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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Fix or replace? on: February 20, 2009 03:53:32 PM
I got a Singer Prelude about 18 months ago and it died yesterday.  It was only $65, on post-Thanksgiving sale at Target.  There's something wrong down inside the machine, we've taken it all apart and can't figure it out.  It started slowing down and then I stopped sewing, and now the fly-wheel won't turn, it feels very tight. 

Do these machines break easily?  Is it worth it to try and get it fixed or should I just get a new one?  Is this a duddy machine or do you just have to buy an expensive one in order for it to work?

I'm frustrated and sad. 
2  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Southwest KS Crafters? on: February 20, 2009 03:45:35 PM
I'm jealous of the Wichita group and their plans to get together.  Anyone in Southwest KS want to get together?  I'm in Garden City. 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Which serger should I ask for? on: January 16, 2009 05:36:27 AM
After waiting through two Christmases and a Birthday, I'm going to do a little research before I put "serger" on my Birthday list again. 

I've serged just a little with one from a friend, just enough to know that I want one.  I'm not a terrific seamstress, I've made a few things for my daughter, lots of crafty things, housewares, etc.  So I probably don't need anything very fancy, just a basic model that will work well and easily for a long time. 

Any advice?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Christmas Bag on: November 07, 2008 03:13:00 PM
I found some quilted Christmas fabric a while ago at a thrift store, and wanted to make myself a Christmas bag.

I tried to follow all of the rules this time, and actually think things through and iron and pay attention and all of that.

I'm very pleased.

It has a pocket for my phone and sunglasses, though these are a little shallow.

One of my favorite things is that I used a Coke box to stablilize the bottom.  

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fun with Goodwill Sweaters on: October 09, 2008 04:46:31 PM
It's been a long time since I made anything. The sewing machine has actually been under the table for awhile, but I got it back out today and had a pretty good afternoon. 

Here's what I did and how I did it-I really know nothing about what I'm doing, so feel free to set me straight.

I got started making legwarmers, since girlie is refusing to wear pants, and legwarmers are $5 at Target. For less than that, I can get a nice wool sweater at Goodwill and cut it up and have lots of fun. I like to try and find sweaters that people have already washed accidentally, because then I don't feel so bad cutting it up.

Here are the 3 sweaters I started with. The dark one and the pink one were "pre-felted" wool, and the Tommy Hilfiger was all stretched out. It was pretty, but cotton, so I wasn't sure how it would work.

To make leg warmers out of a wool sweater, all you have to do is felt it, and then cut the sleeves off at the arm, straight across. It makes a kind of cropped sleeve sweater when you're done.

I use pinking shears, but I don't think it matters. Usually that's all you need to do. Then pull them on the little legs and you're done.

For the cotton sweater, I had to make the tube a little narrower, so that it would stay up. Just turn it inside out and sew a line along side the seam, then turn it back right side out and try it on. Repeat until it fits, and then cut off your excess.

Then I had the bodies of the sweaters to work with, so I made this little bag first. I think it's fun that you can reach through the neck to grab something small, or lift the flap for big things.

Out of the cotton sweater, after much fiddling, I made this little dress for her. I'm pretty happy with it.  The arm holes were really tough.  I eventually made a sort of binding out of an old t-shirt. 

Thanks for looking!

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / April flowers trunk organizer on: April 04, 2008 04:14:08 PM
Oh My!  Craftsters are amazing.  I can't believe how incredible these entries are.  Here's my little offering. 

I went for quantity, trying to squeeze as much out of my $10 as possible.  But then I got tired, so there are a couple of things I didn't even start using. 

I purchased 10 seed packets, some funny bird things, a package of scrapbooking paper, a photo album, a notebook, two pens, two placemats ($.50/per),  two placemats($1/per), and a skein of fuzzy yarn.  I didn't end up using any of the yarn.  I also used a bit of fabric from my stash in old odd pieces for lining bits. 

I made a bag/basket (bagsket?) for my trunk to keep things nice and tidy.  It has two pockets on one side for little things, and two pencil pockets on the other side for the cute bird pens (just floral taped the birdies onto the pens) and the tire gauge. 

Inside the bag is a cardboard box for stability.  It's covered with paper for prettiness. Inside the box are three wallets.  Long wallet https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40505.0 "easy-peasy wallet" https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187229.0and a little coin pursey thing made out of a laminated seed packet.  I have never made any wallets or used snaps or interfacing before, so it was fun to try all of that out.  Thanks for the great tutorials! 

I also covered the photo album and the notebook with the scrapbook paper to make them prettier and match the bag, and I made a little pouch to keep an extra diaper and wipes case in. 

With the rest of the seed packets, I made a holder for bits of paper, because don't you always need bits of paper to write things down on?  I cut up the rest of the scrapbook paper into a handy size and slid them into two of the seed packets.  The bits of paper left over from that cut I wrote the alphabet on and laminated, to make something fun for my daughter to look at (and learn with?) in the car.  I punched holes in the rest of the packets and put them together onto a key ring with other goodies inside; stickers, crayons, etc. 

Thanks for wading through all of this with me.  I had a good time and learned a lot.  Happy Crafting! 
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / World's Largest Hairball! on: March 05, 2008 02:35:03 PM
My hometown is Garden City KS, home to the world's largest hairball.  It was taken from a cow when I was in High School.  Wet, it was 37" in circumference and 55 lbs.  Now it's 35" around and weighs 20 lbs.  It's one of my favorite things to mention about our town, I always suggest people go to see it.  When I saw this challenge I knew immediately that I'd like to make a little one.  I wanted to make it to scale, but that was tougher than anticipated.  It is 17.5 inches in circumference, and ideally would be 2.5 lbs, but it's a little bit light.  Did you know it's VERY difficult to get a large amount of flour into a balloon?  That was fun.  I crocheted it with black yarn and some brown "hairy" yarn that I had in my stash. 

I hope you like it.  I really do.

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Making good choices--Mixed Media on: February 05, 2008 03:54:15 PM
I've wanted to enter a craftster challenge for a long time, but the entries are always so amazing...This time I actually had an idea, and intended to get it posted early so I wouldn't be intimidated by all of the amazing entries.  That didn't happen, but I'm posting anyway.  I figure it's good to support things you love, and I love Craftster.  And it's nice when marginally talented people post things, along with all of the amazing people, so that we feel OK posting too.


I want to make good choices in 2008.  This is a mixed media (sounds so fancy) collage that features some of the things in my life I'm thankful for and the good things that I can do with my time.  The idea is, when I'm feeling like sitting around or eating junk or feeling sad, I can look here for inspiration to do the things that will make me feel better, instead of worse. 

I made a few teeny replicas of crafts I like to do, a little quilted square and a crocheted piece, and there's a picture from a pattern for a little girl's dress.  A picture of my daughter running in a race reminds me to exercise, a flower reminds me to doodle, color, and work outside.  A teeny copy of my weekly chores reminds me I'm happier if I stay up with my work, Bible verses remind me to stay connected.  Pictures of my daughter, my Mom, and my hubby remind my why time is precious.  I re purposed a frame and mat from Goodwill (my favorite store)

I didn't take any pictures while making it, sorry. 

This is scary, but here we go! 

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