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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Newbie question: Buying a zipper foot on: October 08, 2009 08:11:57 PM
I took a sewing class circa 1992 and have piddled around with a machine once every 4-5 years since then... and not surprisingly, I've run into a question that has me stumped  Smiley

I seem to have lost my zipper foot.  If I want to replace it, how do I buy the right one?  I have a machine that dates to back before that class I took- New Home MyExcel 15s.  To change out feet, there's a little push button that pops the old one off, and you just snap a new one on.  Each foot has a little bar across the top for this.  (Conveniently, I still have all kinds of funky feet that I haven't come up with a use for, just no zipper foot).

Shopping around a bit online, I see feet organized by "low shank", "angled shank", etc., but is there some other option that I'm just not seeing for this type that snaps on?  Any help would be appreciated!
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / "geek" wrist protection on: January 15, 2006 03:05:56 PM
I finished my first ever knitting project!  My original seed stitch scarf is still in progress, but I can only knit 1 purl 1 for so long before boredom sets in, so I took a break to make something fun.  

I used Diamante fingering yarn, 75% acrylic 25% poliamida (whatever the heck that is.)  I love how it looks, but I think it's not as stretchy as the yarn used in the pattern, so I had to use my engineering skills to actually make it wearable.  I just sewed the edges together loosely in sort of a shoelace pattern and left a loose end so that it can be tightened and loosened as needed.  I tuck the extra end under the band after tightening it.  

Here are some pics:

And the adjustable seam:

The intarsia isn't perfect, but I'm pleased for my first attempt Smiley

Has anybody had any luck making any of these that will fit over your hand yet not be baggy around your wrist?  Is the trick to use yarn with the same composition given in the pattern?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Newbie question- Embroidering on black on: January 12, 2006 08:48:13 AM
I've never really embroidered before, but my husband was complaining that I never make anything crafty for him (I don't think he'd find most of my crocheting manly enough.)  So he got a plain black apron for Christmas and I thought it would be nice to embroider our college logo on it for him... I went and bought the floss I need but now I'm worried about how to go about it.

1) How do I get a pattern onto a black background?  I am by no means skilled at drawing!

2) Is it going to be a problem embroidering on such a dark color? Is there anything I need to do as far as some sort of backing or something?  I'm not sure what the apron is made of, but it's a thin, soft material, I'd guess cotton/polyester blend.

Here is a picture of the said logo:

Any advice would be appreciated Smiley

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Beaded wine bottle coverlet on: December 21, 2005 07:14:53 AM
Hello, I'm new poster, though I've been lurking for awhile.  I love trying out all of the cute ideas from craftsters, so I thought I'd share one of mine.  It's not exactly what I was picturing when I started out, but we're almost to Christmas and it's too late to make more modifications!

I wanted to get a couple of family members wine from a local vineyard, but I wanted to personalize it with some sort of *something.*  Most of what I found in my on-line search looked pretty much like a big fuzzy sock for your wine bottle, and I wanted something a bit more delicate and elegant.  I decided to go with thread crochet with small glass beads.  It doesn't really serve a purpose, but I think the bottle looks prettier than it did when it was naked Smiley

Here it is:

And a closer view:

I will probably try some more of theses in the future... maybe prettier thread, more beads, other changes like that, but I think this can be a good starting point.
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