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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Both My Sewing Machines Broke. Help. on: April 19, 2008 09:53:47 PM
Both my Kenmore sewing machine and my Singer 3116 broke.

I know my Singer was pretty much a low-end machine, but I'm a poor college kid just trying to make it through school and get my degree in Costume Design/Construction.

Can anyone help me out and tell me what a few good sewing machines are that are fairly cheap and won't break on me after a little over a year's use?


I need to do homework on it.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Artsy Dorm Room (picture heavy) on: April 18, 2008 01:29:32 PM
My roommate moved out and now I have a private room. So I shoved the 2 twin beds together to make a king and decorated the whole room how I wanted instead of just half the room.

First and foremost, I now have a desk solely used for sewing:

This is the wall of stuff I didn't have anywhere else to put.

Our dorms used to be a really fancy hotel back in the 1930s, so most of us have a fireplace that's been bricked up in our rooms.

My computer desk has all of my purses hanging over it. I got the rod and hangers from the kitchen section in Ikea. If you're wondering why my walls are so ugly, the building is registered as historical, so by law, you can't paint over the walls that were pre-existing before they converted the building to a dorm. I think it gives the place character.

The corner next to my bed was bare, with the exception of my fish bowls and night stand, so I found a tapestry I had lying around and nailed it into the wall

My bed and everything around it. I've only ever had a twin bed, both at home and in dorms, so having a bigger bed is so exciting for me!

Next year, one of my suitemates and I are getting an apartment off campus together, so I'm definitely going to be posting pictures from my decorating fit after we move in!
13  COOKING / Dessert / How NOT to Make a Cake... (with pictures) on: April 18, 2008 10:48:04 AM
For father's day last year I had my dad pick a cake that he wanted me to make. His choice was an angel food cake with sorbet in between the layers. I was good and patient. I waited a few hours for the cake to completely cool before I put the sorbet on, but something went horribly wrong and we really couldn't figure out exactly what it was. The sorbet almost immediately melted all over me, my mom, and our dining room table. I ended up just going to Publix and buying a chocolate cake mix and making it with icing in his favorite colors: green and orange. (How obvious is it that our family is partially Irish?)

Anyway, I just felt like sharing the hilarious disaster of sorbet and cake.

My mom and I had to shovel the melted mess onto a platter using spatulas and basically anything else we could get our hands on.

This is the mess left behind.

We put the cake in the freezer to try to make it take some sort of non-messy form, but as soon as we took it out of the freezer to eat it, it would melt almost right away again.

The goopy, sorbet soaked angel food was really good, so I guess this project of mine wasn't a total wash.

Can anyone tell me something I might have done wrong?
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl and Tulle Make a Pretty Awesome Beach Bag on: April 18, 2008 10:06:50 AM
When I was gearing up for my tip to St. Augustine, FL with my roommate last summer, I decided I needed a beach bag. I didn't want to shell out a lot of money for one, so I went to JoAnn's and bought myself some very thick clear vinyl, pink cotton fabric, and tulle. The lining of the bag is just one layer of the pink cotton, and the outer part of the bag is the pink cotton again with clear vinyl and tulle sandwiched in between. Why not go cheap and use a clear shower curtain instead of expensive vinyl from the fabric store, you ask? Because I was driving home with my purchases and realized that a shower curtain would have worked fine. Every time I think about that I have the overwhelming urge to smack my head and say "Doh!". Oh well. Live and learn.



The whole bag. Self-explanatory.

This is a close up of the buttons that are there only for decoration, the tulle, and my crappy top stitching. My sewing machine doesn't like moving sticky vinyl.

Maybe next time I make a purse like this, I'll post a tut.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beach Towel Bag on: April 18, 2008 09:39:23 AM
So I found a blog about how to make a beach towel into a bag that folds out into the full towel.

here: http://www.chezlin.com/2008/04/oldie-but-goldie-towel-pool-bag/

I used the tut and made one of my own!

I ended up making the smaller towel out of 6 washcloths I had lying around. The towel is massive, so I made the whole bag really big as well, so now I can stuff the towel in as well as my sunblock, sunglasses, ipod, camera, etc.

Here's one side:

And the other:

And this is the towel unwrapped from itself:
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / For Degrassi Fans! on: April 18, 2008 09:27:27 AM

I found this transfer online and it was really tedious to cut out.

My roommate has one as well.
17  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Woodstock/Kennesaw/Acworth area sewers? on: April 17, 2008 07:50:30 PM
am i the only person under 40 that can sew around here?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My First Patterned and Fully Completed Dress on: April 17, 2008 06:30:48 PM
My Patterning & Draping class last semester rocked!

This was my final project. My professor designed the dress and I had to pattern it out and put it all together.

Altogether, it took about 3 weeks. It could have been shorter, but my other papers and projects for my various classes got in the way.

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