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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing denim problems on: November 30, 2008 09:46:31 PM
Hello everyone,

I am not quite sure where to put this but this is just for sewing with denim in general, not necessarily sewing clothing or crafts because I do both.

I am having tons of problems with my machine sewing denim. I am at my wit's end now. I have a Husqvarna Viking Huskeystar C20. It is a good little machine that does everything I wanted BUT sewing denim. I am not sure why. It would sometimes sew denim if it is 2 layers but say if I want to make little dolly jeans or something nope... it hates me.

Here is how I treated the denim:

1) fray check it
2) fold the hems together and pin it down (I remove the pins as I sew along)
3) sew with machine

Then the machine would hardly move the fabric so it jams and then the machine would eat it. I checked the tension and the foot pressure but still nothing. The best I got the machine to do is move it manually but the stitches would either be very small or the tension on the back would suck horribly. I am at my wit's end. My hand stitching is a lot faster than that!

So sewing gurus of craftster: any tips on how to make sewing denim NOT a living nightmare? Should I zigzag the edges first before sewing or use a serger first before sewing? Any special tips I should know?

Thank you so much for reading this plea for help and I hope you have a wonderful day.

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fall clay food jewelry (Heavy on the images) on: November 02, 2008 07:58:46 PM
Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for all your kind comments about my work earlier. Here are some more polymer clay works, this time jewelry related:

Some pendent/necklaces I made out of treats from a local coffee shop

Chocolate tart with blackberries and white chocolate flakes

The "Evasion" Truffle ring with coffee bean decorations

Fall present cake with a rose and maple leaves

Pecan pie with pie plate ring. Honestly I don't know why people don't make pie rings but I fell in love with pecan pie and I happen to have one lying around in mini so I put it on the ring. It seems to fit the season well.

... and a fall dark red rose ring for people who loves flowers.

I hope you enjoy these new works!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help! Glue problem! on: October 24, 2008 01:31:06 AM
Hello everyone!

I am trying to glue porcelain to sterling silver rings (cabochon style glue setting) and I am having such trouble with the glues. I have the jeweler's glue (GS Hypo cement), jeweler's epoxy, and E6000. I tried on 3 different porcelain plates and just didn't want to set, even after 12-24 hours of wait time. It stays on just long enough for me to wear it. Then the plate would fall off. The porcelain plate in question has no glaze on the bottom so the surface is rough. I cleaned both the plate and the sterling silver ring and roughen up the surface on the contact point for the ring and the plate BUT still it won't stay.

The only thing that seems to work is extra strength superglue. There are no apparent gaps in the contact point either. So far it has stayed faithfully on the ring without falling off (despite me yanking as hard as I can, pushing it, etc...) for a month now.

This is the ring in question btw:

And the finished project with superglue

And... what the contact point looks like (it covers the entire bottom of the glue base) and the porcelain plate is flat on the bottom.

SO... here are my questions:

1) Any suggestions to why is this happening?
2) Should I just use superglue if it works?
3) Do you recommend using superglue on rings long term? As I said it has worked very well on staying for a month now.

Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you very much for helping and I hope you have a wonderful day.

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Getting ready for the holidays on: October 22, 2008 03:16:48 PM
Hello everyone!

This is my first time posting here. Here are some things I made lately.

A bunch of food canes I have made. It is hard to see the tomato one in that light.

A fall pumpkin fields chocolate cheesecake

And even something for Christmas: a gingerbread prep board.

Let me know what do you think!

5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from California! on: October 19, 2008 02:19:53 PM
Hello everyone!

My name is Betty and I am from California. I live with my husband and my 2 guinea pigs. I am a true artisan at heart since I was a little girl. I draw, paint, take pictures, and do all kinds of crafts like sewing, knitting, crocheting and making miniatures. I guess I blame my doll hobby which I started back in 2005. I never really had dolls when I was a child but now I am just crazy about having dolls and working on my miniature foods.

I also have been lurking for a very long since (since 2006!) I guess I was just too shy/nervous to post in front of all these very talented people. I have been trying my hand on making polymer clay jewelry and miniature foods for a while now. My primary materials are premo sculpey, surgical steel, and sterling silver. I love to cane and I am selling my canes mainly on etsy. I love caning and polymer clay so don't be shy to ask me if you need anything. Someday I hope to get my online shop running on my own server and travel around doing craft fairs and miniature shows around the country. I guess I need to build up confidence first. Smiley
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