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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / quilting question on: December 16, 2005 09:37:57 AM

I was thinking that I wanted to make a quilt over winter break. I get how to sew the squares together, but once I have the front side all together how do I put the batting on and put the backing on and everything. I can't really find a clear explanation on a website anywhere. Can someone who is expeirenced explain this to me?


2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Bike painting? on: September 24, 2005 07:25:58 PM
Hi all,

I inherited my brothers old bike to take to college and it happend to be a horrid color. Read flourencent orange terribleness. I want to paint it maybe dark green and yellow (UVM school colors), but there is one small problem with my grand plan. The bike currenlty had tons of black dots on it. You know the kind of stickers used for logos and decorations. This bike has stickers that are supposed to look like mud or something. Any advise on removing the stickers to paint my bike. Maybe some kind of chemical, or is it just going to be tedious work with a razor blade. Has anyone ever attempted something like this before? Any advice, or other grand ideas would be really helpful.


3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Sewing Machine-Stop Motion Screw on: August 16, 2005 06:29:13 PM

I just aquired a Singer Model 457 (stylist zig-zag sewing machine) sewing machine. It is from the late 60s or 70s. I started by trying to thread a bobbin. I turned the stop motion screw (the dial on the inside of the wheel) to the stop postion so I could use the bobbin winder. The dial kept coming undone and the needle would begin going up and down again. I tried to turn it harder and it seems to be stuck in the needle going up and down postion. This isn't a huge problem, it just means I can't use the bobbin threader any more. Any ideas on how to get the stop motion screw (the inner silver dial on the turn wheel) unstuck. I guess I over tightened and now I can't get it loosened. Any advice would be greatly appreiciated.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making flares smaller? on: August 01, 2005 02:20:48 PM
I have a pair of jeans that I bought a year or two ago, but I never wore because they were too tight (why i bought them I have no idea). I tried them on recently and now they fit (reverse freshman 15  Smiley ) but unfortunely the flares are now too wide for my liking. Is there any easy way to make the flares smaller without making it look like I did it, or is this a trial and error thing? Also I want them a bit longer? What can I do to make them an inch longer? I don't want to undo the bottom hem, but any other ideas? Thanks!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet cami with thread on: April 12, 2005 10:03:04 PM
Hi All,

Recently I got ambitious to try crocheting with thread. I decided dolies aren't really my thing so I want to try to make a cami using thicker crochet thread. Does anyone have any type of pattern for this. I was thinking I would start with the pattern for a crochet bikini, to get the triangle top and then build on from there. I kind of want to do an openwork pattern over my stomach so it will be thin and cool in the summer. Does anyone maybe have a pattern or any good stiches to try this with. Also how should I go about the straps. I was thinking maybe crocheting some fancy thin lace stuff. Whatever I come up with I will try to write it down as I go along (I am never too good at this part) and then post some pics. Any help would be great.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheted Yoke a la Urban Outfitters on: March 25, 2005 04:48:47 PM
Hi All,

I was surfing the Urban Outfitters website and I came across a cute cami with a crocheted yoke. I was wondering if any one has any patterns or words of wisdrom for me. I have never made a yoke before so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas even what type of yarn or thread I should use. Also I am not great at picking out fabrics so I was wondering what kind of fabric I should use and also how I should attach it. Thanks so much for all of your help.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn for charity on: March 24, 2005 12:55:13 PM
I have a lot of yarn that I inherited when I learned how to knit and crochet from my grandmothers. A lot of it is arcrylic in baby colors that I don't care to use anymore. Does anyone have a charity that would like a donation of baby color yarn? I was going to make baby hats using knifty knitters, but being in college there wasn't enough time to do that. Let's say I had good intentions, but the yarn as it turns out is just collecting dust under my bed. I have made some hats so I was hoping to throw those in the box when I send it out. Any ideas for a charity? Please leave either names and addresses of chairties you have donated to, or some links to websites of charities.


8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Zip-up jacket on: February 14, 2005 04:51:32 PM

I want to make a slim fitting crocheted jacket, but I don't have a pattern. I saw a baby version of what I want but the pattern wasn't included and being a cheap college student I don't have the money to buy the book. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25020.0). I was wondering if anyone knew of any patterns online that were similar. One without  a hood would be okay too (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATTaccordion.html). Unfortunely that pattern is for knit and I don't have the patience for that. If you have any patterns or ideas for making my own pattern leave me a message. Thanks so much for the help!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hats with brims on: January 29, 2005 09:58:57 PM
Does anyone have any cute crochet patterns for hats with brims. I made one and have gotten really into them. Maybe a newsboy hat or something. Any pattern links would be a great help. I would much prefer crochet patterns b/c they seem to be the only ones I actully finish. Thanks so much!!  Smiley

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A felted iPod cozy on: January 03, 2005 06:57:04 PM
I want to make a black felted ipod cozy. I think I want to knit it, but don't know what kind of yarn or what size needles to use. Also how many do I cast on and how long should I make it. I have read length shirnks faster and easier than the width, but I don't know how big to make it. I think after it is all felted I want to either embiroder a flower with embriodery floss. Or I may crochet a pretty flower to put sew on. Any advice or websites would be apprecaited.

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