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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Melts - Doesn't Fuse - Plaid Matching with Fusible Thread on: December 18, 2015 02:12:05 AM
Thank you ~T

How come when I googled I only found advertisements for more fusible thread!

I sure appreciate your ideas.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Melts - Doesn't Fuse - Plaid Matching with Fusible Thread on: December 10, 2015 10:18:09 PM
Have you ever used fusible thread to meld a seam together? I was experimenting with this for plaid matching in a small fussy item (a princess-seamed doll's bodice). I cut it out carefully and then basted each princess-seam with the fusible thread (a new spool - so not old thread).

When I pressed, using a press cloth, the thread melted into one side of the seam, and just vanished  from the other piece of fabric, leaving the seam, then, un-joined.

My guesses so far are....
1) I should press for less time (no directions with thread - and can't find anything on web)
2) I should just baste with regular thread!
3) That there is some trick I don't know.Any ideas?


Laurel Shimer
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Just got a new machine, not sure if I got swindled - help? on: February 23, 2014 05:56:07 PM
I agree with the others who responded. You didn't get swindled. Free classes should really be called 'included'. It's just good marketing to call them free.

I go back to the dealer all the time with questions. My deal went out of business and now I take my questions to the dealer who services my machine. They are really nice about answering them, because they are still full service. I get my machine serviced yearly for maybe 130 - 150$ and so yes, after a while you will have spent more on service than the purchase price. But if it's a good quality machine then I think it's worth it.

Very much like caring for a car, when you use your machine a lot. Which I do too.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not sure if I need a better machine or just service? on: February 22, 2014 10:38:59 PM
I can see that if you end up buying a new machine, you'll be cheesed off that you spent money getting the old one serviced. On the other hand, you may be so happy with the servicing, that you love your machine. And that's kind of what you're saying, right?

Also some people learn to service their own machines. I don't know if you want to go there. Personally, I just make durn good and sure to keep the lint trap zone under the needle clean! I burned out the motor on my first machine by not doing that.

I'd be really direct with the people who service the machine. Tell them your situation. Ask them to demo any machines (used or new) you might be interested in. A sturdy used machine might not cost a whole lot more than one or two  servicing appointments.

Bring in the kind of thing you need to be able to sew - especially heavy denim, etc. Try out the new machine. Then remind them - I need to be able to sew these fabric on my machine. Ask their opinion as to whether or not servicing will do the job. Tell them, perhaps, that new machine is not yet in your budget.

You mentioned you'd been in a fashion program. Are you in that area still? Can you talk to teachers in the program? Or can you email teachers from your program? They probably deal with care on the machines they have there (my teachers crew service the machines themselves), and might have good ideas. Also they want you to succeed in your sewing business.

I think you can probably develop a sense of whether or not a dealer is selling you or being straight with you. I agree about industrial machines. If you know for sure you want one and/or get a super good deal on one, it may be worth it. I tried using an industrial machine at school, and found there was a lot I'd probably have to learn about fixing on my own. Don't know if that's generally the case, but i made me steer clear.

Buena suerte/Good luck. I'm very curious to hear about your experiences. Will you email me and let me know? I'm at EnchantedBySewing AT gmail.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / New vs. Used: How long before top of the line becomes more affordable? on: February 22, 2014 09:01:23 PM
Sewing Advice Request.... So I went to the Sewing (and Quilt) Expo in San Mateo today to get some new scissors. Good vendor I've gone to in the past there (http://www.scissorsales.com). I found my scissors - a pair of Stag shears, a pair of Gingher shears, and OK some of those really darling tiny embroidery snips with the cool animal designs.... Then I went to the Brother dealer's booth recommended by a classmate. And I fell in love with a new machine. It's a Quattro 3 ( http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/quattro3/) . I want a more up to date machine for both garment and machine embroidery* Of course, it's not actually in the budget now...... I just wanted to get an idea of what I'm hoping for. But it's like shopping for a car when you're not ready to buy one (I'm not actually into cars, but I get why people would be tempted). I felt absolutely drunk reveling in all of the things this machine could do embroidery 'wise. Several things I never imagined being able to do in addition to the basic stuff I can't do with my old bottom of the line Viking (which still uses cards and can't download designs). In addition to the embroidery coolness, the Quattro handled my heavy weight denim like a dream. I hardly even played with the garment construction features, except for using the 'hump jumper' and going over old Levi seams.

