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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a thread with advice about buying an iron? on: March 26, 2012 02:22:56 PM
When I buy an iron , I make sure it is 1700 watts. The 1100 or 1200 watt irons do not get hot enough. Irons all have a plate on them that will tell you how many watts it is.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cam Stuck Singer 401A on: June 25, 2011 06:44:15 PM
The 401 is a great machine, I have one too and I love it.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1955 Singer Featherweight Questions on: June 09, 2010 04:43:38 PM
Happy for you, that's great.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: sew many Singers! Help me decide whether to keep any of these machines! on: June 09, 2010 04:40:10 PM
The 403 has my vote too.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1955 Singer Featherweight Questions on: May 31, 2010 12:11:28 AM
I have frequently seen them go for about $150 here, on Craig's List. You might not want to rush into it. I recently got one on Craig's list myself for $45. It had all the accessories, bobbin case, manual, and pedal. Works fine, needed a good cleaning. Had some chips in the paint on the edge, but not anything I can't live with, not for that price. I was recently looking on EBay and quite a few went for under $200. I don't mean to rain on your parade, but I don't think I would jump on it. I think if you check Craig's list daily and you will find one for less money.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else have an old Kenmore (sewing machine)? on: May 05, 2010 05:24:19 PM
I have the Kenmore 158.1410, I bought it in 1972.  Have never had a single problem with it, and it's still going strong. I kept an eye open on Craigslist and bought a similar model in like new condition, carry case and accessories for $15. Just so that if I ever needed parts I would have them. I definitely like the older machines better. I also have acquired a Singer 401, 500, 301 and a 221 in the last year or so. I've gotten to the point I enjoy working on them more than sewing.LOL
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lap Top Bag on: February 13, 2009 01:41:36 PM
The AC Adapter plus cord is pretty big for a 17" notebook. You might want to have them bring it to you to take measurements. My Son has a 17" and his Adapter is way bigger than mine for my 15".
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: i'm not worthy... i'm not worthy... on: November 25, 2008 05:32:36 AM
Hi, the most important thing is to make sure the pieces are dry for the first firing. Load your kiln and leave the lid propped up about 2 inches. Put your bottom element on low. In your case it would be the bottom switch only and the dial on number 2. I would do this for the better part of the day. Student pieces are usually very thick and need a slow firing. After you have done this, I would close the lid put all the switches to # 2 for a couple of hours, then put it on the highest setting until it shuts off automatically. Once off leave the kiln for at least 12 hours to cool down before trying to open and remove pieces.
If you run into any problems contact me ,I'd be happy to help. I am a potter and managed a pottery supply for 15 years.
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