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181  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: interfacing questions... on: September 09, 2006 03:37:34 AM
Did you finish the edges of the pieces in any way (e.g. FrayStop, zig-zag, etc.)? It could be that the seam allowances just unravelled down to the stitch.
If you still have all your seam allowances intact and persent, it could just be that the stitch you're using is too long. Or that the fabric is just so weak that it can't take the stitching.

Interfacing shouldn't make the thing too stiff, if you only use a little strip of it where the stitches are instead of covering the whole piece with it. And like macabrechaos pointed out, you could try doubling the fabric or using some thinner fabric to double up with (cut the pieces so that the grain of the fabric on one piece is vertical and on the other piece horizontal, so the end result won't stretch in any direction).
I hope that made any sense. Smiley
182  EUROPE / SCANDINAVIAN/NORDIC / Re: Finland, Helsinki on: September 08, 2006 03:54:54 AM
I thought I'd add Nappitalo to the list.
They have a super array of buttons, ribbons and other sewing notions there. What they don't have, you most likely won't need. Smiley

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183  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I glued my hand to my crotch. on: September 08, 2006 03:36:18 AM
I had actually blanked this from my memory, but reading all your accounts of gluing yourselves to various things brought it all back again.

I worked in the costume department of a local theater, and one time we had to make a whole load of corsets. We decided to use strips of thick plastic for the bones (we could get them from the prop dept.). These strips needed to have their heads treated so they won't tear through the fabric and all we had at hand was this noxious glue that's apparently used on cars. It actually melts plastic, thus giving the bones a nice round head. Any way, I'm happily treating the bones and then for some reason (it could have been the fumes from the glue & melty plastic) I thought it'd be a good idea to give the ends a bit of a squeeze after applying the glue so that it wouldn't form a blob... The bones didn't stick to my fingers, but my fingertips were covered with the glue & melted plastic. The glue made them all numb and nothing could get it off. So I had a coating of glue on my fingers for a week, until the stuff began to wear off. I had no feeling in my fingertips for the duration and working on anything fiddly was a bit difficult.

I learned that when working with strong glue, you're best off doing it in a well ventilated space and not touching the stuff, no matter how good an idea it might seem at the time.
184  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: dying wigs or synthetic hair on: August 27, 2006 01:24:18 AM
Rit-dyes work well on synthetic hair, or doll hair at least. I know I have a link to a doll hair dying tutorial some where, but for the life of me I can't find it right now.
Basically you just mix up a batch of the dye (use an old pot that you won't be using for making food afterwards, as the dye leaves a residue on it) and while it's still boiling hot (you best pour it from the cooking pot into a bowl so you don't accidentally melt the hair on the hot pot) dip the hair in the dye, swish it around for a bit and then rinse 'til the water runs clear.
I'll try and find the actual tutorial somewhere...
185  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pearls of wisdom: what do you know now... on: August 24, 2006 10:23:25 PM
I have just read through this entire thread and I think I'll be bookmarking & most likely printing this out too.
I'm just slowly embarking on getting my own business off the ground and these little (and not so little) bits of wisdom have been brilliant!

Thank you everyone who's shared their tips and experiences. Smiley
186  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Pets or weird people doing weird things to your craft.... on: August 24, 2006 02:12:39 AM
My cat loves to help me sew. I have told her time and time again that once she gets opposable thumbs she can join in, but before that, crafts are off limits. She doesn't give a toss and joins in at every opportunity.
Every time I spread out fabric out to cut, she will come and lie on it and to try swat the scissors (I'm deathly afraid I'm accidentally going to snip off a toe one day!) while shedding like there's no tomorrow. On occasion she will actually run up to the fabric, slide on it across the floor and then plop down on top of the crumpled fabric with an expression that says "My job here is done."

I haven't painted at all since I got my cat, as before now I couldn't keep her away from the paint. And reading the previous posts in this thread, I think we all know that cats (or other pets & children) and paint don't mix. Now I have a separate work room and the little miss isn't allowed in there at all!
187  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Procrastination Station: Get Motivated! Never too late to join! on: August 24, 2006 01:43:55 AM
I think I have honed my procrastinating down to an art form!
The list of things I have to do is embarrassingly long, but luckily most of the items on it are just stuff I thought up to fill in the (imaginary) spare time I have from other projects (have not included those in the list as they don't matter).

So, here goes, the most pressing/important things (in no particular order, they all need doing equally):

To do before the years end:
- Paint a portrait for a friend, have been meaning to do this for a year now
- Finally make that doll outfit set, also been sitting on this for over a year and it really just lacks the doing, I have all the materials ready and waiting
- Design & make own website/web shop, even with my man pestering me to get this done I have yet to even get started on it
- Not a crafting things as such, but I need to clean and organize my work room so I can actually work there without having to look for things and clearing a space to work in, etc. every time

To do later/not so urgent:
- Make myself some new clothes and revamp & repair excising clothes, I have piles of fabric just waiting for this, I even have a few patterns ready too
- Make a slip cover for the arm chair in the bedroom, so it won't look so ugly and worn and as we can't afford to have it reupholstered right now
- Make new covers for the living room floor-pillows, old ones are worn and don't fit the current decor and while I'm at it, I might as well do the decorative pillows in the bedroom too

I think that's it for now. Smiley
188  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: If you won the lottery.... on: August 24, 2006 01:18:57 AM
It's been wonderful & inspiring reading everyone's dreams in this thread! Cheesy

The first thing I'd do if I won the lottery would prolly be to faint, but after I'd have recovered from that, I'd kit out my work room. I'd get big new tables and a proper saddle chair that cost way too much for me to affrod now, a few sewing machines (a solid basic every day sewing machine with maybe a few decorative stitches and a semi-industrial one, the kind that are bolted to a table and will sew anything you throw at them) and a fancy serger. I'd also get piles and piles of fabric, sewing notions and thread and ribbon and such. Oh, and a handy-dandy stroage system for all of this too. I'd also get a truckload of markers, pencils, paint and canvas and paper and other such arty stuff. I think that a little extra table space wouldn't go a miss for the art things either... and while I'm at it, I think that a much bigger work room would be in order too so I could fit all of this in it! Cheesy

It would be brilliant to never have to worry about money ever again, and to just craft all day long without having to worry about being able to afford dinner that evening.
189  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: How Did You Find Craftster? / Craftster Sightings! on: August 18, 2006 03:17:19 AM
I found this place (and am I ever glad I did!) through a friend. I was asking for links to good crafty forums and well, here I am! Smiley
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