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11  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.

12  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!!
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Best (cheapest) payroll solution? on: September 20, 2007 09:05:18 AM
I've spent hours trying to understand the ropes of doing payroll "myself". I'm sure I can't figure this out! It's so complicated that I would need an accountant, and I can't afford one right now. I have quickbooks, and just tried setting up the payroll through that, but all I've done is made a mess. I've looked online for small business payroll solutions, and so far I've come up with the ADP company, which costs $50 each payroll. WAY too much for me.

All I need, really, is for a company, computer,etc.. to automatically deduct the taxes, etc. and write me a check from my business acct. I am the only employee, so it shouldn't be a big deal, but I also don't want to shell out 50 bucks each time to do this.

So what do all you out there use?? What I've been doing is just making withdrawls from my business, to my personal acct. That's how I pay myself. But I need to do it the professional way, with the taxes deducted, etc. Any suggestions GREATLY appreciated!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ikea fabric swap?? on: August 17, 2007 05:53:27 AM
Hi! I'm completely new to the swapping thing, so bear with me!
So.. all of us who love to buy Ikea fabric know VERY WELL how frustrating it is that Ikea doesn't accept online orders for fabric. So, of course, this means making the trek to the nearest Ikea. And then, once there, you see they don't have the fabric you had your heart set on. Sad
But now Ikea has this thing online where you can check the stock in whatever store you want.
I'm proposing an Ikea fabric swap... maybe your Ikea has what someone else is dying for, and theirs has yours. You get it??
This could work out great because right now, I'm only finding ONE other way to buy Ikea fabric online (when my store is out of stock) and thats a seller on ebay who charges 2x and more.. eiw.
And the fabric I NEED is only sold in Texas, Arizona, and California. And I'm in Boston.

Anyway, just thought it would be a good way for us Ikea fabric lovers to get our fix!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / where to find sewers/ seamstress?? on: August 07, 2007 02:57:12 PM
Hey all,
quick question, my small business (vinyl bags & accessories) is growing, and I'm drowning in work. I really need to hire someone to help me cut out the fabric for the bags, and do some light sewing. I've looked around on craigslist, but haven't found any resumes or people looking for this kind of work. Does anyone know of a website that lists artistic / sewing jobs? I'd love to find a main "portal" for these kinds of listings. any ideas?? I'm in the boston area. Thanks!
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Tubes for rolling fabric (storage)? on: June 25, 2007 03:14:00 AM
I'm going crazy looking for some cardboard tubes to roll my fabric on. I have had absolutely no luck, after a trip to every hardware store I know, and then an internet search.  NADA. Maybe I don't know what these things are called. I'm talking about... you go into a fabric store and the fabric is all rolled up on a long tube roll. I need to buy these, but I can't find any online! Anyone know where to buy, or even what they're called?? I've tried all the obvious google search words.. cardboard tube, fabric storage roll, etc..
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Vinyl & PVC on: June 25, 2007 03:10:40 AM
Not sure if this is the right forum, but it looked like the best optioin!
I have a small website where I sell my vinyl bags. I recently received an email from someone asking if the vinyl we use contains PVC. This kind of stumped me because I thought all vinyl was PVC. Also thought it was an interesting fact to find out more about, as I think the person was asking for an environmental reason, and might not want to purchase something made with PVC.
I tried googling the question but didn't really find an answer. The closest I got to an answer was in one sentence where a website said ..." PVC, or vinyl..." in other words, they're saying PVC and vinyl are the same thing. (which is what I thought in the first place)

And then I thought this person might know something I don't about vinyl.. such as some vinyl is made with PVC and some is not.
I also know that when I am shopping around online for vinyl for the bags, I never search for PVC vinyl because it always comes up with the thin stretchy shiny fetish type vinyl, and I use the heavier, upholstery like vinyl.
So maybe they really are different??

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!! I would love to give this person an answer, and also would like to know myself! Thanks!!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / gutermann upholstery thread? on: March 01, 2007 03:35:42 PM
I've been using the gutermann upholstery thread for making laptop bags, and I need the cones because each bag takes quite a bit of thread. What I have found both online and in stores is a very limited color palate. I can find a lot more colors on the smaller spools, but it takes 2 spools to make one bag, and I don't want to deal with keep changing the spools. Anyone know of a good source for more colors? (on the larger spools) Thanks!
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Braemore fabric- have you seen it?? 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!

20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / semi industrial machine? PLEASE help! on: January 24, 2007 06:05:13 AM
I've finally broken my lovely Husqvarna Lena sewing machine, so I'm in the market for a new one. I absolutely need an industrial, or semi industrial machine. When I bought the Husqvarna 2 years ago, the sales woman ASSURED me that it would work great for sewing what I sew. NOT TRUE!! well now it's met it's end, and I need a new power horse.
I sew laptop bags so I need a powerhorse that can easily handle sewing through 4 layers of thick vinyl, foam, and 4 layers of cotton canvas. I'm talking all these fabrics together at once.
I need to steer clear of those massive machines that come with a motor and a table. I simply don't have the space. I need a machine that I can put on the table I already have. I will also be sewing about 6-10  hours a day, and 5-7 days a week.
PLEASE give suggestions!!
At my local repair shop I was looking at a Husqvarna Mega Quilter. It's a semi industrial machine, and the take up lever raises up quite high, which is what I need. I''m just a bit wary because it's called a "quilter" and I'm not sure about it handling all this heavy material, even with the walking foot. I would love to hear ANY suggestions on this machine, or another you may think would work for me. THANK YOU!!
(I'm looking to spend around $1000 - $1500)
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