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[22 Apr 2011|07:00pm]

[ mood | creative ]

This is my first post in the community.
Actually I'm italian speaking but I prefere to write in english (with the due mistakes)
I start up sewing becouse I like to personalise everything and I also like to make special gift for my family and friends!
When I first went in US I learnt how to make a quilt and how to cut and sew properly. Then I joined the italian association QUILTITALIA www.quiltitalia.it  and a local association too.
My patchwork style is very japan inspired I love yoko saito works and last year I had the chance to attend a course with her. I also  find a great inspiration in mangas, some of them are very aesthetic and I really enjoy the style of graphics. So there is a point where all my interesting mix up!
To tell the truth I prefere projecting than sewing but of course I do both. 
I've just joint livejournal so at the moment I'm acclimatizeing and say hallo to everybody!
Saluti a tutti gli amici italiani della comunity!

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cross-post [20 Feb 2007|09:00pm]


i need a little advice. i'm about to start doing dress making but the machine i own is fairly old and doesn't have an overedge setting on it so is there another easy-ish way to achieve the same effect ? 
also, re-using patterns..is it simply a case of carefully cutting and pinning them and then folding them back up and re-using it that way ?
thank you in advance !

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An Introduction and a Great Big Plea for HELLLLLLP! [06 Jan 2007|08:43pm]

Hello. I'm new to this community because I finally decided to finally replace my 35-pound Penncrest with a rogue bobbin with a machine that actually works. After much research, I decided on the cutesy green Janome sewing machine that features Hello Kitty because it was the only machine that seemed to have nearly all good reviews (in my price range). And now I'm ready to get back into sewing again. I even went out and bought a couple of sewing books to brush up on my sewing skills and improve upon them. Now I'm ready to be Molly Ringwald's character in the movie "Pretty In Pink". :P

The machine works like a dream in comparison to the one I had. I tore apart some old tee-shirts to use to practice stitches with and get back into the sewing grove again. The tension was perfect, the lines were straight, my french hem was gorgeous ...

So then I cut a small piece of my real cloth to figure out the right tension so that I could get to work on a masterpiece of a curtain I have planned for my new house. The cloth is gorgeous 100% polyester netherwood cranberry that I got 14 yards of for $35 during Hancock's 50% off New Years sale. Apparently, they have the sale every year, so you need to be sure to be there next year!

But I digress ...

No matter how loose or tight I adjusted the tension, it was still wrong. The top thread kept on showing with the bobbin thread on the under side of the cloth. Lovely. Here are the things I've tried so far:
1. Adjusting the tension
2. Changing stitch length
3. Re-threading the machine.

The cloth is really thin and 100% polyester. The thread I'm using is 37% cotton and 63% polyester. The tension is fine with other cloth. Any ideas on what I can do to fix my tension problem so that my curtains don't look like crap when I make them?
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Hi I'm new [17 Oct 2006|10:15pm]

Hi my name is Jane and I make clothes on a regular basis. I was hoping someone could help me here.

I seem to be having a problem with my machine where the understitching doesn't want to catch, thus it is not actually sewing. Could there be a problem with the undercarriage, maybe?

Any help would be greatly appreciated since I won't be able to make anything without my machine being in proper order.

Thanks a bunch, Jane.
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[19 Oct 2005|09:09pm]

X-posted everywhere

I need to find a good wholesale source for chiffon, georgette, and organza. Also, I need a soft, thin nylon or rayon tricot, and wide, colored elastic (possibly custom). Can anyone recommend something?
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eskimos eating strawberry ice cream... [07 Aug 2005|03:44pm]

[ mood | creative ]

cross posted

hi all,

i've recently decided to explore the more creative side of my personality and in light of learning i'm carrying around a little one, i'd like to develop something i can do to keep me busy while i can't move around so much comfortably and something that i can hopefully make some money out of while staying at home a lot more than i would otherwise.

i'm making all sorts of knitted/crocheted stuff for myself without really knowing any 'real' stitches. question about this to follow...

i don't have a lot of time on my hands because i'm trying to work as much as possible before the baby comes to have a nice little savings put aside and to get the debts out of the way as well. this also means i don't have a great deal of cash to spend so i do most things on a huge budget.

*q1 -> i love making little pixie beanies. with my own made up stitches which i'm not sure i could possibly explain. how does one add a stitch each row to make a knitted long triangle shape? or does it make more sense to start at the bottom and work down to the point??? not sure how to do that properly either.

*q2 -> i wear a lot of typically 'hippy' style tie dye slips. which i depend on in the coming months to be both comfortable and cool as i live in sunny queensland in australia and as the baby is due right in the midst of the sweltering summer, i'd love to be able to tie dye my slips for myself. so does anyone have any tips on how to tie dye? especially multiple colours, what kind of dye to use and possibly patterns for slips?

*q3 -> another bright idea i had for myself was to make pixie slippers for babies/toddlers. i've got soft felt for this and had a vague idea how i could go about it but was wondering if anyone else has done anything like this before and could possibly give me their hints/pattern???

and finally, funky maternity clothes that i could possibly still wear afterwards? patterns/suggestions?

:) peace to you for now, we will share again...

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[22 Jun 2005|05:31pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

so i found an old dress at the back of my wardrobe that iv'e had for about 6 years. now i used to be a size 10 now am a size 12-14 so obviously it doesnt fit too well. no problem i think, ill just alter it.
i dont have any altering experience, i can hack together a skirt that will fall apart after a few wears but thats it.
heres a general pic of the dress.
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and the best view of the side i can get
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there are slits at the side, two panels on each side split by a zip at the back, and three panels at the front.
what would be the best way to go about altering it? i considered cutting the splits further and adding material.
any advice is appreciated

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Ren & Stimpy [08 May 2005|05:48pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]


I need your help/suggestions please.

