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1  the mini machines are actually good! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by nearlythere on: June 23, 2006 06:19:44 AM
I just want to chime in... I bought a really cheap little machine. It was not a hand-held one. But it was about 30 USD, it was a mini-model. It only did a straight stitch. And I was so excited about it, and I sewed together two lovely cloth dolls. BUT BUT... it suddenly stopped working... could not keep tension, and was having weird back-looping problems.

Turns out I had inserted the wrong bobbin. And in the meantime, I went and bought a brand new (but floor model) sewing machine. Now I have two perfectly working machines. Whoops! Anyway, you might be able to get a good deal on mini-sewing machines, and as with any other, check the size of the bobbin, and use metal ones!

This is what the mini sewing machine is like:

It's great if you can get a gift of one, or afford a fulll-size machine. But my little mini machine is GREAT. and it takes batteries! (I imagine hand ones do too?)

gratuitous picture of Nina the doll sewn on a mini-machine: Smiley

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2  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by nearlythere on: June 07, 2006 06:59:46 AM
this is not the best photo, but in the center/left part of the screen you can see what my friend made to hold cuffs.

she used thin peices of driftwood and tied them together, so they hung like a rack. the top one was a bit thicker, and she wrote the price in white paint. the cuffs, which closed with velcro were easy for people to take on and off, and it also made a kind of 'wall' around the space.

i think it could be adopted for other things, like maybe scarves. it was easy to transport/move, because she literally just rolled the thing up. voila!

i sold a whopping three things last weekend (my first time) but i think i simply had the wrong stuff for the audience, at a concert... or that's what i keep telling myself... Wink

best of luck to you, you'll do much better at an actual craft fair!

please post photos or sketches if you see other cool ideas.  Grin
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3  Re: Help with reading instructions! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by nearlythere on: September 21, 2004 07:31:17 PM
i have alot of trouble reading instructions, actually, that is why i registered here, to find some more info.

sketches can help.

anywho- i *tried* to sketch out what the instructions are here, in case anyone else needs help in this topic.

hey, you've probably figured it out since you posted this Wink

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