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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a dress *Help needed ASAP* on: February 09, 2008 02:01:12 PM
I really want to make a tunic dress. I've made quite a few dresses before, but this is a bit beyond my experience.

I can't decide if there should be buttons in the back, or a zipper. I also don't know how to do the sleeves.

I have the material already. I wanted something like britney spears where's in the picture, but decided that it might take a while to find something like that so I should just stick with what I have. In this case, I have a gorgeous blue/navy silk.

Can anyone please help me?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My First Project With My New Serger *Help Needed* on: November 13, 2007 04:53:01 PM
I'm pretty much in the dark with what I use the serger for, and if I should serge first and sew later or sew first and serger later.

My first project with my serger is probably gonna be a halter dress with no ties only a halter strap (I also have a Singer sewing machine).

I want this to be the first

Questions: *I'm using a very stretchy shiny material, you can see it in my 'babydoll' dress topic and my first projects*

1. When making the straps, which part do I serge? After I serge them together at the end for the part about the neck, do I serge the sides of the straps as well?

2. Do I need to use matching serger thread? Or can I use the green, red, yellow, blue stuff that it came with?

3. Which stitch should I use to topstitch the hemline after serging? I don't want to use a zig zag because it doesn't look as neat, but last time I used the straight stitch it looked all bumpy because the material was stretchy.

4. After serging, I fold the serged part over and topstitch it down so you can't see it right?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My first Serger!!!!!!!!! *Image heavy and help needed!* on: November 13, 2007 12:15:22 AM
Need help ASAP! Any sewing tips for the brother lock 626? I have no idea how to thread it (luckily it came threaded), no idea how to use it.. (okay, well a general idea)

but I need help!! Don't even know where to start

EDIT: Pictures (I thought I'd make it easy and label everything)

I have NO idea what all this is for
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother Or Singer? on: November 07, 2007 11:41:03 AM
I'm looking to buy a serger this year, but I really can't decide. I am going to get a Brother or a Singer but which one is better?

I found both at Costco, Walmart, Circuit City, and Amazon (I definitley want to buy something in the store however) but I just can't decide which brand.

The sewing I will be doing: I want profesional quality results, I will be sewing with a lot of stretchy knits and lyrca but I also want to make some dresses. I plan to make 3 or 4 of each item and sell them on Etsy.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Is this a good serger? on: November 06, 2007 05:35:35 PM
After ALOT of back and forth, I decided I would buy a cheap serger and experiment.

Serger Brother Lock 626 is the one I found for $150, according to the owner its been fully serviced in June, they don't want it because they took a class and just don't like it, it comes with a video manual, foot pedal, some thread, and it 'works great'

It's only a little over my budget for a cheap serger, but it's very close by.

What do you guys think? Should I take the risk? Or should I wait and buy something a little more expensive from Amazon like a nice brother or singer?

I would also like to add that I have never worked with a serger before. I know that everyone says there fast, but I like to go slow and cut off the seam allowance and zig-zag the hem myself right now. It's not because I don't like being time efficient, but I just like it that way.

I do plan to sell my stuff on ebay/etsy plus I've already gotten a few orders (!!!).

I want to get something this month, unless ya'll think it would be better to just continue the way I've been 'serging'

I also read that there is an attachment for your regular sewing machine that you can buy that 'sergers', is this true?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is this a good variety of fabric? on: November 01, 2007 11:35:08 PM
I decided I wanted to start out pretty simple, with just 10 different varieties of fabric and make some cute shirts, skirts, and some dresses. (These are all from fabric.com). There all in assorted colors as well.

Poly/Rayon Lycra Knit Lilac  (2 yards, lavendar)
Rayon Stretch Jersey Cream (3 yards, white)
Fairway Stretch Cotton Sateen Citron (2 yards, gold)
Fairway Stretch Cotton Sateen Tulip (4 yards, light pink)
Spandex Jersey Knit Pink (2 yards)
Spandex Jersey Knit Powder Blue (2 yards)
Cotton Jersey Pink (3 yards)
Cotton Jersey Knit Robins Egg (3 yards)
Cotton Jersey Knit Maroon (2 yards)

I just seem to work better with stretchy material, and a fashion designer suggested most of the above. What do you think?

I was also thinking of getting some of there fake leopard print stretch fabric, a friend suggested it would make a great tube dress.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Even more questions.. on: October 30, 2007 10:53:44 PM
When I'm trying to make a slightly curved seam, how should I go about doing it? Everytime I try to make a curved seam it turns out very strange right side out.

Also, is it true that working with stretch knits is impossible on a regular machine?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Using Etsy on: October 30, 2007 07:14:54 PM
I just had a few questions about Etsy

1. Can I use someone elses paypal?
2. Can I use a debit card to pay the $0.20 fees
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Is This Tacky of me? on: October 30, 2007 12:40:31 PM
I don't want to seem desperate, but It seems like all the really popular designers (vivifromage, meowkiki, your little monster, lipgloss and black) have each other on there myspace.

Is this some kind of arrangement they do? How does one get involved in this? LOL
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tube Top on: October 29, 2007 05:48:57 PM
It only took be about a half hour to make this. It probably wouldn't of taken so long if I didn't do the stripes though  Roll Eyes

I plan to have this design as a centerpiece for my clothing line, it will have differnt colors of stripes, etc.

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