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Old 01-29-2012, 12:26 PM   #2536
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Can't remember who posted upsizing the Simply Sweet, but I also would love it if you would share your secret. Thanks


That was me see my post a little further up......feel free to PM me with any
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So far I have finished the adjustments on the Jumper Bodice Empire waist. I'll post here what my experience was and how I fixed it since there seems to be others interested as well.

My only adjustment was the arm holes. After upsizing I found the arm holes more than 2" to big. To correct this I redrafted the pattern by removing the split in the arm hole area and adding that split evenly to the center and shoulder area. (since this patter doesn't have a shoulder seam (we add straps) this worked fine. See tutorials instructions regarding patterns with shoulder seams....I cut out another muslin and still had at least an 1" too much in the arm pit area even after sewing a 1/2" seam allowance. I then took the muslin and cut of 1" on each side seam to shorten the arm holes....THIS FIXED the problem...I went back to my redrafted pattern and cut 3"4 off the pattern side seam (leaving a 1"4 for a little extra room). I'll probably make another muslin to test it out and make sure it works. Then I am off to the Jumper pattern waistline.....
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Good job, yours look great. Yes that is what I am trying to do but unfortunately I do not have an embroidery machine, maybe someday. I think I will do the Iron-on. I'm sure they will not be as pretty, but the Printable fabric I found is crazy expensive!!
Thanks
Thanks. I am actually toying around with the idea of trying to make the Canadian one into a patch (I just don't know if it will work) and sew it to backpacks, hats, etc. It may be a Canadian thing - we like to put our flag on our travel packs. It often serves as a conversation starter when we travel.

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That skirt was very cute Flora!!!
Thanks Teresa. I still hope that I will get a chance to wear it! It will depend on the airfare in August. Right now we are looking at like $800-900 per person round trip, we would buy if it goes down to around $500 per person.

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Love all the stuff that has been posted lately. I've been in kind of a slump, lots of ideas but no time to finish any projects.

I did manage to do this for a first birthday present for my daughter's best friend's little girl. I made it a little big so it will fit next summer.

Super cute outfit! I hear you on having ideas but no time!

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Actually he has lucked out in a way. He has now had 4 bday cakes since his bday.
4 birthday cakes! Lucky boy!

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My dd says Chip and Dale are her boyfriends and they are the only characters other than the princesses that she will interact with, or even stand next to for a picture. So, I made this shirt for her yesterday. The hug I got for it was just priceless!!


Need to do some sewing not just embroidery. Want to make some pj pants for the two older kiddos. hmmmmm....think I can ignore the to do list todayand sew instead?
That shirt is super cute! I can't wait to see a picture of her with Chip and Dale!

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I used a twirled skirt pattern from youcansewthis, a purple Tinkerbell fabric with some pink and green from my stash. Lexi loves it! I need to put on a ruffle to finish the hem, but I'm going to wait for some help from my mom. I'm awful at ruffles. I'm also thinking of a coordinating T-shirt with the Tinkerbell cupcake design from froufrou.

So, first attempt is done and I'm hooked! My son saw the skirt this morning and asked me to make him something, so I purchased the bowling shirt pattern. Laundry and cleaning can wait, right?
Great job! I like the colours in the skirt. Ruffles are much easier with a ruffling foot, if you can find one for your machine. For me it was $30 well spent.

The bowling shirt is quite easy to put together, though it has been a while since I made one. I have shifted to patchwork twirl lately. (I blame Andrea for that one - she is the one who makes beautiful patchwork twirls)

I can't wait until we can see your pictures in larger sizes!

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Sorry I was literally running out the door and I just had to tell somebody I was so excited..... I totally would love to share.

I got instructions on how to do the Duct Tape Double for DD from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love BUT if you don't have the book you can go hear http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...stant/page/all there are also a ton of tutorials .....but you should SO have that book in your sewing library....

For the upsizing I used this tutorial http://sensibility.com/tips/how-to-resize-a-pattern/

This was a great reference chart as well.... It was spot on in my case....http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Thi...#ChildrenSizes

I printed out the upsizing instructions and the reference chart started an Upsizing binder/journal. You will need to write down what measurements you are using at each step. Expect to make minor adjustments to your muslins until you get the perfect fit.

