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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / White Speedylock 1600 troubleshooting - help please on: February 26, 2010 12:28:24 AM
I have had my machine for about 6 years now. I am an expert at threading and checking tension and making sure the thread is in the tension disks. I have replaced my needles and checked their positioning. All the sudden the left needle is not catching the looper.

I have searched the net and found only one suggestion that it may need a timing adjustment. Dose that sound right? Is this a problem that can only be fixed by a pro or am I missing something after going over it for an hour?

Thank you all before hand. *hug*
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Demetri Martin Steals a Joke on: January 20, 2010 09:13:39 AM
I just watched Demetri Martin's new special "Person" on Comedy Central. One of his jokes was about glitter being Craft Herpes. I usualy really like him and think he is so original but now I question everything I thought I knew. Tea Cozies With Irony needs some credit here!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 16 Framed Inchies "Choji No Sudoku" on: July 30, 2009 10:38:36 PM
I posted my other framed inchies in the ATC section by accedent. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313703.0

Oops. Guess I should notice the other posts around me huh?

Anyway, in that post I promised to post this set as soon as I unpacked them. The translation, from Japanese, of the title "Choji No Sudoku" is "Sudoku of Butterflies" (I hope I got that right). As you can see it is because all the pieces include bits of sudoku puzzel answers and punched butterflies.

This frame is one of my favs. I have a thing for silver frames. The math for this mat was way easier than the 100 inchie mat. Still, I miss being able to just go to work and do this everyday of my life. *miss you Hohenfels Arts And Crafts Ceter*

Hope you love this as much as I do.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Framed Inchies on: July 19, 2009 10:37:03 AM
Here is the final product with the last 50 inchies from Inchie Swap Round 3. ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314362.msg3617427#msg3617427 )

Originaly, I had left all the inchies randomly in the frame but it looked muddy. It is now sorted by darkness and color. I really like the burst effect it has.

Here it is on the wall of my studio. My cat, Vash, is pretending to be an art critic.

Thanks to everyone who swapped with me to make this wonderful art possible!

I got all these inchies framed from a swap last year. ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218062.0 ) I left room for another 50 I may have received in round 2 but missed the sign up. More waiting then.

I was the custom framer on an Army post in Hohenfels, Germany so the matting and frame are custom built for the job. I must have had a slow week to want to do all the math for that mat cut.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tattoo Quilt Embroidery Patches on: July 19, 2009 10:16:19 AM
Recently the Army decided they would rather have my husband in the US than in Germany. I don't mind, the craft stores there are seriously lacking. But it meant I wouldn't see my craft supplies for over two months while our household goods were packed up and sent across the world. So I had to decide just what to bring with to keep me busy. This craft had to be light and compact, keep me busy for looooong periods of time and be allowed on aircraft. I narrowed it down to embroidery. It is small enough that I could put it in my pocket if I had too but varied enough that I wouldn't get bored with it easily. But what will I do with all these little works of art? The inspiration was just next door. My neighbor in Germany made a quilt of little skulls for her son and I totally ripped off the idea (with her approval, of course). I was also inspired by the tattoos that my husband and I had recently got. Add it all together and you get an Embroidered Tattoo Quilt.

Here are the first panels from a project that will probably take me 15 years to finish.

Larger pictures are available on my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ . You can also read descriptions of each design on my blog. http://vinnie451craft.blogspot.com/

Please let me know what you think.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Guilty Pleasures Swap... on: March 13, 2008 05:36:19 PM
My friends are constantly making fun of my strange obsesion with Hello Kitty. Not so abnormal except that I am sorta punk/gothy and not so into cuteness. I tell everyone that Kitty Chan is just my Guilty Pleasure.

The idea behind the swap would be to make your pleasure less guilty or more exceptable. Maybe you are a scholar but love trashy novels... reuseable book cover, no one will ever be able to tell what you are reading. Or you could secretly be that person who can't throw anything away... organizers for all your junk or inspirational idea/pattern book to use it all up.

What do you guys think? *goes to find some gothy Hello Kittys*
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Lots of Envelopes on: March 13, 2008 05:33:00 AM
I work in a tiny craft store and the BIG BOSS says we have to reduce our inventory. Unfortunatley the stuff we need to get rid of is strange, old or crappy. Specificaly, I have a huge box of 3x5 and 4x6 envelopes is odd colors. I would love to teach a class and use the up rather than just throwing them in the recycle bin. Any ideas?

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / New Ink in the New Year on: February 03, 2008 02:06:09 PM
I have been wanting to get a tattoo for years now. I have a few ideas, but need more. I have a couple dollars but need ALOT more.

To inspire me further I decopaged a big pickle jar to collect all my loose change. Here is the front and back veiw...

I also covered a blank book to keep track of my sketches, ideas and flash (artist's designs).

At the end there were a few cutouts left over. I made them in to magnets to hang wherever I need a reminder or inspiration.

I already have about $20 in change. Its a good start I think. I also fulfilled another resolution by entering the challenge!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Angry Hampster Ami and a little flower on: January 07, 2008 03:38:18 PM
Made from pattern in Mr. Funky's Crochet Wonderful ( bet you knew that Wink ). I like the colors too much to be original but his face is embroidered. He is angry because someone stole his favorite Yo-Yo. If you find out who please let him know.

And a little double flower. Larger flower was done with a larger hook. I got the pattern from woolcrafting.com. I used it as a sampler in a class I taught because it uses a bunch of stitches.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Retro Appetizer for Cocktail Party on: November 21, 2007 03:43:03 PM
When I make this I imagine my Grandmother in a Jackie Kennedy dress getting ready for "Bridge Club" with a Bloody Mary in one hand and a knife in the other.

The recipe is super simple with a few tricks.

1 jar of dill pickle spears
1 small container Philly Cream Cheese
1 pack of your favorite lunch meat (I like turkey but ham is good too)

THOUROUGHLY dry the pickles and meat on some paper towels. Spread a little cream cheese on each slice of meats. Roll it all up with a pickle in the middle.

With a good sharp knife cut the rolls into 1/2 slices and stick some funky tooth pics in each.

Now for the tricks.
*Drying is very important. If stuff is too wet you will have soup instead of finger foods.
*Warm up the cream cheese in the microwave for 15 seconds to make it spread better.
*Put the flat end of the pickle at the flat end of the meats. You will have less waste and even ends to display better.
*Make sure you mess up a few times so you can eat broken bits of goodness.


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