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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Do different sized needle plates exist? on: March 07, 2013 03:00:40 PM
I've been trying to sew 'doll clothes' for my hubby (He refers to them as 12" action figures from NECA. Whatever they are.. they cost a ton of money.) I haven't had any luck with sewing on such a small scale. It seems that when I try to get a really small seam allowance for a shirt that is only 4" wide it gets caught and tangled into the needle plate and then I need to rip the piece of out the machine to just start over. Do needle plates with smaller openings exist or am I chasing a dream here?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did you ever notice... on: December 11, 2012 06:40:26 PM
So my company does this thing called, "We care and Give Back" where we volunteer for various charities throughout the year or just take part in funraisers, etc. Right now we are all knitting/crocheting gloves, hats, scarves, etc for the Boys and Girls club.

So I've been sitting at my desk knitting for the last week or so and ever person that comes past my desk says are you doing a knit one purl two. Has anyone else ever noticed that people that don't know how to knit/crochet always call it a knit one, purl two no matter what your making? It's just something that I started noticing.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Striped Hoodie Sweater dress on: November 26, 2012 07:17:04 PM
It's been an interesting journey and a learning experience with this hooded sweater dress. I used a self striping yarn for this project, which my husband picked out because he liked the colors. It wasn't until I was about 6 inches into the dress part that it actually hit me, this is self striping yarn.. how am I going to match up the stripes on the sleeves and hood? I tried to match everything up as best I could. I also ran out of the striped yarn when I got to the top of the hood, so I used left over black yarn, I might add a pocket to the front in all black to kinda tie it all together. The colors look a little dark in these pictures because I just washed the sweater in my tub, it's still drying but I couldn't wait to post the pics.

If anyone is interested, this is the pattern I used:
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / frogging the striped sweater project on: November 17, 2012 09:43:58 PM
So, I've been sitting on the couch for a few hours now knitting a toddler sized sweater with this self striping yarn my husband picked out. I'm about 13 inches in to the back piece... thats right I picked a pattern that was worked flat instead of in a round. So I'm knitting and knitting and then I stop and think to myself this is going to be a really neat looking sweater, I love the colors and the stripes.. and thats when it hits me! How in the world and I going to match up these stripes??? Even if I manage to match up the front and back pieces, I doubt I'll have the same luck when it comes to the arms. So now, I must frog the project and look for my size 8 circular needles so that I can start the project over again. Well, I guess there are worst ways to spend a Saturday night.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge Drama on: November 08, 2012 06:25:08 PM
So, I'd consider myself to be an intermediate knitter. I've been knitting for several years and I've knit sweaters, socks, hats, you name it. However, gauge has just always been one of those things that alludes me. I don't know why, or how.. even if I'm following a pattern and I have the right yarn and needle size, the gauge is still wrong. I'm sure I'm not the only one with this issue, just figured I'd bring it up since I'm working on a beanie hat that seems to be sized for a fashionable elephant.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to machine sew doll clothes? on: September 22, 2012 07:22:38 PM
So, I wanted to start making 1/6 scale clothes for custom figures my husband makes. But how do you guys sew clothes that small? I can make the pattern without issue, but actually sewing it on the machine is proving a little more difficult then I thought. The fabric keeps getting caught in the machine because the fabric is so tiny. Any suggestions? I read that there are needle plates with smaller slits, but I haven't been able to find one.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Where did I go wrong? on: May 01, 2012 06:49:01 PM
I should start by saying I'm a knitting.. so this whole crochet thing is still kinda new to me..lol. With that being said, where did I go wrong? I'm working on a ripple afghan. I just started row 3 and I'm noticing the piece isn't laying flat unless it's turned into a semi circle. When I try to straight the piece out like a normal afghan would lay the valley part of the piece gets bunchy. I've included the pattern below with hope to find out what I'm doing wrong. Maybe I'm not pulling the yarn tight enough, maybe I crocheted the first row too tight, I'm really not sure.. hope you guys can point me in the right direction.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook; dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; *work 3 st dec in next 3 ch, dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 ch. Ch 2 and turn.
 Note: The valleys will probably be shallower than the peaks at this point. Work another row or two and they should even up.

Row 2: Skip first stitch; dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; *work 3 st dec in next 3 stitches, dc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 dc. Ch 2 and turn.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat Sack W/tutorial **pic obesse** on: April 15, 2012 05:09:24 PM
I was at Marshall's Home Goods not to long ago and I saw this cat sack (I don't know what they're really called) that cats can hide inside. It has a price tag of $40, and while it was kinda neat looking and super soft...there was no way I was going to pay that much for something I knew I could make myself.

First you'll cut out 4 pieces (2 of each color), you can make the sack as big as you want as long as all the pieces are the same size.
Next, you'll sew up each bag like a pillow case, sew the 3 sides ... but leave the top open
Once both bags are sewing on the 3 sides, you'll connect the openings. If you're using a patterned fabric, you'll want the wrong side facing out for this step.
With the wrong sides pinned together at the opening, you'll try to sew the edges together being careful not to sew the opening closed.  Leave a small opening so you can flip the bag right side out.
Flip the bag and then pin the opening closed and sew it up.
Once it's sewn, find a cat and stick her in the sack Smiley

Thanks for looking, C & C welcome.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Slip 1 question on: November 30, 2011 05:01:22 PM
The pattern says:
Row 1 (RS): slip 1, k2, SKP, yo, k2, p2, K7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, SKP, k7, p2, SKP, yo, k4, slip 1 (You will have 41 stitches on your needle at the end of this row, and at the end of all RS rows.)

Row 2 (WS): p1, k2, p2tog, yo, p2, k2, p6, p2tog tbl, p3, k1, p3, p2tog, p6, k2, p2tog, yo, p2, k2, p1 (You will have 39 stitches on your needle at the end of this row, and at the end of all WS rows.)

My question is in row 1 it ends with slip 1, how am i suppose to start row 2 when the working yarn is on the second to last stitch. I'm confused.

Here's the pattern if anyone wants to look at it.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I wanna buy a serger.... on: January 22, 2011 12:14:58 PM
I'm interested in buying my first serger but I'm not sure what to get. I'm a very casual sewer and the things I do sew are usually light weight materials. I was trying to decide between 2 different sergers:

Yamata 3/4-thread Domestic Overlock/ Serger

Singer 4/3 Thread Overlock Serger Machine

They're both under the $200 price point and I do like that because I'm on a budget. I can't decide between the 2 because of mixed reviews on the sites, anyone ever try these brands? Or should I be looking at a totally different type of machine?

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