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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Reddy the red guy on: February 24, 2011 06:09:18 AM
This is Reddy the red guy.  He was an idea I got while I was at work.  I drew up a quick pattern and sewed him together.  The whole thing was designed mainly to test out my sewing machine.  It worked.  I stole the face idea from the shy guys in the super mario games and from the movie repo the genetic opera(one of the characters wears other people's faces).  He's small but cute and of course my daughter was very happy with him.

His horns didn't turn out exactly how I wanted them too, but over all I was happy.  I think next time I have to leave more of a seam allowance.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bob the zombie on: February 24, 2011 06:03:19 AM
This is Bob the Zombie.  He was created using the pattern at http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2008/12/handcrafted-doll-tutorial.html I got the idea there and then looked through the material I had and came up with Bob.  It said I needed stretchy material for his head and hands and feet and all I had was green.  I hand sewed the whole thing.  It was my first try at hair too.  My daughter didn't really like him at first, but she warmed up to him eventually.  He has that kind of power over people.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first plush on: February 19, 2011 09:58:33 AM
This is my first plush that I made.  It's not the prettiest thing, but my daughter loves it.  She named him Texi.  I came up with the pattern myself.  I learned alot while making him.

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / sweaters on: February 15, 2011 09:12:44 AM
I have seen a lot of posts where people have use sweaters to make dolls and pillows and all kinds of things.  I was wondering how to go about it.  I read a tutorial on felting the sweaters, but I wanted to know if that's all you need to do.  Won't they unravel on you?  Should I stick with tightly knit sweaters?  do I need to use some tape or something to stop it from unraveling?  Can i run them through my sewing machine, and if so what kind of a stitch should I use?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Thread tension on: February 15, 2011 09:09:30 AM
Hello everybody.  First I want to say thanks.  if it wasn't for this forum I would have thrown out my machine last week and bought a new one, but after all the faqs and stuff I read here I was able to figure out my problem and now the sewing is going smooth and the machine is working like a charm.  But I have a question.  Is there a guide to thread tension settings?  I checked my manual and it doesn't tell me much.  I am using a shark easy sew.  There is a dial on the front of the machine to set the tension that goes from 1-8.  I have found that 4 seems to be working for me for fleece and stuff like that, but is the a guide to what I should be setting it at or is it all just trail and error?
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