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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice? Better Way for my Photoshopped Images to Tees? (Right forum?) on: April 21, 2010 08:01:15 AM
And I found this writeup, on the yudu, which makes me think I should think about just trying the traditional method!


Looks like I have to either get serious or just deal with the tee shirt transfer sheets. Well, that's why I asked!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice? Better Way for my Photoshopped Images to Tees? (Right forum?) on: April 21, 2010 07:52:50 AM
Thank you! I will look for this
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Having a hard time with transfer paper-Help?! on: April 08, 2010 10:42:20 AM
I agree. It's a pain.

I just know how the Avery transfers work. You can get them at Staples here in California. I don't know what you have.

OK for example the Avery sheets say Avery all over one side. That is the WRONG side. You print on the other side.

Now for LIGHT Avery Transfers you lay the paper so that the Avery printed side (side you didn't print on) is facing the tee shirt. You will now see the words "Avery" staring up at you.

Here's where I slide a big thick pad of sketch paper between the ironing board and the tee shirt with the cardboard backing right under the tee. You're supposed to use a hard flat surface, but this works well for me. I need to be at an ironing board.

Now center and position AVERY PAPER  on your $2 Walgreens tee shirt (That's what I use!) Remember you see the words Avery looking up at you.The picture is pointed down towards the tee shirt. (For this example no text ok? Text will come out backwards - I think you use mirror printing to get that right - but Avery dark transfers don't require mirror printing they work a different way)

Now I lay a thin cotton (clean) dishtowel over the top of the Avery paper.

WIth my iron well heated up to full heat I press and rub back and forth (iron not press) very slightly for a count of 45 in a particular area. I move the iron back and forth a little so as not to burn. Do this across the ENTIRE design in segments, starting from one edge doing it, then moving across. When done going across I go around the perimeter/edges of the image doing the same thing - even though you think you've gotten them all. The edges have got to really, really go down.

Now, I put my iron safely away where it won't burn anything, but leave it on.  Pick up the towel and then walk away for at least 5 minutes while it cools. When I come back I feel the Avery paper. Make sure it's all cool. Then very cafeeeefffuuully try to peel up one corner away from the transfer part . If it works great. Otherwise I try each corner to see what edges worked and which didn't. Repeat the iron, towel and cooling treatment for edges and outer areas that didn't transfer.

IF this works, let me know and I'll explain how to do dark tee shirt transfers with Avery. That works differently!


4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: White transfer on black tshirt. Anyone know what went wrong? on: April 08, 2010 10:30:31 AM
Maybe you ironed/pressed for longer than you should, given the fiber content of the shirt. I have sometimes gotten a kind of brown burn on the shirt when I did that.

I would not bother with bleach. I don't think it will work on that sticky polyester stuff, and will probably just make holes too.  I would get a new tee shirt that is similar fiber content to the one that worked and try again.

Good luck!

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Advice? Better Way for my Photoshopped Images to Tees? (Right forum?) on: April 08, 2010 10:28:20 AM

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post. Sorry if it's not. I usually post in the bags forum...

I've been having an awful lot of fun taking a Photoshop class and creating beautiful images, which just beg to go on tee shirts (for a start). So far I've just used the basic ink jet sheets - which it looks like this group is about.

Somebody at the flea market (where the world really meets I think) told me that somebody told her (this is where it gets like an adventure novel) that he used to silk screen tee shirts but now he threw out his old system because he uses a craft store type machine to do "just as good a job". This is where a silk screener gets offended - I'm sure I would, if I was a silk-screen artist. Remember it's a passed on conversation.

She said "He got that machine you always see on the infomercials. You know, it's by the same people who make the Cricket. You get them at Michaels." She then flipped through her Joannes brochure, which she happened to have, but no dice.

Clearly I'm not savy to this infomercial.

I've located a machine that seems to get sold at Michaels called a "Cricut'. I think Cricut makes scrapbook/art-journal type shapes with different die-cuts. I've located the company that makes it called "Provo Craft". I can see a lot of products they make on Amazon, including some kind of viny transfer letters maybe?

This is what it comes down to..
1) Does anybody know if there is any kind of affordable crafting machine for photo transfer that is an improvement over iron on ink jet transfers.

2) Can you point me towards a f.a.q. or list of other in-home photo transfer options besides a machine and ink jet transfers that might look cooler and still be on the home-type-budget side? I think maybe there is some kind of jel/gel but that would imply I print a photograph and put the gel on. If it's a big improvement in terms of not having a crispy, crunchy tee shirt front or the picture is really great maybe that's worth it. I found a site that has other fabric sheets that have a different fiber content and the cheapest are over $60. For my budget that is a lot for just transfer sheets that will get used up. But if it's a wonderful option and you think those are the best, I could think about it for the future.

