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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / stuffing clumping on: August 27, 2008 05:54:39 PM
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I've done a search and looked through the first five or so pages of this forum...  I'm working on a sock monkey (my second) and I'm getting really frustrated with the fiber fill clumping.  I'm using frustratingly small pinches at a time, and I still have a monkey full of lumps.  I really like making sock monkeys, but I'm ready to throw in the towel if they're all going to look like crap.

HELP!  What do I do to stop the clump?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Question about lining cuffs on: May 25, 2006 12:18:51 PM
I swear I did a search on this, so if this has already been answered, just point me in the right direction.

I just started making cuffs from vinyl with cotton as the lining.  By recently I mean I just made my first one a few minutes ago, and while it looks fabulous, the lining was a pain in the tush, and I assume there must be a better way to do this.

What I did was cut my vinyl out, and then I cut the calico and inch bigger in both directions.  One would then assume that folding the edges in a half inch on each side would work, but apparently my ruler and rotary cutter weren't as accurate as I would have liked.  So then I tried drawing the outline of the vinyl onto the calico, which worked better, but it still wasn't great.

My question, therefore, is this:  What have you found to be the easiest method of getting the lining to match up with the outer piece?  I'll just keep on keepin' on until I get a few more suggestions.  It's not really THAT bad, I just like things to go more smoothly  Roll Eyes
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jeannie Bag (1st post w/pics) on: October 25, 2005 07:37:57 PM
I made this over the weekend and I thought I would share it!  I'm rather proud of it  Grin  It's your basic square-bottom bag with one strap held on with large D-rings.  I'm a little disappointed that I didn't put in any pockets, but I haven't been in a pockety mood with my bags lately.  Here's hoping I do pictures right!

Full shot:

Close up of fabrics:

Thanks for looking Smiley

ETA: Holy God, that's huge!  I'm sorry, I don't know much about photo editing!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Alternates to Dritz on: August 29, 2005 12:32:36 PM
Okay, I've just had my first personal bad experience with Dritz (after reading about all the numerous problems people have with the eyelet setters and whatnot)...

I bought the heavy duty snap kit, and after five snaps the anvil "snapped" in half (har har).  I sent them a letter of complaint, and apparently due to the high volume of emails they got (probably due to crappy products?), it could be two weeks before I hear from them.

Does anyone know of any other companies that sell the same notiony-type products that Dritz makes that have a better rate of success?  I don't want to keep pouring my money into a company that sells shoddy products simply because they're the only ones that craft stores carry.  I'm not suggesting a boycott (I still like their D-rings and other non-tool products), but I want to know where I can get better quality tools so I can make professional products myself!
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