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  2. argenta

    Tension problem with Janome 8200

    Just a small update. Once again, have a look at step-by-step guide for tension check, as I had when I was re-threading mine. For instance, I went to the Janome support forum first (must admit, they work fast and helped me each time I had a question - well, except for this particular issue and that's why I believe it was my mistake, not a machine failure!), and then I went to the general sewing forum. If you have any updates, feel free to PM me, I'd be glad to share my experience.
  3. Also! If you're working with synthetics mostly, then a hot knife (or hot pipe for a round hole) might make a good cut and instantly cauterized hole. Can't figure out how to add photos, though I hope this helps.
  4. A piece of advice which is kinda late, still. I used a good quality 1.5" hole saw to drill holes in the fabric while doing alterations for our RV. No pulling or tearing of the fabric. Drilled right in easily. I don't think a fabric/foam cutter is necessary.
  5. argenta

    Recipe: Turkish lamb pizza all the way from Dubai

    Thanks for sharing, jrdonal. Made this several times! I used homemade dough and added topping of ground meat and lamb blended with onion, pepper, various spices. No cheese. Cooked at around 700-750. The crust was nice and crispy at the lower heat with the longer cook time - this really surprised and pleased me. The toppings were cooked on the pie and came out very tender and flavorful. Pizza was delicious!
  6. Great thread, Scarlett! I try to keep my crafts sustainable, though it's tricky when it comes to adhesives and glues. And I have almost zero experience with jewelry, unfortunately. Though I really like to search upcycling/recycling/reuse/etc on sites like craftster/etsy/artfire/etc to see what people are up to. Maybe you could find some nice ideas for your crafts here.
  7. argenta

    Fabric printing

    Forgot to mention, I used Epson (SX 125) for my experiments.
  8. argenta

    Fabric printing

    Can't say about professional finish, but I have tried to make my own prints at home. It was tricky, yet funny! Did this following a friend's recommendations. Her advice for printing on fabric is that you buy A4 sized labels, stick one on the back of your fabric, trim the fabric down to the same size as the label - rub well on the paper side to eliminate air bubbles, and then pass it through your printer. Works well for me, and you can get at least 4-6 passes with one label, sometimes a few more.
  9. argenta

    Tension problem with Janome 8200

    It's quite a late reply, but maybe someone else might find it useful. I've got the Janome 8900 (it's quite similar to yours) and FMQ with it on a regular basis. Got the same problem. So I rethreaded the machine, bobbin, changed quilt sandwiches, changed thread, cleaned out the guts of my machine. Nothing. I checked my manual, went onto forums - nope. Nothing, once again. I did manage to fix it eventually but you're probably going to have the same reaction I did to the solution - re-threading. After I'd have a break and thought logically about the problem. I hadn't changed my technique so it couldn't be that. The machine was the same. My needle was fresh. My tension settings hadn't changed. So it must have been something I did differently between the first FMQ, piecing and now. The change was that I'd swapped threads so had rethreaded my machine. I pulled all my thread out of the machine, switched the light off and went to bed. The next day, I rethreaded the machine as if I was starting afresh (presser foot up, setting 1, feed dogs down) and trying to pretend yesterday hadn't happened. And it worked. I couldn't believe it. I still have no idea which tension disc is missed or why I missed it repeatedly (maybe it was stuck). But it honestly was a threading issue.
  10. argenta

    Do you make your own envelopes?

    Though not the time So I confess, sometimes I buy store bought ones! When I'm in a hurry to get it in the mail, well, store bought ones are sure handy to keep around.
  11. argenta

    What are your thoughts on handmade clothing?

    In fact I ran a custom dressmaking business for a few years, because off the rack clothing is awful and is designed to fit an extremely narrow range of body proportions which I and like 90% of the population simply don't fit into. So I make a lot of my clothes + dresses for my daughter, and I can't see why they should be considered as something bad. Once you discover what it feels like to wear something that REALLY fits properly, it's so hard to go back to ready-to-wear.
  12. steverhodes

    What are your thoughts on handmade clothing?