I also got a tip on how to accommodate a bit of a tummy for a better fit....

Simply - add length to the center of the bodice (you'll have to play around with how much) and a little width to the last 2" of the side seams to flare out the side seams a bit....

OK sorry guys for such a long post, feel free to PM me if you have any more questions I am happy to help.......
Thanks for the links. I will add them to my library. I don't upsize often, and when I do, it is for the Gives. I am always nervous that they won't fit!
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Thank you Tinkerbell3747!! I did a search and found that they make printable fabric!! Wow, guess they make everything now-a-days!! Whoop!

Thanks again!
Here's hoping the stuff works
Yah!! I am so glad you found a solution! DD wants a skirt with all the flag mickey heads too....her list keeps growing...

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Love all the stuff that has been posted lately. I've been in kind of a slump, lots of ideas but no time to finish any projects.

I did manage to do this for a first birthday present for my daughter's best friend's little girl. I made it a little big so it will fit next summer.

Love the outfit....so cute. And i know what you mean about finding the time to sew. i can only work on projects between housework on the weekends and after work.

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No embroidery machine equals no work being done!

Thinking this afternoon might be the day I start organizing the studio...or cleaning the house...or maybe, just maybe...take a nap!

Seriously, I'm thinking of throwing a pity party instead! I really am bummed that I am missing the meet down in Disney this week. After it was too late, hubby told me I could have gone...he would front the bill for me. GRRR! Why couldn't he have told me earlier.

My plans for this weekend were to get buy with the shirts for our trip. Since hubby is working and the kids have a new Xbox game I figured I could get several hours of uninterrupted sewing done... guess not.

I do need to go put a button and button holes on an Aline so I can get the whole bunch listed. My DIL is going to take pictures for me on my new mannequin. And it looks like the weather might just cooperate today. A bit chilly but nice and sunny.

Does anyone know of another place you can get a decent embroidery machine...on payments? I don't have the spendable cash right now (I am actually going to use the Disney money for this one) HSN is sold out of the one I kinda wanted, aren't carrying the one I really wanted, and I normally use the PX as my back up but they are out of stock.

(Of course, next January I get to get me a big girl six needle machine!)


Let the Pity party commence.....


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Sneak in that nap and know that everything will work itself out. i bet after a nice nap you'll be able to figure things out.

Oh lalal a 6 needle machine lucky lucky girl....

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My dd says Chip and Dale are her boyfriends and they are the only characters other than the princesses that she will interact with, or even stand next to for a picture. So, I made this shirt for her yesterday. The hug I got for it was just priceless!!


Need to do some sewing not just embroidery. Want to make some pj pants for the two older kiddos. hmmmmm....think I can ignore the to do list todayand sew instead?
TO CUTE! I Chip and Dale too!

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we were at wdw in May last year and i made minnie head tee's for my dgd's Kensliegh,Gracie 6 and Chloe 4...i used a skirt form the thrift store { $1!!} for the head and got petties on clearance at wallywolrd after halloween in the costume section! $2 each... they loved the outfits and looked so cute!

hope this is inspiration for you!
Very Cute!

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I used a twirled skirt pattern from youcansewthis, a purple Tinkerbell fabric with some pink and green from my stash. Lexi loves it! I need to put on a ruffle to finish the hem, but I'm going to wait for some help from my mom. I'm awful at ruffles. I'm also thinking of a coordinating T-shirt with the Tinkerbell cupcake design from froufrou.

So, first attempt is done and I'm hooked! My son saw the skirt this morning and asked me to make him something, so I purchased the bowling shirt pattern. Laundry and cleaning can wait, right?
This is so pretty, love the fabric colors....reminds me of Easter kind of....

