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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / How to dye Jaquard patterning? (the style NOT the dye brand) on: March 19, 2010 02:31:59 PM
I have the chance to dye a custom skein of self-striping yarn and the customer mentioned they liked the style of jacquard patterning (like this: http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_021V001585744000P?vName=For%20the%20Home&cName=CraftSupplies&sName=Knit%20&%20Crochet&psid=FROOGLE&sid=KDx20070926x00003a ... I need to learn how to insert that correctly)

But how do you dye it?  I've never really liked it, so I don't own any that I could take a look at.  I've tried googling it, but even in between all the ads for the acid dyes, I'm still not finding anything.  I think I know how it works, but has anyone done it?
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: has anyone tried fisherman's wool for kool aid dying? on: March 19, 2010 02:25:02 PM
I've done it.  It doesn't take the color as brightly as a bleached/white wool would. (I dyed on the natural base.)  But it works just fine. Smiley
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brother Sewing and Embroidery SE-350 reviews? on: February 08, 2010 01:51:28 PM
I have one - I think I'm having timing issues, but I've been sewing 40 hours a week for almost a year and it probably desperately needs professional servicing (as opposed to the at-home servicing I've been doing.)  Probably a new belt.  Anyway...

I really like it a lot.  For the price, I don't think you can beat it.  I also own the Brother PRW-5000 (I think that's what it is, the $140 version from Walmart) and I think it's great, too.  Until recently, it's sewn beautifully, and considering how much I've used it and abused it, I think it's really held up well.  I'm not super fond of the embroidery functions - it works well - I think.  But I know almost nothing about it and it didn't meet my expectations of embroidery, though I think that my expectations may have been much higher than possible. Do you know what I mean?  I think I just don't like to embroider. Tongue

I could probably go on and on about all the good things - I think I've already told you all the bad stuff.  So I'll just leave it at, if I didn't mention it, it's probably okay or good.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do NOT buy from Opelika Sewing!!! on: February 08, 2010 01:45:50 PM
Whether Ophelika's reaction was justified or not is up for debate, but in either case, I don't think I'll ever buy from Ophelika. I live outside the US and with the added cost of int'l shopping + added risk of something going awry during the process, I can't afford to deal with a company that conducts itself so unprofessionally.

I used to work in a situation where I had to deal with frustrating clients from time to time. When I was justifiably angry or annoyed, everyone would support me--boss, coworkers, etc.--but if I had ever dealt with my anger through mocking the client, or some underhanded, anonymous way, I would have been fired. Not because I was wrong to get angry, but wrong to react in a way that would have made the company look like it was run by fifth graders.

I have to agree with you - I don't think I'd ever do business with this company if I found myself in a position to do so.  While what the OP did was initially wrong (hotlinking), the immature and petty behavior of the company's representative would make me wonder if I would receive professional service from them myself - especially if something went awry.

It is possible that the company has Singer's permission to use their photograph.  Many times when you carry a company's product, they allow you to use their stock images.  Regardless, Opelika has no legal standing when it comes to protecting the picture (except for the hotlinking) - if Singer, the copyright holder, wants to pursue the OP, they would be the only ones who could force her to take it down.

However, calling the kettle black is still probably justified, because I'm pretty sure Bill Murray isn't getting any royalties for that picture that was posted on the OP's blog.

Did the OP check and see if they had replaced the picture on the website with the Murray picture or if they had changed the web address so it wouldn't publish to their own site?  That would be hilarious to see, randomly, and would also warn customers of the crazy... Tongue
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: confused and afraid. on: January 27, 2010 04:56:23 PM
I agree 100% about insurance. I make it optional, and I warn people if they refuse insurance that my responsibility ends when the package leaves my hands.

Just remember, you can only do this on Etsy and other sites. It is now against the T&C to do this on Ebay. The seller is responsible for making the choice to insure. Because of this, I add a little extra handling charge in the listing to cover insurance, and advertise as having a insured shipment.

If you are a seller and the item doesn't get to the buyer in the condition they purchased it, the seller is obligated by law to either refund the money the buyer paid or exchange the item.  Ebay won't let you say the "once it leaves my hands line..." because it implies that the burden is on the customer, when it's not.  So it's the seller's responsibility to purchase the insurance if the customer doesn't want to and if the seller wants to protect themselves.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Rubbing noise on Brother machines? on: January 27, 2010 03:08:33 PM
Both my Brothers (cheap computerized ones from Walmart - a CRE-5000PRW...I think that's the number, and a SE-350) have developed a distinct rubbing sound when I let off the pedal and the needle comes to a stop.  Now, granted, they haven't been professionally serviced in a while, but I have taken apart the SE-350 recently, cleaned it really well, and oiled the moving joints with sewing machine oil, both above and below the needle.

