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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Anywhere to buy smaller quantities of plastic shopping/merchandise bags? on: September 10, 2004 01:44:15 PM
I just bought some today, at office max you get a box of 150 'thank you' bags for $5.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: transferring text onto wood... on: August 31, 2004 02:51:33 PM
i've transferred images onto wood before. maybe try this technique. paint the surface you want the text to be on with acrylic paint, you can even use a clear glaze. print out the text onto regular printer paper, in any color ink. you basically place the paper face down onto the wet painted surface and let it dry. when it is dry, apply water to the paper and use your finger tip or something soft to rub away the paper. then you are left with the ink absorbed into the painted surface. to protect the image i would then glaze over it. this is tricky at first, just to get the right timing and rubbing pressure. but once you get it, it gives you a great result. if you have any questions just private message me.
thanks,
melissa s.
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone here SCREENPRINT? (Not just stenciling) on: August 23, 2004 12:18:24 PM
i'm in michigan, and i found that at utrecht the screens were about $20 each. no matter if it was 5x7 or 18x20, how stupid. so i found a dick blick and the screens there are about $10 each. and the smaller ones are cheaper than the big ones, makes sense. dick blick also sells the mesh, adhesive, and all other supplies you would need to create your own screens. and they have better sales than other stores. plus the people who work there aren't "too cool for school".
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Men's dress shirt on: August 23, 2004 11:07:47 AM
this must be a really great shirt, for you to go through all the trouble.
i worked with a veteran seamstress for a while, and one thing she refused to do was fit men's shirts.
the easiest thing i would think to do is to sew darts in the back and front. kinda similar to how some western style shirts are fitted. but what a pain.
good luck!
melissa s.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felt Instead of Interfacing?!?? on: August 23, 2004 11:03:55 AM
there's a synthetic felt, that's used more for craft projects. it comes in the small square sheets.
then there is real wool felt, which comes in yards, like other sewing fabrics do.
one thing you also have to think about if you use felt for interfacing is how you're going to wash it.
some of the craft felts turn all pilly when washed, and become stretched and weak.
the real wool felt holds up great, but you have to wash it in cold water, and air dry.
just something to remember.

melissa s.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: cell phone art on: August 23, 2004 10:48:27 AM
i would use something like Krylon clear spray. there's no way it would come off.
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how do i get on search engines? on: August 03, 2004 09:27:13 AM
what are metatags?

i went to google and bust and got my link up. yay.
my husband is finishing up some inventory on my site this week, so after that i'll start trying to trade links with other sites.
and i'll definately put the link up on here.
thanks. melissa
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How to display my products... on: August 03, 2004 08:22:23 AM
i've noticed the really popular thing with alot of websites is to have someone model your items.
i don't do this because i would be worried about the product becoming worn.
but it does look great.
just browse some of the sites of members here. i'm sure you'll get some great ideas.
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Are disclaimers neccessary? on: August 03, 2004 08:18:24 AM
my mother in law who is very bussiness savy, told me that to prevent yourself from being sued you have to get some sort of limited liability insurance.
she says that you can pay a small annual fee and it will protect your bussiness assets and your personal assets.
i didn't think it was necessary, but she insists.
her example was: a mom buys my tote bag, her baby gets the handle wrapped around its neck and suffocates.

so, that kinda scared me a little. i'm looking into it now. just find a small bussiness organization in your community. they are usually located at colleges that support bussiness programs. they're surprisingly very helpful too.
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine help!! on: August 03, 2004 08:09:51 AM
are you winding your bobbin right?

sometimes the thread comes loose from my bobbin and it does exactly what you are describing.

find a picture showing you exactly how to thread you bobbin.

the first time i learned to sew on a machine, my grandma hadn't done it in so long, she forgot how to thread the bobbin.

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