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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart says they're bringing back fabrics! on: May 13, 2011 10:54:06 AM
There are three within 45 minute of me; two have only cake decorating/scrapbooking stuff. The one closest to me has one row of sewing notions, one drawer stack of patterns, and a short wall of fabric and batting. That's it. It used to be bigger (sorta), but they've been steadily cutting back since the other two eliminated their fabric sections altogether.

I'd love to see them bring it back. I just hope it's on real-people time (i.e. soon) and not corporate time (i.e. eventually).
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Walmart says they're bringing back fabrics! on: May 12, 2011 11:14:41 AM
Apparently, their customers have been telling them they want it back. (Really? Shocked Whoda think it? she says sarcastically.)

IMO, their high-end fabric is okay, (the cheap stuff is cheap) but, in my store, anyway, there's not much of a selection. But I buy all my muslin there, and notions. The nearest JoAnne's is more than an hour from here, and that's a fair trek for thread. If Walmart had more, I'd buy more. I guess that message is--finally!--getting though.

WSJ link here: http://tinyurl.com/43xqesr
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / repairing a crazy quilt on: May 08, 2011 05:01:03 AM
I met a friend for lunch yesterday well out of my usual stomping grounds. We had intended a picnic at a little local park but got rained out. Happily, we went junking instead, and I ran into (and fell in love with!) a crazy quilt top. It's about the size of a generous lap quilt-probably big enough to nap under. Smiley It's in pretty good shape, but three of the pieces are frayed. The top itself is made of biggish blocks of crazy quilt, if that makes sense. From what I can tell, the crazy part has been hand stitched, and hand tacked to the backing fabric, but the blocks machine stitched.

I've got two questions. 1. How can I repair the frayed blocks? I hate to pick out the snazzy turkey track embroidery around it, but I do enough embroidery that I could replace it. Or would it just be better to applique over the ragged spots? 2. How do I go about quilting this? Stitch in the ditch would oversew a lot of the embroidery. Just tie it? With what? (Can you tell I'm kind of a newbie at quilting?)

Actually, make that three questions: How do I wash this thing? It seems pretty clean, doesn't smell old or musty or anything, but eventually it's going to need washed, since I intend to use it. Wash on gentle or dry clean?
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / help! foot control speed troubleshooting on: May 01, 2011 12:28:22 PM
I have a Singer 237 with a new motor, and recently serviced. The problem is that the foot controller has two speeds...SEWWWWWW!!!!! and off. There is no middle ground, and certainly no slow speed. I've tried driving barefoot for more control, but all I got was a cold foot. This machine is new to me (a thrift store find! I <3 my local SA!) so I don't know if this is the way this machine is supposed to run or not. I've already checked out the foot pedal and it's clean, so it's not a wad of thread or something causing the problem.

Is there a way I can slow it down?

(It's probably not helping that I'm doubly frustrated from trying to figure out a poorly-written pdf pattern. Gah!)
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing cabinet mod on: April 27, 2011 04:58:57 PM
I wasn't sure where to put this, but here seemed reasonable, since it's sort of about sewing machines.

I snagged a nice sewing cabinet with drawers from freecycle last weekend. It's a desk style (with no fold-down on the left) with drawers, and hinges in the back. The problem is that my machine only just fits. That is, the base of the machine is *almost* smaller than the hole. Frankly, I'm afraid if I run it at any speed, it'll vibrate off the hinge pins and end up in my lap-or on my foot. The hole is also 3" or so too long, but I can live with that; it's a handy place to drop the cords. My big concern is the width.

Is there a way to modify the top to fit? Even adding a half inch would be helpful. I have no equipment for major carpentry, but can handle minor stuff if someone's got a workaround. I'd really like to save this desk, but it's unuseable as is. Help?
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / how to identify your vintage Singer on: March 31, 2011 10:01:59 AM
I was poking around, trying to figure out what model my new girl is and I ran into this site. I don't know how comprehensive it is, buut it seems pretty thorough, and it helped me ID mine as a 192k.

Check it out-I can't be the only one wondering what I've got!

17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using PDF Patterns? on: March 31, 2011 05:38:31 AM
I use newsprint paper-my little local newspaper give roll ends away for free, and one will last you forever. Do like skittlebub and trace it out, although for lighter fabrics, I frequently don't bother, and just use the printer paper.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / vintage Spartan/Singer-my new find! on: March 30, 2011 01:41:30 PM
Look what I found!

I was killing time in the thrift shop when I ran into this sweet little machine buried on a shelf. No price tag, but when I asked, I was told $15. Who could pass that up? The wheel turns, but I didn't plug it in, so I don't know about the motor. There's still thread in the bobbin, though.

A quick Google tells me it's a British-built Singer, made in Scotland. A longer Google (and turning the thing upside down a few times-honestly, who named it a *Featherweight*?) tells me tentatively that it was made in 1941. The bottom is stamped Simanco-dunno what that's about.

A couple questions. Did this originally have a case? It's screwed into a plastic case bottom, so I don't think it was supposed to be in a table.

Also, it looks like the serial number says P401407, with something blurry that might be an E in front of the P. According to this site (http://www.planetpatchwork.com/fweight.htm), it's actually probably ED, but how do I know I'm looking at the right thing? I can't find any pictures of serial numbers for comparison.

What's the SIMANCO stamped on the bottom? The plate on the motor mount also says SIMANCO, and Made in Canada.

Anything else you can tell me about the new girl would be fun to know. I'll call the sewing machine guy tomorrow with an eye to taking her in this weekend for a thorough cleaning and going over.

Pardon the mess. You can tell I cleaned off just enough of the table to put her down and take pictures. Sorry!

3/31 Update: Much poking around on the Singer site (and internet in general) has refined some of my guessing. It's a model 192k-it says so on the stitch length selector plate. I cleaned more gook off the bottom, and the serial number is EP401407, making it built in 1959. The motor works (I plugged it in) and the wheel turns, but the front half of the machine and the bobbin mechanism are frozen. I did take the plate off to check it out, and it's incredible dirty (eons of old grease and lint) but not rusted, so I suspect my sewing machine guy will get it sorted fairly easily. I have an appointment with him tomorrow at noon, so I'll know more after that.

Now all I need is nice, old-fashioned Scottish name for her and we'll be all set!  Cheesy

19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pretzels! on: December 31, 2010 10:24:22 AM
I just made these (I've got a hot one sitting on my mouse pad Grin) and OMG they're SO good! They're not pretty (practice makes perfect, I suspect, and this is the first time I've made pretzels), but the taste and texture is *perfect*.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: not-so-mini me (meet Chicky, my new, customized dress form!) on: January 12, 2010 10:27:45 AM
How cool is that?! Thanks!
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