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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Urban Threads...............a Tribute! on: January 04, 2011 02:39:47 PM
Hey Everyone...

I posted the below text in this post   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345845.0
I'm reposting it here as a separate post because I believe strongly the importance of sharing and spreading the word when I find a good product just as I feel strongly in sharing and spreading the word when I find a product that sucks. Urban Threads does not suck!

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Here's my original post..........
I purchased this same design from UT a couple of months ago. I test stitched it out and it stitched beautifully. I haven't put it on anything yet but I'm dying to.

What's more.... I had to take my machine in for some updates and adjustments because it stopped stitching properly right in the middle of another design.
This one...   http://www.urbanthreads.com/product_details?product_id=63&category_id=27

So I left the emb in the hoop and loaded up the whole mess.
My repair person fixed the machine and we finished embroidering the design right there. While it was running we chatted and she commented that 'this design sure is stitching nicely. It is well digitized.' Her words. So I shared the name of the Urban Threads website with her. She's not a digitizer but those of us who emb a lot can recognize a well digitized design from a crappily digitized design because we embroider a lot and have experienced our share of both

One more thing. Last year I did a little digitizing. When I say a little I mean very little. It is time consuming and tedious. I have a new-found respect for someone who takes the time to work with a design till it stitches out perfectly. It's easy to want to give in before that.

UT's designs are great, I highly recommend them
Maxine
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Ok, back to now times...
Go to Urban Threads right now... http://www.urbanthreads.com/
They are having a sale till the 9th. Some designs are only $1.00 and trust me when I say they are worth their REGULAR price. I took advantage of it yesterday. Now I have so many plans for recons with these newly purchased designs I can't fit them all in my head  Cool  Shocked
My helpful tips for today...
1. Go to Urban Threads http://www.urbanthreads.com/
2. Always carry a notebook!

Rock On
Maxine
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 100% nylon camisole on: March 14, 2009 10:43:59 PM
Hey Yall..
I need input on sewing a 100% nylon camisole that I bought @ Target. It's an underthing type of garment. Very stretchy and super soft made in a tube and has very skinny adjustable straps. I'm describing it in the event that someone may recognize it.

I want to use it to make another type of a top but I'm having a time getting the fabric to take stitches well without being damaged. I just wondered if I'm supposed to be using a ballpoint needle. I don't want to try the next one till I get some input.

On the first one I reconned... It's not pulling as the needle goes through the fabric but rather after a couple of washings there's fraying around where the stitching is and some of the seams are pulling apart just a little even though there was plenty of fabric caught in the stitch line. I used a basic overcast stitch for stretch fabrics.

I can't think of anything else I need to add..
Thanks
Maxine
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Beret pattern for little guy (oh yah, free) on: November 30, 2008 09:25:30 PM
Hi Everyone,

I want to make a hat for a boy of about age 6. He's average size and that's all I know about size. It is going to be a knit hat but I am going to recycle a sweater so I won't be knitting it. I want to make a beret style hat if possible and honestly I'm trying to avoid buying a pattern. It seems so simple I just can't imagine that I need one anyway.. He would love that military style beret with the small band and little tails.

If anyone can help me find some basic measurements AND a free pattern I would be so grateful! Otherwise I will have to settle for a watch cap style. That will be ok too I just have my heart set on the beret. I'm planning on putting a little pull tab like adjustment thingie in the band so all I need is to get close...

Thanks a Million
Rock On
Maxine
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Machine Apron Thingie on: November 28, 2008 11:26:17 PM
Hey y'all,

This is my first machine apron. Not sure what it's actually called. The embroidery is of a rose font capital N and then the name over that.
If you guys are not familiar with 'Designs by Sick' for embroidery designs, check them out because they have great deals every single day. I got the Rose font alphabet on sale for $1.00. That's right a buck. They haven't had a dollar sale for a whole collection for a while and their prices are a little higher than they were before but they are still cheaper than anyone else.
http://www.designsbysick.com

This one is of my Pfaff and the whole table. I've only been embroidering since last X-Mas. I really love it. This project is for my grand niece. She's just learning to sew. I think she's 10. I forget, lol I'm really happy with the way this came out. The only thing I don't like is that it slides on the table surface. I'm going to the dollar store tomorrow. They have rolls of that non slip stuff in pink. I will cut a piece for under the apron and send it along with.


