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craft interests: fashion, sewing, sculpting polyresin dolls

Member Since: 08/10/2009

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Re: Video: How to Sew a Figure-eight Stitch

left handed will have to sew left to right.

Re: How to Make Ribbon Trim

This appears to be counterchange smocking done only on the vertical. Don't worry about the math. You will probably just keep smocking until you have the length needed.

Re: This IS Your Grandmother's Sewing Machine

I have at least two Singer treadle machines in my collection. The one first purchased in Green Bay, WI has the most beautiful table, elaborately wood-carved in a nouveau style that perfectly matches my formal parlor. But my Singer 29K58 is an industrial beauty--also with walking foot and no feed dogs-- made around 1920 in Scotland especially for shoemaking. I have it up and running, but ALAS, I have a difficult time treadling and concentrating on my workpiece at the same time. Who would have thought?

Re: Look ahead to spring

Oh my gosh 1919 is a winner. My family and friends are always after me about slogging around in hand-me-downs from my sons. Here on a farm, it's seldom necessary to look like a girl. But this would help me retain the shape I reclaimed last summer with a 25-lb. loss. (Holiday eating makes it easy to go into nutrition denial.) I love the peplum look. With pants, the garment could still be casual. I am thinking denim.

Re: The Talk is Pleating with Designer Babette Pinsky

On a smaller scale, you could pleat first and cut your piece out second., Try using your sewing machine's pleater, perfectly aligned, at both ends of the fabric. Then stretch and machine baste. Lastly, press in the pleats with a press (not iron). I even found an old mangle iron circa 1960 to do neat things otherwise not possible with the usual sewing room equipment. But what I wouldn't give for a second pair of hands to help with this and other manual-intense projects. My ambitions overwhelm my osteoarthritis, which I regret the following day.

Re: When downsizing, consider a new home for your stash

I don't buy expensive gift bags and gift wrap. I make them out of stash. With a drawstring closure, the recipient can use it over.

Re: When downsizing, consider a new home for your stash

I don't buy expensive gift bags and gift wrap. I make them out of stash. With a drawstring closure, the recipient can use it over.

Re: Steampunk Handbag!

Hooray for you. Steampunk is slowly getting itself recognized and getting the faux-creative to think off-the-quilt and away from those TRENDS. I personally don't care to waste my time on somebody else's idea, pattern, design, or kit. I recently suggested it as a project for my dollmaker's club, and most of them had no clue. They are all quilters who are afraid of anything but soft sculpting. I have a Bucket Boss tool bag ($10) that I am outfitting steampunk. I have been saving antique drawer pulls, yards and yards of keychain in brass and stainless steel, lots of door keys, nuts, bolts and washers from the surplus store, etc.. And now I know why I've been saving them.


It is so refreshing to see people venture beyond the old tradition of white only. Breath taking, but what is the fiber?

Re: Steampunk Wedding

The setting and accessories are steampunk, but I don't see anything steampunk about the dress!

Re: Fantastical Wedding Jacket

..........on a guy?? It is to laugh.

Re: Inspiration from Novi

Every year I swear I will be at the next Expo. Still haven't made it. My brother lives only 20 miles away. Perhaps I will make it to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. My son lives close by. In the Quad Cities, sewing seems to be all about quilting and machine embroidery. Fabric availability is the pits.

Re: Corsets from the Hardware Store!

I have found lots of interesting items that lend themselves to various sewing projects at our local Surplus store: tiny key rings, star washers in copper, brass or aluminum, whole spools of key chain in both stainless steel and brass including assorted fasteners and connectors. At a woolen mill in the Amana colonies, IA, wooden spools and bobbins I used to cap off cafe rods I made of wooden dowels. I have trimmed and saved the selvage register marks of some cottons which are as attractive as the printed fabric. Does anyone have any suggestions for these? The Habitat Restore in Davenport, IA, is loaded with hardware items, dresser pulls, escutcheons, etc. that I can see trimming the pockets of jackets.

Re: Who influenced or taught you the most when you started sewing?

