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  1. Posted
    I recently got given a few vintage dresses, most of them need a few minor repairs, but one of the dresses has pretty frayed seams and a few tiny holes and I'm not sure of the best way to fix them.

    The fraying hasn't reached the actual seams yet and doesn't affect the dress, I really just want to prevent/slow down further fraying. I read that casing the seams with bias binding would help prevent further fraying, however some of the seams are a bit narrow to do that.

    The tiny holes are more like worn spots where the fabric has just sort of started to come undone. I thought a few stitches plus something to reinforce the fabric would do the trick. What would be best to reinforce it?
    BTW the fabric is a linen type fabric.
  2. Posted
    So i recently found this adorable little sewing machine while cleaning out my grandma's house, and my mother let me keep it. the bobbin turns, the needle works, but when i try to thread it and then sew, it doesnt work for more than a few stitches before jamming. i also dont know if the stitch wheel even works. does anyone have any experience on this type of machine?
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    Silk will fray like crazy if not hemmed or finished with a serger.

    The best way to finish it is either with a rolled hem
    http://grainlinestudio.com/2011/08/17/tips-tricks-easy-roll-hem/

    or burn the edges

    http://craftside.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55007f59388340120a7ea6189970b-pi

    if you burn the edges def test it out a few times first on scrap fabric
  4. Posted
    so i'm going to make a "fairy" shirt out of silk and i was wondering how much it would fray if i made it choppy at the bottom without hemming since it will be all different lengths.i don't want it to fall apart lol. keep in mind i have only sewn clothes once if this is a dumb question
  5. Posted
    Do you mean bra cups?
    Never done it myself but a google search turns up lots of different options eg
    http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/how-to-sewing-a-built-in-bra-with-cups
  6. Posted
    Hi everyone!! It's been a while since I last posted around here hehehe...

    I'm trying to learn to make swimwear and bought some really nice fabric and patterns... but the instructions are imposible to understand!
    Sooo... I decided to search the web for a tutorial that would help me with my task.... with no luck.

    I want to add pads (?? don't know if that is the correct word >.<) to my bikini top... but I don't understand how to sew them :(

    Does anyone know how this is done?
    I've only cut the pieces for the bikini... so any ideas will be veeeeeery helpful!!

    Thank you! :D
  7. Posted
    The curtain material:

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  8. Posted
    The inspiration picture:

    Medium pallet board furniture
  9. Posted · Edited
    This is my target project for this summer (2013):
    http://lifehacker.com/5924651/turn-wooden-pallets-into-patio-furniture (pictures posted below as well)

    I have the pallets. I have some AMAZING fabric from some heavy duty curtains what was donated as well. (Cotton, light canvas. Heavy for curtains.)

    Questions:
    What is the easiest/cheapest way to treat/protect/prepare this fabric for outdoor use? (Water and sun protection)

    What would you use for cushions you sit one? I want comfortable, inexpensive, but waterproofing may be necessary.

    I am also open to ANY other suggestions you may have. I have only done one upholstering project in my life so all tips, links, suggestions are very welcome!
  10. Posted
    I've been wanting to make a quilt but i was afraid it would be too heavy with this fabric :/
  11. Posted
    Depending on the texture you could use some of it to make a blanket or quilt...
  12. Posted
    i don't really have anything to upholster but i'll keep my eye out for something at the thrift store. Pillows would be good but then you have to buy stuffing. I am planning to make a skirt with one of the plaid fabrics.
    Thanks for the ideas Monkia Gottindottir.

