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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Redecorating an aggressively black treadmill? on: May 01, 2011 02:41:59 AM
So I'm lucky enough to own a very decent quality treadmill which is wonderful but has passed through several hands before it came to me. Visually it looks fine, if you go for that big black hi-tech masculine machine look, which looks beyond weird in my very feminine bedroom...

I use it daily for but am beginning to really hate how it looks. So I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to make it less... ugly? I can't cover it or surround it with a screen as my rooms only 6 foot wide and the treadmill is 4 foot wide. I'd end up creating a tunnel/crowded atmosphere which is also not what I'm after.

The only idea I have so far is to wrap most of the struts in ribbon, except for the joints so we can pull it down/put it together without removing the decor. Maybe some hand dyed tassels on the handles as well....

This is the treadmill I have
(I just picked a random page that had a pic)

I've been searching and googling but it seems no one decorates there workout equipment, which is quite boring. All my other exercise equipment is pink, makes it much more fun to use pretty things as you exercise...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Sometimes you can be too dedicated to a project.. on: February 28, 2011 11:53:15 PM
Back Story - So very recently my grandmother moved to a nursing home leading to the very large family divvying up everything she left behind. I emerged from the battle unscathed with a prize I'd been eyeing for years, her forty year old dressing table. I was told countless times it was just made of chipboard and wasn't worth resuscitating as it was so chipped..

I've been ever so slowly repairing it and it's been sitting on the back verandah where normally it would be totally protected. Until the storm of a lifetime hit. Everything that was outside and wasn't bolted down was flying and I really needed to make sure doors were locked and our car did have it's parking brake on, and what I was doing? trying desperately to protect my 'chipboard' dressing table. Well until it took flight anyway....

...and landed unscathed thirty metres away, with only the tiniest missing chip of veneer that I'd only reattached an hour or so ago....

I'm still in awe that it survived and also the fact that there's only a single piece of chipboard in it, either that or it's made of a miraculous type of chipboard that doesn't get water damage.... Though I'm still shaking my head that at the time all I could think of was to protect my new project, a free dressing table is worth more than a car apparently LOL. We did get through unscathed and were able to find everything in neighbours paddocks, one car is pretty dented on the roof, but it was only mum's quick reflexes that stopped her and the car being completely crushed by a tree.

Anyway that was kind of a rambly post but oh well....
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twenty year old stored serger, advice on rescuing it? on: November 23, 2010 09:42:59 PM
I'm still amazed at how well it runs, My Mum's using it at the mo to make pants and its running like a dream. Might I add before now my mother referred to it as a piece of sh*t that broke every ten cm LOL, so far its running like a dream for her. She's now claiming that she kept it because she knew I'd want it, since she packed it away when I was two I'm not quite sure how much truth is in that LOL.

Overall if I do decide to spend money on it this is what it needs to be returned to its original working order
- The lower knife replaced
- The tension dials removed and cleaned
- an overall service to clean all the dust out

However it is perfectly usable as is as long as your aware of its current quirks so I'm extremely happy. I love free sewing machines LOL, I've actually never owned a brand new sewing machine or used one, all the ones I've used have been second hand. Though I'm also a total bernina girl, can't find my way around a pfaff for the life of me LOL.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twenty year old stored serger, advice on rescuing it? on: November 22, 2010 10:40:32 PM
Yay talking to myself anyway, I spent some time fiddling with the tension settings etc today and now have the machine doing a perfect overlock stitch. I started out with a mid weight cotton broad cloth as its the easiest thing on earth to sew and just kept trying and referring back to the manual until the stitch came out perfect. Then I grabbed some stretchy fabric and only changed the differential feed (just wanted to get an idea of how much the tension would have to be changed) and the stretch fabric sewed like a dream on the same settings. I've never been able to sew stretch well and I now have about twenty different clothes patterns and ideas in my head, I am definitely having fun.

I am however also toying with the idea of trading this in now its up and running, the guy who services our machines runs a business selling new and used machines and sergers and the Bernina 800D looks gorgeous, but i'd still have to raise $500 or so for that so its pretty much a pipe dream LOL...
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twenty year old stored serger, advice on rescuing it? on: November 22, 2010 03:29:24 PM
This serger reminds me all over again why I love the older machines.

I got it out this morning and started to dust it and remove all the accumulated crap. I couldn't get everything, there's some dust in the internal workings that I can see but can't reach but I got the majority out and I replaced the foam pads. I cleaned out all the tangled thread etc as well and then figured I may as well try turning it on and having a look at how much damage there is to the machinery. So plugged it in and switched it on, all good so far, so I then threaded it which was an interesting and annoying job LOL. Then grabbed some fabric in the off chance it would run and pressed the foot down, nothing happened...

