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Topic: How to sewing a "cork screw" tube shape? (for my bacteria halloween costume)  (Read 2685 times)
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« on: October 06, 2008 12:46:25 AM »

Hello Pros!

I need help sewing a "cork screw" or spiral tube shape.

This is for my halloween costume, in which, I will be representing a cluster of bacteria which is has a spiral shape.  Any guesses as to which bacteria this is? 

here is a picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Treponema_pallidum.jpg

And I would like to think that my sewing skills are fairly advanced, however I can't being to think how I would get this shape.  If I start with 2 straight pieces and stitch them together, then I will have a long tube, and would need to use something to hold its shape.  If I cut 2 spiral shapes, then the circles will increase in size.

Would working on the bias help? errr. if anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

Thanks Crafters!

p.s I am thinking about using a lime green fabric with a slight fuzz too it.  I want these curls to be kinda plush-like.  And would also like to avoid wires. Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008 03:14:03 AM »

So I can't actually help you with the sewing or anything, but I just had to comment.
I love how you're going for a fuzzy, plushie look... people will think you're harmless until you tell them what you are!  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008 03:20:50 AM »

Spirochaetes are the ones shown in the image i think

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008 03:51:42 AM »

You might want to try crocheting rather than trying to do it in sewing - look at this pattern for a jellyfish and you will see that spiral shape.  They may be more 'floppy' thank you want, but it might be a start

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008 07:02:59 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008 08:24:57 AM »

ACK!! looks menacing Shocked  what is the nasty little thing?   have fun with your costume! can't wait to see the finished product... Grin  Yah know...I made a spiral snake for my son...and made a pattern with a big circle then made a spiral in the circle cut it in half and labeled each pattern.  it was spiral! and about 8 to 10 feet long. Worked well...have fun!

« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2008 08:30:23 AM »

i'm new to sewing so i don't know whether this will work, but if i was attempting this i would probably cut out straight pieces.. maybe two straight long pieces to sew together.. or a wide long piece folded in half so it's a long rectangle.. if you know what i mean.
and when sewing it up I would probably try and sew some elastic in to a seam on one side.
and if it bunched up just try to manipulate it in to shape??
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2008 08:41:33 AM »

ok i'm back with a beautiful picture i just created  Grin

ok so say those little spiral things were cut out using this shape.. cutting along the black and grey lines. so you have that sort of parallelogram shape.

i would sew both the grey sides together to create the tube shape that you want.
but that red line, is where i would sew in some elastic.

i don't know if this will actually work.. that it what i would try and do if i was to attempt it.
i might actually give it a go later..
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2008 04:40:38 PM »

You guys rock.

thebeatcowboy wins the prize for guessing my costume correctly!  I only wish I had a prize to give....


Sunflowersmiles: i would love to see the snake you made your son.  I think your right, this is kinda the same shape

Longtimegeek:  Me+crochetting=disaster.  My knitting alone is enough to bring tears to the eyes.

Chocolatebutton: I'm totally going to follow your advice! And the picture you drew for me!!!  You Rock.  period. 

And I'll be sure to post a picture when I'm done!

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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2008 04:50:54 PM »

Ive used dryer vent tubing ina costume before.


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