E the Pony

Jul 25

My embroidery machine started making funny noises, so I took the needle case apart to figure out what it was.  I believe I solved that, but the needle changer sensor (this potentiometer in the picture) also failed.
So yeah, my machine is now broken because it won’t sew unless it knows what needle is selected.  This is one of the parts I don’t have a spare of, so I just ordered a replacement (and a spare) shipped to me for Saturday delivery.  Shipping for this part that weighs about 2 tenths of an ounce and costs $30 from a sewing parts store or $8 from digikey was $65. Hopefully, I can be back up and running tomorrow once I get it.
Bigger concern is if I can’t fix it, I won’t be able to use it at bronycon :/

My embroidery machine started making funny noises, so I took the needle case apart to figure out what it was.  I believe I solved that, but the needle changer sensor (this potentiometer in the picture) also failed.

So yeah, my machine is now broken because it won’t sew unless it knows what needle is selected.  This is one of the parts I don’t have a spare of, so I just ordered a replacement (and a spare) shipped to me for Saturday delivery.  Shipping for this part that weighs about 2 tenths of an ounce and costs $30 from a sewing parts store or $8 from digikey was $65. Hopefully, I can be back up and running tomorrow once I get it.

Bigger concern is if I can’t fix it, I won’t be able to use it at bronycon :/

Jul 21

So, earlier in the year I got a letter from the IRS that they couldn’t find one of the forms from my taxes for the patches I make; I have a business for it to keep it separate from personal stuff.  Okay, no problem, I kept a copy like a good taxpayer should.  So I made a copy and sent it to them.

Skip to today and I get a letter in the mail saying I owe a fine of $975 for them not getting the form.  Well, thanks IRS.  I love you too.

Jul 18

And so begins the weekend of trying to embroider everything for BronyCon.

Jul 09

This is a test of the emergency Colgate system.  This is only a test.
Making messenger bags for BronyCon and finally settled on this bag style after testing more than a dozen different designs for strength, waterproofedness (is that a word?) durability, and all that good stuff. They have to be able to protect all that bronycon swag along with your phone and drink (so it has a phone pocket and elastic bottle holder).
They aren’t as expensive as I expected to make (I was expecting a cost of around $30 each to make, and this is around $20ish), so they should be inexpensive if you want one for your BronyCon Swag.  I won’t know actual final cost until I am done sewing them all, but they will probably go for between $20 and $30.  If there’s a character (or cutie mark) you really want, please send me a note and I will try to make it for you and stick your name on it so you can pick it up at Bronycon booth 508 first thing when the con doors open.
The first one I made was for Texel of Egophiliac stream fame as Colgate was his favorite character last time I had a chance to visit Ego’s streams.  Colgate was also one of the very first designs I made, so it was fitting to put her on the first bag I made (:

This is a test of the emergency Colgate system.  This is only a test.

Making messenger bags for BronyCon and finally settled on this bag style after testing more than a dozen different designs for strength, waterproofedness (is that a word?) durability, and all that good stuff. They have to be able to protect all that bronycon swag along with your phone and drink (so it has a phone pocket and elastic bottle holder).

They aren’t as expensive as I expected to make (I was expecting a cost of around $30 each to make, and this is around $20ish), so they should be inexpensive if you want one for your BronyCon Swag.  I won’t know actual final cost until I am done sewing them all, but they will probably go for between $20 and $30.  If there’s a character (or cutie mark) you really want, please send me a note and I will try to make it for you and stick your name on it so you can pick it up at Bronycon booth 508 first thing when the con doors open.

The first one I made was for Texel of Egophiliac stream fame as Colgate was his favorite character last time I had a chance to visit Ego’s streams.  Colgate was also one of the very first designs I made, so it was fitting to put her on the first bag I made (:

Jul 06

Angel Bunny Just Don’t care.  Design by Sweet Cream and done with permission.

Angel Bunny Just Don’t care.  Design by Sweet Cream and done with permission.

Jul 02

I am Prince Blueblood.

I am Prince Blueblood.

MixerMike has approved making more patches of Flufflepuff for you to stick on all things, so you can find her hiding here.

MixerMike has approved making more patches of Flufflepuff for you to stick on all things, so you can find her hiding here.

Jun 29

asksweetcream:

Ace has a table at this con…. E we shoulda done this one. Its sooo much nicer

Next year we shall do the thing!

