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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemming a dress on: September 26, 2013 11:31:25 PM
Thanks for the replies.

In the end I made a facing for the hem. I wanted a wide hem, and this seemed the easiest way. It also added some weight to the bottom and helps with the drape.

For reference, to make a facing for the hem is the same as making a facing for the bodice. You make a copy of the skirt pattern from the hem up so far. I went up 4 inches. Once cut out I overlocked/serged the edge that would not be sewn to the  hem for a neat finish (and so that I didn't have to turn that edge under).
I sewn the two side seams and then matched up the edges of the facing to the bottom of the skirt. I sewn them together, right sides together, then ironed the facing to the back. I pinned it into place to make sewing down the overlocked edge of the facing easier. Once sewn the facing down I was done.
I had an easy wide hem on a wide dress.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Hemming a dress on: August 09, 2013 12:01:01 PM
I have made a dress where the hem is curved.
I like to have a wide hem (2-4inches).

I would like to know the easiest way to hem this dress, where the raw edge is larger, so it needs gathering in some way.

Any suggestions?
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: clothing tags question on: April 07, 2013 04:58:12 AM
Depending on the look you want, you can buy tags that resemble shop brought garments. You could stencil your logo on with fabric paint, or use t-shirt transfer paper.

Currently, I use t-shirt transfer paper, and iron it onto grosgrain ribbon and sew into my items.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Query: Sewing Pattern - Material Requirement on: April 07, 2013 04:55:23 AM
I think two way stretch is where the stretch is 'left-right' and little to no stretch up-down.
Four way stretch, stretches left-right and up-down.

I think you may have a change in the drape with the stretch from up-down.

But as your outcome is for leggings and a leotard you shouldn't have a lot of trouble. Just take it slowly so you don't stretch where you don't want it to.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Round loom knitting on: December 07, 2012 10:00:13 AM
Hey Roomie, I just found this post and wanted toadd something.
I am getting lloms for christmas so I have been checking out the loom posts.

I have noted a few ways to do the toe.

1: Gather all.
2: Decrease by 50%, then gather.
3: Kitchener.
4: (and my favourite idea), at the toe repeat the wrap&turn heel, on same stitches used for heel. Cast off, then close the hole made at the toe. The seam will look like store-brought socks with the seem running across the top of the toes.

I hope this is of some help.
I can't wait the 18 days I have to for my looms.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with this Mega Man Quilt! Tips on thread please. on: November 30, 2012 02:41:25 AM
I made a sewing machine cover for my first quilting project.
It was made using the English Paper Piecing technique. It was similar to grandma's garden. 7 hexagons sewn together to make a flower.
I quilted it by hand, around the main hexagons.
My technique may not have been the norm, but it worked for me.

Into a large embroidery hoop, I layered my pieced quilt, a layer of batting, and the back panel in the hoop. I used embroidery thread that was in contrast with the back, but co-ordinated with the front.
I knotted the thread and threaded the needle from the back, to the front. I then pulled gently to bring the knot to the inside. It would then be hidden in the batting. I then did a running stitch around the 'flower'. When the thread was coming to an end, i would knot it as close to the back as possible and then tease it inside.

This is how I did it. I was very very happy with the results. I don't know how I am going to quilt my current project, which is a childs blanket.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: turtle shell on: November 30, 2012 02:33:14 AM
Sewing individual shell shapes seems like a lot of work to me, but all the more power to you if you want to take that on. Personally, I would keep the shell in a single piece and topstitch or quilt the pattern onto it.

I agree with top stitching a pattern if using pleather etc.

If you decide to use cotton, or fleece, for a soft shell, you could english paper piece the shell. It is as much work as sewing the hexagon together in your suggestion, in my opinion.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with this Mega Man Quilt! Tips on thread please. on: November 26, 2012 01:42:30 AM
Firstly, I absolutely love your quilt!

I struggled with using invisible thread so the would be upto you. If it was my project I would quilt by hand.
I would use embroidery thread, and hand sew around the different sections.
I.E, I would use white thread and hand stitch around the whole picture, in-the-ditch, between the black and white sections.
I would then colour match around each section.

If you used the correct colours, you would get a reverse, line drawing on the back, adding a second feature.

I'd weigh up all your options before you decide, and don't worry about how long it's gonna take you as it has been waiting this long, a little while longer isn't gonna matter.

I would love to see it once it is finished!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quick and easy bolero/shrug +tutorial link on: November 23, 2012 10:40:13 AM
Hey there, is it possible to get a diagram of where your sewing/cutting lines are or a zoomed out pic of the last cut? I think I can follow to there. Maybe I just have to have a go.

I have a dinner party to go to in 4 days, and I have some of that fabric in black, that would look nice over my maroon halter neck top that I have also made.
This would finish it off nicely, just what I need to wear at a dinner with my classmates from my fashion course.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Top loading bobbin tension? on: November 19, 2012 11:55:16 AM
Thanks to everyone who has read this.

The problem was due to a bobbin that was slightly different to the supplied one. Now she has the right sized bobbin, everything is fine. She still needs to clean the tension disks, but she is very happy that she has solved the main problem.
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