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Fort Branch, Indiana

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, knitting, sewing

Member Since: 09/07/2009

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Re: The Other Side of Couture!

Oh my!!! Absolutely beautiful. I have friends in NE who raise and train quarter horses. I am going to forward this article to them. This clothing is absolutely gorgeous---not only in appearance but in construction. Kudos on all counts!

Re: Create a Custom Dress Form

Be careful with this, referring to the duct tape form----I did it and got extremely hot. I felt I was suffocating. I would suggest wearing nothing but what you absolutely have to---no leggings, socks, stockings, etc. Just what you have to wear. I was able to finish it but I was getting very, very anxious. My husband taped me and I was glad it was him b/c he was able to get me out of it quickly and cool me down quickly. Make sure you stuff it well. I only wanted it for jackets and I did use it but in the end, I went for a professional dress form with padding and absolutely love it. I sewed 50 years w/o a form. I like the form for my very nice clothes and for being 'creative.' I use Wild Ginger Boutique program for drafting my clothes and it is nice to try something new and put it on the form to see just how it will look.
Try to make your own---nothing ventured, nothing gained. Just be careful!


Re: Fresh Start for a Sewing Space

When I married almost 40 years ago, my husband always made sure I had a designated sewing area. It may not have been a fancy room all to itself but I always had a space in which to sew. When we moved here, I had no room. We had downsized 15 years ago and I knew I could eventually work something out. At the time I only had my mechanical machine and a serger. Then came the Designer I by Husqvarna and everything that goes with a computerized embroidery/sewing machine. I had to have a computer close by; I needed storage; I wanted a larger place to cut out projects. Well, after 5 1/2 years in the house, we were coming home and when we opened the garage door it hit me. We had a pull-down staircase in the garage that led to an attic where we could walk around. I asked my husband if the garage was large enough to put in a permanent staircase--it was. I then mentioned that maybe we could build a sewing room in the attic. He said nothing---poor man--another project for him. Well, on New Years Day of 2001 he started clearing the attic. We hired a professional to put in a 5' horizontal awning window on the east side of the attic and to build a permanent staircase on the west end of the room. In his spare time, my husband built me a wonderful sewing room. It is 10'x 24'. This house has an A-symetrical roof line. He had to build a vertical wall, which created a void between the sewing room and the storage area of the attic, where a person cannot stand erect. In that void he built 12 four foot long shelves and 4 two foot long shelves PLUS under the shelving are 7 12" deep drawers and 7 4" deep drawers!!! Above the shelving is 2'x20' corkboard for me to pin up whatever.

My husband is a master electrician (now a consultant) so I have (are you ready for this?) 30 electrical receptacles! I am wired for cable TV and broadband Internet service. My lighting consists of four 4' long fluorescent fixtures with four tubes in each. I have two different light switches so my lights either go on with 8 tubes burning or 16!! At night it is as bright as daylight. On the south side of the area is actual attic storage where I can stand up in some part of it. There I have some free-standing shelving that I can move if I so choose. On the north side is a knee wall and beyond that more storage. In that area I have to bend down but I have three sets of shelving for supplies I rarely use. I have my two sewing machines, a serger, a blocking board (which sets on top of a set of shevles which gives me fabric storage,) and my wonderful gateleg cutting table with drawers. There is room for my large loom but if I am weaving, I don't have too much room to walk around but I can at least weave up here if I choose and when I am not weaving, I can fold up the loom and push it to one side. It blocks some drawers but it is easy to move, if I have to.

The ceiling is pretty cool. The roof slants to the north so there isn't too much room to stand. That is where the sewing machine tables and computer desk are located. I sit so I don't need room for standing. Since I didn't want to have to sand the dry wall of the ceiling, we covered it with canvas! It's pretty neat. We stapled the canvas to the dry wall and left a little slack. We then covered the staples with covered buttons so the ceiling looks like a big tufted area. It's really nice.

I painted the room, laid the vinyl flooring, and put up the cork board. My husband did everything else and on October 8, 2001 I moved everything up here with the help of 2 men from a local moving company. I had everything in the lower level of the house, most of it in the laundry room. Whatever closet area wasn't being used, I had supplies in it; under beds; in boxes; wherever. Now it is all in one place. I can move from the computer to the sewing machines. I can plug in anything and not worry about overloading electrical circuits as my husband put a circuit breaker box in the sewing room and it has it's own designated power.

I love this room. I come up here and can stay all day. I have TV, radio, stereo or just the solitude of the cukoo clock ticking. I have a view of the lake outside. There are two windows I can open and hear the birds. There is a crab apple tree in our side yard and the top branches are visible from the window. It's wonderful and I thank my husband all the time for building this room for me. I am so fortunate. Now, if only I didn't have to cook, clean, laundry, iron, errands, take care of the yard----if I only had more time to sew!!!

Re: More Tips for Working with Boiled Wool


You still can get melton. I bought some just last winter. You just have to know where to get it. I got mine on-line from Vogue in Chicago, I believe. If you Google 'melton,' you'll find it. Wait--- I just checked---type in melton fabric. (If you type in Melton, you get lots of things other than fabric including a truck line!) Yes, it's great stuff. Good luck!!!

Re: Mystery Sewing Machine Foot

I haven't read all of the comments so someone else may have this same answer. I believe it is a bias foot that attaches the bias tape to the article it is being sewn to at one time. It folds the tape and stitches it to the garment in one step. I have used a foot that does this and the foot in the picture is quite similar. It is a tricky application---you really have to practice, at least I did, but it is handy once you know what to do.

I know it is not a ruffling or pleating foot. That type of foot has a piece in the front that has definite teeth on it, which is what ruffles or pleats the fabric.