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Old 12-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #2281
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Here's a few things I worked on for Christmas gifts:

Tea Towels -




Beach Towels -





and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -




(with special thanks to Andrea for the directions she posted last summer!)

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:02 PM   #2282
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Just starting to plan our 2013 trip to Disney, in October or November. We are trying to decide when free dining will be.

But most important is what are we going to wear!!

I also thought I would show off the kids Incredible Halloween costumes, because we are in Canada it can be really really cold for Halloween so I made their costumes out of fleece. I had a pattern sort of that I followed, but really I ended up altering it so much to make it a snugger jumpsuit looking outfit that it is a 1 of a kind, well 2 of a kind I guess.

They both love their costumes, and felt really great in them. Our 2 year old kept saying "I inKEDible, I Dash"



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Those costumes are really great. I love that they look so warm. We were just at WDW for Halloween and I was cold. It was chilly the night we went to the halloween party, I was Tinkerbell and ended up pinning my wings to my husband's green hoodie for half the night. I wish I had brought tights. Of course there were other evenings we were all just fine in shorts. I would suggest versatility for the costumes if you do the halloween party late October. I had long pants and long sleeve undershirts for the kids, but wasn't thinking for myself, I was pretty glad to get back to the hotel and get warmed up.

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I just dropped by to say hello to everyone, and to show my latest learning experiment. I hope everyone is having a terrific holiday season. DH got me a serger for christmas, so I am looking forward to pulling that beast out and trying to figure it out. I am a bit intimidated by it, but found a class on craftsy which is giving me enough confidence that I think I will try it tomorrow. I love all the new stuff that has been posted lately, sorry I have been non existent on posting coments, most the time I am surfing the disboards from my cell, and I hate typing on the little keyboard. Here is the only thing I have been able to accomplish lately, and it defintately has its flaws, but it is still wearable. I finally learned how to put bottonholes in, and thank you to whoever recommended Carla C's tutorial, it helped a lot. Thanks to the tutorial, you tube, and my manual, it turned out to be super simple, I even learned how to sew the buttons on with the machine, you will be seeing more button holes in the future on my stuff. As far as the rest of it, the shirt was from a pattern, and when it came together, it was ENORMOUS, I could have fit two of me in it. I need to learn how to better adjust patterns so it fits my measurements. I tried to take it up a bit, but it is still big, but that is ok, makes for comfy jammies. The shorts were a snap, they were Carla C's easy fits, and I love making those, they come together so quick and easy. Anyway, this is how they came out...

Crazy big top...


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I hope you all have a happy safe new year!

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Sorry they came out huge. I made a bowling shirt for my husband for his birthday (and forgot to take a photo before I wrapped it.) which is Monday, and it looks gigantic, even though it was the same pattern I used when I made shirts for all of us at WDW in October... I guess we will have to see how it works when he tries it on.

I looked at Craftsy since I am in want of a serger class too. Do you think it was worth $40? I have a book and the manual, I am just reluctant to spend that money if it is really just re-hashing what I have. I would really like to learn more about decorative stitches, hemming and sewing in a circle like sleeves and such. Right now I am pretty much using it to finish seams.

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I just took pictures of the things that I finished today. I've been working on the sailor dress forever. I started it right around the time DH went in for surgery and I finally finished it today. I am not thrilled with it. I used a pattern that I already had and altered it myself to add the sailor collar. It wasn't really a smooth alteration and there are several small mistakes that I can easily spot. It also turned out longer than I intended and I put a couple of pleats in the skirt to shorten it.



Here is another dress that I made from the butterfly pattern that I bought last month on YCMT. I also made a matching t-shirt.




I think the sailor dress is cute and will probably look fine on, and I love the surfboard mickey set. So cute.

Recently I purchased software to start combining my embroidery files to make them a little more custom (and maybe save some $ in buying text files?) and today I stitched out my first set that I put together myself.




I like the way these turned out, and they are birthday-ish without being overly so, hopefully they can wear them whenever. I also like that they go together without matching, which is tough to find for Boy/Girl twins.

These are for the last of the twin friends' birthdays until July, thankfully. They are the 5th set in our playgroup to have birthdays since the 1st week in November. Whew! I made shirts for all of them, and in September I made matching simply sweet dresses for the only twin girls in the group. The rest are boy/girl and mine are boys.
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I just took pictures of the things that I finished today. I've been working on the sailor dress forever. I started it right around the time DH went in for surgery and I finally finished it today. I am not thrilled with it. I used a pattern that I already had and altered it myself to add the sailor collar. It wasn't really a smooth alteration and there are several small mistakes that I can easily spot. It also turned out longer than I intended and I put a couple of pleats in the skirt to shorten it.

