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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: the BIG yarn stash SHOW OFF! on: December 20, 2006 07:53:55 PM
This thread is making me alternately feel awful about my stash and as if it's too small and I need more yarn.  Grin Could it be I have a problem?

The entire lower half of my closet (not walk-in at least) is entirely taken up with 3 huge plastic containers full of yarn, 2 really big wicker baskets full to overflowing and every other available inch is taken up with bags upon bags full of skeins, balls and some uravelled sweaters. And this is just in the closet, where I can close the door and pretend I don't have so much yarn. But then there are the other three baskets full of yarn right under the window in the bedroom, another basket and some assorted knitting bags with yarn and a gazillion WIPs in the living room and bedroom. Also 3 projects on the love seat, right where I'm sitting right now.

Oh, and I forgot two 6 or so gallon boxes in the linen closet full of stuff I haven't had a close encounter with in at least a year as in, I don't even know what's in them.  Grin

Forgot to mention my magazines, and supplies but I just gave myself a headache so I think I'll stop now.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is the SHARK, by Euro-Pro, with 60 stitches easy to use? on: December 06, 2006 01:07:10 PM
I'm a beginner, and have never had a sewing machine(as you might know from reading all my posts about the sewing machines). So tommorrow I am thinking about getting the SHARK by Euro-Pro, and it is $85. First of all, is it worth the money?
And most importantly, will I be able to teach myself how to use it? I am DYING to get a sewing machine, but I don't want to be dissapointed when i open the box, and take out everything, and then don't know what the heck to do with it. At least if it's a little hard, do you think I will be able to get used to it after asking questions here on craftster? Or at least after I read the instructions?

I just purchased the Euro Pro 7133, 80 stitch machine a couple of weeks ago after abandoning an old non-working Kenmore. I actually compared it to the Huskystar C20 I was looking at at Joanne's. Except for the cutesy leaf pattern on the body of the Huskystar, the two machines look exactly the same. Same knobs, same stitches, same lever, same foot pressure regulator, same bobbin system, same everything, even the shape is almost the same. Well, everything except for the price and the name and reputation.  Grin

My total experience with a sewing machine before owning this one, was exactly zero or very close to it; I think I sewed a pillow in junior high once. At first I couldn't find the thread take-up lever, haha, but I follow instructions pretty well and after reading the book that came with it, I figured it all out. I tried out all the feet already, except the cording foot which  I had trouble figuring out, but I probably won't need that till I know a bit more anyway. The tension was very well adjusted and I haven't touched it since.

I already managed to sew some pillows, two bags (a Jordy and I just made up another one, a tote based on it also) and some coasters, a wallet and a coin purse. I think the most important thing is to follow directions and use common sense and look up the rest on Google  Grin.

If it ever needs repair... well, it does say to send it in to New York or somewhere, so that may be a problem if I ever need it done. And that's the downside to not buying something more expensive from a dealer, I guess. Grin
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else have an old Kenmore (sewing machine)? on: December 06, 2006 12:39:20 PM
Hold the ouside wheel and then turn the inside wheel.  It should disengage your needle when it is loosened.  It is more like turning it on and off...I don't think you'll notice a big difference.  When you start to sew, you tighten it back up and the needle will go up and down again. 

I've never tried sewing without a presser foot but you shouldn't have that big of a problem getting those.  It's the powered foot that might be hard to get (and that isn't a problem)...so you are almost there. 

Thanks for all your help!

A bit of an update: I had to abandon the old Kenmore unfortunately. I took it in to a local sewing machine repair place and they said that the needle bar was broken and they wanted $80 to fix it, clean the thing and oil it. That was a bit more than I wanted spend on it and after I took a look at the manual from Sears, it just seemed like too much trouble. Making a buttonhole had a four page long explanation. I took it back to the Goodwill  Cry.

