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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: What site do you buy your machine embroidery patterns? on: July 10, 2014 08:20:07 AM
There was one Mac compatible program I got to demo once at a craft show. It cost $3000. Sad I would recommend getting a cheap Windows netbook, they run about $150-250 and install only embroidery software on it.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie q: is there EASY software that will convert a hand-drawing for a machine? on: July 10, 2014 08:17:56 AM
Nope. Sorry.

There's "sort of" automated software, but it'll cost upwards of $3000.

Affordable software (in the $200-$300 range) doesn't automatically create designs from a drawing. Embird is a good program, the basic license costs $164, and the license for the designer is $150. You need to know how to use a vector program, then import your vector into Embird, and it will fill in the stitches based on your instructions.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best book for a dressmaking beginner? on: August 31, 2012 09:45:31 AM


These books will give you dressmaking sewing techniques.

To lay out a pattern is pretty much a no-brainer. The commercial patterns will have layout examples printed in them. Just try to waste as little fabric as possible. All you can do is practice.

Cut the pattern pieces apart (not on the lines, just separate them), then use chalk/fabric pen and a c-thru ruler to trace the lines you need for the size you want. Alternatively, if you're one of those people who doesn't like cutting up the commercial patterns, lay pieces of dollar store tissue paper (the kind for gift wrapping) on top and use a highlighter or marker to trace the pattern pieces and sizes you want, then cut the tissue paper and pin to your fabric, then trace and/or just cut around it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: skirts from recycled t-shirts? on: August 28, 2012 06:33:41 AM
There are tons of tutorials for making clothing out of t-shirts. Google it, and visit t-shirt-surgery.livejournal.com and take a look at their tags.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone have any advice on choosing a silver sauterer and where to buy one? on: August 01, 2012 09:32:47 AM
I wrote this whole huge thing about soldering (most of which I've deleted) because I was startled and upset by your tone, Sarah. I was trying to be helpful.

Sorry, Alexus. That wasn't my intention. It's just that I had seen the OP read your first, less educated post and repeated "soldering iron" in her response. As a novice jewelry student myself, I felt I needed to be very clear that the tool is not your average everyday soldering "iron". I know you were just trying being helpful, but it's actually not helpful to the OP who is an untrained and novice jewelry artist, and who didn't even know the correct terms to use, when you give partial or inaccurate advice due to your own lack of knowledge.

There are various reasons jewelry needs an open flame, not just a hot tip. But now you've researched it and posted a much better answer to the original question. So, good job for looking into it so thoroughly and giving the OP a good answer about what to use and where to find it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Recon. T-shirt to Dress? on: July 26, 2012 04:19:00 AM
Check out the tags and tutorials here http://t-shirt-surgery.livejournal.com/tag/
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adapting patterns...? on: July 25, 2012 11:55:01 AM
That's hard to explain. There are a few steps and considerations.

Since the pattern was drafted for a child, the bodice doesn't have darts for an adult's chest. Maybe that wouldn't matter if you did it in a stretch fabric like jersey or knit.

Here's what a basic bodice block would look like

Really depends on your drafting skills/adventurousness. I don't think I could explain how to create a block for yourself. You'd have to look it up on Google and see if you can find instructions or tutorials.

Try doing the bodice part of the dress in muslin first, to see how it works and fits.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Professional Sewing Studio on: July 25, 2012 11:44:37 AM
Oh geez, I'm so jealous! I'm still cutting on the floor! I've been wishing for a cutting table for years, but no space in my house. As it is, I've completely taken over the dining room for the last year, and no one gets to eat on the table. Everyone eats on the couch in the winter, and on the back patio in the summer. XD

Where did you get the iron? Do you have to go to a special supplier for industrial equipment? I really, really want one! I'm getting sick and tired of the domestic iron.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shop bought pattern on: July 25, 2012 11:34:11 AM
If you don't want to lose sizing on the commercial pattern piece, this is what I do based on the pattern drafting method I was taught to do in fashion school:

1. Cut out the pieces just to separate them. Don't cut on the lines.

2. Place on your fabric with pins

3. Using a long ruler (the ones we use in school look like this and cost about $5.99, but you can use any flat ruler with no bevels or traditional angled edges) and chalk, put the edge of the ruler on the line of the pattern piece, fold up the pattern paper over the ruler, and swipe the chalk along the ruler. By shifting and angling the ruler, you can get curves even though a ruler is straight.

It seems counter-intuitive because a ruler is usually used for straight lines and measuring straight lines, but this is the method I was taught in pattern drafting, when we'd be given a sloper or block with no seam allowances, and had to measure and draw our own seam allowance after altering the block. When doing a curve, you just pivot the ruler in tiny increments, and draw a bunch of lines. Where they meet, you get a smooth curve.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you organize/ keep patterns? on: July 25, 2012 11:21:10 AM
All good suggestions so far. My method is to steal the big 2"-2.5" wide D-ring binders from work (we have a lot Grin), and I bought some coverstock paper (a pack was about $15, however I've also been using this paper for papercrafting projects so it was worth it for me), and a pack of plastic paper protectors (I think a pack of 100 of them cost me about $8). I put a piece of cardstock in the protector, write whatever notes I need on it, then take commercial patterns out of the envelope, and put the envelope in the front side of the protector, and all the pattern pieces in the back. Sometimes I do need an extra protector for patterns with a lot of pieces, but since the stock of recycled binders is unending at my office, I can always grab more and take them home.

For the smaller actual pattern pieces, I find they last longer if I attach some fusible woven interfacing to the back of them. They won't rip, but they're still flexible and I can stick pins through them. Actually makes it easier to place and trace.
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