I've read up on how the top and bottom tensioning is supposed to work, but it hasn't helped. I've got the bobbin adjusted so it lets out about an inch when I bounce it by the thread. Adjusting the top tension from there doesn't seem to make much difference. I always get the loops. The weird thing is that the top thread seems really hard to pull out when I do it by hand. It's so hard that's it sometimes breaks. Why should tension that seems stiff to the hand pull through when the machine sews? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember
on Mar 16, 2014 -
I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios.
So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops.
But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox.
So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
posted by pack2themoon
on Feb 19, 2014 -
Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells
on Jan 15, 2014 -
I've recently become interested in machine learning and want to know some good resources for a beginner! [more inside]
posted by deathpanels
on Jan 13, 2014 -
In the last few weeks, blue stains have shown up on my daughter's shirts after washing them. They weren't there before I washed the clothes. They don't show up on anyone else's clothes. I can't get them out. Any ideas about how to get the stains out and how to prevent other shirts from getting stained? [more inside]
posted by TEA
on Oct 18, 2013 -
I just bought some stuff from Amazon.com and needed a little bit more to get free shipping. I ended up buying some glass rods
from Amazon's "industrial and scientific" store that I will use for stirring cocktails. Can you recommend other cool doodads from Amazon's dark corners that might be useful around the house? Bonus points for less-expensive items to round out your shopping cart, not $1000 pieces of lab equipment. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Sep 10, 2013 -
I'd like to buy a used (or possibly
new) reliable, easy to use mechanical (versus computerized) sewing machine available in Britain or the EU for very basic uses, mostly hemming, repairs, and making simple things like pillow covers, curtains, table clothes, etc., and I'd love some recommendations. I'll probably be looking mostly on eBay UK and Amazon UK. [more inside]
posted by taz
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Help-me-find-that-quote-filter - along the lines of "over the next thousand years the struggle between machines and humankind will be a close run race but ultimately humankind will emerge triumphant"? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga
on May 12, 2013 -
I am looking to upgrade from my very basic, ten-year-old Elna 2110 sewing machine to something that I'll still be enjoying twenty or more years from now. I know what basic features I want, but I don't know how to translate that into a sewing machine search. There are just SO MANY sewing machines available that I'm unsure how to narrow it down. How do I articulate what I'm looking for in sewing machine-buying terms? [more inside]
posted by linettasky
on Apr 9, 2013 -
Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it.
Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom
on Mar 31, 2013 -
Brand new Whirlpool AWE 7728 washing machine won't complete the first (empty) cycle, help! [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA
on Mar 7, 2013 -
My dad built a proper pedestal for our new washing machine and dryer. It is 19 inches high. The challenge is getting the washer up onto the pedestal. The washer weighs 232 lbs. It is just the two of us today. I don't want to throw my back out. Neither does he. What equipment or physics tricks can we employ to get this thing up on the pedestal?
posted by jasondigitized
on Feb 17, 2013 -
I have cotton napkins, some 100 percent, some 65 percent. And it says on the label to wash them in cold.
I want to make sure that when my child puts the napkin to her mouth that the napkin is sanitary. But I'm wondering if washing them in cold takes all the microbes out. I'm not only talking about the food, but what about my wash machine which may have just washed our family underpants. Is this common practice? Or am I missing something? Am I supposed to be washing the napkins in a bucket instead?
I wanted the convenience of washing in the washing machine, but if that is not sanitary I will do the bucket. Also, if I can do it in the machine, should I do it in warm to make sure microbes are gone? Or is cold best? Also, should I line dry or do it in the dryer.
Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jan 24, 2013 -
I'm not a network technician but I play one
in grad school. How do I get the server connections I need, involving a virtual machine (VMWare Fusion) that needs to talk to an outside device? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour
on Jan 4, 2013 -
Every single time I have my blood pressure checked by a machine, it's high. If it's manually done, it is always within the optimal range (usually around 110/70). Does anyone else have this problem? How trustworthy are those machines? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Dec 4, 2012 -
Once I had backed my iTunes up using Time Machine, I deleted some music on my computer to free up space. I've since added new music, which Time Machine has also backed up, but in discrete images. Is there a way to create a "master" library with exactly one copy of every song across all my Time Machine images? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer
on Dec 2, 2012 -
Need a gelato machine recommendations for the home.
