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Greetings to all the new people! I have been here awhile but don’t have an post so: most of my these days is made with my sewing robot, a RPi-connected embroidery machine that I do unconventional things with, like make plushies and fabric (with a bias). I post a lot (like, a LOT) about process and mistakes, including what I’m learning as I run my new Etsy shop. I live in South Jersey, just across the Delaware from , am a mom, and I have .

JoAnn is doing 60% off minky *plus* another 30% off for curbside (so, 72% off) which wow, that'd be tempting if they didn't have a ridiculously lame selection of colors. (Two aquas, two reds, two grays, two beiges, white, yellow, and brown. Thassit.)

Also the Cricut family has always been much less open-source-friendly than the Cameo (which AFAIK is still a CraftRobo under the hood even in the newer models), and there's no Linux version of the software nor, to my knowledge, an Inkscape driver/extension for it. (I can "export" to the Cameo directly from Inkscape.) I would need to run either the iOS or Android app, and upload my SVGs to the iPad or phone. Not sure how clunky that would be.

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(Oh I guess they *aren't* keeping their [Jersey] stores open, other than for curbside pickup. Still, 💰.)

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Help, JoAnn put their Cricut Maker on sale... the one that cuts fabric. I'm trying not to buy anything from them (because they're keeping their stores open on account of apparently crafting is "essential"?) but IT CUTS FABRIC

(Amazon is of course doing the same price but I'm also trying not to buy non-essentials there either.)

coronavirus, mask sewing 

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Not making much progress on establishing a photo-video studio. The current workroom (sunken family room) has weird faux marble walls so I'd rather not use it. And basically even in our sprawling 1970's house there isn't a lot of un-cluttered wall space. (I really really really need to get rid of the tubs and boxes of of faux fur that are occupying too much of the storage area here, but right now is not a great time for that.)

Decided to check in on my Etsy dashboard since I hadn't in awhile, and Etsy had a survey about how my shop was doing and how I was dealing with current events and well maybe I shouldn't have answered it all right after slamming a frappuccino but anyway I told them that really the new ad structure had already dealt the death blow to my shop so really a recession couldn't make it much worse. 🖕

On the other hand, I have now made a revised version of the Kimberbear, and pulled out and started parceling out the 3-yard chunk of discontinued JoAnn minky that should make at least 16 bears. STASHBUSTING!

(I bought all they had in case people wanted to match existing dragons, but the more I use it the more I prefer Shannon. I will still have plenty left for any matching needs even if I only save the smallest of the three lengths I got.)

(Olivia is reason #1 we have an air purifier in the house. Ramses is 2, and I guess now Poppi has slot 3. We'll see if he moves up in the ranking when his non-starved coat comes back in. Or rather, when it cycles back out...)

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See, this is a problem with sewing *anything* remotely sanitary in this house. I left my phone on my mouse pad and came back to this. It’s spring, I guess Olivia is dumping her undercoat today.

(Yes my Etsy listings *do* always explain that there is no hope of removing all the cat hair from things I sell.)

Hmm, this is made from nonwoven polypropylene, same as disposable masks. Not sure if there's differences in fiber density and whatnot.

All the embroidery-design companies are popping out with "free" designs (which inevitably you have to open an account for 😒) and I keep looking at them and going "oh if people make those with standard embroidery thread they're gonna be SO itchy."

I mean, I get that to do something entirely in-the-hoop you have to make compromises, but yikes.

(Many embroidery machines do not have the ability to function as conventional sewing machines, and some people only have those.)

As usual, Lier sums up the mask-sewing thing really well:

(I did not know JoAnn wasn't even including elastic in their "kits." Elastic remains my bottleneck: the only elastic I have is 40-45 years old; it will not survive washing hot.)

You guys there are MULTIPLE themed gnome door-hangers. At least two of which have current-events accessories.

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Ah ha. Apparently there's a *lot* of privately-held PPE around here, mostly N95 respirators, because of companies' forest-fire prep (same reason as in Silicon Valley; Jersey Pine Barrens are historically less at-risk than California but climate change and development are changing that), which explains why local hospitals are generally not begging for masks, at least, from the general public. :themoreyouknow:

Okay Dr. Fauci says we don't have to sew masks so I feel better about not sewing masks.

(1. Nowhere around here seemed to be taking them; the only place I found that would even take N95s wanted unopened packages. 2. I don't have a lot of appropriate fabric, and the cotton I *do* have tends to be contaminated with cat hair. 3. I don't have a lot of appropriate elastic; the Gritty mask literally was made with some of Mom's elastic circa 1975. It will not hold up to sanitizing temperatures.)

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