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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Thread Help Please! on: May 06, 2009 09:43:46 AM
Hi All!

I'm working on ordering thread for my little sew and knit shop, and am wondering if I should order polyester, or cotton covered poly?  I personally use just cotton poly since I sew basic clothing.  My question though is if someone wants to purchase thread for quilting, for machine embroidery, etc is there a thread that will cover my bases?  Can you tell that I don't quilt or embroider?  I'm a little confused since my distributors have things like "quilting thread" what's the difference?  How can I make everyone happy?  Thanks so much for your input!  Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What Patterns Do You Like To Use? on: August 27, 2008 07:38:38 PM
Hey all!  I am a sewing fanatic, and am one of those who feels slightly flustered working without a pattern.  I am getting better, but still adore me a good pattern.  I have used (and hoarded) many simplicity, mccall's, butterick, vogue, and amy butler patterns.  I am interested in what other pattern companies are out there that I may be missing out on.  Thanks for sharing!  I hope you're all having fun sewing!  (or seam ripping!! Tongue)
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Little Late On the Pointy Kitty Bandwagon on: August 23, 2008 01:43:58 PM
Here is my Pointy Kitty that I made for a friend's birthday.  The fabric has cute retro dotty stars on it, and I love it.  I do have a few questions if anyone's willing to help me out - 1. If you've made one before, did you sew the eyes on first, or did you get stuck knotting the thread in the back of the head as I did?  Also, for blanket stitching around the points, is there a trick that I'm unaware of?  I would just get to the point, and then put the needle in, and out a millimeter later to go in the other direction.  Does that make sense?  Maybe you can tell what I'm talking about on the photos.  I'm definitely going to make this pattern again.  Hopefully, I'll stuff the legs a little better next time!  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

ALSO - I can't for the life of me figure out how to get my pix to show up.  What am I doing wrong?  Geez...I am so technologically challenged!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Hoedown Whirlaway Dress on: August 20, 2008 08:21:50 PM
Is "Hoedown" one word?...Anyways, here's my version of the whirl away dress.  I know you've all probably seen a lot of these, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to put mine out there as well!  For some reason, I just HAD to have bandana material the first time I saw this pattern, and I think it came out looking fun.  If you've been considering making this dress, I would say to definitely do it.  It was a real easy project - no zippers, or button holes!!!!!!!! (*tears of joy*)  The only thing I would caution you about this pattern is that the shoulder seams DEFINITELY need to be super reinforced since they're basically supporting 8 yards of fabric weight.  
So, leave me comments on whether or not you like it, whether the bandana print is too hokey or not, etc.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

P.S. - Sorry for the dressform modeling for me - I've had a baby since sewing it and hoping it will fit again soon!

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Stuffed Animal on: January 15, 2008 12:10:50 AM
And I think he turned out well!  Let me know what you think.  I didn't make eyes cause I didn't want any choking hazard issues.  I know I could have just embroidered them, but I thought of that too late - after he was all stuffed and sealed.  I think he's nevertheless cool.  I used Vogue V7760 to make him and scraps of fleece.  He was one of the quickest projects I've ever sewn(an hour), and so will probably be tempted to make more stuffed animals soon!  I already have polka dotted fleece to make an elephant with!  Smiley  Comments and/or suggestions are ALWAYS welcome.  Sorry about the link instead of photo in post - I'm somewhat new to posting here even though I've been watching everyone else craft here for around a year!

Thanks for your responses!  Smiley

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Strawberry Purse on: January 14, 2008 08:31:26 PM
Hey All!  I'm not sure if putting this post in the "completed projects" counts as cheating cause it's not yet lined!  I HATE lining things.  Either way, the knitting is done, and it's looking pretty cute.  This is the first time I've done intarsia/fair isle...I'm not sure the difference between the two, or which I used.  I think it came out pretty cool though.  I'm planning on using red gingham to line it, and will hopefully get to do so sometime soon.  The purse was made from a pattern in Knitscene's spring 2007 issue.  I used lamb's pride worsted two strands held together throughout.  Please let me know what you think - good and bad is fine.  Here's a link to the photo.  
Thanks in advance for looking and responding.  Happy crafting! Smiley
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