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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walking Foot--when to use? on: December 11, 2013 07:50:33 PM
The only thing I have to add is that I'm a recent user of a walking foot, and I LOVE mine.  I use it a lot, even for regular sewing, and my seams never looked so flat.  I particularly like it when I'm joining two pieces of fabric that are not on the same weave direction, like a bias piece sewn to a straight piece. 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are pattern sizes really supposed to be 10 sizes bigger? on: December 11, 2013 07:46:44 PM
Yes, I agree - sizing is all over the place, and never, ever what you'd think it would be, but 10 sizes is waaay beyond even the idiosyncratic pattern company sizing.  I would definitely make a muslin first.

Because of the crappy sizing, and multi-size patterns, I always trace my patterns onto Swedish Tracing Paper (a lot like Pellon, and not at all like tracing paper except that you can see through it pretty well - I get mine on Amazon), or onto the cheapest non-iron-on Pellon-type stuff I can find.  You can get a decent muslin fit-test with that stuff and save yourself some headaches.  You can even sew it together (I use a very long basting stitch that my sewing machine has built in) and it's drapey enough for a fitting.  Then, you can make your adjustments on the "fit-muslin" and use it as your pattern.   

I also understand the whole "big size" thing.  I would never, ever tell my size 6 daughter that I usually make her a size 12 pattern, and occasionally a size 14.  She would be horrified.  I usually fit to a dressmaking form, so she is none the wiser.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Adjustable pants hem??? on: December 11, 2013 08:13:20 AM
I'm working on some pants for my little grandson (16 months), and my daughter wants me to make them longer (too long) and add straps and buttons to roll up the hems so my grandson will be able to wear them longer.  Does anyone know of a tutorial or how to do this?  I've seen pants like this for adults where you can roll up the pants, and hold them up with straps (I think the straps are inside the legs), but I don't have any to look at, and if anyone has any suggestions like - how long to make the straps, where to place them, do I put on more than one button on the pants or more than one button hole in the strap?  Dear daughter wants two straps per leg, one on the side seam and one on the inseam.  Straps on the inside and buttons on the outside? 

I love to sew, but I just can't do it on the fly.   
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Digestive System Knitalong: Part One on: October 29, 2005 05:24:04 PM
This is AMAZING.  I work with a really GROUCHY GI doc.  Maybe if I knit this for him, he'll stop screaming at all us nurses!!!  Or should I make it and stuff it down his throat?

Knit on,

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