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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glam Rock (Fashion show) on: April 04, 2010 02:03:24 PM
I know. Next time you try sewing latex or vinyl use a silicone lubricant like Sewer's Aid. Just a few drops work wonders and it never sticks on the machine, even when topstitching. Much better than any other methods I've ever heard about, like paper or tape or whatever. And it won't hurt the material or the machine. I use it to lubricate thread and never get any snags or sticks, even when sewing heavy thread.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glam Rock (Fashion show) on: April 04, 2010 10:51:21 AM
Awesome! I'm curious to know how you sewed the latex. Was it just sheets or backed? Thread and stitch lengths? Very impressive.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buying PVC? on: March 20, 2010 02:07:55 PM
I, too, love candy apple PVC and made a pair of boots out of it. (Check them out under the shoes thread, where there's a picture.) I got it from Joann, but if you want any kind of PVC or other cool fabric, check out http://www.mjtrends.com/

I've been using this place for years now, good service, great products, fast shipping. If you love PVC, this is the place. What are you planning to make with it?
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to buy cardboard tubes to roll fabric on? on: March 20, 2010 02:01:47 PM
Here's another possible source, where I just got about two dozen for free: a local upholstery shop. We needed bunches of long tubes for a science fair project and a local auto upholstery shop had so many stuffed in a big barrel we could barely get them out! He was happy to get rid of them. Try auto upholstery, but also a regular furniture upholstery shop should have them, too, especially if they do a booming business. I keep all my vinyl on tubes so it doesn't fold, and I've never had a problem finding tubes at these places. Good luck. Check the phone book.
15  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to sew Thigh Highs Socks??? on: March 18, 2010 03:08:09 PM
I have made stockings out of silver lam fabric, which I guess is pretty close to knit. I just used a straight fold down the front and sewed the seam in the back, from top to toe. The only problem is that you have to wear them with high-heeled shoes, or there is a big 'kink' in the front where it doesn't quite stretch right. Just a 1/8" seam, which was reinforced by zig-zag, since I don't have a serger, but I guess it all depends on what you want to wear them with. Mine didn't stay up, so I put elastic along the top formed into little loops for the woman I made them for to attach to her garter belt. If you want, I can take pix or give you a mini-tutorial for this, even though it's been quite a while ago.
16  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding a zipper to knee-highs on: March 14, 2010 02:21:01 PM
Advice on Krazy Glue or any other super glue/ACC adhesives. Get the kind that are specifically made for things like fabric, sometimes referred to as a thicker glue, or slower-drying, or gap-filling. Regular water-thin super glues aren't designed to bond porous stuff. And also be aware that when you put it on, it will take away the flexibility, as most super glues do not bend. It may also make it very uncomfortable on your legs, unless you put some sort of gusset between them and the zipper you just glued in place. One other thing, some super glues also destroy fabric, so do your homework. As a bootmaker and model train builder, I love working with super glues. My favorite is Zap-A-Gap. That's good for fabric, vinyl, leather, as well as plastic and metals, and it's thick, setting up in about a minute instead of instantaneously. I use it for mounting trim on my boots, and after many years none of it has ever come off any of them under normal use. Good luck with your project.
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: weird material? on: February 06, 2010 09:26:17 AM
Hey, if you can seal toilets with it, I don't think anything would destroy it. Where I live the water is so hard and cruddy, I'm surprised clothes themselves are machine washable. It's not natural rubber, at least the stuff I used for boot soles, but some kind of silicone rubber. It doesn't tear and it should hold up to pretty much anything. A real plumber could probably tell you more, but I like it.
18  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: weird material? on: February 06, 2010 05:17:16 AM
How about rubber gasket material? I've used that before. You can find it at plumbing stores or places like Lowes or Home Depot. It sometimes comes in red or black, and I've found it up to about 12" long by 4" wide, which would definitely be enough for soles. And since it is plumbing gasket, it is definitely waterproof! It's about 1/8" thick, and it can be sewn with a leather needle.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: really cool, omg expencive stockings on: January 28, 2010 02:01:36 PM
Has anybody ever tried these yet? I was up for a challenge so I thought I'd give them a go. I made stockings from scratch years ago and these look intriguing. If they work, I'll let you know.
20  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! on: January 24, 2010 01:21:41 PM
To get your boot-loving appetites whetted, here's a picture of a pair made for under $20, with shiny red sparkle upholstery vinyl from Joann, and a pair of slides from a K-mart store that was closing for $2.88. Simple pull-ons, no zippers or fancy trims. You can do anything with a little creativity.
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