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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / To experienced blind hemmers on: June 08, 2009 12:20:22 PM
Or rather, those who have experience doing a blind hem... those of you who are blind and able to hem just blow my mind!

Anyway, I was wondering if you have any tips/tricks to remember how to fold your fabric when machine stitching a blind hem.  I have the right foot and I'm pretty good at getting a blind hem on scraps, but I can't seem to keep the order of folds straight in my head, which is strange because I'm usually good with spacial things like folding.

Any adivce you can give would be much appreciated.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Have oil. . . need advice on: October 06, 2008 02:45:19 PM
Howdy folks, so my local Fabricville was having an incredible sale on notions, so I picked up a lot of things I usually forget when I'm distracted by pretty fabrics.

Anyway, I bought some sewing machine oil because everyone here says I should be oiling my machine regularly. But. . . how?

What parts need oiling, and how often is regularly? How much oil should I squirt out onto the parts? (I've a Brother CS 5000 in case that helps)

I'm not having any problems with the machine-- I love it and want to keep it problem free, so please help me craftsters, and I shall reward you with my love and snaps!

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Worst. Day. Ever. Or RIP my Brother CS 4000? on: September 07, 2008 01:36:07 PM
Oh my. I am the whitest kid you know today because I dropped my sewing machine off the table and I may have rendered it a pricey paper weight, which has left me a pale and shaking shell of my former self.

The victim: A Brother CS 4000 I bought from Walmart for $160-something two years ago.

I will take it to a repair store as soon as I possibly can, because it's my baby and I wouldn't dream of denying it much needed medical treatment. That said, I come here seeking your advice, great pool of brains, to possibly calm my nerves so that I don't show up at the repair shop in tears.

The machine dropped and landed on the little plugin for the foot peddle. The computerized guts inside still work-- I can change stitches normally. The needle will raise up and down manually, but in his zeal to help me, my dad stuffed a screwdriver into the plug, sending the little receiver deep into the depths of the machine.

The machine is fine on the surface. . . it's just well.. I guess pretty impotent without its foot peddle.

Has anyone run into this kind of problem with a sewing machine or any other device? The plugin and the receiver look very much like earphone jacks in MP3 players.

How serious is this broken jack? Are these kinds of repairs costly ($100+)?

Have you ever felt the pain of having hurt a machine you love? Because as crazy as that might make me sound, I love this little Brother like it's the little sister I never had.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Pfaff 776 . . . anybody heard of it? on: August 18, 2008 10:23:37 AM
I'm curious as to whether or not it has differential feed.

I just took the most amazing course in how to use a serger over the weekend and now I want one. . . badly. But if there's no differential feed I don't think it'll be worth the investment for the way I plan to use it.

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this Smiley


5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Air-dry clay on: July 30, 2008 07:11:56 AM
Hello his is my first post in the clay area-- usually I sew-- but I have a project in mind and am looking for your advice/experiences.

I'd like to cover some drawer pulls with funky clay shapes. Ideally, I would sculpt the things out of clay around the (removed) existing hardware and sand and paint for the desired effect. 

Are there some particular brands or something that I should look for or am I totally barking up the wrong tree with this idea? I'm thinking a Susan Goldstick type deal. . . but since I don't have 400 dollars lying around to spend on four drawer pulls. . . well . . . you're craftsters-- you understand Smiley

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Trailed Park Ponies (4 pics) on: July 21, 2008 04:48:24 PM
Here are two of the horses I made before Pegasus. I made them to give away as gifts, but now I can't part with them. Because they were the first I made, they stand a little wonky and look a little intoxicated, so I named them after my favourite hooligans, the Trailer Park Boys. Bubbles is on the way. . .

Ricky and Julian enjoy a nice night in the 'park:

Ricky is distracted from his troubles with Mr. Lahey for a spell:

Julian stops to smell the flowers. . . and look for the rum and coke he dropped:

Ricky and Julian get the munchies after stealing barbeques to sell at the flea market:
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Look! Up in the Sky. . it's a bird. . . it's a horse?! (2 pics) on: July 21, 2008 04:29:32 PM
So I have been busy at the sewing machine but have been neglecting to take pictures of my creations until now!

Pegasus landed in my backyard the other day and I figured you craftsters would enjoy seeing him almost as much as I enjoyed making him.

So without any further adieu, I give you my winged steed: 

His wings can be posed because they've a pipe cleaner skeleton. Feet and inner ears are felt and his body and wings are fleece. His feet are stuffed with those plastic pellets from Michael's to give them a nice bit of weight.

If you want to make your very own, go to www.funkyfriendsfactory.com and join up as a member-- it's free and you get lots of good toy making tips. The patterns are very well priced and come either through post of PDF file if you're like me and can't wait for it to be shipped all the way from Aussieland.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fusible interfacing a Must? on: July 12, 2008 07:07:08 PM
Okay, so I'm working on New Look 6557 for the first time. I've decided to line the whole works, rather than just the bust, because the others who have made oh-so-beautiful dresses from the pattern have done that and it looks sharp.

Anywho, since I'd have to go out and buy fusible interfacing, could I substitute old school sew-in?

Alternatively, since I'm lining the whole thing, do I really need the interfacing in the back for structure? Like, will I get the thing done and totally regret leaving out the interfacing (ie, what sorts of things happen to garments whose makers were too lazy to go to iron on interfacing?)

Thank you craftsters for your wisdom! Any information on this will be rewarded with great appreciation Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Acetate Lining. . friend or foe? on: March 28, 2008 05:01:31 PM
Hey there folks, I'm about to embark on an adventure in dress making (my first dress since the ones I made for my Gem and the Holograms doll) and I've got a question:

Has anyone made a dress out of acetate lining? Does it work? Could it work if I double layer it (as lining and the outer shell) or should I just get a taffeta and use the acetate lining for its intended purpose?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Pleatness bag on: January 11, 2008 07:10:04 AM
So I fell in love with the pleatness bag, but the fabric I had on hand didn't want to pleat, it was too slippery. But it did look like it wanted to be rouched, so I followed the tutorial an pattern only I made the straps 40 inches, and I used 14 inches of elastic on the top and bottom of each side to get the pretty pink bits.

It reminds me of a double life-- like somebody who's a secretary by day, and a ballerina by night!

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