I am working on a big update to the MLP Eye Set that you can get from Ecrater or Etsy for $35.  I am updating a bunch of existing designs to make them better (more durable, more show accurate,  support additional fabric types) and adding more than a hundred sizes.  I am also adding a few more characters.   The update should be out within a week.  As usual, anyone who already has the set will get the update for free.  Either re-download it from Etsy or I send an email with the updated set if you got it though Ecrater.  Happy embroidering!-E

I am working on a big update to the MLP Eye Set that you can get from Ecrater or Etsy for $35.  I am updating a bunch of existing designs to make them better (more durable, more show accurate,  support additional fabric types) and adding more than a hundred sizes.  I am also adding a few more characters. 
 
The update should be out within a week.  As usual, anyone who already has the set will get the update for free.  Either re-download it from Etsy or I send an email with the updated set if you got it though Ecrater.  Happy embroidering!
-E

Jun 27

Storytime:  On my way to Trotcon.I passed a few really cool trucks carrying the 100 foot long blades for wind turbines as I crossed from Illinois to Indiana. They were just cruising along at about 60, so I stayed next to them for a bit admiring how awesome they were.  Then I sped back up to continue my journey.About 5 minutes later a half dozen police cars pulled on to the road with their lights on and surrounded me.  The ones behind me sped up until they they were about 50’ behind me and the ones in front slowed down to around 40, so I slowed down with them obviously. I looked at the one to the drivers side in the lane next to me, and he just smiled. I imagined him saying, “Hi Mr. E,  You were going 5 over the limit, so we called everyone!” I was freaking out. The ones I could see were talking on their radios and glancing at me every so often.  I couldn’t pull over because there was a cop car in all directions.  All I could think was that Indiana takes speeders super seriously.One of them waved me forward and another moved out of my way so I now had all the police cars with lights on behind me. I’m still going around 40 in a 65, they are slowly falling farther and farther behind me as they were going around 35. It took about a mile of driving, but the really cool trucks from before caught up to us.  That’s when the cops broke up their formation and surrounded those trucks. I finally figured out they were giving a police escort to them.  That was really cool.Thanks for scaring the crap out of me Indiana State police :/

Storytime:  On my way to Trotcon.

I passed a few really cool trucks carrying the 100 foot long blades for wind turbines as I crossed from Illinois to Indiana. They were just cruising along at about 60, so I stayed next to them for a bit admiring how awesome they were.  Then I sped back up to continue my journey.

About 5 minutes later a half dozen police cars pulled on to the road with their lights on and surrounded me.  The ones behind me sped up until they they were about 50’ behind me and the ones in front slowed down to around 40, so I slowed down with them obviously. I looked at the one to the drivers side in the lane next to me, and he just smiled. I imagined him saying, “Hi Mr. E,  You were going 5 over the limit, so we called everyone!” I was freaking out. The ones I could see were talking on their radios and glancing at me every so often.  I couldn’t pull over because there was a cop car in all directions.  All I could think was that Indiana takes speeders super seriously.

One of them waved me forward and another moved out of my way so I now had all the police cars with lights on behind me. I’m still going around 40 in a 65, they are slowly falling farther and farther behind me as they were going around 35. It took about a mile of driving, but the really cool trucks from before caught up to us.  That’s when the cops broke up their formation and surrounded those trucks. I finally figured out they were giving a police escort to them.  That was really cool.

Thanks for scaring the crap out of me Indiana State police :/

Jun 26

For anyone in the neighborhood, I will have a table with Sweet Cream at Mighty Con Comic Convention at the Dupage fairgrounds on Saturday.  I won’t have my machine, but I will have lots of other stuff.  Come say hi!

Jun 24

I get to file an annual report for embroidery stuff and pay tax to my state, because they want the monies so they can not fill potholes with all the money I send them or whatever they do with it.  I can either:

A - Fill out actual paper and mail it to them, which costs $100.  They then have a person type it into a system so they have an electronic record.

B - Go online and type it in for them, except pay $155 for the privilege of entering it for them.

Hooray bureaucracy.  At least someone gets to look at a derpy stamp assuming they don’t have a auto-opening letter machine or something.

Jun 15

It’s no fun when your embroidery machine misbehaves.  I need to put it in time out until it learns to grow up.

Jun 03

Was asked to make some TF2 patches for some ponies that cosplay as TF2 characters.  Who am I to say no?  If you would like one you can get one here.

Was asked to make some TF2 patches for some ponies that cosplay as TF2 characters.  Who am I to say no?  If you would like one you can get one here.

May 31

Shining Armor is a great brother.

Shining Armor is a great brother.