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October 2009 Blog Posts (25)

Wild Ginger Pattern Making Software

I am a new user of Wild Ginger PatternMaster Boutique software. Boutique is the women's wear module of the software. So far I am working on a sloper, to perfect the fit. There are several additional modules that can be purchased, such as...



Celebrations - Women's Bridal and Formal Wear

Child's Play - Infants, Girls' and Boys' Wardrobe

Curves - Women's Bodywear and

Tailor Made - Men's… Continue

Added by Blondell on October 31, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Snuggle fleece blanket

Hi, I am sewing fleec snuggle. I can't seem to know how to fix the front of the snuggle. It is to big. Thanks for any info Valerie

Added by Valerie Morris on October 30, 2009 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Fabric for Handbags

Can you guess who wore the first known handbag or purse? Otzi, the Iceman, a traveling gent who lived circa 3300 B.C. He was found in the Schnalstal glacier in the Otztal Alps near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria & Italy. Otzi's clothing for the most part was made from several natural materials such as woven grass, bearskin, and different leather skins. Otzi, however had attached to his belt a piece of sewn-on leather that could be closed with a fine leather thong. Hence the first… Continue

Added by Susan on October 28, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Sharing Blogs

I have been using a blog on line through google domain. I think I should drop it and use here instead. Twitter drives me crazy, so I mostly go to twibes where I can see and share with people that like the same thing I do. There is way too much "racket" out there for me. I am almost 49 and don't want to keep up with things I don't care about.



Crafting has really gotten bazaar. There are some crazy things out there. I support All Hand and Machine Made, but my passion is ALL fabric,… Continue

Added by Jodie Hickman on October 27, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Monday, Monday

Well the weekend, as usual, went so fast and I didn't get done all the projects that I planned on completing. The etsy shop is up and running now and I can't wait to find out how this is going to do over the long haul. Ebay is also going ok. I have been looking at the doll cloths patterns and have decided that they look pretty easy and I have made them in the past for the American Girl dolls that my girls had. Our local fabric store has had McCalls patterns on sale for 99 cents recently so I… Continue

Added by Karen on October 27, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

I have no idea what this is going to look like?

I have no idea what this is going to look like?



Fall is my favorite season. I love how the weather changes from brutally hot to just perfect! I love being cozy and taking out my current stitching project, curling up on a chair beside the fire and watching how my African Folklore Embroidery design takes on a life of its own. My parents are currently visiting from South Africa and since it was my mom that taught me African Folklore Embroidery it is our best pastime to sit together and… Continue

Added by leora Raikin on October 26, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Stitch by stitch: The nearly lost art of sewing draws interest again

"The art of sewing has proven to be resilient and culturally interesting. For example, the reality television show "Project Runway," where contestants vie to create homemade fashions with limited resources, is spurring some enthusiasm among younger people..." read… Continue

Added by Susan on October 26, 2009 at 6:58am — 12 Comments

Ottlite worth it?

I use them and like them a lot. I wouldn't say that it makes you see better. It is a clear, white light that is easy on the eyes.Fabric colors are clear & true, like daylight in the window.
I do agree with HeyJudee also, now you can buy the energy saver bulbs [ they have the day light type also], it's cheaper with the same clear light.
There is a daylite company that sells the same freestanding lamps and they cost a lot less.

Added by Jean M. on October 24, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Quilt batting

Have you ever have your quilt batting to get out of place? I am talking about after you have made the quilt and then you go lay the batting onto the backing and then the quilt top. Well I have come up with a way to make it easy way. I am taking piecing on of batting and I cut the same size as the patch work block and sewing batting to the patch work quilt block together. Then when it time to pin you don't have to worry about your batting getting out of place because it has already been sew… Continue

Added by Jennifer Howell on October 23, 2009 at 8:33pm — 2 Comments

I love my Ott Lights!!!

I have three Ott lights and I love them all. I couldn't believe what a difference they made. I can even sew at night. I have one on my cutting table, one over my sewing machine and one to read by. I would recomend them, especially when they are on sale at Jo-ann's.

