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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Free Motion Foot? on: August 02, 2012 12:42:55 PM
Hey there!

So after not properly doing my homework, I realized that my new Brother SE-400 machine didn't actually come with a free-motion foot. I was wondering if I have to actually purchase this foot, or if I could use one of the other included feet to do this, provided I drop the feed dogs first. I have the following feet for the machine: buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, zipper foot, button fitting foot, monogramming foot, blind stitch foot, embroidery foot.

Anybody with thoughts/experience on the subject? Thanks in advance.

PS: I absolutely LOVE this machine, by the way, for anyone considering getting it. I updated from the basic 25-stitch Brother machine ($75 from Walmart), and this has been the best investment ever. The embroidery functions are idiot-proof, it stitches well, and has all sorts of neat features that I had never used before. Love it!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rockin' Camo Shorts on: June 30, 2012 03:35:56 PM
My mom and I have both been working on a blog documenting our journey through a book we have, "A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!". The book suggests doing a project a day using the 365 prompts (eg: Create a unique mask using any materials you like, or Create something in the steam on a bathroom mirror), but we've decided to tackle just two projects a week so that we can put some more effort into each one. Today's prompt required my to make something camoflauged, so rather than making something actually blend into the background, I decided to use camo material (we've chosen to follow the prompts rather loosely).

I used an old pair of ratty shorts to draft a pattern, and came up with these. The original shorts didn't have any pockets, but I managed to make up some hipfront pockets (also known as inset pockets.) There are some pretty easy tutorials if you just google how to make these.

I absolutely love my shorts, and can't wait to wear them tomorrow. Pretty glad to have these too--- it's 105 degrees out, and my wardrobe consists mostly of pants.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Christmas Sugar Scrubs and Gift Baskets on: December 14, 2010 08:35:08 AM
My fiance and I have been working hard this month to put together a bunch of holiday sugar scrubs and gift baskets. We've used all natural and organic ingredients, so we had to get creative with some of the smells.

We started by making just some simple scrubs in resealable glass spice jars. My favorite is the Gingerbread Spice, but there's also Sugar Cookie and Candy Cane. We used real crushed peppermints and peppermint oils, so it has this really interesting texture. Of course, the Sugar Cookie is yummy too. It's so hard not to eat the stuff, it smells so good. The jars are awesome too. I want to get a bunch more of them to store our spices in.

We also put together some bigger tins to give away to friends and family. These ones are 4 oz. tins. We've stacked them and tied them up with ribbon to make some cute stocking stuffers. We're mailing some to family up north.

I totally can't take credit for this one. This was all my fiance's idea. I was skeptical at first, but it works really well! If you just give the ornament a gentle shake, it's super easy to pour out. I'm planning on giving some of these to co-workers--- too cute!

We made tons and tons and tons of the scrubs, so we also put together some gift baskets. Whatever is left over before Christmas we're going to give to more family (you really wouldn't believe how much family we have. It's crazy. We're spending Christmas with his family in SC, New Years with mine in FL, and shipping bunches of stuff all over the country).

We got lots of goodies to put in the baskets, like fuzzy spa socks, candles, scrubbies, washcloths, loofas, and of course, candy canes. Yum!

We also made some soaps, but I don't have photos of them yet. This past week, we've made ten pounds of sugar scrubs, and 12 pounds of soaps (in some pretty yummy scents. I'll have to post some of them later).

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Fully-Automatic Buttonhole? on: May 08, 2010 05:37:04 AM
So in advertisements for sewing machines, I keep seeing "automatic buttonhole" and "fully automatic buttonhole" options. What does this mean?

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Micro Revolt Knit Pro Question on: May 02, 2010 03:04:02 PM
So I've been toying with the knitpro chart generator and think it's wonderful. It's really awesome for simple, few-color photos, but I have one question--- for complex photos, is there anyway to get a color palette? When two squares are similar shades, how do I know if its shade-of-green-A, shade-of-green-B, or shade-of-green-C?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting lace from a chart on: May 01, 2010 02:52:22 PM
Hey guys and girls!

So I've been knitting for a while, tackled a couple of sweaters and socks and such, have done a couple of basic cables, and have since decided to try my hand at some lace. I've settled on Sommerwind (found on Ravelry as a free pattern) after a Craftster posted a beautiful one on here recently. I understand what all of the symbols on the chart mean, but I don't quite get how everything gets put together to equal a shawl. There are two parts to the shawl--- the center, and a border. The two are shown as separate charts, and I don't know how it becomes one shawl--- do they get knit and then grafted together? Or do you work them both at the same time? I suppose this is my biggest question.

It also says, "The chart shows only the right side rows, wrong side rows will be purled." Does this mean that the chart has left out these rows, and for each row of the chart I knit, I add a row of purls on the wrong side? Or are the two alternating rows of the chart knitted and purled respectively?

I'm feeling sort of puzzled.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First sweater on: April 22, 2010 05:45:50 AM
So last Christmas (2008) I started making a sweater for myself, but with the rush of school, left it abandoned. Then, during summer 2009, I finally picked up the damn thing and finished it. Sadly, we were at the beach and it was about 90 degrees outside, so the poor thing never got worn until it was finally chillier. I used a Joann brand discontinued wool/silk blend, but ran out almost at the bottom of the sleeves. I unravelled the waist, and finished the waist and cuffs with Patons Merino wool in a somewhat contrasting color. The the thing is a little too big for me, but the fiance loves it! Totally forgot to upload pics until now.

It's just your basic top-down raglan, with either a seed stitch or moss stitch panel (I get confused... it's the one where you do p1k1 for two rowks, the k1p1. I think it's called moss stitch, unless you're from England, and then it's vice versa).

Anyways, I absolutely love it.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hand-spun color-stranded hat on: February 23, 2010 10:06:03 AM
I'm so particularly proud of this hat. It's the first time I've ever knit with my own handspun (which I made on my spinning wheel that was passed down from my Grandma). It's also my first time that I've ever down any sort of color work. The gray is the handspun, and the brown is commercial Paton's merino wool left over from a worsted weight pair of socks I made ages ago. Colorwork is the perfect way to use up leftover bits of yarn that couldn't make up an entire project by themselves. I love this hat, and I've worn it non-stop for the past week or so since I finished it.

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Core-spun? on: February 16, 2010 01:47:30 PM
Can someone explain what core spun yarn is? I've been spinning for a while, but haven't run across anything but finished products, nothing explaining the process. A quick search with Google doesn't help either. What is it, and how do you make it?
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning help: cotton and angora on: November 10, 2009 03:31:43 PM
So I have a few ounces of cotton and angora that I'd like to try to spin. I have no idea how to get these fibers ready to spin though. The cotton was hand-picked, so it still have seeds in it, and the angora is from my own rabbit, so it's not ready to be spun either. I don't have a carder or anything.

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