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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 / 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
3  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:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Captivity lace-up shrug on: September 25, 2009 08:53:23 PM
This was made for someone else using their design...and I quite like it!! Cheesy
(Ignore my lame Halloween-ish photoshopping, hahah.)

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 3 new gothic shrugs on: September 17, 2009 04:38:50 PM
In the spirit of Halloween I made some gothic above-the-bust shrugs!

This one I made a skull heat transfer for the back and designed it like a cameo Smiley

Burgundy shrug with lacey sleeves

And finally a black shrug with corset lacing in the back

Thanks for looking! Cheesy

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / When must you reverse image?? on: August 26, 2009 03:27:33 PM
When using the normal/white fabric transfers do you ALWAYS have to reverse the image?

The images I plan on using will be full color and black and white. Some will have text.
So how do you know when you have to reverse the image?

Thanks so much ~ it's a simple question but I was having trouble getting it answered nonetheless! Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gothique capelet with back corsetted detailing on: July 27, 2009 04:14:19 PM
This is my latest creation, I would love some feedback on it! It's a capelet with *faux* gathered sleeves that add an extra sense of structure. I ruffled 9 yards of lace myself and sewed it around the edges and added corset lacing in the back!

As always, any feedback is very much appreciated, I'm always looking for new ideas! Cheesy
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Manson skirt! on: July 14, 2009 12:57:28 PM
I'm new to these transfers but think they are AMAZING! This is the first project I've completed with them Cheesy

I used the kind of transfers for colored fabric but ended up printing it on white fabric in the end, once I realized that it really doesn't work if you use black Sad But I found a way to make it work! I printed it onto the white cotton, then cut around the edges so none of the white showed, and then zig-zagged it onto my skirt, and it worked great, yay!! Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Lace Bustle Back Skirt plus romantic shoulder wrap! on: July 13, 2009 06:25:45 PM
Hey guys! I used to post here all the time, but not in foreeeever! I plan to change that and come back and show my new things on a regular bases Cheesy

So here's my latest!

A pencil skirt with red lace accents, including a ruffled bustle! Been wanting to make something bustle-like on a pencil skirt for a while now, glad I finally did!

And, a romantic shoulder wrap made with really pretty lilac mesh fabric and black lace Smiley

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / I need serious Photo Pendant HELP!! on: April 11, 2009 10:41:41 AM
I'm at my wits end with this stuff, any help would be VERY much appreciated!!!

The pendants I make involve decoupaging printed-out photos/images (using high quality photo paper) to a pendant base.

I have tried some different styles, including various wood tiles, glass tiles (with the image underneath), and currently metal bezels.

I've had pretty good luck with decoupaging onto the wooden tiles, BUT with every other method I run into one major problem every time! The ink from the image smears and runs.  Angry

There is only ONE kind of sealer that does not smear the ink, and it's an acrylic spray sealer, so I cannot use it for bezel pendants in which the whole is to pour the sealer so it has a built-up affect, like with Diamond Glaze. The built-up ones are what I've always liked best, so that's what I want to conquer.

I've done lots of reading and even personally asking Etsy sellers (who sell the supplies for this stuff) for help, and have not had any luck.

I've tried so many different techniques and products for making the ink stay put. Nothing works!

*I've used a protective spray meant to keep ink from running (works GREAT under my acrylic spray sealer, but nothing else)
*I've tried Diamond Glaze and 3D Crystal Lacquer on their own
*I've tried using my protective spray, THEN a nice coat of my acrylic spray sealer, THEN several coats of Diamond Glaze
*I've tried the protective spray, then Mod Podge (like, every kind of Mod Podge too), then Diamond Glaze
*I've used a protective anti-smear product called Micro Glaze
*I've tried using slightly less ink when I print the images

If you have any ideas I'm all ears. I'm losing hope!
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