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1  HEEELP!!! Sewing Tension is Causing Tension Grrr in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by fairygoodthings on: March 18, 2012 01:11:45 PM

 Shocked So I have a Brother sewing machine very similar to this one. This is the first time for me sewing knits and using a zigzag stitch and I can't seem to get the tension right. Angry
I've re-threaded both the top thread and the bobbin, adjusted the upper thread tension from 4.5 to 0 back to 6 and I keep getting the same results. The bobbin thread is poking up from underneath and the top thread then dosesn't zigzag but is straight, with the bobbin creating little half-rungs (is this clear?). I've looked in my manual to see if I can adjust the presser foot pressure but I can't (someone from work said when sewing knits you should have a very light presser foot pressure).

Any thoughts on whatelse might be the matter?
Thanks!  Kiss
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2  Slubtastic Shawl!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by fairygoodthings on: December 03, 2011 05:24:02 PM
Used the Easy Triangular Shawl 60301 from Lion Brand and about 1 and 1/4 skeins of Slubtastic yarn from Joann. Did 14 repititions rather than the recommended 9 and then I steam-blocked it. I love it, it's like wearing a blanket.

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3  Getting So Crafty! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: September 27, 2011 12:03:15 AM
A couple of necklaces I made yesterday:

The black teardrop shell beads make me think of watermelon seeds with this necklace lol. Interestingly enough, I found these beads not in the jewelry section but in the button section of my local Joann.

Got both these beads and the butterfly pendant on CLEARANCE so this necklace only cost me about $1.50. Now that is savvy shopping!
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4  Just call me a pearly queen! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: September 26, 2011 11:56:26 PM
I saw these blue glass pearls at Joann and I fell in love with the color. So vivid! I knew I had to make something with them.
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5  First Baby Blanket and Tummy Time Pillow!!! in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by fairygoodthings on: September 26, 2011 11:49:02 PM
So I recently got a new sewing machine (yay!) and it's been full steam ahead ever since! I got this great flannel with the turtles for my soon-to-be-born nephew (as in at this very moment he is about 8 days overdue). And bcz I bought the end of the bolt as a remnant, I had just the right amount left over that I freehanded a crescent shaped pillow for his tummy time (something my son notoriously hated but probably would've liked more if I'd had a pillow like this for him).

And check out these perfect corners! My machine automatically stops sewing with the needle in the down position, making these a breeze!
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6  Glass Tile Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: August 01, 2011 09:48:49 PM
Found some great domino-shaped glass tiles online to make pendants! Yay! I found the image on a PC wallpaper site somewhere.

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7  3 Strand Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: July 25, 2011 05:44:39 PM
This is my first time making a beaded bracelet. I totally scored on some clearance beads at Joann so I had to do something with them. Hope you like!


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8  Mucha Moon Pendant & Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: July 25, 2011 05:30:26 PM
Inspired by Helena Puck's beautiful Alice in Wonderland bamboo tile bracelet found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384066.0, I found some bamboo tiles online (for super cheap too!) and decided on Alphonse Mucha's The Moon painting (a favorite if you couldn't tell). Instead of a single image for each tile, I chose to section the picture for the entire bracelet.

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9  Sugar Skull Papercutting in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: June 16, 2011 12:12:37 AM
So I made this for my partner in the Dia de los Muertos swap and I love it so much, I'm gonna have to do another for myself...

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10  My First Pendant Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fairygoodthings on: June 16, 2011 12:08:37 AM
So I got inspired while I was trolling around here and went to my local bead shop down the street to browse. And what did I find but the awesomest mixes of differently sized seed beads that I couldn't resist. So I thought, what kind of pendant would be appropriate for these beautiful beads and there really was no better answer than a photo pendant of the boy closest to my heart. So here it is!

I made sure to tape up the photo with clear packing tape first to "laminate" it and then used diamond glaze to glue/seal it and a plastic bubble cabochon thingy. I randomly strung the beads and then used a magnetic clasp, which is surprisingly strong!

I had so much fun making it, that I did two more pendants, another of my son and the last of Alphonse Mucha's The Moon:

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