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41  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Shirring will be the death of me. Good-bye cruel world. on: June 17, 2008 12:15:52 PM
Here is my situations. I have been reading up on shirring heavily the last two days. (and admiring it for over a year)

I bought the proper shirring thread. I hand wound the bobbin. I decided to practice on a piece of jersey knit fabric holding it taught. (since that was the type of facric I planned on using for my project) I did a pass and saw it looked just like a regular row of stitches. I realized I wasn't using the longest stich but I tried that and it wasn't really all that different. My machine only goes to a 4. SO I tried a zig zag. Nope.

I got back on Craftster read up on the problem solving tips. I adjusted the tension on my bobbin. It still looked the same. I applied steam. It didn't budge. I rewound the bobbin tighter. It was too tight. I rewound the bobbin looser. It looped up onto the opposite side of my fabric. I rewound the bobbin at the same tension I did at first. I adjusted the tension on the bobbin itself again. It was too loose.

I switched to a cotton fabric. I decided just to do four passes w/o stopping. It kind of gathers up a little but its not stretchy. I applied steam it kinda bunched a little more but it still doesn't look right.

I called my mom & my grandma and niether of them have ever tried it.

I am at the end of my patience. I want to finish this project so badly. It looked so easy after reading tutorial after tutorial. I have even cried on some of those pages w/o reply. I just want to get the hang of it w/o pulling out my hair.

Some angel please help me.
42  COOKING / Dessert / My First Wedding Cake! Pink & White Cinderella Cake! on: June 09, 2008 10:45:35 AM
I was busy busy busy this weekend. I made my very first wedding cake. A four tier chocolate and yellow double layer wedding cake with buttercream frosting. And two huge sheet cakes. The cake had to be transported about 100 miles in the trunk of my car. It arrived with only one small catastrophe. The third tier had gotten too warm and the sides fell off. I had scrape and redecorate on site. It turned out pretty well despite that little hang up. Everyone said it tasted divine even if it didn't look 100%. Tell me what you think!

43  COOKING / Dessert / Bachelorette Party Pink and Black Lingerie Cake! on: June 09, 2008 10:39:28 AM
So, I was very busy this weekend with cake orders. Here was my favorite one of them. I made a lingerie cake complete with boobies! The cake istelf was strawberry and the boobies were yellow cake all with buttercream frosting. I also made adorable cupcakes to go along in chocolate and yellow cake with pink frosting but I didn't get pics of those. Tell me what you think!

from what I hear it was a big hit. I wishi I could have seen the brides face. The girl that ordered it was glad that it was "classy" instead of "corny". I tried.
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