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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Free-Motion Quilting on: August 01, 2008 11:14:44 AM
I've only made a few quilts.  The first was the only one that I tried to actually quilt and it puckered a LOT!  Since, I've learned about the walking foot and that I probably needed MANY more safety pins.  The others I've just tied.  Those are ok, but I really want to make some "real" ones.  Recently I've fallen in love with the free-motion (I didn't even know what it was called until yesterday).  I took my machine in yesterday and the woman told me that she thought that there needed to be another level on the presser foot.  (So that it wouldn't hold the fabric as tightly)  How do you all do it?  Remove the presser foot? (I tried that and I would need a LOT more practice getting even stitches) Or is there another foot you use.  I looked at the darning foot and it kinda looked like that might work...  Anyway, any help/tips would be appreciated!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is it done sewing or serging? on: July 23, 2008 09:01:58 PM
If you look at the bottom hem or sleeve hem of a tee shirt, you see the double topstitch.  Underneath it looks serged.  I got a serger for Mother's Day and have loved learning to use it, but this is something that I thought I was going to be able to do with it and was really looking forward to.  So...  is it serged and then just a double topstitch with a sewing machine, or is it a function on the serger that I may not have???  Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fifties dress help on: June 21, 2008 05:49:59 PM
We are throwing my MIL a 50's prom party for her 70th Bday next month and I'm stumped as to what to wear.  I do NOT want to do the poodle dog skirt thing.  I'll reserve that for my 6 month old girl.  Wink  I LOVE this dress!
Does anyone know of a similar pattern?  The neckline can be more simple (without the banding). 

Any other ideas would be appreciated.  Any tips to find fabulous fabric would be GREATLY appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Not a funny joke! (I just got a serger) on: May 14, 2008 09:15:49 AM
My husband got me a serger for my first Mother's Day (what a sweet guy)!  I took the video out today because I'd read that they're tough to thread...  TOUGH?!?!!?!  Are you kidding me?  Two minutes into the video and I kept thinking that it had to be a joke!  "thread it through the lower looper threader, into the left loop hook..." blah blah blah....  My girl is going to be out of high school before I figure this thing out!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interweave subscriptions & holiday issue on: October 17, 2007 06:29:23 PM
Ok, it's ridiculous that I don't know this, but if you subscribe to interweave you do get the holiday issue don't you???  I can't wait to start Jared's hat!!!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Saartje button loops on: September 24, 2007 08:59:14 AM
Any tips on the button loops for the Saartje booties?  I tried to just crochet a chain (about as far as my crochet skill currently go), but it doesn't look nearly as neat as the others I've seen.  Does anyone know of a good method whether knit or crocheted?

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help finding a jacket pattern from craftster! on: September 18, 2007 05:33:00 PM
Within the last month or so I saw a knit swing style jacket here on craftster.  It was dark grey, 3/4 sleeves, and pleats at the bust.  I thought I'd bookmarked the pattern, but I can't find it and now I can't find the post about the jacket anywhere!  Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  Thanks!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cascade 220 Paints on: August 19, 2007 08:05:35 PM
Has anyone tried this yarn?  It looks interesting, but I'd love to see pictures of it knit up if anyone has used it!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need a strapless dress pattern. on: April 10, 2007 07:56:14 PM
Everytime I have to go to a wedding I search and search for a dress but never find anything that I really like.  I have a dress for a wedding in May, but I don't love it.  I'd like to find a fabric I love and make a strapless dress.  I have only made something from a pattern ONE time (and it was the sooo easy Built by Wendy top).  I was thinking of this http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B4183=x&TI=10002&page=7 Butterick pattern - the one with the asymetrical hem.  So... does anyone have any input?  I'm not sure how doable this is.  Any other pattern ideas?   Thanks!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn sub for double stranded fingering weight (kidsilk) on: April 02, 2007 02:47:14 PM
I have a pattern for a cardi that calls for kidsilk haze double stranded.  While I would LOVE that, I'm trying to find a similar yet less expensive alternative.  I know, I know, I'll have to check gauge, but can anyone give me an idea of what weight I should look for that would be like 2 strands of fingering?  Thanks!
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