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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Shopping tote...a really big one! on: April 29, 2010 01:32:45 AM
cool, now how do you get it to put itself in the car and follow you into the shop cos i keep forgetting to take mine shopping (oh the looks you get when you ask for a bag... its like you comitted a crime or something)
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand sewing scraps into.... on: March 30, 2010 04:44:13 PM
Barbie clothes are always fun to make with scraps, or if theres clothes you want to make for yourself make a "barbie" version of it first to see how it all comes together.

with my scraps i do barbie clothes, or the small bits i cant use i shred cut them up and they come in handy as cheap alternative to stuffing toys or anything else with.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to Start? (new Sewer) on: March 30, 2010 04:38:07 PM
take your time with it too, no need to rush what you are making. know your machine, so get a scrap piece of material and just play around with the stitches, work out what stich does what and how everything works. Start with basic patterns and get "fancy" the more experienced you get.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Abby from NCIS (with pattern) on: March 28, 2010 10:49:29 PM
i love it! i love it! i love it! argh unfortunately i cant crochet (i know what you are saying, what am i doing in the crochetting section then, the answer - i did a search for NCIS and here i am). Any chance anyone can point me in the direction of a knitting or sewing pattern for her?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: modifying t-shirt for layered look on: March 27, 2010 05:35:13 PM
sew or pin a piece of matching lace or material across the V. if you want to sew them and if you have enough shirts sort them out into "winter" and "summer" piles and sew them onto the summer pile and put the winter pile into the wardrobe and store for winter. that way you will have a different look each season.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: any ideas? on: March 10, 2010 03:31:45 PM
every project is a learning experience. theres alot of free projects you can get from the internet to start with.

http://www.allcrafts.net/sewing.htm
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/index.shtml
http://www.sewing.org/
http://www.freepatterns.com/

theres heaps on the net to check out.

have fun
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to buy cardboard tubes to roll fabric on? on: March 10, 2010 02:57:41 PM
hahaha yeah other side of the world.

the only other thing i can suggest which has already been said is ask the fabric shops. you may only get one or 2 but over time they will add up.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to buy cardboard tubes to roll fabric on? on: March 09, 2010 08:53:23 PM
where in the world are you? a local op shop near me i saw had a container full of them and another stack with fabric on them. dont know how much they were selling them for. chances are you are as far away from me as possible though.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / resurrecting a pattern from the dead on: March 02, 2010 08:42:17 PM
hey everyone, well ive learnt my lesson about buying sewing patterns from charity op shops.

i brought the Simplicity 5092 (Misses Jiffy pullover tunic) a few weeks ago at one for 50c (wow big spender!) and just sat down for the first time to start it as my latest project only to find the previous owner has made a mess of cutting out the pattern and has all but destroyed it.

As i really like the shirt i do want to make it but is there any way i can resurrect the pattern from the dead and turn it into some workable pattern or is it doomed to the recycle bin and me look for another project?
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you store patterns? on: February 22, 2010 01:38:00 PM
my mums friend works in an x-ray place. every so often she gives mum some un-used plastic film sheets which is perfect for cutting the patterns out of, and its easy to store. if theres a big piece its easy to cut up and tape together to make it foldable. lot more durable than the paper patterns.
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