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Member Since: 11/24/2008

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Re: How to Identify Fabrics with a Burn Test

Thanks for this. I had been using matches to do burn tests, partly out of convenience, but I will no longer do so.

The trouble comes when fibers are blends. It's much more difficult to tell blends with a burn test, at least that has been my experience.

Using a shot glass with a tablespoon of bleach is also a good way to test if a fabric is a purely proteinous fiber -- silk or wool (as opposed to a plant fiber such as cotton or linen).

Chlorine bleach will dissolve protein so if you put a little piece of silk in a tablespoon of bleach (I use a shot glass) and look hours later, the fabric will be gone! (Which is why you never use chlorine bleach to clean a silk garment.) Not so with a piece of polyester, which will still be in the shot glass no matter how long you leave it.

My dentist once said, "we use a dab of bleach into a root canal -- to make sure all that nerve fiber is gone." That thought was every bit as comforting as a root canal itself.

Re: How to Dye Silk Organza

Gotta go with the decaf. Can't have jittery undies.

What happens if you combine coffee and tea? Has anyone tried it? Does it make the silk darker or have no additional effect? Hmmm.

Re: Enter the Thrift Store Runway Fashion Contest!

Hi all. Tell me, do garage sales, estate sales and rummage sales count or does one have to go to an actual thrift store to enter this contest?

If the above categories count as well as thrift stores, step aside girls. I got tons. And they are all contest worthy!

The things people throw out! It shocks me sometimes (although I try not to display shock when I'm handing over the common asking price of $1).

Years ago I paid 25 cents at a rummage sale for a dark teak green/blue all wool hand knitted coat whose lining was shredded and the buttons missing. (I'm sure the rummage sale ladies were happy to unload it.)

I carefully removed and replaced what was left of the lining and made Ultrasuede covered buttons. I wore that coat for a long time since it was so warm. (I remember it had 3/4 sleeves long before they became popular again... which dated that coat from the 50s perhaps?)

At some point I passed it to a friend who wore it for awhile and passed it on once again. I assume that coat still lives with Nancy the Blonde up in tropical Canada. (The teak blue/green looked great with her eyes.)

Deana, let us know if garage, estate and rummage sales also work for this contest. Sue

Re: How to Make Bubble Fabric Trim

Looks like fun. But I had to look up "pounce bag" on the interweb. All the descriptions for "pounce bag" say to use charcoal for the marking powder but since we only have a gas grill, I will have to use kid's sidewalk chalk.

Where would one typically put this on a garment? On cuffs, neckline, down the front? And what's the best way to attach it? I assume fine handstitching on the back, which is fine, and then the whole garment would be handwashable, which is also ok, but not if this stuff had to be removed before cleaning each time. Life is too short for that!

Kenneth, I noticed this is cut on the bias. You didn't mention if this has to be on the bias or if it's just way better, kinda like using butter instead of margarine.

Thx Sue

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

While I've never subscribed, I have devoured Threads magazine articles in my local public library. It would be great to have this DVD collection!

If I had it, I might find in the articles the information I need (and the motivation ?) to finish some of those UFOs!! Sue

Re: The Kermit-Green Jacket

Hello again.

A question for Villa for 2: Any chance you could pass that 1940s article onto the rest of us somehow? I'm thinking a copy scanned into a pdf, although that might not work for a number of reasons.

Or maybe just a photocopy sent to the Threads editors so they can post it or update the techniques and write an article about it?

I too love these old vintage clothes and often find them really cheap at various sales, if only for one simple reason: There are few buyers because women of the past (especially prior to modern food distribution), were much slimmer and we modern women are...ahem... well... not so much these days.

I am not overweight but sometimes I look at a vintage garment and think, "I couldn't even get my thigh into that waistline!" My mother, who was 5'8", weighed 118 pounds when she married in her early 30s at the end of WWII. She had no eating disorder - she just walked 10 miles to and from work each day (often on bitterly cold or very hot days) and ate the food that was available at the time.

An article on how to increase the size of these garments might be very useful to us all. This kind of information is hard to come by these days.

Re: The Kermit-Green Jacket

Great idea! I just want to add one thing: As with all thrift store/garage sale/rummage sale finds, if the garment is wool, take it to the dry cleaners first or hand wash if possible. If you don't plan to work on it right way, put it in a plastic bag and seal it tightly until you get it cleaned.

These garments of unknown orgin can have moth eggs in them which can contaminate your other woolens. Plus, cleaning will reveal moth damage that didn't show up beforehand.

If it turned out to be badly moth damaged, you would save your time. In case it just had a little moth damage and you decided to finge it anyway, you could use the fringe threads you pulled to reweave the holes.

Re: Machine Quilt a Supple and Stylish Garment

Yes, I would like to know more too. Does using the wool batting make the jacket really warm, perhaps too warm for those of us in a less wintery climate?

And how does one finish the seams?

These jackets are lovely but would they make one look, ahem... dare I say it, fat... ok... fatter?

Does one bother with interfacing?

So many questions! I must clear the 4 year backlog in my sewing room and get to work!