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In which I get my artgeek on - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 17th, 2012

09:18 am - In which I get my artgeek on

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This morning I woke up to sunshine coming in the bedroom window and the sleepy and delectable Dr Wheel next to me, and my first thought was "I could get used to this." So far I'm not, so it's a happy surprise every morning. <3 Dr Wheel.

Also, the combination of visiting Germans and Webstock has dragged the good Doctor out being all social butterfly-y every night this week and I just can't be arsed am not into that much dining out and have to work in the evenings at the moment. However, last night I had pombagira for dinner and I fed her omelette with Sneaky Health Food in it, and she took pictures of me fondling my balls.




Witness my weirdly lumpy knees. I blame my Dad.

This is my current art project. Yes, those are the balls from Weird Pscience. I've hung onto them all this time and now I'm turning them into a Thing. I've had a couple of ideas about how to make it interactive too, but right now it's in the Make It Pretty stage, which will last for at least a month I reckon. Then it'll be the Make It Geeky stage, which will probably require input from you lot, an Arduino (or similar), possibly a Twine, and a motor of some description. But since I haven't quite pinned down what I want it to do yet, I'm not sure exactly what that part will entail yet. Hmm..

In other news, I think the time has come for me to buy an overlocker. More and more I'm seeing the use for one in the projects I do, especially since I have a couple of skirts I specifically want to recreate and I'm starting to want to work with floaty fabrics that don't suit standard hemming. My first line of attack was, naturally, research, where I found out some basics of what to look for. And then I typed 'overlocker buy' into Google. Hit 'pages from New Zealand'. Now, can you please tell me, is this not the ugliest site you've ever seen? Looks like someone's high school project. I've looked at this site before and I suspect it was someone's high school project in about 1997*.

*cough*

Anyway, I'm looking at this one. My research has told me that Janome is a good consistent brand. Or maybe this one, because my sewing machine's a low-end singer and has done far more than a low-end machine could ever be expected to do, and has lasted me 6 years of moderate to heavy use without missing a beat. However there are a couple of second-hand ones on TradeMe that look quite good too, and I don't need it Right Now so am happy to wait for the right one to come along at a reasonable price. This will be my birthday present to myself so I'm ok with spending a bit of money, but I want to be sure that what I'm getting will do what I want it to - and I'm less confident buying an overlocker than I am buying sewing machines.


In case you're not interested in overlockers, perhaps you're interested in ugly sites. I'd be impressed if you could find one uglier than the one linked above - so if you know of one I'd like to see it. Yes, it's the Great Webstock Friday Ugly Site contest. What's the prize? Um, internet kudos for Finding Stuff Net Fu. *nod*

Finally, those people who are planning to be at Fidels tonight - I have tieke's Stealth Top in my bag to give to her. However, this top has a very efficient cloaking mode and even though I've got to this point several times, I've never managed to hold it in my awareness long enough to actually return it. So I'm asking to be reminded. Let's see how wide this top's influence really is..

* I bet it runs in IE6 though..

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From:tyellas
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I believe Wellington Sewing Services relocated there recently from Miramar. So somebody has been in there updating that thing recently. The Nancy's Embroidery shop site is, for such a posh shop, unexpectedly awful, too.

Re: the overlockers - I'd go for the Janome on basic principle. But if you're spending the $$$, you'll be test driving them in person, yes? A couple of places around town have a good range, and who-makes-good-overlockers is strangely different from who-makes-good-sewing machines.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Hehe yes, another high school project but at least that kid wasn't completely colour-challenged! ;-)

And yeah, I thought a good next step would be to visit Wellington Sewing Services in person and test drive a few machines. Problem is, I'm not experienced with overlockers so I'm not sure I'd be able to tell a good one from a bad one. Thus, I may invite the lovely pombagira to join me as a pickable experienced brain.

Do you know of anywhere in the central city where I could go look in person?
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
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There's a good (I believe) sewing shop in the little arcade that goes from Cuba to Victoria not far from where I believe you now live, but their chief demonstrator isn't a full time staff person, so getting someone who really understands machines may be a bit hit and miss.

It's name escapes me just now, but they also hae a shop in Lower Hutt where $wife bought her last sewing machine. I could walk you there easier than trying to give you directions...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
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I know there's a Knit World in Left Bank that (i think) sells sewing machines. I should drop in there and see if they do overlockers as well.
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
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That's the one.
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:February 22nd, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
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Icon love!
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From:tyellas
Date:February 16th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Overlockers are so troubling to master that both Wellington Services and Nancy's offer a class!

The #1 thing that my overlocking friends bitch about is ease of threading. Newer machines are way better at this than older ones. Also, on the "metal versus plastic parts inside machine?" I am firmly on the metal side.