 Here's my question.... at the lowest price offered (floor model) it would be $8,000 which is not in the budget. It's also about a third of the cost of the car we need to buy to replace one that's getting on in years.... Also for me sewing is a hobby. This is not a business expense.
.... How long do experienced machine buyers think I'm going to need to wait before people start trading this gorgeous, capable machine in for a newer model? And when that happens how much more affordable do you think it might get?

Thanks for your thoughts.

 * I used to be into quilting but for me I had to chose between garment and quilting - garment won
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Marley's Chains on: November 04, 2012 05:45:58 PM
Oh what a great and creative idea!

And another reason it's  a good thing I don't know how to knit! I'd just want to create mine own.

Have a jolly one

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Do You Love Butter? The Bluebird's Buttercup Purse on: October 20, 2012 03:21:23 PM
Golly, and here I thought that was just some vintage kid activity!

Thanks for checking out my purse. Don't we just love to say look-what-I-made!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro and autumnal macaroon coin purses plus a candy corn pyramid purse! on: October 20, 2012 11:12:34 AM
You are a total ARTISTE making these tiny pumpkin coin purses. And you are an inspiration too! Thanks for shaing the tutorial link. I can't wait to make one.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Do You Love Butter? The Bluebird's Buttercup Purse on: October 20, 2012 10:48:02 AM
Back in the 1920's, when my mother was a little girl, there was  a game amongst her friends in regards to buttercups. They tickled each other under the chin with the bright yellow flowers and giggled "Do you love butter?", then checked to see if any pollen had stuck to their little chum's chin. My mother, not being a sentimentalist, recounts this activity with a curling lip. The fact that she still recalls it, tells it's own story.

I happen to love the buttercup purse pattern by Made by Rae (http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern/ ) . I first  discovered it on this forum, where it's quite popular. It's a free, easily downloadable purse pattern, with the caveat that it's not to be used to create items for sale. I've probably made close to ten of these winsome bags by now in a variety of sizes. Wonder what you'd find stuck on the bottom of my chin?

The basic pattern produces a rather small pocket-sized purse (which also made it perfect for a child, and I've made one for a little girl). But that's just the right size to hang across my chest to hold my iPod, keys and reading glasses and accompany me on a walk or when I'm attending to domestic activities. Essentially I use it to replace a pocket and it keeps my pants pockets from wearing out. I don't think the original pattern includes a long handle, but mine always do. I've started interfacing those handles with Peltex interfacing for a really sturdy strap.

However quite often, as in the case of this bluebird buttercup above, I enlarge the pattern for a regular purse-sized bag.


After downloading the pattern (it's only a couple of pages) and stapling or taping them together, I photocopy them at a couple of different sizes. I think 129% is the biggest my local copy store goes, so sometimes I've enlarged an enlargement. I also like to simply extend the bottom of the little purse to make it deeper.

This buttercup purse is a recreation of one I made from the same quilting-cotton fabric last January. I loved the bird embellished fabric so much that I pretty much wore it out. I didn't line much more than the top pieces and it didn't stand up to the weight of the items I put in. So I started over with fresh fabric.

This time through I stabilized the buttercup's bird fabric not only with fusible quilt batting on both the outer and lining layers, but also with a layer of crinoline on the inside of the outside pieces. I also did some simple quilting on the outside layer.

I found the lovely vintage tatting at the nearby De Anza Flea Market. It just happened to be the same width as the front yoke! I loved the fact that I already had a purpose for this embellishment when I found it. How often does that happen?

This buttercup is really standing up to the service I expect of her.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paper wreath on: October 09, 2012 09:15:11 PM
Hey I love altered book art! Thank you for reminding me about it. Had forgotten!

1) another thing you can do... can I describe it?.... Is like a card holder/non-rolling rolodex'y kind of thing. Take a big thick paperback - like a thick dictionary - sit it on it's spine - pages standing up, and fold one triangles down per page, at consistently alternate angle.

Boy I hope that makes sense and comes in handy.

2) Also I kind of think last year I used the same idea you did for a wreath here to make a big flower topper for a gift. Like an azalea kind of thing. Mebbe you would enjoy that as well.

Thanks again for making me think about this stuff. I had totally forgotten.

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