I am willing to spend upwards of $1K if it is the right machine. I realize this is somewhat of a specialty product, but I can't seem to separate fact from fiction when researching this on-line. And there does not seem to be any unbiased "consumer report" style reviews.
posted by viconius
on Nov 25, 2012 -
What's the most cost-efficient way to hem and dart my shirts? What kind of sewing machine fits my urge to adjust clothing? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Nov 23, 2012 -
What would be some good rules for a Robot Golf tournament?
And how many years can we expect to wait before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro? [more inside]
posted by mnop
on Aug 14, 2012 -
What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jode
on Jun 21, 2012 -
I am looking for a clothes washing machine to fit into a relatively small apartment's bathroom. The bathroom was not originally intended for the installation of a washing machine, though there is just barely sufficient space, so I'm looking for something that is sort of tall and narrow, or shallower than normal in dimensions, not cube shaped like the typical front loading machine. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on May 27, 2012 -
I'm having a ridiculously fun time playing with Audiotool and am learning a ton about desktop production. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump
on May 26, 2012 -
I used an overlocker (serger) for the first time yesterday, and I was impressed. I'd like to get one when I am in a position to have a proper sewing space (hopefully in the next year), but can I survive without one for dressmaking well enough? And what should I be looking for in a first machine? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on May 17, 2012 -
I'm trying to remember a book that explains how to build a machine shop step by step from a pile of coal. [more inside]
posted by krisak
on May 5, 2012 -
After seeing the Human Bird Wings
video (doesn't matter if it's real or not
), I thought about this TED Talk
again. Are there any 3D programs/motion-capturing software that can map out that bird and its motion from the talk and convert a 3D model out of it? Then all you would have to do is scale it to human size and build it offline right?
posted by querty
on Mar 21, 2012 -
I'm looking for a super-automatic coffee/espresso machine (no pods) that is around $1,000 (or cheaper), and meets a few specific needs. I'm eyeing a Jura or DeLonghi, but are there others I should be considering? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a good, basic, durable sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by brownrd
on Feb 14, 2012 -
I'm a low- to medium-grade computer techie. I've recently fallen in love with the remote desktop concept (I've been using TeamViewer
). I have my main PC with all my data and the software I use, setup how I like it, and then remote into that from mobile devices, friend's computers, work computers, etc., even my laptop I now prefer to use as a portal into my main PC. [more inside]
posted by Xhris
on Feb 13, 2012 -
[DifficultGiftFilter] My fiancé is one of those techie guys (software architect/developer) who already has all the latest gadgets and is generally hard to shop for. However, one of his most prized possessions is a beautiful little stirling engine. What are some other cool little machines that he might appreciate? [more inside]
posted by paralith
on Dec 15, 2011 -
Help me find a Christmas present: an old bathroom ornament(?) that works when you put a penny in it. [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3
on Nov 13, 2011 -
I got a bread machine! Tell me all your tasty recipes!
posted by beshtya
on Oct 4, 2011 -
I'm looking for a video documentary from a couple years ago tracing the history of the Roland TR-808
drum machine. Released only on the web, it's similar in tone to the Everything is a Remix
series; dry delivery, well researched, touches on remix culture. The Newcleus
track Jam On It
is prominently featured as a signifier of the 808's transition from a not-so-hot replacement for a drummer to being used for the sounds unique to it. If I recall correctly, it's about 8 minutes in length. It's not The Shape of Things That Hum.
posted by Scoo
on Sep 28, 2011 -
After reading through lots of tips and tricks on backing up data on here, I am close to a backup system that really works for me. However, can anyone help me with two things: securing an offsite backup, and backing up a bootcamp partition? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good
on Sep 27, 2011 -
I need a new all-in-one machine that is PC and Mac compatible, good for networking, can handle faxes with multiple ring, copier, flatbed scanner, multiple cartridges of paper, ink doesn't cost a million dollars, and is really sturdy. I'm willing to spend up to $500 but I want it to be good quality. Personal recommendations?
posted by bq
on Aug 9, 2011 -
Someone has an idea to put to use an existing industrial machine that would expand its capabilities and reach other markets. At the moment there are 3 companies that manufacture this machine that he'd like to approach. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Jul 6, 2011 -
How do White Noise machines work?
Are white-noise sleep machines really made up of a mosaic of tiny repeating patterns? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage
on Feb 22, 2011 -