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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / advice needed please for lining a cotton A-line skirt with elastic waistband on: August 19, 2009 11:14:03 AM
Hi y'all.  I've made a couple of elastic waistband A-line skirts out of opaque cotton fabric. 

I would like to make another elastic waistband A-line skirt, but my skirt fabric is primarily white and, thus, see through, and also a bit "lighter" in weight than regular cotton fabric.  I know I will need to make a lining for my skirt so I bought some white cotton broadcloth to use for lining.

I stumbled upon this great tute about lining skirts (http://www.isew.co.uk/sewing_techniques/add_lining_to_skirt-c-00209.htm) and I am wondering what is the best way for me to put the skirt and lining together?   

I am leaning toward using the first method (since both fabrics are lightweight and a bit sheer) of treating the sheer cotton skirt fabric and cotton broadcloth lining fabric as one piece of fabric.  I feel this will make the elastic waistband casing and any seams less bulky. 

But I'm wondering if it's more common when lining a cotton skirt to make the skirt and lining separately and sew the lining in to the just the skirt's waistband.  Which sounds easy enough in theory, but it also sounds tricky since I plan on making a waistline casing for an elastic waistband.....

Okay enough rambling from me as I think I am starting to confuse myself!  Any advice much appreciated!


Any advice?Huh?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: pot holder assembly - advice please on: June 26, 2009 09:15:54 AM
oh thank y'all for your prompt replies!  i will focus on option 2, and take a closer examination about what elijor said after lunch!

i did try using a layer of ironing board material once in a finger tip mitt but ouch! it didn't work, the finger tip mitt does work well to lift pot lids off of hot pots and such, but not for taking anything out of the oven. 

i really want functioning pot holders.....  just out of curiosity, what do y'all use for your insulating layers in pot holders?  do y'all like insul bright and find that it works well despite it's noise making?

thanks again!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / pot holder assembly - advice please on: June 26, 2009 06:58:17 AM
Hi y'all.  I plan to make a pot holder using 2 pieces of coton fabric, 2 layers of cotton batting, and 2 layers of terry cloth (for my insulating layer) inside.

I do not want to use insul-bright for my insulating layer as I find it quite strange (and a bit like nails on a chalkboard) that it makes that weird crinkly sound when touched --- that is why I am going to use 2 layers of cotton terry cloth.

I would prefer not to sew a potholder "sandwich" and finish by covering the raw edges with bias tape.  So now I am wondering the best way to put the pot holder together.

(1) Should I sew it all the layers together (in appropriate layers of terry cloth batting fabric fabric batting terry cloth) and leave a large hole for turning, sew around all sides, OR will the seams turn out to be way to bulky?

OR (2) should I sew the 2 pieces of cotton, right sides together, leaving one side completely open, and then tuck in pre cut squares of batting, terry cloth, terry cloth, and batting, fold the raw edges of the cotton pot holder in, and stitch all around the square?Huh?

Advice appreciated!  thanks
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: my sewing machine does not have the fraction seam allowances on the thoat plate on: June 26, 2009 06:50:18 AM
thanks for the tips y'all.  it seems it would be easier to tape something to the throat plate (making sure it doesn't overlap the bobbin holder or get in the way of the screws to take off the throat plate for cleaning, etc...) rather than engraving on the throat plate....

I do have a mark for 1/2" and 5/8" with painters tape but when I move my magnetic seam guide around, sometimes it peels up the tape.... i'll just have to tape down my new seam guide more securely and be careful when i move the magnetic seam guide

magnetic seam guide:
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: How often do you change the needle? on: June 18, 2009 01:49:29 PM
I change needles after I used them for 3 or 4 projects.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Good First Projects on: June 18, 2009 01:44:07 PM
what kind of sewing machine do you have?  if it's for "crafts" (like embellishing paper and such) it might not be good for actually sewing. 

I'm relatively new to sewing but have made elastic waist jammie bottoms and sleep boxers.  They were relatively easy and now I have something to lounge in and sleep in!

maybe try this?Huh

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / my sewing machine does not have the fraction seam allowances on the thoat plate on: June 18, 2009 01:39:41 PM
Hi y'all.  I have a Brother XR65 sewing machine and love it very very much except for one thing:  there are no fraction engravings for seam allowances on the throat plate, you know, 1/4" , 1/2" , 5/8" etc.....

It does have some type of square grid box (to the right of the needle) engraved on the throat plate though that has 4 columns and 6 rows (the columns are all the same lenght and width, and the rows all have the same width) and at the top of the square grid box is says 10 20 30

My needle can be adjusted in varying increments from the far left to the far right.  I've fiddled with it and  used a tape measure and it seems no matter where I position the needle, the 10 20 30 lines do not correspond to 1/2" or 5/8" which are common seam allowances.

So...... my questions are twofold: 
(1)  Is my machine a rare exception, do most sewing machines have seam allowances engraved on the throat plate?

(2)  My hubby is a professional carpenter and says he has tools that he could engrave the throat plate for me and put in 1/2" and 5/8" lines.  He is talented and precise and I trust that he wil do a good job.  If he does this for me, what position should my needle be in when we take 1/2" and 5/8" measurements?  Should my needle be in the center position?  far left?  far right? 

As for right now, I'm getting by by marking 1/2" and 5/8" with a small piece of blue painters tape and using a dritz magnetic seam guide to keep my sewing accurate.

thanks in advance for advice!

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: special grid paper for making your own patterns? on: June 13, 2009 11:09:23 AM
yeah my hubby even has one of those rulers with the curve for making hips that i haven't been able to find in any fabric store, it's not exactly like the french curve/seam/ruler thingie taht I've been looing for but it will do for now!  And he has one of those thick flexible rulers.  who knew his desk draw had such great stuff?!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: anyone heard anything about Joann's? on: June 13, 2009 11:05:43 AM
oh thank goodness, i have a hancock and hobby lobby and walmart fabric dept in my town, but I <3 joann's above all the others!!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: noobie sewing questions on mock-ups, finishing seams & making own pattern on: June 13, 2009 11:04:33 AM
thanks again for the tips!
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