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11  Re: Historic Knitting Patterns in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: November 23, 2008 09:49:33 AM
Victoria and Albert Museum collections have a whole slew of patterns from the 1940s.  http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/features/knitting/1940s/index.html

I made this tea cozy:

from this: http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/13089-popup.html
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12  Christmas Present for Claudette in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: November 17, 2008 07:48:05 AM
This is the totebag (inspired by Pink October totebag pattern at mamaspocketbook.com) I made for a family friend.
The materials are completely recycled.
The exterior is an old skirt; the interior an old sheet....I reclaimed the fabrics while cleaning out a closet. 
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13  Re: Thread Catcher in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: October 29, 2008 01:08:43 PM
I made two of them a few months ago and have no idea how I ever lived without them.  One stays on my sewing table and the other sits on my ironing board.  I find that having the pin cushion removable makes emptying it easier. Also, instead of using the strapping tape the pattern recommends, I used a regular old drinking straw and it worked just as well. It's a great way to use up those scraps that are too big to throw out but too small to use anymore. 
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14  Happy Thoughts Tea Cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ambimom on: October 07, 2008 08:28:48 AM

Psst...don't breathe a word but this is what I've made my Dutch, tea-drinking brother-in-law for his birthday. 

The pattern came from the Victoria and Albert Museum:  http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/13089-popup.html

The instructions are easy to follow until you get to the flower construction.  It took quite a while to discover that the loops are woven through the crochet flower base, but really you could form the loops by sewing them just as easily.
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15  Re: Please weigh in on your favorite vintage sewing machines... in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: September 21, 2008 09:42:24 AM
My Elna Carina SU 66 is my all-time favorite.  I bought it new in 1983, and recently had it factory serviced to its original specifications.  The stitches it forms are perfect. It is the last great mechanical machine actually manufactured in Switzerland by Elna.  Though I have a jam-proof Viking 400 computerized machine that I also enjoy, the Elna is the machine that makes sewing most pleasurable.

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16  Re: Corduroy Winter Purse and its Inspiration in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ambimom on: September 05, 2008 12:35:22 PM
You're right of course.  I realized it as soon as I uploaded...Does this help?

It took a lot of work; there are 16 grommets, not to mention the zippers LOL
I worked on it for so long, by the time I finished, even though it is a pretty close approximation of the original (Dooney & Bourke Chiara), I now think I hate it.  Shocked

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17  Corduroy Winter Purse and its Inspiration in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ambimom on: September 04, 2008 09:04:55 AM
The photograph does not really pick up the grommets, but here is my new purse and the design that inspired it.  I added a zippered closure instead of a magnetic snap in the original version.  I also embellished the top border with a greek key decorative stitch in gold metallic thread, not really visible in the photo.  There are 16 brass grommets that also are not visible.  My straps are much longer than the original too because I wanted a crossbody purse.
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18  Re: What is your fave tool/accessory that you can't live without? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: September 02, 2008 12:40:50 PM
I have two favorite things.


My thread catchers:  one for the ironing board and one for the sewing machine. 
I have no idea how I ever sewed without them. 

Second... a combo

A magnifying glass, tweezer and good light. Who knew? Cheesy  The older I get, the more I need this combo.  I can't change the needle or thread my serger without good light, a tweezer and a magnifying glass. 
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19  Remote Control Caddy Ensemble in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: August 20, 2008 06:11:55 AM
I just got sick and tired of losing the remote controls. 

I added a weight filled with play sand as a variation to this pattern http://sewing.about.com/od/homedecprojects/ss/armchairorganiz.htm
  See here.

Here's the full ensemble:
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20  Re: Help with selecting oil for my sewing machine in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: August 13, 2008 04:21:09 PM
I have an Elna Carina SU 66.

A good resource for all things Elna is found on groups.yahoo.com.
Yahoo group elnaheirloomsewingmachines will answer many of your questions.  Most of the people in this group are experienced Elna mechanics or collectors.

I doubt that the problem with your machine is that it needed oil. While it might need oil, if it stopped, or won't form stitches anymore, it is more likely that it needs a gear replaced or some other mechanical adjustment. 
 I purchased my Carina in 1983 and recently had it factory serviced by Elna.  Contact elnatechsupport@elna-usa.com for a dealer close to you to get yours repaired.  It will cost under a $100 plus parts.  Considering what new machines cost these days, it is well worth the investment.  If you don't know what you are doing, you can cause further damage. These are quality machines.  Newer models can't come close to the stitch quality.

BTW, any of those sewing machine oils will be perfectly okay in your Air Electronic.....If your machine did not come with it's original manual, there are plenty of places online where you can get one for a few dollars.  It will show you how to oil the machine.  It only needs a tiny drop in one particular location on the bobbin case.  This machine does not need every nook and cranny drenched in oil.  One drop...in one little location...that's all.
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