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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: SEWING MACHINE HELP PLEEASE on: August 29, 2006 08:48:33 AM
also make sure your needle is appropriate for the fabric. check tension on the bottom too
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting queen size quilt with regular sewing machine :-\ on: August 17, 2006 01:05:11 PM
i did a pretty big quilt once and after i basted the layers together i (tightly) rolled up one end and secured it at the top and bottom with safety pins then fed that through. since you're moving from the middle out in each direction it's a little hairy but possible. just roll it as tight as you can to keep it manageable. it also helps keep everything smooth as you go.  Smiley
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: newbie know nothing what to do next on: August 17, 2006 01:02:29 PM
yeah, "quilting" is the actual sewing together of the layers. there are several ways to do it. you can basically trace your blocks ("stitch in the ditch" ie stitch where the top seams come together) or stitch within your blocks in some design or a combination. if you're a beginner i'd suggest stitch in the ditch to get the hang of it. i like basting my layers together by hand so they move a little more freely when i'm quilting than with pins. you also want to start in the middle and work your way out to avoid bunching. i'd suggest a quilting book for the details....
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about adding ribbon to tote bag on: August 17, 2006 11:36:38 AM
i sew on grosgrain ribbon. i use either a matching thread or invisible nylon and sew right at both edges with a zipper foot. the stitching blends in really well with the normal edges of the ribbon.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Padded Bag on: August 17, 2006 11:34:26 AM
quilt batting would work too (i mean, not if you throw it down the stairs  Wink) but if you just need a little cushioning from random bumps you can get a thick batting and it would be much easier to sew/manipulate than some foams.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: what is your favorite? craft uses for non-craft supplies and objects on: August 17, 2006 11:31:20 AM
i use the clear plastic sheets from packaging to make sturdy bags/wallets, etc.
17  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: Any Akronites? on: August 17, 2006 11:27:48 AM
i'll be out of town the beginning of next month but let me know if anyone's interested in late sept. for some kind of quilting/fabric get together!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Man crafts? on: August 16, 2006 01:47:10 PM
OMG a cat hammock would be so funny! our cat was originally his cat though further pampering by him is probably the last thing she needs.
Your brief mention of him being tall gave me an idea - get him a book on Pattern Cutting - I recommend Winifred Aldrich's book on menswear - he will enjoy the technical drawing side of the skill AND he will learn to draft patterns for you to make him.  Win, win!

stephen, this is a fantastic idea!! he's always frustrated that big & tall clothes are so blah and outdated. and shapeless. and old-man like. and god-awfully expensive... but all the young guy clothes turn out as midriffs and he-capris on him  Grin

thanks everyone for the great ideas, keep them coming and i'll post back with his verdict....
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Man crafts? on: August 15, 2006 09:15:44 AM
thanks! these are some good ideas....

If I have learned anything about the men in my life, it's that they want something functional as opposed to trinkety (like my sewn Mario star...he likes running about singing the song and pretending he is invincible, but he wouldn't want to make it). And they like to eat. My fiance is interested in stencilling shirts, glass etching (with the cream), and candy making. As a note, I wonder if he would be into making toiletries/cosmetics for himself. Something like Tiger Balm or soaps or shaving cream?
you're definitely right about the functionality thing. whenever i make a purse or something, his first reaction is "that's cute. but do you need another purse?" umm, no, but that's not the point! i bought a pattern for mens clothes (he's tall so really hard to find clothes) maybe if I make that he'll be inspired too. the glass etching thing and toiletries are great ideas! he's not afraid of being a metrosexual  Wink
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Man crafts? on: August 11, 2006 08:45:14 AM
My hubby finally is getting some good ol leisure time away from work. He'd like to get into a hobby but preferably not much equipment/space needed. I already suggested wood-burning and he nixed that. What kinds of things are you guys or your husbands into?
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