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Thanks for the links. I will add them to my library. I don't upsize often, and when I do, it is for the Gives. I am always nervous that they won't fit!
I was glad i could be of some help to even just one person. I get so many tips and Ideas here...feels good to give back.
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Ok Ladies, I need some advice......please

I want to add a mickey head in each flag of the countries at epcot to a skirt. I have already saved a copy of some of the flags that someone was so kind to show me where to find them. Now, should I just print them on iron-transfer paper and iron them on?
Or is there a way to turn the picture into an actual applique that I can do a zig-zag border on (I don't have a fancy embrodery machine )
I thought of doing zig-zag on the iron-transfer, but then I figured since it is paper it would just get ruined trying that.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated :D

- Or is there somewhere I can purchase the Flag Mickey Head appliques, not to expensive? That would really be great
I made Flag Mickey Head jeans for my trip.
Here's my photo-journal page so you can see a pic:


I printed them on iron-on transfer paper (I fit two MHs per 8.5x11 sheet) and then ironed them on to the jeans. I don't have an embroidery machine either. If I had to do it again on denim, I'd probably save up and figure out a way to buy the patches or get with someone that has a machine that I could pay. However, if you want to make a skirt and plan on using cotton or cotton knit, you'd be fine. The only reason it's not working great on my jeans is the ridges in the denim make it hard to get a great application of the iron-on. Some of the edges are peeling up after washing. You definitely wouldn't want to satin stitch around the edge of the iron-on paper though!
As far as which brand of paper to buy for iron-on transfers, I HIGHLY recommend www.amymickey.com . Her paper is AWESOME (and I've tried several!) and I cannot say enough good things about it!!! Plus, she happens to be a fellow DISer
Hope that helps! I agree with you, doing appliques of all the Epcot Flag MHs would be tough. . . I thought about it and then thought better of it!

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Love all the stuff that has been posted lately. I've been in kind of a slump, lots of ideas but no time to finish any projects.

I did manage to do this for a first birthday present for my daughter's best friend's little girl. I made it a little big so it will fit next summer.

So cute!!!!



Okay y'all! QUESTION:

If you were going to make a "fake" corset top, would you shirr the back of it or would you do casings for a few rows of elastic? Think 6 year old girl. I'm sort of leaning towards the casings, only because I don't know if the shirring would be itchy? It will have a top to go underneath it though, so I don't know if that matters?
Which would be easier to do if I'm having to wing my pattern? The casings or the shirring?
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Lexi loves it! I need to put on a ruffle to finish the hem, but I'm going to wait for some help from my mom. I'm awful at ruffles. I'm also thinking of a coordinating T-shirt with the Tinkerbell cupcake design from froufrou.

So, first attempt is done and I'm hooked! My son saw the skirt this morning and asked me to make him something, so I purchased the bowling shirt pattern. Laundry and cleaning can wait, right?
Glad your daughter loved the skirt. It looks great. So cute that your son asked you sew him something too! I don't like ruffles much so I often do a cuffed hem. I love them because it also eliminated the need to hem the skirt.

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I made Flag Mickey Head jeans for my trip.
Here's my photo-journal page so you can see a pic:


I printed them on iron-on transfer paper (I fit two MHs per 8.5x11 sheet) and then ironed them on to the jeans. I don't have an embroidery machine either. If I had to do it again on denim, I'd probably save up and figure out a way to buy the patches or get with someone that has a machine that I could pay. However, if you want to make a skirt and plan on using cotton or cotton knit, you'd be fine. The only reason it's not working great on my jeans is the ridges in the denim make it hard to get a great application of the iron-on. Some of the edges are peeling up after washing. You definitely wouldn't want to satin stitch around the edge of the iron-on paper though!
As far as which brand of paper to buy for iron-on transfers, I HIGHLY recommend www.amymickey.com . Her paper is AWESOME (and I've tried several!) and I cannot say enough good things about it!!! Plus, she happens to be a fellow DISer
Hope that helps! I agree with you, doing appliques of all the Epcot Flag MHs would be tough. . . I thought about it and then thought better of it!



So cute!!!!



Okay y'all! QUESTION:

If you were going to make a "fake" corset top, would you shirr the back of it or would you do casings for a few rows of elastic? Think 6 year old girl. I'm sort of leaning towards the casings, only because I don't know if the shirring would be itchy? It will have a top to go underneath it though, so I don't know if that matters?
Which would be easier to do if I'm having to wing my pattern? The casings or the shirring?
I love the flag head Mickey jeans. They look great!

