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craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, knitting, paper-crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 03/08/2011

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Re: How to Add a Sheer Kick Pleat

I have wanted to do this for a long time but this is the first set of instructions I've seen. Very clear instructions. Thank you

Re: A Vintage Blouse Embellished with Soutache Braid

My guess is that it was hand done perhaps even here in the good ol USA. My mother worked in a garment factory prior to WWII. I learned to sew by watching her as she made the family's clothing at home. I seem to remember that many instructions in the pattern pieces called for handwork. If you set your cloth correctly on your lap with a hoop or on a table without one, you could get quite fast, regular and rhythmic which was a very soothing thing to do. My husband once had a girlfriend in Japan who hand sewed him a Kimono. Every stitch perfect. I think we've lost something when we don't include a needle and thread as a first tool. And don't forget most women in America before WWII sewed for themselves and hand embroidery work was everywhere and very elegant and intricate. I hope you post more experiments in elegant clothing construction. Maybe you could figure out how that belt was put together.

Re: More Fortuny! Yes, More!

I love your problem solving and thank you for the details. Just yesterday I was working out a similar problem but on paper to decide how to make it happen. I finally figured out I'd need something to shape the sleeve. I had no idea until now that such a tool exists. Please do teach us about it. And now I also know WHY the hem is the best place to align pattern pieces and not just because it "feels" right. I really do love reading your posts. And I agree with karenc that this is a cliffhanger. I don't want to miss the continuation of this story.

Re: Video: How to Sew a Thread Bar

I like your instruction style. I'm going to do the extra knots like you do in the future. Since I do tatting I know that the reason the thread "twirls" or twists is that you are doing the same blanket stitch across the work. Like Phoebebird says: Do a half hitch knot across and your problem is solved. This means first put your needle under the thread and the next time put it over the thread, or to put it another way: first from the top then from the bottom. If my words don't help, look up "half hitch knot" elsewhere or else I think searching "needle tatting chain stitch" (not "shuttle tatting")should show you how. If you are a lefty just start on the side that is most natural for you. Tying off neatly seems difficult but a quilter's knot at the end works well and snip it close. Or lay my favorite tool (a blue tooth-flossing plastic thread shaped like a large eyed needle, available at drug stores)down on the bar threads, with the eye end facing the end (not the beginning)of the work. Sew over it and the bar threads and at the end tuck your clipped short thread end into the eye and pull the flosser out in the direction of the beginning, which pulls the thread end under your other stitches. Hope that answers your questions.

Re: Firming Up Fabrics with Gelatine

I had been thinking that gelatine would be a good sub for the commercial stuff. Thank you. Now I don't have to figure out the recipe. Since many asked about pressing, perhaps using half Elmer's Glue half water, might be what you'd like. I have used it for Halloween masks. You scrunch up your fabric or manipulate it as desired and let it dry and it becomes like stiff paper. It can be pressed like paper if desired and sewed. Then after the event, a vinegar rinse turns the glue all wet and easily washed out. You can make your own glue from milk if needed. Many recipes are online. For homemade glue, I used 1/4 cup Borax, 1 cup warm water and 1/2 cup powdered milk. You have to store the remainder in the refrigerator if you don't use it all because it does not have preservatives in it. But once dry on the cloth it lasts. It makes the cloth very stiff. So that is another idea too. But I like the Knox recipe for softness and drape if you need that more while sewing.

Re: How to Master the Backstitch

I love your step by step pictures. Just being picky here: wish you also showed the backside so that I can reassure myself that I too am doing it right on both sides of the cloth. This was one of my first stitches to learn but in my senior years coddled by decades of machine use, I have gotten sloppy and wish to return to the years of precision my mother insisted on so long ago. Thank you.
PS How do you tell which size is which, of needles in a pincushion or lying mixed in a case? I have inherited many.

Re: Creating a Back Neckline Dart for Better Fit

I have books on the subject but it never made sense until now. Thank you. If I am right, first you set up your measurements, then you notice where the angles are wrong. (But no one tells us what the angles should be if we do not have a pattern. A mental sum of similar patterns in our heads gives us that sense, but for many of us it has been wrong, and we get frustrated looking for results by adjusting in the wrong places.) Then you note the negative space that needs to be moved and place it where it might look good. (Any good rules for us there?) Then you use tracing paper to see what you are doing as you pivot your work so that the negative space can be transferred to the new location. I am going to try that. Cut and slash always got me lost from where I was to where I should be going. I have lots of shark fins in my work to date and could not quite put my finger on just where I was wrong. Many thanks to your model for being so very helpful to us. And thank you for using colors to guide us. That helped.

Re: What influences helped to shape your current sewing hobby or career?

My mom was the one I first learned from by watching her sew on her White machine always open, always being used in our living room. My sister and I were fascinated even in spite of the memory of seeing what a needle through one's finger to the bone could do. With our cousin we sewed as if it were an "of course" thing to do. We still do.

