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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sewing a swimsuit -- PLEASE help me on: April 08, 2008 02:23:58 PM
i am trying to shorten the straps on my sister's swimsuit for her.  this should be an extremely simple task but i'm having a lot of problems.  the straps are only about 1/2 inch wide, so it's not like i'm sewing very far.  i am using a ballpoint needle.  but EVERY time i try to make a seam, the thread on the underside gets all bunched up, like there's tons of extra thread coming out and getting all tangled into the seam.  i've tried sewing on scraps, which come out fine.  i've threaded and rethreaded the machine over and over.  and i've taken the bobbin out and put it back in a few times.  i have no idea what else could be causing this.  please help me??  thanks in advance.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Help Me Lose Weight/Motivational Swap on: April 07, 2008 04:33:12 PM
alright so i'm sure i can't be the only craftster around here who is trying to lose a few pounds.  my problem (and i know i'm not alone here) is finding the motivation... the motivation to get up out of my chair (away from craftster   Shocked) and go for a walk/jog/bike ride/etc... the motivation to pick up that apple instead of the piece of chocolate cake.  would anyone be interested in crafting items that might help in the journey?

for example, maybe a handmade journal to keep a food/exercise diary.  or a tote bag to carry your sneakers to the gym.  or a dry erase board to help plan your meals/shopping list.  i think there could be quite a few possibilities here.

would anyone be interested at all?  i am open to ideas as to how many items we'd like to craft, etc.  also open to a better name for the swap.   Grin

EDIT: this wouldn't necessarily be limited to those of us who actually have to lose weight.  there may be some of you that don't need to lose weight but still want motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.  i don't want to discriminate!   Tongue
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sewing knits -- i'm sorry, i know people ask about it all the time on: March 22, 2008 09:13:15 PM
ok so i'm new to sewing clothes (am fairly experienced at sewing purses, totes, wallets, etc)... i have tried searching but still have one question that i can't seem to find the answer to.  and i'm sorry, i'm sure it must be out there a million times but it's so hard to weed through all the results that come up.  anyway...

i want to try my hand at making clothing.  and of course, i have my eye on some great knit fabrics.  i know already that i need to use a ballpoint needle... but can i just use a normal straight stitch for my seams?  or does it have to be zigzagged everywhere?  i know that the zigzagging helps with the stretch and whatnot, but it seems like that would make the seams look funny.  maybe i'm just imagining it and i should go try it with some scaps.  but i know there are many many experienced and smart people here that can give me wonderful advice.  thanks in advance.   Cheesy
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my first baby quilt -- and quite possibly the softest quilt ever on: March 09, 2008 06:43:22 PM
so here it is, my first quilt ever.  everything is done on my machine, because i don't have the patience for anything done by hand.  i highly commend those of you that do.  anyway, the quilt top is flannel, the back is some sort of super soft fuzzy fleecy type fabric, and the binding is flannel-backed satin.  the satin actually wasn't as hard to work with as i expected.  i'm glad these pics aren't close-up, because there are definitely some imperfections in it, but i wasn't expecting it to be perfect.  it's for my sister-in-law, who is expecting her first child, so i wanted to do something special for her.  of course, at the shower, she got TWO other quilts AND two knitted blankets.  geez that baby is going to be warm!  i didn't know she had so many crafty family members.  oh well.  i'm sure they'll get use out of all of them.  anyway, here are the pics:




the color on the back is somewhat off, in real life it's a bit brighter, and matches the green on the front.  i was actually aiming to make the blue animal fabric the main fabric of the piece, but the checkerboard parts kind of overpowered it.  i wish i had made the blue a little bigger or stand out more, but overall i'm pretty happy with the quilt.  comments?

EDIT:  forgot to add the dimensions.  each of the squares is 5x5, with an inch in between, so it ended up being about 32 x 44 with the binding.
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / satin binding question - and question about quilting in general on: February 24, 2008 04:06:57 PM
hello, i'm making my first real quilt for my nephew-to-be.  i'm making the top out of flannel pieces, and i don't think i have any problems with that.  for the back i have a super soft fuzzy fabric, i'm sorry, i'm not sure what it's called.  i saw some flannel-backed satin and considered getting it for the binding, but first i wanted to ask... is it hard to work with?  it seems like it might be, since it's slippery.  i'm also wondering if it can be ironed as normal or if there would be any problem with ironing the satin?  i've done a small practice quilt before, using heather bailey's tute, and it turned out pretty well, so this is the method i plan to use again.

