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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mask of Red Death and ideas for Halloween 2017 on: May 16, 2017 07:33:56 PM

This is my costume from last year. It was inspired by Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death." Now I'm brainstorming ideas for this year. Ideas welcome.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Alter Pattern Sleeves? on: April 08, 2016 05:52:54 AM
I'm making the jacket from this Simplicity 5746 pattern, view "E." http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Wardrobe-Sleeveless-Cardigan-Camisole/dp/B00KTI2S0S  I'd like to flare the sleeve out and make it a bell sleeve adding about 4" to the wrist circumference.  I'm thinking I need to add (2)  slashes to the sleeve pattern from the elbow to the wrist.  Does that sound right?  If not what would be the best way to do the adjustment?  I'm using a lightweight suiting material if that makes a difference.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Interfacing and Wedding Invites...Help Please on: June 23, 2013 08:15:05 AM
I'm using interfacing as belly bands for my wedding invites and need help on figuring out how to adhere everything. 
Basically I printed out the pattern onto the interfacing and attached ribbon on the top and bottom with a double-sided tape roller.  I folded the ribbons over on one end to hide the raw edges and the tape seems to hold the ribbon pretty well.  I was going to use the tape to form the loop with the interfacing, but it's not staying.  So any suggestions on what to use?  So far I considered a couple options.  Sewing with right sides together, but then I'd have to iron all the seams open.  Iron on hem tape-but I can never get it right without making a mess of the fabric and again that's a lot of ironing.  Or fabric glue which makes it stiff Sad
Any other ideas of what else I can try? 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Show me where you craft! Ideas for craft/office space needed. on: July 02, 2012 11:02:54 AM
Please share pictures of your craft space.  Smiley What is the one thing you wish you had? Is there anything you would have done differently in setting up your space?
I need ideas please! My boyfriend recently moved into my house and we converted one of the bedrooms into an office for him.  So I had to give up my bachlorette ways, and make room for him (suprisingly he doesn't think the sewing machine should live on the kitchen table).  So I've been doing some major purging and now need to set up my workspace/office/woman cave to accommodate my ADD crafting~hopefully on a small budget to boot!
I'm thinking of getting rid of the oversized desk and using a 50" long countertop I took out during the bath remodel as a work table. But what should I do about the sink hole in the middle of it? I put shelving in the closet for storage. But can't decide if I should leave the sliding doors on, or maybe make a large curtain for the opening.  
So bring on the ideas and inspiration because I'm stuck on what to do.  Huh
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bernette 715 on: June 17, 2012 04:50:39 AM

Brand: Bernette

Model: 715

Year: ? (Old!)

Cost: Free to Me (Inherited from my mom.)

How long have you had the machine? 4 years (but just started to "really" use it)

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic Sewing Machine

What are your favorite features? Easy to use, and portable.  I can set it up on the kitchen table and move it out of the way when needed.  It's light enough that it's not a  problem, but takes most of the abuse I throw at it (especially since I'm still learning and am give it a bit of abuse with some trial and error).

What are some of the unique features it has? Just a basic sewing machine.  Here's the manual: http://homeappliance.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/bernina/715.html?idRes=11630398

How well does it run? Just fine when I have it set up correctly.  99% of the time when it goes wonky I find I just need to re-thread. 

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? Nope, I had a problem with everything going wrong (bunched thread, broken upper thread, broken bottom thread, material getting stuck in the feed dogs, etc.)  Turned out it wasn't a problem with the machine at all, but the arm had broken off the bobbin case.  I'm a fairly novice sewer and didn't realize it at first. To be fair the bobbin case was probably the original and I don't always take good care of my things.  So I started from the top and worked my way down to try and find the problem, cleaning/adjusting everything I could.  It was fairly intuitive, especially since I'm still learning, nothing fancy or complicated to have to figure out.  By the time I realized the bobbin case needed replacing I had given it a good cleaning and it runs super smooth now.   

What are your least favorite features? I'm still learning so it has all the basic features I need, but if I were more advanced I might want something fancier-like decorative stitches.  For now it's a great little work horse.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Sure, it really is a sturdy machine. 
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