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1  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Need a good sewing repair shop for old Singer sewing machine on: August 22, 2014 03:16:45 PM
I jammed the arm on my old singer sewing machine a couple years ago, and have no idea where to take it to get it repaired.  I live in Beaverton and used to take it to the sewing room (which is it's new name) before it was sold because their repair man was one of the best, well, he no longer works there and I have been told where NOT to go, but I haven't been told any good places to go.  The only recommendation I have been given is to take it up to Sew Expo in Seattle, well, that's kind of an expensive trip for my sewing machine, which is why it's still not fixed.  So if anyone can recommend a good place to go, I would be greatly appreciative!!

It's a singer fashion mate 362. I love this machine, it's what I learned to sew on and I want to teach my daughter on it.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / A question for those who use an embroidery machine for faces on plushies on: August 22, 2014 02:57:20 PM
So, I am in the market for an embroidery machine, I don't have a small fortune to spend (though I wish I did ). I want to use it mainly for embroidering faces on the plush I make.  I hand sew some faces, but there are others where I would like to embroider the face on and since I sell my plush, I don't want to do it by hand, mainly because I suck at hand embroidery and it can be very time consuming.  I would also like to be able embroider various designs on them.
So, I guess my question is, what do you all use?  What suggestions would you have when looking for a reasonably priced machine?  What should I be looking for?  This will be the first time I will ever use an embroidery machine, so any and all advice would be very much appreciated!! Smiley

Thank you so much!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little mermaid amigurumi on: June 24, 2013 05:23:06 PM
I made this for a friend who loves anything Disney!  It's the first mermaid I ever made and really wanted to see how tail would turn out.  I'm really  happy with the way she turned out! It's also the first time I've brushed out yarn for the hair.  I had to use so much yarn for the hair! lol and now I have a tone of extra yarn fluff, not sure what else to call it and I also don't know what to do with it.  Can it be used for needle felting??
Anyway, here she is, my friend LOVED her!

As you can see, she's not very big at all, and I really like the way the head turned out.  I'm trying a new style for the head and I think I'm going to keep it this way.  I didn't use a pattern for her, just made her up as I went. Her arms are also attached with safety eyes so they can move! Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Oliver the octopus! on: June 14, 2013 10:25:06 PM
This little baby is Oliver.  He's pretty tiny and oh so freaking cute!!! I love him so much!!!

I hope you all love him too!!

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby girl cake pop on: June 14, 2013 10:21:00 PM
So, it's been FOREVER since I've posted anything here!  But, here's a few things that I've made that I'm super happy with!  I'm stocking up for the craft fairs this summer and I'm going to be selling these adorable little babies!  I plan on making blue ones too, don't want to forget about those baby boys!!  Sorry about the dark photo, I don't have a camera and I was so happy with this, I didn't want to wait for the sun to come up before posting pics of it. Smiley
Would love to know what you all think about her!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hetalia swap on: July 25, 2012 07:50:48 AM
I was wondering if anyone would be up to organizing a Hetalia swap??  Unfortunately I'm unable to commit the time to organize Sad  But I would definitely be able to participate! Smiley  I've been on a Hetalia binge lately lol
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How much does a pattern have to be altered? on: April 09, 2012 05:17:44 PM
So I have recently started crocheting my dolls to sell them.  All of them are made as I go.  I have lots of other amigurumi patterns that I would like to use to make dolls for selling too. Some of the creators are fine with selling the finished product, & some are totally against it.  I will be respecting those who do not want metro sell the finished product ( in case anybody was worried).  Now I have read that as long as the pattern is altered enough it's ok to sell the finished product.  So I guess what I'm asking is exactly how much does a pattern have to be altered in order for it to become useable? Or should I just stay away from this topic all together?
I know there are lots of different opinions on this, but please remember I am not looking out to steal or disrespect the artist of a pattern because I wouldn't want someone to do it to me.
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / OTT Anime/Manga swap 1 Angel needed-- FOUND on: March 12, 2012 04:51:03 PM
Swap Name: OTT Anime/Manga swap
Original Thread link:
Gallery thread link:
# of Flakers: 1

IsikkahJai angle for BunnieBard

Angel needed for BunnieBard

My favorite animes are Ouran Host Club, Kekkaishi, Full Metal Panic, Full Metal Alchemist, Rockman.EXE... uh.... Sailor Moon...

Mangas are Ouran, aaaaall the wonderful Zelda manga (though that's technically a video game), Fruits Basket, Kekkaishi, Love So Life... and lots of other shoujo-type things.

Favorite characters are Tamaki from Ouran!! Yoshimori/Tokine/cake! from Kekkaishi, Ed from FMA, Rockman from Rockman, any version of Link'n'Zelda from Zelda... Sailor Jupiter or Princess Serenity... Souske from FMP...

I've recently been introduced to korean dramas, but there's no particular one I love.

Nah, I've seen most everything.

I like girly colors, pastels and the like. No colors I don't really like.

I crochet like a madwoman, knit, sew, glass etch, and various other fun things.

I love practical or cute things! Little make-up bags or pencilcases or boxes, charms for a keychain or jewelry, mittens (I lost mine today somehow, gaargh)...  etc... but anything is fine!

I'm not a huge fan of papercrafts or stamps, and I break shrinky-dinks and perler beads like you would not believe. ^^; I don't know what it is,  but I always wreck them somehow...

No allergies! And no allergens in my home! Aaand that should be it! Thanks for organizing!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My little cow girl on: March 09, 2012 08:27:55 PM
I was inspired by this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=256043.0.  Her name is Klarabelle.  I think she is by far my favorite amigurmi that I've made.  I made her with regular worsted yarn and a size 4.0mm hook  I embroidered part of her hair and unraveled the rest to give her ponytails.  I had to have blue gingham ribbon for her hair.  She just didn't feel right without it.  And her bell had to be tied on with red ribbon too.  Nothing else would do.  I tried to do her cheeks with colored pencil/blush (any tips on this would be awesome!), but didn't really like how dark it turned out, so i glued some felt onto it.  I also glued the felt spots onto her.  I thought about embroidering them,but gluing felt was faster, lol.
So without further adieu, here is the adoarable Miss Klarabelle!!

Here's the back, I braided her tail.

C&C always welcome! Smiley
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Yuki Soma on: March 09, 2012 08:00:16 PM
I crocheted Yuki Soma for my partner in the OTT Anime/Manga swap & since she's received I can post pics of him! Smiley  He was killer on my hands.  I used Naturally Caron Bamboo yarn.  It was so soft to work with but also very difficult because it kept slipping out of my fingers and wouldn't keep the tension.  But the stitches still turned out nice and tight Smiley  I used a 2.75 mm hook.  He was hard to part with, he was so adorable!  I'm really glad my partner liked him Smiley  My daughter was also sad to see him go, lol.
But on to the pics! Smiley

a side view of his braided tail
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