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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Needle Thread Wrapping around Bobbin Casing on: July 15, 2010 02:27:09 AM
Hey all,

I was hoping someone could help me figure out what the heck my sewing machine is doing!  Roll Eyes It's being such a silly thing.

I've played with the tension and that didn't help, and I've made sure I've been threading it properly. I've also looked through the message board to make sure I'm not repeating a question already asked.

Problem: The needle thread is getting stuck on a piece of the bobbin mechanism/casing and causing loop after loop to form underneath the bobbin window on my Huskystar 219. Here's a video to show what exactly is happening (sorry, I have a crappy camera). In the video, the thread only made a single loop, but when I'm actually sewing, every loop forms in this way instead of on my fabric.


Thank you for any help you can give me. I have all these projects saved up, and now that I'm on a break and have time to dive in to them, my machine fouls up! Isn't that just always the way? heheh

Thank you!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Blythe doll questions~ on: July 23, 2008 05:59:35 AM

I see all this talk about Blythe dolls and now.... I need one!

But the 12" 1972 Blythes are kind of expensive! Will I be shunned and an outcast in the Blythe comunity if I got for a Petite Blythe?

Can anyone give the + / - to each one, I guess if there are any? lol

I've also seen there's a crapton of accessories for Blythe! Including wigs? Can you change the hair on a vintage Blythe or just the Petite ones?

I kinda want to hold out for the color changing eyes, that's pretty awesome! Does anyone that has them have troubles with their dolls' eyes later on? I can see them (or one) getting to be a bit 'lazy'.

Thanks for letting me be a dork! Cheesy

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 1940s/50s Patterns? on: July 03, 2008 10:12:57 PM
Heyo, I'm trying to figure out where to find vintage patterns from the 40s and 50s that would fit me. Seems like all the actual vintage patterns I've come across (or actual dresses in thrift stores) were made for size 2 5foot girls. I'm 5'10" with 38" 30" 42" measurements, a long torso, and on average a size 12 - 14 in most stores (to fit my big booteh~lol). (Do I need to move this over to the plus size discussion?)

I don't have a good enough eye to look at a modern pattern and see how I could change it into a more vintage look, and I'm definitely not skilled enough to start de/reconstructing dresses I find that do fit. hahaha

Anyways, any help and suggestions would be awesome!


I tried doing a search, but after the 1st page the search function was disabled due to high traffic time! oh my! Shocked
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is this a scam? on: May 02, 2006 02:59:16 PM
Not really sure where this message would fit in... If it needs to get tossed to another forum, please drop-kick it there.  Grin

Ok, so I got this letter in the mail from Creative Home Arts Club.

They say they'll send me all this free stuff to test out, and all I do is pay $1 a month and write them back what I think about the product. And, if before the year is over, if I don't want to be a member anymore, all I have to do is X a Cancellation box on the invoice and they'll refund my money.

Is there any kind of catch to this? Anyone even ever heard of them before?

About 6 months ago, I got something similar to this, only it was a gardening one instead of crafts. I didn't do that one, either, because it seemed kinda fishy. And I was taught if something seems too good to be true, it's probably a load of poopy.  Tongue

Would be neat if it was a legit thing! I wonder if I end up getting stuck with shipping and handling charges or something?

Thanks for any feedback!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / raindrops keep falling on my head... (pics pics) on: March 07, 2006 10:43:06 PM
So, I've been going through my closet and dresser drawers pulling out all the clothes I don't wear anymore, and cutting them up and piecing them back together into items I will wear. So this shirt was made from a white tee that had some paint and pizza sauce stains on (hehe I'm such a slob), and 2 button up spandexy/cottony shirts I got too big for. I cut the raindrops and cloud outta the 2 shirts and hand stitched the faces on, then just used my sewing machine and alot of patients (curses wee stretchy stuff always bunching up!) to put them onto the tee over all the stains! And voila~ My own creation of silly raindrops and a loveable raincloud!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing up wool sweaters... Can it be done? on: March 07, 2006 06:24:38 PM
So, I've been digging out all the clothes I don't wear anymore from my drawers and closet and have determined I'm going to make them into clothes I will wear!

One of the things I was wanting to do was cut up the front middle of an old wool sweater and add a zipper or buttons to change it into a cardigan/jacket. I was also wanting to cut a line up the under side of the sleeves (they shrank and I'm trying to make the sleeves not so snug on my arms) and add a strip of another sweater that matches in color, but is wool as well.

Before I start cutting up good sweaters, can I just sew on them like I would any other cloth? Or would it tear up my machine, or snag up all the wool as I was sewing?

Another concern, since they look like they are knitted sweaters (like the kind you get at Target or Old Navy) would they come unraveled if I cut on them? Would the hem I sew hold the 2 pieces together?

Thanks for any suggestions and help. Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Has anyone ran into someone from craftster? on: November 18, 2005 12:19:18 PM
Like, have you been walking down the street or through a store and looked over and saw something familiar. Then realized it was a project you saw posted on Craftster? I think that would be funny. Smiley

Instead of "Hey, don't I know you?" it would be "Hey, don't I know your purse?"  Cheesy
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / snappy coin purse and my first actual purse (image heavy) on: November 18, 2005 11:34:41 AM
After I made a few easy projects on my new sewing machine, I wanted to make something smaller and easy, too. So, I ended up with this coin purse with the left over fabric from my husband's pillow case and lined it with some old fabric my grandmother had left me.

 Then I decided to make a purse! I didn't have a pattern, but just started sewing away! I wish the camera didn't make the outside fabric look so wonky~ Tongue It's a brown and blue soft tweed type fabric.
There's an outside pocket with a snap and an antique button on the outside from my grandmother. There's also a simple inside pocket, and a side cell phone pocket as well.

I got the fabric for the purse at Hancock's and the coin purse fabric at In the Beginning Fabrics (which has an incredible amount of vintage looking fabrics!!) But I really just love the lining fabric for the purse! hehe

I got some pink tweedy type fabric and some pink version of the purse lining to make my friend a Christmas present. Anyone know of any stores that have really neat purse/hand bag patterns?

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / first project: Pillow Case on: November 18, 2005 11:23:10 AM
What's the first thing you make when you get a new sewing machine and haven't used one in year? A pillow case of course! Cheesy

So, I made one for my husband.

I chose this fabric because he really like weird colors and donkeys.
I used the "chicken feet" stitch for the outside seem because it makes me giggle.

hehe anyways, thanks for looking!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / my new pin cushion on: November 17, 2005 12:29:02 PM
this little guy is very handy around the house! it took me a whole 15 minutes to make this! if i can get my scanner to work, I'll scan in the pattern i used to make it. please take note of the detailed stitching. yes. very beautiful work, i must say. i thought adding this precious border might help bring out the unique handsomeness of this elegant pin cushion.

thanks for looking.

  Cheesy  Wink

(just in case. yes this is kinda a joke. my husband looked at it after coming home and started making fun of how sadly pathetic it looked and it probably needed extra love to make up for its shortcomings. so i thought i would share our silliness with you. Smiley and no, there is no pattern either.)
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