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1  Serger/Overlock Genius needed: help me adjust the settings in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by citizengeek on: January 28, 2009 10:01:18 AM
Hello geniuses!

I am totally lost.  I set up my serger according to the manual for a rolled or narrow hem.  For some reason the thread from the upper looper looks like it overshoots the right needle. (See photos.)

The upper feed thread seems to go a random depth and looks loose (?).  I keep playing with the tension, but am not getting any good results.

What am I doing wrong?  How can I fix this?

Thank you in advance for helping a serger newbie like me.

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2  Crown them with homemade crowns: TUTORIAL LINK in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by citizengeek on: December 01, 2008 06:55:06 PM

In June, I started making play crowns for the passel of toddler friends turning 3 this year: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249944.msg2775759#msg2775759

It only took me 5 months to put a tutorial together (I kept getting hogtied by the process of converting a paper crown template to an electronic file).

Here's my reversible birthday crown tutorial in all its amateurish splendor:
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3  Name Banner/Bunting; Great Kid Gift and Room Decoration in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by citizengeek on: October 18, 2008 09:33:50 PM
I started making these pennant name banners as gifts for babies turning one.  They've been used for birthday party decorations as well as room decorations.

It turns out that lots of kids like having name buntings of their very own.  Kids who are beginning to read like them, and so do older kids who are proficient readers.  I guess we all like seeing our names.

My most recent banner has appliqued letters and two layers of flags:

while the first ones had freezer paper stenciled letters:

If you're interested in how I made them, my blog has a tutorial for both versions:
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4  It's Good to be King: Reversible Birthday Crown in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by citizengeek on: June 04, 2008 08:41:48 PM
A friend of ours is turning TWO next week!

To commemorate the occasion, I sewed him a birthday crown.  His mom actually gave me the gold fabric last year (I wonder if she'll recognize it).  The corduroy was given to me by my sewing teacher.

It's reversible:

And it adjusts from 18.5 to 23" head circumference:

It took about four hours to make, and I used a Pellon fusible fleece interfacing.
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5  Play teepee! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by citizengeek on: February 24, 2008 01:19:52 PM
Before my godson's fourth birthday, I started sewing a teepee from Butterick 4251.  It took me months longer to finish the project than expected, so it turned out to be a fifth birthday gift.

It's made of decorator fabric that I got deeply discounted when a fabric store was moving to a new location.  The heavier fabric gives it nicer visual lines and more durability than a light cotton.  It takes between 8 and 12 yards (depending on fabric width- sometimes more pattern matching).

The sewing itself was straightforward (I've only been learning to sew in the past 3 years- so I'm still rather amateur).  Managing pieces of cloth that large while sewing sometimes proved interesting, but it was a great project overall.

There's more about it on my blog (story rather than sewing details). http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2008/02/hanging-with-lost-boys-teepee-of-ones.html

Maybe I should start one now for my two year old's fifth birthday!
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6  Re: super heroe cape help please? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by citizengeek on: December 19, 2007 07:07:09 AM
Most kids' cape patterns either look like a semi-circle with a neck hole out (full like a magician's cape)

or long and rectangular (think bath towel with ends tied together).  This makes a skinny flat cape.

The corner approach you show would make a diamond shape that probably wouldn't hang right.

This sounds like a really fun set of gifts for a really fun group of people.  You rock.

Now get to work, you have cool capes to sew.
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7  Birthday Scoodie (with action shots) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by citizengeek on: October 08, 2007 10:11:17 PM
Completely intoxicated by vegbee's great scoodie post and tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197899.msg2096893#msg2096893),
I spent most of last night working on a scoodie for my young friend who turned seven today.

Action shots:

The inner fabric is a fleece fur.  The outer fabric is a velour, I think- very soft and fuzzy.  Both are 100% polyester and machine washable (yay!).  I got them at Joann's for $2.50/yd on clearance.  For this petite 7 year old's scarf I made it 5 feet long and around 4 inches wide.

Thanks for the great tutorial vegbee!  You totally rock!
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8  SuperHeRobe for my 4 year old Superfriend in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by citizengeek on: September 25, 2007 02:05:52 PM
When I made a sleep sack for a soon-to-arrive newborn, my godson asked "What is that?!" When I told him it was for a baby, he responded, "It's too bad they don't make things like that for kids."

Apparently he missed the point that I'd made the sleep sack- or he's a very wily young charmer who knows how to manipulate a craftster.

Anyway, I knew his mom had been looking for a robe for him to no avail, so I bought more of the fabric and Simplicity 9853 and whipped up a SuperHeRobe for him:

Full view:

It's big as his mom wanted it one size larger than his present size.

For truth, for justice, for flannel!
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9  Sleeps with the Fishes Sleep Sack in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by citizengeek on: September 25, 2007 01:49:44 PM
Another new baby is due to arrive in the next few weeks.  I made my friend a fishy little sleep sack for the darling new boy.

The charming fabric is snuggle flannel from Joann's (circa 2005- I'm working through my fabric stash these days).

For a link to the pattern (it's from Jan Andrea)
and view of an earlier sleep sack look here:
I also wrote a little about sleep sacks on my blog http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2007/08/snug-little-bugs-swaddling-sleep-sacks.html.

Thanks for looking!
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10  Superhero Sleep Sack (with images) in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by citizengeek on: August 31, 2007 01:31:54 PM
Thanks to references on Craftster, I found this great sleep sack tutorial:

One of the baby girls I recently made booties and mitts for was revealed by a later ultrasound to be A BOY!  So, I wanted to make a useful but uncommon gift.

We LOVED using sleep sacks with our son when he had outgrown swaddling.  They're all fleecy and warm.  I thought this fall baby might appreciate a lighter flannel version that reflects his parents' art background and interests.

I threw in some little no scratch mitts for his early newborn days.  We were really happy with how the images ended up placed on the mitts.

This is a great gift for anyone with a new baby and a variable climate.  The fleece is best for the cold of winter.  Flannel is good for Spring and Fall (and summer in my highly air conditioned house).  Cotton would be divine for summer.
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