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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Can Purse With Tutorial on: April 19, 2010 08:49:07 PM
I think the easiest thing would be just to sew the bag together separately and make the lining separate and then just sew the lining in at the top of the bag. Probably by hand because getting it through the machine is very difficult...
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: exposed serger stitches help! on: April 13, 2010 09:05:11 PM
yeah, I had a feeling it was made by a coverstitch machine. I soooo want one now!! at first I really wanted a serger that could do 5 threads and coverstitch, etc. But I've found through my research that it's hard to switch them over from overlocking to coverstitch and a lot of them don't produce as nice as a stitch as a dedicated machine could do.
The next machine I get will probably be a used industrial as I've heard that for the price, you really can't do better.  And I've seen stand alone coverstitch machines out there for quite reasonable prices.

thanks guys!!!
 Grin
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: funky faux fur, places to buy this type of fabric online? on: April 10, 2010 07:05:28 PM
http://www.syfabrics.com/Browse.aspx/Faux-Furs/183
These look fun!  Grin
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / exposed serger stitches help! on: April 10, 2010 06:56:59 PM
OK. You have all seen them. I really love them. Exposed serger seams.  I'm talking about when 2 pieces of fabric are sewn together on a serger and it looks just like the 4 thread flatlock stitch, but it's not on the inside. For example, I have a hoodie where the sleeves are sewn into the shoulder but the seam is flat and looks serged from inside and outside.

Like if you could serge into the middle of a piece of fabric if that makes sense? I've searched high and low and have found flatlock instructions. That's not what I'm seeing.

I even tried to serge into a piece of fabric. It doesn't work! trust me. ;0)

Help me figure out how this is done!!!
Thanks! Cheesy

Like these seams? see how they're flat? But they weren't sewn insideout then topstitched. Is it some sort of coverstitch you think? Like inside out coverstitch?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: serger on knit fabric? on: February 09, 2010 03:57:01 PM
google it. i know i've seen this done in a blog post somewhere. putting in a zipper I think it was. kind of a weird thing to use a serger for but I'm almost positive that's what it was. Also, try it on a swatch? =0) good luck!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: where on earth? on: October 01, 2009 12:23:06 AM
faux bois is like "fake wood." Like those fabrics you see that have a woodgrain printed on them. Faux croc fabric- you can find at joann! I got some on sale a couple months ago. It's a vinyl so it'll be in the home dec. section. There are lots of colors of vinyl croc design you can special order. like white, brown, black, metallics, etc. But only a brown that I found in the store. I think it was $30/yard?  But on sale for 50% off when I got it.
good luck!
*I love faux croc stuff too!!*
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me recreate this adorable bag! on: September 30, 2009 11:52:42 PM
plus. you most likely won't be able to find the bird hardware. But you can change the design slightly and make them applique instead of the clasp as you said. Just pick a contrasting color and cut and sew them on! I've never worked with leather- just vinyl. I don't imagine it's the same... but similar no doubt. I always have to put down some tissue paper to get it to feed through my machine. The shiny surface doesn't want to go under the feed dogs. Also, use a leather needle. The tip is shaped differently so as to not make HUGE holes when you sew. It's like an x shape so that it kind of closes up around the thread. (I read that once anyway...)  Def. a larger than usual needle. And think about using an upholstry thread. or doubling up on your thread.

BTW. yeah. cute bag.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand cards to roving on: February 27, 2009 06:42:17 AM
carding is pretty fuzzy business... but anyway you slice it, it's super fun to me! =0)
I don't care what form my fiber is in, so long as I can spin it up.  But at first, I found rolags to be a bit hard to grasp and understand. Just do what makes you happy!  Grin
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand cards to roving on: February 24, 2009 03:42:25 PM
http://sheepnoirfiber.vox.com/
was it mine?
 Wink
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My first handspun!! on: January 30, 2009 10:22:42 PM
dude, forgive me for saying this, but your bf's looks more even than yours!  =0) How sweet is that?!?  Cheesy  He's a keeper for sure....
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