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71  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Have you ever had a "Light-bulb- comes-on-Sewing- Break-thru-Moment"??? on: July 06, 2009 05:26:43 PM
We've all been there, working on a project, and you just get stuck. Huh For some reason things just don't work. Or you have no clue how to go about a task??? Huh Then all-of-a-sudden.... You get it! The light-bulb comes on, and you have it. Problem solved!!! Grin
I have had a few of these.
 *The most recent one was figuring out after two frustrating hours I had my needle turned the wrong way. And how many years have I been sewing?
 *Or here's another, I used to struggle with the rolled hemmer foot, and all of a sudden... I got the trick. Now it's so easy I almost never have to rip those stitches out. And here's how ... You take a stitch or two by rolling the wheel with your hand, just enough to lock the thread, with the fabric flat under the foot, then, once the thread is locked, then you slide the fabric into the foot from the side, not trying to start it from the end, or corner. After that the trick was learning just how to fold it as you sew thru. But once it came to me, I got good at it.
???What experiences or special tricks have others discovered? I'm sure we'd all like to know!!! Cheesy
72  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My Desert Garden, missing pics on: June 25, 2009 03:45:43 AM
Here's what happened... I accidently posted the same pic twice, so then I tried to delete it. Well, that just left holes. Everytime I tried to figure out how to fix it, I got more holes! So... Go easy on me... I have to teach this stuff to myself... unless there is an angel out there who knows the tricks. K.
73  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / It Took 3 Years to Get There....lot's of pics! on: June 25, 2009 01:59:44 AM
When I moved in this house in California's High Desert, There was nothing here, except sand, large boulders, AND... Lots of BOARSHEAD THORNS that got in your shoes, and then the house!
My garden transformation started with 3 plastic window boxes, and a dozen Mini Roses, and a red Camilla bush, placed near the front door. This garden lost it's first set of flowers on the walkway, yellow daisies, to our only snow that year, which melted in hours. I have a pic of those daisies, covered in snow. They were dead the next day.
Stubborn as I am, then I bought and acquired 9 rose bushes, planted a willow tree, built a pond, by the way, THOSE LARGE GOLDFISH HAD BABIES!!! And the roots of the willow tree  grew into the pond, and gave the fish a natural nursery, which also helped water all the plants. I also had English Lavender, and Autumn Sage; a hot-pink trumpet flower,which the hummingbirds love!  So, gradually, each year improving, I ended up with the envy of the town. My neighbor next door gave me a few bulbs of Bearded Iris's, and I planted them around the boulders. I found that Dianthus were hardy, and had flowers all year long. As the Iris's grew, and had to be thinned, eventually they were all the way down the driveway to the corner at the street.Of course they were seasonal, but they stayed green all year, and even tolerated the once a year snow. Most of the roses were along the walkway, leading around the curve, all the way to the house. Early this spring, I spread Purple Illyssum seed all around the ground under the roses. After daily waterings, I had a beautiful purple carpet about halfway grown in... and then I was forced to move to Phoenix at the end of April. Needless to say, there were people waiting in line to dig up all my flowers when I was moving. The poor people moving in would be lucky if anything was left!  

74  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Set of three "Rip-stop Nylon" tote, and duffel bags on: June 08, 2009 10:19:56 PM
   I made these bags for fun, using scraps of nylon. I have so much of this stuff from making Advertising Air Dancers... (a fan forced balloon character) So I just started sewing them together. I am going to use these for dropping in on businesses to market my product. The fabric is the same, so they can see and feel the energy before I even open the bags. The smaller ones fit inside the BIG one. It will help to keep things organized.   These bags are not lined, but they are top-stitched,and overlocked. The great thing about them, they can be squished down to almost nothing. The big one can even be a laundry bag, or hold a mess of fabric scraps. The smaller ones have drawstrings, the larger has velcro and a hook and ring to pull the sides in. One smaller bag has pockets in the front. Notice the corner detail on the bottoms. I love these bags!   I do not mind if you copy this idea, because they are not for sale.[img width=500 height=463]
75  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Here are some tips regarding pattern sizes, and adjustments on: June 07, 2009 03:57:16 PM
 In the early days of my dressmaking carreer. I was a GHOST seamstress... Meaning the customer did not know the work was being sent out. I learned pattern skills this way, due to the fact I could never see the people. Here is a typical situation...
Customer buys pattern and fabric, takes it to sewing shop. Owner calls me later, and.... when I get home and start to cut, I look at the customer's measurements, and she purchased a pattern 4 sizes too small! Or she is over-sized, and they only made the pattern up to an 18, not a 24. This is because people buy commercial patterns thinking: But I wear a 6: I'm going to buy a 6..... In reality she needs a size 10 pattern. Then you know you never can really trust pattern companies size guides, they often allow too much room, or like Vogue, are very close. RULE:Cheap patterns are usually graded with less accuracy. The companies simply get the product out, or they do not do a lot of testing. Cost Issues.SOOOO...
   You really have to do your math. If you have 4 sets of seams at the hip-line.
like a 4-gore skirt, here's what you do: First compare hip and waist measurements to the pattern you have (THE SIZE CHART ON THE BACK)also measure actual pattern pieces)Don't forget you need SOME EASE!
Let's say: You need 4"at the hip, you have to do some division. Four sets of seams =8edges to get adjusted. Each seam is 2 sides... right?
SO: 4'divided by 8 =1/2'to be added to each seam. If you understand the concept, you can get your pattern pretty close before you waste that beautiful fabric. I hope this is of benefit to someone. Write me if you have any questions. KLKing
76  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I just built a new worktable, here's the specs! "All you need" is a drill! on: June 01, 2009 04:23:26 PM
I just made this table since I had to leave my 5x12ft. table behind when I moved out-of state. This one was built to be pretty, the last one was in the garage. I used:  4x4's-4 posts cut at 35"long, and 2 shorter ones cut at 10.5"   There are 2x3"s:3-6ft boards, and 7 pcs. cut at 45" for cross braces and end framing. One 2x3 piece cut at 24"lngth was used for the front frame of the shelf. The top was 5/8" Melamine. ,with 2 ft. cut off one end to become the shelf . Everything was pre-drilled, sanded, painted, and the legs were attatched inside. All the other framing was done outside. Everything was painted before legs were attatched. The posts have felt pads. This table used about 75 -3" wood bolts, and costs around $90.00  It was an easy project, I had the HDepot do all the wood cuts.  You could make this table larger, 4x8, and modify the measurements. It will cost you another $50.00 in lumber, but you can re-configure the lower shelf to your own needs.
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