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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blanket Tote w/tute on: December 11, 2007 10:42:52 AM
This is my first picture/project post, please be kind Tongue

I made this for my grandma because she always gets cold in the movie theater. It's basically a blanket with zippers up the sides and a pocket so she can use it to hold her candy, ticket, water etc.

It looks kinda big in the pictures, but it's really not. BTW She loved it Smiley

Oh and it looks a little wonky because I opened it to show her how to use it and I kind of hastily put it back together.

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Help with pricing clothing items... on: July 19, 2007 01:02:56 PM
My friend and I are setting up an online store, selling mostly clothing that we make, but we are also going to be selling some vintage and contemporary items that we've found on our many trips to various thrift stores. My question is--How would you price the vintage items? All the pieces are in great condition with only minor fixable flaws, some have tags and some don't. Like for instance, I found a gorgeous vintage red coat, hand made no tags. I payed very little for it, but it's a beautiful piece. How should I price stuff like that? Is there some kind of guideline in pricing vintage clothing???
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hemming Knit sweater material on: July 09, 2007 10:29:23 AM
So I have this old gap knit sweater that I wanted to recon. I've never worked knit material like this before--I cut the neckline so that it's kinda low and it rolled after, obviously cause it's knit, so I turned it over and sewed and it got all wonky and out of shape. I'm guessing I maybe pulled the fabric while I sewed and maybe that's why it got all wonky. What should I have done to the neckline to keep it from unraveling because I'd still like to salvage the sweater if I can Cry
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dumb Question, How do you hem a V-Neck? on: July 03, 2007 12:29:25 PM
Okay so I want to make this

I know what fabric I want to use, it's not silk but it's flowy like this. It does fray though so the neck edges would have to be hemmed, but how do you hem a V-neck? or do you hem V-necks? I'm new to sewing and haven't made anything with a V-neck so far. Would I have to cut the V down the middle hem it then sew back together? Huh
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Question about stretch stitch on sewing machine on: May 25, 2007 09:31:18 AM
I just discovered mine last night and let me tell you, it was like discovering the holy grail.  I had no idea my machine had that capability. I recon'd a t-shirt last night and it came out perfect and the stitch is so strong yet stretchy, it's awesome. I just don't know if I'm using it right. The stretch stitch on my machine is a straight stitch and when you use it you can't backstitch, is that right? The capability works with the zig zag too and a few other ones I think.

How do you use your stretch stitch? Am I suppose to use the zig zag for some things and the straight for others?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Is there a trick to making binding using knit/Jersey material? on: May 23, 2007 10:15:54 AM
Specifically knit/jersey material that tends to roll at the hem? I made the ever popular BBW 3882 a few nights ago and decided last night that I wanted to add binding to the sleeves instead of elastic. It was my first time adding/making binding of any kind and I had a bitch of a time. Mostly because it kept rolling in. I made a lot of mistakes that luckily you can't really see when it's on but what should I do differently next time to make it go more smoothly.

  Oh and I don't know if this made any difference but because the material already had lots of stretch and because I had very little material left, I didn't cut it on the bias. Do you think that made a difference?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Anyone else NOT use a serger or have one but don't use it? on: April 26, 2007 08:41:10 AM
  I'm trying to convince myself to keep my new serger, but I'm finding that to be very difficult. I had this illusion of what using a serger was going to be like, and it hasn't lived up to that for me. A lot of people here were worried about it being hard to thread, and I actually thought that was the easiest thing to do. I was trying to sew simple kids pj pants last night, and I found that if I didn't keep the fabric completely straight that it would cut way to much off. I tried to sew the curve and the blade cut right into it, leaving a hole. So trying to fix that hole I had to sew it again and it cut more fabric off. So I disengage the blade and the top looper starts hitting the fabric and kinda wrapping it. It was beyond annoying and not worth having a pretty seam on the inside. I wanted to cry last night--I was so, so excited to have a serger and my bubble completely burst last night Cry What am I doing wrong?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / What is your "everyday" serger stitch? on: April 17, 2007 09:23:02 AM
I just got my new serger yesterday and thank jeebus it came with a DVD. The manual might as well have been written in chinese cause it all made no sense to me Huh I would like to set it up for a 3 thread instead of four because a rolled hem uses a 3 thread and I figured I'd be using those two the most. Is that a correct assumption? What stitch do you all use most?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can somebody help me understand how this is done... on: April 11, 2007 09:59:04 AM
I'm using this http://www.flickr.com/photos/7805004@N08/454221758/in/set-72157600062137300/ tutorial as an example it was posted by "giggles" but I've always wondered how it's done with fabric that doesn't have stretch. Basically I'm wondering when the bust part was done it's pretty fitted and the top buttons open up, but the bottom of the bodice is sewed shut so it doesn't open up, ya know what I mean? So how would you be able to put it on? The bottom of the bodice would have to be at least wide enough to pull over your hips or shoulders, right? How would I do it if I wanted all the buttons to open up for it to fit easier. I'm so thoroughly confused and I hope I'm not confusing you with my dumb questions. Embarrassed
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Website with lots of How-To videos on: April 04, 2007 09:57:38 AM
I came across this website today when looking for videos on how to use a serger. There are lots of videos on how to do many different things related to sewing. I thought I'd share it. Smiley

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