I think if you know how to do the shirring, it would work out to be easier and just as comfortable if there is going to be a top underneath it. My older daughter did not care much for shirring right against her skin when she was little but never minded when there was a top between her and the shirring.
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I made Flag Mickey Head jeans for my trip.
Here's my photo-journal page so you can see a pic:


I printed them on iron-on transfer paper (I fit two MHs per 8.5x11 sheet) and then ironed them on to the jeans. I don't have an embroidery machine either. If I had to do it again on denim, I'd probably save up and figure out a way to buy the patches or get with someone that has a machine that I could pay. However, if you want to make a skirt and plan on using cotton or cotton knit, you'd be fine. The only reason it's not working great on my jeans is the ridges in the denim make it hard to get a great application of the iron-on. Some of the edges are peeling up after washing. You definitely wouldn't want to satin stitch around the edge of the iron-on paper though!
As far as which brand of paper to buy for iron-on transfers, I HIGHLY recommend www.amymickey.com . Her paper is AWESOME (and I've tried several!) and I cannot say enough good things about it!!! Plus, she happens to be a fellow DISer
Hope that helps! I agree with you, doing appliques of all the Epcot Flag MHs would be tough. . . I thought about it and then thought better of it!



So cute!!!!



Okay y'all! QUESTION:

If you were going to make a "fake" corset top, would you shirr the back of it or would you do casings for a few rows of elastic? Think 6 year old girl. I'm sort of leaning towards the casings, only because I don't know if the shirring would be itchy? It will have a top to go underneath it though, so I don't know if that matters?
Which would be easier to do if I'm having to wing my pattern? The casings or the shirring?
love the jeans!

Shirring for DD's shirt (red dots) couple of posts back.....I've never seen her pick at it or complain about the feel...the elastic thread is pretty soft. DD3 is kind of sensory sensitive to anything itchy (and she has worn it without the under shirt before)....she's a good tester If the pattern is sized for casings or shirring either way you should be ok.
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I made Flag Mickey Head jeans for my trip.
Here's my photo-journal page so you can see a pic:


I printed them on iron-on transfer paper (I fit two MHs per 8.5x11 sheet) and then ironed them on to the jeans. I don't have an embroidery machine either. If I had to do it again on denim, I'd probably save up and figure out a way to buy the patches or get with someone that has a machine that I could pay. However, if you want to make a skirt and plan on using cotton or cotton knit, you'd be fine. The only reason it's not working great on my jeans is the ridges in the denim make it hard to get a great application of the iron-on. Some of the edges are peeling up after washing. You definitely wouldn't want to satin stitch around the edge of the iron-on paper though!
As far as which brand of paper to buy for iron-on transfers, I HIGHLY recommend www.amymickey.com . Her paper is AWESOME (and I've tried several!) and I cannot say enough good things about it!!! Plus, she happens to be a fellow DISer
Hope that helps! I agree with you, doing appliques of all the Epcot Flag MHs would be tough. . . I thought about it and then thought better of it!
Thank you! Thank you!
How stinkin cute are you rockin' that outfit!!
It inspired me to make something for myself as well as the kiddos Thanks


Ok, I had others I wanted to say thank you to, but I forgot how to multi-quote. There is a lot of info to take in when you are a newbie.
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got news tonight from Kris (Mom2MitoKids) that Kylee will be having her surgery on Wednesday .... they will be putting in a tube so she can get her meds to keep her colon functioning better and hopefully keep her out of the hospital for all the clean outs.
please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

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Prayers sent their way!

so today i sewed for 5 hours and finished my dd dress! this is our Rapunzel dress
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If you decided to go with the printable fabric I was also use Heat&Bond lite.

I think the Printable fabric already has a sticky back to iron on or just sew it. So if it does, then iron it to the heat&bond then to the skirt?

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I used the tut on the first page to do the Mickey face applique on my DS's bag on my basic Singer machine from a downloaded pic. I traced out the different parts on heat n bond and applied that to the different coloured materials and then applied them to my main material and zig zagged away. It actually isn't hard once you practice a few times.
Yup, this is how I usually do my appliques. It just seems impossible to do this with some of the flags, like the bird on the mexican flag, I am positive I could not cut that out and zig zag it with out looking like a mess, Lol.

