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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tutorials for mens clothing? on: February 04, 2012 04:54:17 PM
Are there any tutorials out there for mens clothing that aren't dress stuff, pajamas, boxers, or accessories? I'm looking for things like cool shirts, or pants. Am I just doomed to buy the 3 patterns available for men and customize them myself?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / resources to help child learn to sew? on: December 17, 2011 05:04:14 PM
I swap babysitting with a friend, and her 9 year old wants to learn to sew. The problem is, she's only here for 3 hours maybe once a month.
I'd like to come up with some really simple, quick, but FUN things that we could make and teach her how to use my machine.
Do you have any go-to resources for teaching quickly or in a limited amount of time?

She won't have access to a machine at home, and probably wouldn't be able to hand sew at home without help.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / tiny things to make and mail? on: October 19, 2011 02:01:33 PM
I'm looking for ideas on small things I can make and send in the mail (I want to send things a lot, so I need postage to be cheap, hence the need for small things)
My mom just found out she has a cancerous tumor and will be getting it removed and having radiation for a while. I want to keep her in good spirits, so I want to send her at least 1 package a week for as long as she needs it. I've been scouring the internet and found this- http://www.giverslog.com/?tag=13-ounces-or-less which has some good ideas, but is more geared toward children. I need more ideas for a 50 year old woman.
Some ideas I've already come up-tiny bunting of felt or paper, rice pack, a peg person version of her, a tiny crochet or paper basket, balloons to blow up with inspirational messages, artwork my kids have done.
I'd also appreciate ideas for creative packages! I found a tiny pink paint can at Michael's that I think would be neat to mail.

I appreciate any ideas. I can sew, crochet, needlefelt, and can probably learn to do other simple things (not knitting though)
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Bunting with buttonholes (link to tutorial) on: July 14, 2011 04:37:05 PM
I made a birthday bunting for my little girl's first birthday party! (I hope this is the right place to put this-I had a hard time choosing a category)

I'm making a happy birthday one next that I'll use for her party and my son's.
tutorial and more pics at my blog
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Seashore sundress on: May 14, 2011 03:38:21 PM
I have always wanted to try Oliver+S patterns, and I finally got a couple. This is the seashore sundress. It was quick and easy to make.

back view

more pics and details at my blog
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Best stitch (hand or machine) for those really tiny applique pieces? on: March 27, 2011 03:20:42 PM
I just have a basic machine, and have been using the blind hem stitch for my appliques. Now I'm down to the itsy bitsy pieces-eyes, eyeballs, teeth, etc. I tried sewing by hand using a blanket stitch, but it looks like crap! What stitch do you use?
(these are applique pieces that were attached by wonder under, not turned under and so I need something that will catch the edge)
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Unusual tension problem with sewing machine on: March 19, 2011 01:24:57 PM
I am a pretty experienced sewer, but I'm having issues with my machine that puzzle me. At first glance, it seems like a normal tension issue-the locks are being brought up to the top of the fabric. However, I have tried-adjusting top tension, rethreading, rewinding bobbin, new needle, cleaning the machine, different thread, different fabric, and even adjusted the bottom tension. None of this has made a difference! The only thing is sometimes it is worse, sometimes it is better, but it's still off.
Does anyone have any ideas on what I could try? It's an older machine, and a cheaper one, so I really don't want to pay to have it repaired.

*Eta* Problem is solved for now. I was just taking it apart, and a spring had sprung loose far behind the bobbin case. I put it where I thought it went, and now it's working.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dino tail! on: March 15, 2011 05:34:19 PM
tutorial is from Running with Scissors (not my blog)

I figured this belongs here, as it's a plaything/dress up item. I'd have a picture of my kid wearing it, but he is pretty camera shy.
I don't have any velcro, so I just left it off and will add it once I get some. Start to finish, the project took around 45 min. I used fleece, which saved time on the spikes, and primarily sewed it with my serger. Fun and easy project for any kid who lives dinosaurs or dragons.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Superhero shirts on: March 10, 2011 05:16:18 PM
I'm participating in a monthly blog carnival and this month's theme was heroes and heroines. I made my little hero and heroine their own personalized superhero shirts (both their names start with Z) I made the applique pattern myself and cut them out of piratey fabrics, added wonder under, sewed them on, and voila!

http://zeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/02/super-zs.html - there are some links to the other cool projects people made for this theme on my post as well.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pirate pants on: March 10, 2011 05:12:54 PM
I traced these off a pair of pants that fit, but didn't do a very good job tracing, hence the insertion of side panels (which makes it match his Super Z shirt!) The appliques are from a piece of fleece I had-I just cut them out and sewed them on. Daddy made the wooden rocket he's holding and I painted it =)


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