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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / letters for 'big sister' shirt! on: January 30, 2011 05:22:31 PM
just found out i am pregnant, and want to embroider a 'big sister' shirt for my 16th month old. i want the letters to be rather large and plainly obvious, so something more than just backstitch. what i am looking for is something along these lines (1, 2) but i assume these are both machine embroidered. can i accomplish something similar by hand? thanks!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / easily transportable shopping cart cover? on: March 10, 2010 10:33:18 AM
i want to make a shopping cart cover but have no extra room in my diaper bag. i would like it to be at least slightly padded and have seen multiple ways to make them. any idea how to make it fold into a pocket or bag and have handles maybe?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / twin needles, stretch knit, and pattern instructions on: May 25, 2009 09:37:32 AM
i am using burda pattern 7825 to make a maternity shirt. its basically a t-shirt with gathers up the side to make room for the expanding belly. this is made with a 2-way stretch knit. my problem is with the neck. there is a pattern piece for the neckline, and basically i am to use this similar to how i would bias tape. sew right sides together, turn, topstitch. i am also instructed to trim the necks seam allowance to 3/8 in before i do this, and use a twin needle. when i tried this the first time, i forgot to use the twin needle. the neck is now all stretched out and i have to start over. my question is, will using the twin needle solve this problem in itself? should i have not trimmed the seam allowance like it said? the neck looks overall large and it folds outward, if that makes sense. any help would be very appreciated, i am very hesitant to try again only to fail.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / maternity pants oops on: March 16, 2009 08:02:01 PM
so i used the DIY maternity jeans tutorial on here to transform one pair of jeans and one pair of khakis. unfortunately, i think i cut the khakis a bit low and now they fall down. i did not fit the panel part tight enough to hold up on its own, its more for support and coverage. but the jeans stay up ok because they fit around my hips better. any ideas how i can salvage these pants?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / wavy stitches on: November 27, 2008 05:42:39 PM
hello. i have been having a problem lately with my straight stitch coming out wavy looking. its only on one side and not constant. i have changed fabrics and rethreaded. i'm not sure if its a problem with the machine, or thread, or the way i'm doing something. here is a scan of what it looks like. i couldn't get a picture because my camera kept focusing on the pattern instead of the stitches. any ideas?

also, is this problem going to result in low quality stitches? in other words, do i need to redo that hem or do you think it will be ok? thanks for any help!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / wonder woman and her lasso of truth! (giant pictures) on: November 03, 2008 04:33:05 PM
this is my first costume contructed entirely from scratch. i don't dress up for halloween often but we had a party this year so i did. the pictures are not great but hopefully you get an idea.

you can see the golden lasso hanging from my waist in the last two and my red boots, aka socks.

and here is my husband as thor, god of thunder. his costume is mostly reconned and not part of my entry.

also thors hammer is not crafted, but a real, expensive collectible. and the sheet behind him is where we showed movies during our party.

ps. thats a wig
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / just a rant on: October 22, 2008 03:02:55 PM
i neeeeed a sewing machine that has a ding or a light that comes on when the bobbin is empty. seriously, do you know how many times i have sewn at least half my seam before realizes the bobbin is out? it is the most annoying thing! does this feature actually exist? because it should!!!

thanks for listening Kiss
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sweetheart neckline bodice help on: October 12, 2008 08:59:19 AM
i am making the bodice for my halloween costume out of swimwear knit.i used a tutorial from whatthecraft to create a sweetheart neckline. my desire is for this to be strapless, but i don't really know how to make it stay up. because it is sweetheart, i can't just add a casing and elastic. i thought about just stretching some elastic across the inside of the back but i don't think that will work since the fabric itself is stretchy. does anyone have any ideas for ensuring it will stay up or do i just have to make straps? would just taking it in at the very top (above my boobs) solve this? i am hesitant to try something i am not positive will work because the bodice is fine other than this and i don't want to have to start over. any help would be greatly appreciated!!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / circle skirt costume on: September 24, 2008 07:22:19 PM
i want to make a wonder woman costume for halloween. i am thinking a circle skirt might be best? aout mid thigh? anyway, i have no idea how much fabric that would require. like the yardage i need to buy. i have never made a circle skirt before. any help would be appreciated.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pants that can get wet? on: July 02, 2008 08:01:12 AM
i want to make some capri or gaucho type pants to wear to a water park. i want them to be able to get wet without weighing down or looking stupid. any idea what type of fabric would be best for this??? thanks for any suggestions!!
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