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11  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / NYC Craft Mafia Business Plan Brunch - this Saturday! on: January 02, 2007 11:20:25 AM
We're going to have a brainstorming session on business plans over some good grub on Saturday, January 6 at 11am.

If you need to start a business plan or if you already have one that just needs an update for the new year, this is for you. We'll be doing exercises from a few books on writing your business plan, helping each other get started on or fine tune our plans, and possibly even have some experienced business-ladies attending to share their knowlege.

This will be the first session of several, but its a good place to get started!

To RSVP (and be sent directions/location) please email joi@newyorkcitycraftmafia.com... see ya saturday!
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / dumb me broke the needleplate on my serger... on: November 29, 2006 09:10:03 AM
I'm not even sure how i did this, but I snapped the needle off of the needleplate on my serger. I've ordered a new one, so its not a long term problem, and it seems to continue to serge (or at least do *something*) even without the needle, but should i be avoiding using it until the new needleplate comes? I dont want to break it further...

ps i mean the horizontal pointy thing on the plate itself, not the needles that go up and down, in case anyone wondered....
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / New Etsy launches this weekend! on: November 01, 2006 12:33:09 PM
I'm so suprised that people aren't yet buzzing here about Etsy 2.0 launching this weekend! it just so happens that I have my shop in edit mode while i get things ready for the winter season, but ill reopen just in time for the 2.0 fun to begin...

http://blog.etsy.com/walk/ for more info!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Anybody used Lucky Labels? on: October 28, 2006 03:43:14 PM
I also asked this on the Switchboards, but I figured a crafster might have as well!

I'm pricing labels for my clothes, and I've been given a quote from Lucky Labels (www.luckylabel.com) that strikes me as almost too good to be true - 1200 labels for a better price than other companies can give me for 250 labels?? Part of me wants to stay with a local business (Lucky is in Taiwan, I think?) but part of me is being really cheap (not that I could ever use up that many labels, I sew everything myself AND I have a day job!).

So, I guess, my question is, has anyone had any experience with Lucky Labels? I'd love a review of any kind. Am I being silly stressing over this?
15  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Weak for Fashion Week! on: September 10, 2006 09:55:38 PM
Fashion week has me all happy!

Post or link to pics of the stuff you are feeling inspired by this fashion week:

for me, its this necklace (one of several, i have more pics on my blog)

and i'm loving the detail in this dress... i really want to start working with prints more...

*calms self*

no seriously, people, i am WAY annoyed. I cannot get the knack of this badge-a-minit button maker thing!

maybe im just stoopid, but i have now made four, and the plastic is all skrunched up and sticking out teh sides

i have tried different thicknesses of paper, differnet pressing techniques... to no avail

so i am going to try this one more time and then i am giving up for the evening and going to do something i know i can do... and while doing, i will think nasty thoughts towards the badge a minit people.

its this press: http://www.badgeaminit.com/114benpressy.html

if you have this press and know what i am doing wrong, PLEASE HELP by posting here!
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / where can i get sweatshirt fabric? or whatever its called? on: August 29, 2006 06:56:53 AM

I'm looking for sweatshirt fabric in various colors.  I don't want fleece (which I'm finding in an abundance), I want the kind that is smooth on one side and fuzzy on the other.  Does anyone know an online retailer that sells this stuff by the yard?

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Five new shirts! (pic heavy) on: August 16, 2006 09:31:03 PM
Wow, I haven't posted anything I've sewn in a while, but that doesn't mean I'm not sewing!

I did a bunch of shirts lately, and then invited friends over for a photoshoot. Some of these I like better than others, but some I LOVE... I made the green one to sell but I've decided I need to make one for myself!

arent my friends cute?
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Caveat Craftor! Gemsy Sergers on Ebay! on: August 07, 2006 10:53:05 PM
So, last week I bought a Gemsy serger on ebay for *super* cheap.  You would think I would have learned my lesson by now about buying super cheap things simply because they were super cheap, but apparently i haven't.

Here are a few things to know if you are considering these Gemsy sergers (usually listed for considerably below 100 dollars)

(a) you will have to put that sucker together. and by put together, i mean, manhandle the motor until the belt tension is correct so it will run. not run well, RUN AT ALL. You will likely be blown away (like i was) when you open the box and see all the little pieces you get to put together.

(b) the threading diagram is about as clear as mud, and the instructions for assembly/threading are not for the exact model you bought.  this means you will be figuring out where all those little pieces go by the tried and true method of "wingin' it." (y'all are crafters, y'all know what i mean)

(c) its small. by small, i mean about 9 inches high.

(d) it doesnt trim edges. it mauls them.

(e) it arrives drenched in some sort of oil that will make your apartment smell like a refinery for a week

(f) just because the listing said it was "new in box" doesn't mean there wont be inexplicable-other-than-due-to-previous-use scratches and dents on the machine

... however, if you can make it past all that, it does a pretty decent job for a cheapie serger...
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / if someone prepared a screen for me, could i print from it? (dumb ? i know...) on: August 02, 2006 02:20:19 PM
Okay, so having read these boards, i've come to the conclusion that my apartment is *NOT* the place to try to do photoemulsion, etc.

Therefore, I wondered if I was to have someone prepare a screen for me, could I print from it as much as I wanted? I would just need ink and squeegie and such.

From other threads, I think I could, but I'm wondering if I'm forgetting some step that would also require some funky chemicals?
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