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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: cording / piping in a yoke.... How?? on: October 28, 2009 10:05:26 AM
Um yeah.. and if anyone else would like to know how to do something like this with cording/piping... you can check it on this link, an excerpt I found on the net from my book at home...

22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: cording / piping in a yoke.... How?? on: October 28, 2009 08:03:33 AM
Thanks BT for the suggestion. I looked through one of my sewing books and found something that I think MIGHT do the trick. I'm going to give it a shot ans see how things turn out.

23  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: I made an Ostrich Jockey costume (image obese) on: October 26, 2009 06:53:09 PM
This TOTALLY ROCKS!! (yes, I hit the ROCKS button!!)

I shed a tear for your sewing machine.... I can ONLY imagine! BUt I must say that is ONE talented OSTRICH!!!
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Really old Singer on: October 26, 2009 01:22:47 PM
oh oh oh!! I have THREE 99's ( 99k, 99-15).. they are the BEST little workhorses, and I suspect they love the abuse. I regularly used mine to sew through multiple layers of heavy fabrics and such even leather. They made a bunch of foot attachments for them too, EBay my dear!

Even though they only do straight stitching, the old (old, OLD) Singers, Black Fantastiks as I like to call em, are indeed GREAT little machines to work on. You'll love it, It's the machine I always recommend to beginners because you simply CAN NOT break them (well almost, lol)

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I aint Skeerd of the COLD!.... First Bikini EVER awesomeness on: October 26, 2009 01:02:32 PM
I'm a tropical Girl and would wear bikinis year round if I could. Fortunately here in Texas (Houston) the weather is fairly mild enough to pull it off through most of November and granted you have access to a heated pool... But I always dream of Miami!

I will be traveling at the end of November to the Caribbean (be still my heart) via Big Cruise boat... I'm so tired of the affordable bikinis being crap quality and name brand bikinis being so overly expensive and since I just got a new sewing machine (WITH the bells and whistles) I figured it's high time I gave it a shot and made my OWN swimwear.

The outer fabric was insanely thin and most definitely unsuitable for "family friendly vacation environments" so in the top I made a double layer of lining and installed "headlight deflectors" (ie storebought swimwear pads) between the layers in the cups. I also lined the inside of the cups with the outer fabric, so it's the same pattern on both sides. I know, I think I went a little overboard with the layers of linig and fabric and realized this halfway through the project, but hey I'll know better for the next one!
For the bottoms I only did one layer of lining between the outer fabrics and used a complimentary colored fabric for the inside... that I also used to create the string ties. The back side is cut somewhere between a Brazilian and a full coverage I don't know exactly how I managed to get that shape but I like it... LOL now I just need to work on making my butt look more like that Brazilian supermodel's and then I'll be all set!

I am VERY pleased with how it came out and see many more of these in my future! I will post "Action Shots" later after I return home from the trip!

Full COlOr Version...

HAHA!! No my boobs ARE NOT lopsided.. HAHAHAHAH!!

I had a better pic WITHOUT the body spray bottle in the way.. but this one is more comical! CHeeky CHeeky!
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / cording / piping in a yoke.... How?? on: October 24, 2009 10:59:28 AM
does anyone know how to sew cording under fabric to create rows? Ok, I know that sucks as a description but maybe a photo will show it better.....(below) I'm not referring to the gold cording on the top, but how it is the rows under the black fabric were done. I also had seen this method used on project runway (maybe seson 3-5?), sheesh I cannot find a photo for the life of me but it was a gown (goldish-bronze) and with rows (cords) done using this method for detail on the bodice.... you remember? right? ;0)  
Any help would be great, or if you could even tell me what the "techincal" term is for this I'll google and research myself.
Happy Saturday!

27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner! on: October 23, 2009 11:19:39 AM
Hello!! WOW congrats on making the decision to get sewing! I've been sewing for a few years and am also self taught for the most part.

My first machine, by choice, was a vintage metal singer... You CANNOT break those things, which really helped ease my comfort level and not worry about breaking my machine. Those old girls are built TOUGH!! ... and if you do happen to need to have them repaired they aren't a fortune to have ckecked out. I now sew on an advanced husqvarna computerized ($$$cha-ching$$) sewing machine, there's NO way I would have been able to experiment and not worry about making begginners "errors" with that thing. I love my metal machine and now have 4 in my collection, they all sew perfectly and a couple of them even get used fairly often.

I'd check ebay, garage sales, craigslist and local thrift shops for one... models 99 or 99k. They can't be beat!

all the best!!!
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paraplegic sewing machine? on: October 10, 2009 10:59:59 AM
Oh I used to have a Brother 6000i.. It was a cool little machine for lightweight jobs. I was too afraid I'd break it if I tried to sew through layers for my handbags though. I typically like to stick to my older "metal" machines for the heavy stuff. I eventually sold it because I couldn't ever get the button hole functions to work properly. I have a new viking now.

Hmm, maybe you could rig up something using a "knee" switch from an old machine so that you could control the stop and start with pressure from your upper body or arm/elbow etc. It might involve some creative thought but I definitely see it as a doable possibility. Might be work checking out 80)

Best of luck to you.
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: recommendation for HEAVY DUTY machine on: October 10, 2009 09:50:18 AM
I own several of the older "metal model" sewing machines  (singers and necchis)... like Sew-Classic mentioned most are not designed for constant heavy duty use but will chomp through it when called upon. I prefer to use my Necchi BU Mira for the tougher jobs, she seems to enjoy it better than my Singer 99k's. I regularly see the "BU" model Necchi's up for sale on Ebay and Craigslist. I also own a Necchi Supernova which I have been informed will perform well on heavier fabrics, multi-layers, but haven't used her for any heavy jobs yet. I recently met a man who uses a BU Mira to make Sails and has had it the same 'primary' machine for over 30 years!!! Proof enough for me, it's no easy task sewing sails, that's as heavy duty as it gets, LOL.

I also recently purchased a Husqvarna Viking "Emerald 203" new. I haven't tried it out yet on leather and canvas (or anything else for that matter, it's still in the box) but the instore demonstration was quite impressive. When the sales-lady sewed over 6 layers of denim combined with several layers of cottons, I listened CLOSELY for any motor strain sounds, NONE!!! That pretty much closed the deal for me...

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: richard simmons shorts!!!! on: August 23, 2009 06:05:53 AM
OMG!! Toooo cool! Richard is SUCH a queen... these shorts rock and you did a fantastic job working them up. I LOVE the fabric, it looks somewhat silky? .. and that trim!

Pricing, I would say $25-$35 bucks. If i just wanted them I'd pay $25-ish but if I NEEDED them for something specific I'd pay $35- $40ish. LOL, beyond that, being the crafty girl that I am, would prob take a page from your book and sew up a pair.

Thanks for posting! Who knew there'd be a mad rush for Richard Simmons shorts!
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