Emma gets cranky and glares at the serger... Then I realise I've left both covers open and I can clearly see a circuit breaker in one... Emma's an idiot. So I shut all the doors grab the fabric and try again, and watch in amazement as it neatly cuts and overlocks the edge....

As far as I can tell the only almost broken thing is the tension dial for the right hand needle which is giving much more tension then the other dials, but I can easily live with that until I can get this serger serviced. The threads not great either but since it's twenty years old it's kind of expected and I'll replace it next time I'm out.

There is something amazing about the older machines, they are lovely indestructible machines that really do last forever.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twenty year old stored serger, advice on rescuing it? on: November 22, 2010 01:11:22 AM
So I just did a quick trip to my dads house to rescue the serger. It was under about forty metres of various white fabrics that would've been twenty years old but I found it!

So first impressions
It's a bernette 335 five cone
It's very very yellowed, incredibly dusty and needs a good clean
The manual is MIA but I just downloaded a copy so all good
The foam pads on which the cones sit are destroyed, at some point they hardened and now crumble at the slightest movement/touch.

Obviously it needs a lot more work, it needs to be cleaned before I can even consider plugging it in but it looks like I could get it to work again... I'll post pics in a few days (basically I don't have a desk so my imac is still packed away, and the camera connections are in the same box but under the huge computer, so until I have a desk, so I can unpack the computer there will be no pictures....

At second glance the accessories pack is missing (according to the manual it contains two screwdrivers, additional spool caps, a spare knife, a seam guide and oiler, its meant to contain a dust cover as well but that was with the machine. As to the machine itself the needle threader s missing but the looper threader is present.

I just tried the hand wheel and the needle (ones missing) still moves up and down smoothly which is impressive. The machine also has the needle size written all over it so at least one thing is easy...
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Twenty year old stored serger, advice on rescuing it? on: November 22, 2010 12:09:43 AM
So I'm a sewer, my Mum's a textile artsist so I quite literally knew my way around a sewing machine before I could walk. I got my first machine when I was eight, an old Bernina 1011 which even now I adore even though it is truly getting on in the years now. When I was 12 (and actually trusted) I got a Bernina 153 QE which is fantastic as well. However since my parents separation we've been working on clearing the house out, and one discovery I made (and am hoping is still there) is a 20 year old Bernette serger (I believe a 4 or 5 cone model), now my mother never has had all that much patience with dressmaking so I can totally understand why it's been stored for the past fifteen years but assuming I can find it again I'd love to start cleaning it up and getting it running again.

So I've only used a serger once in textiles class years ago to make a pair of pants, but I'd love to use one for the stretchy materials etc as when they are up and running properly I know they work like a charm. But the problem is getting it up and running.

So some questions

At the moment I'm skint and my 1011 takes priority so I won't be able to get this serger serviced for quite a while so I'm hoping I'll be able to fix this myself, so what are the first things I need to check on this machine?

I know sergers take a different thread to regular sewing machines, does this have a particular name or is it just thread cones for sergers?

Do you need to replace needles on sergers like sewing machines? what type is needed?

What about the um cutting thingmajig? that trims the fabric as you feed it through? does that need be oiled/sharpened/replaced?

Any other advice is greatly appreciated! I haven't seen this in a few years so I may not be able to locate it again but I doubt it's been thrown out/given away. Though I don't quite know what I'm thinking, I just have one small room at my parents house and that already has two sewing machines in it and I want to add a serger? I'm nuts LOL.

Thanks for any and all help!!!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Jesus Freak swap? on: February 06, 2010 10:51:48 AM
Sigh, I hear about this the day my car is packed and I'm moving, meh. Have fun though guys!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Victorian Corset on: February 04, 2010 01:33:35 PM
Because Amy wasn't after a huge amount of waist reduction there isn't a lot of boning in it, there are boning channels at every seam, with two cable ties in each, and then two cable ties on either side of the middle seam and boning channels on the edges of the back panels. There's also a modesty panel which also has two boning channels. I doubled the cable ties as I couldn't find the heavy duty ones, just some really really long ones.

Cable Ties have only one drawback and that's that they'll mold to the wearers body as their worn, so eventually the corset will always hold a particular shape. But since the majority of the original corsets did that as well, it's not really a problem.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Victorian Corset on: February 04, 2010 01:04:26 AM
Just thought I'd share, I made this for another forum member- AmysSculpturalBeading using the TV110 pattern. It's 100% cotton with a mid-weight black broadcloth as the outer layer and lining, with heavy weight cotton canvas as a strengthening inner layer. The boning is made from cable ties, as we weren't going for a huge waist reduction. Wide Satin ribbon for the lacing and some wide black lace for a bit of pretty. It's meant to be more functional undergarment wear as opposed to a decorative fashion corset.

Anyway just thought I'd share


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