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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / HELP PLEASE - which overlock: Elna 683 or W6 (or AEG 760) on: October 26, 2011 04:59:28 AM
Hello, gals!
Long time, no type;). I've been neglecting craftster lately, I have a lot to post but first I have a question.
I have/had a very nice overlocker Bernina 2500DCET but it had problems most of the time and now it seems that they will never fix the problem... Cry So I started to look for a new one. My budget is a bit tight right now (we're expecting and we'll have to move to a bigger place once in the future...) I might also add I live in EU where machines are more expensive and the old machines are really really expensive!!! You wouldn't believe! There is no old machine under 200 sold here!

So I was looking at German amazon and found this baby: AEG 760 - it now costs 200 and has 2 year of warranty (I'd have to send it to Germany of course if anything was wrong):

But than I also saw this one - it has much better and more reviews and 10 year warranty and some features that I like (you can turn off the blade and it has adjustable pressure of the foot)... I do not live in Germany so warranty is a bit of a problem - the shipping to Germany is quite expensive (about 25). But I really like the fact that it's supposed to be quiet and sturdy - two things very important to me (I sew at night, we live in a block, I sew a lot of heavy weight stuff as well) It cost the same - 200. So this is this candy:

And than a local repairman offered me a supposed to be new Elna 683 - it was exhibition exponat so it got a bit yellow but it was almost not used and he offers me 2 years of warranty on that one. It would cost 280 (yes, I told you - old machines are very expensive here).

They all do more or less the same thing 3 and 4 thread stitch, 3 thread flatlocking, rolled edge - on amazon I'd probably choose W6 as it is supposed to be robust and well made and that is my primary concern. none of them has 2 thread stitch which I like but I can live without it;). I am also looking for an overlocker without coverlock now - I learned the hard way that the combined machine do not work well. I will buy (or get;) a coverlock later on once (now that we're expecting a boy it will be more needed;) I could just do rolled edge for the girls;)...

I sew many different things - from kids clothing to practical things for home so I need a robust, versatile machine. I mainly use 4 thread stitch and rolled hem (it's easier to convert it on W6 than on AEG but I think Elna is also easy). I have two girls, you know how it is Wink.

So: Elna is here, I can test drive it before I buy it, I can get it now and the warranty would be here in the same town, close to my man's work, which is also good. But it is quite a bit more expensive and does roughly the same.
W6 has really good reviews, a very nice manual (you can download it at their site), the blade can be turned off (probably with Elna as well) and it has 10 year warranty - that means something... But i can't try it, I have never seen it I do not know the W6 firm... But it is 80 cheaper! (I can order it to our relatives in Austria (already asked them) and than the shipping is free - and my MIL would bring it when she visits them (that's like every week so I would not wait long) - it's also just a 2 hour drive (yes, I live in the tiniest country;) and we have to visit them sometimes anyway;).

What do you think? Does any of you have any of those two machines? PLEASE PLEASE any tip or experience would be greatly appreciated! I really need a reliable overlocker!  You know: once you have it you can't live without it! So please please please - help!
2  EUROPE / GERMANY / craft stores Berlin on: March 22, 2011 11:44:53 PM
Hi, I'm in Berlin (conference) so I thought I'd check some artsy and crafty stores. There must be a lot of them since it's a big city but I haven't seen any on my way around. I am stationed at Berlin Tegel so I'd prefer some advice to what is near Humbolt University since I go there every day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated since we don't have many art&crafts stores from where I come from. Please please, German girls and ladies, help! I'm only here for tomorrow, we leave Friday very early so this is "crafty emergency" Grin.
Thank you soooo much!!!!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / sit sack on: January 01, 2011 07:05:45 AM
I made this sit sack for my nephew's bd. Here it's modeled by my younger dd (my favourite "male" took pics with the kids while I was busy making the cake so it's not position as it should be (it has the back part as well but they kind of squished it Wink)

 It's made from a dark blue very sturdy canvas, filled with EVERYTHING I had on hand (I ran out of Styrofoam filling, used the cut foam, fabric scraps, drier's lint,...)

