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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Online fabric stores on: January 27, 2013 05:45:59 PM
My three top favorites for online fabric shopping:


Fabricmart can be addictive, great quality at superb prices. The other two stores carry higher end textiles and some of the prices will reflect that. They all have fabulous customer service and often run great sales, especially at year end and around holidays. I have purchased many things from these three places and can't remember returning anything because I was unhappy.

Another really popular online shop is EmmaOneSock.com. I have never bought from this site but it is also very highly rated among online fabric shops.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: heart of hearts on: January 27, 2013 08:12:27 AM
Wow, totally gorgeous! I look forward to seeing how you decide to showcase your art piece.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: muslin voile substitute fabric? on: June 23, 2010 03:57:05 PM
Received my silky cotton voile from Dharma Trading recently, and it is to die for!! It's quite sheer, but very very smooth and silky. I'm planning to use this voile as underlining for some dresses this summer and it will be heavenly wearing that next to the skin. I have yet to wash any yardages but I expect some shrinkage and the wonderful texture shouldn't change much. If it does I'll report back but I'm very happy with this purchase.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I opted for the Janome 6600P over the new Horizon 7700 on: June 14, 2010 12:11:33 AM
Congrats on adding these new babies to your sewing room! I'm waiting for my 1600P DBX and anxious to get started on it. Can you tell me how much it weighs? That's one thing I haven't been able to nail down in my research, I know it's heavy but even the manual doesn't seem to list this info (at least the .pdf online version).
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: muslin voile substitute fabric? on: June 10, 2010 05:11:03 PM
I just ordered from Dharma Trading Company a bolt of their silky cotton voile. I'm planning to use it for lightweight linings and I'll be happy to give you a review if you'd like.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding a dress form on: June 09, 2010 03:49:47 PM
I'm an APO in Korea and recently purchased a dress form from Sewing Machines Plus out of CA. Mine is a non-adjustable PGM Pro dress form, but I plan to pad her to my measurements. I also recently had a large cutting mat sent from Hancock Fabrics so if JoAnn's doesn't ship APO you can try their competitor.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for the best iron? on: June 09, 2010 03:47:14 PM
I recommend getting a gravity feed iron.

Here are some links on their care and the brands others have purchased. They start as low as $99 (Consew brand) to upwards of $600 (one of Naomoto's models), but with proper care you can expect these to last a very long time.


8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for some "friends" to hold my hand and translate, TBI on: May 18, 2010 05:14:51 PM
I wanted to let you know about a site called PatternReview.com because it is more sewing-centric than Craftster. I know there are some very experienced seamstresses/sewers on here, but if you don't get a lot of quick responses you can always try posting at PR. The members over there are very supportive and knowledgeable.

I hope you are progressing every day with positive results, and please know we are all here to help each other explore and learn and enjoy our hobbies.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resources for cheap buttons? on: May 18, 2010 04:58:00 PM
If you happen to live in Phoenix or Tucson, AZ you can go to SAS Fabric and buy buttons in bulk there.

I'll try to think of places online where you can get buttons, but you're not looking for the higher end/garment quality kind right? Just larger quantities of random buttons for your project?
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: What 'commercial' or 'hobbiest' machine should I buy for Vinyl Hemming? on: May 18, 2010 04:46:09 PM
What's your budget and are you planning to use this machine for something else eventually?

Vintage machines like the Singer 201/15-91 are fantastic with heavier weighted material. You can also look into current straight stitch machines like the Juki-TL98 or the Janome 1600P series (there are 4 models with slight variations, the DB, DBX, QC, and 1600P).

To help you distinguish between all name differentiations, here is a post from Jenny at Sew-Classic:


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