Intro and need help please–long sorry
My name is Kathy. I am 43 years old, a mother of three grown boys (my youngest is 22), and a grandmother of a wonderful 4 y/o grandson. I am a Registered Nurse–looking for a part – time job right now–something, that I am able to do. I am a Lung Cancer survivor of 3 yrs now—Praise God! But mobility and breathing are tough . I am also very big now and it makes it even harder!
I lost my full time job in Spring 2008. I have been through and am still so very depressed …which, I pray will lift soon. I love to learn and study about/ and to sew. But, I am a huge procrastinator! I’ve yet to get started on any project after buying so many supplies and studying/reading for over a year now! This has been since I lost my job. I couldnt even afford the supplies I had purchased…
I sewed off and on my adult life(after work, week ends, etc)–and I am not an expert or anything near that ! lol I am a beginner wanting to dramatically improve !I think I am afraid to get started! Gee!
Anyway, I HAVE to complete a project that I have put off for a year now. The kids in my friend’s family and my own grandson are waiting for “SuperHero Capes” from me!I have to have one done by the week-end!
Questions and things I need help with soon:
1.My friend bought the fabrics for some of the capes. I had plain cotton here. She bought “Costume Silk Fabric” from Joanne’s for 1 cape , Satin Baroque (? A polyester satin) also from Joannes for another , and, “Crepe Back Satin” for another.
The sales associate told me on the phone that the “costume” type would snag and pull as I sewed it (my thoughts and fear too) –but the other types of satin were a better grade, but yet were a “polyester-type” satin. She said I would need to use a fine needle… but she didn’t know types,etc.
So, my questions are:
1, Does anyone know the size needle and the type of thread I need to use for seams for this project?9Or a web site that list such–which I think experience better too!)
2. I plan to use Joanne’s “Crushed Velveteen” to make “bias binding” to cover the edges. What type/size needle and what thread type would I use for this binding?
3. How could I use my Brother PE700 embroidery machine ( That I have never used!) to “embroidery” spider webs on one side of one cape..? What type stabilizer. I have the PED software.
4. Any tips or ideas on Serger use for seams on this type silk???
Thanks so very much.
Edited 11/12/2009 9:09 pm ET by lovetosew66