The green bushes are made from fleece and have Velcro sewn on it (the dark blue lines) so that the kids will be able to attack different animals I'll make from felt to it and reposition them as they will please. I'll put pics if we visit them and photo it in action:

I hope you like it! All comments very wellcome!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / New house card on: November 28, 2010 12:16:48 PM
My BIL and his family have built a new house (and as always it wasn't without frustration) so I wanted to congratulate them properly and made them this card:

It's simple but I hope it has delivered the message.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted teddy on: November 28, 2010 11:49:23 AM
I admit: I never was a yarn person - my mom didn't' knit and my grandma taught me how to do it when I was 4yo. Unfortunately soon after that she got cancer, went to hospital and after that she died. So that one visit there at her place was my only knitting experience.

(teddy's riding a sock crocodile)

I haven't knitted until 3 years ago when I finally made my "alpha male" a scarf in bumblebee pattern (striped - black and yellow that is Grin) as he is into bumblebees. I knitted that scarf for 1 year as I never got to it.

Than we got our first baby and I knitted her a diaper cover from OM pattern and than when the little one was born I made another diapercover for her. And that was it. But than one lazy afternoon when we were at my dad's (I don't have any crafting supplies there) I found a ball of yarn that I forgot about and next time I took a book with instructions for this teddy:

Since than my older kid was bugging be every single day for more than 2 weeks to make her another "wool toy" - she adores this teddy! So this weekend we were at grandpa's again and I knitted there again - this time 3 sheep - I'll put them up once I photo them.

It's my first knitted project with increasing and decreasing, first knitted toy or shaped knitted thing! What do you think about it? I know the stuffing shows through but I had to work with what I had (this is acrylic yarn and it was very smooth and thin)... Comments and critiques very welcome!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my first crocheted anything - fingerless gloves on: November 28, 2010 10:57:50 AM
This is my very very first crocheted project ever! I have never crocheted anything before! I learned some stitches while I was sick as a child (7yo) but I had only one tiny ball of yarn so I couldn't make anything - I just tried different stitches and than ripped them apart. I haven't crocheted a stitch from than on. Nobody has ever showed me how to crochet so pleas excuse the mistakes that you might notice or irregularity or anything that might bother you with my "flaw-full" first project. Nevertheless I'm quite proud that I made them without any frustration and while kids were up! Grin I needed about 4 hours for this pair so it's very quick even for "wet behind the ears" newbies.

So - this photo seems familiar to you? Well it's supposed to be familiar:) I made fingerless gloves from the pattern that sweet sinjah  so generously shared with us here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364362.0

Here is a different view so I won't be a total copycat Wink:

They were a present for my SIL and she seemed to like them. I hope you do, too. Please let me know what you think as this is my first crocheting and I'm not all that confident about them... Thanks!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / giraffe and camel on: October 08, 2010 12:53:13 PM
I made this two animals from air drying clay and finished them with patina:

How do you like them? they are not very realistic but that wasn't my goal this time... I just went along my inspiration. They have wire armature and some tin foil inside to reduce the weight and to save some clay.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden tags on: October 08, 2010 12:45:08 PM
My beloved alpha male is all into gardening so I made him this tags for his seedlings:
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / polymer clay pendant on: October 08, 2010 12:18:12 PM
This summer we went for our summer holidays for 1 month on a car-free island where I spend my summers since I was a baby. This year I had so much to pack that I forgot to take any Fimo with me and my beloved alpha male saw that and went to buy some polymer clay where we were boarding on ship. I was so happy as he is so thoughtful! So than I made some buttons and some jewelry with it. Among other things this pendant for a friend craftster's daughter and it happened to be her sign in horoscope. I hope she likes it although it wasn't a complicated project:

Nothing so impressive as other stuff here but I thought I'd share anyway.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bunny costume on: October 08, 2010 09:11:50 AM
Last Mardi Gras (yes, nearly a year ago - in February Grin - uh, I'm late with posting!) my older dd wanted to be a bunny - so I crafted a very simple bunny since I had no time - I dressed her in white, made ears and tail out of fur fabric and attached the ears to the headband:

How do you like her?
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