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11  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: using metallic thread on: November 14, 2005 09:42:29 AM
Ive always had problems with metallic thread. It tangles horribly and almost always breaks on me. But I have always used the kind that comes on a spool. Maybe I'll have better luck looking for the kind on the card.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: McCall 1279. . .apron on: November 14, 2005 09:13:36 AM
Adorable, Just adorable. I'm working on the courage to cut my vintage patterns and here you are making these cute things. Good for you!
13  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: Sewing machines that are good but cheap? on: November 14, 2005 09:07:18 AM
I can't tell you brand, but get one as simple as you can. If it doesn't do anymore than a straight stitch and a zig zag, that will do you just fine if you don't have alot of experience. My first machine was my Grandmother's from the 70's and she was almost professional. The machine had so many cams and wheels and settings that I couldn't even do a straight seam by myself. I gave up and didn't sew again until necessity determined that I start. I now have a very cheap and simple and cheap and breakable and low quality machine that I love sewing with, even if it is only a straight seam or zig zag.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Vintage (Pre 1959) Projects/Pattern - (No more knitting or crochet) on: November 14, 2005 08:44:59 AM
I just obtained a whole carton of vintage patterns from a local nursing home that was going to toss them out. I'm not entirely sure what to do with all of them. Some are from as early as 1951 through the 80's. They are mostly women's clothing, with few children's and some men's tossed in. I haven't gone through all of them yet, but most seem uncut. There is a HUGE stack of Stretch & Sew master patterns from the 70"s. We are tossing a few random ones up on ebay to see if there are any bites. Most of them are for people much, MUCH smaller than I am, so extending them a bit isn't going to work. I just love them....I'm such a geek.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Wheel of Time swap?? on: November 14, 2005 08:05:26 AM
Im still reading the new book and wondering if this swap idea should just be left to die because of the way the thread keeps fading away.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much material would I need? on: November 14, 2005 05:19:53 AM
I'd suggest going to the fabric store and looking up a similar pattern in size and style and checking the yardage on the back of the package, and then overestimating by something like a yard. If you have left over fabric then you can always make a matching hat or bag.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: other people's photos cookbook on: November 10, 2005 08:57:10 AM
Wicked cool idea! It's adorable.
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Are You Getting Any Shoppers from This Craft Forum...Or Just Lookey-Lous? on: November 10, 2005 05:30:00 AM
True enough Serendipity Crafts, rude is rude. And time is the expensive part of anything handmade. If any of us got paid what our time is worth, we would be looking at Art Gallery pricing and would never sell anything. But I have found that at craft shows if you explain that you also make things like the object you are looking at, you can often flatter your way into geting directions, as long as you are clear you won't be in the booth across the aisle at the next fair.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free ball of Bernat Disco yarn!!! on: November 10, 2005 05:22:46 AM
Steal away
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Are You Getting Any Shoppers from This Craft Forum...Or Just Lookey-Lous? on: November 09, 2005 01:42:33 PM
Making profits from someone else's designs is a horrible thing to do. But that thought has to be tempered with the idea that those horrible " I can make that cheaper/faster/prettier myself rather than buy it from you" thoughts are the root cause of every single one of us doing anything crafty, let alone making any money from it.
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