Here is another dress that I made from the butterfly pattern that I bought last month on YCMT. I also made a matching t-shirt.
I love the sailor dress. Beautiful!
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I hope it's ok to post this here, it's not sewn but I did make it. I crocheted this afghan for my son-in-law for Christmas.

This is amazing! I have never seen anybody crochet a picture. This must have taken hours!

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I just took pictures of the things that I finished today. I've been working on the sailor dress forever. I started it right around the time DH went in for surgery and I finally finished it today. I am not thrilled with it. I used a pattern that I already had and altered it myself to add the sailor collar. It wasn't really a smooth alteration and there are several small mistakes that I can easily spot. It also turned out longer than I intended and I put a couple of pleats in the skirt to shorten it.



Here is another dress that I made from the butterfly pattern that I bought last month on YCMT. I also made a matching t-shirt.




Dianemom2, I love seeing the things you post. You have an amazing skill, and everything you do turns out beautiful. I hate it when things don't turn out the way I want, but I love your sailor dress, I think it turned out adorable.

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Here's a few things I worked on for Christmas gifts:

Tea Towels -




Beach Towels -





and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -




(with special thanks to Andrea for the directions she posted last summer!)

Judy
Judy, your towels turned out perfect! What is your secret to appliquing on towels. What type of stabilizer do you use, and do you float the towel in the hoop. Also, if you don't mind me asking, I can't seem to cut my appliques close enough to the stitch, so when the applique stitch goes down, there always seem to be a bit of a fraid edge, what do you do to have your appliques come out so clean?

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Sorry they came out huge. I made a bowling shirt for my husband for his birthday (and forgot to take a photo before I wrapped it.) which is Monday, and it looks gigantic, even though it was the same pattern I used when I made shirts for all of us at WDW in October... I guess we will have to see how it works when he tries it on.

I looked at Craftsy since I am in want of a serger class too. Do you think it was worth $40? I have a book and the manual, I am just reluctant to spend that money if it is really just re-hashing what I have. I would really like to learn more about decorative stitches, hemming and sewing in a circle like sleeves and such. Right now I am pretty much using it to finish seams.

Recently I purchased software to start combining my embroidery files to make them a little more custom (and maybe save some $ in buying text files?) and today I stitched out my first set that I put together myself.




I like the way these turned out, and they are birthday-ish without being overly so, hopefully they can wear them whenever. I also like that they go together without matching, which is tough to find for Boy/Girl twins.

These are for the last of the twin friends' birthdays until July, thankfully. They are the 5th set in our playgroup to have birthdays since the 1st week in November. Whew! I made shirts for all of them, and in September I made matching simply sweet dresses for the only twin girls in the group. The rest are boy/girl and mine are boys.
I like your combined applique's. What program did you end up getting, and do you like it?

I had no idea where to begin on my serger, I wasn't even sure what stiches to use and when. My manual didn't really have much on the stitches, so I decided to go ahead and take the class on Craftsy. Right now it is on sale for $19.99 so I thought it was worth it for that price, especially considering how lost I was. I still haven't serged anything yet, as I need to get through the holidays, but have watched a couple of the class sessions and have found them helpful, maybe not $40 worth of helpful, but then again, I am pretty sure I would have just been staring at the machine and not using it if I didn't take the class, so yes, I guess I would have even paid $40 for it. I will let you know more once I get one or two more lessons under my belt. One thing I have noticed is the class starts talking about 2 thread serging, and my machine will only do 3 and 4thread, so I skipped over that part.


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Old 12-30-2012, 12:52 AM   #2285
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I hope it's ok to post this here, it's not sewn but I did make it. I crocheted this afghan for my son-in-law for Christmas.

That is amazing!! How long did it take you to make?

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Love the ostumes! I'm also in ont. kw whereabouts are you?
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and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -
This is amazing! I love everything that you have created but the colours of this is so striking.
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Here's a few things I worked on for Christmas gifts:
Tea Towels -
Beach Towels -
and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -

(with special thanks to Andrea for the directions she posted last summer!)
Judy
Love the kitchen towels and the beach towels. I just bought myself some of those files. The dress is gorgeous though. I love the colors and it just pops. Great job !

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Recently I purchased software to start combining my embroidery files to make them a little more custom (and maybe save some $ in buying text files?) and today I stitched out my first set that I put together myself.
I like the way these turned out, and they are birthday-ish without being overly so, hopefully they can wear them whenever. I also like that they go together without matching, which is tough to find for Boy/Girl twins.

