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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Pressing straight to get perfect seams on: October 02, 2012 04:51:44 PM
I am making this bag and I am using white linen in place of the black upholstery fabric. I'm at the stage where I have pressed the four edges of the casings and am to sew the bottom edge to the main bag fabric. However, when I go to sew the bottom edge, it is glaringly crooked. Instead of a nice, crisp, pressed edge, it has waves in it and looks horrible.
Does anyone have any tips to get it nice and straight when pressing so that I can get a clean edge?  Huh
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / HEEELP!!! Sewing Tension is Causing Tension Grrr 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
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Mod Podge Didn't Work on: March 08, 2012 07:44:10 PM
So I have a copy of van Gogh's Starry Starry Night on paper that I wanted to mount onto a stretched canvas and then paint over. I got out the mod podge, slathered it on the canvas, patted the picture down and then proceeded to apply more mod podge but it warped and wrinkled like crazy. I've not used mod podge all that much but I thought this would be the ideal project for it.

My question is: what would you use for this project?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slubtastic Shawl!!! 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.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Getting So Crafty! 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!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Just call me a pearly queen! 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.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / First Baby Blanket and Tummy Time Pillow!!! 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!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Getting It Tight, But Not Too Tight! Necklaces on: August 10, 2011 11:00:55 PM
So I've made a couple necklaces with the flexible nylon coated wire and when I loop the wire back in on itself and secure the crimp bead, it always seems that I get it a little loose so that there is a gap between the last bead and the crimp, leaving wire exposed. Is there a trick to getting it tight enough but not getting it too tight?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass Tile Pendant 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.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 3 Strand Bracelet 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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