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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / 6 needle machines and selling unneeded supplies on: September 22, 2010 04:36:14 PM
Wow you guys I haven't been here in forever...early last year I bought a Janome 350e and by this time last year I had a home business. Not surprisingly the single needle machine won't cut it so I may be getting a 6 needle this weekend (thank you financing). I will either get the 6 needle Brother or Babylock...they're the same price so I'm not sure which one. Does anyone here have a 6 needle machine, any advice at all there?

My other question is...I may do a trade in with the Janome and if I do that I will end up with some accessories I can't use with the new machine (I doubt they will want to take more than just what came originally with the Janome). Is there any place on this forum I can sell that stuff as a bundle, or suggestions for other places to advertise it? Thanks. Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Pre-Wound Bobbins on: November 13, 2009 11:06:59 PM
So you can buy pre-wound bobbins but...don't you end up with a load of empty bobbins? What do you do with those? o_o Does anybody know if you can like, mail them in someplace? What else can you do with them?

I feel pretty stupid asking, lol.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Invader Zim Embroidery Designs on: April 29, 2009 03:50:15 PM
Okay here is a thread for my original Invader Zim designs. Since you can get Zim and GIR patches already at Hot Topic and stuff I'm more interested in doing the other characters. So here is Dib and Gaz that I designed to put on t-shirts for my brother and myself. We like to match when we go out, lol. We're such nerds. The wrinkles are because I just stuck the cloth in the scanner without ironing it. These are the samples and a bit small, the characters on the t-shirts were enlarged to about 8 inches high. The text under each one is a quote by that character from the show.

Designed in Embird Studio and stitched on a Janome 350e. If I do more Zim characters I'll post them in this thread. I'd like to do Professor Membrane at least. Smiley
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Beetlejuice Patches on: April 29, 2009 03:15:15 PM
Here are some patches I made in Embird Studio. Smiley (I'm aware of the fraying on the edges, these are just samples.)

This is the largest one, eight inches wide by about 5 and a half high (the biggest my machine will do). Intended for like, shirts and messenger bags. The background of the logo is stitched with glow-in-the-dark thread. Smiley

Small Beetlejuice and Lydia patches, five inches high. I need to make Lydia smile, lol.

If I do more BJ characters I'll put them in this thread. Smiley I use a Janome 350e.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Homemade Thread Rack on: March 05, 2009 04:59:14 PM
Inspired by tattfae's post, I made this today:

I had already made a rack for storing my thread so why not this. Wink I would have bought a homemade rack I saw on eBay but I needed a place for my bobbin thread (the large cone) also so I had to come up with something myself. The screweyes have been opened slightly for easy threading, btw. It looks a little ghetto but whatever, lol.  Cheesy
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lifesized Max (Sam & Max) on: February 19, 2009 09:46:42 PM

I made this guy about a year ago, to take to conventions. He's Max from Steve Purcell's comic Sam & Max. He is lifesize, so about three feet tall not including ears, and he has a full plastic armature and a swiveling neck. The best place to see more photos of him is on my account on Telltale Games, so click here if you want to see.  Grin

The fabric used was actually a plush terrycloth because I couldn't get any lightweight fur. I molded the eyes and nose from Sculpey and glued in little loops of wire on the backs to make them into buttons. He would be able to stand on his own if it weren't for the weight of his head. I used large doll armature for his limbs and there's a piece of PVC pipe for his "spine". His feet are actually made from large loops of doll armature as well, and there's small armature in his fingers. My sewing machine decided to die not long after I started him so most of this was done by hand. My Dremel died while making him too so the plastics were mostly cut with PVC-cutting wires.

Clearly, Max is the Destroyer of Machines.  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intarsia Beetlejuice Hoodie on: February 14, 2009 08:26:25 PM

Here's the first intarsia design I made myself. I took some Beetlejuice lineart, elongated it (as a knitted image tends to squash) and used PC Stitch to make it into a graph. I then knitted it on my Bond Sweater Machine with the intarsia plate. This is actually the second time I knitted Beetlejuice, when I did the first one I used a pretty bad sweater pattern (its nice and big though). I later made another from a better pattern and added a hood. A friend of mine has it now.  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intarsia Olive Oyl Dress on: February 10, 2009 03:54:53 PM
Well I checked my posting history and I have never posted any of my machine knitting...shame!! I'll post some of them, one at a time. Wink

So here was my first Bond machine intarsia project - and it was a doozy lol. I got the design from a knitting book called Popeye and Friends (all King Features characters - I have to make the Haagar the Horrible sweater sometime!). I didn't use the actual dress pattern they gave though as it was for a skinny person, so I basically made a long sweater. So, that would be why it looks like a long sweater. Wink Anyways I made this about two years ago. (Btw if this is wrong section I'm sorry, I didn't see a section just for machine knitting.) Ignore the binder clips at the bottom, I was trying to uncurl the hem. I have since taking this photo changed the sleeves to short, its nicer to wear now.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Janome MB-4 on: February 09, 2009 03:05:52 PM
(Moving myself out of poor lylmousy's thread, lol)

As I mentioned in the above hijacked thread, I am looking to start a small home embroidery business. My brother (who is purchasing a machine for me) and I drove about 45 minutes to a dealer last Saturday to look at machines because I thought they were the closest but I was wrong, there's one much closer (they seem bigger too) so I went there alone today.

Anyways because of space restrictions I was thinking I needed to get a one needle combo embroidery/sewing machine but seriously, it's for a business, I can sacrifice a piece of furniture or something, so I've changed my mind, and I am looking at the 4-needle Janome MB-4 craftydeb owns. The place we went to on Saturday didn't even show me that machine so either they didn't have it or she thought I wouldn't want it, but the place I went to today has it. It's got a normal price tag of $7500 which is too steep for us, although it will be on sale for $5800 this weekend - which I don't think will do us any good because my brother can't afford another large purchase for at least a month. The lady said she'd try to find me a floor model or something but who knows on that.

Anyways the point is, I do want this machine, and even if we can find it for more like $5000 or so it might be hard to convince my brother to shell out that much, I don't think he wanted to go over about $3500 (and its not like there won't be other expenses). My dad may or may not contribute but if he does it would probably only be like a couple hundred dollars or so. I may go with layaway, with up to three monthly payments - but of course that means I won't have the machine for three months after the payments start.

Those of you who have this machine, can you please let me know how well you think it would work for starting a business? What kinds of projects have you done? Has anyone worked on a pant leg? I understand with this machine you've have to open the leg up and resew it afterwords - has anyone tried that? How about shaped patches? Um...anything else in particular you can tell me to help convince my brother, lol? Does anyone use it to make money and if so, how well do you do? What kinds of classes would you recommend?

Sorry for the barrage of questions, I'll probably have more later. Wink

edit: Well. It appears that when I was told I would be helped in starting a business no one actually meant they'd buy me business equipment so much as hobby equipment, and then if I make any money from that "we'll see" about getting something better. Whatever. I'd still like to hear about this machine, but I will be going for something much cheaper at this time.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know how to make a clock like this? on: April 10, 2007 09:50:26 PM
(I hope this is the right place to discuss clocks!)

I'm trying to design a novelty clock that looks like this: http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/2549/nonote8.gif (sorry I haven't posted enough times to be able to just post the picture).

Lol, like, the yellow face is on the face of the clock, and then the hand is a separate piece mounted on some sort of second hand that just ticks back and forth instead of around and around, so the hand wags back and forth. But I can't find a movement that functions that way. Does anyone have any ideas? I'd really appreciate it. My friends and I all want a clock like that (lol one guy says he'd buy a dozen).

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