    Does anyone else have ideas for these types of fabric?
  13. Posted
    You could make throw pillows or reupholster some furniture. Anything for the home could make a nice project. Maybe winter clothes could work, too.
  14. Posted
    I just got some free fabric from my great aunt. They are vintage and heavyweight. There are really thick fabrics some are patterned and some are solid colors. They also have a variety of textures.
    I have no idea what to do with these! Does anyone have any ideas?
  15. Posted
    I really don't recommend the McCall's peplum pattern-if it's the same one I bought, the sizes of the shirt don't correspond with the fit. It was far too big in the bodice, and not in an easily salvageable way. I wasted hours and a nice piece of fabric on that pattern :( However, there are many drafting tutorials for bodices and pencil skirts, and peplums can be anything from a gathered piece of fabric to a very short circle skirt :) Hope this was helpful!
  16. Posted
    If it's just for the ends of ribbon or something, I've previously used clear nail polish.
  17. Posted
    Hi,
    I'm new to the site and am kind of confused with how I'd go about searching for this kind of tutorial on here, so I'm sorry if there's one for this kind of project that is in a very obvious spot! I was probably too dull too figure out how to get to it.
    So, I'm new to sewing, but I do have someone in my house who can help me if I get in over my head in this project. Oh, and bear with me- I'm terrible at describing what I'm looking for.
    So. I saw a picture on a website of a fabric wrist cuff. It wasn't a thin-ish bracelet, because it covered a few inches of their wrist, kind of like half an armwarmer. It was very intricate and lace-y- it basically seemed like they started out by making a plain white wrist cuff and then added layers of lace, appliques, little charms, etc. I have essentially all the supplies I believe I'd need, and I'd (much) prefer to hand sew this wrist cuff. Have any of you seen tutorials, maybe not just on this site but anywhere, of this kind of piece? Even if it just teaches me how to make a basic wrist cuff like that and I add the layers of lace and stuff, that'd be okay too.
    Thank you, and I'm really sorry for my bad description- I can specify if need be. The reason I didn't add the picture I spoke of is because I can't seem to find it anymore, but I remember it fairly vividly.
  18. Posted
    I would wear them I think that 30ties would make a fashion statement.=)
  19. Posted
    I think it's like one of those fabric like the tent fabrics and swimming costumes?
  20. Posted
    I think I'm going to go with Krista's concept of the tea party dress, but make a pullover sheath dress with a lace panel in the front :3
  21. Posted
    I have used Fray Check and it works better than anything else if you're using it on garments, but that's about its only good application.
  22. Posted
    I don't generally use it- I have it, but the only thing I ever would use it on was ribbons, and I found burning the ends of my ribbons far neater.
  23. Posted
    Hi Cut out and keepers,
    I'm not keen to shell out $14 for a bottle of "Fray Block" - a sloppy clear glue that you apply to stop fraying. I normally use PVA glue or clear nailpolish.
    Are there benefits to Fray block that I'm missing out on?
    Thanks for any answers!
  24. Posted
    I have some black satin I've been wanting to make a corset with, you've just reminded me ;)
  25. Posted
    yay!!! Everyone needs a tea party dress!!!
  26. Posted · Edited
    I like kristas idea I would go with it!
  27. Posted
    Oooh. A dress like that just might work! I have some black lace and purple fabric I could use as well!

    I think I have enough ideas now to work up a few sketches and go from there :D
  28. Posted
    Underwear, pajamas, pillowcases. If you say satin, I say bedroom. I'm a bit afraid that black satin dresses look like sleepwear. You can also use it as lining. And that Tea Party Dress is awesome!
  29. Posted
    MONICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!! Do a Black period dress like the Tea Party Dress I made!! A Gothic 1700's time period dress would be so hot!!!
    mine took 7 yards of gold satin.....
    I'm down with sexy satin goth dress, corset and maybe a top..... don't forget lace someplace! I'll send you some if I have too! lol
  30. Posted
    Pillow cases for your bed. Satin and silk are slippery and some in the skin care business say it helps to prevent wrinkles. You seem to have lots, what the heck. Also decorative pillows, curtains,
    lining or under layer for clothes (fab with a lace skirt or shirt), accent or trim would be great on any clothing or decor (pocket accent, trimming edges, collar, cuffs, layering with other fabrics). please post whatever you come up with.