The black is a med weight gabardine sort of a fabric. Sort of a suit fabric. Very nice. I got it @ Goodwill. The pink is a sale fabric from Walmart when they had the dollar table. Now it's the dollar fifty table.



You can see in this picture that I made it in two sections. It was much easier to work with. I did the same with the back. The next one I'll make the back a single piece and cut it out after I do everything to the front two pieces, including sewing them together.


I made everything from scratch including the thread catcher and the pin cushion. They are both removable and are attached with velcro. Everything is washable, too. I'm especially happy with the thread catcher. It has a plastic band in the top front which is why it holds it's shape. The bottom is pleated for fullness and I used a piece of ultra firm for the back of it.


I also used a piece of ultra firm in the top section and the bottom section where the pockets are, sandwiched in between the black so it's stiff enough to hold it's shape but you can still fold or roll it up.

I think I'll make one for my sister and oh yah, one for myself!
If anyone wants any tips at all I'll be very happy  to help. It was really easy and I'm sure there are many variables that can be incorporated. Like the apron part is a little bit long right where my legs are. When I make another, I'll make that a little shorter. And I was @ a sewing shop one day where a quilting class was going on. A lady there had one that went way further to the right. She had lots of pockets with tools and stuff. I guess if you have to bring everything with you that could potentially be a lot of things.

Anyway, thanks for lookin.
Rock On
Maxine



5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Need a free pattern for a Boy's bathrobe on: October 26, 2008 11:46:54 PM
I have a Superman shirt that I think will make a cool bathrobe for my little grand nephew. I'm in search of a free pattern.

Any ideas?

Thanks a million
Rock On
Maxine
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Making a Statement - My First Shopping Bag Ever on: August 22, 2008 07:17:20 PM
I have been thinking for some time that I want to shop with my own homemade bag. I finally made one and here it is complete with my own political statement. I didn't make it to save a tree, or to keep plastic out of the trash dumps or even to do my part to save the planet because some insist is now in a crisis. I made it for my own convenience. I will make 2 more bags in two different sizes. This one is 16"hi 12" wide and 5.5" deep. I buy the same basic stuff every week so I will plan the sizes accordingly. Each will have a message. I haven't decided what messages yet.




This bag is made of 100% organic materials...
50% Petroleum (oil)
25% Salt
25% Water
Guess what all this equals?
PVC or simply Vinyl

The total ingredients are vinyl window screen
The fabric is cotton and the thread is heavy duty nylon.

There is nothing that can take the place of oil. Certainly not wind or solar. Contrary to what some might say oil is not evil and the oil companies are not the enemy.

Please try to watch the show on oil Saturday evening on the History channel. Check your local listings. It's about how much stuff we use every single day that is made of or made using petroleum products. It's an incredibly long list!


Rock On
Maxine



7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / HERE IT IS! That tool apron thingie for your sewing table!? on: August 18, 2008 07:16:52 PM
Hey All...
I'm proud to post the finished product and to say thank you all for your help. I took what you guys posted and used my own ideas, too.

orig post
I've Googled for it but I can't seem to find any decent pattern/design ideas.
I'm not sure what they are called.
I want to make one for someone.
I'm designing one in my head like I usually do but I like to get input too.
Any help would be appreciated..

Rock On
Maxine

NEW POST
This is my first machine apron. Not sure what it's actually called. The embroidery is of a rose font capital N and then the name over that.
If you guys are not familiar with 'Designs by Sick' for embroidery designs, check them out because they have great deals every single day. I got the Rose font alphabet on sale for $1.00. That's right a buck. They haven't had a dollar sale for a whole collection for a while and their prices are a little higher than they were before but they are still cheaper than anyone else.
http://www.designsbysick.com

This one is of my Pfaff and the whole table. I've only been embroidering since last X-Mas. I really love it. This project is for my grand niece. She's just learning to sew. I think she's 10. I forget, lol I'm really happy with the way this came out. The only thing I don't like is that it slides on the table surface. I'm going to the dollar store tomorrow. They have rolls of that non slip stuff in pink. I will cut a piece for under the apron and send it along with.


The black is a med weight gabardine sort of a fabric. Sort of a suit fabric. Very nice. I got it @ Goodwill. The pink is a sale fabric from Walmart when they had the dollar table. Now it's the dollar fifty table.


