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« Reply #100 on: March 18, 2009 08:24:39 PM »

But hey, if a hanger piece works for you, go for it! I'm a big fan of using whatever works that I can lay hands on when I need it. Grin

Me, too....but it makes for some really odd uses sometimes.
« Reply #101 on: March 19, 2009 10:15:51 AM »

I have for turning tubes & corners an assortment of odd tools:
- a dud pencil that had no lead, sharpened but not to a super pointy point.
- a single DPN (Double Pointed knitting Needle), smaller diameter than the pencil
- a dog-chewed # 12? knitting needle sanded down (bigger diameter than the pencil)
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« Reply #102 on: May 05, 2009 06:17:42 AM »

Freezer paper and a good Sharpie!

I NEVER cut my patterns because I may need another size later.  So, instead I trace my pattern onto freezer paper for multiple uses.  Freezer paper is also great because it's thick and you can iron it right onto your fabric for easy cutting, and remove it easily.   


« Reply #103 on: June 14, 2009 03:12:04 PM »

An Iron!  You NEED an iron!

You can get away without an ironing board (I sometimes used a folded towel on the table)

It really helps to get straight seams when they're aren't any wrinkles in the fabric
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« Reply #104 on: July 01, 2009 01:46:48 PM »

My essentials:

The big stuff
My crappy, cheapo, trusty brother ls 2125i.
My 19 year old son. He's a great dress form, and excels at ripping seams, scouting dumpsters for notions and fabric and helping me pin.
My 5.00 thrift store iron and mini, stained, table top ironing board
The floor
The bed
Towels (to cover the floor, the bed, the couch, whatever makes for a bigger iron the days i need one)
My 3.99 Salvation army magnifying desk lamp
An old fish tank stand that now is my sewing table and a folding chair
A wall that has a big tapestry on it. I pin patterns and fabric and various other things to it.

The small stuff
Needles. A lot of them in various sizes and weights, but i usually don't pay much attention and just grab one. Not a lot of patience here.
Chalk. Various colors. I just get the cheap stuff from crayola. You know, kid chalk. None of that fancy schmancy for me.
A giant, circus pencil. Love that thing
pins. I splurge on good pins. I like ones with giant, neon colored heads. My mom once stepped on one and it broke off in her foot and they had to surgically remove it. It was nasty. I like to be able to see them if they fall, and i work messy.
A lint roller. Takes off chalk dust, and cat hair.
A spray bottle. I get hot, the cats think that patterns are for laying on, and it helps with the steam if i need it when ironing.
A few shoelaces with safety pins in the ends. Make great cord turners.
Knitting needles. For poking out corners.
SEAM RIPPER. I splurge on a nicer one of these too.
Heat bond. Gotta love it. I hate french seaming. Makes my life a lil' easier since i don't have a serger...yet (mwahahahah)
Paper clips. For home made patterns.
my cell phone to call my mommy
measuring tape
straight edge
pin cushion
lots of those little throw away tupperware dishes. those are great for catching everything
good scissors
a loud radio
a box of triscuits and a bag of chips ahoy and a can of ruby splash sierra mist
And a big basket to keep it all in.

I am still suck at sewing with patterns made by other companies. I'm just learning to sew clothes. Mostly, i've sewn draperies, bedclothes, custom furniture stuffs, purses, things I've invented, etc. But hey, I'm getting there.

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« Reply #105 on: July 01, 2009 11:21:14 PM »

 Nobody really said much about rulers, the one you need the most is 2"x18, clear, and has tiny 1/8"grid lines all over it. I have others, but this is the one I can't live without. Then, if you get serious, the el-square, the big 6x24 quilting ruler, even a 2"x4ft. flat ruler. this is great as a "smoother", and a weight. In fact, I use them all as weights. On that note, that's something I didn't read in here. Weights. Flat, smooth objects, that hold patterns in place, whether you use pins or not. I once came upon a stack of  man-made countertop samples. They were about 3x4", 1/2 " thick . and smooth on all edges. It was a lucky find. I found them in a building where an architect moved out. You get the idea. they can be made of lot's of things, as long as they are smooth, and easy to pick up. Hockey pucks. Small hardback books. can't live without them. They even sell them just for sewing. A collection of buttons, hooks, snaps, zippers. A stash of elastic. Different types. A stash of any kind of soft fill, or lining , backing fabric. Plastic bags. Different sizes. Oh, can't live without plastic storage bins. All sizes, on rollers, or off. But they have to be see thru. All my thread is sorted into zip-lock storage bags. This way, I don't have to dig, and they get less tangled. Also, no dust can crust up on them. Keep any hardware from any clothes, or belts or handbags. Sometime in your life you'll be glad. K.


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« Reply #106 on: August 23, 2009 09:51:19 AM »

A sewing space!

For me, having a separate space for crafting/sewing is essential to my sanity.  In our old apartment, I converted our breakfast nook into a craft room.  Now, our guest bedroom is rapidly becoming my sewing room.  I have a small, antique sewing desk, a sewing machine, and a box of notions - all crammed in next to our guest bed.  I've also managed to sneak in a particle board, which I've hung over my sewing machine.  I tack up -anything- that inspires me from magazine clippings to fabric.  My space is super tiny, though.  I don't have anywhere to cut my fabric (except for the bed or floor, which isn't always reliable in terms of keeping measurements).  Does anyone have any ideas on how to work a small sewing space?

Also, I second PeanutPaterooski on a loud radio!
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« Reply #107 on: August 27, 2009 04:50:41 PM »

Because you're cutting out on the bed, why not get a cutting mat  that folds up to fit under the bed?  My mother has a large cardboard one (not the green self-healing ones) that folds.  It would make for a flatter surface. 

I usually cut out patterns on the dining room table, though it may take me a couple of days to return my sewing stuff to my lair. 

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« Reply #108 on: September 29, 2009 08:49:49 PM »

Hi there

i got my first machine about a year ago and have been practicising on and off.
I have since been reading up on things i should buy to make clothing easier?

Such as

Pinking Shears
Binding tape

Anything else i should buy while i am out?
basics that you should always have in your sewing box?



« Reply #109 on: September 30, 2009 12:08:07 AM »

I'm a beginner myself, but these things have helped me:

pins - zillions and zillions of pins! I swear I never have enough x_X
extra bobbins
different types of needles for the machine - ie ballpoints for knits, stronger ones for denim/thick fabric, etc
seam ripper - my machine came with a little one but I'm glad I bought a bigger one
chalk or those marking pencils in a few diff. colors
fusible webbing/interfacing, etc

I guess overall though it depends what you wanna make! 
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