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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hello Old Navy "Designers" cause I know ya'll are looking at Craftster...a lot! on: August 22, 2005 06:30:28 PM

I've been to Old Navy recently and I have seen so many craftster-esque items it isn't even funny. For instance, embroidered bags that resemble that great green sling with the cherry blossoms on it. Or just generally, a boatload of embroidery ( I know it's not like we all came up with it first, but again it is very craftster-esque).

I know, I know this can easily spiral into some (not craft-related) postmodern chicken or the egg type of discussion. Has anyone else ever had this sort of experience? I find it creepy but it is also kind of nice because I see so many things on here I like but could never make (see previously mention cherry blossom bag). Of course, the things on craftster are obviously made with more care and creativity - AND IT SHOWS.

On a side note: My 80's  radio station is currently playing Eddie Murphy's "Party All The Time". Awesome.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Broken gears in my 70's sewing machine on: June 12, 2005 06:45:41 PM

I was given a 1970's avacado green Sear's sewing machine (with all metal parts) by my boyfriend's mother. Lately it hasn't been sewing, the needle bobs up a down but nothing else really happens so I took it to a repair shop that was recommended to me.

They said it would be $150 to $200 bucks to fix a broken gear and really just wanted to "throw it away for me". I took my machine back home without dropping a nickel on it. The repair place is also a Singer dealership so I figure it might've been a ploy to make a sell, since they have some machines selling at that same price. When I first got my machine I showed it to three experienced ladies and they were all impressed by my green beast so I have a hard time accepting its a lost cause.

Does that sound like a fair price to anyone? How tricky is that sort of mechanical situation? I know this is a long shot-but does anyone in the Northwest Arkansas area know any individuals who tinker on way-old sewing machines?

It might be obvious but I'm relatively new to sewing by machine (the repair shop might've seen me coming, a girl with a sewing machine a decade older than her).

Any suggestions whatsoever are much appreciated. Thanks.
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