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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone with a Brother sewing machine found a way to successfully shir? on: February 23, 2011 07:51:33 PM
Brother owners:

Just as a head's up for those that have already posted basically the same question about shirring and other Brother machines - all of the research I have done across the internet suggests that there are a few rare folk who have found some trick to get their Brother machine to shir. But the vast majority all report that it simply will not happen.

I'm assuming that it has something to do with the drop-load bobbin system that Brothers use, and the way that this type of bobbin system maintains tension.

If there are any gurus who have figured out the solution, please enlighten us other Brother owners!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / How to Increase Etsy Store/Facebook fan page traffic? on: February 06, 2011 08:25:39 PM

I've had my Etsy store, Frolic Patch, open since October of last year. I design and make girls' clothing for ages 12 months through 6T or so. I haven't had the shop open very long, and with a 14 month old running the floorboards beneath my sewing pedal, I don't get new designs up as often as I would really like.

That being said...

I know that one of the keys to successful Etsy selling can be the traffic from the coinciding FaceBook page. There are even very successful individuals who sell directly from their FB site as well as their Etsy, or use their FB page as the launch point for new designs, then directing the actual purchasers to Etsy.

I've seen giveaways used on FB, contests, and of course we know that word of mouth is a powerful tool.

And yet... I only have 80-ish people who have fanned my FB site.  The bottom line is that I know I need more traffic on my FB site in order to draw people to my Etsy site. Oh, what a tangled media-web we weave when first we practice to sell online crafts!

Any thoughts? Successes? Laughing and pointing?

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