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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: August 29, 2008 06:28:14 AM
I agree, I think the coffee table is the perfect place for a sewing machine! 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to hem Jersey/ stretch knit? on: August 29, 2008 06:22:03 AM
Thank you all for all your replies!  I have a question for Kaitlinnegan:

My favorite way to hem knits is to simply press the edge up, and twin needle stitch on top

Do you use a stretch stitch when you top stitch them with the double needle, or a normal straight stitch?  I haven't been able to use my machine's stretch stitching without having it stretch out the seam. 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to hem Jersey/ stretch knit? on: August 19, 2008 07:55:16 AM
Hey, sorry for the noob question, but how do you guys hem this stretchy soft material?  I tried doing the blind hem stitch from my machine, but it just stretched out the seam.  I just bought a serger and am still working out how to do stuff on it, besides a raw edge could i use it somehow to finish the bottom hem on skirts/ dresses, etc. 

Any advice greatly appreciated!!! 

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: fake boobs? on: August 19, 2008 07:51:25 AM
Thanks everyone. I love the ideas. You all have helped tremendously. i used the idea of styrofoam balls and it worked out great. i put polyfill around the styrofoam and I used HUGE balls..lol..i will post a pic as soon as I can get my camera to hook up to my computer. I lost the cord to it.. GRR..

thanks again.

Please find that cord!!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: SCORE!!! on: August 19, 2008 07:50:01 AM
Wow! I can really understand your excitement. My husband's mother was a professional seamstress. She died 2 months before I met him. She had rooms of fabrics, notions, machines etc. Much of the fabric was silk and other expensive types. She had only 2 sons and being totally disinterested in these things and not knowing the value of them, they loaded them all up and took them to the landfill. I cringe every time I think of it.

OMG... that's one of the most cringe-worthy stories i've ever heard
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: August 19, 2008 07:35:00 AM
As mentions several times in the thread - it is not a "Walmart" thing or policy - it is the manuafacturer/publisher. I'd bet Target does something similar with their magazines (although they don't carry very many).

I don't know about magazines, but I recently had to furnish my new two bedroom apt. so I ended up buying a bunch of cheap assemble yourself furniture from Target and as I was assembling the drop-leaf dining room table I saw that one of the leaves had a big noticeable scratch so I returned to the store to see if they could exchange out just that piece for me since the rest was put together.  They were very nice and fished out the piece for me, but when I went to try to fit my original piece back into the other package they told me not to bother, that they would just be throwing it away now.  I felt so guilty!  But they explained the whole manufacturer policy of crediting them for damaged goods and how they weren't allowed to reduce the price.  I mean, this was a set including chairs that was completely functional except for a scratch.  The customer service guy went on and on about all the good stuff they throw away-- he was particularly pained by the 42" flat screen that was thrown away because of a small scratch the week before, lol. 

My younger brother works at Michaels art store and he tells me about all the high qality artgoods with just damaged packaging that go into the trash compactor...  hopefully he'll work out a system to save some of that doomed art gear for me, but no luck yet.  I know my grocery store throws out about 3-4 heaping grocery carts of bakery goods every night (c'mon!  throw a chocolate cake this way!  no one's lookin!) ostensibly because of lawsuits, according to one bakery lady.   

The culture of waste is so systematic and institutionalized at a time when we need the opposite from big companies, etc.  Well, I'll stop the rant here since this has nothing to do with sewing!  ::sorry::

BTW, I will be checking those dumpsters!  Hopefully there are no compactors and the patterns aren't full of bleach. 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Spoonflower Skirt on: August 09, 2008 02:22:27 PM
OMG, I HAVE that book!!!!!!!!  lol
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand Stenciled Elvis, Audrey, Twiggy, Angelina and Marilyn Monroe on: July 04, 2008 10:53:06 AM
beautiful work!  you should experiment with putting them on different types of clothing, they would look great on so many things! Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Imperial Japan Flag Dress on: July 04, 2008 10:25:41 AM
Design-wise I think the dress looks fabulous, the way you have the stripes from the rising sun and everything is great. 

Unfortunately, having lived in Japan for a while as well and majored in East Asian Languages and Literatures (concentration Japanese) and traveled throughout Asia I can tell you that shyster is right on the money with all her observations.  BUT- seriously, as long as there are no huge Asian-American populations where you live everyone will just love the graphic print.  Just don't wear it to any Asian restaurant!!!   Who knows what you'd get on your plate...   Undecided
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hubby says Less Shopping, More Sewing. (pics all over the place!!) on: July 02, 2008 12:02:48 PM
They are all sooo awesome!  I love the one with the asym. collar!  The wrap dress was impeccable!  What's your trick for making sure the top-stitching is spaced perfectly the whole way? 
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