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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  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.
3  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.
4  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.)
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where can I get pastel colored or glitter acrylic for laser cutting? on: July 11, 2013 08:45:52 PM
I've recently been allowed to use a laser cutting machine. I want to make rings for myself and friends. One thing I really want to use are opaque pastel colors in the designs, or maybe glittered ones.
The only things I can find to order in reasonable quantities in pastels is pink, and these glitter colors: https://www.inventables.com/categories/materials/acrylic?utf8=%E2%9C%93&selected_filters%5BEffect%5D%5B%5D=Glitter but I was hoping to find a light pink or a sparkly black.
If you guys have any ideas, please let me know. I thought of a possible work-around. I think I could take some nail polish and paint it on the back side of clear acrylic and use that. Then the color and sparkles would shine through. I'd rather get pieces that were the right color to start with, though. Thanks for your help!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What is this Japanese sweet? on: February 09, 2012 08:39:59 AM

I've had it one time in high school. I don't really remember what it tasted like. Does anyone know what it's called? Is it a type of mochi? I think I didn't think it was very sweet back then, but my tastes have changed now and I want to try to make some.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Simple/Easy Crafts Swap Gallery (mail by 2-24-2012) on: February 08, 2012 05:32:48 PM
Swap signup info: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401251

Swap name: Simple/Easy Crafts Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Cloudsnapper
Sign-up date range: 1/3/2012 to 1/24/2012
Date to send item by: 2/24/2012

Please post pictures of your lovely crafts!

Blue: Sent
Green: Package received
Strikethrough: Feedback given
Orange: Sending late with communication
Red: Problem! Please contact the organizer

We have partners! My apologies if I spell your name wrong here. I'll forward the questionnaires as fast as I can after posting this.
professionalpineapple <---> Hellzapopper  Smiley
normashellyjean <---> gerbilgal  Smiley
cloudsnapper (flaked)<---> starfish1211 (dropped the swap, feedback deleted)
bunny1kenobi <---> Mod35tBabe  Smiley
flygirl88 <--->Koreena  Smiley
texscrapper <---> astrangeone  Smiley
Lady Orizas <--->Thimbles71  Smiley
littlebluegirl <---> HolaKitty  Smiley
gotgrey ---->amazing_784 ---> Karwash ---> gotgrey Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Deco Gloves for my cousins on: January 21, 2012 07:21:12 PM

I have 3 cousins, 8 and 6. I wanted to make them something to mail them. My friend came over and had some awesome decorations, so I made decorated gloves! I hope they like pink!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tiered Mori girl skirt on: January 10, 2012 08:19:48 PM
I finished this skirt yesterday.

Pardon the allergies face. Also, I was trying to demonstrate how to make my camera zoom.

It's a simple tiered skirt made from a pattern in a Japanese sewing book called Winter Clothing in One Day. I'm going to use it for daily wear and to get a Mori Girl look.

Close-up of the fabric detail:
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / 60" opaque cotton on: January 08, 2012 09:16:44 AM
I'm in need of some 60" opaque cotton to make a historical nightgown. http://butterick.mccall.com/b5061-products-7674.php?page_id=916&search_control=display&list=search The one in the lower right corner, I guess the only nightgown on there. I love the design.
I can't find any in the fabric stores in town (Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby.)
I found some 60" broadcloth at FabricDirect.com and it says it's a little heavier than a man's dress shirt, but all the broadcloth I've found in town is really light and you can see through it some. I want to be able to wear this around people and it be decent. Would flannel be better? I'm only thinking that flannel would be too hot.
I want to make this because I have a sewing book from the 50's that says that everyone needs a nightgown for entertaining overnight houseguests. That sounds so silly now, but it's pretty and would be kind of funny.
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