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Thanks. I am actually toying around with the idea of trying to make the Canadian one into a patch (I just don't know if it will work) and sew it to backpacks, hats, etc. It may be a Canadian thing - we like to put our flag on our travel packs. It often serves as a conversation starter when we travel.
I know what you mean!!! Being a Texan, we add the TX flag to everything!! My Mickey flag heads I will be putting on skirts will have one extra head with the Texas flag
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I made Flag Mickey Head jeans for my trip.
Here's my photo-journal page so you can see a pic:


Okay y'all! QUESTION:

If you were going to make a "fake" corset top, would you shirr the back of it or would you do casings for a few rows of elastic? Think 6 year old girl. I'm sort of leaning towards the casings, only because I don't know if the shirring would be itchy? It will have a top to go underneath it though, so I don't know if that matters?
Which would be easier to do if I'm having to wing my pattern? The casings or the shirring?
I don't have any suggestions for your question but I like your jeans!

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so today i sewed for 5 hours and finished my dd dress! this is our Rapunzel dress
This dress is beautiful!
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Love all the stuff that has been posted lately. I've been in kind of a slump, lots of ideas but no time to finish any projects.

I did manage to do this for a first birthday present for my daughter's best friend's little girl. I made it a little big so it will fit next summer.

Totally adorable! I love that little Zebra... I really need to make a zebra shirt for myself...

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My dd says Chip and Dale are her boyfriends and they are the only characters other than the princesses that she will interact with, or even stand next to for a picture. So, I made this shirt for her yesterday. The hug I got for it was just priceless!!


Need to do some sewing not just embroidery. Want to make some pj pants for the two older kiddos. hmmmmm....think I can ignore the to do list todayand sew instead?
This turned out adorable! I just love C & D!

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we were at wdw in May last year and i made minnie head tee's for my dgd's Kensliegh,Gracie 6 and Chloe 4...i used a skirt form the thrift store { $1!!} for the head and got petties on clearance at wallywolrd after halloween in the costume section! $2 each... they loved the outfits and looked so cute!

hope this is inspiration for you!
Too cute! And great deals too!

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I used a twirled skirt pattern from youcansewthis, a purple Tinkerbell fabric with some pink and green from my stash. Lexi loves it! I need to put on a ruffle to finish the hem, but I'm going to wait for some help from my mom. I'm awful at ruffles. I'm also thinking of a coordinating T-shirt with the Tinkerbell cupcake design from froufrou.

So, first attempt is done and I'm hooked! My son saw the skirt this morning and asked me to make him something, so I purchased the bowling shirt pattern. Laundry and cleaning can wait, right?
Love the skirt! It turned out awesome!

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Sorry I was literally running out the door and I just had to tell somebody I was so excited..... I totally would love to share.

I got instructions on how to do the Duct Tape Double for DD from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love BUT if you don't have the book you can go hear http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...stant/page/all there are also a ton of tutorials .....but you should SO have that book in your sewing library....

For the upsizing I used this tutorial http://sensibility.com/tips/how-to-resize-a-pattern/

This was a great reference chart as well.... It was spot on in my case....http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Thi...#ChildrenSizes

I printed out the upsizing instructions and the reference chart started an Upsizing binder/journal. You will need to write down what measurements you are using at each step. Expect to make minor adjustments to your muslins until you get the perfect fit.

I also got a tip on how to accommodate a bit of a tummy for a better fit....

Simply - add length to the center of the bodice (you'll have to play around with how much) and a little width to the last 2" of the side seams to flare out the side seams a bit....

OK sorry guys for such a long post, feel free to PM me if you have any more questions I am happy to help.......
I love that book! I Have it in my sewing library - and it is just a great book! So worth the full price. Thanks for the pattern upsizing - I just had to upsize a pattern for dd, and I didn't upsize it enough (just barely), so it's back to the drawing board for me.

I am so far behind in the Disbou thread - sorry everyone... I have just been so busy getting stuff ready for our trip that I can barely keep up! Hopefully I'll be able to spend more time here once we return - and I can't wait to start doing BG again!

