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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / ATTENTION!! PERFECT laptop bag foam! The real thing they use in store-bought bag on: January 10, 2008 08:08:51 AM
So, I've been searching far and wide for the perfect filling/interfacing/padding to put into a laptop bag. I even searched this forum, and found a few topics on what kind to use, but most of it just wasn't right. No matter how thick I made it, it still felt flimsy or cheap.

I cut open a store-bought laptop bag and figured out what they used, but had no idea what the hell it was or what it was called, thus I had no idea where to find it. I eventually found the name of it (closed-cell foam) on this forum (in this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=172153.0).

Anyway, long story short, everywhere I looked it was SUPER ridiculous expensive (we're talking hundreds of dollars) and not the right thickness and blah blah blah.

Then I found this place - http://www.foambymail.com.

Cheap prices, free shipping on orders over $50 dollars, the right thicknesses, and your choice of a full sheet, half sheet, or quarter sheet.

So, I HIGHLY recommend this website for the most professional feeling laptop bag padding. It's the exact same stuff they use in store bought bags. (Just go the site, click on "closed cell foam" on the right hand side, then click on "polyethylene foam").

If you're like me and have been wondering how to get your laptop bags to feel 'right', here is your answer. w00t!

(I kind of sound like an advertisement for these people... but I swear they didn't pay me to do this, haha!)
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help with sloppy pattern tracing/fabric cutting. on: March 02, 2007 11:42:46 AM
Hello all you talented ladies!

I'm having an ongoing issue that I'm hoping you can help me with. I've recently learned the importance (for me, anyway) of having an accurately measured and calculated pattern, and accurately cut fabric. (I suck at estimating and eye-balling!)

I don't like using other people's patterns so I create my own. I first make them on manila paper (heavy weight) and cut them out. Then I trace them onto my fabric using whatever will show up.

This is not working. The paper pattern always moves around on the fabric, which throws the measurements off, and if I try to pin the pattern to the fabric, it warps it in that area and makes it all wonky. Also, I can't figure out, for the life of me, how to transfer my patterns onto dark fabrics. All of those chalk pencils at the fabric store are so hard and never show up, and sometimes they even warp the fabric from me pushing so hard! I'm wasting a lot of money trying out different things!

Do any of you have really great methods of accurately and neatly getting your pattern onto your fabric? Any good brand marking pencils/pens? Anything at all? Pleeeeease? You guys are serious geniuses when it comes to crafting, I know there's someone out there who can help me!

Thanks sooo much for your time.

Also - I'm sorry if this is a repeat topic and it's posted elsewhere. I trudged through 8 pages before I gave up and posted my own. So sorry if this has been asked before! It almost feels like EVERYONE knows the secret except for me!
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