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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Please help- walking foot getting stuck? on: September 07, 2011 08:29:59 AM
I'm working on my very first quilt, so I purchased a walking foot for my machine. I heard that a walking foot would make quilting so much easier.

Well, I'm frustrated and struggling. I've only quilted about 4 of the seams so far. First, I was having trouble with needles breaking, so I put in a heavier-fabric needle and forced myself to stop subconsciously tugging on the fabric. I thought that would help.

But now my walking foot is doing this weird jumping thing. It's like something is getting stuck. The whole walking foot will get lifted up and then slam down. Not only does it startle me so bad I almost fall out my chair, but I'm afraid I'm going to damage something if I keep going. Sometimes it does it on every few stitches for a while. Sometimes it only happens once. And sometimes it goes smoothly for quite a while.

When this happens, sometimes the stitches turn out bigger than they're supposed to be and sometimes they turn out tiny. Sometimes they look normal, but it will jump away like 1/16 or 1/8 of an inch from where I was stitching.

I've taken my whole needle plate off and gotten the dust out of the bobbin case, changed needles (the one I'm using now is not bent, but it still does this), etc. I've never had any experience with skipping stitches, so I thought maybe that was the problem, but I've followed all of the suggestions for troubleshooting in my manual. Can anyone help me?

I'm using a Brother Innov-is 40, if that makes any difference.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Dr. Seuss Birthday Party -- Hop on Pop! [Very Image Heavy!] on: March 06, 2011 01:22:39 PM
That is incredible! The coolest party ever.  Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Seussical Stitching on: February 13, 2011 05:05:23 PM
This has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen. (And the best post ever Smiley.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first journal! :) on: January 29, 2011 10:35:48 AM
Very cute!

Bookbinding is addicting. Smiley I just ordered two bookbinding books from Amazon!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tiny train depot! on: December 30, 2010 05:34:02 AM
It's adorable! How did you make (or where did you find) those tiny lights?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Button Bracelet on: December 17, 2010 10:40:51 AM
That is so cute!

Thanks so much for leaving a link to the tutorial, too. I've seen these on Etsy and have been itching to make one in green and purple. I had a pretty good idea how to go about it, but I stilll like to have back-up with a tutorial!  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corduroy Nap on: December 16, 2010 05:57:25 PM
Okay, thanks guys. Big sigh of relief.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Corduroy Nap on: December 14, 2010 04:21:24 AM
Okay, so months ago, I bought a lot of corduroy to make a coat. I procrastinated, until finally this weekend I started cutting out the pattern and the fabric. I was really careful to make sure the pieces were all cut out in the same direction. The only thing I've ever made with corduroy before is a bag.

But just hours after cutting out the corduroy, I was looking through a sewing book that said that corduroy should be cut so that when you run your hand from the bottom to the top it feels smooth. This shows the best color. Well, I cut mine with the smoothness running from top to bottom.

I don't have any more corduroy, so cutting it out again isn't an option. Did I just ruin my coat, or will it still look fine/hang right when it's sewn together?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Draping/Dress Form Questions (I have no idea what I'm doing)... on: December 11, 2010 10:15:59 AM
Thanks so much, guys. I just thought I would follow up and let you all know that I finished my dress form about a month ago. Here's the finished product:

To see more pictures and hear the story about how I did it, visit my blog post:

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Just A Little Off on: December 09, 2010 10:36:55 AM
Gorgeous! Where did you get the leather to make it? I dabble a little bit with making journals, but the only access I have to leather is Hobby Lobby, and the pieces are tiny. I can never get a piece big enough to make one with a fold over flap like that!
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