(x-posted a ton of places)

Allow me to be extremely cheesy for a moment and share my idea.

My boyfriend is in the US Marine Corps and the guys he works with have affectionately nicknamed he and his best friend in the squadron "Ren & Stimpy" because of all their insane adventures together. Since its his last year in the Marines, I wanted to make him something that would make him smile and be one of those sentimental things that girlfriends give during a guy's memorable time in their life...(Cheeze cheeze cheeze I know). I knew right away I want to make him a "Ren & Stimpy" blanket! :)

The problem:

I have been searching for Ren & Stimpy fabric and I found this on Ebay -- Check It Out.

The thing is, its only 18x20 and that's far too small to make a blanket. I wanted to make a lap blanket you know? Not something to cover the entire bed, but something enough for him to curl up in when he watches movies, or is on his computer, or just whatever else. They're selling this bit of it for almost 10 bucks, and I'm passing it up because its not enough to do what I would like to do. But it was encouraging to see that there is at least still fabric out there of it. Most of it is out of print I've been told. *Whimper* This is becoming frustrating because I want to find any "Ren & Stimpy" print that I can use.

I've really got my work cut out for me with this project and it hasn't even started.

Does anybody have any suggestions or know of any fabric stores ANYWHERE that I could find ANY "Ren & Stimpy" patterns from?

[I will delete this entry come June or when I find the fabric, so please comment until then if you know of any places]

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Looking for a dressmaker in Michigan [26 Apr 2005|07:40pm]

I'm looking to hire a seamstress to make five bridesmaid dresses similar to this one: http://www.jordanfashions.com/products.asp?nCatID=1&nProductID=358&nPhotoID=6926

The only thing we don't like are the pleats which seem to be too low. Either eliminate them or move them to waist level.

I don't sew a stitch! Does this look like something that would be relatively easy to make?

Thanks so much!
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Hi... [05 Mar 2005|05:35pm]

Hi, I'm a newbie. I only really got into making my own stuff recently. Unfortunately, the DigiCam is a new bonus, so I've only one picture of my most recent creation. Don't expect too much, it's inredibly amateur. In the last couple of weeks, I've only had time to adjust sleeves and sew on buttons :-S

Anyway, here are some black fairy wingsCollapse )
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Shirring [03 Mar 2005|07:19pm]

Hello, I have a question about shirring. How do you do it?! haha. I have a sewing machine but no shirring or gathering foot and I'm not getting one. I THINK there is such a thing as shirring tape you can use to do it by hand???! Only thing is, I can't find any good detailed instructions online on how to do it. I've had this explanation for it "One of the ways to do it is to zigzag over an elastic thread and pull up the thread. Do a bunch of rows of this and then pull up the threads all at once." I don't know maybe its me but I just don't understand those instructions clearly. If anyone can pleeeeease give me some good instructions I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!
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Milkshake Designs... [27 Jan 2005|11:05pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

I have loads of cute DIY skirts available including the above ones plus Rainbow Brite and Care Bears skirts and a lot more. Just click on the picture which will take you to my Ebay store to check out what's available. You get a $5 discount if you buy any skirts direct from me as I don't have to pay any Ebay or Paypal fees that way. Thanks!

XXOO Maria
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Hot NEW StuFF!!!!! [16 Nov 2004|11:57pm]

NEW handmade, one-of-a-kind totes, button bracelets, fabric art and more!!!!
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bonjour! [26 Sep 2004|10:09am]

[ mood | content ]

Hi! I just joined but there isn't much info about this communtity in the profile, I was wondering if someone could tell me a little more about it? are there any rules? (because I'm so going to break them if someone doesn't tell me x_X)

anywho, the community looks pretty badass, I think I'll stay.

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Make-up bag patterns [16 Sep 2004|08:41am]

Does anyone have a pattern for a cute make-up bag. I haven't been able to find a basic pattern to use anywhere on the net or in any pattern book.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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pins made from revamped tshirts and scarves.... [16 Sep 2004|12:54am]


on sale for only $6.00 each!


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open call for designers (fashion, jewelry, accessories) [23 Jul 2004|08:23am]

Call for Designers (Fashion, Jewelry, Accessories) ~~ Contour Magazine ~~ www.contourmagazine.com

ATLANTA, GA - July 19, 2004: Are your designs leaps or even lightyears beyond mainstream? Are you a progressive, burgeoning clothing/jewelry/accessory designer with ideas that can’t wait for mainstream adoption? Would you like to have your designs featured in an adventurous, international publication that fuses art, fashion, and invention?
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[02 Jun 2004|12:36pm]

hi..i'm new here, and was just wondering if anyone knows how possible it would be to make something like this http://www.daisymaze.com/store/prodinfo.asp?number=300351&aref=nextag without a pattern? i was gonna ask my boyfriends mom to do it...thanks..
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First full bust adjustment!! (x-posted) [14 May 2004|02:58pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I did it! I was so scared to cut into a pattern to adjust for my C cup boobs but I finally got over it, and with the help of this tutorial I now have a very well fitting top!

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[24 Mar 2004|12:32pm]

I wonder if anyone can give me some advice really. I'm Making a pair of black cords with pick star shapes up the leg. For this i want cut the star shapes out of the black and sew the pink material in behind so it shows through the gap in the black.

Is there some sort of craft knife i can use for cutting shapes out of material/where can i get one or will scissors work just as well..? I need it to be very neat and straight

Also i plan to use a zigzag stitch around the outline of the star to neaten the edges and keep the pink in place. Is there a better way of doing it do you think?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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