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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What can I use to treat cotton fabric to make it more durable? on: October 18, 2013 08:42:11 AM
I have a pin-back button maker. For the longest time I've just used it to make paper ones. Lately I've been thinking of making some using fabric. My problem is that the fabric is thin, so I'm worried it might wear through too quickly. Interfacing has helped sone, but I've found that it doesn't fuse as well as I think it does. I can just peel it off the back even though I follow the ironing instructions. Is there anything out there that will more reliably hold the fibers together? I've heard mixed reviews about Scotch Guard. The fabric also cannot be made too stiff since then it might wear on the machine too much.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How can I find out if a fabric is not for commercial use? on: October 10, 2013 07:40:51 AM
I have noticed that some fabrics have "not for commercial use" on the selvage. I can understand that some people wouldn't want their patterns to be used in items being sold.
Here is my problem. A bunch of my friends know that I like using scraps in the things I am working on for my online shop. They have been giving me garbage bags worth of quilt scraps. I'm worried that I won't be able to tell if any of the fabrics are not for commercial use. While it might not be a huge deal right now, since my shop gets so few views, I still don't want to risk it for later when I become super successful (at least that is my plan)
Is there any place I can check on things like this? I don't want to just throw out all of their donations.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Nylon beading thread vs nylon sewing thread for beading? on: September 09, 2013 07:48:23 PM
I know beading thread used for beading most of the time, but what is the difference between it and the bonded sewing thread? At Jo Anns they sell a upholstery thread that they say is "It is a bonded 3-ply nylon thread that is weather; abrasion; mildew and UV resistant" Would that work as well as beading thread?

Here is a link to the product I was talking about:
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What is a good and simple video editing software for long videos? on: August 22, 2013 09:22:50 PM
So I've been making videos of me playing video games.  To post them on YouTube I want to cut the videos into chunks of about 25-30 mins.  That way they are view-able without making a bit commitment.  I have been using Windows Live Movie Maker, since it came with my computer.  It works fine for videos that are 3 hours or less, but it doesn't work at all with longer ones.
With the longer videos, it just stops giving a preview and freezes a lot when I try and work with it.  I've done a few "work arounds" that deal with saving a temp video and going back and editing that.  Well, that takes a long time.  I would rather be playing more or doing something else than saving a video just to have to edit and re-save it to make no real changes.
I've tried an older version of Adobe Premiere, but since it is an older copy, it doesn't like the MP4 format I have to work with.
All I'm looking to do is to go in and cut out the breaks I take (which also make editing easier) and to be able to save each chunk individually and in 720p.
I have a Windows 7 machine.

Edit: Feel free to include some less expensive softwares that might do what I want.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How can I use floral Styrofoam as a mold for plaster of paris? on: August 17, 2013 12:44:53 PM
So I have been looking into some things for random cosplay.  I found these really cool hollow half-sphere things in the floral section of my local Jo Ann Fabrics.  Well, the outside is much too big for what I'm looking to have, but the inside looks to be almost perfect.  I was thinking of filling it with plaster of paris and making a hold that I could shape things over.  Here is what I'm wondering.  How can I get the plaster out once it sets?  It would be ideal if I could keep the foam form in case I need to make a new one (they are kinda expensive).
They are a lot like these: http://www.craftmill.co.uk/polystyrene-styrofoam-plastic-balls/large-hollow-polystyrene-balls/polystyrene-balls-styrofoam-balls-in-2-hollow-halves
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone else ordered from nickoftime.net? on: July 21, 2013 08:07:49 AM
I've been searching and searching to find the same kind of fabric I found at a Hancock years ago.  I even went in and the nice lady told me that she thinks it is a suiting.  Well, nickoftime.net has fabric that looks a lot like it.  I e-mailed them about samples.
Has anyone ever ordered from them before?  Are they fast at answering questions and have fast shipping options? (I have about 3 weeks to get this project done in)
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I need help naming this mystery trim. on: June 05, 2013 12:58:54 PM
I bought this trim at Jo Anns when it went clearance a good long while ago.  I thought it was pretty, but since I didn't know what I was going to do with it, I didn't buy very much.  However, I now know what I am going to use it for.  I don't have the name of it anymore, so I'm hoping someone here will help me be able to find more of it online.

It is a three row piece of metal-mesh with a clear iron-on backing.  I have some in silver (pictured), pink, and blue.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Air dry vs heat set fabric paint? on: April 11, 2013 09:21:11 AM
I love those hoods with paw-scarves and ears.  I bought one or two, but I can never find exactly what I want.  I have a pattern and want to start making my own.  All the ones I have now have a raised and grippy paw-print on them.  I want to add something similar to mine.
My question is about what paint I should use.  I don't need to make them exactly like the ones I bought (especially since two of them us differnt stuff) but I was wondering what would work better and last longer.
The two paints I have are a Jacquard (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/lumiere.html) which is a heat-set paint, and a Tulip Soft (http://www.michaels.com/Tulip%C2%AE-Soft-Fabric-Paint%E2%84%A2/gc1507,default,pd.html) which just air dries.
Since I'm painting on the inside of the mitten/paw part, it will be getting flexed a lot and I'm worried about cracking and peeling.  Which does everyone think would last longer?

Edit: I also notice that Tulip Soft has a Velveteen one, that could be cool.  Has anyone used that before?
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yak yarn vs mink yarn? on: January 20, 2013 08:23:07 PM
So I will be knitting myself a little shawl/caplet for my wedding in April. I want to make it out of a yarn I normally wouldn't use, a nice little splurge.
Here is the problem, I don't know enough about yarns with yak or mink in them to make a decision.  The yarns I'm looking at both are a blend of their respective fiber and wool.
Here are some of my questions:
Which would be warmer?
Since it will have some lace, which would have better memory so it can look all fancy?
Is one more easy to work lace with? Why?
(would knowing where I want to buy from help answer any of the above questions?)
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need help finding a yarn I read about. on: January 08, 2013 06:20:47 PM
I had tried to read all of the Yarn Harlot's blog posts a while back.  Well, my comp died and I've recently started to try and catch-up again.  A while ago she posted about doing some underwater knitting with "nylon ribbon that looked like jellyfish when you got it wet".  Well, there is no picture of it, and I haven't seen any mention of what this yarn might be.
Does anyone have any ideas?
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