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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / photo coaster question on: December 09, 2008 06:39:52 AM
I want to make photo coasters, but don't know where I'd find glass that doesn't have sharp edges.

I'd consider doing the kind without glass, where I seal on top of my pictures, but am not sure what sealer is waterproof.

This is for Christmas presents--please help!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Invisible zipper help--I was stuck in my dress last night! on: June 22, 2007 06:04:22 AM
I always have problems with invisible zippers. I suppose it's me that is the problem, but I also feel like the material they're made out of (nylon?) is not good. Here's what I do:

Press the zipper flat (being careful not to melt it)
baste it to the dress, and make sure it fits
use a regular zipper foot to stitch close to the teeth (not on the teeth)

The zippers I sew are difficult to zip, and, as was the case last night, the teeth got shifted and I was stuck in it for an hour.

I don't know if I have enough fabric in the seam allowance (there's maybe 1.25") to do a regular zipper with a placket (I've never done one before). This is for my wedding, in one week, so it's sort of important that the solution is quick and looks good. Help!

edit: how much seam allowance do i need for a zipper such as http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00202.asp? and i assume i put the zipper in and then sew up the back seam?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / bulky pleats on my wedding dress--help! on: June 19, 2007 06:28:35 AM
I am getting married in 11 days and am not done with my dress yet...

it is based on http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2960.htm, but with the buttons removed and the opening moved to the back center seam.

there are 13 box pleats in the skirt, which makes the waist seam very bulky (it is silk plus an underlining of thin cotton, and might have an upper lining of silk too). it is making my waist look rather stout. it's especially bad in the back where the zipper is, since I have pleats, the top of the dress, and the seam allowance where the zipper is all at once.

help! please!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / nice lining recommendations? on: May 11, 2007 04:10:45 PM
I am making my wedding dress within the next three weeks (not a formal dress; Vogue 2960):


out of a somewhat slippery, not medium/lightweight silk that frays a little. Does anyone have any lining/underlining fabric recommendations? I want something that won't be difficult to work with, since the silk will be enough of a battle. All I've found so far is icky synthetics best suited for a cheap prom dress.

The only fabric store we have here is Joann's. If need be, I can order fabric online if anyone has suggestions.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help needed with gathers or tiny pleats on: January 29, 2007 09:47:11 AM
this (or something like it) is going to be my wedding dress. i'm making a muslin version of it currently--it's a few sizes too big, so it's going to need some pattern revision.

my current quandry is with the gathered part on the top. i tried doing it with tiny pleats, but the shape of the pieces requires curved pleats and it wasn't working so well. then it tried gathering the fabric on both sides as the pattern suggests, but it got all poofy in the middle. the back side of the gathered part is lined with a flat piece, so it's not like one's chest can fill out the poofy part that doesn't gather like the fabric does near the stitching.

then i tried gathering it on both sides as well as halfway in between the gathers, which is working better, but i am wondering if there is a magic trick that will make this way easier. does anyone have any good suggestions?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / ooh la la! naked lady fabric? on: November 21, 2006 06:49:59 AM
i'm looking for fabric with little naked ladies (or nearly so)!

i've found some with large prints (e.g., 7" high pinup girls) that are great, but the figures are too big. i'd like them to be 4" at the most. 2" would be even better. i've googled and googled, but to no avail. any advice?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / how to make canvas shopping bags? on: November 01, 2006 01:40:14 PM
has anyone made reuseable shopping bags? i would like to make some to take to the grocery, since they're kind of expensive to buy premade. i imagine i could find a pattern online, but advice would be good, since i want them to last a long time.

i figure i'll use canvas or denim or something heavy like that. i've never sewn heavy-duty fabric on my sewing machine...any tips on thread, technique, etc.??
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / annie modesitt's silk corset crisis! on: November 01, 2006 07:11:45 AM
i'm having some issues with annie modesitt's silk corset.

my gauge is okay, and i bound off/cast on the armholes and proceeded as necessary. however, the width of the sweater next to the armholes is very narrow--so if i were to wear it without sleeves, it would cut in towards my center, exposing bra straps and more skin than i'd like. if i make the armholes any smaller, my scrawny arms will be constricted like sausages.  i'm going to add sleeves, which would look funny if they were stretched out in this area. basically, i thought this would have the shape of a typical set-in sleeve sweater (before attaching the sleeves) and instead it looks more like a racerback tank top.

pictures would help, i know, but acquiring a camera and skills to post pictures isn't easy, unless it would really help.

has anyone taken another approach to the armhole area?

there is a yahoo group, but no one ever responded.  Sad
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / my sewing machine eats knit fabric on: August 05, 2006 11:30:12 AM
i've been sewing for awhile, but never tried to use knit fabric. i have some thin double knit fabric, and it won't budge when i try to sew it.

i've adjusted every dial on my old-ish (late 70s) machine. i've used the manual zig zag stitches, the automatic zig zag setting, and it just eats the material and/or breaks the thread and gets a ton of fabric stuck under the plate. it doesn't appear that the needle is getting stuck, the fabric just won't move along.

help before i throw this fabric out the window!!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / midwestern fabric stores that *aren't* joann's?? on: July 30, 2006 09:59:25 AM
i'm in indiana, and can't find a decent apparel-fabric store anywhere. we have a joann's, but the selection is horrible. the semi-stocked shelves have very low quality fabric (stretchy lime green polyester, anyone?).  the gigantic fleece section is rapidly sprawiling into the non-quilting fabrics, destroying everything in its path. if you saw how people around here dress, you'd understand why there is such a market for selling fabric to make pyjama-like stretchy flannel pants. Smiley

all i want is basic, nice fabric--lightweight wools (without flowers embroidered on them!), solids, good quality stuff. i'm going to southwestern michigan soon, and can also get to eastern illinois. i looked in the regional folders, and found some potentially okay places in chicago. i'd rather not order online, because i like to see fabrics (and haven't found anywhere with free swatches).

are there any quality fabric stores out there (that are hopefully reasonably priced)?? i really took what i had in boston for granted!
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