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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / gaucho pants on: April 20, 2005 06:35:26 PM
So I picked out a lightweight jersey to make some of those guacho pants that are everywhere that almost look like a flowy skirt.   Has anyone seen a commercial pattern to follow, or better yet, made up their own version from scratch?  They seem really simple, but I'm not sure of the best way to get the right fullness in the leg.  I'm going to try just a normal stretchpants top and then make gores for the legs.  Any other thoughts on the construction are welcome.  I'll be sure to post if it turns out.   
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing knits on an old machine on: April 08, 2005 02:52:05 PM
I just got myself my first sewing machine, a Brother VX710 from a thrift store for $15.  I was a hardcore hand sewer since the age of 10 but now that I'm in college I wanted something a little more efficient.  It works okay when I try to sew any woven fabric, but as soon as I switch to something thin or stretchy, especially knits, it goes all to pieces and bunches and the zig zag niether zigs nor zags.  The stitch length gets inconsistent or the thread will break.  Is this a problem with tension? I've also heard you need a special needle for stretch fabrics- do any of you use these? Is it just because this model is probably from the 70s and not capable of handling certain fabrics? Help if you can Huh
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering a cashmere sweater? on: January 17, 2005 09:28:40 PM
I just found the most beautiful dove grey cashmere/silk button-up sweater at a thrift shop, and I had to have it even though it was a little big.  Now I want to shorten the sleeves and the bottom a little but I've never worked with a knit blend like this.  Anybody have suggestions on how to alter a fine knit?  I'll post pics if it works out. 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Dorm lighting! on: August 25, 2004 02:16:41 PM
Hi! I've been lurking for a few days and now I need your crafty genius to help light my dorm room! I learned last year that overhead hallogen lights aren't very flattering or easy on the eyes and I'd like to have a more ambient light for when I'm not studying.  I have a bunch of strings of old Christmas lights that are begging to be made into something, but any ideas would be great! More bonus points if it hangs on a wall, because my room has the square footage of a postage stamp. 
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