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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing virgin needs advice on: May 23, 2004 07:37:24 AM
oh rock on. i taught myself to knit, although i often have to ask the my lys lady a question. it's definitely a good feeling when you teach yourself stuff. people always look at me funny when i tell them i taught myself to knit.

 but i am completely lacking in any knack to sew. i really needed someone to help me. for some reason it's always been hard for me. it took me forever to figure out how clothes are put together. luckily i had this fantastic costume prof. who finally made it all make sense. she was patient and was proud of me when i made even the smallest thing work. i'm am eternally greatful.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing virgin needs advice on: May 21, 2004 03:34:30 PM
my mom bought me a reader's digest guide to sewing book. i know there's a couple of different versions, you can probably check them out at the library. it's got lots of pictures. i remember it showing all the different types of bobbin mechanisms on sewing machines. i found it helpful when i didn't have someone around who knew what they were doing.

i do find it interesting and wonderful that most of us learn how to sew from someone else. whenever people bring up sewing they often mention who taught them, so that person is always remembered as a teacher
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making rips in jeans? on: May 21, 2004 11:42:07 AM
when i was a kid i had this really cool camp councelor who took her jeans out in the country, hung them up on a clothes line and shot holes in them. i have no idea what kind of gun or bullets she used, but they looked fantastic!

there's a ton of other ways to distress jeans. you can use a cheese grated, a file, back over them with the car, let the dog drag them around, let the cat use them as a scratching post.

my last pair of distressed jeans ended up that way cause i wore them forever and they started to get soft. i would just sit there (it became a nervous habit when i was bored  Smiley ) and scratch at them with my fingernails and then tear at the rips i created. they were held together by just the seams. i loved them! til the crotch holes developed, then they were done.
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping a Stencil on a T-shirt on: May 21, 2004 11:23:40 AM
the last time i made stencils i used sticker paper. i got away with using them twice, but after that they lose their stickiness and start falling apart.

you can also try using acetate, it's kind of like the stuff they used for transparencies in elementary school. it's not sticky, but you can use tape to hold down the edges. i like to use medical tape cause it's strong but pulls off pretty easily.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: tyvek - credit card wallet thingy on: May 19, 2004 03:25:16 PM
thanks for the info!

by the way, LOVE the wallet  Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: SLEEK MOD CAT SCRATCHER on: May 19, 2004 09:41:49 AM
could you put sandbags on the inside of the box and tubing? or maybe buckets or cans of sand? i know they make curtain weights, but i'm not sure how heavy they get or exactly where to get ahold of them. they make enormous ones for theatre curtains though. good luck with the cats! they always find the one thing you don't want damaged and then dig their teeth into it. if they weren't so cute...
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: tyvek - credit card wallet thingy on: May 19, 2004 09:27:14 AM
where's a good place to get vinyl for these wallet/bag type purposes? whenever i make wallets i just stick clear packing tape together. it works, it's just not particularly strong or attractive. oh, and about how much does the stuff cost?

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tape Bags/Wallets - Sticky Problems on: May 19, 2004 09:22:35 AM
you might wanna try 3m brand. it's pretty expensive, but it's super strong and it looks really nice. i've had my current wallet for a few months now and it's doing fine in the fuzzy/sticky department. although i never wear it in my pocket, i just stick it in my bag. i noticed that on my old ones if i wore them all the time they would get really sticky. and i've used clear packing tape to cover a picture from a magazine (or whatever you want) and it never peels or gets sticky or anything. oh and practice helps. the more of these i make the more i know how to have fewer seams. fewer seams=less sticky fuzzy goo
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: May 17, 2004 06:17:19 PM
here's a picture of what it looks like when you're done

http://www.hamjudo.com/notes/cd.jpg
20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: May 14, 2004 03:04:06 PM
when i lived in dorms everyone who had old cd's would tape them up around their view hole on their door. the hole in the cd fits perfectly around it. i know you can put them in the microwave for about 5 seconds and you'll see all these sparks and it will crackle the mirror-looking side. but, the jury is still out on whether that is dangerous for you and/or your microwave. but i confess, it looks really cool!!!
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