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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage pillowcase into pillowcase dress on: January 07, 2009 04:28:54 PM
That's adorable! I love making pillowcase dresses! Too bad my daughter doesn't like them!!! Now I just seem to be making them for others!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Three more bird-based coats (insane number of pics) on: January 07, 2009 04:24:42 PM
I LOVE this pattern! I think the last one is my favorite! LOVE the green! You are quite talented - but I think you KNOW that! I haven't been quite brave enough to try drafting too many patterns - but I need to come up with a hoodie pattern - my daughter's new favorite thing!!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: pfaff 2023 problem, thread keeps getting tangled. on: December 30, 2008 06:26:39 AM
I'm sure this doesn't help now - but I wanted to mention that I had an issue like that with my Pfaff Hobby and I think it was because of the tension and the fact that it is not that easy to find the correct bobbin around here! I have resorted to using some other ones that I could find - and it seems to work as long as I don't try and go REALLY fast when I'm sewing... if I use the few bobbins that came with the machine (which I used up pretty quickly!) the issue doesn't really happen.
I'm glad things seem to be working again though!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Looking for some help in selecting a serger... on: December 29, 2008 07:06:09 PM
Sorry, I tried going through the initial thread about recommendations - but it's so long and there are a lot of older links that don't seem to work any more.
I am looking for a serger to supplement my Pfaff machine (which I use for almost everything!) I found this site and I am wondering if anyone has any opinions on the machines listed. I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for - I'm hoping to use it to finish the edges on fleece garments, seams, possibly hems, easier sewing of stretch materials, etc...

http://www.sewvacdirect.com/sergers200to299.html

Thank you,
I'm sorry if this should be in the initial thread, but I'm hoping to get some answers sooner rather than later.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Properly double breasted bird print coat on: December 17, 2008 12:05:12 PM
I can't wait for this pattern! I really want to try it out! And I'd be modifying the collar a bit for ds too, I think! I'd love to make the kids matching coats (within reason of course!)
All the coats I have seen that you've done are amazing!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Some Bibs on: November 24, 2008 03:12:17 PM
Those are GREAT! Where do you find "wax cloth"? I could really use some of that! (but shhhh - don't tell my hubby!)
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pfaff Hobby 1016 on: November 20, 2008 10:27:15 AM
I actually have one and have been quite happy with it. I've sewn a ton of different fabrics with it and haven't had any issues with it at all - It's nothing too fancy - but it works very well!
If you have any specific questions, I can try my best to answer them!!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Funky Dress! on: November 07, 2008 06:14:30 PM
I'm quite late in replying, I hope you did well at your craft fair!
I have done several pillowcase dresses and used a few different methods for the arm holes ~ I have done the fold it over twice and stitch using a tight zig zag around the curve, but I never really liked the way it came out or thought it looked "finished" or that it would be strong enough to hold up to the abuse kids put clothes through (at least around here!)
My preferred method is to use single fold bias tape ... press one side open, stitch it right sides together pretty close to the edge - then fold it in and stitch it in place... it gives a very finished look and is quite strong!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Some help requested for a sleep sack with sleeves... on: October 20, 2008 03:11:19 PM
A friend requested a sleep sack that had long sleeves and those "flaps" (for lack of a better word!) to cover her hands while their 6 month old is sleeping. Her hands get pretty cold, I guess...
I am planning to put in a zipper that goes from top to bottom (so that it is actually upside down) since I can't leave the top open with snaps or buttons since it will have sleeves...

But how do you make the flaps to cover the hands? anyone have any good tips on doing that? I think I can probably figure it out if I have enough time, but I'm sure one of you crafty ladies will have some insight!
Also, any good tutes for making the sleep sack (preferably one that might have measurements since I don't have much in the way of infant clothes around to measure).

Thanks!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Great stuff to make patterns out of.. on: October 19, 2008 06:35:18 PM
I actually alternate between using the brown packing paper (for wrapping packages) it comes on a big roll and I found some at the Dollar Tree last week!!! The other thing I like using is Freezer paper for smaller things and you can actually iron it onto the fabric if you are using cottons! It's good for 5-6 uses ironging it on and then you can pin it!!!
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