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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Traumatic sewing accident in my class today on: December 20, 2011 11:51:15 PM
Thought I should post just so people know. Depending on how badly you have sewn your finger (I personally sewed right through a knuckle)  You can do nerve damage (yep that finger gets the tingles now), it is recommended to see a doctor and have them remove the needle if you have gone through anything other than soft tissue, or the needle stays in the finger.  Also NEVER remove stitches from yourself,  the fibers of the thread can get stuck inside the finger and Doctors yell at you, not to mention the infection and surgery they cause. 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fusible Interfacing Keeps "Gunking Up" Machine Surface on: January 14, 2010 12:50:02 AM
I had the same problem for awhile... turns out it was my presser foot causing the problem... If my presser foot had any sort of texture to it then the plate would get gunked... I came up with two solution... Change presser foot and lessen the pressure  or I used a layer of wax paper under the interfacing layer and fed the fabric with my walking foot (drop feed dogs if you do it this way)

I use alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to clean the gunk off of my machine... and be careful ironing the areas that have started shedding... it will stick to the iron too.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: what to do with fleece scraps? on: January 14, 2010 12:39:14 AM
My local hospital has a group that collects fleece scraps... they make ornaments from scraps... I think they give them out to all long term patients... not sure but I put together big bags of scraps and take it to the info desk at the hospital. Might see if you have something like that... or you could make the ornaments.. just cut two shapes around a cookie cutter... stuff with scrap from cutting... and blanket stitch around the edge... add a hanger... and donate to preschools, shelters, hospitals, schools daycares,or put them out as random acts of kindness.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Pinecone flower? on: December 19, 2009 10:26:52 PM
You know those plastic name tags they clip on you when you are at places like the zoo or hospital.... well I would repurpose those clips (or buy new ones at the office supply store)... hot glue them to the back... then just clip the pine cone flowers (too cute for words) onto the branches. 
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Looking for suggestions - handicapped child on: December 19, 2009 09:23:54 PM
My Sister is disabled as well and she loves crafts... 

One year I got felt and made a big christmas tree wall hanging... then I took in all sorts of smaller pieces of felt to her... she and I glued together ornaments and such and decorated her christmas tree (works for easter and fall time as well)

Yarn baby balls work on dexterity ... you cut a cardboard donut and then wrap yarn around through the hole and around the outside densely until you fill the hole then you around the edge... if you make small ones they are pom poms but are fun to hang as ornaments on a real tree. (I haven't done this in years so I may be missing a few steps)

If glass is okay... you can make swirled glass ornaments with just paint and the clear ornaments.

Salt clay is fun to make and endless possibilities to do with that... or you could change it up a bit and use gingerbread instead. 

Chocolate covered Marshmellows... similar to the pretzels... but lots of fun to watch melt Tongue~ also go well as christmas gift with a packet of cocoa... homemade or store bought ...  (I just use a gift in a jar recipe for cocoa and put it into small foodsafe bags that can be found in the cake decoration section)

Fabric scrap garlands.... just take some rope.... and fabric scraps.. and at interval tie the scrap to the rope... and instant garland... and it looks rustic and cabiny too.

depending on attention span... large hook crochet can be alot of fun relatively quick to make scarfs and functional too. 

Yeah I'm not coming up with much more today... but felt is always a good bet.... I always buy a bunch when it comes on sale each year to restock my stash of it... basically if you need an instant project create scenes or hangings with felt....  also good for making fabric postcards. 

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