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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Photo Fabric and Fusible Interfacing on: September 28, 2010 12:48:05 PM
Hey friends,

Just in case this might help someone... I would like to share an experience I just learned from!

If you are a big fan of Steam-A-Seam (org, 2, or lite) like myself, then you might print something on photofabric and then try to fuse it to another piece of fabric.

I would suggest *not* using thin Photo Fabric (I am using Crafter's Photo Fabric sheets, Poplin) with Steam-A-Seam, you will get strange darkening and discoloration around the "bumps" that are Steam-A-Seam.  Fusible web interfacing does not seem to cause the same issues.

I can't suggest a particular one, because I haven't used anything but Stitch Witchery.  I'd love to hear which ones you like/suggest, though?  I can tell you that Stitch Witchery does not have the same issue as Steam A Seam.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Printing on Fabric -- Protective Spray & Printer Questions on: September 28, 2010 09:18:57 AM
Finally, I found the right board to post this on! yaaay.  Here are some questions:

I have been doing some fabric printing lately.  I know that, when exposed to sunlight, this fabric could start to fade.  I have heard rumors of using some kind of spray to protect your fabric, but I don't know what it is or if it works.  Have you used anything to protect your fabric from sunlight fading, and if so, what has worked?  Any suggestions on what to check out and what to stay away from?

I am thinking about getting a new printer.  I am currently using a Canon Pixma MP170, but I was thinking about getting something with archival ink.  Any suggestions on what might be good for creating prints and printing on fabric?

Lastly, I was told by one of the photoFabric manufacturers that you don't really have to rinse your fabric after printing if you are not planning on washing it (I am not).  Has anyone had any bad experiences from skipping this step? I am currently using Crafter's Photo Fabric, Poplin. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and reply to this!

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Best way to hang a canvas? - super n00b question on: September 25, 2010 11:01:39 PM
I've been thinking about working on some canvases that I will make from stretcher bars. I'm pretty new to all this, and I'm just wondering what is the best way to hang these on the wall?  That is probably a stupid question, but I wasn't having much luck with a google search.

I know I could outfit it with some loops and wire, but I was wondering if brackets would work or no?  I'd like it to hang flush with the wall, so I'm not even sure if that's possible with anything but wire.  I've been so busy here, I haven't had a chance to make it to hardware store and just look.  Figured I'd ask the pros what they recommend.

Thanks for taking the time to read this ridiculous question.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Photo Fabric - mandatory rinsing? on: September 25, 2010 09:28:19 AM
Hi Folks,

Would love to hear from someone who has used fabric sheets to print on through their ink jet printer before.  I am using PhotoFabric from blumenthal.  I've been using cotton poplin sheets.  Most colors seem to print fine, but I noticed that the black ink is never dark/deep enough. It always looks faded.  Any ideas on this?  (I have started playing around with some settings, I will let you know)

Also, do you know if I *have* to rinse this stuff to set the ink, or can I just let it dry for a few days and then iron it?  I'm not using it for anything that will ever be washed, so I just wonder if I could step the rinse step all together and still maintain the integrity of the colors.  Anyone know??

Would really appreciate some help!!

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Printable Fabric Sheets -- troubleshooting on: September 01, 2010 07:59:44 AM
Hi there folks,

I am fairly unsure as to where to post this... I couldn't find a category that seemed to fit just right.
(feel free to move it, mod)

I have some of the Blumenthal Cotton Photo Fabric for printing, and every time I use it...everything works great UNTIL I wash it, then I get these random little blue dots everywhere.  I can't figure out what is going on.

This last time I had a larger design and I let it sit and dry for several hours before I rinsed it, but I still had the same issue.  The blue dots do not seem to correspond to any particular ink color or placement.  It is completely random and they are tiny little dots like someone attacked my sheet with a blue ballpoint pen.

I'm wondering if anyone else has ran into this problem?  Any suggestions?

Should I iron the design before I rinse it, perhaps?  Doesn't say that on the instructions, but I just can't figure out what is going on!


6  Texas / Texas: North Central / DFW Craft Shows Info on: March 23, 2010 02:01:21 PM
Hey guys,

Wanted to share a new website with you.  It's dfwcraftshows.com

Over the last year, I started attending local craft shows, and I immediately realized how much time and effort it takes to simply stay on top of all the many Arts & Crafts Shows that are going on around us. There are ample opportunities in North Texas to showcase and sell our handmade goods, but finding them can be extremely difficult and exhausting! It's all about constantly searching the internet, local organizations, and networking. So I figured, why not start our own network on one of the largest networking sites online (Facebook) and share our individual show knowledge to build one giant Arts & Craft show database!

