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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: July 26, 2009 06:21:53 PM
sapphire I love how your shoes match your hair lol

ehehehe I know right?! The haircolor was inspired by the shoes, actually. I sent the good folks at Fluevog an email with that picture because I thought they'd get a kick out of it!

Radmom - I totally know where you're coming from, we just moved from a really small town and I had people be rude to me ALL THE TIME because of my hair! But now I'm self-employed and haircolor like mine is a lot more common around Austin anyways!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: July 26, 2009 03:17:08 PM
Sorry to double post - here's the new cut and color!

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: July 24, 2009 08:47:24 PM
CraftyMcCrafterson, I love your hair! Ooh gorgeous. I got a haircut (asymmetrical) and I'm sitting here with dye on my hair right now. I'll post pictures later this weekend!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing with nylon thread? on: July 09, 2009 10:36:13 AM
Yeah, I gave up and just got poly thread, they've dyed some of them and said it works fine. Slowing down wouldn't have been a good idea as I'm on a pretty tight schedule, and when I was looking online I found someone's comment that overlocker nylon thread won't work in sewing machines, since it kind of "poofs" or unwinds when tension is loose, and that means the hooking mechanism under the machine can't get ahold of it. Or something like that! At any rate, I tried everything I could think of and it wasn't working, so I just took the easy route and switched Tongue
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! on: June 30, 2009 08:07:50 PM
Yeah i'm not nuts about the martini glass thing. i'm probably going to end up going with the bottle of liqour unless a better idea strikes me

Maybe inside a shotglass?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing with nylon thread? on: June 30, 2009 03:29:11 PM
Are you using an industrial machine ? Is the upper thread tension too tight? I sew with a #46 weight nylon thread all the time. I also have a 69 weight, but it is much heavier, I don't use it much. The needle needs to be turned the right way, and make sure your tension isn't too tight. For tarps, use a minimum 14 sharp needle. A 16-18 would be better. Usually I have a little trouble with this thread if there is a burr on the needle. Don't sew over any pins.That will mess up your needles, and stitch timing real fast. You can use a stapler inside your seam allowances, turned longways, and out of the way of the feet and needle. This is better than pins on big, heavy stuff. I hope this helps. K

Nope, I'm using my Rocketeer, not an industrial. I keep loosening the thread tension, the stitch is coming out fine tension-wise but it seemed kind of tight at first when needing to pull some extra thread out - so now it's at like a 5 which is really low for that machine! The nylon tarp is 200 denier, so it's really not very heavy at all - I started out with a 14 sharp but switched to a 16 sharp, I don't think I have any 18s right now. And it's a new needle, so I don't think there's a burr on it. The thread is Gutermann "Bulky Nylon" textured overlocking thread, No. 120. See, they'll be dying the tarps after I get done sewing them, and they want nylon thread so it all dyes the same...but I got some other nylon thread to try and it's all loosely twisted like the Gutermann thread is. I suggested using polyester thread and she's afraid it'll shrink. Any other thoughts?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing with nylon thread? on: June 29, 2009 02:31:13 PM
Hi guys! So I got a job sewing some tarps, and they provided nylon thread to sew it with - the problem is that the nylon thread keeps "shredding" in my machine, for lack of a better word. The bobbin thread is fine but the top thread seems to be getting stuck in the needle or something, it just gets thinner and thinner until it finally disappears. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I thought maybe it was the needle so I switched it out and I'm still having this problem. : /
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some skirts (a petticoat too) and a fascinator! TUTE ADDED! on: June 25, 2009 08:43:48 PM
thanks guys Smiley
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What program/tutorial/etc. did you use to design your website? on: June 13, 2009 08:34:39 AM
Nobody has mentioned Joomla yet so I thought I might - it's a template program but very customizable and FREE. I've seen it in action and the results are pretty good, it's what I'm going to use when I get my site up and running.
Joomla is a great script, but I couldn't stand it when I used it. There's just SO much to learn and it's a royal pain in the bum if you're trying to customize it to fit your own template. I ended up just going with Wordpress, but I will admit that Joomla has a thousand times more potential, especially if you're working on larger sites/multiple sites.

Oh, yeah, I never re-posted and corrected myself, but I had seen some amazing results with it while working for an independent business, and then could not figure it out for the life of me when I tried to use it myself. So. Artisteer! Tongue
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What sizes do you pre-make your clothes to sell? on: June 13, 2009 08:21:17 AM
Ask your friend what sizes currently sell in her shop or have her make an observation on the average size of her customers. She should have some idea of at least those things. No point making large fitting things if her customers are upscale and in the thin to medium category.

I am not sure what that last sentence means, but I personally know several "upscale" curvy or bigger girls who are ALWAYS lamenting the lack of their size at high-end and/or independent boutiques. Something to think about.

I would ask your friend if he could maybe take a look at the inventory (or you could take a look, to save him the time, if he doesn't mind) and see what sizes sell out the fastest, and make those. And I find that a good average length for a skirt is at or just above the knee; older and younger women alike will wear them because you can dress it up or down as needed.
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