Re: Ask Threads

I'll agree with BGibbs that sports elastic insertion is my problem too. I have followed online tutorials and still the result is ugly!!!!I too have a large difference between waist and hips so I've given up on elastic for me BUT since I sew for others I need to learn this but don't know how to achieve a nice professional finish.
My problem too is that I am a pear shaped "short waist-ed" mature petite and altering patterns still do not fit right so I've taken to making my own patterns from scratch but I would love to be able to use a made pattern. And while you can go to a store and try something gorgeous on only to find it looks dreadful on you, you won't know that until you have invested time and fortune into your homemade dress. RTW clothes also seldom fit, so of course I don't buy them. That leaves dreadful unfashionable skirt and blouse combos. Local stores don't sell "nice" fabrics. And this new stuff about stripes is just awful for me. Stripes make skinny people look balanced and that means only the angular or teen undeveloped figures will look good in them IMHO. Different shapes do need different patterns as well as different styles to be attractive in. A style for one can look all wrong on another even if it does "fit".

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: Quilt Your Stash!

Like many others, I have inherited a good bit of my stash. I do projects for Church and Synagogue (mixed family) and love to mend or alter clothes or invent new. Amazingly when I think I have made a dent in my stash, things come back and I unpick the latest stage props, rework something else and seem to have more after I give away gifts than before. I save the trimmings from doing clothes alterations and resew them into new cloth for a project then get it back, unpick and recreate something new.

Re: Hayden's Quilt 2012

A beloved machine is a hard thing to lose. So sorry for your frustration. Now then, do you want just a walking foot attachment or a new complete sewing machine? From the looks of it, you MIGHT be rushing your work thus it breaks often. If you are on a fixed income, you might want to take it into a repair shop and have your service person explain what is going on, how it works and the mechanics of why it is breaking. From there you can make better choices. If it is just the walking foot that broke, you can continue to sew with other feet, and not spend money. On the other hand the cost of repair is considerably less than the price of a new machine. The workman is worthy of his hire. A warranty is only the factory telling you they sold you a good machine and if not they will fix what they did wrong. Maintenance is your part of ownership. A good machine will last with good maintenance which is a small but expected price to pay to be able to sew at home. And after 25 years, I'll say you really did get a GOOD machine. But if you really want a new machine, then that is your decision. When my 1978 Pfaff "died" I took it to several repairmen who made the situation worse. I searched for new machines only to find that like you, my daily requirements were more than any new home machine would handle (I treat them rough)so I got a book on home sewing machine repair and fixed it myself. Bless G-d, I am learning to repent of my bad habits and now am happily back to sewing again. Hope you too find a happy ending.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Chronicle of Western Costume" by John Peacock

So many who commented already deserve this more. I am just drawn to it and want it so much. For me it is Better Than Chocolate. I'll put out a hint to family that my birthday is soon. Thanks for the heads up for a book worthy to be devoured with gusto and samples to be imitated with enthusiasm.

Re: A New Improved Seam Roll

wow this is news to me. So that is why my friends in England press on wooden tables! And here I've been struggling to get the perfect press on quilt pieces etc. by putting more not less padding on my wooden ironing board. I feel ignorant, like reinventing the wheel. Thank you for putting us straight ...and flat...and neatly pressed.

Re: A New Improved Seam Roll

wow this is news to me. So that is why my friends in England press on wooden tables! And here I've been struggling to get the perfect press on quilt pieces etc. by putting more not less padding on my wooden ironing board. I feel ignorant, like reinventing the wheel. Thank you for putting us straight ...and flat...and neatly pressed.

Re: Simple Bust Adjustment

To sewkat: I think you would measure your bust as she did for enlarging but you would swing the hinge inward by overlapping (instead of having a gap) until it satisfies your bust and hip measurements. However whenever I've used the slash and pivot method, something elsewhere does not work well, as folks are commenting above. For you it might alter the hip measurements and waist curves. For myself I use a paper tape system I bought in England about 40 or so years ago and am amazed at how accurately it works. I thought it was out of print until by accident I came across a fancier version of it via another site's link that took me to Their price is way too high for me knowing I have a paper cut out version of it in my drawer but if you have trouble fitting yourself it may just be worth its weight in gold at today's prices. My version was printed on a sheet of papercard that you had to cut and tape together to make the oh so much nicer measuring tape you see in the kit they offer for sale. I've changed greatly over the years and it still works. I am petite, short waisted and wide hipped and thus seldom can buy a nice store bought item that fits and that includes patterns. Making my own pattern from scratch with the tape is easier than the alteration steps above. Go watch their video. It is as easy as he demonstrates it to be. If you too hate the price, then slash and pivot is a usable crutch, but one you have to tweek to get right for you.

Re: Narrow Back Adjustment

How would this work for a short back with horizontal wrinkles?