Good Luck!
Colleen

Added by Colleen on October 23, 2009 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

My New Blog

I began blogging and am still trying to figure out how to tie it into this site. If anyone can help me with that, it would be greatly appreciated. My blog is Seams Inspired. I have a tutorial on ribbon tulle skirts posted, along with some other random thoughts for this week. Happy Friday!

Added by Larri on October 23, 2009 at 12:01pm — 3 Comments

Handmade Pledge??

While not everyone celebrates the upcoming holidays, for those who do, don't shoot me, but there are only 64 days til Christmas and even fewer until Chanukah!



Is anyone participating in the handmade pledge for the holidays?? That's where you buy handmade and as others to do the same for you. While I would love something handmade, whenever I ask family (the ones I buy for) they never mention hand made items in their list of… Continue

Added by Birdie on October 21, 2009 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Ottlite-worth it?

Sorry if I am duplicating this blog. Tried once and not sure if it went through.
I am considering purchasing an OttLite. JA's has for sale this week. Large investment for me. My eyes need help and I am hoping this is the answer. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.
Chris

Added by Christine Dykeman on October 20, 2009 at 9:40pm — 8 Comments

Susan Else: Fabric sculptor creates a world of colorful characters

Susan Else brings scraps of cloth to life.



The rooms of her high-ceilinged Victorian studio/home are populated with Else's ingenious three-dimensional figures, frozen in movement. A patterned elephant walks a tightrope surrounded by quilted vines and leaves. Multicolored cats stretch and preen as pawns on a giant quilted chessboard. A woman runs on her bright bedspread, corded hair flying.



"I grew up watching people make art," says Else, who was a recent Open… Continue

Added by Susan on October 20, 2009 at 6:24am — 5 Comments

Is Your Bobbin in a Bunch?

Probably not, because chances are you're a lot more organized than I am!. I've already revealed my lack of a sewing room *sniff* & organization of my fabrics & supplies. I'm trying to remedy the latter, really I am. Getting the supplies organized means I can actually have more time to do what I love, so I'm really working on it!



Since I have no fantastic place to store my bobbins "yet" I've resorted to the a tip I found somewhere online that seems to work in the mean time.… Continue

Added by Birdie on October 20, 2009 at 12:00am — 16 Comments

Caring for Silk

Silk is an elegant fabric. Did you know that it is also very versatile and can be washed? In previous years, some women would shy away from buying a silk clothing item because it meant you had to pay the upfront cost initially and then all of the dry cleaning costs. However, all silk can be washed. Silk is a natural protein similar to human hair. But silk comes from…

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Added by Susan on October 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Crafty Nursery ideas and patterns

Hello,
this is my first blog since joining. I am looking forward to many fruitful exchanges. I am wanting to make some nursery items for my niece's new baby and these include a nappy (diaper) storer. It usually hangs from a coat-hanger arrangement and you fill it with nappies (diapers). I would like to know where I can download a pattern for this, as well as any other crafty nursery items to make as gifts.
Thank you.

Added by Clementine Andries on October 18, 2009 at 5:52am — 3 Comments

Are You a Fabric Organizer?

My first Sew What's New blog post!! I suppose it's fitting that I post about getting organized. I'm not naturally organized. Are you?? Okay, so I'm not organized, but do love being organized... and I love "thinking" about getting organized. Even more than that, I love spending $$$ getting organized! It's a real thrill actually.



I don't have a sewing room right now (kudos to everyone out there who has one!). Whenever I sew, I have to drag all… Continue

Added by Birdie on October 15, 2009 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

computerzied sewing machines

I have an computerized sewing machine that jumped timing and I was wondering if you anyone knew of how to go back and sit the time back myself.

Added by Jennifer Howell on October 6, 2009 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

skirts

I love to make skirts, my daughters friends want me to make skirts for them,but i do not know what to charge for making the skirt. They bring the fabric. I appreciate the feed back. iris

Added by iris on October 5, 2009 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

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