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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: interfacing on leather? on: October 30, 2009 09:46:06 AM
I wasn't planning on it-the way it'll fit over the cover, no one would see it. But you're right, interfacing the lining might be easier.
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / interfacing on leather? on: October 30, 2009 09:05:38 AM
Can you put interfacing on leather? I want to make a cover for my Kindle, and got to wondering. I'm planning on a book cover to go over the Amazon cover that it came with, and the leather I have came from an old leather trench coat-pretty, but limp.

If so, is it better to use the regular kind or the fleece stuff? If not, any suggestions for adding some stiffness without adding bulk?
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever sewn with emergency blanket material? on: October 30, 2009 08:00:20 AM
Husband (the hunter) says that it was a kind of stadium seat. I'm not finding the one we had on Google (and we don't have it anymore, so I can't check the label), but that this one (http://tinyurl.com/yj4nj2w) is pretty close. The important part is the EPS filling-he says that as long as it has that, it'll work. It's not pressure sensitive (I thought it was), just very, very good at reflecting your body heat back to you.

I think we paid <$20 for our, although that was several years ago. Try Walmart, Bass Pro, Dicks-any sports store with a hunting section ought to have something that would work, especially this time of year!
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever sewn with emergency blanket material? on: October 28, 2009 05:22:17 AM
What we did for our old guy was buy a "hunting seat" from the sports section of the local Walmart. It was round, about 15" across, and stuffed with the stuff that when you sit on it, the pressure creates a chemical reaction and it gets warm. Get up, it cools down again. I covered it with a fleece case (the original was ripstop in hot orange) and Tar agreed that it was a suitable substitute for a lap.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My 7 dollar thrift store desk on: October 27, 2009 04:23:01 AM
I can't decide which I want more, your cool new desk, or your thrift shop where you found your cool new desk!

Nice job, and I'm with you on staining veneer! Your paint job was a much better option.
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old sewing machine issue. on: October 26, 2009 04:01:08 AM
This will sound wierd but when your using your test scrap your sewing in the middle of it....?  Then when your sewing the actual piece your sewing on the edge, seam allowance?  I know sometimes with some fabrics my machine will start jamming fabric down into it, like the needle hates it, but if I use the same fabric and give it a larger seam allowance or sew in the middle of a test scrap it's fine........

This, and what foot are you using? I had been using an open toe foot for something, liked that I could see what I was doing, and so left it on. Cue drama. I fiddled with *everything* until it finally occured to me to change the foot. I put the utility foot back on and ta da! No more drama.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!) on: October 23, 2009 04:14:20 AM
Ooh, nice! I probably wouldn't have pinched it out of the dumpster, but only because I'd have just bought it!

What's the purpose of the binding around the frame wires?

It's a quick-and-dirty, no-sew way of attaching fabric to a wire shade. You wrap the frame in bias binding, glue it down and then cut out individual pieces of fabric to glue to each face of the frame. My mother-in-law taught me this method years ago and it's quite effective. Smiley

So *that's* how that's done! I've always wondered, but never taken one apart for myself.

I'll say it again-that's a GREAT recon!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!) on: October 22, 2009 06:55:13 AM
Ooh, nice! I probably wouldn't have pinched it out of the dumpster, but only because I'd have just bought it!

What's the purpose of the binding around the frame wires?
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: two issues: stitch width not stable + zigzag problem on: October 19, 2009 05:04:42 AM
Thanks for the advice, Sew_Classic! I appreciate it. I'll fiddle with the stitch width dial this week, and if I can't get it sorted I'll take it to the fixit guy. I love going there and ogling all of his old machines, but he's a one-man operation and it'll take me weeks to get my machine back, which is why I was trying to avoid it if I could.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Vespa tights! on: October 19, 2009 03:20:29 AM
Nice! Is that a jersey knit? I love the fabric!
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