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  1. Are you a crafter or artist? Do you quilt, knit, paint, soap, do paper craft, or re-purpose furniture? All kinds of artistic and craft type outlets are welcome! This is not necessarily showing completed items... maybe you bought a pattern, yarn, or fabric. Did you go yard-saleing this week and found a bookshelf you want to paint? Show any of those (if you have a photo - that's even extra great). Maybe you finally pulled out your sewing machine and dusted it off... include that. Any little bit towards your goal throughout the week is great!! Also, if you have a website or tutorial that inspires you, please share it with us. Perhaps one of us will pick up a new hobby. ;) Let's inspire each other! _________________________ Hi All, I was away at a monastery this weekend for a chance to get away from it all and re-charge. My son's wedding is Saturday... I don't know how much creative stuff I'll be doing this week, but I'll try a little. I finished my bamboo scarf over the weekend. I had taken it off the loom before leaving and did twist for the fringe. I'll try to post photos later.
  2. Sew Mama Sew has a cute sewing tutorial for girls of all sizes here. This might be a way of using up some fabric scraps and jazz up the spring wardrobe.
  3. I need to make some curtains for a scout camp cabin. It's a cute little '50's cottage, used by families who are visiting their scout at camp. By "cute", I mean "has potential, but needs work". I think some pretty curtains, instead of the bits of paper or cloth or nothing at all that is there now, will help perk it up a bit. The cabin has two small bedrooms and a small bathroom; I think there are 4 windows total. (There is a living/dining/kitchen room as well, for which there are already curtains.) I've bought some lovely, pretty bedsheets to make them with. That will give me a lot of fabric to work with. Anyway, I'm going to use spring tension rods. I have one afternoon to make as many curtains as I can for bedrooms and bathrooms. (There are actually at least three of these cabins.) The windows are small. Maybe 3 feet wide and two feet high, or even smaller. How should I design the curtains? --I don't want to do cafe tabs for time reasons. A simple rod pocket will be quickest. --I want the curtains to cover the whole window at night for privacy, but to be able to be pulled aside during the day for light and air to come through. --Should I do one curtain to cover the whole window, that can be pulled to one side and tied? Or would two panels be a better choice? (I'd kind of like to do a top and bottom panel, or valence and curtain, but that would require two rods, and I'm trying to keep it cheap.) --I'm thinking of attaching curtain ties to the curtain itself, so they won't be lost and won't need any hardware. (The curtains need to be easy to wash.) Any thoughts about this? --Not sure if I will use only one fabric, or a combination. Anyone have some cute pics to inspire me? Thoughts about efficient construction? Tips to remember as I sew?
  4. I want to learn how to sew, but don't have a sewing machine. My MIL's unearthed an old Viking machine in her garage, but it's missing a power cord and foot pedal. :glare: I've searched on this forum and it seems like the general advice is to go with an used, older, all-metal machine as opposed to new cheap mass merchandize models. Or get a fancy several hundred/thousands dollars one. Which is fine, if you know what you are getting into. I've been searching Ebay and Craigslist ads. There's such variety of choices, prices etc. that my head is spinning. Our budget is $200 or (hopefully) less. I'd like something that is easy to use and, in case of a problem, will not have me wondering if it's me or the sewing machine's fault, YKWIM? Our local quilt shop has this one http://www.berninausa.com/product_detail-n2-i310-sUS.htmlfor just under $200, but it seems really basic, esp. for the price. It's cute though. :D There's this one at Costco, it's only $90. http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11630171&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|90608|28071&N=4047457&Mo=8&No=6&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=28071&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1⟨=en-US&Sp=C&topnav= So, Hive, help me out, please? :bigear:
  5. Mamas who sew - would it be easy for a beginner/advanced beginner to take a few of my DDs' too-short dresses and make them into skirts? We just got out our spring and summer clothes and both DDs are sad that some of their favorite dresses no longer fit / are too short. Where would I find a pattern for such an endeavor, or would I maybe need to find any skirt pattern and just take the dresses apart and re-use the material? I am hoping that I can just hack the top portion off and add elastic to the top of the "skirt" to hold it on :tongue_smilie: but I truly want to do it "right". Thanks so much if you can help!
  6. My dd will be in 7th grade next year and she has never sewn anything. It's my fault. She has asked to learn and I just never get around to it. This year we have done a cooking class. She is a great cook and we have started with the basics and built to meal planning and her shopping for and fixing the meals she plans. She is now cooking dinner for the family once a week and we are all enjoying it. I sew. I took multiple classes in ps. My mom sewed, quilted, and did various needle work. I have always been around sewing, but I have totally failed to teach any of it to my daughter. She can't even sew on a button or stitch a broken seam. Ugh! Please tell me there is something structured. I can use to teach her sewing so it will actually get done!