These are for the last of the twin friends' birthdays until July, thankfully. They are the 5th set in our playgroup to have birthdays since the 1st week in November. Whew! I made shirts for all of them, and in September I made matching simply sweet dresses for the only twin girls in the group. The rest are boy/girl and mine are boys.
The shirts are great. good job ! what software did you get ?


I didn't quote it but the sailor dress looks great. The afghan looks amazing too!
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Thanks for all the compliments on the Mickey afghan. I worked on it for about 7 months along with other projects.

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I just took pictures of the things that I finished today. I've been working on the sailor dress forever. I started it right around the time DH went in for surgery and I finally finished it today. I am not thrilled with it. I used a pattern that I already had and altered it myself to add the sailor collar. It wasn't really a smooth alteration and there are several small mistakes that I can easily spot. It also turned out longer than I intended and I put a couple of pleats in the skirt to shorten it.



Here is another dress that I made from the butterfly pattern that I bought last month on YCMT. I also made a matching t-shirt.




I like everything you made but the sailor dress is my favorite.

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Here's a few things I worked on for Christmas gifts:

Tea Towels -




Beach Towels -





and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -




(with special thanks to Andrea for the directions she posted last summer!)

Judy
The towels are so much fun, I especially like the kitchen ones. The patchwork dress is beautiful, you did a great job.

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Those costumes are really great. I love that they look so warm. We were just at WDW for Halloween and I was cold. It was chilly the night we went to the halloween party, I was Tinkerbell and ended up pinning my wings to my husband's green hoodie for half the night. I wish I had brought tights. Of course there were other evenings we were all just fine in shorts. I would suggest versatility for the costumes if you do the halloween party late October. I had long pants and long sleeve undershirts for the kids, but wasn't thinking for myself, I was pretty glad to get back to the hotel and get warmed up.


Sorry they came out huge. I made a bowling shirt for my husband for his birthday (and forgot to take a photo before I wrapped it.) which is Monday, and it looks gigantic, even though it was the same pattern I used when I made shirts for all of us at WDW in October... I guess we will have to see how it works when he tries it on.

I looked at Craftsy since I am in want of a serger class too. Do you think it was worth $40? I have a book and the manual, I am just reluctant to spend that money if it is really just re-hashing what I have. I would really like to learn more about decorative stitches, hemming and sewing in a circle like sleeves and such. Right now I am pretty much using it to finish seams.





I think the sailor dress is cute and will probably look fine on, and I love the surfboard mickey set. So cute.

Recently I purchased software to start combining my embroidery files to make them a little more custom (and maybe save some $ in buying text files?) and today I stitched out my first set that I put together myself.




I like the way these turned out, and they are birthday-ish without being overly so, hopefully they can wear them whenever. I also like that they go together without matching, which is tough to find for Boy/Girl twins.

These are for the last of the twin friends' birthdays until July, thankfully. They are the 5th set in our playgroup to have birthdays since the 1st week in November. Whew! I made shirts for all of them, and in September I made matching simply sweet dresses for the only twin girls in the group. The rest are boy/girl and mine are boys.
Those are adorable shirts.
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Here's a few things I worked on for Christmas gifts:

Tea Towels -




Beach Towels -





and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -




(with special thanks to Andrea for the directions she posted last summer!)

Judy
Love the towels, such a great idea to dress up boring kitchen towels. The dress is adorable, I love the colors and the little details.

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This is amazing! I have never seen anybody crochet a picture. This must have taken hours!

I like your combined applique's. What program did you end up getting, and do you like it?

I had no idea where to begin on my serger, I wasn't even sure what stiches to use and when. My manual didn't really have much on the stitches, so I decided to go ahead and take the class on Craftsy. Right now it is on sale for $19.99 so I thought it was worth it for that price, especially considering how lost I was. I still haven't serged anything yet, as I need to get through the holidays, but have watched a couple of the class sessions and have found them helpful, maybe not $40 worth of helpful, but then again, I am pretty sure I would have just been staring at the machine and not using it if I didn't take the class, so yes, I guess I would have even paid $40 for it. I will let you know more once I get one or two more lessons under my belt. One thing I have noticed is the class starts talking about 2 thread serging, and my machine will only do 3 and 4thread, so I skipped over that part.


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Guess what? This morning I got an email from Craftsy offering a class for $14.99! Perfect timing. I signed up. I am glad you're getting good stuff out of it, I hope I can learn more. I like that it is online so I can do it when my kids sleep.

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Love the kitchen towels and the beach towels. I just bought myself some of those files. The dress is gorgeous though. I love the colors and it just pops. Great job !



