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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Favourite sources for Patterns on: August 15, 2009 03:11:55 AM
Hi guys, It will be my first time working/sewing with a pattern
I'd just like to know where your favourite sources for finding patterns are?

Do you rather buy them online --there might be a bigger source out there?
Or you are satisfied with what you can get at fabric stores, thrift shops etc?

And what do you do when you're looking for something quite specific? Like a suit jacket with an extended facing, a shirt with a banding, etc.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Indian Head Spinning Wheel on: March 01, 2009 02:04:42 PM
Has anyone worked with this kind of wheel?
What's your opinion of it...

Someone is offering me one..
I remember last year, I overheard classmates saying they don't like it.
I didn't ask why though

They are quite large wheels, aren't they?
I'm hoping to be able to spin novelty yarn as well as fine yarn.
The lady told me they are used to spin thick and novelty yarns only..
3  CANADA / Quebec / Centre des textiles contemporains on: May 04, 2008 07:25:39 PM
Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles
It's a cgep

Does anyone here take or have taken courses there? Or know someone who has?
I have some questions about it... Would like to hear experiences, etc.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / thread for embroidery on: June 13, 2006 04:18:41 PM
What kind of thread (brand or material) do you recommend for embroidery? One that can stand repeated washings and won't fade, bleed, fray, etc. I need a thread that is up to professional standards.


A woman at a sewing machine shop told me Gutermann and Mettler are the best brands, but we were mostly talking about quilting and sewing clothing. I don't know if the same applies to embroidery. I was thinking any thread could work (even the 3 for a dollar at the dollar store) because embroidery's only for decoration rather than structure, like sewing clothing is.
Also: do linen, cotton, rayon, etc. thread differ from eachother?
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Using a heat transfer tool for image transfers on: June 04, 2006 07:38:57 PM
Hi, I've been using a tutorial from this website. http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imageheat.html

I'm using a heat transfer tool like the one in the website, and I wanted to know if anyone else uses this tool;
and if there is a faster way of getting a printed image onto fabric? I find I keep burning the image's paper and the fabric.

I've been using the tool for the same reason as on the website: it doesn't disturb the handle of the fabric, the transfer has no sheen, the fabric remains soft, and it won't wash out, unlike with certain transfer papers. But I feel like it's too much work rubbing the print onto the fabric... it takes almost forever for me.
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