You can reinforce weak areas with patches of iron-on interfacing, use the soft kind. It may also be possible to use strips of this to stabilise your seam allowances as well before you try to bind them.
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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.
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?
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
or burn the edges
if you burn the edges def test it out a few times first on scrap fabric
Do you mean bra cups?
Never done it myself but a google search turns up lots of different options eg
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
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.)
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!
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?
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!
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.
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