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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda Bottle Coin Pouch and more on: October 08, 2009 02:25:47 PM
Neat. Might be something to keep my ferrets out of their treats... good stuff.
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Metalopoly! The Metalocalypse Board Game on: October 08, 2009 12:05:04 PM
Hah! Very clever, my fiance and I like that show too  Cheesy
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Emergency Zombie Defense Station on: October 07, 2009 10:15:57 PM
Hah, really now. So this is where that came from? I remember finding this project while googling for zombies a while back, before I knew the joys of craftster. Like many here, I have a soft, if not slightly rotten, spot for zombies. You're sorta famous. Congratulations on the job well done, we're all a bit safer now.
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 07, 2009 06:40:33 PM
Thanks Sew-Classic. I figured there were probably others out there somewhere, I just haven't been able to find them. The variable speed switch is something I've been thinking about, I'm just not real sure how I'd go about making one. I'll probably enlist my fiance and his technical abilities to look into this for me Smiley
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Brother SE-350 - Introduction to the machine's fabulous-ness! on: October 07, 2009 03:14:48 AM
Hmm.. it's nearly been a year since this thread was last active but I thought I'd give it a shot anyways..

You mentioned that it had a button to start & stop it without having to use the foot pedal. I've been trying to decide what machine to get since I'm a paraplegic and can't use one, at least not with my foot  Roll Eyes. I imagined I'd use my elbow or attach a long pole to try to use with my chin so I could still have both of my hands available but that seems like it might be a bit of a cumbersome hassle.

Do you think this brother could be practical for me?
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 07, 2009 02:59:53 AM
That's very intriguing, thanks so much! I'll definitely have to do some more research on that. It looks promising  Smiley
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 06, 2009 01:24:34 PM
Yeah, I was thinking about something like that. I found one that's operated with a "bytestick" or something similar sounding but I can't actually find anywhere to buy it from. I'm looking at a singer 1507, so I might just go ahead and do the elbow thing. Guess I'm just trying to see what my options are. Thanks for the reply.
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pendant Swap Round 2(CLOSED!!!,send-outs 11/30) on: October 05, 2009 10:41:11 AM
Aw man.. I really hope there'll be another pendant swap I could get in on. You guys make such pretty charms.

29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 05, 2009 09:22:11 AM
While I absolutely love sewing (bags n' clothes n' what-have-yous), I've yet to purchase my own machine. I have full use of my upper body as my situation is the result of an old spinal cord injury (t3). I'm pretty sure I could use my elbow with a foot-operated model but that seems like it would be rather awkward and irritating after a little bit. I've always done all of my sewing by hand and I'd really like to upgrade so I can finish my projects quicker. I guess I'm impatient. 

So my question is this: What would be a quality starter machine for someone who'd rather not have to operate it by pedal? I guess it doesn't have to be a beginner machine but I figure that would probably be the way to go since I've never actually used one that wasn't a hand held model (which was comprised of pure EVIL). I do learn quite quickly though, so if there's a complicated one you'd like to suggest then I'm all for that too. Quality is certainly a factor.. I'd hate to get one I could use easily only to explode it in my enthusiasm  Tongue
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silver Solder? on: October 05, 2009 08:13:08 AM

Any time you solder, you should *always* be in a well ventilated area. Fans and open windows work but being outside is probably best. I did a quick search on the interwebs for you (it's been a while since I've done any soldering and I can't currently locate my supplies to check  Undecided) but I'm almost positive that this is what I use. It's technically for electronics but it's good enough for me. I'm not sure about the diameter though... You should probably check out your local electronics store.

It's 96% tin & 4% silver. I'm pretty sure they'd be required to say if there were any cadmium in it (however, I've never heard of that being in silver solder, ugh. How gross). There's one of those California cancer warnings and though I'm not 100%, I'm fairly confident that that's just to account for the fumes from the melting of resins which make its initial wire form more pliable. In other words, I think it's a catch-all, just-in-case kinda thing.

As for general toxicity, you should mainly be concerned during the actual soldering. That is unless you plan to eat your work. Or eat with/on your work. If you're still worried, you might consider sealing your piece with a coat of food grade resin.

If anyone knows better about this particular solder, please pipe up. The last thing I'd want to do is give incorrect and potentially dangerous advice/information since it's not only concerning me now, but others.  Embarrassed

Like I said, it's what I use so I hope I helped..
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