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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with a narrow curved corner and bias binding! (pics inside) on: September 18, 2014 03:43:15 PM
Bias tape can also be steamed into a curve.  Pin it to your ironing board into the shape (as close as you can get) you want and then use a lot of steam and press it.  This will help with the shaping.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Use a pant sloper to make shorts? on: August 20, 2014 09:56:49 AM
I don't see why it can't be that simple.  You already know that it fits you well on the top part.  How do you like the fit in the legs where you want your shorts to end?  Do you want it looser? Tighter?  If the fit is fine, then just cut it where you want your shorts to be (after adding in room for the hem, of course!).
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need advice on enhancing a backpack on: August 20, 2014 09:51:07 AM
You should be able to find similar type fabric at most fabric stores like Joanns.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie q: is there EASY software that will convert a hand-drawing for a machine? on: July 10, 2014 10:29:59 AM
The easiest solution (but very pricy) would be to get a Brother Quattro 3 machine.  It is a sewing/embroidery combo and it comes with a 10" Pen Tablet with My Custom Design feature.  Basically it takes what you write/draw on the tablet and converts it to embroidery.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where To Buy Stretchy Galaxy/Nebula Fabric? on: June 04, 2014 11:29:15 AM
Exactly!  I too have never understood why they charge so much for something you can only wear for just a few months.  Unless you are planning on popping out lots and lots of babies, of course!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where To Buy Stretchy Galaxy/Nebula Fabric? on: May 27, 2014 11:05:15 AM
Why don't you just get some plain ones that are comfortable and paint/dye them yourself?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Considering a Brother PE 770-thoughts? on: March 26, 2014 10:13:57 AM
I have a PE 770 and I love it!  I went with it so that I could have the larger stitch field (5"x7").  It is very user friendly.  I had no experience with machine embroidery and I was able to start stitching as soon as I had unpacked it.  Only times I have had any problems was when I was learning about stabilizers and was using the wrong weight/kind for the project.  I have done shirts, towels, bags, straps, patches, and even a quilted shooting vest! 

I can't answer anything about using it with a MacBook.  I have an HP laptop that I use to house my files.  I just use a thumb drive to transfer the designs from the computer to the machine.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: help? brother machine not seeing my patterns on: March 20, 2014 03:24:25 PM
I had this problem once before and it was because the size of the pattern was too big for my hoop.  I am pretty sure that is your issue.  I have that same pattern and the pieces of the brim are big.  I believe that your machine only does a 4"x4" size, correct?  Looking on Urban Threads it says the size of that top hat is 5" x 2.83".
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to finish armholes without completely hand-sewing? on: October 25, 2013 10:47:23 AM
You can also steam press the bias tape into the curve needed to help it fit smoothly.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: help me find easy hooded cloak tutorial?? on: October 25, 2013 10:43:42 AM
http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~lwittie/sca/garb/cloak.html

This is a very easy pattern to do.

If you can find the fabric wide enough then you would not have to worry about piecing anything.  Don't know how tall your son is to give any further details on that.
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