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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help! Cotton jersey fabric gets stuck in feed dogs on: April 19, 2011 07:33:15 PM
I bought enough of a remnant to make a shirt out of that is cotton jersey material. After cutting everything and trying to sew seams... everytime I start a new seam, it just bunches it all up inside the feed dogs and starts creating holes in my fabric.

Last month I used a slighty heavier jersey knit and my machine handled it fine. What can I do for this thinner cotton jersey short of trying to interface the seams of every piece to make it thicker?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need advice for a Semi-Amish Quilt on: October 21, 2010 08:59:10 PM
I'm currently taking a humanities seminar called Cultural Approaches to Tourist Arts. For our final project we have to do something (anything really) that has to do with one of the course objectives.

I sew and have dabbled in small quilted things, so I decided to do an almost-Amish quilt for my project and talk about how nowadays quilts are made more "touristy" and how its a border crossing to have an Amish quilt done in a slightly modern way. I've been through several Amish sections of the US (Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana) and have seen both quilt stores and fabric stores where both modern and Amish people buy their goods.

So here's my plan:
Make a Diamond in a Square pattern using traditional colors of red, purple, and black, but instead of solids use patterned fabrics. Also, I'm machine piecing this.

I'm making a 3' x 3' quilt as I only have 1 month to complete this.

This is the quilt I'm modeling mine after:

What advice do you have for this project? I'm still debating whether or not I'm going to hand quilt it or machine quilt it on a basic sewing machine (I have confidence it's small enough of a project I can do it on my Singer).
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork purse on: July 27, 2010 08:01:49 PM
Relatively new to sewing, but set out to make a purse the other night with some of the squares from one of those "100 4"x4" squares!" deals off ebay. Used 44 squares in total, all with the same pattern but various color variations.

The outside.

The inside. Lined with zipper pocket that is as big as one side of the purse, plus two mini pockets made with the same squares from the inside.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / strawberry baby hat on: March 15, 2010 12:27:26 PM
Needed to make up some baby hats for a craft fair I'm selling at soon, so I sat down and whittled this out:

A strawberry hat that goes down over the ears and ties loosely.

With a fun little leafy top Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jorah Hadley & Murray gloves - two designs from a newbie designer (img heavy) on: December 30, 2008 08:15:27 AM
Last night I decided to finally finish two designs that have been on my needles awhile and post up their patterns.

The first is a t-shirt kind of deal called Jorah Hadley that I've had hiding in my dorm room for 4 months, waiting for me to complete only 15 rows of a sleeve. So I finally had to stop being a procrastinator last night and finished.

Bustband detail...

Body detail...

The second is a glove design called the Murray Gloves.

What do you think?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rustic Sea Cropped Pullover (or how I managed a garment with very little yarn) on: August 05, 2008 12:18:12 PM

Just made a basic cropped pullover that can be modified to fit any sort of lace, ribbing, or cable pattern someone may want to try out without having to work with the designs already going on in another pullover pattern.

Don't know if you can tell in the picture, but the second skein of Araucania Magallanes was somewhat darker than the first and had a lot less gray/light blue areas. Makes an interesting transition...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / River Duero Fingerless Gloves on: July 27, 2008 01:52:57 PM
My friend wanted me to make her a pair of fingerless gloves. However, we live in Florida... so the warmth of most of the glove patterns available is not only unnecessary, but causes great misery.

So I made my own. First pattern I've entirely improvised.

A close-up of the detailing:

What do you think?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / turtle love on: February 21, 2008 05:04:38 PM
So I finished my first turtle, and I must say I love it. Please ignore the blurry pictures... cheap cell phones have bad cameras.

I did a few modifications from the pattern. Namely I made him a tail. And avoided the i-cording to put the shell pieces together, instead opting for single crochet.

This pattern has probably been posted before, but it's so fricken cute and easy that I thought I'd spread the love. It's Sheldon from Knitty.

Knit a turtle. Really.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / advice/suggestions for a sweater? on: January 13, 2008 05:38:24 PM
So I'm mostly a crocheter, but I also dabble in knitting scarves, hats, socks, etc. and can do cabling and decreasing/increasing intarsia double knitting, etc. So I think I'm a pretty decent knitter? After reading various knitting blogs lately I've got it into my head that I am going to attempt my first ever sweater.

I live in Florida, so the cold won't be here much longer. Especially if it ends up taking me forever to make this sweater. So I'd like a lighter sweater, maybe even something sleeveless/short sleeve/three quarter sleeve.

Does anyone have suggestions on an easy yet attractive pattern? I've looked through some ideas in the finished projects but I'd like someone's opinion on how easy they'd be before I get too attached to one particular idea.


Found this, fell in love. http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-042
Does this seem like a plausible first sweater?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / tatted bracelet (img heavy, new pics) on: November 23, 2006 07:05:45 PM
Didn't know where to put tatting stuff, so I just put it here.

I'm a relatively new tatter, so it's nothing spectacular. But I decided that I was going to try something with beads and 4 shuttles -- neither of which I've done before.

My camera is on the fritz again, so I only have in-the-process pictures. When it decides to work again, I'll have after pictures as well.

Celtic Friendship Bracelet:




*Note: That light color ISN'T pink. It's a light purple. And the other color isn't yellow. It's orange.

Hurrah, camera is working! So here's some end pictures:


Would NOT recommend this for a slow tatter. I'm slow at tatting, and this took me about... 8 hours. Which means at Florida's minimum wage, this bracelet would be about $52 just labor. Yeah... slightly unrealistic.
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