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1  EUROPE / FRANCE / aide avec la langue franaise - help with the french language post in english on: September 16, 2006 11:39:42 AM
I speak a little french, but I need some help with a project I have undertaken that is a little out of my league.

Here's the deal: I have shot a photo essay inspired by the nouvelle vague movies. Boy meets girl, boy and girl discuss relationship, boy and girl leave. Wink And I have added some text to it. A little music lyrics, a little I have even written myself.

But I am sure it has lots of flaws in it, errors in grammar and the likes. Since Portuguese is my first language and I have mostly studied french by myself, it would be a surprise if it wasn't so.

If someone from France or someone that knows (a lot) more french than me could help, I would be forever grateful.

This photoessay is for my website, where I post such stuff.

If anyone can help, please pm me and send your email address and I'll send the images - it would be weird to see only the text without the images that go with it.

Thanks a lot. Merci beaucoup.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yet Another Bag of Bags on: July 08, 2006 12:42:15 PM
I had to try my hand at this. I used no pattern at all, just tried to remember what I did many years ago, when I made a bag out of heavy cotton yarn. This one will be seeing much more use, with cotton the bag ended up being to heavy.

I found it easy, cheap and charming. Let me know what you guys think.

I wrote a post about it on my weblog,  in portuguese.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to make (not to tie) a bow tie on: May 25, 2006 08:55:15 PM
Hey, maybe you guys can help me

I need a bow tie to use for a photoshoot. The tie that comes with the outfit I intend to rent looks too much like "mariage material" and I need a real cheap, but not cheap looking bow tie to go with it.

I figured that if I can get a pattern, I might be able to get a couple of regular ties on a trift store and pull this of, does anyone have access to a real bow tie that can tell me how its constructed and maybe draft a pattern?

Thanks in advance.

I searched google and the archives here, to no avail.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Basic requirements for a simple sewing machine on: February 24, 2006 06:55:19 PM
I have for years wanted to buy a sewing machine.

One of these days I saw one on Ebay (ok, its not Ebay, since I live in Brazil, but something very similar) that was going cheap, looked somewhat old but did not seem to be crumbling away.

Today I went to see it and it was an old Elgin, that was having some problem with the tension (thead from the top being gathered in a mess with the lower thread), I took a friend who knows something about sewing machines with me and she said the machine just looked like it needed a cleaning and tuning.

But this machine does only straight stich, no zig zag (is it zig zag in english?) to do buttonholes with or to fake a serger trim on raw edges.

Here is the question: for a begginer like me, who knows how to sew by hand but has hardly ever touched a sewing machine, what are the basic needs. Is zig zag important? I don't want anything fancy, just to do some rather simple projects, not going to sew leather (or my fingers, if I can avoid it), no embroidering, quilting or other harder stuff. My plans for the first months are to make a few bed sheets and hopefully learn to stich a line that goes straight and not everywhere.

I was thinking that sewing straight and zig zag are the basic functions of a machine, and less than that might be too little, no matter how little I pay for it. 
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