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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shop bought pattern on: July 10, 2012 06:21:07 PM
I buy all of my patterns on sale for $1-2/each... so I cut them to size..  It's really more time than it's worth to me.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Questions on: March 13, 2012 08:05:17 AM
About the cat...

Make sure that you *always* put the thread away and/or cover the machine so that the cat cannot get at any of the thread. Cats have a tendency to eat thread, and that can kill them.

My cat survived, happily, but it was close.

My cat has never done that!!! However, I will keep that in mind for future cats. (My old man is 14-15 years old Sad ... so there will be future cats)
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: fire-resistant fabrics - OVEN MITTEN??? on: February 29, 2012 08:54:18 AM
kjlutz is correct, you need to use only natural fibers. Anything with man-made or synthetic components will melt. So, it doesn't matter how much of what is layered with it, if it's poly anything you shouldn't put it anywhere on an oven mit. This includes the batting used inside of oven mits.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Questions on: February 27, 2012 10:07:16 PM
I also recommend getting a brother. Under the $150 price point, stay away from Singer! I've had a lot of experience with low-end Singers through teaching sewing and by far I've never had the problems with my $80 Brother that I've had to deal with low-end Singers. I also recommend a drop in bobbin instead of a vertical loading bobbin. You should also think about getting a machine with a one-step buttonhole if you are going to be doing a lot of projects with buttonholes.

I agree that old sewing books are an excellent wealth of information. However, you don't really NEED to have a book, most of these things can be found on the internet.
I have a pinterest board for sewing technique tutorials that I found useful - http://pinterest.com/jordannhall/sewing-techniques/
Also See Kate Sew has a lot of excellent beginners info that will help you out http://seekatesew.blogspot.com/p/supplies-i.html

In addition to ALL of the things that marypoppins mentioned, I also recommend:
- A loop turner, I use mine pretty frequently. http://www.amazon.com/Prym-Dritz-R-Loop-Turner/dp/B000Y3GS5E
- Pinking shears would probably be a good idea
As for starting sewing patterns. Simplicity has a line of "Learn to Sew" patterns. The main difference with these patterns is that they include a lot of extra info in the instructions. Simplicity's "Perfect Fit" line has a lot of useful information on fitting your garments. A solid beginning project is always PJ pants.

As for your cat, my old man does what he wants ,where ever he wants, whenever he wants. He's also a large (not fat, just large structured) cat with long grey fur... fur that gets everywhere.  So, it's not about keeping your cat out of your projects it's about keeping your projects out of your cat's way. Store your fabric in places that your cat can't get to in order to sleep on top of them. Don't leave fabric/pattern pieces laying around for long periods of time if your cat is going to mess with things. My cat loves to play in the pattern tissue paper, so watch out for that.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: checking out a "new" vintage machine on: February 26, 2012 09:39:53 AM
Has it been packaged/covered this entire time? If not, a lot of dust may have accumulated inside of the machine which will cause some problems.  If it has been covered, then it will probably be okay. It might need some oil. Take care when starting it back up, and listen for any weird noises. If the needle motion isn't smooth or the machine is making any noises, consider getting it serviced.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Too pouffy Prom dress on: February 24, 2012 09:20:33 AM
Well, if the tulle isn't visible then you don't have too much to worry about.  Just remove one layer at a time and stop before you've cut out too much. Smiley Just remember that if you remove too much of hte volume, the hem of the dress is going to hang lower.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Too pouffy Prom dress on: February 23, 2012 10:04:29 PM
How much of the tulle is actually exposed? If it's not part of the look of the dress, you can clip some layers out no problem. If it's part of the actual look, you should be more careful, and spread out where you are removing the pieces.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Leather vs. Lazy Machine- can it win? on: February 12, 2012 07:46:45 PM
I think that's the brand I have, and they fit in my Brother just fine.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Leather vs. Lazy Machine- can it win? on: February 12, 2012 07:34:26 PM
Joann doesn't have any? I purchased mine from a Joann. Hancock should have them, too. An upholstery fabric store might carry them? If the leather is slipping you could try using tape.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where in the world can I find black cotton sateen? on: February 11, 2012 08:20:58 PM
Ha! Yea, well, you can order it online and have it sent straight to your door step!
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