  7. I found Stitches & Pins, what else is out there that is good for beginners? I found this: http://www.homesteadoriginals.com/blog/2010/11/08/free-sewing-classes-for-homeschool-families-online/ Can someone please share what they have found and liked? We believe Santa is bringing 3/4 size machine for Christmas, and would like to teach our girl to sew. I also need to brush up on my skills in the process! I think Santa may bring me a sewing machine too! both my aunts are experts with more than 40 years experience, but they live too far away. Thanks Everyone!
  8. Dd (12) wants to learn to sew, and my old machine died a long time ago. I would like to get her a (small ?) inexpensive sewing machine (but not a toy)for Christmas. Anyone have any suggestions?
  9. I *think* I got the link from the boards a while back. It was a website which had sewing patterns for vintage clothing. My dd remembers some aprons which look like the ones Marilla wears in the Anne of Green Gables movies. She thinks there were a # of time periods represented & there were a fair # of photos submitted from people who had bought the patterns & made the outfits. The only other thing we remember about this site is that it had the instructions for doing your hair in a type of Edwardian Twist hairstyle. I think there were pictures of someone wearing a vintage wedding dress & this hairstyle? It was not a terribly slick site, kwim - really looked like something put up by someone who was doing the work herself..... but the patterns & the designs were quite lovely. Ringing bells for anyone? I thought I put it in my favourites but I can.not.find.it..... :confused:
  10. One of my sons is insistent that he wants to learn to sew. i took a class a billion years ago -- so I know an teeny bit. I found a neat craft where you hand sew pieces of felt together and the result is a glasses case holder. I thought, "perfect for my son to make and it would be a neat Christmas present for grandmas." So here goes my stupid question: does Michaels carry felt and sewing supplies?? If not, where should I go? I know this sounds dumb, but I literally haven't sewed since 8th grade. And my mom picked up the material. Any tips for teaching a 7 year old would be GREATLY examined and appreciated!!!! TIA! Alley
  11. My sewing machine bit the dust. My husband gave me the nod to buy what I want...he even threw in the number $1000. I don't WANT To spend that...but I know it's an option. I'm a fairly beginner sewer but want to do more. I haven't because I get so aggravated with the 'issues' that go with having a trash machine. My seamstress friend mentioned Bernina and Viking. She has both. Are there any particular models you recommend? What are the features of that model that make it worth the money for you?
  12. I have decided to sew some swimsuits for my daughters and myself this year. I found two sites: Site #1: http://www.modestswimwearsolutions.com/swimsuitpictures.htm Site #2: http://www.fashionablymodestpatterns.com/fmptestimonials.htm The first site has the longer top that looks more like a mini-dress with shorts or leggings underneath. The second site has a top with skirted shorts. Now, I like both patterns...but, I have a few questions / concerns and I'd like some feedback. 1. Do you really think the double layer of fabric from the pattern on Site #1 is enough support? Or, will I need to wear a bra or sew one in the suit? 2. I'm wondering if the longer top from the first site will be weighted down too much when wet. ?? In other words...will I (and my girls) be wringing the skirt out every time I get out of the water so it's not hanging down to my ankles? Ha!! 3. Each site gives a different tip about sewing with Lycra. One says to use lots of pins and go slowly without stretching the material. The second site says it is easy to sew as long as you stretch the material while sewing. Hmmm??? Smiles! Any help for me? I know I'll be tweaking the suits for length, etc. ...but, I just need some opinions as to which is probably the "better" choice. I know...it's gonna turn out to be 50/50. Smiles! Thanks! ~Holly
  13. I'm looking for good books or ideas to teach my daughter (6 in a few months) to sew. Right now she pushes the foot pedal as I sew, but I can't think of how to go about teaching her to sew on her own. Should I start with a little hand sewing? Everything I find is for older kids, yet I want something that will make a nice finished product that she will be proud of. I was thinking doll clothes (18" size), but anything I think of seems too complicated for her age. I don't want her to work hard on something and then have it fall apart while dressing her doll. Thanks for any suggestions, Gwen
  14. I am about to take lessons to sew! I am SO EXCITED! I am buying a machine soon, and want some input. What do you recommend? I thought about getting one from HSN that does embroidery and sewing...it's about $799. Please give me some input! I know nothing so far about sewing, except that I like to do it! Jessica
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