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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / simple zipper top stop on: June 16, 2007 04:42:22 AM
I had to shorten a zipper so I cut off the top as directed in the directions of the pattern.  But now I don't know what to do to keep the zipper tab from coming off the coils on the top. Any ideas on how to add a top stop?  The zipper is a fly for pants and is hidden, so it doesn't have to be pretty.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / which is the best method for shipping overseas? on: January 14, 2007 04:57:14 PM
I live in Japan and have always had to ship overseas for my swaps.  Since I want the other swapper to get their items in a timely manner, I usually splurge for small-parcel air mail; it costs around $15-$20 for swaps with larger items.  However, I have noticed that not everyone does this, which makes the package arrive really late. 

What would you recommend as a good shipping method?  Is cost more important than speed?  Also, what would be an appropriate way to remind people that shipping overseas does cost a bit more?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted nintendo blanket pattern? on: November 12, 2006 06:05:23 AM
I swear I remember seeing a pattern of an old-school nintendo controller blanket on here.  Of course, I forgot to bookmark it.  Does anyone know where it's located?

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / loving the lace! next step? on: November 12, 2006 05:51:15 AM
This week I had a big break at work so I decided to teach myself how to crochet.  However, granny squares didn't interest me.  So I picked up a book called "はじめてのレースあみドイリー" (beginners lace doily)  I was surprised at how quickly I picked it up!  Maybe it was because of my years of knitting.

My question is:  I want to progress from making doilies.  They are cute, but there must be more stuff out there.  For example, something like this: http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-030 .  Does anyone have any good lace clothing patterns?

Also, any others out there that love doing lace?  Cheesy

5  ASIA / Japan / Inexpensive Fabric Stores in Tokyo? on: August 27, 2006 05:10:05 AM
Hello all!  I am going to start sewing again and I was wondering where I can find inexpensive fabric in the Tokyo and Saitama (Omiya, Kawagoe) area.  I went to a small store today at my train station and I was shocked to see that the fabric was about 1000 yen a meter!  Please tell me there are cheaper places to get fabric.  Sad

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / including store-bought stuff: yay or boo? on: June 17, 2006 05:32:56 AM
I have been reading in some of the recent threads a little bit on the discussion of store bought items in craft swaps.  The purpose of a craft swap is to... well... craft!  Pretty obvious, I think.  However, what is a good rule of thumb for store bought items?  I love to add little items in as filler.  For example, I craft what the rules state (one large item, 2 medium items, etc) and then throw a few extra things in.  Since I live in Japan, I get a lot of partners asking for Japanese stuff.

Anyway, what I'm wondering is:  how much store bought stuff is too much?  Should the main items ALWAYS be crafted?  Should everything in the package be crafted?
7  ASIA / Japan / Tokyo S&B on: May 07, 2006 05:57:49 PM
If you check the Golden Week edition of The Metropolis, there is a lovely article on Tokyo's S&B group.  I haven't been able to make it there yet, but will hopefully start going once I move closer to Tokyo.  Anyone here go to the meetings?  They are on Tuesday nights at the Pink Cow. 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ever knit Cold Shoulder? on: April 19, 2006 11:46:15 PM
I'm currently knitting Cold Shoulder (http://www.magknits.com/warm05/patterns/coldshoulder.htm) and had a couple questions.

First, has anyone every knit it before?  What was your impression of it?

Second, how long do you think I should make the sleeve?  Give me your opinions!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Got a review for "Funky Knits"? on: March 30, 2006 10:14:49 PM
I am in the market for a knitting book with some fun and unique patters.  While doing a bit of googling, I found this book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596680032/ref=cm_lm_fullview_prod_9/002-2460083-1568012?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155

Since my local bookstores don't care it, does anyone have a review for me and/or can list the patterns in it?

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / needle roll made with old jeans - got the pattern? on: March 27, 2006 10:18:37 PM
I remember seeing on the net somewhere a pattern for a knitting needle roll that was made using an old pair of jeans.  Despite the googling, I can't find the darn thing.  Anyone got the link?
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