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My Top 5 Etsy Addictions

It is truly hard to quit an addiction, needless to say a handful of addictions. Apart from the usual addictions like, eat, sleep and lazing around, I do have a handful of Etsy addictions that I hate to quit.

1. My Etsy
Which seller doesn’t keep visiting his/her own shop?

2. Etsy Search
Love looking at lovely handmade products!

3. Etsy Forums
Promote is necessary, and you do get good advices here!

4. Etsy Storque
A haven for newbie Etsians for some FAQs.

5. Etsy Conversations
Private communication made possible!

Com’ on, which Etsian doesn’t get addicted to Etsy?? Etsy is my reason to get distracted from some boring slogging. (opps!)

Where else did you love to visit on Etsy? Care to share it with me?


November 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm 5 comments

10 Craft Essentials

Craft Colleagues

These things don’t seem important but is almost so important that I can’t work without. I have to acknowledge my craft essentials and make sure I never run out of them, or I’ll be in deep trouble.

  1. Sewing Machine
    I uses Janome Indigo 14. The basic and yet not so basic machine from Janome is ever pleasing me. I bought it after seeking advices on Etsy forums.
  2. Fabric Scissor
    The one I have now is from local thrift store. It’s really long and though not heavy, it cuts properly, so for now I shall live with it.
  3. Tailor Chalk
    Used to have those Clover chaco pencils but it never stops breaking. I switched to Clover tailor chalks which last longer and don’t break so easily.
  4. Fray Stoppa Glue
    Got it from local Spotlight store. It helps to stop ribbons, laces and fabric ends from fraying. I use it mainly for my lace flowers.
  5. Ruler
    I can never draw a straight line, so I use the long metal ruler from my old school time to draw straight lines.
  6. Sewing & Embroidery Needles
    I have different sizes of needles. I use them accordingly depending on the material I use on and the thickness of thread. I learn this from a Japanese craft book.
  7. Embroidery Thread
    I bought a big bundle from local thrift store. I bought all sorts of colours just in case I need to embroider in certain colour.
  8. Sewing Thread
    I really do prefer white threads for normal sewing. It’s easy to match and I don’t have to change it often. I own some other colours too, but it is quite rare for me to use them.
  9. Pins
    I learn the hard way to know how much I need them. Guide lines need to match before you start sewing layers together!
  10. My Hands
    What can I make without my hands? They are the most important tools I need.

So, what’s yours? Post a comment and let me know what is important to your crafting.

October 15, 2009 at 12:31 am 5 comments

4 Rules to Protect your Fabric Scissors

Does your fabric scissor turn blunt fast?

I used to work in a fashion retail store where altering the length of pants and jeans is a daily chore and it irks me when the cranky fabric scissor turns blunt after just a few months of sharpening.

To prolong the sharpness of the one and only fabric scissor in the shop, rules were imposed and it worked well in the shop. Here are 4 rules you can impose at home:

  1. Handle with care!
    Dropping the scissor is never good.
  2. Strictly for cutting fabric only!
    It’s named FABRIC scissor, isn’t it?
  3. Even more strictly, do not use to cut sticky-tape!
    You wouldn’t like a STICKY fabric.
  4. Keep it away from children.
    Just to prevent them from using it for craft. (:

These rules can prolong the sharpness of the fabric scissor but it doesn’t mean that sharpening is no long required. Pamper your fabric scissor by sharpening it occasionally.

Now, you own a HAPPY fabric scissor!

October 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm 2 comments

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