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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / That plastic seal inside beer bottle caps on: July 24, 2012 01:11:21 PM
While at the cottage, I collected a ton of beer bottle caps, in the hopes of making various recycled jewelry and trinkets with them. However, I didn't quite inspect them (too busy drinking the beer Tongue) and when I got home, I noticed that there's a bit of plastic (or whatever that is) attached to the inside of each cap. I'd guess it's to seal in the liquid and carbon.

This makes it hard to just put a paper design inside, because it won't lay flat. I also tried ripping it out, but some of them are made differently and very difficult to pick out. I'm not about to sit around pulling the seals out of every cap just so I can make crafts. But I certainly see tons of other people making bottle cap crafts and art, so there must be a way around this.

What do you guys do about the seal in recycled caps if you want to put something on the inside of the cap?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Opinions - Janome MyLock 204D Serger on: October 20, 2011 08:38:44 PM
Just wondering if anyone has reviews/opinions on the Janome MyLock 204D serger. I've found a secondhand one available for $250. It seems like a good fit for me, as I don't have much space for my machines or crafting/sewing things in my house and this is a compact machine according to one review site. If anyone has this machine, could you give me a rundown on quality, known recurring issues I might have to deal with, pros/cons etc etc? And is $250 a good price? The description says "Was purchased new but never used. I operate my own clothing business in North York and never needed the machine it was an extra."

Luckily, there's a crafter convention coming up this weekend. I know Janome will have a pavilion set up, so I'll possibly get to see a new model in person. Should also be very helpful for me, but since the people there will be sales reps, I'd like to get some peer insight here!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery machine to computer link on: October 17, 2011 05:55:40 AM
Hey, I'm new to the forum, and considering getting into machine embroidery. I've been sewing for several years now, and always kind of felt like there was something missing from my finished pieces. I recently looked at some digitized embroidery designs available for sale online and fell in love.

Anyway, here's my situation. I do not have a PC computer. I have run on Apple products for the last 6 years. Sure I still own a dinosaur of a PC desktop, but I am neither willing to haul it out of my parents' basement, nor do I think it can handle graphics programs anymore. I've read that some embroidery machines can work with USB flashdrives or SD memory cards.

Here are my questions, does anyone know of Apple OSX compatible digitizing software? And, which machines or brand of machines use flashdrives or SD cards? It seems like everything is Windows only. It can be paid software or open source. I'm unwilling to attempt installing bootcamp and paying for Windows, as it makes Macs tetchy and unstable.

Also, when downloading designs, how do you transfer that to the machine? If you have a machine with USB cable, do you need additional software? If you use one with flashdrive/SD compatibility, do you just plug the drive in, open up the file and go? If so, it seemed strange to me that so many people seem to prefer the USB-cable-to-computer route when they don't actually digitize their own work. But maybe not everyone walks around with a USB drive in their purse and/or around their neck like I do.
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