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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing slinky knit GRRR! on: November 25, 2006 05:58:54 PM
are you using a needle for knits, and is it the right one for the weight of fabric you are sewing? (apologies if you already know this).  there are different needles for lightweight wovens (silks, etc) heavyweights like denim, and needles for different weights of knit fabrics.  i just noticed you mentioned ballpoint needles, so you probably already know this.

sometimes the feed dogs or the presser feet have a hard time handling knits, especially slinky slippery ones.  you can also try sandwiching the fabric between two sheets of tissue paper...that has helped me before.  the tissue paper can be easily torn away afterwards.

if you can spare some scraps of the knit, try different stitches & lengths, too.

32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer or Brother? on: November 25, 2006 01:09:30 PM
i don't think anyone could pry the singer i bought at wal-mart (of all places! the horror! from the disdain i've gotten you'd think it would have fallen apart in the box! Cheesy) 3 years ago away from me.  never had any problems with it at all, and just finally took it in for an oiling & cleaning cause i figured i should since it's been so long, but it wasn't giving me any problems.

what you should actually do, and what the BEST thing is to do, really, is to go to a proper sewing or dealer shop and try them out.  try out several different brands and see which one YOU really like as far as how it handles, features, etc.  everyone is going to have problems with every brand, if you ask around long enough.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: another Butterick 4790 (also first post) on: November 24, 2006 12:09:35 PM
beautiful!! and that style flatters you very well  Smiley

coveting. the. petticoat!
34  Category Challenges / Clothing: Challenge Entries / Re: Clothing Challenge Ideas!! on: November 23, 2006 05:27:52 PM
how about picking a historical piece of clothing, like an edwardian coat, or a twenties flapper dress, and having the participants make it with a modern twist, using whatever materials they like?

or is that too project runway?  of course, i did watch the season two marathon today.   Wink

OR...have everyone pick their favorite item or outfit from 07's spring RTW collections, and recreate it themselves.  bonus for coming the closest on the lowest budget.  using sewing patterns could be allowed as long as the entire garment is still entirely handmade.  this way everyone gets to be crafty AND have a fashionable spring outfit at the ready.  Cool
35  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: bell sleeve jacket from VK holiday 2006 on: November 20, 2006 07:32:38 PM
elvira, you made my day.  thank you so much for being awesome!!  Grin
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: use for fingering weight mohair? on: November 20, 2006 12:18:11 PM
you have more than enough for a lacy scarf, you can make one good sized (say 6-7 in x 56-60 in) lacy scarf with one ball of that stuff on US size 4-6 needles, so two should give you plenty to make something striped, wider, etc.

knitty's branching out uses a similar yarn for its lacy silk mohair version if you're looking for ideas on what you can get out of your yardage.
37  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: bell sleeve jacket from VK holiday 2006 on: November 20, 2006 10:17:45 AM
i think i get it, though!!! instead of transferring my just-worked stitch back to the left needle and knitting into the empty space between them, i'm actually knitting into the "bar" between the just-worked and not-yet-worked stitch...is that what you mean?

if so, that would be a HUGE step in the right direction for me!
38  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: bell sleeve jacket from VK holiday 2006 on: November 20, 2006 07:11:54 AM
I'm not doing the bobbles, actually, so I can't help you out there.  Sorry!  I did get about an inch or two on the back done over the weekend!  Cheesy

lucky you! =]  i like the way the bobbles look like leaves...so i want to leave them in, but they're driving me crazy!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Marc by Marc Jacobs neck-warmer on: November 19, 2006 07:52:48 PM
i'm just still in shock at the price, or maybe more at the fact that someone might actually pay that much money for it.  i mean are they serious?  $198?  They have to know anyone with basic knitting skills could make that in an evening or two with some chunky merino and 4 metallic anchor buttons from the sewing store.   

definitely cute, but definitely overpriced for the original.
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Thick and the Dead on: November 19, 2006 01:06:05 PM
joann had one last year that thick, while i was knitting with it it was very rope-y and huge, as thick around as my size 15 needles, but i can't seem to find it online.  wish i could remember the name of it, too, but it was their store brand, "sensations."
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