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71  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Chinese Dress on: March 22, 2004 04:01:08 PM
A serger is a special sewing machine that you can use to finish edges on garments so that they don't fray and to give garments a professional, clean look to the inside.  Machine made clothing that you buy in stores have this done to the edges, and if you look inside your shirt at the top of the bottom hem, you'll see what looks like a "chain" of thread going around the cut edge.  My mom has one and it's wonderful to use on fabrics, such as linen, that fray easily.  They're expensive, but if you can't afford one (I most certainly can't!) a simple zig-zag stich around the edge should do the trick.

ah i see, yes i'd noticed the stitching like that on clothes. i had been using the zig-zag function on my sewing machine for that purpose too.


dontletsstart - (i think) i know what french seams are but i'm afraid i can't really explain it without pictures! i suggest you do a web search. basically it's a way of giving your seam a little hem on the inside so you don't get bits of fabric coming off all over the place.

here:
http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa012098.htm
72  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:weener dog clothes on: March 22, 2004 03:53:28 PM
err, isn't a bandana just a big triangle or square?
73  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:What to do with old drapes? on: March 21, 2004 06:58:51 PM
i found what i assume were some old curtains in a skip once, with various geometrical-looking flower-type motifs on in different colours.

the overall effect was awful - some of the motifs were hideous colours, but some were quite pretty on their own. so i cut out a couple of the nicer ones, and made a bag. i sewed some sequins on and gave it to a friend as a birthday present.
74  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:electricians wire on: March 21, 2004 05:00:40 PM
when bored in electronics lab i make bracelets

if you take a long strand of wire (or string, or anything long and maleable really), and wind it into three loops you can carefully plait it to make a plaited loop with no ugly knots or anything

you could weave something with it, like boxes.
75  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:tarot cards on: March 21, 2004 12:45:16 PM
not so much something to use them for, but i thought of copying a tarot card design onto a t-shirt, eg, temperence, the star, the lovers (from the rider-waite deck).
76  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Chinese Dress on: March 20, 2004 12:13:05 PM
what is a surger?
77  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: March 20, 2004 12:02:33 PM
i'm loving the idea of using them as yarn.

errr, when my flatmate broke her foot she had some physiotherapeutic exercises to do after the cast came off involving tights tied to a chair, but unless you work in a hospital or as a 'daredevil' motorcycle rider that's unlikely to be an efficient way of getting rid of your old tights!
78  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:TV on: March 19, 2004 08:27:01 AM
taking apart TVs is VERY DANGEROUS.

please don't try it yourself. take it to someone who knows what to do.
79  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Broken zipper on: March 16, 2004 04:24:40 PM
i agree with shs, a new zip would be easier. your mother is talking nonsense - anything that can be done in a repair shop can be done at home.

just rip the seams like you were going to do, and put the new zip where the old one went. the button thing sounds feasable, but you're right, it'd be a bit difficult.
80  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Clothes for art on: March 16, 2004 04:18:14 PM
that che guevara dress is fantastic! what a great idea. i love it. i will have to make something similar in the holidays.
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