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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / DIY rotary cutting mat?? on: May 08, 2014 04:51:44 PM

I'd really like to start using a rotary cutter & mat for my sewing....after a decade of sewing it's about time!  Cheesy

I want at LEAST an 18"X24" size, preferably even bigger, but after hours of Googling, the cheapest deal I can find is 20 bucks for an 18"x24', and remember I said "preferably bigger"....  Roll Eyes

I would REALLY like some ideas for crafting my own cutting mat.  I'm shocked that I can't seem to find any good info on the interwebs about this, just some unanswered questions and some tips of purchasing alternatives that claim to be cheaper but are not (i.e. plastic floor protectors you put under office chairs are pricey, as is flooring laminate).

I was thinking of just getting some of those cheap plastic chopping boards and gluing them together on top of some sort of sturdier platform. They sell a 4 pack of 12"x"15's for $7 on eBay.

 I can then Sharpie a measuring grid on top I suppose. Of course there would be "seams" where the mats are pieced together, but I wonder if that would even be an issue, considering rotary blades are supposed to be insanely sharp.

Has anyone does something like this? Huh I'd love some ideas!

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Singer won't turn on anymore! on: January 26, 2014 12:58:14 AM
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I fixed it!

I spent some MORE time googling and read that the wiring inside the foot petal can get undone over time, and that it's an easy fix - so I tried that - I opened it up but it looked fine, so I crossed that off my list.

Next I read about how if you buy a vintage machine that has electrical tape around the wires, that obviously tells you the previous owner had re-wired it and that it's safe to assume their handy work will not last forever so you should just replace the wiring right off the bat.

Mine did have electrical tape where it was connected to the power source.

I was afraid of unscrewing anything (novice, remember?) but I grew some balls and unscrewed the motor and the plate covering the power source and went ahead and carefully unpeeled the electrical tape.....

....and bam! The wire was totally disconnected under there!
I had my bf help me by soldering it back together and it WORKS NOW!

 I found it hard to believe considering it had just been sitting in a box in storage, but take if from me, the wiring can totally come undone at unexpected times.

Sooo, if any future Craftster has a vintage machine that all of a sudden stops working, check the wiring! Smiley Thanks for your help gals!!!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Singer won't turn on anymore! on: January 25, 2014 08:55:41 PM
I have a 66 and may or may not be able help. Smiley

Can you take a picture of the plug area on the machine? I have to assume there is a motor on the back right of the machine. And a new foot controller might be in order. I'm pretty sure a new one can be purchased for about $20.

The silly thing that could be wrong is the light bulb is unplugged/needs to be replaced. Joann's sells replacement bulbs (usually).
Sorry late reply! Actually the light bulb turns on fine which is good. Yep, the motor is on the back right side.
 I'll try to take a picture tonight, but I will say that whomever had this machine previously must have rewired it and put electrical tape around the cords for the motor/foot petal at the beginning where they go into the machine. I wish I could just eye ball it to detect any problems with it, but my novice eyes don't know exactly what to look for. I mean, the cords have no exposed areas and they seem to be connected to the machine properly. But I will take a picture!

It sounds electrical, rather than the motor.  Can the cord be replaced without replacing the motor?

My 1970s mixmaster did pretty much the same thing, and it was just that the cord was old.  There were no visible breaks, but somewhere inside was a gap between the wires.

Interesting about the wires being separated....see, I know nothing about wiring but this tells me that could possibly be what's wrong with mine. There are no breaks/exposes areas on my cords but who knows what's going on inside...

Does it have an on/off switch?
If so, I wonder if the toggle finally gave up the ghost.  They can just give up the ghost like that. 
Can you open it up, or are you comfortable enough to open it and plug it in, so you can test to see if power is going to the actual motor with a ticktestor?  If not, is there a local sewing repair shop that can give you a cheepie or free look over and opinion?
Funny enough when I pulled this out of storage I kept trying to look for the on/off switch...embarassing! lol...I had forgotten the old machines don't have one. You just plug it in and push on the foot petal and it's supposed to hum away...which mine does not lol.

I'm novice enough to not know what a ticktester is, lol. Should I get one and try it? I suppose I will need to call around and ask who'd be willing to look it over without charging...
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Singer won't turn on anymore! on: January 04, 2014 06:44:55 PM
I have the manual downloaded to my computer, but it doesn't provide much info and definitely doesn't say anything about the motor unfortunately.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Singer won't turn on anymore! on: January 04, 2014 06:30:58 PM
Thanks for your reply!

Connections appear secure, no damage to the cords, nothing is loose, and the wheel DOES turn with ease.

I've tried Googling this repeatedly and can't seem to get any closer.

The machine worked awesome when I bought it. This is literally my first time experiencing a problem with any machine, so I'm rather bummed out.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Singer won't turn on anymore! on: January 04, 2014 05:29:50 PM
I have an electric Singer 66 made in 1948 that I used only a couple times before it had to endure over a year in a box in storage (*cry*).

I took it home recently to find that when I plug it in....nothing happens. It won't sew. The motor doesn't turn on and the foot pedal doesn't work.

I admittedly know very little about the complexities of the machinery itself so I'm asking you guys for some help here! What could be the problem? Is it bad wiring or something? The machine looks just as great as it did when I bought it. I had it carefully packed in a box and it was not moved around or dropped while in storage or anything like that.

I see the motors and foot pedal combos selling on Ebay for under 40 bucks, should I try replacing it myself? Advice please! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plethora of cocktail hats on: March 16, 2010 12:21:18 PM
Some of them are circular, about 5.5" in diameter.
The teardrop ones I just kept drawing out until I found a shape I liked. I don't like the really long ones, so the shape I settled on has a softer teardrop shape to it than what I see a lot of other people make. I'd suggest you do what I did and practice drawing out shapes because I'm too lazy to scan my pattern, HA! Wink
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plethora of cocktail hats on: March 16, 2010 11:23:01 AM
Very cool . Did you mold your forms to get them to curve  ?
Thanks! I took the 2 layers of felt and made a pleat at the back, and found that it makes the hats sit perfectly on the curve of the head Smiley Oh, and I sewed on plastic combs to the underneath side, which I forgot to mention!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plethora of cocktail hats on: March 16, 2010 10:55:08 AM
I'm thrilled with how these little hats turned out!
They have stiff felt (2 layers) for the base, so they're nice and sturdy feeling.
I'd love some feedback, since I plan on making more soonishly.

My personal favorite:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Captivity lace-up shrug on: September 27, 2009 02:57:40 PM
Thanks guys!!

It's just normal long sleeves, no trim or anything ~ the person I had made it for originally had me make bell/flared sleeves which looked awesome but then changed her mind, so I took them in. Smiley
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