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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: dolman sleeve top on: March 19, 2013 03:42:06 PM
I love that top - both the cut and the color! Did you use a pattern, or design it yourself?
12  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #85 - Terrific Tutorials 2 - Entries Due Apr 1 - Apr 8 on: March 17, 2013 09:05:27 PM
Great contest idea.

I'm teaching a sewing activity at my 9 year-old cousin's Girl Scout troop next week and am in the middle of writing a tutorial for them, so they can follow along with our project or read ahead to see how it works beforehand.  Is anyone interested in the kid-friendly version, or is the adult version that I'm writing for my blog more appropriate?  Or both? They're fairly similar; the kid's version has more pictures, and all of the sewing terms/ideas are written out in non-sewing terms.
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / Re: A Sewing Box from an Old Book on: March 01, 2013 08:09:08 PM
That turned out really well.  From the thumbnail, I was thinking that you had cut the boxes out from the pages - like the hidden safe in a book type of thing, and I was going to be really impressed with your exacto knife skills.  The wood makes much more sense.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirt with design on: January 21, 2013 10:37:58 AM
Your skirt turned out great.  I love that fabric!
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1921 Singer 66 Treadle machine (1 million pictures and many questions) on: September 26, 2012 01:37:26 PM
Hey flutter-by! Thanks! I have one of those feet for my Kenmore. Unfortunately it won't work on my Singer as it does have the attachment at the back.  Undecided  I've found that particular foot is pretty poorly made too. (Mine is new. I'm not sure if yours is?) I wish I could find a sturdier one! I'm on foot #2 like that because I broke the first one before I could even use it.  Roll Eyes  Unfortunately I haven't been able to use my treadle for this project I'm doing but luckily my little Kenmore is powering through it better than I thought it would. Oh well. Hopefully I can use her on my next project!
I haven't actually used the foot.  The 15-91 machine died the beginning of the summer, and I haven't gotten around to taking it in to the shop yet.  I've been using my treadle instead (a rear foot Singer) with just the foot it came with.  I've found that foot to be small enough that I can sew zippers well enough without needing a special foot.

The zipper foot I have has the Singer number, but looks newer than the feet that came with the machine.  I inherited the machine and attachments box from my uncle's mother, who hadn't sewn in a good 10 years, so I don't know how old the zipper foot really is (never felt like trying to trace that number).
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1921 Singer 66 Treadle machine (1 million pictures and many questions) on: September 19, 2012 03:54:17 PM
So I FINALLY have my Daisy (named after her original owner, my great-great grandmother) working again! Problem is I need something like a zipper foot and I don't know if I have one!! Ack!! Does anyone see anything that looks like a zipper foot in the first post?  I think I can sew without a foot if I need to, is that right?
Your machine looks great!

I didn't see a zipper foot, but that doesn't mean it's not there.  Or that yours just doesn't look like mine.  I attached a picture of the zipper foot that I got with my uncle's mom's Singer 15-91, which I've used on a 66.  There's a screw on the back that adjusts which side of the needle the base of the foot will fall on.



If you don't have one and really want one, I have seen new feet online that are made for the old Singers, as long as you don't have the rear clamping 66.
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Re: The Back to Basics Backpack on: September 19, 2012 01:44:02 PM
Lovely bag.

What is the organization that redistributes fabric?
The group is FabMo (their website is http://fabmo.org/fabmo/Home.html).
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does this bag look makeable? on: September 13, 2012 09:51:53 AM
I would probably make a slot in the front and sew the zipper into the slot (OH, good grief, what is that technically called? Sew it like a zip pocket inside a bag lining, you cut out a long, skinny rectangle and so on...I've been staring at clip art all day and my brain is fried, sorry!).
That's how I would go about doing it, too.  I can't think of the technical name for it, either.  But something like  this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2007/07/tutorial-zippered-and-slip-pocket-tutorial/
 Follow the instructions in the tutorial for inserting the zipper, but not finishing the pocket. 

The other way I could see this being done would be to sew the zipper only to the exterior fabric, sew the exterior part of the bag together.  Sew the lining portion separately.  Cut and press the same opening for the zipper in the lining, then stitch around the zipper again to attach the lining to the exterior/zipper.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / The Back to Basics Backpack on: September 10, 2012 07:15:11 PM
I'm calling this the Back to Basics Backpack because it is deceptively simple.  No zippers or crazy gimmicks.  Just nice fabric and lots of space, making this backpack both cute and usable. 

The story behind this bag: Last spring, I made myself a backpack.  Just a big drawstring backpack in nice home decor fabric, with suede details.  I got tons of compliments on it, because it easily held all of the books that college English majors need to carry to class each day.  Most professors required specific editions of each book (and not electronic ones), so all those books add up and over-fill most cute store-bought bags.  One of my friends saw it and loved it, so when I saw this challenge, she and this backpack were the first things I thought of. 



I have a stash of home decor fabric samples from a great organization in California that takes fabric samples bound for landfills and redistributes them to teachers, local organizations, and general crafters.  I took one of those, and folded it until I got enough pieces to make the bag with no scraps leftover.  Then added some suede (or faux suede, as it may be) that my mom found at the flea market several years ago to fill in the gaps.  The back, bottom, straps, drawstring, and drawstring casing are suede).  I used a layer of fleece and neoprene to lightly pad the back of the backpack so it is comfortable to walk and bike with, since my friend bikes to school most days.  The backpack wound up  around 12 inches tall, 13 inches wide, and 5 inches deep, the same size as the one I had made that she originally liked.  There are small open pockets on either side, and several pockets on the inside for small things like keys, a wallet, and pens.  The flap has a magnetic snap with two choices to snap with on the body, for snug closure with different amounts of stuff in the bag.

Some detail photos:

The snaps, drawstring, and casing


The lining and inner pockets


I put the bag in the mail a few days ago, so she should have it before classes start.  Hope she likes it as much as I do.  My friend is lucky I graduated, or the backpack would have become mine.  One can never have too many bags, after all.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duffle bags for boys-fabric choices? on: January 08, 2012 09:12:30 AM
I've seen some cute printed canvas type materials at fabric.com before.  Not spiderman, but certainly stripes, nautical themes, animals and things like that, if that helps at all.
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