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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / international shipping options?? on: March 06, 2008 07:26:36 AM
I do vaguely remember a thread here about shipping orders, but I did a search and came up with nada, so I apologize if this is in the wrong place..
anyway, I have a big international shipping dilema! My packages weigh about 4-5lb each, and it costs anywhere from $25, to $40 to ship a package outside the US. (via USPS).. my problem is that once the package arrives at the customers nearest Post Office, it's usually held until they go there to pick it up and pay a large customs fee, and a discharge fee. All in all, the shipping for the buyer is coming out to be absolutely outrageous, something like $90-$100. This is insane, and I'm going to lose my international buyers if I don't come up with a solution.

I know that if you mark a package as a gift there will be no fee on their end, but I can't do that, so there just has to be another alternative. Any suggestions?? All help is greatly appreciated!
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Faux leather? on: January 21, 2008 05:50:30 PM
hmm.. its impossible to make without the white backing, but wherever you saw it before, you might have found something that had a coating on the back..?? Naugahyde has a white backing too, sorry!
There's other kinds of vinyl that are not as heavy or thick that just have nothing on the back.. vinyl like awning and such, but its thin, not at all as thick as vinyl.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help me find this fabric!! on: January 21, 2008 05:35:20 PM
Thanks, but that's only a swatch for a custom order..  Embarrassed  any other suggestions??
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Please help me find this fabric!! 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.

25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Storage solutions for products?? on: November 30, 2007 09:29:28 AM
Hmm.. I know you said you don't have "closet" space, but this could go anywhere.. I had the same problem as you, and then I bought two of these wardrobe things and hung all my bags in there. I bought the clear one so I could always see where everything is..

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: sew-in interfacing, and not sewing it in.... on: November 15, 2007 08:32:51 AM
Wow, I've never even thought of doing them separately. I just baste the interfacing to my cotton pieces, and treat them like one piece. Never had a problem!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help finding a particular purse pattern on: November 15, 2007 08:31:01 AM
I don't think you would need a pattern to make that purse, it looks like you could even do it in 2 main pieces.. the sides, and a long strip for the body. If you just start fooling around with a paper pattern, it'll be easy!!

I have no advice for you on that belt, but i have seen both those kinds of buckles, and end pieces on numerous websites, so I dont think it will be too difficult.. I just don't remember what those metal end pieces are called..

try tandy leather??
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE help with fabric ID!!! 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!!
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Metal Snaps.. 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?
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: (Warning, if easily offended or grossed out please don't read) unusuall item on: October 01, 2007 11:29:16 AM
wow, do these people state anywhere how they acquire all this stuff? I searched their website and was so surprised to see that they don't say that it's all legit,...
anyway, I would strongly suggest you get your hands on some porcupine quills before you buy them.. (I'm assuming you're planning to order online?) because I bought some before and the smell is putrid!! REALLY.. I could not handle how disgusting they smelled. But I don't know, maybe if they were out in the air (I bought them in a plastic sealed box) they might not smell anymore. But also, I don't know about making any kind of purse out of them becase the ones I had at least were SO sharp. and it really really hurt to get pricked by one.
Then again, the ones on the website look much larger than the ones I had... yet..these quills are meant to be a self defense tool, so they're probably all too sharp for a purse. ?? Just my 2 cents!
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