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Madison, WI, US

craft interests: crochet, fashion, sewing, fabric dye work

Member Since: 06/14/2010

recent comments

Re: Celebrate National Tape Measure Day on July 14

Don't you think measuring tape day should be on May 8th (5/8)?

Re: Fitting Plus-Size Sleeves

While this article is very interesting, I feel like it totally dodges the question of fitting very full arms. I have very large upper arms (19 inches!), and I don't want to turn every sleeve into a flutter sleeve. Sometimes I still need a plain sleeve.

If I need to add three or more inches to a sleeve (wince), I have only been able to get the split and spread method to work (, and then I still have trouble with the sleeve cap most of the time. Have any other techniques to offer?

Anyway. I wear a lot of knit tops. You can see why.

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

My tip is to know what NOT to press with your iron! If using a fabric with special coatings or finishes, be careful of your iron temperature, and beware of finishes that can just melt onto your iron -- always use a press cloth to protect the soleplate.

If I won this iron I would attack that big quilting project!

Re: Book and DVD Giveaway: Claire B. Shaeffer's "Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques"

I would be vastly overjoyed to win this as I've embarked on some historical reproduction sewing and suddenly can't use knits to cover up my lack of tailoring skill!

Re: How to Dye Silk Organza

Having done a lot of dyeing of silk, here are a few comments on this method...

--> The vinegar isn't "helping set the dye," it IS setting the dye, because you are making an acid dye bath. Making the dye bath very very warm will help as well, as silk likes heat with an acid dye.

--> More heat + more acid + more dye + more time will make this a darker color. But it's really important that the coffee be fully dissolved to prevent speckles... not a bad idea to pour it through a filter or piece of pantyhose if you are worried about that.

--> One option for keeping a bath warm with food-safe dyes would be a crock pot.

What a nice little article. It's hard to get a skin tone on silk that isn't too orangey, and I look forward to trying this one out.

Re: How to Replace a Broken Zipper

Threads, thank you so much. My expensive custom jeans had a defective zipper... and I was able to replace it myself with this tutorial. As somebody with less than no interest in ripping the waistband apart, I really appreciate this web page!

Re: Firming Up Fabrics with Gelatine

I wonder if the fabric will still take dye with the gelatin in it. This might make for an interesting shibori method....

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

Why do I need Threads on DVD?

Two words: PAPER CUTS!

Re: Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

The tip that I was given a few years ago has been so ingrained I almost never think about it anymore: New project? New needle! Needles are cheap compared to the frustration you may encounter if your needle develops a burr or a bent tip. Choose a new needle for every project and pick the right one for your thread and fabric.

Re: What sewing book do you turn to most often?

For fitting, my copy of Nancy Zieman's "Fitting Finesse" is always on hand. I used use "Busy Woman's Sewing Book" a lot, but it has vanished somewhere in the workroom! I really wish I could have found it for my notched lapel problems the other day...

Re: How to make a Chrysanthemum flower

It would be a lot of fun to dye the organza strips in multiple shades of the same color and then make the flower! Great tutorial!