The sound is similar to balloons rubbing against each other, only lower in pitch.  It started out soft and it's gotten louder and louder.

I can only assume I've missed something that needs to be oiled?  Has anyone else ever heard of this problem?  I've listened closely and tried to determine exactly where the sound is coming from, and I want to *guess* that it's in the joints directly above the needle, about 3 inches up, but I'm not sure.   If I oil the joints where I think the sound is coming from, the sound stops for several minutes of sewing, but then it starts up again...  Since I've pretty much done what they do when you pay to have a machine serviced, I really don't want to pay the $70 to have it serviced at the local sew 'n' vac shop.   Of course, if it's a problem I can't easily fix, into the shop it will go!

Thanks for any advice. Smiley

ETA:  Okay, I left the machine alone for a couple days because I didn't want to deal with it.  I've been sewing now for about half an hour and the noise is gone.  It's sewing beautifully - like brand new.  So I guess I somehow did something right servicing it, and I guess as far as the rubbing, the oil just needed time to soak in.  (That's what hubby says, anyway. Tongue)
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help - advice when buying a used wheel for spinning newbies? on: July 28, 2009 01:26:31 PM
Cool, that's good to know.  I heard that the S10 is almost indestructable from the seller as well as one other place, but it's always good to hear it again. Smiley

Everything is included that I listed.  She has a Woolee winder that would probably be nice to get, but unless she's selling it for a quarter of it's original price, it's above my budget right now. Tongue

I actually tried an Ashford, but I've been learning on a Louet, so I think it will be fine.  You know what they say about beginners - you don't have preferences yet. ;P  I didn't notice a difference in the two machines that was related to anything but my skill level, but that's so low I don't think I would have noticed something if it hit me in the face. Tongue
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help - advice when buying a used wheel for spinning newbies? on: July 28, 2009 12:23:32 PM
I'm pretty new to spinning - I can work a drop spindle decently well, and I've been taking lessons on the wheel.  I'm going to look at a wheel tonight, and it was too short of notice to bring anyone experienced with me, so I'm hoping you all can tell me what to look out for.

The seller is a woman from our local spinners' guild - she was selling two wheels and this was the one I was interested in:

1.  Louet S10 single-treadle with skeinwinder and 3 of the old 2-speed bobbins (I think ratios are 5.5 and 7.5:1).   There are no dings or chips.  Susan Conover [a local instructor] spun on this wheel last year and said it spun just like the new ones she sells.  These S10s are almost indestructible.  After I bought the wheel 3 years ago, I bought new accessories for it (in parenthesis are the retail prices):
new drive band
3 regular bobbins, ratios 5.5, 7.5 and 10:1 ($92.85)
high-speed spinning set (high-speed flyer and 3 high-speed fatcore bobbins)($249)
4-bobbin lazy kate ($110)

She's asking $250, which I know that for the wheel alone is a good price.  My biggest concern is she said she had to get it out of storage - I don't know if that means a hot storage unit block or a closet. Tongue 

I've been reading up, and I know I need to make sure all the parts are there and that the wheel doesn't wobble/isn't warped.  Anything else please?

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Additive Oils are Separating in MP Soap on: July 17, 2009 11:22:57 AM

I'm assuming you're referring to this when you say you've seen people do it? The critical thing to remember is that those soap bars are cold process and not melt & pour. While both make soap, there are things you can do with CP soap that you cannot do with M&P, and vice versa. Both have their pros and cons for certain situations. For this particular use, M&P might not be the correct vehicle to achieve what you want. (in fact on all the wool wash bars I pulled up, they were very adamant in stating they do not use M&P base, lol)

I'm not sure to what your friend is referring by detergents or separating oils. While chemists definitely are good people to turn to when figuring out chemical compositions, and defining some of those 10-syllable compounds found in commercial soaps, they don't necessarily know everything about soapmaking...

Hemp oil is so lovely; now I want to go make something with it!

I've never seen those.  I did see some that looked like MP soap, but I could have been decieved.  Hmmm...maybe I need to wait on this project until I can get my hands on some lye...

I'm not sure exactly what she was saying either - she was thinking out loud.  I think she was trying to think about how chemicals and elements react and give me some things to try to reverse/prevent the reaction I was getting- she has a pretty good knowledge about how soap works and how it's put together, but she doesn't make it herself, so definitely not an expert. Tongue

I have a feeling I'm going to love the hemp oil!  I'm thinking of trying it for my own bars!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Additive Oils are Separating in MP Soap on: July 17, 2009 09:32:20 AM
Ah, and thanks for easing my worry that the hemp oil would act the same way.  The lanolin bars are my own experiment, low stakes.  The hemp oil I'm adding to another project is for a customer!
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