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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it Ok to buy $400 machine with zero experience in sewing? on: May 11, 2017 02:26:29 AM
I would go (and did so) to the nearest reputable sewing machine shop and ask everything from the seller and try out lots of machines. My dealer prompted me to take a project with me, and we sewed my own project with her, using the two sewing machines I was trying to decide between.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: VKA embroidered patch + TUTORIAL on: April 21, 2017 05:56:40 AM
Thank you! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted scoodie on: April 21, 2017 04:46:02 AM


This knitted scoodie took me over a year to complite!  I thought I would tell anyone trying to make this scoodie, that you actually can knit the two parts on their own, and then knit them together after you have enough. The directions suggest you knit 96 cm (37,8 inch) of the scarf part until you start making the hood part. I have knitted a bit more by mistake, since it really started to be fast to knit after I started knitting the scarf parts one at a time! Next part will be attaching the two scarves together and starting to knit the hood part. 

Here's the first "Making Of"-video https://youtu.be/e6_VUNngxvA



Here's the knitting of the hood-part: https://youtu.be/NwV78nRNyt8

The moral of the story is, if something feels bad for you, don't do it. I really should have started knitting it one scarf at a time a LONG time ago! I really do think it would have been ready by now. The scarf pattern is quite easy to knit once you wrap your head around it, but it's not so easy when you have two pieces to make at the same time - at least not for my brain! Knitting is supposed to be a relaxing hobby that gives you results. This project has been really difficult for me, a boogieman in the project bag, I didn't want to think about it since making it was so painful. But now it is finally finished!

This is the final product: https://youtu.be/jxFISFCZBs8
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Surprise winter stockings on: April 21, 2017 02:05:39 AM
It's awesome when you make something that the gift receiver loves Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Tron hat on: April 21, 2017 02:04:41 AM
Thank you everyone! Smiley Yeah, I love that the embroidery is made BY ME. I'd love it even more if it were also drawn by me, but since I made it for our household and not for sale, that's quite OK. I'd love to learn how to draw circuits etc... Smiley
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / VKA embroidered patch + TUTORIAL on: April 21, 2017 02:02:17 AM
I love Veronica Varlow, and the idea of Veronica's Kissing Army. So again, I made a patch on VKA. I have made one before, but can't find a picture of it. This time I made it with lips that are being bitten, so when I started digitizing on top of a photograph, I knew that it COULD go horribly wrong. Thankfully it didn't and I have an embroidery to prove it. The VKA badge is a free download http://stitchesandcuts.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=95&product_id=317



Here is the tutorial on embroidering a patch: https://youtu.be/YwXxFf1oCqk

- See more at: http://stitchesandcuts.com/index.php?route=journal2/blog/post&journal_blog_post_id=36#sthash.RakRhaG8.dpuf




http://stitchesandcuts.com/index.php?route=journal2/blog/post&journal_blog_post_id=36
7   / SEWING IN GENERAL / Re: 2017 Featured Projects in Machine Embroidery on: April 21, 2017 01:48:49 AM
Awesome! Thank you for the feature Smiley Let's keep stitching!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A large bag for roller derby gear on: April 21, 2017 01:37:12 AM
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your process! I would have looked for a tute like this rather than making my own. Excellent work.


Thank you so much! Smiley Some of us need to make the tutes, everyone can't just wait for them to happen xD I help where I can Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A large bag for roller derby gear + TUTORIAL on: April 17, 2017 11:37:50 AM


I had trouble fitting all of my roller derby stuff into my bag, so I made a new one! I had all the materials lying around, so why not?

Here's what you'll need:

a ruler or something long and straight and a measuring tape
chalk or something to draw on the fabric
110 cm of 120 cm wide fabric plus fabric for the straps, or 145cm wide fabric 110 cm and you'll get a few quilt pieces left over...
scissors
needle and thread
sewing machine
 
Here's the video tutorial: https://youtu.be/S1oBW28_qkU

Start by measuring these pieces onto a fabric:



Cut the pieces out and then either serge the edges if you have a serger or use a zig zag stitch to make the edges neat.

Then sew the pocket pieces like shown:



 

After that, take the two longest pieces and attach the zipper.



 

When you have the top part sewn together, attach the pockets that will be at the ends of the bag. Sew them from the outer edges, and leave the previously finished top edge open, so it will become a real pocket.  



After that, add the side pockets to the larger piece. Make the straps and use them to attach the pockets.



After that the two pieces are ready to be sewn together. Remember to put your stitch length low, I had mine on the setting "2". This way the bag is less likely to fall apart Grin



Remember to leave the zipper open. After you have pinned the pieces together by their edges, just sew the bag and turn it inside out - or right side out Wink Then you'll have a really nice, big bag for all your stuff! Smiley

Here's the video tutorial: https://youtu.be/S1oBW28_qkU
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knee pad covers for rollerderby on: April 16, 2017 01:40:52 AM
Thank you all! Smiley

Very cool and colorful way to spruce up protective gear.  Given their function, how well do you think the yarn will hold up to abrasions over time?

These get Rainbow Dash's seal of approval!

Apparently the woollen ones may hold up a tad longer than those made with regular cotton socks. I have no idea how they will actually last against wear and tear. Time will tell! But someone in our derby group had put an old wool sock on their protective gear and it has held up nicely for a few months. We'll see Cheesy
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