I created (DFW Craft Shows) and the (DFWCS Facebook Page) as a networking tool between artists, crafters, and shoppers who are looking for local show information. I want to create a community where we can share our information and help insure that every artist, crafter, and shopper is aware of all the opportunities to sell and shop local! Not to mention the fact that we will be giving that much more attention to those small shows that are struggling to get off the ground. If we can make them great, they will be back year after year, and those opportunities will continue to grow.

There is a blog where I post all the show information, a Facebook page that gets vendor alerts, new show alerts, and deadline alerts.  Plus its a great place to post your new shows so I can add them to the universal calendar.  That's right, I have a calendar that lists all the shows I am aware of, plus application deadline dates.  You can view the calendar, copy items off of it, set your own reminders etc.  You can also visually see what is going on during the weekend of a show, and which shows conflict.

So, become a fan! Post or Email me your shows! I will gather up the information and: post them on the site, add them to our universal calendar, link to them on our Facebook page, and continue to distribute the info as best I can! That's it!  Hope to see you there Smiley
7  Texas / Texas: North Central / 1st Annual Open-Air Market! (Grapevine) on: March 18, 2010 01:22:31 PM
Still accepting applications through March 24th, by noon.  These are mail-in applications, so give yourself time!  Booth fee is $25 (8X8 space) unless you do not submit application and register the day of, then it is $35.

I'll be there, will you? Smiley

Open-Air Market with a variety of crafts and products, including handmade jewelry, art, children's clothing and accessories, baby's clothing and baby shower gifts, fresh made grain foods, home decor, kitchen items, leather items, sunglasses, hats and much much more.

Cannon Elementary
1300 W. College
Grapevine, Texas
March 27, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Not your average diaper cake... Depend Diaper Cake for 60th Birthday on: February 23, 2010 02:27:10 PM
Hey guys,

As many of you know, I make diaper cakes.  But, what I want to share today isn't quite what comes to mind.  Hence the "misc" category.

This was a custom cake request from a friend of mine.  She asked me if I could make a diaper cake for her dad's 60th birthday party!  After I laughed for a while, I accepted the challenge.  She bought a package of adult diapers and some fun "60" gear, and I went to work!

Looking forward to hearing what you think!

PS - I put the ingredient list and additional information on my blog/flickr page:

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Serger - Turning Outside Corners on: September 24, 2009 09:33:04 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm here looking for some advice on turning outside corners with a serger.  I just recently purchased a serger and have not had it too very long.  I've been practicing turning corners alot, but I guess I'm just not getting it.  Does anyone have any advice or tutorials for actually turning the corners, not sewing off and starting back up each time?

Everytime I try to turn the corner, I don't understand exactly what to do I guess.  It seems the fabric gets stuck or is still tied up with the stitching finger and so I can't pivot the material nicely without it being kind of bent.  When I do get it to pivot, I end up with a large loop under the fabric.  It says because I'm pulling too much slack in the thread, but I don't know what to do! Any advice would be great.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Confusing problem, need some advice on: August 04, 2009 05:28:00 PM
Hi all.

I recently obtained a gently used, older embroidery machine.  It is a White 3300.  I am using it with Embird software to make my own designs.  But I keep running into an issue, and I'm not sure what the cause of it is.

Whenever getting to the part of the embroidery that is the outline or outer region of the design I frequently end up seeing my lower thread coming through to the top fabric.  But it only happens on the outline of the design.  It happened once and I concluded that my fabric was not hooped tightly enough because I had just finished the exact same design and it turned out fine. 

But, I just finished a custom design and despite what I try, it happens over and over again on the outline.  It happens mainly only on the top and bottom portion of the outline.  The outline I created using a column because the outline feature in Embrid did not end up being thick enough (or I didn't know how to make it any bolder).  But I am also noticing the lower thread pulling through in the early outline stitches on some text, which are just simple straight stitches. Usually I only notice it when using darker threads.  The text isn't a big deal though, because it is quickly covered by larger thicker satin stitches.

Anyways, I've tried adjusting the thread tension, the fabric tension... but I'm afraid if I pull the fabric any tighter it is going to pucker awfully.  I do not know if I am just not hooping my material properly or what.
Any help would be much appreciated.  Here is an example of the issue on my latest custom design. 
I used the same technique for inner brown stitch work as I did for the outer brown stitch work, but only see problems on the outer portion. 

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