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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kenmore Zig-Zag 1756 for $30 - Should I buy it? on: August 09, 2008 09:03:29 AM
Absolutely buy it.  I've had two Kenmores and they are reliable work horse machines.  I bought one at a garage sale (later sold for the $25 I paid for it) and one I received as a Christmas gift in 1980.  I still have that one, it is a flatbed but will sew through almost anything.  Here is a link to a site with instruction manuals, scroll down and there is your machine.  It's a flatbed as well, but very basic and definitely a good first machine.  Make sure to go throught the manual and give it a thorough clean and oiling. http://www.sewingmanuals.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/Kenmore.htm  Have fun creating!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Check out this book. on: August 08, 2008 12:18:34 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Digest-Complete-Guide-Needlework/dp/0888500858  Here is another one to look out for.  I've owned it for 20+ years but I know I've seen is at thrift stores and garage sales.  I also had one in the same style for home repair that was excellent.  Unfortunately I lent it out and it has never been returned.  Embarrassed
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered photo, in progress! on: August 06, 2008 09:18:02 PM
That is lovely!  (Great another thing I want to try LOL!)
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Open Bust Jumper on: August 06, 2008 08:59:50 PM
I think it's cute, but if you still have the sleeves could you make it into a more traditional type halter top.  Kind of like this but not really, a picture is better than me trying to explain http://www.hotfash.com/tops/halter_tops/sexy_black_shirt_ruched_bodice_side_halter_top_-kenni.html
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4.8.08 i-wanted-a-circle-skirt-too skirt and lessons learned of the day on: August 06, 2008 12:18:54 PM
I think it's lovely from your picture.  Maybe a pair of yellow shorts can solve your decency concerns.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you get rid of saggy crotch? on: August 04, 2008 10:51:03 AM
Just be careful when you pick out the seam and make sure to taper the new seam over a long enough area - I'd go at least half way down the thigh.  Then hand baste your proposed new seam and try them on to check.  Worst case scenario it doesn't work right and you reseam on the original line and wear a long sweater!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: August 03, 2008 12:46:22 PM
Genius!  Thanks so much!  I've been putting off ordering the Bubble Jet set and here I have all the ingredients for this (except the fabric) on hand.  I will definitely be trying this out. 
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: what do to with a bunch of 1/2 size mason jars??? on: August 03, 2008 11:56:10 AM
I've always thought about trying baking cakes in jars.  Apparently you can then seal them and keep in the pantry.  Would make a fun/unique gift.  These would be more like individual serving size.  Here is a link with a bunch of ideas as well as the instructions on how to bake and seal cakes.  I also like the salt scrub idea, you could also do a sugar scrub.  http://members.tripod.com/~MaryMae/jarlinks.htm
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: i'm kinda really disappointed on: August 02, 2008 08:14:27 PM
Here's a how-to for you - hope it works!  http://www.craftzine-digital.com/craft/vol06/?pg=120&search=circle+skirt+from+round+tablecloth&u1=texterity&cookies=1
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you get rid of saggy crotch? on: August 02, 2008 07:51:39 PM
Here is a link - scroll down abit.  The way she explains it is to open up the crotch seam and pull in whatever extra of the crotch side of the seam only to adjust.  This would leave the original seam allowance on the back side and then you would have to trim the extra from the front side.  Does that make any sense?  I can visualize it but apparently can't explain it very well.  HTH. http://swn-archive.sew-whats-up.com/archive/t-18518.html
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