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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is wrong with this fabric?? on: November 04, 2008 01:42:23 PM
I would check my needle...ask someone who is knowledgable if the needle is correct for the fabric. That type of fabric is slippery and can get caught up in the feed dog. Did you pre-test a bit of it? I would also recommend french seams for the seams.

12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: November 04, 2008 01:30:51 PM
When I worked at Butterick, they had sales of the stuff that went into catalogs. But the stuff wasn't really made like you would if you were taking your time. They looked great outside but a real mess inside. But the fabrications were always wonderful...still, when the knitting stuff was sold there were always a lot of people grabbing!!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / fusing plastic bags for green bags? on: November 04, 2008 01:25:35 PM
I was trolling around and found a site that showed a tutorial that somehow put a bunch of regular plastic bags together, then a tote was made from the resulting fabric...please help me! Was it on Craftster?!

Thanks in advance!

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Owl matrushkas on: November 04, 2008 01:21:40 PM
Those are beautiful! I am inspired!!

15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Sparrow hooded cape on: November 04, 2008 01:19:22 PM
I just love it!! Very nice job and great choice of colors!

16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: September 06, 2008 05:06:30 AM
Reading this thread made me remember way back in 1978 I was working at a department store, they had an area for merchandise that didn't sell after discounting to whatever the lowest % off was. There was a caged-in compactor, which they threw perfectly good clothing, merchandise, etc., into...and ground it up--it was called the Salvage area (why, I still cannot figure out!). It had a security camera trained on it, and I know of at least one stock boy who was fired for retrieving an item from it. All stores do it.

A couple of years ago I found a nice piece of wall art at Target online. I bought it. It came and was damaged in the back, so I wanted to return it. They sent me a new one and said it was "too expensive" to have it shipped back! So I gave my friend the broken one, her husband fixed it up, and it still hangs in her house.

Stores do it ALL the time.

Lastly, I used to work at Butterick/Vogue on 6th/Spring in Manhattan. They absolutely had stores discard patterns (called "discards" in the industry) each time they printed a new catalog. They discarded as many new patterns as were added, and eventually they reuse the pattern number in a new style. If they didn't, the books would have 180-200 patterns added per year and the numbers would never stop (Butterick patterns begin with certain numbers, Vogue with others, so they can be identified by the staff easily). Believe me, they are *always* trying to keep the cost of printing down. BTW, you can sometimes tell when a pattern is being sent out because they start putting them on the 2/up pages, then the 4/up. Occasionally they put classics (i.e., the Cassock costume) on a 2/up to put the latest stuff on the feature pages.

Anyway, waste seems to be a common practice all over our country...

17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Close Your Clothes! on: November 02, 2007 08:33:11 AM
It is LOVELY! Your daughter will love it and cherish it forever! Kudos!!

18  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: May 05, 2005 07:03:31 AM
i have a question....sorry if this has already been answered.....but im making my prom dress out of a slippery satin-ish material....is there any way to avoid the weird pulls on the seams on the bust...?

you need to use a needle that will not pull the fabric (needs a sharp point as opposed to a ball point for knits). check the needle packet, it should be for lightweight fabric. also, use plenty of pins with slippery fabric! it will save a lot of heartache!!

19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: baby shower favors on: January 27, 2005 06:16:46 AM
since the baby is due in spring, how about small clay pots and seeds. i got cheap espresso cups with saucers, glued them on with a special glue (5 years later it still is glued!) and filled them with violas. you could also make mini topiaries...
20  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Why don't they have my size? on: August 23, 2004 01:00:20 PM
i just recently found this site, so sorry to be adding this so late, but also consider the amount of ease in a garment, e.g., very close fitting has little ease (meaning extra room in the garment) and will fit closer your actual measurments, fitted has less ease. on the other hand, loose-fitting and very loose fitting are probably the sort of you would want to stay away from. also check the finished measurments listed on the pattern.

hope that helps...

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