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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Mini Magic Box without drivers, how can I use this? on: April 13, 2014 03:49:37 PM
My mom bought a Bernina Deco 300 embroidery machine from this lady on facebook. It came with a mini magic box, but the magic box is discontinued and isn't being supported anymore by the company. I can't find drivers or anything to use it on my computer. Does anyone have this and have any ideas of where I can get some drivers?
The box seems to be in working order, since the light comes on when it's plugged in and I can see it in the device manager as "USB Embroidery Conversion Box."
Thank you!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Fabric Froebel Star Ornaments on: November 22, 2013 11:14:46 PM
stillatthetop, I think I'll try out the fixative spray. That doesn't sound like it would make the fabric change textures.

SiFi Mom, thank you very much!

ceralea, thank you! I do want to try a glittery or metallic fabric. Maybe like the kind for quilting that has gold or silver painted on in parts. I'm worried that something too metallic, like lam, wouldn't be able to crease as well as the cotton.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: How to buy chocolate for molding on a budget? (Chocolate-making party) on: November 19, 2013 10:32:25 AM
Ooh, that's a good idea. Christmas chocolates can be really cheap. Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snow Queen Lolita dress on: November 18, 2013 09:51:51 PM
I would love to take pictures of it in the snow, but it rarely snows in North Alabama. Maybe I'll get lucky this year.
5  COOKING / Dessert / How to buy chocolate for molding on a budget? (Chocolate-making party) on: November 18, 2013 09:29:30 PM
I'm planning on hosting a chocolate-and-valentine-making party for some friends in February. I have a couple molds, and I'll probably buy a few more. The thing I'm stumped about is the chocolate. We'll use candy melts for small accents, but I think they taste pretty bleh. They're fine for adding stripes or something, but I don't really want to make stuff only from them.
High quality chocolate is very expensive. I'll probably have 8 people over, so that'll add up really fast. Chocolate chips are reasonable, but are there other options? I haven't decided for sure, but I think we'll mostly be doing molded chocolates and possible ganache truffles or something.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fabric Froebel Star Ornaments on: November 18, 2013 04:58:41 PM
I made these last night. I've been wanting to make them since I discovered froebel stars last year after Christmas and fell in love.

Froebel stars normally also have 4 points coming from the flat part and poking upward on both the front and back, but that would have been difficult with just fabric. They're generally made with paper instead of fabric and are a German Christmas decoration. I think I saw a blog with some like this last year, but I don't remember what it was. I just took fabric strips 3 inches wide and about a foot long, folded them in half hot dog style, and folded the raw edges in, hot dog style again. 1/4 a yard in both green swirls and candy cane prints yielded 4 stars.

Does anyone know of any good glitter spray? I used Krylon's glitter blast spray paint, but the glitter comes off whenever you handle them. They don't get bare looking, but I was thinking of giving them as gifts and it kind of looks like they're not made very well with the rate they shed.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snow Queen Lolita dress on: July 18, 2013 05:27:20 PM
This looks amazing! All the elements look great together, but I especially love the sleeves!
Thank you! I really like the sleeves, too. I'll have to use the style on another dress or top Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Snow Queen Lolita dress on: July 15, 2013 01:28:10 PM

I'm very proud of this dress, because it's the first successful big sewing project I've done. Also, I drafted my own pattern. I made it for a lolita high tea in Atlanta this past winter where the theme was  "Forest Fairy Tales."

I drafted the bodice using these instructions: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/constructing-the-basic-bodice-block I think they're very good instructions. I had trouble with the shoulders, but my husband may have measured my shoulder width wrong. That seems like a pretty tricky measurement to take, since it doesn't really have easy endpoints. But re-drafting wasn't too hard.

I did the skirt part from scratch, but honestly, a lolita skirt is very simple. I had a little trouble with the sleeves since most instructions for long sleeves aren't meant for that kind of gathered top. (This blog post has information about making sleeve shapes. http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/08/drafting-part-vii-adapting-basic-sleeve.html) I made a fabric draft and just pinned it where I thought it should be sewn. It ended up giving it a good sleeve shape, but they ended up a couple inches too short. The straps to gather the sleeves at the wrist took pretty much constant adjustment to stay looking good, so I don't think I'll do them that way again.
The crown, I wasn't terribly happy with it. I ended up finishing it at the hotel the night before, and the points were pretty floppy. It also wouldn't stay on at all. I know how to fix it for the future, though. I wrapped fleece and then fur around an embroidery hoop I had bent into a slight oval and glued icicle Christmas ornaments to it for the spikes.

My ankle collars, or whatever they should be called, were really easy. The curve of the fabric is pretty important, though. Make some mock-ups. I used paper towel so it would have at least a little bit of drape. Maybe I should have lined these properly, but I just used FabriTak glue around the edges to seal it. Since it was a really fluffy fur, that worked fine. (By the way, that's my hands-down favorite fabric glue. It's alcohol based, so it dries really fast. It's pretty flexible, too.) They really dressed up my simple character shoes.

The fabric I used was a pretty good light blue satin with a layer of cheap white sheer curtain fabric on top. I basted each piece of the pattern together before I cut them out. I don't know if you need to do that or not, but it made everything line up really well. I had wanted to do light blue satin with a layer of white chiffon, but chiffon is actually a lot more opaque than I had thought. The curtains ended up being so much cheaper in the end, so it worked out well.

Thanks for viewing! I had a lot of fun making this dress.
(The photos with the black background were taken at the tea party by Megan Maude. I don't know if she owns them or if Frill does.)
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for heart shaped O-Rings like these on: July 12, 2013 10:54:31 AM
Sorry, no one has found her source. Some people who copy her stuff and sell it in China have, but they wouldn't tell where to buy it, either. A lot of people have used heart shaped keyrings to emulate the look, but they don't look nearly as nice.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My version of the lost earring bracelet on: July 12, 2013 10:50:27 AM
That's such a good idea! I think I'll make one today  Cheesy Yours turned out pretty cute. I don't know about mine, a lot of my studs have black wires.
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