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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / A cool tool for repairing stitching on leather shoes... on: July 23, 2006 10:04:47 AM
The stitching one of my husband's leather sandals came out, and I remembered I had this nifty tool I bought several years ago. It's called The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl.
You can view it here:
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C118&id=75944
 It comes with heavy-duty waxed tread, and 2 heavy needles, 1 straight, and one w/ a curved end. According to the leaflet inside the box, you can order a finer needle and thread from the manufacturer for finer sewing projects.
According to the box, it can be used to repair or sew awnings, tents, sails, handbags, upholstery, auto tops, shoes, saddles, sporting equipment.
I actually could have used the supplies for finer sewing, but the thick needle and thread worked out fine, the tools was very easy to use, and now my husband can wear his sandals again!
Yay!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Finishing neck, arm holes on knits on: July 05, 2006 10:02:07 PM
Today I started cutting old clothes to make new ones...mostly summery tops. I am trying to come up w/ the most cost effective way to finish the neck and armhole edges w/o having to spend extra cash.
The fabrics that I'm working with are mostly jersey knits (light to medium weight).

The options that I can think of are:
1) make facings from remaining fabric scraps (no problem, I've done this before,and can do it for those things I have enough extra fabric for)
2) buy bias tapes to match (but I'm being "cheap"!)
3) folding over the edges 1/4" and stitching them down (which doesn't sound like a great option when going around curves)

Is there anything else I haven't considered or have I pretty much covered all the bases?
If I had enough "other" fabrics in complimentary fabric colors, I'd make my own bias tape. But I don't. Tongue

I'm converting 1 knit dress into a short nightie, 1 knit top and pants into shorts and a tank top, 1 cotton camp shirt and pants into a camisole and shorts (to be finished w/ bias tape), 1 knit nightshirt into a camisole, and 1 cotton shirtdress got the bodice lopped off a while ago, so the skirt part will get a waistband to make a cute a-line skirt.
I'm having so much fun!!
Anyway, thanks for any help you can provide! I promise to post my first ever pictures when I'm done!!
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Lack of Boys/young men's patterns on: May 18, 2006 05:57:28 AM
I was at JoAnn's a couple of nights ago, looking for a basic pattern for older boy's basic jersey knit shorts. I couldn't find a single one in any of the main catalogs. Not even a good one for PJ shorts!
Then I realized there was hardly anything at all for men or boys. What's with the big pattern companies these days? What if I had wanted to find a pattern for something more formal, like a suit? There's NOTHING!!
Well....I guess I'll be drafting my own basic elastic waist shorts for him, with help from a pair he already has and my pattern drafting books. Not the end of the world, but it would have been nice to have it already done for me! (Can you say "I'm lazy"?!)
I'm' planning on finally teaching my son some basic sewing. He's 11 now, and I think he's ready!
Wish me (and him) luck!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A heads up: article on pants fitting on: November 23, 2005 04:50:21 PM
HI All~
Just wanted to let you all know that there is an interesting article on fitting pants in the January '06 issue #122 of Threads magazine. It focuses on getting the fit right through the crotch area, because everyone's crotch depth is different, and having that off kilter can affect the way your pants fit around your waist and hips. Very informative and I can't wait to try it as the article states that some traditional methods of altering patterns to fit, like slash and spread, can just make the fitting problems worse or create a whole different fitting problem.
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Shoe alteration question on: October 15, 2005 06:55:15 AM
Hello!
I have some favorite shoes which, because of after-baby foot ligaments relaxing, are now too short for my feet. They are fabric summer shoes on which the toe and heel fabric is separate-no fabric along the sides of the foot. What I'm wondering is, is it possible for a shoe repair shop to re-make the shoes on a longer sole?
I'm nervous about trying this myself-I do have Mary Wales Loomis' book on making your own shoes.
anyone have experience with a shoe shop doing this for them...and was it worth the cost?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for free online sewing patterns from outside of USA on: October 05, 2005 01:25:42 AM
Hello!
I was just printing off some cool online patterns from a Japanese co. called Otsukaya (wouldn't you know I can't find the link anymore.......but I know I got it somewhere around this board!!). I would love to find more of this type of thing from all over the globe.
So how about it? What free patterns from other countries have you stumbled across? (Other than what's been posted on this board previously.)
And if anyone has that link to the Otsukaya site, please add it here! Their web address didn't print off on any of the stuff I printed from their site.
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Need help! Covering canvas shoes on: March 14, 2005 08:02:38 AM
Hi All~
I did a search, but didn't come up with quite what I was looking for. Sooo...Here's my problem. I've got these canvas tennis shoes, the ones that have a zipper closure on the tops. I've sprouted a small hole in the toe of one of them. Remembering that I've seen shoe covering here, I thought "Ooh!! I can cover these!" The million dollar question is...what kind of adhesive should I use to adhere fabric to my cotton canvas shoes??I was thinking tacky glue?Huh Would that be strong enough? Or is there something else I should use for better adhesion?
Advice would be greatly appreciated!
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Any Swiss here? on: February 25, 2005 11:12:10 AM
Gruetzi!!
I am American, but my father's father was Swiss. I have lots of family still in Switzerland. I haven't been there since '93, though!   Cry  Would love to hear from someone there, as I miss it terribly!
Glad to see folks from all over Europe here, though! Sorry my Schweitzer-Deutsch is very rusty.....I understand more than I can speak!
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