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Hi Everybody,
Just caught up with the past 5 pages...cute outfits Also, hope all goes well with the little ones surgery that I read about.
After a few weekends (definitely not this past one - too sick to do anything - caught a cold from my granddaughters that knocked me off my feet all weekend) I finally got all of my fabric organized and put together instead of in several different places. Here's a couple of photos...
Oh D, the first picture is for you....what do you think I'm going to try and sew with this fabric

Bag Fabric by Sheila Grammy, on Flickr
Now for my sewing area...I used part of a bedroom.

My Sewing Area by Sheila Grammy, on Flickr

Extra thread/ribbons/patterns by Sheila Grammy, on Flickr
Hoping I'll feel up to some sewing this coming weekend...
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Hello everyone....

got news tonight from Kris (Mom2MitoKids) that Kylee will be having her surgery on Wednesday .... they will be putting in a tube so she can get her meds to keep her colon functioning better and hopefully keep her out of the hospital for all the clean outs.
please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

thanks
Praying all goes well.

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Hi Everybody,
Just caught up with the past 5 pages...cute outfits Also, hope all goes well with the little ones surgery that I read about.
After a few weekends (definitely not this past one - too sick to do anything - caught a cold from my granddaughters that knocked me off my feet all weekend) I finally got all of my fabric organized and put together instead of in several different places. Here's a couple of photos...
Oh D, the first picture is for you....what do you think I'm going to try and sew with this fabric

Bag Fabric by Sheila Grammy, on Flickr
Now for my sewing area...I used part of a bedroom.

My Sewing Area by Sheila Grammy, on Flickr

Extra thread/ribbons/patterns by Sheila Grammy, on Flickr
Hoping I'll feel up to some sewing this coming weekend...
Sheila
I like your sewing area and the Fabric too!

Hope your getting well quickly.


Forgot to quote the Repunzel dress but it is just adorable!!
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Embroidery machine questions coming up.

I have been bugging DH for an embroidery machine so that I can make nicer looking appliqued items for my kids. I have done some by hand, but I have a hard time with tight curves as well as minute details. Like, I can do a plain old big Mickey head outline, but when I did Grinch shirts, some of the details don't looks as nice as they could.

So, what does an embroidery machine do that I can't do with my regular sewing machine? I obviously have no clue what they do and have never seen one in motion. I don't want to get one and then find out that it doesn't do as much as I thought to simplify the process or make more professional looking things.

I saw the link a couple of pages back to the Frou Frou digital pattern website. So, if you use one of those patterns (or any digital pattern), do you upload it to the machine, cut out your fabrics the same way you would with one done by hand (you can use different fabrics, right? Some of the designs look like they have used fabric, but others look more like it's just the design sewn directly on a tee-shirt as opposed to having fabric sewn with that stitch design), iron them on the clothing article, and then the machine sews everything for you? Do you have to move the fabric to follow where you want it to sew? How does the machine know, for example, that you want to do the outline of Minnie's bow in pink, but her outline in black? Do you give it instructions or do you have to manually stop it and change threads and adjust where it is sewing? Will it adjust the stitch width if the design calls for thinner stitches for a detail?

I'm assuming that there is a program that you can use to take your own design and make it into a digital file so that the machine will then automatically sew that for you? I say this because someone recently said that she "digitized" her own designs and it worked. How hard is it to digitize your own designs? Not that I can draw, but I've found pictures of things on the web that I thought would be nice on a shirt. I usually print them out and then resize them with my printer and follow the directions on how to hand applique. It would be nice to not have to freehand the stitches.

Finally, I'm assuming that the biggest design that you can do on your machine is the size of the embroidery square or ring. So if it says that it has a 5x7 ring then you can't do anything bigger than 5x7 with that machine. Correct? Let's say you have a Mickey head outline that is bigger than 5x7 in total, but the head part fits. Can you do it in pieces like the bottom of the head, then the ears (and bow if it's minnie)? Starting and stopping at the bottom of the ears instead of doing it continuously doesn't seem like it would look weird in terms of the stitches, but can it actually be done. Same question with other more elaborate designs: if individual components of the whole design fit within the ring, can you do it in pieces or will the machine not accept that design in the first place? Are there machines that you can buy additional larger rings if they don't come with them or do you have to get a machine that comes with what you want in the first place?

I know that's a ton of questions, but I figure that you guys are the experts. Thank you for any help you can give!
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