my other question is.. is it possible to quilt only the top layer and the batting of the quilt, and not the back layer?  i'm worried that the quilting may look odd on the fuzzy fabric (i have yet to try a sample to see for sure though).  i was also thinking of doing an applique on the back with the baby's name, and this would be much easier before all the layers are put together, but i don't want to then quilt over top of the applique.  i know it wouldn't be an issue as far as the batting moving around with use/washing... my only question is if it'd be a problem with the back fabric being separate from everything else.  has anyone done this before?

thanks in advance for your help!!   Grin
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / skull wristwarmers/headband/magnets/barrettes on: February 19, 2008 12:43:02 PM
i made these for my partner for the skull swap.  i guess this is where these should be posted, i'm sorry if it's not!!

anyway here's a pic of all the items together:


and the wristwarmers up close (i know it's not a great angle and i should have taken an action shot):


the headband (it's reversible! leopard print on the other side):


and the barrettes and magnets.  both made from felt, the barrettes with ribbons obviously:


comments welcome!!

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / zipper pouch for the skull swap on: February 19, 2008 12:39:05 PM
i made this pouch for my partner in the skull swap:

this is a pic of all the items i sent:


and a close-up of the pouch:


i completely forgot to take a pic of the inside!  oops.  but it was red material with white stars on it.  what do you think of it??


EDIT:  oops!! completely forgot to add... i used this tute here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.msg1824842;topicseen#msg1824842
and added the extra piece of fabric for the strap.  i'm not trying to take credit for the idea, i swear!  Tongue
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scarf and skull from skull swap on: February 19, 2008 12:36:09 PM
so my partner in the skull swap finally received!  here are a couple of the items i sent her:

this pic shows all the items together:


and the two crocheted items, a crocheted skull (sorry it was hard to make it sit just right):


and a scarf:


the skull was made using this pattern from lion brand, i believe you need to log in to see it.  it is meant to be made using wool and be felted, but my partner is a vegan so i just used a bulky fuzzy acrylic instead.

and for the scarf i used this tut http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=185479.0... my mom said she thought it looked like snake heads, but i think they look like skulls!  what do you think??

comments appreciated.  thanks!!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / democratic donkey? on: February 17, 2008 06:46:46 PM
alright so i've been inspired by ifallthraindrops' political elephants here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228170.0

my boyfriend is very much a democrat and he's so excited about this year's race... and his birthday is coming up soon (ok it's tuesday) and i've got other gifts already but i saw this and thought "what a cute little package topper i could make!"  so i did find a decent looking donkey pattern here: http://www.crochetnow.com/patterns/64/stuffed-donkey-crochet-pattern/
but i'm wondering if i can somehow make it look like this:

with the blue on top and the red on the bottom.  i think i could just embroider the white stars and stripe on there... but i dunno about making it blue/red.  i honestly can't tell if the rounds go around his body or like from top to bottom... i don't even know how i word it.  and i apologize, i'm not great with patterns... i mean i do fine following them, but i have a hard time just reading the pattern and visualizing it, and it's hard to tell in the picture.  i guess my question is, if i wanted to make the top blue and the bottom red, would i be able to work the first half of the pattern in blue and then switch to red, or is the pattern written so that i'd have to change colors halfway through each round?  am i even making sense?  someone help please!  i'd love to be able to make this work.

thanks.   Smiley
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / size and other questions for a baby quilt? on: February 16, 2008 09:25:49 PM
i apologize if this has been asked and answered before (i'm sure it must have been, but i searched and just could not find it!  Undecided) but i was wondering if there is a "standard" size for baby quilts.  it seems that the majority of them are somewhere between 30x40 in and like 36x45 in or so.. does that sound about right?  this is my first time making a "real" quilt (i made a practice one that's about 15 x 15 in and now serves as a cat bed) and it's going to be a gift for my sister in law who is expecting.

i'm also wondering, and i know this is probably more of a personal decision... but i'm wondering if i should go with a "classic" kind of theme in the colors of the baby's room (it's a boy, the room is going to be baby blue and brown) or if i should go for a more "fun" theme like brightly colored animals or something like that.

for blue and brown i'm thinking of using this collection:
http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_dept_items.asp?Shopper_id=4123216239554123&Store_id=623&Page_id=17&categ_id=539&parent_ids=0,1,187
but my worries are that the blues/browns might not be exact matches for the room.  should i be too concerned about that?

or for colorful fun theme i'm thinking something like this:
http://images.purlsoho.com/_keepout/products/3451/prints/2295/2295_zoom.jpg
and building a theme from there, with solids and patterns to match the fishes.

i just don't know!  i want this to be perfect, and i'm sure it won't be, but i want it to be the best i can do.  any advice would be very much appreciated!  thanks in advance!!   Grin
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