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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crimping on: February 10, 2013 01:18:55 AM
I don't usually use crimp beads because I find they spoil the look of the piece. This of course could be user error, and I'm not using them correctly Tongue but I find they don't look as 'polished', and there are usually other, prettier, ways of fulfilling the function of a crimp bead.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: thread feeding from top tangling underneath fabric on: August 04, 2012 01:06:09 AM
I have sort of fixed the problem. Something is clearly stuffed in the tension mechanism, but if I feed the the upper thread underneath the stitch selector knob in the centre of the machine, it fixes the stitching. I discovered this by accident, but it'll do as a temporary fix. It looks like I need a new tension mechanism though. Are these even still available for a machine circa 1958?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / thread feeding from top tangling underneath fabric on: August 04, 2012 12:14:27 AM
Hi all,

I'm having ongoing problems with my sewing machine. It's an elderly Singer 401A, but is in pretty good nick. It's just been in to be fixed, which fixed one problem(where it whirred for anything up to 10 seconds before beginning to sew)  improved the other...for a week. The other problem is that the thread that feeds from the top of the machine is snarling and loose underneath the fabric. I was told it was a tention problem and that there'd been some thread wound around the tension mechanism, which my repair guy removed and then recalibrated the mechanism. This more-or-less(still tiny bit loose in places but huge improvement) fixed the problem...flash forward to a week later. I sit down to to the final hem on my a-line skirt, and it's worse than ever! I'm posting a sample of the problem on a left-over scrap. It's the underside of the fabric. Does anyone know what else I can do? I've already threaded, rethreaded, adjusted the tension knob, put a new needle in and tried a different bobbin.

Thanks for any help, this is driving me up the wall!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 401a blows mains fuse when I try to sew on: December 22, 2011 09:33:42 PM
It's fixed and running well again:) The cable to the machine had pulled loose and shorted. I'm so glad it was fixable as it's an ace machine.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 401a blows mains fuse when I try to sew on: December 21, 2011 09:09:23 PM
Thanks. I called my retired electrician uncle. He thinks it's possible I may have plugged it in upside down Roll Eyes I'm going to take it over for him to have a look at tomorrow.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 401a blows mains fuse when I try to sew on: December 20, 2011 10:43:06 PM
I recently bought an old (circa 1958) Singer 401a machine, apparently in excellent condition with all attachments etc. It's been running a dream, but having set it up this evening to make a last-minute xmas present, it blew the mains fuse as soon as I plugged it into the wall. Upon resetting the mains and trying again, it did it again. Does anyone know what the problem is, and is it fixable(affordably fixable, that is)?

" Merry Christmas, here's the pieces of your christmas present..." Roll Eyes Eek I'm in a bit of a bind now.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling on Etsy in New Zealand -taxes on: February 25, 2011 07:57:54 PM
Hi there everyone,

I'm thinking of starting an etsy store to sell my jewellery, but I can't find any relevant info about the tax obligations and how to go about fulfilling them, for a seller based in New Zealand. I know I would have to pay tax, that there is no limit that you can sell below without having to pay taxes(and that our IRD have been cracking down on it, so I wouldn't want to take a chance), but I can't find the relevant info. Has anyone got any local experience with this? I'd really appreciate your advice.
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