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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How do you organize your patterns? on: February 06, 2009 08:40:23 AM
So since my pile of patterns has grown massively.. and since I never cut out my patterns (trace onto Pellon), I'm always trying to shove those pieces in the envelope.  How do you organize, keep it all together, etc?  What i"m doing isn't working anymore.

I'm thinking of using the large manilla envelopes and pasting the front of the pattern on it.  That way I'd at least have room for all my extra pieces.   

I'm looking for any ideas you guys might have tried out and are using successfully.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bought used serger... what next? on: October 23, 2008 05:59:24 PM
So I just bought a serger off of someone.  They say its only been used a handful of times, gave me the info, and it has all its tools and manual with it as well.  Charging only $50... so I snapped it up. I haven't gone to pick it up yet.  But what should I do first.  Should I take it in for maintenance, get them to set the tensions and such right away, or should I bring it home, set it up, and play and read the manual a little first?
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Christmas Layout on: October 21, 2008 11:48:16 AM
I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but I'm trying now after the birth of my daughter.  I participated in a scrapbook page swap to help get some layouts done, and here is the one I submitted to the swap.

Remember, I'm new at this:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Applique - Heat n Bond on: October 20, 2008 10:40:40 AM
So I made several shirts with appliques on them for baby gifts, and just have them stuck on with Heat n Bond.  How does that hold up to washing?  Do I need to stitch it as well? 

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Tips for sewing stretchy fabric on: October 07, 2008 03:49:55 PM
Ok, so I'm making a blanket, that measures about 1yd by 1yd.  The top is cotton and the bottom is minkee dot.   As I sew though, the minkee fabric stretches and then bunches on the corner.   What are some tips for keeping it from stretching as I sew?   I have it pinned quite close together, and still having issues.  What stitch/stitch length should I be using.  I've only ever sewn with cottons and denim/cord before.

Also, for this size, should I be quilting the 2 layers together?  I've never done this, and wouldn't know what to do (is it just invisible thread?  What stitch length?). 

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Dress on: October 01, 2008 08:16:22 AM
So this is the first time I've sewed from a pattern in EONS!  Smiley  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, but there were a few trials along the way.  Learned NOT to sew ribbon with a dull needle, and also had hem the lining a second time as it was hanging below the dress. 

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