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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer Serger 14u85- where to start on: February 27, 2009 04:14:43 PM
I figured it out, I did end up taking the other needle out, not sure if I really needed to or not.

Anyway, so it comes up if anyone else searches like I did Smiley

It looked like the needle was threaded back to front, but it was front to back

And like a regular machine, not having the presser foot down when trying to make the chain thingie made it mess up.  So make sure the presser foot is down before starting.

I changed the needle too, not sure if that was necessary.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Serger 14u85- where to start on: February 27, 2009 03:11:40 PM
I bought this serger off Craigslist, it appears to be in good condition, I think that my problems are user error.  I've tried searching, but I'm not sure exactly where to start.  I'm pretty experienced with a regular sewing machine, but haven't used a serger before. 

I was trying to follow the directions for a 3-thread standard overlock.  I think I threaded it right, but sewing doesn't work, it's way loose and the top thread keeps breaking, and the needle fell out once.

It says it only uses the right top needle for the stitch I'm trying to do, does that mean I need to remove the left one?

I guess I'm just not sure where to even begin.  Any advice is greatly appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Almost reversible vest on: February 21, 2008 06:54:53 PM
I had decided to make a vest, thinking that it would be simple.  No sleeves!  But it wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be, though the fleece was pretty forgiving.

I ended up sewing everything together but the arm holes, then pinning those and just doing a 3-step zig zag around that and as my top stitch. Next time I think I'll try a zipper, but this one is functional at least Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reversible Vest? on: February 21, 2008 09:08:05 AM
Oh, I thought they'd be easy  Tongue Thanks for the replies

It's just a vest with my daughter... I wanted to be able to put either ducks on the outside or fleece Tongue Right now it's all 'reversible' but the arm holes, I guess I'll just pin and stitch those the best I can..  I'll post pics when I"m done, if it turns out Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Reversible Vest? on: February 20, 2008 02:00:44 PM
Anyone know of free online instructions of a reversible vest... that has pictures?  I found a couple with no pictures.  Getting very confused  Undecided with all my arm holes and shoulders and what not  Huh

I'd love any help! I have a feeling it shouldn't be as hard as I"m making it... my brain just isn't wrapping around it Smiley

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My first Waldorf inspired doll on: November 28, 2007 12:41:16 PM
Adorable!  The blue fabric looks nice and soft Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Oiling an Elna on: August 29, 2007 11:39:46 AM
I have an Elna 3007... and the instructions are oh so helpful and say that to oil it, you need to pay for the $70 tune up.  Does anyone have a link or an idea how I can oil it myself?  It's starting to get louder, and I'm guessing that's an indicator that it needs to be oiled.

I've been googling all morning, and come up blank.

thanks so much!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pine cone fire starters on: August 24, 2007 03:22:19 PM
Cool idea! (not the chimmeney fire... lol.. the colors) thanks!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pine cone fire starters on: August 24, 2007 08:03:55 AM
I just noticed that the picture
is one of us cutting firewood. Or hubby cutting firewood, me just playing around with the babe.  We're just a woody crafty kind of family I guess Tongue
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pine cone fire starters on: August 24, 2007 08:02:13 AM
Yeah, you've got it right.  I used soy wax because I've heard that paraffin is kinda nasty to breathe in, and it's in the air.  Not that wood smoke is likely healthy to breathe in, but I dunno.

I put my wick (about 4 inches) down in the muffin tin, heated the wax til melted in a double broiler, poured it over the pinecone with the wax, waited, then froze.

The coffee filter was, uh, my attempt at not getting my muffin tins waxy, but the hot wax went right through the filter. more pictures are on my blog, in the link that says 'tutorial' in the first post Wink

Oh, and it ended up that the wax chips right off the muffin tins once it's frozen so that didn't end up mattering.
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