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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2003 06:42:23 AM »

oh, i see. they really look like screeprinted vinyl!

i'm really intrigued... do you screenprint at home? like, do you have all the equipment?

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« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2003 06:56:53 AM »

Hi Debsy,

yup I do all my own silkscreening - from stretching my own screens to the burning to the printing. It's really fun and fairly easy - just a bit time consuming since you have to wait between each step. Luckily for me, I happen to live just down the street from a great artstore that has professional quality silk screening supplies. I've heard from friends that speedball is okay but if you want really good results it pays to go a bit higher end with your supplies.

Do you silk screen as well?

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« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2003 01:59:29 PM »

hey stinab,

i did a bit of silkscreening in college (about 6 years ago... god that makes me feel old!!) but i never got chance to do any onto fabric, only paper. just experimental stuff really i guess.

i really enjoyed it though. but i'd never thought of doing it at home. all the equipment was so big and stuff! i suppose you can make things on a smaller scale for home though...

i'm actually in the uk so i'm not sure what you mean by speedball, sorry!! however i do work near a really great art shop so i'll have to make a few enquiries.

thanks for the inspiration!  Grin

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« Reply #23 on: December 26, 2003 11:20:07 AM »

Very cool!  

To keep the presser foot from sticking to the vinyl (this is also handy when sewing with oilcloth), put a layer of tissue paper over it when you stitch.  Better yet, pick up a roller foot for your machine -- it's like a usual foot but has a little plastic roller that won't stick.

I'm familiar with the tissue paper technique, but I can see where what is written above might not be so clear to some peeps, especially people new to machine sewing.   Wink

Here's a detailed explanation of the technique:

1. Put a piece of tissue paper (the lighter the color and the lighter the weight the better) over the top (towards the sky) of your piece.  Be sure all area that the paper covers the area where you want to the stitches to be and leave some overlap for you to hold in place while sewing (but the tissue paper doesn't have to be huge -- you can use an @ 4" strip if the lengthwise center of the strip  covers the stitching line.

2.  Raise the sewing machine's needle & foot and slip the tissue-covered item under the foot, being careful to hold the tissue paper in place so that the lengthwise center of the tissue paper is still over the stitching line when you drop the foot.

3. Hold the tissue paper in place as you stitch so that the tissue paper is actually STITCHED ONTO YOUR PROJECT.  I know this might sound weird, but bear with me.

4.  When you've finished stitching that portion of your project and it's time to lift your needle and foot to either cut the thread and remove the project from the machine *or* time time to just move to another portion of the project, go ahead and left the needle and foot, remove or readjust your project, and add another piece of tissue paper to the next part to be stitched, following guidelines above and STITCHING THE TISSUE PAPER TO YOUR PROJECT.

5.  When your project is done and removed from your sewing machine, you will have at least one piece (and probably several) pieces of tissue paper STITCHED DIRECTLY TO YOUR PROJECT.  Now, what to do?

     Just tear the tissue paper off!!!!  Voila!, a finished project without the hassle of a "sticky foot."  

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(NOTE: The tissue paper should tear right off, one side at a time, like perforated notebook paper.  If it doesn't, you might have not left enough excess on each side of the stitch line, your stitches might be very far apart, *or* you might not be grabbing it at the top and pulling straight down gently.  If the first or second are the case, just be patient at removing the tissue paper [grab a pair of tweezers?], and if the second is the case, try pulling it down slowly.)

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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2003 11:05:07 AM »

Love the vinyl retro look!  Those bags rock - I wish I had more friends who like this sort of accessory so I could give gifts.  

The piping looks like a pain- I'm sure you're a pro by now though.

Maybe someday I'll get my own custom tag made for my stuff too.  Working on logo.

« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2003 04:25:13 PM »

Hey, this is my first posting so forgive me if I err... but I had to work with vinyl once many years ago and I didn't have any of the luxuries that the previous post'rs had, but I found that spit (ok, ok, I know it's yucky) works in a pinch to make your pressure foot stop sticking. On the bright side, I was making costumes that traveled the world, so my spit traveled places that I will never go! Cool project BTW!
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2003 06:31:00 PM »

that is true love. wow.
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2003 06:45:52 PM »

Stinab-Those bags are gorgeous!
I bought some really pretty turquoise vinyl from Hancocks but, I'm afraid to use it in my machine  Undecided
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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2003 04:17:54 AM »

bell64 - lmao! that is so cool that you have globe-trotting saliva!!  Grin

starstitches - don't be afraid! you never know what you might be misssing out on... just take it slowly, have a practise first on a small piece. i'd recommend you use a leather needle for your machine too, it has a spear point so it can get through the laminated-ness  Grin

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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2004 08:51:06 PM »

i love the bags! do you have the pattern(s) or instructions on how to make the actual bag, not the design?

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