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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Kenmore 1551 One-Step Buttonhole on: September 11, 2008 07:01:47 AM
I am having some problems figuring out the one step buttonholer on my Kenmore 385.1551 machine. It was a Craigslist find and came without a manual. Everything else works well, so I'm convinced that the problem is me.

I can get the buttonholer to go in a straight line, but It will not switch directions.

I am aware of the tabby thing that I need to pull down, but i'm not sure where it goes. The buttonhole foot that came with the machine when I bought it is the slider kind.

Any suggestions for what I may be doing wrong?

I'd rather not buy the manual because this is the only thing i'm having a problem with.

Thanks all,
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / potential new spinner on: December 13, 2007 08:06:43 PM

if the stars align properly this winter, i'll be getting my hands on a spinning wheel. I'm thinking that the Ashford Kiwi would be the wheel for me. I've looked at the review that's in a Livejournal community. But I'd guess I'd like somemore opinions.

I've never spun before, so I'd like something that 1) I can learn to start on, as well as improve and experiment on. and 2) I'd like to keep it under $400.

So, given those two parameters:
1) could the Kiwi fit need #1?
if not, which wheels out there do you lovely experienced spinners feel that would fit both of those needs?

OH! also...I'm left handed. And pretty dominantly so. Dunno if that matters so much with all of the wheels...but...thought i'd throw that in there....

thank you all!
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Go for Baroque pattern help on: September 27, 2007 05:53:42 PM
Y'all know how the binding of the book isn't exactly awsome? Well, I'm actually missing the page I need to finish the go for baroque sweater.

I'm not asking anyone to post the pattern, so much as tell me where on the sleeves I switch from the full pattern to the not full pattern. when you're doing the pattern stitch on the sleeves, which consists of 3 rounds, it switches to just being two of the three rounds (either rounds 1 and 2 or rounds 2 and 3) but I can't remember where to start doing this or what exactly to do.

i'm sooo close to being finished with this, so if someone could just let me know, I would be really appreciative.

thank you so much!
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / apparently i didn't figure it out: go for baroque question on: March 26, 2007 10:07:41 AM
my main problem on this pattern is the neck shaping part, specifically rows 25-27. I just don't get it.

it's the ch4 at the beginning of row 5 that's screwing everything up for me. I've been at this since 10 this morning and I just can't figure it out.

i'm able to plug through to the end, but it feels wrong, so i keep frogging it. that, and the neck slope is on the outside of the piece and the arm shaping is on the inside. i just do not get this at all.

can anyone who's done the pattern tell me what's going on?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crotchet Blanket...a little help? on: October 04, 2006 01:15:20 PM
i started doing a crotchet blanket with a J hook and some yarn. It's all in double crotchet. All of my stitches are really tight and small, and i've gone through 3 skeins of yarn and have a piece that is 60 inches across and inches long. that is, i'm working across the 60 inches.

is there a better stitch for a blanket? I don't want to do a granny square one...it seems too complicated and right now I'm comfortable with single crotchet and double crochet. ...and i can't crotchet in the round

any suggestions for using less yarn?
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