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  1. Posted
    Try to sew a casing, like a tunnel and then put the elastic in after. You'll have to leave a small opening. Stick a safety pin through the end of the elastic, close the pin, then use that to push it through.

    If you can't figure out a way to make it work, just try a different tutorial with a different technique.
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    Is it this technique you're trying - I've never tried it myself but if it is you could try leaving a comment with a question on the tutorial or message the person who made it.
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    If there's any way you can put the elastic in after sewing the rest, then do that.
    Otherwise, you may just need to adjust the position of the needle which could move it a couple mm away from where the elastic is. Maybe you could use pins to hold and mark the elastic so it won't get caught up when you're sewing.
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    You probably should have said that in your original post then, but if that is your case I cannot help you as I just put my child in regular diaper so I know nothing about the making of cloth ones.
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    You misunderstood, I'm trying to avoid the elastic all together.
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    I'd try switching out your needle to a new one. It sounds like your needle is dull and that is why it's snagging through your elastic which is a thicker material, especially when you have a couple layers of fabric around it.
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    I have been trying for days now to sew my own cloth fitted diapers for my impending little one. It requires me to tack on the elastic then turn and top stitch however every time I do I manage to snag the elastic because I cant feel it through all the material. I have tried to zig zag stitch the elastic in place hoping that I will then be able to turn and top stitch without snagging the elastic but its just not working. I am sure a lot of this is due to my inexperience working with elastic so I'm hoping someone can give me some tips or tricks for what you do to ensure the elastic goes unscathed by me and my machine.
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    Maybe some beach bags or something? A bag you know you wouldn't carry too much in...
    ~Or one of those plastic bag holders that hang and have elastic openings on the top and bottom..
    ~You could sew pieces to the tops of tea towels/kitchen towels to make them more decorative/hang-able..
    ~Put a little bit of batting between a couple layers and make potholders/heat pads if suitable...
    ~Make a little clutch or make up bag....
    ~Cut out shapes to sew on to other items for FLARE!
    Just a few off the top of my head... you don't always have to think big!!
  9. Posted
    Burda has a pattern for a peplum top, I made it for myself and I really like it, it fits me perfectly :)
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    Doing a rolled hem will give you a longer lasting result though it would take a lot of extra patience to get it just right.
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    thank you. i think burning will work perfect for it. it it works lol never would have thought of that
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    I'll try that, thank you for the help! : )
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    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.
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    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

    or burn the edges

    if you burn the edges def test it out a few times first on scrap fabric
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    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
  18. Posted
    Do you mean bra cups?
    Never done it myself but a google search turns up lots of different options eg
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    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
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    The curtain material:

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    The inspiration picture:

    Medium pallet board furniture
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    This is my target project for this summer (2013): (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!
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    I've been wanting to make a quilt but i was afraid it would be too heavy with this fabric :/
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    Depending on the texture you could use some of it to make a blanket or quilt...
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    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?
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    You could make throw pillows or reupholster some furniture. Anything for the home could make a nice project. Maybe winter clothes could work, too.
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    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?
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    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!
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    If it's just for the ends of ribbon or something, I've previously used clear nail polish.
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    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.