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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Rescued Levi's Zebra Skirt on: April 02, 2011 05:22:08 PM
That is very cool... great job!!

Ruffles are kinda like fingernails on a blackboard to me.  Lips sealed  I just don't like them at all. But this is very cute.

Maxine
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tattered Black Widow skirt from thrift store dress & Halloween costume on: April 02, 2011 05:18:46 PM
Absolutely Beautiful! I love the colors and the shape and textures. It's so creative. You did an awesome job. One of my favorite styles this is.. And best of all the $1 price tag makes me love it even more. I'm so inspired by young creative minds like yours. I can't say enough about that

Excellent!
Maxine
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Super Crusty Curtains(&shirt)into Super Cushty Cross Stitch Wrap gift for mum on: February 08, 2011 10:55:24 PM
Ingenious!! I adore it!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Black light NEON dress on: February 06, 2011 09:20:24 PM
Excellent, Love it! Very creative.....

Maxine
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hoodiedress/Minihoodie? on: January 31, 2011 09:00:42 PM
That is very cute... love it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beret Nice? on: January 31, 2011 08:55:34 PM
Very cute!!!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Threads...............a Tribute! on: January 30, 2011 05:51:25 PM
lady.lin... Those are so cute, I just don't know what I'd do with them.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: My first completed Machine Embroidery Project on: January 30, 2011 01:45:04 PM
Wow, there's so many...

http://freeembroiderystuff.embroiderydesigns.com/stockdesigns.aspx

http://www.sewforless.com/category/Free_Embroidery_Designs/c400

http://www.abc-free-machine-embroidery-designs.com/archive/

Here's just a few but if you do a Bing search for "embroidery designs free" you will spend lots of time downloading free designs.
Here's a helpful tip...Set up a folder right at the beginning and put folders in that with names like, flowers, kids stuff, ethnic, fantasy, sports... to catagorize your designs. If you don't do it in the beginning you'll spend way too much time having to do it later.

Have fun!
Maxine

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Banned Books Tote on: January 30, 2011 01:27:31 PM
Good to hear that you guys are open for suggestions even if they aren't ECOLOGICALLY ACCEPTABLE! I'm sure if the EPA had their way these sprays would be banned. I also use adhesive spray to make business cards... I'll share how I do that also if anyone is interested.

I'm posting this because there's spray that is especially made for embroidery and sewing. I bought a can when I first started embroidering. It cost $14.00 plus tax. Rediculous. I grew up more frugal than that. I guess it's supposed to contain less chemicals or whatever. The spray I use now costs between 4 and 5.00. I mean really! I don't huff it for cryin out loud. Just spray it outside if it's a lot and I spray inside when it's just a little. I made a large spray box. Get a large box, open it, loosely lay newspapers inside to line the bottom and sides. Before you spray something lay an extra piece of newspaper on the inside bottom and lay the project on that. When it gets a little sticky and you can't lay another project there, replace that piece with a clean one. Keep the box flaps up and when you finish spraying, close them. There's still going to be some over spray so be aware of that in regard to rugs and things. Eventually you'll have to replace all the papers in the box.

Remember, if your needle gums up you're using too much. That's normal when you first start using it. I did the same thing. Use just enough to make it adhere to the pre hooped backing and not move around or come up at the edges or pucker up when you stitch. Then you may have to use a bit more to keep it in place.

This method saves on fabric when you are using an embroidery as a patch...
Look at this...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66332083/handmade-patchhand-embroidered-patchsew
It's hand embroidery but same principal. There's a big difference between using a piece of fabric large enough to hoop along with your backing and cutting a piece of fabric just large enough to spray and lay on the pre hooped backing. It only has to be large enough to work with the finished embroidery. I'm all about saving with me.

Aislynn... You can try the basting spray. You won't know till you try it  Wink But it's still going to cost more to replace than the adhesive spray. The one I'm using now is "General Purpose 45" by 3M

Here's some extra tips when using adhesive spray on a piece of fabric.

*If the fabric is drapey or thin you will need to take extra care when handling after you spray or it will roll when you pick it up and stick to itself and you'll have a mess. Use both hands, grab at the corners and keep it from waving around.
*For small projects it helps to have a pair of those tweezers that open when you squeeze them. That way you can carefully pick it up with them at a corner or edge and hold it without fear of dropping it on the floor before you get to the hoop with it.
*WD40 works well getting the sticky buildup off of stuff.
*Use WD40 on a rag and wipe it on your needle. That will help it stitch smoothly and not pick up any adhesive residue
*Keep a plastic ziplock bag with an old washcloth in it to use just for the WD40.

Go for it girls!
Maxine


10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Machine Apron Thingie on: January 30, 2011 12:46:35 PM
Thanks again everyone for the compliments. Dropping stuff makes me crazy and I do it all the time! See I don't have one of these either. This one was for someone else. I keep meaning to make myself one and it just seems that there's always something else to work on. Maybe this year I can get to it... maybe

Maxine

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