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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / metal star that you hammer into place? on: June 26, 2010 04:28:26 AM
A few weeks ago I bought a leather bracelety cuff thing and it has this metal star attached to it. I've been thinking that I'd like some of these stars to attach to stuff. 
So it was this star with a metal post on the back of it and to attach it I'm pretty sure she made a hole, stuck it through and hammered the back of it (I guess it has a lip or something) flat and hey-presto all done.
So my question is what is this star thing called? I've searched for studs but I get those stars with little pricky bits on each of the points that look like they might not last very long. I've tried searching for "metal star hammer the back of" and shockingly enough didn't give me what I need.
Any help would be appreciated! thanks
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / [DS Case Construction Question]confusing question. on: January 27, 2010 03:38:11 AM
This weekend I was trying to work out how to make a ds cosy for my sister. So like I usually do I size things up with paper before I get cutting fabric.
I wanted to make it with depth...like a box with sides as well as a top and a bottom bit.
I drew it all out with measurements on paper and then had a thought.
Do I need/should I/would you/do you... cut all the pieces out individually or cut it out as one piece (as if you were going to make a paper box but with fabric.
I would obv. have to top stitch parts but if you were cutting it as one piece would you top stitch the edges that are already joined OR would you just do the ones that NEEDED it
does this make any sense?
Thank you for your time.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / pin stuck drama! on: November 03, 2009 02:24:51 PM
Dear Aunt/Uncle craftster genius people.
So there I was sewing away happy as Larry as usual (over the pins like a fool) and I heard a little tink noise. uh oh. Stray pin. So I moved the project and saw the pin hovering dangerously close to falling into my machine and then TRAUMA, it fell. I took out the bobbin bits (as I do to clear the fluff) and its not there so I presume it has fallen into my machine in order to wreck my life.
I'm still new to sewing and I was just wondering... is there some magic way to get it out, is it okay to take it apart further or should I take it directly to a repair shop without passing go or collecting 200?
I've only had my machine a year and for many months at the start of that I was too afraid to use it, it's my first machine. Therefore, I know nothing about servicing it or anything like that, is this usually expensive? Will I be paying hundreds of pounds to get the pin out?

I have found a mangled pin that may have come out when I lifted the metal thing that you sew on
that lives over the feed dogs (sorry, I don't know what that is called). Would the machine still work properly if it has a pin in it?  I don't want to risk any further  damage by presuming the pin is found and all is well again. Should I take it to get looked at anyway?
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / more ami's! on: June 01, 2009 04:44:34 AM
From amigurumi world;

I adapted the needlesnoodles fairy pattern to make a mini fairy to look like a friend of mine

This pattern I bought on etsy from DeliciousCrochet - don't judge her pattern on my crocheting ability!

And finally I bought this pattern from mygurumi on etsy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first sewing projects! on: June 01, 2009 04:31:37 AM
I finally felt brave enough to make something!

I work in an office so I spend alot of time NOT sitting ergonomically (which means back pain) and staring at a computer screen (which means headaches). I needed something to keep my tens machine and pain killers in so I bought some cheap fabric incase it all went wrong and so...

It's lined too (I'm super impressed)

I decided to try making a box bag using this tutorial (but probably the wrong measurements.

6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / ami face question! on: March 19, 2009 05:11:32 AM
I have made an Elphba for my sister, she is fully constructed except for her face, I'm not really sure how to do it, my last doll looked fine until I stuck some eyes on her and she went from cute to creepy in two swift seconds!

Does anyone have any ideas?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First picture post - some ami's on: March 19, 2009 05:07:55 AM
I taught myself to crochet just before Christmas and have spent since then making presents for everyone I know ( or so it feels like ). These are a few things I still have!

Inspired by Pablo the drugs mule dog!

Pin cushion!

And a badge, I was just playing around with heart patterns really!

Thanks for looking!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Newbie question! on: March 15, 2009 10:49:23 AM
Hello there all you wonderful people in crafster land!
A few months ago in a fit of "I hate everything in the shops" rage I decided to buy a sewing machine, well actually I got it as a present from my father after insisting over and over (and over and over...) again that I would use it all the time and it would be the best thing I ever got in my life.
Since it arrived (in October I think?) all I have used it for is to fix a few seams.
Now I have used machines before but that was many moons ago back at school but I'm really stuck as the where to get started.
So here's the question; what book(s) would you suggest for a amateur sewer such as myself?

(oh, sorry if this is in the wrong place or annoys anyone for any reason.)
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