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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few questions (Regarding sewing terms, Fabric etc) on: June 08, 2011 04:18:47 AM
If I am close to running out of thread on my bobbin, if I wind more thread onto it- will the needle thread pick it up instantly? or could that jam the machine?
-Uh, ya, don't do that. It's annoying as all heck to run out of bobbin thread in the middle of something, but if you REALLY think it might happen, better to just unwind what's on the bobbin and rewind it with fresh thread. I have only done what you suggested ONCE, and that was because I literally had no more thread to spare and couldn't just go out and buy more, AND had no other bobbins that were empty. I made sure to wrap the "old" thread really really tightly before overlapping it with the new thread. And no, the machine won't pick up the old thread. You'll have to open the casing, pull out a tail and make the needle pick it up.

Hi Smiley
If you rewind a bobbin, what do you do with the old thread? I've come across this situation, but I really don't want my thread to go to waste because there's not much left.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help a beginner understand bias tape on: June 08, 2011 03:59:00 AM
Hello everyone,
I'm a beginner when it comes to sewing (a couple weeks), and I have questions about bias tape and working with knits/stretchy fabric.

First, I keep reading about bias tape, and I understand that it's when you cut fabric 45 degree diagonally.. but what is the big deal about it? Maybe I'm not understanding what it is, so what does it do, why is it specific to 45 degrees, how is it different? At first, I thought bias tape was just another word for ribbon, but I've figured out that they are not interchangeable..why?

Second, I have a sewing book for beginners, and the author suggests staying away from knits. Is it because they're stretchy? I've already attempted at working with them (I just figured out what exactly a knit is, so it wasn't on purpose  Tongue). Are you supposed to stretch out stretchy fabrics when working with them?

Thanks =]
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: special effects makeup - bruises and pustules and cuts, oh my. (pic heavy) on: June 07, 2011 03:00:04 PM
Wow, those cuts and bruises look.. real! Do they look just as realistic in person as in the pictures?
The food ones weren't as realistic as the makeup ones though.

I saw this post on the front page, too, and also wondered why someone was posting pictures of a bruise!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old jeans into new shorts on: June 07, 2011 02:53:33 PM
Hmm, I might just try it after all then.

Does anyone here have any idea how to prevent further fraying? I have some shorts where I guess they left the raw edge but made a straight stitch right at the edge. Would this also work with frayed shorts? My shorts are also frayed at the pockets, no stitches, and the pockets have gotten a bit bigger but not a whole lot.. so is all denim like this, where they don't fray a lot?
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Yet another Baby girl diaper cake (loads of piccies!) on: June 06, 2011 06:31:06 PM
That's cute Smiley Cupcake socks, I never would've thought of that! Interesting.
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello, beginner here =] on: June 05, 2011 02:00:05 PM
Thanks everyone  Smiley
I believe you when you guys say everyone is supportive, it sure seems that way from what I've seen on here so far Smiley
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 63 ENTRIES / Re: Delicious Girly Accessories on: June 05, 2011 12:55:26 PM
This is amazing! I thought this was a REAL purse, shoe, and lipstick before reading the description. I have no idea how to make a cake like this, so naturally I imagine it is hard or a long process Tongue. It also sounds good, by the way!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Make trendy pants out of an old ones. (Capri style) on: June 05, 2011 05:07:24 AM
I think they look better now! I especially like the leg cuffs. They look (to me) summer-y and a lot more comfortable and wearable now. I am now considering this idea Cheesy
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Women's dress made from Vinyl Records on: June 05, 2011 04:58:38 AM
I love how it came out! It looks so good! I especially like the vibe I get from it, and blue and black always look good together.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old jeans into new shorts on: June 05, 2011 04:46:37 AM
They look good Smiley I'm planning on turning some pants into shorts as well. I've been thinking about the frayed look too but I'm afraid of messing them up so I probably won't do that ^_^
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