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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Would like some advice on this Sash & attaching lace! on: May 15, 2011 04:47:35 AM
Hi Everyone,

Im making 2 of these sashes for my bridesmaids to wear at my wedding in August.


I've made a 'dummy' out of plain navy cotton, and it looks great, but now I want them to be covered in lace.

Im not really sure how to best go about it.

I was thinking id cut the same pattern out of the lace, then sew it to the cotton before folding and sewing etc as the pattern calls for. But I'm worried that the lace might kind of 'sag' away from the cotton, so I was thinking I could also sort of just tack it here and there with a few strategically places stitches, after I sew to the cotton, and before I go on and fold it.

Do you think this would work? Do you have any better suggestions?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Obi Belt/ Sash- help with this Tutorial! on: March 21, 2011 10:36:18 AM
Hi All!

Just wondering if anyone can help me figure out this tutorial?


Im trying to make two of these for my bridesmaids, but I cant figure it out! I know its probably really simple, maybe im just tired!
The diagram looks easy enough, but what I
cant work out is, those bits at the sides, in the lighter blue colour, wont they have raw edges, and the interfacing will show? I can only assume they want me to cut 2 pieces, as it doesnt actually say.  Or do you think im supposed to make four pieces, sew two to each other (front to front), then flip rightside out and iron, THEN do this fold over and interfacing part? Surely that will be really bulky. That cant be right?!

I also dont know how long to make the 9 inch pieces, and im just totally confused!

I would REALLY appreciate if someone could desipher this cryptic tutorial for me!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Rubber Stamps for a Postcard on: May 11, 2010 03:34:49 AM
Hi All!

I as wondering if any of you could help me out. Please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong area, I usually lurk around the sewing & clothing forums!

I am sending out some save the dates for my wedding, they are vintagey postcards. We had all the info printed on the back, and I left a space to the right to write out the address. 
But now Ia little worried about writing the addresses in nice straight lines! And then it suddenly occurred to me, that maybe I could get a rubber stamp that just has 4, 5, or 6 lines, which I can stamp on and then fill in. I think it would look pretty cool because, I have a few other stamps ill be using on the back, so it would fit well.

Does anyone know where I can get that kind of thing? Or can you suggest any stamps brands that might have such a thing?

Would appreciate any advice.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A Q on making a dress smaller on: June 03, 2009 10:54:06 AM
Hi All,

I need some advice!

I almost finished New Look 6774, Ive done pretty much everything but sew in the zip and the straps to the back.

Ive tried the dress on though, and its huge! Its much to big around the waist/body. The dress has a center back seam (that isnt sewed all the way up yet as the zip goes in next), and a 'midriff' and a bodice, but they all line up straight at the back.

So i was thinking, do you think i could measure how much smaller i need it to be, lets say 4 inches, and just cut 2 inches off either side of the centre back seam all the way to the top?

It seams simple enough but something tells me its a little too simple  Wink and im really new to patterns and dressmaking so id really like another opinion!!

this link might help 'visualize' http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=17562

Thanks very much!  Grin
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Baste-ing: Machine or by Hand? on: May 26, 2009 09:58:32 AM
Hi All,

Probably a really silly question, but Im using a pattern- im very new patterns!

Im using simplicity 6774, and Ive just gathered a little bit under the bust as tod. Now, it tells me to 'baste remaining raw edges together'. Im assuming this means the rest of the bottom of the bodice.

Anyhoo, I dont know whether to baste on my machine, or by hand. My idea of basting by hand is really long, pretty loose stitches, that just hold fabric together pretty much. Id be happy to machine baste, but my machine doesnt do really long stitches, or particularly loose ones. My 'intuition' tells me that i should use machine though, as it doesnt instruct me to unpick it later....

Any ideas/advice?? would be much appreciated!  Grin

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where to shorten a pattern? on: May 23, 2009 06:01:22 AM
Hi All, newbie pattern user here!

Im using NewLook 6774, and I need to shorten the length of the dress by about 4inches I think (im only 5foot!)

So the pattern instructions say to fold at the printed lines, to form a pleat, half the amount to be shortened: i.e 1/2" (1.3cm) deep to shorten 1" (2.5cm). I guessing that means to make a 2" deep pleat.

However, my pattern doesnt seem to have any lengthen or shorten here lines? I do have a small hip line, and a small waist line should I use one/both of these to make a pleat on?

Getting rather frustrated- i just want to get on and sew!  Grin

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / what do these feet do? on: May 10, 2009 03:15:44 AM
Hi, another one from me im afraid  Grin

I just got a a new sewing machine, and it came with all these feet! I was wondering if anyone coudl help me identify them? The instructions dont say what they are, and it would be nice to know my options!

I wasnt sure how to write on the pic itself, so lets call them 1 to 5 starting at top left and reading like a book, right to left.

I also have a long white plastic thing for button holes, so im assuming one of these is for sewing buttonholes? i dunno! :-)

thanks guys, i know theres a wealth of knowledge on here! :-)

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / where is my white thread going gray?! on: May 10, 2009 02:49:26 AM
Hi everyone, I'm at a loss as to what's going on, so i though someone here may be able to help?!

So i have a brand new sewing machine, this is my first project n the machine its so new :-) Its a brother sl5500

So I have white thread in both the top and bottom, and its all threaded properly and the bobbin tension is fine etc. It sews perfectly. However, my top thread is coming out gray, instead of white!

Something must be extra oily, or dirty or something is my guess. This is, when I pull at my top thread, it comes out the bottom perfectly white, as does the bottom thread. It seems to only be the top thread whilst sewing that gets dirty.

I was wondering if any one knows how to fix this or where I should look to clean/wipe down? Or do you think I should just keep sewing on some scrap for a while until it clears up (if it does?!)

Many thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HOODIE RESIZE?? on: June 04, 2008 02:29:42 AM
Your humble sewing mind would be very much appreciated for this!

So i have this HUGE hoodie, that i love but its just WAY to big. its down to my knees, the sleeves are too long and baggy, and its really big in the body. but i bought it in NYC (in in London) and i love it.

SO, i was wondering what you think the best way is to make it smaller and a bit More fitted.

Should I
A) take pretty much everything apart, cut out some fabric and sew it all back together? (this would inc. wrist band, sleeve seam, arm hole, side seams and bottom waist band)
B)just turn it inside out, sew up the sleeves towards the armhole and down the side? then take off the waist band, cut out some fabric to make it shorter, then sew it together again?
Do you have any tips on how to do this or any other methods?
Any thoughts are much appreciated!!  Grin
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / where to buy a sewing machine? on: June 03, 2008 01:34:21 AM
Hi All,

So, i think i might go against all warnings and buy a sewing machine online! I know shame on me. BUT i cant find a sewing machine place near where i live (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire), and ive already tried the model i want in store.

Soooo, i was wondering if anyone has bought anything form any of these sites?  ???Even if it wasnt a sewing machine id really appreciate your feedback on them.
These seem to be the top online retailers when i Google:

Cooper: http://www.sewingmachinediscount.co.uk/home/homecooper.asp
Sewing Machines Direct: http://www.sewingmachinesdirect.co.uk/?kw=sewing%20machine&fl=104633&gclid=CLzc5rGyy5MCFQpLQwod835CjA

Failing that, have you bought a sewing machine online else?where from and what was your experience like?

Thanks in adavance! 
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