like that, but when in use, I need it to stop sliding even with pulling force is applied.

What can I use to "lock" the strap in place temporarily and easily "unlock" when adjusting the strap? Are there any lock in place buckles? Anti-slip devices? I have no idea. I was hoping one of you guys might know of something.

I know it makes it difficult, but I can't say exactly what I'm making as I hope to perhaps get a patent.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: July 01, 2013 09:29:09 PM
I don't have a laser printer or a transparency setting. Sad Apparently, the ink jet will bead on the surface unless I spray it with something that doesn't even last too long anyway.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need recommendation for a machine please on: July 01, 2013 12:57:30 PM
Just wanted to thank you for your advice! This price is actually do-able for me!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: July 01, 2013 12:30:22 PM
I'm thinking about getting a drawing tablet. So which brand do you guys recommend for using with printers? Luckysquirrel still?

I wish the shrink plastic for use in printers wasn't so much mor expensive... Sad
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need recommendation for a machine please on: April 12, 2013 12:33:11 PM
I have a couple of sewing machines already but they're really unsuitable for craft purposes. Yes, I've looked at the pinned topic. I need a work horse of a sewing machine.

I need something that can handle heavy material and also can accomodate a good amount of space between the needle and the machine so I can actually fit thick cloth in there. I'm not advanced at sewing, so I don't need a lot of fancy stuff, but I need good, strong stitching capabilities. Not a huge variety of stitches though.

An example of what I want to make would by nylon webbing dog harnesses, leashes and collars. So nylon folded on it's self and sewn with carpet thread for durability. Maybe some leather, I dunno.

The other limiting factor is that I'm really broke and can't afford anything very pricey. I know in most cases, you get what you pay for but maybe there's something out there that breaks this general rule?

Any suggestions?
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