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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Gripper rubber/silicone thingy... to prevent ride up? on: September 18, 2008 08:48:57 PM
I know some of the strapless bras have this gripper stuff, that looks like silicone painted in the inside of the bra band to prevent it from falling. Does anyone know what that is or how to get something like it inside a garment to prevent it from riding up or slipping down?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Euro Pro 100 serger or side cutter foot? on: May 27, 2008 07:33:25 AM
I have the opportunity to get the Euro Pro 100 serger for $100 and want to get some feedback on it as well.  I am a new sewer and have been making gifts and children's items, some clothes for myself, etc. But I only use my Kenmore like once a month. I really want the finished look of a serger but the frequency I sew doesnt warrant paying $300+ for one.

In lieu of investing in a seperate serger  I am contemplating getting a side cutter foot attachment for about $45, that will act as a serger with my Kenmore (which does have a built-in overlock stitch). The only cutter feet I see online are made by Brother & Singer. Here are links to them:
I am in an apartment and right now my dining table is my sewing table, so the side cutter would save some space but I never used one before.

Anyone have any thoughts on this Euro Pro 100 serger or the side cutter option?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How do I make a Mesh/Net/String market Bag? on: March 31, 2008 12:06:31 PM
I have been looking all over DC for a string bag, they are sometimes called eurobags or ecobags, looks like a big fishnet pouch, but they are in none of the organic markets around me. So now 3 days before a vacation to Vegas I am trying to attempt to make one and I dont know how on earth to start. I tried to attach a photo below. And before its suggested I do not crochet at all. I need something that can be made with a sewing machine... Its too late to order one from online... Help?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Party Dress patterns... on: January 15, 2008 01:34:03 PM
I see many people making the cutest party dresses for toddlers. The type that have an a-line silhouette and the grosgrain ribbon around a flat front bodice, but I cant find a pattern anywhere to save my life.

I have seen some patterns from  that have a full skirt and gathering all about the bodice, but thats not the type I see made here all the time. I am NOT good with gathering and would like to know what pattern do most of you gals use to make those gorgeous party dresses? My good friend had a baby girl and I want to make her a dress or two. Please help?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! garment "insides" and more anomalies... on: January 07, 2008 06:03:37 PM
Alright, I have been on this site for months and never actualy "finished" a project... Except now! Well sort of... I dreamed up this be-you-ti-ful outfit that I was going to wear on New Year's that would prompt the man of my dreams to whisk me off my feet, yadda, yadda... I never found an actual pattern, but i thought it was simple enough to wing it right?  Hence this project being worked on about 5 minutes a day for the past month... But alas! I never finished the top part before New Years! Which is quite sad since all that was left to be done on New Year's Eve was adding the zipper.  No worries, I will wear it for Single's Awareness Day (Valentines)... lol  So by some obvious stroke of idleness I decided to finish it tonight... And I DID. ANd it actually fits! But now I don't know how to finish the "insides."

I used an invisible zipper, firstly and trying to line up the sides of the top were HELL considering one side was shorter then the next and I winged the pattern all by memory since it was something I literally was wearing in a dream... Anywho, since i just made it all up as I went along the inside of the top has a whole of of raggedy, jagged edges and some long pieces that I don't know how to finish. And on top of that the invisible zipper has a long "tail" that extended over the top of the shirt and I dont know if I can cut it or what? I dont want it to start unraveling.  I am attaching a photo so people know what I mean...

On top of that, the bust part fits perfect except the top inch or so. And I'm wearing my biggest push up bra to boot! So can I add some elastic to the top to make it tighter? Or would that look too cheesy with the top puckered with elastic? Another pic for reference... (you can also see the invisible zipper overextending the top, I wanted it to zip all the way up like all other dresses/tops I have. Can I cut the top part of the zipper without it fraying?)

SO 4 issues...
1. buncha extra fabric inside
2. long tail of invisible zipper hanging over
3. not enough boobs, do I add elastic?

Any help/insight will be appreciated!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Buying thread online? Any sites? on: January 07, 2008 02:01:05 PM
I am trying to buy some regular thread, basically all the primary colors, a set of some sort. Cause buying the thread one by one is too costly for my blood.

Are there any sites that you all know of where I can buy quality polyester thread for good pricing?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / BIG problems sewing knits on: November 07, 2007 09:03:10 AM
HELP! I have tried to sew knits on my machine at least 5 times this week and every single time my machine will be running perfectly for a minute or two and then I will hear all types of noises and when I try to pick up the fabric its is tangled into a ball of knots underneath while the top seam stays fine. I end up having to cut it out of there cause its stuck! This doesnt happen to me on anything but really stretchy knits like jersey and tshirt material. I can sew corduroy and wool and fleece perfectly, stretch polyester doesnt give me trouble either but the stretch jersey is giving me a BIG problem. I have a new Kenmore machine that has been working perfectly for everything but jersey for the past 3 weeks, I even sewed a few 5 foot scarves non stop that didnt bunch up like jersey does.

I tried 5 diff stitches and it happens on all of them. DO I have to adjust something on my sewing machine to sew on jersey specially? Is there some trick to sewing on really stretchy jersey? Please help!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Is there a classifieds on here? on: October 29, 2007 06:37:00 AM
Is there a classified section on here to just BUY (or sell) stuff to/from another craftster outright? You guys get the nicest fabrics and I know some of you have alot of it. I would be willing to buy but I cannot find any sort of classified section on here for the exchange other then a swap.

I did a search and saw a link to https://www.craftster.org/classifieds/ but that link just goes to a dead webpage. Is there still a classified section on craftser?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How do I sew a liner in a purse? on: October 19, 2007 12:44:51 PM
I'm working on the Nairobi bag pattern from hotpatterns as a gift for my sister and am having a helluva time! Last night I finally got both the shell and lining completely done as well as the straps and snaps... Only thing is I dont know how to sew the bag and the liner together! This is the last steps and after working on this for over a week I am about to snap! The pattern says to drop the liner inside the bag and sew and then flip, but it doesnt say which way the bag and liner needs to be facing, whether I do it inside out or what?  Wrong side in or wrong side out?

Can someone please help? This would be so much easier if I could find a video on youtube or whatever explaining it... And I have looked!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a trenchcoat pattern... on: October 15, 2007 06:22:05 AM
Or a pattern to use as a base to convert to a trenchcoat for an adult? I want to make one and line mine with fleece or flannel since the trenchcoats I see in the stores are not very warm at ALL. And I want mine to have a removeable hood (the button on kind) and a flare shape at the bottom if that makes any sense... Like the one in the pic below. Not the drawn up tulip front but I like the flare, but I want it all enclosed like a dress when its all said and done... If that makes any sense?  Huh

Does this look hard to make? And would converting a regular trench to this flared shape be really hard? I'm still a novice sewer, in the middle of making a purse/tote now but I am getting the hang of it quickly...
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