When someone asks me "how did you learn to sew," my reply is "How did you not learn to sew." My mother was the perfectionist. I remember watching her cut out a red gingham, two-piece housedress at the kitchen table when I could barely see over the table. Each tme she put the scissors down, I'd try to snatch them up and cut something out of the scraps. I was fascinated by that smell of the drawer in the sewing table: machine oil, beeswax, bobbins, needles and pins and chalk. My brother and I would try to cop a ride on the treadle as she sewed. She would just push us off with a foot. Mom would always demonstrate what technique she was using: blind stitch, basting, easing, continuous lap, etc. "Now that's not the way I taught you to do it," she'd say whenever I took a short cut. I got serious about garment sewing so I'd have something new to wear to school. Sewing when everybody else was out having fun in the summer. I had the originality bug and still do.

Re: New Butterick Patterns

I'm still searching for a mother-of-the-groom dress. I find that both dress patterns and ready-to-wear offer two choices: pole dancer or Queen Elizabeth. Perhaps pattern companies are trying to convert the quilters to garment construction. Most quilters know very little about anything off the quilt. Not to mention rayon everywhere. Rayon drapes well and colors beautifully, but I am not going to pay a dry cleaner more than the dress is worth. Wahtever, I have two weeks to resolve this.

Re: Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

Must we attach a political agenda to dressing a girl? If you think it's a joke, don't participate. If the recipient doesn't want to, they don't have to accept. If you want to condescend or wring your sour grapes, you probably do it all the time anyway.

Re: New McCall's Patterns

Nope. Not here in a 6-month old collection.,

Re: Easy, Breezy Summer Sewing

I am to be mother of the groom in August. I know I can never be satisfied with a "garment-rack" dress, but so far no pattern collection has come near what I want. There is always too much bare, crepey skin showing of cleavage, back or shoulders. I am 66. However, I still have pretty shapely legs and won't want a dowdy, mid-calf or floor length for a 2 pm ceremony. I've been sewing for 50 of my 66 years and know my way around quality and won't pay dearly for it. I wear a size 12 or 14. Any suggestions?

Re: A Buyer's Guide to Your Dealership

Sewing machines have planned obsolescnce not unlike most electronics. Dealers want to sell quilting and machine embroidery. I do garment and heirloom sewing. I chose the Pfaff 7570 in 1996 because of the presser foot assist feature. It does for sewing what differential feed does in a serger. I had the most competent serviceman available in Rockford, IL. He retired. Pfaff doesn't even list my 7570 any more. Fifteen years is not exactly obsolete. I have a 1920 Singer treadle shoemakers machine I was able to find parts and operator's manual for on line. I can work with leather now--shoes, bags, etc. If only I could treadle and watch the needle at the same time. My new Viking serger is far more complicated than my first serger from 1989. After I got the new one, I found the nerve to take the old one apart myself, oil the tension discs, clean it thoroughly and keep it. It has more bed area, nothing sticking up in the way, and threading is a breeze. Threading the new Huskylock is like working in a dark cave, behind my back, with eyes closed. It's narrow 3-thread stitch is twice as wide as the old White serger.

Re: What is the strangest project you have ever sewn?

When my son was in the second grade, he decided he wanted to be Groucho Marx! I made him a black polyester coat with tails by modifying a pattern for a boy's dress jacket. I salvaged enough black wool flannel from an old maternity tent dress to make dress pants, adding pleats in front and buttons inside the waistband for suspenders. He had a white dress shirt, and with one of Dad's black bow ties, a pair of big-nose glasses and fiber eyebrows, I finished at 2 AM on October 31. Pacing back and forth, Groucho brought the house down. I had three sons to costume--no daughters, so these were as close as I ever came to sewing for my brood.

Re: Linen n Lace Christening Gown

I wouldn't split fibers about cotton/linen. Many bolts will specify the percentage, usually 60-40. Both will tolerate high temps and can be laundered for subsequent wearings. Both can be whitened with "Restoration." More important: Thread and trims must also be plant based fibers. Rayon, nylon or poly will melt or turn yellow with age. Use of a treatment to prevent ravel and fray is not recommended because they will turn brown after ironing.

Re: Support Independent Fabric Dealers

In Illinois, fabric stores are oriented toward either machine embroidery or quilting. Their inventories reflect this. Only Threads magazine recognizes garment sewing. As for me, I love heirloom sewing, but the heirloom sewing empire does not recognize anyone above the Mason-Dixon line.