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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Getting Pen out of Maple on: January 29, 2013 02:45:44 PM
My parents bought us a lovely (used) nursery set for our first little one due in April. It's solid, beautiful, maple wood and I love it. I hate that it's previous tenant took a ball point pen to it, whose traces I cannot remove. Hairspray, alcohol, nail polish remover, goof off, baking soda, vinegar, wood filler, all haven't touched it. It's slightly gouged into the wood, and I'm afraid I'm at the stain-or-paint-it phase. Do any of you crafty divas have ideas? I really would love to keep my maple nursery set.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Stumped. Can you come up with a fabric that works? on: January 22, 2012 12:10:35 PM
Hi Craftsters! Smiley

I'm going to be sewing a costume for a friend and I'm having trouble figuring out what fabric I would use.

What I need help with is the body suit. It's a full white body suit, from ankles to neck and long-sleeved. It's mostly fitted, but somewhat stretchy. I'm trying to come up with a fabric that is going to have enough stretch to be comfortable, but is opaque enough that his undies won't show. Any ideas?

I've considered knit cotton and jersey, but both of those tend to be rather translucent in a single layer. Am I going to have to double layer it and be done with it?

Thanks for your replies!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Needle for Nylon Webbing on: January 11, 2010 09:32:58 PM
Hey Craftsters -

I was wondering if someone here could help me choose the right needle for sewing through nylon webbing with my machine? I was thinking a heavy duty upholstery or denim needle would do, but maybe someone here has more experience/knowledge? I'm looking to sew webbing for dog leashes and the like.

Thanks in advance!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / New sewing machine! :) on: October 11, 2009 01:32:22 PM
I just bought a new sewing machine...well, new to me! I was hoping that some of the antique sewing machine experts here could help me, because I've never worked on anything older than I am (21).  I found it at Goodwill for $13, and am hoping to refinish at least the legs, but maybe the whole thing.

It is a brown, in beautiful condition with original cabinet, Montgomery Ward Co. Model 30 sewing machine. It gets electricity, but the pedal doesn't work (I'll be going to a sewing center to get that fixed, needs a new wire). I have no idea where to start with this thing though...
Will it take new sewing needles? How do I add a bobbin? Can it wind a bobbin? How old is it?

TIA for any info you can help me with! Smiley

ETA: I found this information on a plate on the cabinet about the machine: When reordering parts, reference model number "R 14 NS-461 A". Any ideas?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Red Scarf Project 2008 on: August 15, 2008 08:24:30 AM
Its that time of the year again!  The Red Scarf Project will be accepting donations from September 1st through October 31st, 2008.

The Red Scarf Project Website

Basically, the red scarf project collects scarves and puts them into care packages for orphaned/fostered kids who are getting ready for college and are about to be kicked out of the system due to their age.  There are a few stipulations about the scarves:

  • About 60" long
  • Between 5" and 8" wide
  • Unisex collegiate
  • Preferably not laceweight or super chunky
  • Preferably no mohair
  • Any shade of red, or some other unisex color.
  • Ends woven in securely

This is one charity that is close to my heart and I always make an effort to donate to.  I hope my fellow craftsters will as well!  Thanks!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Brushing yarn? on: July 17, 2008 05:05:32 PM
I haven't made too much in the way of toys, but I've successfully made a few.  I constantly see "brushed" crocheted and knitted toys, and I'm not quite sure what "brushed" means.

Do you literally take a hairbrush to it?  Or is there a special brush for it?  What types of yarns can you brush?

Thanks in advance!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / ISO Afghan Pattern on: July 09, 2008 06:17:43 PM

I just got back from a trip to Iowa over the fourth of July weekend!  Loved it.  I'm jealous of those of you who get to spend your summers in beautiful Iowa.  While I was there, we visited DBF's grandmother, who happened to be in the middle of crocheting an afghan.  I didn't have enough time to deconstruct the afghan in my head when I was looking at it (we were there to get some things to carry back to the house, they live like 20 yards apart) and I didn't get a photo either.  Shame, because I liked it a lot and would like to make my own.

It looked sort of similar to knitted ribbing, except that she was doing it horizontally instead of vertically.  I know it was made up of dc's and trc's (American), and each alternating row would bet set back, which I think was achieved by either fpdc or bpdc, or even trc's.  Does this type of afghan pattern sound familiar to anyone?  Or perhaps a stitch?  I'd love some direction since the afghan was so lovely and simple!

Thanks in advance for any ideas!
8  COOKING / Dessert / How to transport cupcakes? on: April 18, 2008 07:40:58 AM
I don't frequent the cooking boards, though I should (I'm a culinary school drop out).  I was hoping that you lovely  people would have some advice for me.  Next Tuesday (4/22), we're having a potluck thing at work, and I'm supposed to bring cupcakes.  I work for a fairly large company, so that means I have to transport 60+ iced cupcakes.  Is there an easy way to do this by myself without messing them up?

Thanks in advance for any help!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Silly question about Ami eyes on: January 25, 2008 04:46:51 PM
So, generally, I'm a knitter.  I know how to crochet though, and sometimes I like to do that instead Smiley

Either way, I like to make stuffies.  I have always used a button for the eyes, but I just bought some fabulous screw on eyes at Hobby Lobby that I want to use.  Unfortunately, I am perplexed.  Piece A goes into piece B with the fabric sandwiched in the middle.  Check.  But piece B is the flat piece, and I really just need to know which way it should be turned. Does the flat side go against the fabric, or the slightly raised side?  I'm thinking the flat side, but I want to be sure before I do this.

Thanks a million in advance!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Working cables IN entrelac on: December 03, 2007 05:52:05 PM
I was reading about entrelac today at work (I know!  Bad employee...) and read somewhere about putting cables in the panels.  I've googled and searched this forum but I can't find anything on it.  Does anyone know how to put a cable into the panels or am I going to have to test and figure it out?

I'll fiddle with it if no one knows and put up a tute when I figure it out.

Thanks in advance!
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