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« on: June 28, 2004 03:40:06 PM »

I've been an a lil' envelope kick recently, being disssatisfied with the simple office white or manilla variety.
Here are two I've done; they're ideal for small, flat presents and cards!

Wide, bubbles motif! The blue circles are cut out form a photograph of blue camoflage material in blacklight. Smiley The silver front is sewn onto a matte black back.

This one has graph-paper and grommet flowers, and sushi grass! I love using sushi grass; it sews onto fabric really well too!

Machine sewing evenly around those curves was really a challenge! Anyone got any tips? (Besides going slowly! I tried as hard as I could, but my pedal isn't very sensitive.)

Hope you guys like 'em! Smiley

« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2004 04:45:32 PM »

You did a great job with the sewing!  I'm afraid that "go slow" is the only advice I have for you.  Both on them look great Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2004 05:12:24 PM »

I really like the grommets, they look great on there.

No ideas for the curve sewing problem. I dont use a sewing machine very often because I don't feel like I have enough control over it.

« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2004 08:05:40 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2004 06:12:57 AM »

You did a great job with the sewing!  I'm afraid that "go slow" is the only advice I have for you.  Both on them look great Smiley
I use a seam guide when I want to make my seam allowances perfect, you can buy them at a fabric store, or if your cheap like me take one of those buisness card magnets cut off a half inch strip, stick it to the bed of you machine an voila a seam guide. ( I don't think it would be a good idea on a computerized machine though ). And as far as sewing circles, you go slow and leave the needle in the fabric to pivot.

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2004 06:43:20 AM »

Wow! These are amazing!!!Thanks for posting them!
Sewing curves- Going slow at first is really the best advice, the more
you do it the quicker you will get, cross my heart! It also helps
to extend your seam guide...say you are doing a 3/8" seam...
take a piece of colored taped and lay it down on your guide at 3/8"
so that it extends beyond the throat plate and over to the sides
then focus on keeping the edge of your material there as you curve with your fingers!
This really works great!
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