This forum has good guidelines: http://www.thesewingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=11357
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
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PS Oh god I'm starting to think there's a rule about sewing skill being inversely proportional to website design skill.
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
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maybe they just prefer to spend money on fabric rather than web developers....
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From:tyellas
Date:February 16th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Definitely something to this. I have wanted to do some sewing for the past 3 months now and I haven't been sewing because I've beend doing web site design in my spare time (huge redesign, launched later this month). And I'm not a very good seamstress...
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 17th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
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Any chance that Nancy is this Nancy?? Because that would be awesome. I work in a library and whenever I see the covers of her books, I still laugh, even after all these years.
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From:morbid_curious
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning on going to Fidel's tonight, so I'll do my best to remind you :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Yay! ;-)
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From:russiandolls
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I've always been impressed by Globe overlockers..... And I highly recommend a 4-thread, for those projects you want to seam and finish in one easy step.
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 16th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
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agreed, four-threaders are much more useful than three-threaders...

But consider what sort of fabric you want to be able to sew - $WIFE always wanted an overlocker/sewing machine that could handle the crotch seam of a pair of jeans, but no-one could sell her one short of an industrial grade machine...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
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It's unlikely that I'll be overlocking the crotch seam of jeans, since I have other effective techniques for that job. So maybe I don't need one quite that grunty..

(hopefully not anyway if they don't exist)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I was somewhat astonished to find you can get them in 5-thread as well. I think I'd be satisfied with 4, but I've been told to avoid 3.

Really, any more than two sounds like a lot to me!
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From:richdrich
Date:February 16th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I read that as "overclocker" and was going to mutter about liquid cooling and why you didn't just get a Mac?

Should you be interested in doing something around interacting with people walking around, then I've been doing some research in that area and might be able to help.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Actually, yes I was thinking about interacting with people walking around and would be very keen to have a chat with you on this topic. Bearing in mind that nothing sticks in my mind until I apply it, and I haven't finished making the thing yet.

Also, I would like nothing better than a liquid-cooled overlocker with a Mac-style interface. Please make one.
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From:richdrich
Date:February 16th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
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You can achieve the same effect by using a normal MacBook while scuba diving in a tank of Fluorinert.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 16th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I found this website all by myself one day, it is genuinely the most appalling site EVAR. It is SERIOUS. You also have to go deep deep into the bowels of the site and you come across the most stunning presentaiton about this one dude who is just... words fail me. anyway, start here.

http://yvettesbridalformal.com/

NOTE: there are some pages you CANNOT fnd from the front page but only via another internet search, it is so fucking weird.

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From:vernacularity
Date:February 16th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
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oh here he is, not so much literally hard to find but "bowel" i think may be appropriate.

http://www.yvettesbridalformal.com/aboutYvettesPortraitPainter1.html



Oh. My. God.

"Author and Fashioner of Yvette's Site ~*"

Edited at 2012-02-16 11:34 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
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My god. That site has to be a pisstake.

If it isn't, it's clearly leading the field now..
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 17th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
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I am pretty sure that it is not a pisstake. It has been around a long time, and has lots of pages showing the gowns she sells, and people trying them on.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
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*gouges out own eyes*
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 17th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
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all it needs is theme tunes :-/ unless my PC sound is off? hmmm...

also, there is a complete parallel site with the artist's links and pages about who we are and where we come from. HINT : IT MIGHT BE ALIENS

http://www.yvettesbridalformal.com/Clue_Alpha_V8CS.html
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From:richdrich
Date:February 17th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
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There *is* sound. Turn on quicktime if you dare
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..................
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 17th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
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aw I googled and it might be a parody site :-(
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 17th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
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Caspian's school's website is abysmal. Not only is it ugly, it's nearly nonfunctional from being set up in a totally stupid way. - aldergrovecharter.org
I groan whenever I'm forced to try to use that site.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
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Based on the homepage I was thinking "OK this is a bit overlinky but not too bad."

But then I clicked one of the links. Now I'm thinking "OMG what were they thinking?"

O.o
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 17th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm embarrassed to admit how many times I clinked on links and then thought, "Argh, why is it not doing anything?" I almost passed over the school because I couldn't make head or tails of the website!
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From:tieke
Date:February 17th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
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Hmm, and now I am starting to think about selling my overlocker - which I really don't use enough any more to justify keeping, but if I could sell it to a friend, and then borrow it back about once every two years ...

Also, I think there was something I was supposed to tell you about some clothing. Just can't quite remember what it was ...
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From:caffeinehype89
Date:February 20th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
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go art! :)
i am...well..was missgriim..I changed accounts.
So hi!! :D
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:February 22nd, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
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I haven't used one, but the lady who owns/runs the quilt shop here swears by Janome machines. They're apparently quite good, but I HAVE heard they can be a bit expensive to service/maintain. It's worth finding out if there's somewhere nearby that will work on them; that's part of the reason mom went with a Singer machine - there's only one guy here who services Janome machines, and it's kind of "he's going to be in town on X days this month, so call and see if he has any appointments left." But, there are a couple people in town who service sewing machines, and they DO work on Singer and Kenmore and many of the other "mid-range" brands, so mom has backup in case one of her machines (unless it's the Bernina, which is The Devil) has a hiccup that Steve can't sort out for her at home.
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