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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rockabilly Hair Wraps (Pic Heavy) on: June 26, 2013 09:12:55 AM
Way, way, way cute. And you rock that old-fashioned makeup in a lovely way.
42  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Cutting patterns on: June 25, 2013 06:53:48 AM
Several months ago, I bought myself some Gingher scissors (dressmaker's shears and pinking shears)- the really, really nice and really, really expensive ones. I know for a fact that cutting paper is the worst thing you can do to scissors (unless you enjoy dull ones), because you're essentially cutting wood. Pretty much everything I've read and heard is that your dressmaker's shears are solely for fabric. But I was reading a sewing book yesterday that said you should cut out your pattern pieces with scissors around the general shape, pin them to the fabric, and then actually cut on the lines of the pattern with the dressmaker's shears. That just screams "against the law" to me. Is this small amount of paper cutting negligible? Do you cut your patterns on the line before pinning to fabric (I always have)? Thoughts?
43  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you feel like there's enough fabric choice? on: June 25, 2013 06:48:07 AM
I definitely agree with you about fabric being expensive. I always see cute clothing and think, "I could make that for so much cheaper." But then when I buy the fabric I think, "This isn't cheaper at all!" I try to look at it as a hobby expense rather than a clothing expense.
44  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand sewing without patterns... on: June 25, 2013 06:41:42 AM
Can I ask what "big ol mess" means specifically? Does your finished product not look as you imagined, do you not even start because the pattern is confusing, etc...? Your Craftster pals might be able to offer some advice after some elaboration. Smiley

I do get the feeling that sewing on the retro machine is why you enjoy hand sewing more. I grew up sewing everything by hand (I had to hem every pair of pants- I've always been short for my age) and was reluctant to try out a machine. It seemed so intimidating. But a couple years ago, I got a machine, and I am hooked for life. It's super addicting. Have you looked into getting yourself a nice machine?
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Octopus Gel Candle! on: June 13, 2013 01:39:48 PM
Great job! Very innovative.
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sewing machine cozy on: June 13, 2013 01:38:34 PM
I am glad to see that you are sewing cute projects for yourself and your home!!

I think the fabric is really lovely---and it will be practical, too, as you can wipe oilcloth off with a damp cloth!

What would you say the biggest problem was with sewing it?  I personally do not like the "stickiness" but I purchased a telflon roller foot that seems to glide over this type of fabric and vinyl!

Very nice! I've never sewn on oilcloth and would be interested in hearing about how it's different to sew on from regular fabric.

Yep, oilcloth is definitely practical in case dust/animal fur/etc. gets on it.

What makes oilcloth so different is that it's both slick and "sticky." If you try to use a metal presser foot, it will grip the cloth, and your stitches will be wonky and/or you'll get a whole bunch of stitches in one spot. For this reason, you're supposed to use a Teflon foot, which helps you sew "sticky" fabrics such as vinyl and oilcloth. Alternatively, you can put matte Scotch tape on the bottom of the foot. You have to cut it just so, though, so you don't hinder the thread and needle. The good thing is that most of the time, you're sewing on the wrong side of the fabric.

What made it so difficult was really my fault: I had misunderstood the dimensions (I don't know if I mixed up finished vs. pattern or what, tbh), so the first rendition of the final product was way too big. I had to take it in over an inch I think to make it fit snugly (looks better plus blocks out particulate better), which is quite difficult on a finished rectangular prism (minus the bottom of course), especially when it wants to stick to itself. But you can't even tell from the outside!

Making the handle hole was a bit of a challenge. The pattern called for you to cut the hole and sew bias tape on the edges, but I didn't have any bias tape in blue or white. Being very anxious to finish, I cut diagonal slits at each corner of the hole and "hemmed" it inward. The bottom of the cozy was also supposed to be finished in bias tape, but I just hemmed that as well. I'm definitely pleased with how all that turned out.

I can honestly say that I learn something new with each sewing project. Love it!
47  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Jai - Jackalope Dreamweaver Sculpture on: June 12, 2013 09:52:43 PM
I honestly don't even know how to say how impressive this is...what art!
48  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker on: June 12, 2013 09:51:20 PM
VERY cute! What are the houndstooth and blue/white backgrounds? Metal perhaps? Whatever they are, you have a great taste for mixtures of texture and color. And great PC talent, of course!
49  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Muppet Inspired Puppet on: June 12, 2013 09:30:35 PM
Teehee! Very cute.
50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Burda pattern grain line on: June 12, 2013 05:08:19 PM
You know what, never mind. The mini pattern layout just wasn't as "to-scale" as I was expecting. Problem solved!
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