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Topic: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 5 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Send-out 10/25)  (Read 16410 times)
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« Reply #120 on: September 21, 2010 09:56:26 AM »

If you want washfastness don't use RIT. You need fiber reactive dye. I wish a local store had packets of dylon permanent fabric dye more expensive if you dye lots, but seems like a good idea for something like this.
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Goodbye Tucson! I will miss how everything dried so quickly!
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« Reply #121 on: September 21, 2010 11:08:14 AM »

Well I was organised...

Two new things arrived yesterday, the sewing machine hubby has bought for my birthday and this little chap  Grin



Austin James was born at 00.31 Monday morning after a less than 2 hour labour (and only just at hospital!)

We're all home now and doing really well (his big brother adores him), just glad I have ideas for all the shirts. Sorry for the kind of off topic post  Cheesy
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« Reply #122 on: September 21, 2010 11:24:43 AM »

aww congrats cosmo_mouse!
he's beautiful Cheesy
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« Reply #123 on: September 21, 2010 11:50:13 AM »

Well we don't know each other!
But congratulations ! he looks so cute!
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« Reply #124 on: September 21, 2010 11:54:59 AM »

Congratulations - he's beautiful!
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« Reply #125 on: September 21, 2010 12:05:35 PM »

Congratulations partner! What a beautiful & sweet boy! I've been thinking of you the last few days and been wondering if it would be a boy or a girl. Now I have two cute boys to craft for, yay!

I also bought a serger recenty (a very simple one) and the threading works ok, because I have good instructions. However I somehow can't get the thread tension right and the stitches are too tight or too loose. So I haven't used it anymore. Do you have an idea what I should try to get it working properly again? I'd love to use it for my swap shirts.... Roll Eyes

What kind? If it is a brothers I can send you a copy of the best thing I ever received in a swap.

It's a Lewenstein with 3 threads.....

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I somehow can't get the thread tension right and the stitches are too tight or too loose. So I haven't used it anymore. Do you have an idea what I should try to get it working properly again?

If your machine has a 'default' setting (like when you switch settings on your machine from 3 to 4 thread, etc.) then start with that.  Depending on what is going on with the thread depends on if you fiddle with the tension first - check your book that came with your machine and it will give you ideas as to what your thread looks like (the top thread pulls to the back or the front of the fabric) and which tension you should correct first.  It's a good idea to keep a 'swatch' of your fabric and write down what you did to get the perfect stitch to keep on hand for future reference.  Different weights, styles, etc. of material will make you change what you have to do each time.  

There's also several books on the market that are designed for sergers that are really helpful - some even have a 'workbook' to them which let's you play with your machine and get the most out of all the stitches (some functional, some 'decorative') you can do.  

Thanks for the tips! I'll be brave coming weekend and try  Wink It would be so nice to be able to use it; even if it's just for a finishing touch.  
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« Reply #126 on: September 21, 2010 01:52:02 PM »

cosmo: He is way too precious! I can't believe you're doing a swap as well! Beautiful!

On another note:  WTF?! Ok, so I took a white tee, dyed it light blue with RIT. It was a bit too dark so I soaked it in a weak bleach solution, and got a great color. Then I washed and dried it to make sure all the color was out. I just went to iron it, and wherever the iron hits it it turns a shade of purple! WTF?! I couldn't find light blue tees the place I went, so I thought it would be easy to just dye one. WRONG! Holy moly, what a disaster! There goes like 3 hours of craft time on a big fat FAIL!
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I have vintage smurf sheets and do embroidery and stenciling...wanna swap?
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« Reply #127 on: September 21, 2010 04:48:19 PM »

cosmo, he is too precious. I am hoping mine waits to come after the swap lol. I can't imagine working on a swap with 2 little boys at home. I have enough trouble finding time to do things with the one I have here.
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« Reply #128 on: September 21, 2010 04:56:55 PM »

Cosmo_mouse, he is absolutely precious!  And I love his name.  Congrats to you and your lovely family! 
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« Reply #129 on: September 21, 2010 05:56:35 PM »

ugh...freezer paper, why must you be so elusive?

*shakes fist*

/end rant


P.S. I think I have to buy a couple new shirts Sad
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