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1  Re: Please Help! Miu Miu sleeves... in Designer Clothing Homage by elijor on: July 16, 2009 07:54:18 AM
I would try altering the patern something like this:

You would have to play around with the length of the "sleeves" however that is pretty easy - cut longer/wider than you think is necessary and trim away until you get what you want.

I think it would also be good if you could cut the dress/top out as one peice front and back - connected at the shoulders so there wouldn't be a seam at the shoulder and down the middle of the sleeve.

It also looks like there are some shoulder pads (with a sharp drop-off not a rounded edge) to make the break at the shoulder-arm area.
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2  Re: adult swing top pattern? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: June 10, 2009 05:18:23 PM

Black lines are original pattern. Red lines are new cutting lines. Blue is about where the dart would be. AAfter putting the top on you should be able to see where a "natural" placement would be. I would pin both sides then take it off and measure to make sure they are at the same place. Sorry it is so sloppy put my 20 month old grand-princess is insisting on helping  Cheesy
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3  Re: How to sew elastic sides onto ipod case? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: June 09, 2009 08:02:41 PM
Here's the picture - just so others won't have to click away  Smiley

Unfortunately I can't think of a way to do it other than the
a lot of smooshing & twisting, ultimately resulting in crooked seams!
that you did. My only lame-o suggestion would be to make sure the "front" is the first seam you do - that way the crooked stitching will be less noticeable. Also I would do as sewnutzz suggested and put that first end (the front of the case) in between the outer fabric and lining.
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4  Re: Set of three "Rip-stop Nylon" tote, and duffel bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by elijor on: June 09, 2009 11:14:49 AM
Here's the pix. Click on the pix to jump to a larger picture and the "dialog".

Nice looking bags and great way to use up scraps.

Also - on your edit it looks like you didn't quite get all of the "url" copied. it looks like it is missing this: 378_3_rainbow_bags.JPG[/img]
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5  Re: Bernina 1006 Threading help in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: January 26, 2009 06:37:46 AM
You're in luck - Bernina's are remarkable easy to thread, no holes to go through until you get to the needle Smiley.

The red line is how to thread the top thread for sewing. A - At the top of the machine where the first arrow is you will see the first thread guide - you don't thread through a "whole" but rather there is a "slot" at the bottom back of the thread guide so hold the thread in both hands and "slide" the thread into the slot. The down through the tension disks (the presser foot should be raised while threading - this disengages the tension disks so the thread will go right down). B - Around the base of the next thread guide (just go down and up like a u-turn and the thread will pop right in). C - Up to the take-up lever (that is the silvery metal piece inside that long slot) - this is easiest to do if the needle is at it's highest spot so if necessary turn the hand wheel toward you (always turn it toward you) until the take-up level is at the top and easy to get to. D - There is another thread guide right at the bottom, again it is actually a slot (I think it is open on the right side). E - The last thread guide is at the bottom of the needle bar. It looks kinda like a little clip and can go from the right or the left (or both if you are using a twin needle). The last thing is through the needle from front to back.

The green line is how to do the thread for winding a bobbin. There is probably an arrow on the top of that little post but basically you go around it clockwise. There is actually a tension slot that the thread is in - it is kinda like the shank slips down a tiny bit and holds the thread in place.

When you put the thread in the bobbin make sure the boobin turns clockwise when you pull the thread.
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6  Re: how would you make this? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: January 20, 2009 01:07:27 PM
I would do it in strips using a sew and flip method sewing directly onto the batting a backing. Something like this:

Always placing the next fabric right side down, sew, flip and press. Continue this all the way across. Once the strips are complete you would sew the rows together with a sew & flip "sashing" between them. The sew the four blocks together again using the sew & flip "sashing". The book Awash With Color explains the sashing that would connect the rows. It is an older book but could be available at your library. I'm not sure if there are an site with good directions.

You would need to cut the triangles but the black sashing between them could just be long strips. Make sure you leave a little hanging off the end so the batting is covered when you flip it.
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7  Re: Help With Reversable Purse Pattern Featured on Martha Stewart in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: January 05, 2009 06:16:35 PM

Hopefully this will help. I can see where it would be not so clear.

Thanks for the link - My high school sewing class just started and I think some of my students would like that.
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8  Re: There's got to be a better way! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: November 20, 2008 03:49:06 PM
I would make a patch of a coordinating (matching or funky) fabric an inch or two bigger than the opening. To finish the edges fold under a bit around all four sides and press well or baste. Mark the opening cutout on the wrong side of the "patch". Lay the "patch" on top of where the opening is going to be right-sides-together. Sew around the marked opening. Cut out the "hole" about 1/4" from the seam. Clip the edges of the seam. Turn the "patch" to the inside, smooth out the sewn edges and press well. Topstitch around the outside edges of the patch and around the opening edges if desired.
Here's a picture - green and pink are the inside, purple is the outside - the black lines are the topstitching.
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9  Re: how does anyone make a bias cut skirt??? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by elijor on: September 01, 2008 01:17:17 PM
There are two options if you are set on the 45" wide fabric.

Option 1 is to add some fabric at the side to make your fabric more than 45" wide. Kinda like this
The horizontal red line is the seam from where you added fabric. If you are short on fabric you could lay the pattern on your 45" fabric and figure out how big you need to add on and the correct placement (like just the longer center red rectangle). This would show of course but you could make it a "design" by using a decorative stitch, inserting some trim/lace, or using a contrasting fabric. Note - this is sewn to the main fabric on grain so the whole thing is still bias.

Option 2 is to use the same pattern but make it in 2 sections/panel instead of just the front and back. In step 1 you would take your waist measurement divided by 4 (instead of 2) then add 2" (that is a guess - she added 3" twice for a total of 6" - so I divided 6 by 4 then added 1/2" for seam allowance - IDK if that might be too loose but you can always take it in but it's knida hard to add more fabric). Depending on your taste and the fabric print you could where it like it has a center front and center back seam or slide it a bit and have a center front and center back panel with the seams sort of down the center of each leg.
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10  Bubble Romper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by elijor on: May 27, 2008 03:09:21 PM
Finally I have a little princess to sew for. I used to make my daughter's clothes when she was little but then came 2 grandsons. I know, I know - you can sew for boys - but it's just not the same - haha.

Anyways the most recent quick little outfit. I love it - her mom is eh. She claims she likes the pattern but not the fabric. I think the retro fabric and retro style work well together.

Butterick 3405 view E. Quick and easy to make. Quick and easy to put on and change diapers. Also very suitable for crawling/rolling.

After answering so many questions I bet some folks were wondering if I'd ever post something  Cheesy
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