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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: So You Want to Make a Tshirt Quilt, or a T shirt Quilt, or a Tee shirt Quilt on: October 26, 2009 06:37:07 PM
Thanks for compiling all of that info!!  I'm about to get started on one for a friend's coworker.

Can anyone answer a question about the fusible web, can it be any lightweight fusible web or does it need to be the mesh type fusible for knits?  That mesh stuff is PRICEY! 

12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Everything is just ducky! on: October 26, 2009 06:02:26 PM
My girl is just CRAZY about ducks!  So of course she wanted to be a duck for Halloween. I started with a vintage Tweety bird pattern that I found in a thrift store for the body but modified it and added the hood and legs/feet.  She's incredibly pleased with it and so am I!





13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: HELP! How to make a detachable monkey tail for a 2 year old?!? on: October 24, 2009 07:38:38 PM
Ok, I figured it out.  The belt ideas wouldn't work for this particular costume, it's a one piece sort of like a sleeper. 

Here's what I did in case anyone is wondering:

I made the tail and stuffed it VERY firmly then inserted a coat hanger in the middle.  (I curled the ends of the metal so it wouldn't be pokey.)  Then I sewed the base of the tail onto a 4"x4" square of heavy fabric with heavy interfacing.  On the four corners I sewed on velcro facing toward the tail side.  Then I cut a slit into the seam of the costume big enough to fit the base of the tail through and sewed a 4"x4" piece of heavy interfacing on the INSIDE of the costume with velcro at the corners facing the inside.  When the base of the tail and square with velcro are inserted into the slot it connects to the velcro on the inside and everything stays nicely in place and no connectors are showing.  YAY! 

The costume is almost done, just need to sew on a hood fastener tomorrow.  Then I have to make some duck feet!!
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: My needle isnt catching my bobbin thread!!?!?! on: October 19, 2009 06:31:02 PM
Thanks for the info!

I had a free estimate done at a sewing machine repair shop and they said the "hook timing" was off and it would be $50 to repair.  I might try to repair it myself but am still buying a new sewing machine anyway. I figure I might as well get with the times.

The Baby-lock dealers have a special $24.95 clean out the cobwebs special to clean, oil, adjust timing, etc.  (Any brand.)  I think it's through Oct 31, but I can't find the ad now.  If you have a dealer close by it's worth it.  I took mine in last week and I finally have a great repair/service shop that I'll definitely go to again! 
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it too much to ask? make my own embroidery design w/o spending thousands!! on: October 19, 2009 06:19:50 PM
Oh, thank you, that is very helpful information!  I'll keep a look out for Janomes.  There are so many brands and models and most aren't sold at the same dealer, so it's hard to know who has what.   Mind boggling!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crafty wallet! Did I go too far this time? on: October 19, 2009 05:52:01 PM
It's perfect!  The sewing prints are great, I need to find some of them to hoard.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Small black jacket - Tutorial added! on: October 17, 2009 05:45:54 PM
CUTE-NESS!  I'd wear that all the time.  Thanks for the AWESOME tute, not only for the jacket instructions but also for the lesson in pattern modification/making!!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sailor Top on: October 17, 2009 05:42:14 PM
Totally cute!  Reminds me of my 1st grade school picture, I had a top (dress I think) JUST like that.  But that was back in 1979-80....sheesh, that was awhile ago!

19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: recommendation for HEAVY DUTY machine on: October 17, 2009 03:06:55 PM
Thanks for your input.  I'm not looking for a true "industrial" machine.  I was hoping to get something newer (and perhaps quieter) for occasional use on the heavy stuff.  I just found a Singer 237 on craigslist for a good price, I think I'll pick it up and try it out.  It's cheap enough I can resell it if I don't like it. 
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it too much to ask? make my own embroidery design w/o spending thousands!! on: October 16, 2009 05:01:32 PM
Thanks for your input.  It's a big WANT rather than a need and I'm having trouble justifying it.  I've looked at a couple of used machines, but if they don't already have the card writer they don't seem worth the price.  *sigh* Someday.
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