Thank you for any clues and pointers. Hopefully a wonderful craftster moderator will also move this post if I put it in the wrong forum. What would I do without wonderful craftster moderators!

Thank you!!!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / More Knit Tops, Down with Stash! on: January 18, 2010 10:00:47 PM
I enjoyed listening to Loris Sew Forth Now podcasts so much, I have been inspired to improve my sewing skills with knits. I pulled two different types of knit out of my stash. Its sure nice to put my sewing time into things that are really worth my while because I get so much use out of them.
The first was a thin green jersey-type knit. Its very fluid and very stretchy. The second is a black, velvet-type. I think the type is something like a stretchy devore velvet.

Ive written before both in my blog and on Crafster about my experiences pulling this pattern together. These tops are the fifth and sixth ones Ive created with this concocted pattern or a variation of it. I expect I will keep working with it and intend to try more new ideas with neckline, shape, sleeve style and length. The more familiar I get with one pattern, the more it helps when I work with different types of material.
I make a neckline facing for this like a regular woven facing. Ive been experimenting with how to sew down those facings. With the heavier knits, the rib knit and the fleeces, I did two rows of straight stitch, similar to what Id seen in some purchased tee shirts. When I got to the jersey I ended up adding a thin voile ribbon all along the underside, a length of grosgrain ribbon across the front, also underneath, and three courses of stitching to make it stiff. The first line of stitching was straight stitch. The second two were a feather stitch. I did the black top second and did the feather stitching right off. That was enough to stabilize it. I also used that same stitch on the sleeve edges and hem of the two tops.
In the case of the green top I found that the neckline stretched out too much and it didn hang well. I decided to make the extra material a feature and made the little tuck in front. I really like that tuck now.

The pattern for both is same one I created from an old shirt and another pattern and wrote about on Crafster and also at

1) Sewing: Goodbye Winnie-The-Pooh, Sweatshirts

2) More Stash Sewing: Three New Tops

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Goodbye W-T-Pooh New Sweatshirts replace that irritating old bear on: January 11, 2010 09:59:24 PM
Thanks for the comments. They mean a lot to me.

I've really been enjoying having pretty new every day keep-me-warm shirts. I'm really working on sewing clothes that I use for my regular life instead of focusing so much on special occasion clothes. Though special occasions are still awfully fun to sew for!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Goodbye W-T-Pooh New Sweatshirts replace that irritating old bear on: January 08, 2010 09:53:44 AM

My daughter bought this Winnie the Pooh Sweatshirt at Disneyland when she was 8. I think she wore it there once. Then I acquired it.

That was 11 years ago.

Though the shirt it still perfectly GOOD, I have always disliked it intensely. Still I needed something warm when Im done exercising, in the garden, or walking and its not quite light jacket weather.
Its going into the donation bin today! After all it really is still perfectly good. Not even any stains.

I made myself two pretty new sweatshirts out of Joannes fleece. The flowered one came out of a yard and a half long panel. I enjoyed piecing out the sleeves and a small place in the back that doesnt show under the elastic.

The lime green one has beads from Beads For Life (http://www.beadforlife.org/indexb.html). Its an organization to sell beads for women in Uganda. They make the beads from recycled paper and some kind of varnish. I tested a bead by attaching it to a cork for several days and letting it float in cold water. No fading, no pulling apart. I cold water wash and hang to dry stuff like this so it should be OK. I will turn the beaded side to the inside before it goes into the machine.

Pattern for both is same one I created and wrote about in Crafster and also at http://megrosesews.blogspot.com/2009/12/more-stash-sewing-three-new-tops.html
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purple Velvet Buttercup Purse/Strolling Accessory, More Stash Sewing on: January 05, 2010 04:20:31 PM

I think youre right. This purse DOES look an awful lot like the black moleskin one I made in December. I used that one a lot during the festive season. Then I turned up a purple velvet suit Id cut out but never sewed in the eighties. I dont know when I thought Id wear a velvet skirt and jacket. To a work party? They were all the rage in the pattern magazines at the time. Good thing I didnt make it because now I have it to cut up!

I lined it with burgundy courderoy from a jacket that had not been a success at the time and was partially sewn and deposited in the same box.

I like making these Buttercup purses with a nice long strap to go crosswise across my body because I walk a lot. Blown up to 129% on the copy machine that gives me enough room for the things I take walking: cell phone, ipod, credit cards, a scarf and a little bit more.

Link to the festive black one I made during December (includes free Buttercup pattern link)


10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Handbag - The cure for all man troubles (Update w/ new bags! ) on: December 30, 2009 10:06:37 PM
And here I declared a moratorium on bag making for a few months. Now that I saw this... I don't know. I may have to give in.

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