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1  metal purse frame in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: April 11, 2010 09:03:10 AM
Hello! I would like to start making some small clutches and coin purses with these metal purse frames, however I've no idea how to attach them. I've done  a search on here and cannot find the answer. Any help would be great, thanks!
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2  name this fabric? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: May 11, 2008 09:03:56 AM
Hi all..
I just ran out of this fabric and don't know how to find more because I don't have any idea of the designer!! Can anyone recognize this fabric? What its called and who makes it? Or have you seen it in any online store? I need to buy more asap. Its a cotton canvas. Thanks in advance!
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3  Please help me find this fabric!! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: January 21, 2008 03:39:05 PM
Anyone know where I can find this fabric??? It's called Lotta Pistachio, and I believe its by Robert Kaufman, and the place I bought it is sold out! Anyone? PLEASE?? I'm desperate.

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4  PLEASE help with fabric ID!!! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: November 01, 2007 02:12:56 PM
I promised a customer a bag with this fabric:

which i ordered online, but then 3 DAYS later, the store calls me up and says they only have 1 yard. I can't use just one, but the store "doesn't know" who the manufacturer is or designer.. blah blah.. they are no use in helping. Does anyone recognize this fabric??? Know where I can buy more? Know who makes it?? PLEASE HELP! Thanks!!
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5  Re: Help with Metal Snaps.. in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: October 05, 2007 03:16:27 PM
Ok, here goes!

First, I took the same photo from the website you bought your snaps from and labeled the pieces A, B, C, and D. See here:

now, you will need a setter tool, first of all, do you have that? The bottom piece of the setter tool is circular, and has two sides. one side has a smooth surface, and one side has a small raised dot in the middle. Just take note of that for now.
Ok, onto the process..

1. Take your fabric and make a small hole where you would like the snap to  be. Then position the other piece of fabric for the other half of the snap, and make the second hole. So, in essence, you have two pieces of fabric that you would like snapped together, and where you would like the snap to be, you've just put two holes instead.

2. I like to do the bottom snap first, so this explanation does it bottom first. Take the piece of fabric that is the bottom "under" piece. Get out your round setter tool, and put the circular part of the tool with the raised bump side up.
Now, take the snap piece "C" and put it on top of the snap holder:

3.Now you put the holder with the snap piece "c" under the BOTTOM of the fabric piece that you already put a hole in, so that the post sticks up and out of the hole in the fabric. (fabric should be right side up) Now you put snap piece "D" on top of that post, so that your fabric is sandwiched in between the two snap pieces. Now take your long setter, and put the tip of it over the post that is now sticking out through piece "D". Hammer 4 times or so, not too hard or else you'll just make a squashed mess:

4. Now it's the same process for the top snap. To start this, take your circular snap holder, and turn it over so that the smooth side is facing you. Put your snap piece "A" in there. now put your fabric, right side DOWN over the post of A, and then put snap piece "B" on top of the post sticking up from "A", and put the setter tool tip on top of the post, and hammer:

Now you should have both top and bottom snap pieces set:

and snapped together:

so,, does any of this make sense?
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6  Braemore fabric- have you seen it?? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: January 28, 2007 03:03:01 PM
I'm looking to find this braemore fabric. I think its called "dot stripe retro". I can find it in citrus colors and red/orange, but not in the shade in the photo. I have looked on ebay to no avail, and also have found it in 2 online shops for $14+. I can't afford that. I saw it also on Jcaroline creative, but its out of stock until Feb 12. and I need it asap. Any suggestions? THANKS!

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7  silicone molds? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: January 15, 2007 06:31:20 AM
Anyone know of a place to find a variety of silicone molds for casting resin? I've found a million teddy bears, hearts, roses, etc. but what I need is simply a half circle, with the very bottom of it sliced off. I haven't been able to find one online anywhere!

It would be a mold to make something like this image. If you took a large marble, and cut it in half, then sliced right through the round part on the bottom so it is flat on both ends..
that's what I need! Anyone??
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8  resin question, please help! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: January 11, 2007 06:20:22 AM
Here's a question for all you resin experts out there...
If I were to get a half circle mold, (like a ball cut in half) and wanted to make a resin half circle with a metal part coming out / attached to the top, would I stick the metal thing in there while the resin was just poured, and let it set? does resin stick to metal? Or would I have to remove it after it sets, and then epoxy it back in? Does that make sense?? I need this metal thing to be *really* stuck in there .. (the green object in the diagram)
On the drawing, the white dotted line represents the part of the metal piece that would be "inside" the resin. also... I need the top (the gray part) to be VERY flat and smooth.. is this possible? Thanks in advance for any feedback!!

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9  Re: ?straps?? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: September 22, 2006 06:18:08 AM
I think, personally, the EASIEST way to make straps is to use a bias tape maker. I use a 1" one for my messengers, and a 3/4 for my purses. There's NO TURNING inside out, etc. with these, so it's much faster and easier, and besides, I usually make mine out of vinyl so I can't iron, or turn inside out because it's way too bulky. What I do is cut a strip of fabric the size the instructions say for the bias tape maker, stick the strip in the tool, pull it out the other side, and sew the edges so the vinyl stays folded. Then I do the same with regular cotton canvas for the "inside" of the strap, and sew these two pieces to each other, wrong sides together. Much easier than turning, etc., and since there's two layers, the strap is sturdier. Makes sense? I can try to find a photo...
Here's a link to the bias tape maker..

OK. here's a strap done the way I described above

and a close up of the two different fabrics for the strap.. it's easy!
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10  Re: Simplify way to helmed or finish a neckline with a sewing machine.. in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by ksew on: July 12, 2006 08:20:20 AM
I'm not sure what helm means.. is that another way of spelling / saying hem?  I'm pretty much self taught, so I don't know proper lingo.. but as far as I know, you can hem a neckline in one of two ways .. you could simply sew bias tape around the neckline, or you could cut out a hem piece.. which is kind of complicated to explain without a photo.. but to my knowledge, most shirt patterns without a collar will have the pattern pieces and instructions for doing this.  Here is a quick and awful drawing that might point you in the right direction..

The gray part is the right side of your shirt, freshly cut, without the arms attached yet.  You will also have a back piece to do this to, but I only drew the front.  Take your cut out front piece, and lay it over another piece of the same fabric.  trace the V and the top of the shoulders.  Take the cut out shirt piece away, and finish drawing the V piece.  I usually make mine about 2"wide.  Cut out the V.  Interface it with a lightweight interfacing, and finish the OUTSIDE of the V (zig zag stitch or serge it)  So now it should look like a capital letter V, in block writing style, with a finished edge along the bottom / outside.
Put your letter V on top of your shirt piece, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, so that when you look at your shirt piece, you are seeing the right side of your shirt, and the wrong / interfaced side of the V.  Piin in place, and sew along the inside of the V.  Do not sew along the top of the shoulder.  Now turn the V piece to the inside of the shirt, press, and topstitch.  Do this same thing to the back piece.  And then continue constructing the shirt..
does that make any sense???
Or you could just use bias tape instead.
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