    I love to wear handmade clothing. Don;t know why but it feels better than other cloths.
  13. steverhodes

    Do you make your own envelopes?

    yes! It actually saves money.
  14. steverhodes

    Adhesive query

    you can find multiple gluing items like double-sided tapes, roller adhesives, sticks, pastes, and liquid glues. I choose roller adhesives. if you need more information on this topic you can go to this website https://craftsinsider.com/
  15. Bigbunniesuk

    TinaC

    Hi Tina and welcome to the forum. I've moved your post to the Sew Magazine part of the forum.
  16. shopsemission

    ring pull jewellery

    Thanks you , so much need help your post
  17. argenta

    Share your crafty tips here!

    Agree. All of my patterns are stored in a zip-lock bags along with the original pattern envelope. I keep the original pattern inside the envelope so that I don't lose it. Also you can store them in digital format as well and it would be less space consuming. I have scanned the front of most of my patterns and I have a file on my computer so I can see what I have if I am looking for something.
  18. Tina C

    TinaC

    Hi all, new to this site. Have spent days trying to download a sewing pattern (contrary Mary childs pinafore) from the sew magazine site. All I can get is a small fragment of the pattern when I try to print. I do not have the option to print poster size as it says on the instructions even thou I have a brand new printer. Can anyone help? Many thanks
  19. sejalkokane

    ring pull jewellery

    Kate, it was really amazing ideas, well done, looking for to seeing more recycled jewellery.
  20. MayaStorrie

    Help please with Clara Dress instructions

    Hello, I am a relatively new sewer and am attempting my first dress. I am using the Clara Dress free pattern, but I'm stuck on point 3 which is attaching the ties and front facing. Is there anyone who could help break down the point into very basic talk so I can ensure I sewnit correctly?! Appreciate any help anyone can give. https://www.sewmag.co.uk/free-sewing-patterns/clara-wrap-dress Thanks Maya
  21. PaulinNY

    Seed Bead Crafting

    Melissa, That does help, I also didn't know there was a bead supplier somewhat near me. Going to go there and get a loom, beads and some line.
  22. Melissa Hyland

    Seed Bead Crafting

    Hi there, many beading companies sell monofilament beading thread, which is similar to fishing line and comes in a variety of thicknesses - Beadalon, Fireline, and the Bead Smith are among some of the best known brands and are pretty strong. These links also talk about various threads and cords for beading, which might be useful: https://www.myworldofbeads.com/beading-thread/ https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/encyclobeadia/charts/722x https://www.kernowcraft.com/jewellery-making-tips/beading-and-threading-techniques-and-advice/stringing-beads-with-small-holes We hope this is helpful - good luck!
  23. PaulinNY

    Seed Bead Crafting

    Hello, I just joined your forums. I make beads strings to hang from vests for Veteran motorcycle groups. Usually I work with barrel beads and have always used leather cord. This latest project will have me in new territory using seed beads. My question is this: The strings hang from vests that will be subject to high wind and other weather elements. I was thinking of using a high grade fishing line, the beads I am using are sized 6 at the biggest and sized 15 for some high detail. Will fishing line fit through these? Is fishing line the best for this purpose? Thanks for any help
  24. PaulinNY

    New Member

    Hello, New member here, upstate NY, my name is Paul. Medically retired Navy submarine veteran. I primarily do beading to help veteran motorcycle clubs to raise money and awareness. So far I have only done barrel beading because the simple color combinations made it easy to create the strings (they hang from their vests). Now they have asked for a much more intricate pattern that will require seed beads. I have no experience what-so-ever with these so here I am. Looking forward to meeting nice folks and learning about seed beads.
  25. tuffnell_glass

    Flame Off 2019

  26. Bigbunniesuk

    intro

    Hi Kelly and welcome to the forum. I love your cascade card, you'll have to try an exploding box card too, they are great fun and not as tricky as you might think!
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