You can see in this picture that I made it in two sections. It was much easier to work with. I did the same with the back. The next one I'll make the back a single piece and cut it out after I do everything to the front two pieces, including sewing them together.


I made everything from scratch including the thread catcher and the pin cushion. They are both removable and are attached with velcro. Everything is washable, too. I'm especially happy with the thread catcher. It has a plastic band in the top front which is why it holds it's shape. The bottom is pleated for fullness and I used a piece of ultra firm for the back of it.


I also used a piece of ultra firm in the top section and the bottom section where the pockets are, sandwiched in between the black so it's stiff enough to hold it's shape but you can still fold or roll it up.

I think I'll make one for my sister and oh yah, one for myself!
If anyone wants any tips at all I'll be very happy  to help. It was really easy and I'm sure there are many variables that can be incorporated. Like the apron part is a little bit long right where my legs are. When I make another, I'll make that a little shorter. And I was @ a sewing shop one day where a quilting class was going on. A lady there had one that went way further to the right. She had lots of pockets with tools and stuff. I guess if you have to bring everything with you that could potentially be a lot of things.

Anyway, thanks for lookin.
Rock On
Maxine
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cool Tote Bag for a Birthday on: March 12, 2008 07:19:37 PM
I'm pretty proud of this. I used one of those standard bag patterns and altered it for size and such. As it turns out I really didn't need a pattern at all.

It features piping I made myself from clothsline rope I found at the dollar store. 75 feet for a buck. It was cotton and very flexible. I'm sure it would totally suck as a clothsline. What do you expect for a buck? lol

The body of the bag is upholstery fabric I got on sale in the remnants bin @ Walmart. The other stripey lining fabric I got there too, also a remnant but I don't think you can see it. I've had the gold crinkle fabric a long time and I use it sparingly. The denim is a recycled pair of jeans that were beyond saving.

I designed the base of the handles and used 'ultra firm' so they would keep their shape and made the piping for them as well with a smaller cord that I had. After applying the handles I sewed on the buttons I had for decoration.

I'm very happy with it and I shipped it off to California today.  Below are the pics and more information...











There are 3 pockets on one side, one lower one with a zipper to hide valuables and one large flat pocket on the other side for magazines if you're traveling or even a laptop, or for file folders if you're working or transporting business papers. It will fit legal sized papers either horizontally or vertically with lots of room to spare.

The leather trim is from a jacket that my now lifes partner wore back in the 60's! How nostalgiac is that! We're piecing it out and using it little by little for various projects.

The Monograms were done with my Christmas present (from my now lifes partner)... a new Pfaff Creative 2124 Embroidery machine. I also did the design on the body of the bag. It is free motion embroidery that mimicks the design already in the fabric print.

One humurous note about the monograms and the designs framing them... I measured carefully and set up the hoop and the machine and got the backing and the fabric all ready.. when I finally got ready to push that start button to begin stitching the K, I somehow decided in my mind that the C should come first. I was mortified... what do I do??? So as I sat there watching my machine beautifully stitching the wrong letter my panic beginning to subside, I decided to let it finish and then place the K at it's left where it belonged. Then the monogram was way off centre so I cut out the square where the monogram was and made a new panel sewing the square into the centre and added the decorative stitching to hide the seams. It came out nice and all was well.

I can't think of any other details
Thanks for looking
Maxine

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / question re: sharpies/fabric/etc on: March 06, 2008 05:28:30 PM
Hey All,

I want to use sharpies on a piece of fabric. I want clear crisp lines and I'm using the ultra sharp/fine ones. Does anyone know what I can use, hopefully something I have on hand, to keep the ink from bleeding. Something I can coat the fabric with that will enable a better writing surface, keep the fabric at least semi-flexible and not allow the ink to bleed... What I do have is Mod Podge which I have not tested yet (I bet a thin coat of that would work) and that stuff that you add to regular acrylic paint to prepare it for use on fabrics. It's for a label in a purse so there is a possibility that it will someday be washed, however it's a large travel/shopping tote so I'm not expecting washing for some time.

Thanks Anyone
Maxine
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Larger Ironing Board Top on: January 07, 2008 10:13:51 PM
Does anyone have a rememberance of instructions to make a new Larger Ironing Board Top for my now ironing board?

I thought I saw it on here a while back but I can't find anything about it?

Thanks
Maxine
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