The shirts are great. good job ! what software did you get ?
To answer you both, I ended up getting Embrilliance, which I do like. I got the $30 fonts club thing offered by 8clawsandapaw earlier in the month and so I now have 600+ fonts to play with too. The Embrilliance was one of 3 I tested, but the only one that runs natively on my Mac. The others require Windows, which we don't use, and we had to install an emulator, which was a whole different headache. Not to mention I am an odd duck when it comes to technology, I have been an systems admin and a repair technician for more than a decade but can't use Windows, I have always used and supported Macs. I like the software and the support has been good when I have submitted questions. It was more than I wanted to spend, I liked the price point of some of the others which were under $100, this was about $150, but I do like it and I have been able to put together names and other files.
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Yall are super talented. I am working on making more garments as right now I've done more sewing for home decor. I am working on making a sunhat for all the kids and my husband and I for our upcoming trip. Between the hats, the water bottle holder and totes that my mil is embroiderering I think we have lots of Disney goodies for this trip...lol
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Judy, your towels turned out perfect! What is your secret to appliquing on towels. What type of stabilizer do you use, and do you float the towel in the hoop. Also, if you don't mind me asking, I can't seem to cut my appliques close enough to the stitch, so when the applique stitch goes down, there always seem to be a bit of a fraid edge, what do you do to have your appliques come out so clean?
Thanks, Marci!

The beach towels were not too heavy which I think made them a bit easier to work with. I used a tear away stabilizer but it was pretty substantial. I had to make a cut into into before it would tear. I hooped one piece of stabilizer and just pinned the towel to the stabilizer. I then floated a second piece of stabilizer on top of the towel.

I did hoop the tea towels and floated the same stabilizer on top. That seemed to work well for that weight/texture of towel.

I know what you mean about cutting close to stitching on the applique. I've had a hard time convincing myself that it's really ok to cut right at the stitching but I do think that's the key to a clean applique (and really sharp scissors - I bought new ones part way through this December marathon of sewing and that helped a lot too!).

I've read about people buying some kind of curved scissors that are also supposed to help with trimming close.

Judy
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Love the towels, such a great idea to dress up boring kitchen towels. The dress is adorable, I love the colors and the little details.
Thanks! The dress seemed to take forever because of all of the little appliques and trim but I am very happy with the end result! It's too big for the little girl I made it for but I think by the summer she should be able to twirl nicely in it.

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Love the kitchen towels and the beach towels. I just bought myself some of those files. The dress is gorgeous though. I love the colors and it just pops. Great job !
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The towels are so much fun, I especially like the kitchen ones. The patchwork dress is beautiful, you did a great job.
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Guess what? This morning I got an email from Craftsy offering a class for $14.99! Perfect timing. I signed up. I am glad you're getting good stuff out of it, I hope I can learn more. I like that it is online so I can do it when my kids sleep.



To answer you both, I ended up getting Embrilliance, which I do like. I got the $30 fonts club thing offered by 8clawsandapaw earlier in the month and so I now have 600+ fonts to play with too. The Embrilliance was one of 3 I tested, but the only one that runs natively on my Mac. The others require Windows, which we don't use, and we had to install an emulator, which was a whole different headache. Not to mention I am an odd duck when it comes to technology, I have been an systems admin and a repair technician for more than a decade but can't use Windows, I have always used and supported Macs. I like the software and the support has been good when I have submitted questions. It was more than I wanted to spend, I liked the price point of some of the others which were under $100, this was about $150, but I do like it and I have been able to put together names and other files.

Yay! Class for $14.99, I love it when there is something I want and then I get it super discounted. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the info on the program. I myself am a windows girl, but have been forced to use both platforms at one time, there for awhile my work was Mac only, and it took some getting used too. We too had tried to use an emulator on the Mac, but it ended up being more trouble than it was worth, eventually I ended up with a PC at work as most of my state reports are only compatible with a Windows machine, wierd huh? Eventually, I will be on the look out for a computer program as I want to try a hand at designing my own applique, but I need to master the machines I have now before I jump into something else


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Thanks, Marci!

The beach towels were not too heavy which I think made them a bit easier to work with. I used a tear away stabilizer but it was pretty substantial. I had to make a cut into into before it would tear. I hooped one piece of stabilizer and just pinned the towel to the stabilizer. I then floated a second piece of stabilizer on top of the towel.

I did hoop the tea towels and floated the same stabilizer on top. That seemed to work well for that weight/texture of towel.

