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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What fabric to use for the inside of pants pockets? on: May 15, 2008 12:31:47 PM
I really want to make pants from scratch. What's the fabric that's used for the inside of the front pockets? Does the fabric vary depending on what kind of pants they are? I want to make denim pants as well as corduroy shorts. I hope someone can help me with this. I'm really looking forward to making pants. Smiley
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / What twin needles are compatible with a Singer Inspiration 4228? on: May 03, 2008 09:13:10 PM
I need a twin needle to sew stretch fabric. I have tried a Kenmore brand twin needle with my Singer Inspiration 4228. That just caused the fabric and needle to sink really low into the machine (and I don't mean the normal fabric snag; this was really bad!). I had to pull the fabric and needles out with difficulty (the needle turned out to be too small for what I wanted anyways), and the machine ended out needing repair because the needle then started hitting the plate that's under the bobbin case.

I really want to try Schmetz twin needles, but needless to say, ever since the Kenmore twin needle fiasco, I'm scared to try anything else without advice! Any help would be appreciated.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I checked the Singer Web site to find the twin needles they say to use, but they literally only have one style, and the distance between the needles aren't big like I want them. I'm looking for a 6mm gap, but will settle for a 4mm one.
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Help me breathe in new life into my old canvas boots! on: April 01, 2008 07:51:29 AM
I don't have a picture of my own boots, but these are the boots that I have.

After owning them and wearing them almost everyday for at least a year, they are very worn. The canvas used to stand straight up on its own, but now it just flops over. It's also faded from deep black to a dark gray.

Does anyone have any tips on making the canvas stiff again (I was thinking diluted cornstarch, but would that show on canvas?) and making it a black color again? Also something to remove the green tint from the racing stripes? The white racing stripes have a green tint from grass stains. There are also some holes, but I don't mind them. Maybe I'll glue some canvas to them to cover them up.

I recently washed the boots, and there doesn't seem to be much improvement.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Reinforcing stitches question on: February 27, 2008 10:03:46 AM
Which stitches do you have to reinforce at the beginning and end for? I want to use a zig zag stitch specifically, but I'm curious in general which stitches to reinforce. I know you have to reinforce straight stitches unless you're basting.

Thank you for any help!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is craft foam made of? on: February 25, 2008 11:50:41 AM
I'm making a trucker hat, and I need to know what craft foam is made of. I bought sheets of Nicole Crafts brand foam, but it doesn't say on the tag what the foam is made from, and neither does their website.

I want to use an iron-transfer on the crown (the part that's foam) so I need to know what iron setting will work and what won't. Any help is appreciated!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is the point of those round things around jeans pockets? on: February 11, 2008 09:57:53 AM
I want to (eventually) make my own jeans and pants, and so I've been looking closely at how they're made. I've noticed that jeans have these flat, round metal things with tiny balls on top of them, around parts of the pockets. Is there any real function for these, or are they just for decoration? Do they have a name? Thank you for any replies.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Embellished Knit Trucker Hat on: May 26, 2007 07:04:15 PM
I've been working on this for about a month with on and off knitting. I've decided any clothing I made, I'd use the fake brand name "Royal Tears" or "RoTe" for short for irony. It's funny when kids walk around with just shirts that say "A & E".....

This is my first prototype, so I know what to change if I were to do this again.



"RoTe" embroidered on crown with pyramid and round stud, and felt skull on bill. Oh, and a big pom-pom too.



Black and white are my favorite color combination, and I think they look great on this hat.

EDIT: New photographs.

The back view. Ewww, I hate my neck in this perspective!


The d-ring strap.


Stud details.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to use in the visor of a knit trucker hat? on: March 27, 2007 03:24:56 PM
I want to knit a trucker hat, and don't know what to use for the visor support. Any suggestions? I was thinking either cardboard from cereal boxes or posterboard. Thank you for any posts! Tongue
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to make holes in stockinette stitch on purpose? on: March 16, 2007 04:12:16 PM
How would I go about making holes in stockinette stitch similar to this?
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggested needle size to make a wristband like this? on: March 06, 2007 06:07:31 PM
I want to atttempt a wristband like this (but different image, or course).

What needle size would you suggest to use for this? I want to use straight knitting needles with intarsia and duplicate stitching for the details, then I'll just sew up the seems. It seems a really small size like 1-3 would work best. Is it also a good idea to bind off with a stretchy bind-off, then whipstitch the ends with elastic thread for that look?

Oh, what stitch would work best? I think stockinette would, especially since I'll use duplicate for the details, and doesn't that only work for stockinette stitch?
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