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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Perfectly Vintage Sunhats on: August 06, 2014 01:29:13 PM
Great hat!  I have made all sorts of hats.  i understand the need for a little crease.  I call the part where you sew the top to the crown - sewing in the round.  It looks like you are great with this skill.  I sometimes get off the round.  I usually line hats, but it's not really necessary.  I didn't realize how much difference it makes in sewing around the brim.  Some patterns use this step and others do not.

I have looked before on craftster for hats and mostly, have seen crochet hats.  Crochet hats are great, but i like to see hats made from fabric.

thanks 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sombrero on: November 08, 2013 09:01:14 AM
hi,  has anyone ever made a sombrero?  I"m looking for some instructions and I have read a few websites.  i would like to use all fabric, but most of the instructions involved paper.  thanks
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Double Needle Necessary? on: November 08, 2013 07:43:01 AM
Good comments on double needles.  I don't know if my machine uses a double needle or not.  You have challenged me to get out my machine manual.

The comment about mistakes is oh - so true.  Your seam ripper can be a good tool.

Yes, I hope your mother feels better.  Maybe she will feel better, if she see you get started with some sewing,  Please tell her that depression can be treated.  I have a book:  Crafting to Heal.  The front cover is a quilt.  The book is definitely inspiring.  I've heard folks say that a trip to the fabric store is cheaper than therapy.  For myself, going to Hancock's can definitely lift my spirits after hard day at work.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Hot/Cold "socks"... should I use Rice or Wheat? on: November 08, 2013 07:34:45 AM
Do the "food" stuffings begin to cook when heated?  thanks.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I Love New York Charm Bracelet on: October 18, 2013 07:54:12 AM
Your charm bracelets are charming!  Nice creations!  It takes lots of patience with so many charms.  Thanks.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My version of the Celine Trapeze bag on: September 13, 2013 08:52:57 AM
great job
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler Blossom Bags on: August 21, 2013 01:00:34 PM
great work.  i've made lots of purses, but i've never seen a hand crafted bag with the turn lock.  wow!  I will have to look for a turn lock.  thanks.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Button Earrings (Pic Heavy) on: July 22, 2013 06:25:28 PM
very lovely.  did you glue on the earring post  thanks
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine hates anything shiny or stretchy! on: June 19, 2013 12:51:28 PM
Pressure foot tension ... hmmm - i don't know if i have this adjustment or not.  I'll check my machine manual.  Maybe my manual will suggest more or less tension.

I've had my machine for 8 years and i still have functions to learn.  I don't know much about feet.   I have used zippers, but not much.  I tried button holes several years ago, but need to work on that some more.

thanks
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine hates anything shiny or stretchy! on: June 12, 2013 12:43:22 PM
i completely understand!  I thought my machine was about to fall apart when i recently sewed a dress with stretchy/shiny material.  The machine would make weird noises and get clogged up or knot up.  I would do the same things you mentioned, then i would try to sew again.  Things might be ok and then, maybe not.  I finally took my machine to the repair place.

My diagnosis:  nothing was wrong.  The repair person said that every stitch worked great.  My machine had never been services, so the guy oiled the gears and cleaned in places i've never seen.  I did clean known parts.  OK, so that was about $30.

When I got home, i tried to finish my shiny/stretchy project ... this time a matching bowtie.  Clunk, clogs of threads .... again.  This time i tried some regular fabric and things were good.  I did not go back to the repair shop.  I just finished my bowtie, by hand.

Ever since, other types of material have been fine.  I'm currently working on a hat.  No problems with the machine, just some of my techniques.   ha ha
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