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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  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)
3  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?

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Additive Oils are Separating in MP Soap on: July 15, 2009 03:45:09 PM
This may be one of those questions that seasoned soap makers roll their eyes at, but I'll go ahead. Smiley

I'm trying to add lanolin to a high-glycerin all natural shea butter soap base, and while some of it is mixing in, most of it is separating to the top.  I have a feeling what when I try adding hemp seed oil to a different batch, I may experience something similar.  I had been told that one can add these things in, but perhaps not?  Is there a way to help the lanolin/oil to stay mixed in?

Thanks for any help or clues you can give me! Smiley

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Finding a manufacturer... on: February 03, 2009 06:04:41 PM
I recently started selling a product on etsy that seems to have hit a pretty deep niche.  This is great for me, but the time I have is limiting how much I can do, and the demand is greater than the time I have. I'm considering some options to solve the problem.  One of them would be starting my own website and finding a manufacturer for the product to sell on the website, and continue to make my own customs on etsy (because half the fun is making it, and the other half is getting your money!)

But I'm at a loss as to how to search down a reasonable manufacturer of sewn texiles who would be able to make smaller batches - maybe 100 of a design.

Has anyone done this?  Any tips?

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Smell disappearing in oils - help! on: October 21, 2008 11:59:01 AM
I created a yummy mixture of oils to use as a moisturizer and I added Lavender and Chamomile EOs to it - a couple drops in a half ounce glass bottle.  After a week or so, the EO has really faded - if I shake the oils up hard, I can catch a hint of the scent, but otherwise it's just gone.

Do I need to add something to keep the smell from fading?  Would fragrance oils (as opposed to essential oils) work better?  Should I have added more than a couple drops?  I'm just not sure what happened, but I'm disappointed because I loved the smell!  Thanks for your help!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Rattling bobbin? on: September 27, 2008 06:39:07 PM
So I just got my machine cleaned, repaired, etc. after I broke the bobbin case and my son put a bunch of pins in my machine.  The repair man got all of that cleaned out and fixed, but I got chewed out because I've been using metal bobbins in a machine that should have plastic (I know, I know...)

So I've been using the plastic Class 15 bobbin in my Singer 6423 Millennium and it's rattling like crazy - almost sounds like it would jump out if it could.  Does anyone know why this might be? 

Also, the new bobbin case will not stay put.  I'm positive I'm putting it in correctly - in fact, the first time it came loose, it had been put in by the repair man.  I happened to have ordered a second bobbin case, so I'm trying that one and so far no problems, but I haven't been using it very long.  The thread seems to catch and then the whole thing comes loose, but I can't figure out what it's catching on.

If anyone has any insight, I'd be appreciative.  I've googled to no avail. Smiley

ETA:  Also, I've noticed that suddenly my machine is sewing a lot faster with the newest bobbin case...

ETA:  Okay, actually, turns out this is a known issue with the machine (particularly the jumping bobbin case,) so I'm contacting Singer about it.    I guess I've answered my own question...
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm not even sure what to call these stitches - irregular, maybe? Help! on: September 08, 2008 09:57:26 PM
So today I cleaned the lint out of my bobbin case, and when I put it back, I wasn't paying attention and I put it in wrong, so that when I started sewing, it broke a nice chunk of plastic off the case.  I was able to epoxy it together as I ordered a new one off ebay; thank goodness it was a clean break! 

But now I'm noticing something funky with my stitches.  I've always had this problem ever so slightly with this mix of material, but I'm really noticing it now.  I've messed with my tension to no end with no luck.  I wouldn't call it crooked, though, it's as if it's some weird zig-zag (and I've tried resetting my straight stitch, too. Sad  )

Here's what I mean.  This is the bottom of my project:

The top stitches are acting about normal, which is always just a little crooked looking on only two layers of flannel:

And by the way, does anyone know why I'm getting this thread vomit where I'm stopping and starting?  My only thought is it has something to do with the way I'm reversing the direction to lock in the thread.


9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / A quick question about homemade soap from a newbie! :) on: July 03, 2008 12:43:26 PM
I've been drooling over other people's homemade soaps long enough!  I want to make my own!  Tongue

But I keep seeing these beautiful bars of soap with one side textured - almost like they went back and poured some melted soap, etc on them right before they hardened completely.  Since I don't have a clue what I'm doing (and I'm going to try cp for the first time soon) - is that what happens?  Or is there some other trick to getting those really cool looking bars of soap?  Huh
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