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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Instruction Book vs. Instruction CD with serger on: December 04, 2009 10:43:16 AM
So the time came to re-thread my new serger.  Well, I was actually not scared.  I had threaded the Singer Tiny Serger with no problem before.  Although I never actually used it, lol.  Well, reading the book it came with, ot told me to thread the lower looper with the ending number to follow is to go just under the upper looper.  Well... no chain was made from such a threading!!  So I was like.. fine, I'll watch the CD to see if that helps.  Well the darn CD tells me to go OVER the Upper Looper.  So I try that, and now it chains.  What is with that?!  No wonder threading a serger gives people nightmares.  Stuupid book.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I have a new serger, what should I make?! on: December 03, 2009 11:39:58 AM
So I just got the Brother 1034D Serger for my birthday.  And so far I have done a couple of stitched here and there, tryong to get used to it.  I am a little lost on how to make the end or begining chain not be so apparent, other then stuffing it into the stitch.  But thats no big deal.  I'm just trying to think of things to make with it.  I need some new project ideas!  What kind of things would/did you make with your first serger? 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Multi-size skirt, will a serger help? on: November 05, 2009 01:45:17 PM
I have been making skirts with a jersey waistband for some time now.  I recently came across someone on Etsy making skirts just like it, but she seems to have a better way of making them.  My "fit" doesn't seem to span as far as hers.  I also noticed she seems to be cutting the fabric straight, I have been cutting a semi circle for my skirts.
 
Example of her skirt:  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33853360

I sell my skirts in my brick and mortar shop mostly so I don't feel like I'm trying to copy to steal sales or anything.  I just think if I made them more like her way, I'd have less waste fabric leftovers and be able to sell more do to a better span of fit.  I am getting a serger for my b-day and am wondering if this might be what gives her the ability to fit S through L.  Any comments would be awesome, thanks!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Setting Speedball with Heat gun on: August 01, 2009 07:31:50 PM
So I'm really broke since I bought a brick and mortar store complete with Screens for printing.  I'm heating my tee's inked with Speedball Fabric ink with a Home Depot Heat Gun.  The instructions said I could use an iron but that didn't seem to work.  I have to make 185 tee's in a week.  Thats alot of gunning!  Anyone have any better idea's?  Because I really don't have a dime to my name.  Thanks
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Stupid Swimwear Season... UGH! on: July 08, 2009 11:24:50 AM
So my vacation is on its way! 6 weeks until the best and worst time of my year.  Last year I didn't even put on my swimsuit.  Simply, I have a two year old and 30 extra pounds.  Granted... 30 lbs lighter I still wore the mom skirt swim suit.  But now I feel worse... I was wondering if anyone had any idea's to share.  I'm gonna rock the womens board shorts definetly.  And I want a plain black tankini... but here's the thing, I refuse to show my upper arms.  Out of water, in water.  Naked arms is not an option.  What should I do without looking ridiculous?  I was thinking of attaching some non-stretch fishnet as sleeves.. but how bad would that look on a beach as a flabby-bodied swimsuit?  My first idea was to use a contrasting color to make partial sleeves but with the shoulder exposed.  If you can picture that.  I also want to use material or fishnet to cover the cleavage area.  That skin isn't pretty either.  I need help... I don't want to just watch my son play in the water this year... agian...

Thanks
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bedsheets in action! on: June 20, 2009 12:19:37 PM



I don't really like the way this turned out.. I think because the sheet was too thin





I have sooo many more to make!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thats alot of Cons! Recons that is! on: June 20, 2009 12:10:45 PM
Lets start with my awesome Mountian Dew Booty... and the rest of the Tee Recons...


The lines aren't as wonky as they look here.. I'm just out of shape, lol.

I should have taken a picture of the back, because I use another tee that had the same colors in stripey action!

More then meets the eye, Transformers halter dress... I like these easy recons.

Made from Mens tee and longsleeve plain green tee

Mens tee and spiffy star remnant fabric

Summer dress
Uhm, I'm gonna post the sheet things in another post... its acting like I'm out of room, lol
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Broken Mannequin Help? Right place to ask? on: May 20, 2009 12:12:55 PM
Included with the business I bought last December, were a bunch of full size and pieces of mannequins.  Problem is, alot of them have cracks, chips, or just plain holes in them.  To me this doesn't give the feel I want from the store.  Does anyone have any suggestions of something durable I could use that would be self-drying, moldable, sandable, paintable... you get the idea.  I thought of drywall mud.. but that would recrack too easy I think, being as they are moved alot for re-dressing.  Any idea's?  or perhaps a better community to ask?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / My fold over elastic isn't working out right... on: May 16, 2009 09:39:00 AM
So, I have been working with FOE lately, and it is my new BFF.  Except I am having troubles sometimes when I try to use it for things like waistbands or the bottom for some bloomers.  I am using a satin stitch, and I have even extended the length a from 1.0 to 2.0 on my machine because that seemed to help a little letting it keep its elasticity.  But it seems to be that when I stretch it out to stitch... the end result seems to be that the stitches are keeping the elastic from shrinking back.  If that makes any sense.  Any advise would be great!  Thanks in advance.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'm proud. Lots of random clothes... on: April 28, 2009 11:52:46 AM
My pride and joy, makes me wish I would exersize more, lol!


This one is with help from whatthecraft.com  Yay Smarmy!


This one is just funny...


And this was going to be the top to this awesome dress I tore apart but I made the shoulders too short for me so it turned into this...



Side note, I feel awesome lately because my re-creations and creations are some of my top sellers in my store.  I honestly never thought people would pay for something I learned to do out of being lowerclass and not being able to buy cool clothes.  So next I'm buying a frigafragin serger!!!!  Woot!!!!
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