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Sewing Machines / Re: Recommendations for a sewing machine for quilting.
« on: December 06, 2021, 12:14:46 PM »
Brother does some excellent quilting machines. In your budget almost every brand does a lovely quilting machine.

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: December 06, 2021, 11:59:09 AM »
I really like it up high on the apron the best. I'd wear it. Leave the blades pointy.  :thumb:

Courses & Classes / Re: Craftsy membership offer
« on: December 06, 2021, 05:32:04 AM »
I noticed yesterday that I hadn't canceled the auto renewal yet for next year. Oops. I'll remedy that. Maybe that will elicit a screaming offer from them. I'd go $20. I watched enough this year to justify that much. But I need to go select my own forever classes and patterns. My renewal date is Dec 31st.

Courses & Classes / Re: Craftsy membership offer
« on: December 05, 2021, 13:07:45 PM »
@Acorn and others, the gold isn't worth the extra money. You get to pick 8 classes to keep and 10 patterns but they aren't the regular classes. It's a short list of 50 mostly knitting or cake decorating related. At first all they provided was the name of the classes and a photo. Now they have descriptions and some teachers names. Patterns are mostly  knit/crochet, quilt or again, cakes. Most look like the freebies you get on ravelry or various blogs.

@Bodgeitandscarper for that price of course you should! If you only watch one class it's worth that price.

@Iminei , I was expecting you to tell us you had cleaned and polished the entire house until it sparkled, you know,  a la @Lowena . But still being awake at midnight could be an accomplishment for many.  :thumb:

In the wardrobe / Re: 1970s disco wear suggestions please
« on: December 04, 2021, 03:51:19 AM »
I thought you meant pantaloons @fajita they were in fashion too.  :sorry:

@Lilian I was having a tough time picturing her DH in pantaloons.

Loons are pretty much what we called elephant pants. They were most popular with a nice thick heeled platform shoe. Also very popular in denim.

Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: December 03, 2021, 23:13:13 PM »
I think your channels might be too narrow. Ribbon conveniently folds onto it's self to pull through a small channel but for the elastic you need to allow for the width and thickness of the elastic as well as how thick and cumbersome your fabric is. Not to mention if there are any seam allowances in the channels, both running the length or perpendicular. I'm guessing a bomber jacket isn't thin slippery fabric.

Are you channels at least ½ inch wide? I hate to ask but are they sewn straight,  no narrow spots? They can snag things up.. Also, on something like this you can't feed one through and gather it to spec unless the channels are very roomy. It renders the others impassable. I would be threading all three through at the same time to help keep them even.

Oh. I always use a bodkin with 100% excellent results. My favorite has a safety pin type latch at one end and is heavy wire, rounded at the other end. It's about 12 inches long, bought in the 70's. I have other more standard ones for general use and resort to a giant safety pin sometimes with extra wide elastic

In the wardrobe / Re: 1970s disco wear suggestions please
« on: December 03, 2021, 22:59:16 PM »
Ok. This seems to be one of those transatlantic things.  Loons? Not a term we used and believe me I was a fashionista extradionaire in the 70's. There must be photos of those hot pants somewhere.   :devil:

Nice @Acorn ! I like one or two layers of cotton flannel, no more, in things like this. Invariably I want to set something on it that gets tipsy if it's puffy and that drives me crazy trying to keep the item "straight".

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: December 03, 2021, 05:52:34 AM »
That is lovely @Ann . My poor Noelle is still in a drawer, naked to the world. I took her out of her original clothes as they were colorful, pink tee, purple cord skirt, some turquoise stuff, obviously very modern, and her vinyl was getting stained. She does at least have a nice blanket for company. I got her Christmas pj's and robe cut out way back when but that's it.

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: December 01, 2021, 11:08:24 AM »
@Bill , it's one of those conundrums. Piecing quilt blocks and doing machine embroidery are much more pleasant and quick on fabric that still retains the factory finish. That is a given. But you always have to keep the end use in mind as well as any surface alteration you have planned. If the object will commonly get washed you need to factor that in at the beginning. Like quilts. I generally prewash all the fabric, others don't. My reason is I'm using assorted fabrics, some 30 years old or more, so from all sorts of manufacturers and some prewashed along the way. If I had the luxury of going into a shop and getting all the fabrics from one line, let's say Moda Grunge, I would proceed to cut and sew and it would be lovely to work with. Any leftover fabric I would wash because it would be mixed in with other stuff. If I was embroidering a wall hanging or visor cap I'd leave things to nature.

PS,  this is something we all have done or will do in the future. I don't think the blades are all that bad. Considering the end use I'd still use them BUT make sure you wash the apron fabric before you attach the pockets. :thumb:

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: November 30, 2021, 19:43:26 PM »
@Bill assuming that is cotton had you pre-shrunk the fabric before you embroidered it? That's looking like normal fabric shrinkage to me. Anything that will be washed in normal usage really,  IMO, needs to be washed before hand to get the shrinkage out of the way.

That's a problem with commercially embroidered cotton towels. They are lovely until you wash them.

Also blade is the correct term. These are similar to the individual parts of a hand fan which are indeed called blades.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello
« on: November 30, 2021, 19:28:19 PM »
Hi, @Reservoirfeeddogs .  What a great name.  Wish I'd thought of it first.

Welcome  :drink:

I was thinking the same thing. Great name. Welcome @Reservoirfeeddogs !

Fun with Fabric / Re: Silk pillowcases
« on: November 30, 2021, 18:57:17 PM »
@Cate you want charmeuse, at least 22 mm. That stands for momme, which denotes the weight and density of the fabric in silk. The higher the momme the better the fabric will wear. Charmeuse is sometimes called crepe backed satin. Absolutely use nothing lighter than 19.5 mm which is easier to find. Look for it to say something about being 100% mulberry silk. Expect to pay 20 to 30 pounds per meter. The better silk pillow cases have an envelope type back, two overlapped pieces, so the surface remains somewhat taut and wrinkle free. That might take more than one meter, measure first before you order. I would need more than a yard.

Alterations Advice Please / Re: PJ Problemo
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:45:54 AM »
Never, ever believe that a hanger with size info on it is the hanger that belongs with a garment. Never. Ever.

If these are cotton flannel they WILL shrink considerably. I always get them one or two sizes bigger than I wear. I want my flannel pj's to swim on me. Nothing worse than a pj wedgie when you're trying to sleep.

You shouldn't have a problem exchanging them but don't expect a refund  without proof of purchase.

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