May 15, 2020

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A close up of a sewing machine needle.

Replacement Parts for a Sewing MachineDepending on the age, model, and manufacturer of your sewing machine there are a number of resources available for finding replacement parts. An online search is a good first step. Even vintage and antique machine parts may be found on specialty sites.

 

Touchpoint Math Key - closeup of points on 4 - 7

DIY Touchpoint Math KeyTouchMath® math is a method designed to help students K-3 to learn basic math concepts such as counting, addition, subtraction, etc. The key provides the touchpoints on the numbers 1-9. Single points are used for (1-5) and double touches for (6-9). Having a key will help your child remember the concept as they work on math problems.

 

Bee Happy Garden Sign - assembled sign

DIY Bee Happy Garden SignGarden decor and signs can be pricey. They may however get your creative mind working and inspire you to craft an original of your own. This cute sign is fun to make and can be constructed from items you may already have lying about at home. Give it a try.

 

A sewing machine needle sewing a seam in red and white polka dotted fabric.

Sewing Machine Runs Without Foot PedalIf your sewing machine runs as soon as it is turned on, before pressing the foot pedal, there are two possible culprits. One is the pedal itself. I new one may correct the problem. There may also be an issue with the connector on the machine. Generally speaking if a new pedal does not fix the problem it may be time for a repair shop visit.

 

A mother cat with several kittens nursing.

Caring for a Mother Cat and Her KittensDomesticate cats are honored guests in our homes. Because of the close relationship that has developed with our feline pets we may become caregivers to the mommy cat and her kittens should the need arise. This page addresses some of the situations that you may find yourself in with mom and kittens.

 

Tissue Case with Pocket - finished case

Sewing a Tissue Case with PocketMake a cute little fabric case for a purse/pocket sized facial tissue package. This example goes one step beyond and incorporates a nice little pocket for lip balm, hand sanitizer, or lotion.

 

Egg Carton Panda - cute panda

Making an Egg Carton PandaDo you love panda decor? This fun recycled egg crate panda would make a cute addition to your collection. Plus you can easily make it yourself by following the instructions found below.

 

A man looking at an air vent.

Getting Cats Out of Air VentsAn open home air vent can be very tempting to an inquisitive cat. If your kitty goes on a journey and can't get out, there are some things you can do to locate her and provide an exit. Be sure to check the length of the vents to determine if the cat has found its own way out, first.

 

A couch upholstered in purple velvet.

Repairing Broken Legs on an Upholstered CouchHow you repair a broken leg on an upholstered couch will depend on the age and style of the piece. Home improvement stores often sell replacement legs that screw into the couch frame. Other furniture leg styles may require very different solutions such as gluing or having a furniture repair specialist fix it.

 

DIY Foosball Game Shoebox - ready to play

DIY Foosball Game ShoeboxEasily stowable this homemade foosball game can keep your kiddos busy for hours. It is easily made from a recycled shoebox, dowels, clothespins, and paint. The instructions provided will help you make one of your own.

 

Plywood being used for flooring.

Using Plywood For FlooringA good quality plywood can be stained, detailed with a router, or cut into strips to look like planks, to create a less expensive alternative to hardwood. Less expensive types are also a descent choice for workrooms, craft areas, etc. Read the suggestions found below for some inspiration.

 

Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - finished pot

Making a Tissue Box Tea PotMake this exceptional recycle craft, from a tissue box. It is the perfect bit of decor for a tea party, shower, or other special event. Let us show you how.

 

Flowers Made from Nespresso Cups

Flowers Made from Nespresso CupsReusing the aluminum pods designed for the Nespresso coffee machine to make recycled craft projects is fun and easy. They can be crushed, folded, and cut to make these lovely orchids. The variety of colors available adds to their crafting value.

 

DIY Cup Cup Sleeve Tea Organizer - reorganized drawer

DIY Hot Cup Sleeve Tea OrganizerThe paper sleeves you get with your takeout coffee or other hot drinks can be used to create an organizer for your tea bags. Learn how here. It is easy and you're recycling.

 

A mandala made from petals and leaves.

Making Natural MandalasMandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. The mandala holds a lot of symbolism particularly in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The complex design is circular in nature, even if there are other shapes included, it retains a concentric circle pattern. They are used for focusing ones attention and aid in meditation and other spiritual pursuits. The mandala offered on this page was made using flowers, twigs, lichen, and fir cones.

 

Fabric Bowl Hot Pad - finished two colored fabric bowl

Making a Fabric Bowl Hot PadFabric and quilt batting are sewn up into a form fitting hot pad for your next bowl of soup or other hot dish. Let one of our crafters show you how to make this practical scrap fabric project.

 

Notebook from Vinyl Records - spiral notebook with vinyl record cover

Making a Notebook from Vinyl RecordsThis unique notebook was made from two vinyl records, cut, drilled, and then bound with a handmade wire spiral. Give this practical recycled craft a try.

 

A bag made from two vinyl records

Bag Made from Vinyl RecordsOld vinyl records can be converted into unique bags/purses. This page contains a couple of examples of this recycled craft.

 

Recipes

Asparagus (Instant Pot)

Asparagus (Instant Pot)I will share this instant pot recipe though it failed me. I used 3 times the time listed. I also added an onion and apple as I find that makes a terrific taste. In general it is fun to add different sorts of vegetables and see what happens.

 

Homemade Baked Ziti with Veggies

Homemade Baked Ziti with VeggiesMy recipe is made to feed 4 families that are not working. It is made with chopped, healthy vegetables in my homemade Italian sauce. I make my regular Italian sauce and add a finely minced, carrot, zucchini and summer squash. It comes out a bit sweeter, but much healthier!

 

Questions

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Finding the Model Number on a Vintage White Sewing MachineI'm trying to find a model number on a White Deluxe sewing machine. It was my mom's and is about 60 years old. Can you help with this? I found a number stamped on the bottom side. It is J-A47 105. I'm a assuming that is a serial number.

 

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Kenmore Light Out and Machine Won't StartMy Kenmore model 1345 was working great. I unplugged it to start again the next day, but when I plugged it in the light would not go on. The machine didn't start when I pushed the pedal. I tried a different outlet, but that did not correct it. Did the light just burn out or what? I am in the middle of a project and need to finish. What could this be besides the light which I have never changed?

 

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