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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: 10 Ways to Economize your Sewing on: July 03, 2011 12:16:14 PM
Great tips, thanks for posting! I love your blog too! Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Book Suggestions - Learning to sew on: July 03, 2011 12:12:54 PM
You could also google "sewing tutorials" and get a lot of walk-throughs that way! I like: http://sewmamasew.com/tutorials.php

Good luck!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why? why is it doing this? [Thread looping on underside] on: February 26, 2011 07:54:28 PM
I agree with seleniebeanie, it looks like it might be an issue with your bobbin. It could be something as simple as it not being seated correctly, my old machine was rather finicky about how I put the bobbin in and the particular tension if I were changing thread. If my tension was off there, my machine would stitch fine then slow down for a couple stitches, then speed back up. This created something similar to what you posted as an end result.

What kind of machine are you using? Perhaps you could look at the manual, there are sometimes troubleshooting guides there.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shopping around for a first ever, compact sewing machine - advice? on: February 26, 2011 07:46:09 PM
My first machine (other than using my mother's) was a Brother xl2600i. It was a wonderful basic machine and I thought it was fantastic to learn on. It is not "compact" but it is a nice small size and fits in a small area. You can find a new one relatively inexpensively (less than $100 these days I'd say). Good luck!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Anyone have a Facebook Page for their Etsy Shop? on: January 30, 2011 03:42:06 PM
I have one as well!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/punkrockpigtailsetsy/182078265139896

I'm going back through to like all the ones in this thread also Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: **High Waisted Black Ruffle Skirt** on: January 20, 2011 06:03:06 AM
I love this! Great work, it looks super cute and I bet it's comfortable as well!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soft fuzzy fabric and soft towel fabric :D on: January 15, 2011 12:08:20 PM
Try Joann's online. I have gotten some great deals there, recently they had super soft flannel for $1.97 a yard. I think the towel fabric you are looking for is terry/terrycloth. I also think of "fleece" as polyester?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: waterproof fabric on: January 15, 2011 12:05:48 PM
I would say PUL or oilcloth but those can be a little expensive. I really enjoy working with oilcloth though, I have a diaper-bag made out of it and it is awesome! If I were just lining the inside of something I might just use a less expensive vinyl, and I like the poster above who suggested a shower curtain liner!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Sewer - Overwhelmed :-/ on: January 15, 2011 09:59:26 AM
I have this book: http://www.amazon.com/Lotta-Jansdotters-Simple-Sewing-How/dp/0811852571

as well as the version she did for Babies/Toddlers. I like her patterns because they are extremely simple and they also allow for a little learning and room for error. I have even learned to make my own patterns by following her simple example.

Another thing you could do is take a sewing class at a local fabric store. I know our Joann's offers them quite frequently. I'd also recommend starting with some simple patterns and making them more than once. You'll see how quickly you pick things up if you do it a couple times. Good luck!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: retro high waisted apron on: January 14, 2011 06:59:18 AM
Cute idea with the button, I really like that! Nice fabric choice also.
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