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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Faux leather/riveting tools/eyelets + studs on: February 26, 2007 07:17:40 AM
Phew that's a long title....
Anyway, I'm looking for some good quality faux leather to make bags with. All I can seem to find is the flimsy clothing grade stuff and I'd really like some reasonably heavy duty stuff - preferably with the grain and all...am I searching for the impossible here??
I'm also on the lookout for somewhere that supplies studs (not press studs/poppas - like riveting studs etc, the more punk studs haha) aaaand the tools for applying rivets/eyelets. Again I need it to be online and in the U.K...
I know I'm asking for a lot but if anyone knows where I could find any of these things, I'd be eternally grateful!
Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: merits of a vintage sewing machine? on: January 28, 2007 11:33:33 AM
Thank you - that was really helpful!
I can be pretty impulsive so I think I'll keep an eye out for exactly the right machine before I rush into buying this one Smiley
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / merits of a vintage sewing machine? on: January 28, 2007 04:11:19 AM
Hello hello
I've decided to finally buy my own machine (having to go to my mums house to sew...not working!) and I've come across this great Singer 201k on ebay...but it only does a straight stitch (can reverse stitch too). I love the idea of owning a vintage machine and it's definitely one that's built to last, but I'm wondering if it's possible to make clothing with only a straight stitch?
I'm also going to buy a serger in a couple of weeks so that will obviously make things a touch easier. Anyone have any thoughts?
Would be muchly appreciated!
4  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: thrift stores? on: October 24, 2006 08:02:40 AM
I know what I'm about to say is going to get shot down, but I feel the need to say it.

I work in my local Oxfam, I volunteer almost everyday after I've been to work. I sort the clothes, music, work on the till and recently have been involved in organising a big music event on Oxfams behalf. I've been to Oxfam HQ and a friend of mine who also volunteers went on a trip to the Sudan that Oxfam organised in order to see what the aid workers do over there. This debate over charity shops being too expensive is really starting to grate on me.

Oxfam is not a thrift shop, it doesn't claim to be. We are trying to raise money for children who are dying of AIDS/dehydration/war and a hundred other terrible reasons. How many children do you know who can't go to school because the nearest one isn't within walking distance, are lucky to see one small bowl of rice in a month and the only drinking water they get is from a dirty, muddy puddle? That's what the reality of it is over there.

You can quibble over the price of garments and books - but these are not necessary for your survival - they are *luxuries*. If the way Oxfam priced its goods was completely over the top, you'd be right - we'd make no money, Oxfam would be null and void. But we do sell the vast majority of what we put out there.

As far as clothes being thrown out, anything that isn't awfully soiled or moth-eaten gets sent to 'wastesaver' (they sort clothes we cull from bags and from the shop floor - anything that hasn't sold/won't sell) who send these items to other shops, recycling facilities, homeless shelters. We can't sell/store EVERYTHING we get donated - it'd be impossible! There are no special Oxfam holding facilities/warehouses that we can take from when we need things. Anything that can be saved, is - I know this first-hand because like I said, I'm a clothes sorter.

As for the pricing, regardless of whether we get the clothes donated for free or not - we should get the most fair price for them we can (not just for our charity, but for the person who donated the items). If a Chanel Jacket that once cost 275 is donated in pristine condition, why should we sell it for 3 when there is a customer out there that will appreciate the original value of the item and understand that they're still getting an incredible bargain?? In our shop we don't sell any of the really cheap label brands i.e primark, because we cannot vouch for their methods of manufacturing (sweatshops) - though I understand you may see other Oxfam shops trying to sells of these items...that's due to some of the volunteers not knowing brand labels inside and out - primark for instance don't label themselves as primark, it's usually a different name for each department - if you understand what I mean. We also carry fairly-traded goods such as t-shirts, coffee, tea, chocolate, jewellery etc that send money directly into the pockets of the workers.

At the end of the day, the Oxfam shops are top of all the charity shops - that's a fact, we make the highest profit for our cause because we know that for every person that will argue over the price of an item, there are 20 people who will get that they're still getting something for a fair price and that the money is going to those in DESPERATE need. To a country with no NHS, no real education system, a country where there are 8 year old boys kidnapped from their homes and given ak-47s, women are raped by 'soldiers' in front of their children, and kids are dying not only from diseases that were wiped out here over half a century ago, but from things like diarrhea!

Please remember this next time you go into a charity shop and start getting indignant because that book in great condition that once cost 9.99 is going for 1.99 - if you want the item that badly, you'll buy it regardless. If you want to know the process of taking clothes from donations to putting them on the shop floor and all that goes into it, most shops will happily take you on a tour of the shop and explain things if they have the time.

Don't just make assumptions, I'm tired of trying to justify what we do to people who haven't taken the time to actually find out the facts.
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: flocking on: June 16, 2006 08:10:12 AM
Woops...forgot I posted this message, lol.
Sorry squirrelypoo, my memory is terrible at the moment...
I'm looking for the actual fluffy powdery stuff and thing to apply it - the whole shebang, just can't seem to get hold of any of it  Sad

thanks for answering though  Smiley appreciate it muchly!
6  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / flocking on: May 30, 2006 09:13:21 AM
Gals and Guys, I'm looking for flocking...anyone happen to know where I might find some?
I've had a little browse of the web, but I can't seem to find any outside of the U.S...

any help would be very much appreciated!

thanks  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Kimono-style First Dress! on: May 05, 2006 12:02:54 PM
Completely stunning...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Punk Rock Prom dress! Leopard print swing/50's style. By Zombie Teeth! on: May 05, 2006 12:01:59 PM
We don't have prom over here, and I never wear dresses, but I would most definitely wear that one! It's wonderful...
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kanzashi Magic on: April 04, 2006 06:54:08 AM
they're all so beautiful! i especially love the comb kanzashi!

for the flowers with the large, more rounded petals - how did you achieve that look? i've tried so many times to get them to look that good, but alas...mine look like crap
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatty Devine eat your heart out!!! (2 images) on: March 26, 2006 05:01:55 AM
ooh - i remember seeing that necklace on their website!  tis very expensive indeed...you did an incredible job on yours! 
i love the tattoo flash inspired charms (if that's what they are of course), too.  cute!
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