This little machine has a learning curve. I watched YouTube videos before starting. It does take practice to get it to work well. I was like the other people when I first started making i-cord, not finding the right size yarn. (crochet string was easiest to practice) But after using a heavier weight I have had much better luck with light-weight yarns. The device can crank out yards of i-cord in one evening. I still keep a sharp eye out for mistakes but I am usually adjusting the weight so it does not hit the floor. Take something heavier and dangle it from the weighted clip supplied in the kit. I used my camera because that was the first thing available. It is not ideal because the strap is too long but you will be able to find something around the house. The i-cord will twirl as it grows so keep your ball of yarn away or they will become twisted together and slow your progress. I have found that using my left hand to twist the handle works best for me because I have a free hand to straighten the yarn and use a small crochet hook to catch missed loops. A few missed loops will not spoil the end result. Do not go crazy turning the crank because you may become discouraged. I have also introduced crochet string along with the yarn to produce multicolor results. The yarn does have to be light-weight to work correctly. Right now I have made fun figures for the grandchildren: a monkey and twisty characters. I use a yarn needle to sew them together. I would love to teach the grand children to turn the crank when they get older. This product is not for young children but an older child will have fun.
I am a member of a medieval reenactment group and this pendant fits right in with the era my character lives in. And unless I show them, nobody is aware of the practical part.
I love this machine. The special stitches are wonderful , I'm learning the embroidery. The first machine I received was incomplete. This was my first Overstock purchase and I was completely taken back by the service I received. I had a new machine within a week. I will definitely shop here again and again.
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