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1  exposed serger stitches help! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by patchworkarmy on: April 10, 2010 06:56:59 PM
OK. You have all seen them. I really love them. Exposed serger seams.  I'm talking about when 2 pieces of fabric are sewn together on a serger and it looks just like the 4 thread flatlock stitch, but it's not on the inside. For example, I have a hoodie where the sleeves are sewn into the shoulder but the seam is flat and looks serged from inside and outside.

Like if you could serge into the middle of a piece of fabric if that makes sense? I've searched high and low and have found flatlock instructions. That's not what I'm seeing.

I even tried to serge into a piece of fabric. It doesn't work! trust me. ;0)

Help me figure out how this is done!!!
Thanks! Cheesy

Like these seams? see how they're flat? But they weren't sewn insideout then topstitched. Is it some sort of coverstitch you think? Like inside out coverstitch?
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2  sparkly glitter vinyl boxy japanese style zippered purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patchworkarmy on: September 27, 2007 10:48:28 AM
ok. that's a long title. but it's all those things! Recently I've started to see all this sparkle/glitter vinyl stuff around and I want some! SO when I finally saw some for sale at a store near me (the Mill End Store for those of you in the Portland or Beaver-tron area) I grabbed it!
This is the third of this type of bag I've made. there are other pix over here:

But this latest bag is by far my favorite. I've already moved everything into it and wore it out to starbucks today! weeeee!

Hope you likee. One thing to remember. In the "tutorial" I found for this type of bag (not with this type of lining though-she did it differently) they never mentioned what type of zipper to use. You have to have a separating zipper if you want to make this type of bag in ONE PIECE! K. schpeal over. enjoi

***ps*** notice that matching wallet/card holder case thingie. Matchy matchy, I know. but pruhty no?
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3  Re: Blue on Blue Sparkle Vinyl Killer Kitty Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patchworkarmy on: September 21, 2007 11:31:15 AM
the pice de resistance:

then there's the business card holders. I've kinda gone crazy with those...hehe.

first wallet:

ipod case (new-sew!!!) I just used rivets I found on clearance at work...woohoo!

hope you approve!!!  Embarrassed
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4  Re: Fiber Friday 6/8 in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: June 08, 2007 06:23:12 PM
I did some handcarding! You can read more about it here:

But here's a pic to entice you. baby blue and brown. yum.

sorry to post it all over. I'm just in love! And want to share with all my girls! You girls all rock my world. ever damn week. I love it!  Grin
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5  From batt to bag...handspun entrelac(pic heavy!)*more progress pix added* in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: June 08, 2007 06:18:43 PM
Ok, here goes. I haven't actually finished this bag, but I'm too excited to wait! I'll post more pix when it's done. Which should only be a few more days. I just have to spin up a little more yarn.
First I started with some combed merino dyed in shades of baby blue and a deep brown color. Commercially dyed. then I added in a healthy dash of faux cashmere for softness and more depth of color. I've noticed that the yarn I'm spinning with this nylon cashmere is so pretty. It just seems to glow! I swear- almost looks like silk. I love it! and I love that it's only $1/oz too!

Here's the little rolag snails in a bucket all ready to be spun:

And here's the singles on the bobbin:

And a fun artsy pic in skein form:

Then I wound it by hand into a center pull ball. I use my swift that came free with my wheel, and a thick dowel as my noste.  I've never done entrelac before but have seen some gorgeous things.  And since I happened to have that issue of IK with euny's fab explanation of it, I went for it and haven't looked back! It's fun, albeit time consuming. I've tried to knit "backwards" like I know some people do, but it's just not for me!

So, here's how much I have so far.

I'm knitting on size 8 needles although the yarn is a single at about 8-9wpi. I wanted it to be a tighter knit because it's a bag. I'll definitely line it still, though, because of how entrelac is on the inside. Probably in brown.

Can you believe I'm thinking of gifting this bag? I've already spent sooo many hours getting it this far. I hope she appreciates the effort! Thanks for looking!

I finished knitting the bag. It's blocking right now:

I've also bought some fabric to use for the lining. The pinstripe will be the inside and the blue/green fabric with the circles will be for the inside pocket I think. I also got some matching ribbon if I need it for anything and some pretty grey buttons that match the lining fabric.  Which is also grey-ish. I figure it'll work fine, though, because where blue and brown mix they make grey. The bf approves anyway! =0) I hope to be done soon! I wish it would dry faster!

if anyone has any ideas for handles, I'm open to them. I got some neutral vinyl leather looking ones at work (joanns) but the color just doesn't work with the DARK brown in this piece. I'm thinking of going out to the leather store in the industrial area of portland. It's so fun there, and I'm sure they'd have something I could use. I've thought about ribbon or webbing or fabric, but I really want it to look as professional as possible. Let me know! thanks!
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6  Re: Show Me What You Made! in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: June 08, 2007 06:06:50 PM
I love love lovvvveeeee those garter stitch ones of the table runner and the other one. Gorgeous! wow. I love singles knit up. especially when they're lumpy and bumpy like those. yummee.
I also love the crochet scarf. Wow. That is some serious yarn. I started off as a crocheter, but whenever I finish a really nice yarn, I never think, "crochet." But that looks marvelous! kudos!

I've started on an entrelac bag that may or may not end up as a gift. It started out as one, but I may not be able to let it go!  However, if I end up with enough yarn to make two, I'll do that. It's the right thing to do, right girls?
I haven't finished yet, but I just had to share. I'll post more pix when it's done. =0)

Spun from some combed merino top dyed in shades of baby blue and a deep dark brown. I hand carded them into batts with a little faux cashmere added in for more depth of color and softness. I love that stuff! =0)

*edit-here's a post with more pix of the process:
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7  Re: Fiber friday 5/18 in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: May 18, 2007 02:00:17 PM
lookin good people!
here's the mint chip all plied up:

here's my newest- plied with buttons and coiled/beehived goodness! =0)
"Les bouttons"

thanks for letting me share!  Cheesy
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8  Re: Fiber Friday 5/11 in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: May 11, 2007 04:24:16 PM
From this:

To this:
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9  Re: Fiber Friday 5/4 in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: May 04, 2007 10:18:44 PM

Banana Split:

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10  Re: Fiber Friday - April 20th in Spinning: Completed Projects by patchworkarmy on: April 20, 2007 12:50:32 PM
I love love LOVE those rolags! I'm dying to get a carder of some sort. You suck! =0)
here's mine that I did yesterday. yummy yummy. sheepshed millends, dyed by moi. deep blue, lighter blue, silver, charcoal, and some natural color.  Plied with shiny clear black thread (more of a ribbon shape though, it's not a circle, but it's like flat if that makes sense. shines more!) which was threaded with black and blue sequins. Also there's some matte silver sequin trim plied in there also. yummy and stormy. here goes:

everything looks so awesome! =0)
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