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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: jacket?? on: March 05, 2006 12:39:37 PM
That depends a lot.

1) On the weather you are planning to use it - heavy wool for colder weather or light cotton for "mock winters" like the ones here where I live.

2) On your taste in fabrics. Some are more difficult to sew, like velvet for instance, and prints always add a layer of complexity on the cutting job.

But, pretty much any medium to heavy fabric is good for a jacket. You might even get away with using a lighter fabric - like silk - if you use some interfacing.
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Arcitectural Question. on: March 03, 2006 11:23:00 AM
If it is exactly in the middle it might be supporting the weight of your flooring. My reccomendation is to get advice from an expert BEFORE trying anything.

I am a trained decorator, and in my classes although I learned a bit of architecture we were allways told to get advice before even proposing to have a wall removed.
33  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Free Burda download dress pattern (now with English instructions!) on: March 02, 2006 06:08:04 AM
Thanks a lot.

There seems to be another patter to be available this month and capri pants for april - as far as I figure. I don't speak german either.
34  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Basic requirements for a simple sewing machine on: February 25, 2006 07:43:02 AM
The price of the machine went down to about $45, since it was not working. The rate is around $2xR$1, nowadays. The real worry was to spend this much money on something that might never work well.

I've read a lot around here and have heard stories about getting sewing machines that work well from Salvation Army for $10. Ten dollars I could also bet, but betting more  than that gets me scared. I am stingy, and I know it.

I'll have to wait now, because we are in the begining of the longest holliday here, when it's done I'll go for the repair shops.

Thanks for the attention, even though I am only trying to make up my mind.  Grin
35  EUROPE / FRANCE / Re: Let's introduce ourselves on: February 24, 2006 09:36:36 PM
Je ne suis pas française et je n'habitez pas en France, mais parce que je peut pas m'empecher...

Je suis brésilienne e je sais que je ne ecrit le français si bien.  Smiley

I like to sew and I am looking forward to doing it more frequently. I am also a photographer and programmer.
36  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Glueing flowers to your face 2.0: Now with super abstract-shape action! on: February 24, 2006 07:32:53 PM
Flickr is a good bet, because I've been browsing around there sometime ago. I browse too much, it's hard to tell where I saw something.  Wink

37  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Basic requirements for a simple sewing machine on: February 24, 2006 07:31:14 PM
Also I was a bit scared of buying a sewing machine that does something like sewing just to find that the bill to fix it might be more than the price I paid for it.

My friend told me to look in repair shops, because at least it should be already clean and serviced. I think I'll do that, Ebay for anything higher than $10 just scares me. Higher than $10 and used scares me even more.
38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Basic requirements for a simple sewing machine on: February 24, 2006 06:55:19 PM
I have for years wanted to buy a sewing machine.

One of these days I saw one on Ebay (ok, its not Ebay, since I live in Brazil, but something very similar) that was going cheap, looked somewhat old but did not seem to be crumbling away.

Today I went to see it and it was an old Elgin, that was having some problem with the tension (thead from the top being gathered in a mess with the lower thread), I took a friend who knows something about sewing machines with me and she said the machine just looked like it needed a cleaning and tuning.

But this machine does only straight stich, no zig zag (is it zig zag in english?) to do buttonholes with or to fake a serger trim on raw edges.

Here is the question: for a begginer like me, who knows how to sew by hand but has hardly ever touched a sewing machine, what are the basic needs. Is zig zag important? I don't want anything fancy, just to do some rather simple projects, not going to sew leather (or my fingers, if I can avoid it), no embroidering, quilting or other harder stuff. My plans for the first months are to make a few bed sheets and hopefully learn to stich a line that goes straight and not everywhere.

I was thinking that sewing straight and zig zag are the basic functions of a machine, and less than that might be too little, no matter how little I pay for it. 
39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Glueing flowers to your face 2.0: Now with super abstract-shape action! on: February 24, 2006 06:35:52 PM
I am sure I had already seen this photos somewhere. Maybe your own portfolio. They are really great and the makeup is wonderfull. It was a great surprise to see them again here. Congrats.
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