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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Hatpin turned Steampunk on: October 02, 2009 03:47:32 AM
It's not necessarily from WWII as Germany was split into East and West up until the end of the 80s- I know because when I lived there as a kid I lived in various towns in what was still West Germany  Smiley And you can still get the ornate brass filigree made even nowadays from there.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help please?! It won't pick up the bottom thread! on: June 19, 2009 04:10:55 AM
Looking at your pictures it looks like you haven't finished threading the upper part of your machine by putting the thread through the needle. If there's no thread in the needle then there's nothing to loop around and catch the bobbin thread when you crank the machine. It's that upper thread that grabs the lower thread and pulls it up through the needle plate.

Follow longtimegeek's instructions and I think you'll be sorted  Grin The fact that you're having this problem with all your machines makes me pretty sure that this is probably the problem, rather than the machines.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how much fabric & what types of fabric did you buy in 2009? on: April 28, 2009 03:15:10 PM
I could tell you what I've bought this month- 37.7 metres, plus 10 yards, of various fabrics; voile, velvet, pinstripe suiting,georgette, lace, mesh, fishnet, lining and interfacing. Last month I was pretty good though and only bought about 8 yards of fabric. God knows how much I've bought this year so far!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buying material for stash on: October 09, 2008 07:50:18 AM
I make clothes so my preferred minimum purchase is 5 yards. I only buy less than that if the seller simply doesn't have 5 yards but I dearly love the fabric.
Generally I buy as much as I can afford as I specialise in unusual fabrics, so I can never count on a fabric being available for any length of time.

I do have ideas for virtually all of the fabric in my huge stash- I just need the time!

As for interfacing- I use medium weight the most and I tend to buy a few metres in one go, so it'll last me a while.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: The most expensive fabric EVER. on: September 24, 2008 05:08:03 AM
The most expensive fabric I've come across to date was about a month ago in one of the fabric stores that supply theatreland, just off Oxford Street. I spyed this drop-dead gorgeous mesh fabric that was completely ruffled- densely packed swirls of appliqued mesh strips- and sooo tactile. Came in three different colours and although I'd only meant to window shop I was quite taken by it.

So I went and asked how much it was.

99 pounds per metre!  Shocked

I admit I have a terrible fabric addiction, but even I balk at paying those sort of prices!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: help find more of a fabric on: September 05, 2008 06:59:57 AM
Or try this:
http://www.missingfabrics.com/

All they do is help people find fabric Smiley

Aaaaah, that's a fantastic resource! Thanks so much!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Leather Resources? on: August 14, 2008 10:24:45 PM
A quick Google of 'sewing with leather' gives quite a few resources that give tips on working with leather, such as http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Leather/SewingLea.htm  Cheesy

From personal experience I'd recommend getting some smaller pieces- maybe your local shop would happily let you buy their offcuts?- and try out sewing with those. Sewing with leather has a lot of similarities to sewing with PVC, so before you stump up a big sum of cash for a large hide, have a play around on the cheaper small pieces. It'll also give you a chance to try out different thicknesses and hide treatments.

If you eventually decide to go for making a jacket you'll probably end up buying one or two hides to make it (depending on the size of the hides and the size of the jacket)- they tend to be sized by sq footage, rather than the familiar yardage of fabrics. If you're not sure how much you'll need you might want to take your pattern pieces with you and try them out on the hides.

Hope that helps a little!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: UK suppliers on: May 21, 2008 12:26:16 PM
I buy all my fabric from Ebay, as the choice of stuff is huge and the prices are equivalent or cheaper than most shops.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Goth style mens waistcoat on: March 23, 2008 09:05:29 AM
Thanks! Yep, he's wearing a purple shirt- his choice and I think it contrasts better with the waistcoat than a plain black shirt would have done.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Goth style mens waistcoat on: March 23, 2008 08:50:48 AM
Lol! That's my bf modelling it, not me  Grin
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