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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger attachments for reg. machines? on: August 16, 2005 07:34:06 AM
I was wondering, has anyone ever used a serger attachment for a regular sewing machine? If so, how did it work out for ya? See this link for an example of what I'm talking about: http://www.sewserg.com/products/abp03546.html

How well did it mimic the serger, if at all?

Thanks Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / make a cushioned/puff butterfly chair? on: July 28, 2004 10:36:48 AM
Anyone that has lived in a dorm room in the last 3-4 years either has one or knows someone that does.  I've been trying to come up with a plan to reconstruct/make new my nice blue sky and cloud butterfly chair cover (I think it is denim or canvas material) into one of those cushioned/puff butterfly chair covers.  If you don't know what I'm talking about here is a link to an example of one: http://www.laytners.com/id-573/prod_img/pc0002t.gif

Does anyone know how one could accomplish this?  Here is what I have "researched" so far by looking at the puff/cushion covers at stores, and by thouroughly examining a puff chair that my friend owns:

a) if you go to the link I provide you will clearly see how the chair, although "stuffed" (as in with some kind of fiber filling), is not lumpy in appearance. This would lead one to assume that there is some sort of rectanglular foam padding to give the cover/cushion its shape.
b) all of the cover "fronts" examined seemed to have two sections: the seat area and the area where your back would rest against.
c) the back of the cover has the same little flaps found on regular covers that hold the cover over the frame of the chair
d) in order to make such a puff chair cover, I would think you could use your original cover as the backing of the puff cushion (it would already have the flaps sewed on and be the right size and everything) and then somehow sew a "front" of the cushion all the way around, while leaving one area open to insert the stuffing material.  This is where I get stuck.  Should the "front" be sewn differently (in shape, or maybe with darts or something) than the back was constructed?  Thoughts?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:flamenco skirt on: July 24, 2004 03:19:40 PM
Then I got smart and bought a mini serger. Now I serge the edge of the ruffle. It saves A LOT of time.

I have recently considered buying a mini serger and was wondering if they really worked?  The skirt looks fabulous!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: groundhog pillow on: July 05, 2004 01:53:22 PM
*jumps up and down* that is so darling! I love it! It looks professionally done...are you selling?

Yes!  The pillow is now on ebay.  If you or anyone else is interested, please feel free to bid.  Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4311672226 . Good luck to any and all bidders Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / removing/attaching grommets HELP! on: July 03, 2004 11:50:30 AM
Okay, I need some real help here! I bought my dad this canvas boating hat that I then transfered some fish images onto.  In order to transfer the images, I had to take apart the hat.

As I am sewing it back up I realize that in my image transferring frenzy, I had ripped/pulled out several of the metal grommet things punched throughout the hat.

The grommets left holes where they were attached and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get them fastened back on the hat.  Is there any way to reattach the grommets without going to the lengths of buying some weird grommet attaching machine?   
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Finished Project: Bottle Cap Mosaic on: July 02, 2004 11:36:00 AM
fantastic!  I bow to you my friend Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: groundhog pillow on: June 24, 2004 08:33:40 PM
that is soo cute Cheesy. i love fusible web. but have a hard time with felt and the iron. any tips? or is my only problem the hot iron.  i never follow the directions for the fusible stuff -low setting= yuckies, i have better luck with it really hot, of course i usually fuse 100% cottons

You know I just had a thought, are you using a pressing cloth when you iron the fusible web?  It can be muslin or light cotton fabric.  Wet the fabric and lay it over the felt, ironing over the pressing cloth until it appears dry.  Hope this helps!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: groundhog pillow on: June 17, 2004 10:47:54 AM
that is soo cute Cheesy. i love fusible web. but have a hard time with felt and the iron. any tips? or is my only problem the hot iron.  i never follow the directions for the fusible stuff -low setting= yuckies, i have better luck with it really hot, of course i usually fuse 100% cottons

I have to admit that before I actually used the fusible web I read the directions 100 times.  I also made sure the iron was on the right setting. What kind of felt are you using, acrylic or wool?  My pillow is made out of acrylic felt, so I used the setting for that. That is the only tip I can give you, besides the usual "read the directions" with a stern, librarian face.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / groundhog pillow on: June 16, 2004 06:22:48 PM
I made this about a month ago but just got around to posting it now. Pillow is made of felt. The groundhog shape was affixed via fusible web stuff; then I sewed the pillow together with my machine and stuffed it. Took less than thirty minutes! Smiley
http://img7.photobucket.com/albums/v21/superkumf/IM000391.jpg
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: awesome carved goldfish rubber stamp on: June 08, 2004 06:33:08 PM
That is beautiful.  I have been wanting to make some of those stamps for a while.  We made them in high school and I always cut myself. Cry  How many times did you cut yourself?
And yours has so much more detail than mine ever did. 

This is so unbelievable, but I actually didn't cut myself at all (which doesn't even make sense). I read up on carving on the internet before I bought the speedball kit, and one website tutorial made this huge deal about making sure not to "undercut" the image (as in cutting toward the stencil shape), so I made sure to always carve out and away from the design.  I believe this contributed greatly to uninjured success Smiley
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