I bought a Euro-Pro Shark 7133 from Target and I love it so far. Metal parts, adjustable presser foot pressure, 80 st. functions, almost as heavy as the old Kenmore and sews very nicely. Has some nice stitches and best of all making a buttonhole is easy even for a complete beginner like me. I already made a couple of pillows, bags and coasters with it. Happy so far but sad that that nice old Kenmore didn't work out.
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: bell sleeve jacket from VK holiday 2006 on: December 01, 2006 11:37:57 AM
Started this yesterday out of recycled wool from a JCrew sweater. I was too lazy to swatch it so I just eyeballed it instead, haha. I can never get row guage anyways so I almost end up compensating most of the time. Since I was coloring outside the lines already anyways, I decided to start with the left front instead of the back. Might as well do the fun part first, just in case it doesn't work out  Grin.

R65 has a mistake in my issue at least. It's supposed to be: k4/8/12, (p3,k3)3 times, p3, k2tog, k2, p10, sl 3 sts and hold to back, k2tog, k2, k3 from cn, p2. - So not k1 there but k2.

By R90 I was supposed to have 14" but of course I only have 13" so I'm going to add on another inch and hope it all works out. Then I noticed the collar is knit separately (oh, and very helpfully the pattern does not actually tell you to sew on that sucker to the main jacket body) and it must start at the neck and you decrease the collar down to where the notch is in the front.

The thing starts off very wide at the bottom but the whole cable and bobble thing and the decreases really pull it in at it actually doesn't end up being as ruffly as I first thought it would be. The front is also shorter than the back, but then you pick up and knit down for a few rows for the reverse stockinette bottom, to match the back.

Hopefully this thing will keep me awake and maybe I'll even finish it and won't be tempted to frog it halfway through.  Cheesy

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else have an old Kenmore (sewing machine)? on: November 11, 2006 03:09:40 PM
The spool pin is usually pretty easy to replace.  However, you shouldn't need it until you do twin needle top stitching, which probably won't be just every day.  It is a wonderful machine and you should be able to get the parts you need.  The feet can be purchased often on e-bay.  The foot pedal may be a little harder but can probably be ordered from Sears.  It is probably a keeper as far as machines go.  They are wonderful machines that are built like a tank. 

 Grin Thanks, I already love this thing and I haven't even sewn a stitch with it yet.

Maybe my terminology wasn't right. I do have a foot pedal, the thing you push with your foot, and I plugged the thing in and the machine runs when I push the pedal and it "sews". That is I see the needle go up and down, doing all the right motions, or what I think is right.

What I don't have is the presser foot, the thingy that keeps the fabric flat under the needle. It's just missing, so I have to buy a new one I guess. The reason I don't know if it really sews is because I can't test it really without the presser foot. Or am I wrong about that? Can I sew without a presser foot (at least on a swatch to test it)?

I haven't tried winding a bobbin yet, but according to threading diagrams I've seen online, the "inner wheel" - or is that the clutch? -, that you can turn by hand (not the big outside manual wheel) is supposed to come out and then be pushed back in as part of the bobbin winding process. Mine turns nicely, but does not come out. Is it supposed to come out?

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else have an old Kenmore (sewing machine)? on: November 10, 2006 06:17:41 PM
I just bought a Kenmore 158.14301 sewing machine today at the Goodwill for $19.99, looks just the one in the picture above. I was so happy because I wanted an older machine and this looked so nice. However, I can't sew and know nothing about sewing machines.  Grin

One of those vertical spool pins is broken off completely - the one on the left - and there's no presser foot, no manual, no bobbins. I had some metal bobbins at home and they fit. I managed to put in the bobbin. Threading went a bit harder but I think I got it, except for the final step. The final step, right where you get the thread to the needle is fuzzy, can't really tell where to put the thread.

I can't sew because of the no foot situation, but I did turn it on and it runs, I just don't know if it sews at all. Got 10 days to test it out and I can return it if it's no good.

So far I'm in love and I want it to work. Is that broken spool pin going to be a problem? Can I just use the one on the right?
7  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Ferragamo Bag on: January 05, 2006 06:50:41 AM
I'm new to the board and while not new to crochet, I'm not very good at it, but I love this bag! I found some better pictures that show the construction here:

It's definitely seamed up the side and it looks like the corners are not separate.
Has anyone come up with a pattern yet?
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