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1  My First Pair of Gloves! in Knitting: Completed Projects by stylinmommy on: November 25, 2009 10:39:33 AM
After almost a year of knitting, I have finally gained the confidence to knit something other than a basic scarf or hat.  They knitted up fairly quickly and are perfect for the cool California mornings!

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2  Back to School Outfits in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by stylinmommy on: September 20, 2009 09:14:37 AM
I decided to sew something for the first day of school for my girls. 

My older daughter loves to wear things that I have sewn.  She loves paisley and pink!  It's a mock wrap top with a zipper at the back.  The jeans were embellished with two rows of ruffles.

The other is a peasant top embellished with yoyos at the yoke seam.

Thanks for looking!  C&C welcome.

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3  Re: My first refinishing project! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stylinmommy on: January 08, 2009 10:14:19 AM
Thanks so much for your suggestions on the hardware Smrfchic!  I used one that you suggested.

Here is the final product:

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4  My first refinishing project! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stylinmommy on: December 30, 2008 04:00:04 PM
I've painted a few pieces of furniture but was never brave enough to refinish stained furniture...until now.  I found a pair of end tables at a thrift store for $35.  I loved the lines of the tables but the problem was that they were a bit scratched up and much lighter than my coffee table.  So I decided to see if I could make them darker.  If it didn't work, I would only be out $35.  I lightly sanded the tables and brushed on three coats of stain with the polyurethane already mixed into it and viola... 

The before shots:

And the finished table:

I still need to purchase and attach hardware to the drawer.  They turned out better than I had ever expected.  What do you all think?

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5  Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by stylinmommy on: September 03, 2008 09:58:44 AM
Need more help, please!  I have read my manual from cover to cover and still cannot figure out what the problem is.

I double checked the threading and I think it is correct.  The loopers were threaded first. 

The stitch width I used was 3, which was recommended by my manual. 

This is what my stitching looks like at the tension level of 3 (which is the setting recommended by the manual):

And this is what it looks like at the tension level of 5:

And here is my threaded machine, incase someone sees something obviously wrong:

Any suggestions??? 

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6  Floral Halter Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by stylinmommy on: May 15, 2008 07:13:56 PM
It has been quite a while since I have sewn a garment.  Seeing all the cute things here on Craftster inspired me to sew again.  I started with a summer dress for my daughter.  I let her pick out a fabric from my stash and she picked "the orange one with the pretty flowers".  It is the lou lou pattern from the Alexander Henry Collection.  I found a yard of it at a garage sale for $1!  The pattern used was McCall's M5088.  I love the way it turned out!  I'll definitely be making more of these.  Feedback is welcome!

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