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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The 2006 Wishlist March Gallery on: August 23, 2006 03:32:55 AM
Enchanted_wool sent me the most gorgeous yarn (4 skeins!!!) and trims. I feel so special. =)

Thank you so very much, Enchanted_wool! Your package completely turned around what was becoming a bad day and put me in the best mood. <3
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: steam-a-seam 2 lite & embroidery on: August 15, 2006 12:32:08 AM
thank you so much!
i'm going to play around with the steam-a-seam and try to remember to post the results.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mature! Is it just me? on: August 10, 2006 02:04:36 AM
Hahahaha. That is blatantly phallic.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: steam-a-seam 2 lite & embroidery on: August 10, 2006 02:02:15 AM
what are you using it for?  the purpose of it is to fuse two fabrics together. 

It sounds to me that you are trying to use it as a stabilizer?  If so, it won't work for that purpose.  you need to get either some tear away or water soluble stabilizer-by sulky

If you want to cover the stitching on the back once you are finished, take the paper off one side of the steam a seam and iron to a different piece of fabric  leaving the paper on the other side. (cut so it will cover the back of your stitched piece)  Then take the other paper off and put the fabric with the steam a seam stuck to it onto the back of your stitched piece and iron.. Now all of the stitching on the back is covered up. 

I'm doing a custom order and the customer has been beyond horrible with responding so I'm now on an extremely tight deadline. The custom order is for embroidered shirts. Due to the tight deadline, I want to do the embroidery on separate fabric and then when I receive the shirts, simply attach the embroidery. I'm not trying to use the Steam-A-Seam 2 as a stabilizer. (By the way, thank you for the Sulky stabilizer recommendation. I haven't used stabilizer yet but am getting really into embroidery and wasn't sure which brand of stabilizer to buy; Sulky will now be my first choice.)

These are the directions that come with the Steam-A-Seam 2:

1. Trace appliqué design in reverse on paper liner and remove the second liner. (Check to see which liner removes first by peeling apart at the corner. Trace on the liner still attached to the web.) Skip tracing if you are not using a pattern.
2. Stick Steam-A-Seam 2 to the wrong side of the appliqué material.
3. Cut Steam-A-Seam 2 and material together along traced lines.
4. Peel off remaining paper liner (leaving the web on the fabric) and stick appliqué to second material. Reposition as desired.
5. Press for 10-15 seconds for cotton fabric (longer with a press cloth). Adjust temperature and pressing time to suit your fabric. Repeat, slightly overlapping pressed areas until complete.

I'm just really confused because it says nothing about the embroidering process. You're saying to:

1. Cut the Steam-A-Seam to the size of the applique.
2. Peel off the paper from one side of the Steam-A-Seam, stick it onto the shirt, and then iron it in place.
3. Remove the remaining paper, stick the applique on top, and then iron in place.

That's confusing too because from my understanding, ironing the Steam-A-Seam permanently sets both sides of the webbing. Do I have no idea what I'm talking about? Haha.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / steam-a-seam 2 lite & embroidery on: August 06, 2006 09:58:37 PM
I have Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite and the directions don't make any sense. Do I stick the Steam-A-Seam to the fabric that I'm going to be embroidering on before embroidering or after? I want to say before but then the thread on the back would cover all of the Steam-A-Seam so I'm so confused. Haha.

Any help would be appreciated.<3
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - July 2006 on: August 02, 2006 11:22:53 PM
wow. that capelet is gorgeous. i can't tell...is it knitted or crocheted? if it's crocheted, pleeeeease tell me where you got the pattern. i want to make one!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wishlist Swap - July 2006 on: July 22, 2006 05:43:31 PM
gosh thanks so much Smiley
for the polka-dot hobo bag, all walmart. haha gotta love that store.
for some of the other bags in my portfolio ive used fabrics from wholesale stores out here in canada a.k.a fabricland.

i've seen the polka dot fabric at walmart but i haven't seen anything like what you used for the lining. it looks like it's a cotton or blend fabric printed to look like it's houndstooth, but the photos aren't very clear. is the lining fabric "faux houndstooth," or is it a tiny checkered print?

the walmart by my house has like 10 different color combinations for the polka dot fabric. i think it's the only fabric they sell to people under 60. hahaha. it would be so amazing if walmart started to carry cuter fabrics (a la reprodepot but 10x less expensive). one day it will happen. the polka dot fabrics are a clear teaser. continuing to not stock cute fabrics would just be a beyond stupid move for walmart. unless walmart employs the most unintelligent product development staff available, they're aware of the potential immense profit that could come from the crafting community. it will only be a matter of time before my cheap ass can pay $3/yd  for fabric that would make me cringe when buying elsewhere at $8/yd or $9/yd.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wishlist Swap - July 2006 on: July 22, 2006 08:45:35 AM
That bag is adorable! Gladrags, where do you buy your fabric? I love that lining (& pretty much all of the other fabrics you used to make the things in your portfolio, which are all lovely).
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Necklace - with tutorial! on: July 13, 2006 03:26:19 PM
Aww, they're both beautiful!
I have a question though....
what do you wear necklaces like this with?
i'm still stuck in the big beads thing from last year. Sad
help me!!  Undecided

I'd probably say necklaces like these are best with either low cut tops, where the necklace falls on your skin and not the top, or basic tops like the person above me said she wears hers.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: checkbook wallet tutorial (insane amount of pictures) on: June 23, 2006 04:09:37 PM
A seam guider is a really good idea, I use the edge of my foot as my guide, which is about 3/8ths, I did write the tutorial for 1/2 inch seam allowance though.

That's what I always used before I bought the magnetic seam guide. I either just attempted to keep the fabric lined up with the edge of the foot. Either that or my machine has a grid "carved" into the plate with measurements that I used if I needed larger seam allowances. The fabric always shifted though. I like the magnetic seam guide because it stays in place and you actually put your fabric against it rather than lining your fabric up on top of a line. Does that make sense?

Ah I can't wait to make this wallet. There isn't enough time in the day to do everything I want and need to do!  Sad
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