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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buying and changing blades in a serger on: August 22, 2008 05:24:52 PM
What a good idea.  I still think I want to get a back up incase I mess up the edge.  There arent any nics because I dont use pins anywhere near my serger.  I sharpen my cutting pliers but I also have several pairs.  I'm just nervous about making it worse than it already is, lol.  Once I get a back up blade I am definitely sharpening the old one.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Buying and changing blades in a serger on: August 22, 2008 03:49:40 PM
I have a Bernette 334DS that I absolutely love but I need to change the blades.  I dont have the transportation or the funds to take it to a shop.  Service appts are around $80 or more and I keep it cleaned and maintained otherwise.  However, I havent changed the blades myself.  Are there any tips anyone would like to share about changing the lower blade?  According to the manual the top blade shouldnt need to be replaced unless it has been damaged.  It has been replaced once in the shop so I'm confident its still good to go.  The manual doesnt have an part numbers for blades etc.  I have found a couple of places that sell the blades online but the info is contradictory on which blade to use.  I would appreciate any online recommendations for purchasing blades also.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Divinding a large bust dart on: June 29, 2008 02:13:11 AM
If your design allows you can do a vertical and horizontal dart.  Making something very fitting for a very large bust can be a challenge.  It wont look the same as it would on a B cup but can still look lovely.  I would recommend making a mock up first.  You may decide you want a different style for your particular fabric.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oui and Non charms - where to buy? on: June 29, 2008 01:19:22 AM
The supplier you mentioned has them for $1.25 each which is less than $2-3 each.

If you google "oui brass charm" there are a couple other sources, you might want to put in -etsy to eliminate the listings there.  The prices on etsy are much higher.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing Bracelets on: June 29, 2008 12:57:35 AM
I always use 2 jump rings on each side of the clasp but I also as heavy a guage as will fit and have never had a problem.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oval shaped household items to use as mandrels??? on: June 29, 2008 12:54:11 AM
2 bamboo skewers taped together will create an oval for wrapping
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is this and how to make it on: June 29, 2008 12:43:17 AM
Druk beads are round beads, that's what druk means lol.
Thanks for the info.  I learned druk meant pressed.  The ones I've seen (in person) must have been a lower quality because the sides were smushed flat but not as wheel shaped as crow.  Good to know.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Poly satin washing instructions? on: June 22, 2008 02:16:52 AM
When polyester was being introduced into the fabric market the big "selling" point was being wrinkle and stain resistant.  That doesnt mean wrinkle proof, just resistant.  Washing any garment by itself is going to length the life of the fabric because it wont be subjected to the friction of different items against it.  If you are positive it is polyester and not a blend with acetate or other fiber you should be fine with machine washing.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any idea/advice on: June 22, 2008 02:07:32 AM
Usually heat setting, using an iron will make the autographs last longer if its washed.  Washing it by hand with mild detergent will also help and let it hang dry instead of putting it in the dryer.  Hubby has several autographed tshirts and they are still looking pretty good.  As far as the recon there are several threads on here that should help you.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fitting Problem? Travelling Skirts on: June 22, 2008 02:03:12 AM
If you put elastic in the back or on each side of the waistband it should help keep them in place.  Lining can help but I've found if the waist is snug it doesnt travel.  You dont have to have it fitting tight just snug and a little bit of elastic on either side of the zipper or where ever the back of the skirt is can make a big difference.  I've done this with skirts with no waistband by sewing it into the facing in the back.
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