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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / bunny cable pattern needed on: October 20, 2007 02:13:15 PM
Hey, all. I'm trying to find a cable pattern for a bunny cable, similar to the owl cable, but you know...with a bunny instead. I want to put two on either end of a scarf for a friend of mine who loves...you guessed it...bunnies. But I can't find a pattern anywhere! I found the washcloth pattern here, but that doesn't have the cable pattern, and I lack the patience or expertise to figure out what part of that pattern is just the cable. I also found this old thread, on the owl cable, but it looks like the thread died before the bunny cable pattern was posted.

Can anyone who is wiser in these issues help me out? A bunny scarf is on the line!

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Zipper Foot...whaaa? on: May 12, 2006 11:57:10 AM
OK, So I thought I understood the purpose of a zipper foot. Essentially, half a foot, so you can get right up next to the zipper. Makes sense. I order a zipper foot from Sears, as I have a vintage Kenmore.

But then it arrives, and it looks like this found here. And for the life of me, I can't figure out how to attach the durrned thing. I assume that the notches on either side of the plastic part (what looks like the foot i that picture) are where the needle goes. But why is there a hole in the middle? And HOW do I get this thing on my machine? (see the threading diagrams to see the machine's original foot, just a slip-on-and-tighten-the-screw assembly.

I know I'm gonna feel like a moron when someone tells me how easy this is to fix, but help!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / WHY won't my clutch knob move? on: May 05, 2006 11:25:23 AM
So I got a vintage Kenmore. Mostly I'm delighted with it, all metal, and Sears still carries all the replacement parts. Rad.

One problem...the clutch knob won't flippin' move, so I can't just wind bobbins without the needle moving. It's not a push-pull, it's a turn-toward-you-to-wind-bobbins deal.  I imagine that running the needle while winding bobbins dulls the needle, and probably does other bad stuff, so I'd like to get this stupid clutch knob working.

I've taken it apart as much as seems prudent, and oiled the hell out of it, but nothing. I have a big, strong male roommate, but I'm scared to sucker him into using brute force to turn it, because I'm afraid something is bend or something, and it'll break more. The machine RUNS fine, and I'd like to not break it while trying to fix it. I tried taking the screw that is on the outside of the clutch knob off, but that does absolutely nothing. I suspect something is rusted in there, but I can't get to it to oil it.

I live in New York City, so the idea of finding a place that services machines, and actually GETTING it there (no carrying case, and it's HEAVY) is tricky. Plus, I'm pretty handy and I wanna do it myself, dammit.

It's a 158.1351, which apparently is not a common model, but the machine LOOKS more like this

I've emailed SewVac Doctor, but I figured SOMEONE in the world of crafter might have insight!
4  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / American Apparel Tunic (recon from t-shirt?) on: May 01, 2006 12:46:02 PM
So logic tells me that this dress should be pretty easy to recon from a giant t-shirt. The only thing that I'm stuck on is that it appears to be one piece of material. Any advice/threads that people know about for making A.) cowl necks (I'd like my cowl to be larger then theirs) B.) the dropped waist. I imagine that the cut should flare out a little bit right at the waist band to allow the elastic gathering, and then taper for the skirt again. Am I wrong? And if I'm right, how much do yall think I should let it flare? I'm thinking two inches, but maybe that will look super bulky and dumb.

I'm kinda new to the recon game, and not sure if I should post this in the recon forum or here...feel free to move at will! Any imput is appreciated, and I'll post pictures when I get this thing done!
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