I know what you mean about cutting close to stitching on the applique. I've had a hard time convincing myself that it's really ok to cut right at the stitching but I do think that's the key to a clean applique (and really sharp scissors - I bought new ones part way through this December marathon of sewing and that helped a lot too!).

I've read about people buying some kind of curved scissors that are also supposed to help with trimming close.

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Thank you Judy for the guidance. I think I will give this a try sometime soon!

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I am sorry to hear that the sailor dress didn't quite turned out as planned. Unfortunately sometimes things just don't work the way we planned. However, I thought it looks nice in the picture. The set with the surfboard looks great.
I'm glad that the sailor dress looked good in the pictures. There were a lot of small mistakes that seem huge to me. But maybe that is because I know that they are there. I am happy with the surfboard outfits. I think they turned out well. I bought that Butterfly dress pattern on the YCMT sale after Thanksgiving. I have two more of them cut out to sew this week. I might decrease the width under the arms though because it looks a little bit loose to me.

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Here's a few things I worked on for Christmas gifts:

Tea Towels -




Beach Towels -





and finally my first patchwork twirl dress -




(with special thanks to Andrea for the directions she posted last summer!)

Judy
Love your tea towels and beach towels. They turned out great and I'm sure that whoever received them, must have really like them. Your patchwork dress looks fabulous! I love the colors that you chose and how the dress came together. I have been saving up various Disney printed fabric to make a patchwork twirl dress too.

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Recently I purchased software to start combining my embroidery files to make them a little more custom (and maybe save some $ in buying text files?) and today I stitched out my first set that I put together myself.




These are for the last of the twin friends' birthdays until July, thankfully. They are the 5th set in our playgroup to have birthdays since the 1st week in November. Whew! I made shirts for all of them, and in September I made matching simply sweet dresses for the only twin girls in the group. The rest are boy/girl and mine are boys.
The shirts turned out great. It look really nice with how you combined the designs. That's a lot of twins to make gifts for. I am sure you are glad that the birthdays are done for a few months.

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I love the sailor dress. Beautiful!
Thanks

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Dianemom2, I love seeing the things you post. You have an amazing skill, and everything you do turns out beautiful. I hate it when things don't turn out the way I want, but I love your sailor dress, I think it turned out adorable.



I had no idea where to begin on my serger, I wasn't even sure what stiches to use and when. My manual didn't really have much on the stitches, so I decided to go ahead and take the class on Craftsy. Right now it is on sale for $19.99 so I thought it was worth it for that price, especially considering how lost I was. I still haven't serged anything yet, as I need to get through the holidays, but have watched a couple of the class sessions and have found them helpful, maybe not $40 worth of helpful, but then again, I am pretty sure I would have just been staring at the machine and not using it if I didn't take the class, so yes, I guess I would have even paid $40 for it. I will let you know more once I get one or two more lessons under my belt. One thing I have noticed is the class starts talking about 2 thread serging, and my machine will only do 3 and 4thread, so I skipped over that part.


Marci
Thanks Marci!

I hope that you find the serger classes helpful. My serger is a Bernina and came with practically no directions. I pretty much just played around with my machine to see what I could figure out for myself. Even though I've had it for several years, I know there is a lot still to learn. It came with 4 or 5 feet that I don't know how to use. But I do love it! And I love having the inside of my garments look as good as the outside.

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Guess what? This morning I got an email from Craftsy offering a class for $14.99! Perfect timing. I signed up. I am glad you're getting good stuff out of it, I hope I can learn more. I like that it is online so I can do it when my kids sleep.
I hope that you get a lot out of the class! It is great that you got such a good deal on it.

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Yall are super talented. I am working on making more garments as right now I've done more sewing for home decor. I am working on making a sunhat for all the kids and my husband and I for our upcoming trip. Between the hats, the water bottle holder and totes that my mil is embroiderering I think we have lots of Disney goodies for this trip...lol
I got back into sewing after not sewing for several year when we moved into our current house. It was brand new and had no window treatments anywhere. When I saw the cost of custom window treatments, I figured out that I better start sewing!!!! I am sure that your family will love the sun hats, water bottle holders and totes. We'd love to see some pictures!

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I've read about people buying some kind of curved scissors that are also supposed to help with trimming close.

Judy
Yes, a pair of embroidery scissors with the curved point are definitely very helpful to get close to the fabric to trim the ends.

Some of the fraying is caused by how wide a satin stitch the designer used. Some designers stick with the 3mm satin stitch that most programs use automatically. Good designers widen most of them to 4 mm and that really helps reduce the fraying around the appliques because it helps to bury the stuff you trimmed off.
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