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Swimsuit saga, part 1

Where can I find cute, affordable (~$11 a yard) swimsuit fabric online? Preferably from an inde/brick-and-mortar place with an online presence. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Apr 11, 2014 - 9 answers

The best sewing patterns.

I'm looking for simple clothing patterns that don't scream 'homemade,' and are easily alterable. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me reupholster leather desk chair

I have a leather computer desk chair that I got 2 years ago that I really like and they don't sell it anymore, it is very ergonomic. I have tried out other chairs and not found one as good. The leather has torn in several places and I need to reupholster it. I don't want to take it somewhere to be reupholstered becasue a) I don't have the money and B) I would have nothing to sit on while it is in the shop. The thing is I don't know anything about reupholstering , let alone what looks somewhat complicated due to all the panels, in it. I have made a video showing in detail the chair, and the problems with it. I will be very grateful to anyone who can help with with this. This is the video.
posted by john123357 on Jan 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Pocket clip for DIY knife sheath

I am making a small felt sleeve for an antique pocket knife, to protect it from car-keys and loose change. Easy enough. I'd like to add a clip to it so it can discretely ride at the top of my front pants pocket or shirt pocket for quick access, like some eyeglasses cases have. Insanely difficult. Are such clips sold anywhere for crafters, or am I stuck cutting, bending and polishing my own from sheet metal? How do I even go about attaching such a thing to a felt sheath?
posted by Slap*Happy on Aug 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Best semi-pro sewing machine for heavy fabrics?

What pro or semi-pro sewing machine would be best for a home sewer opening an Etsy store that sells denim, canvas, and Cordura (1000 denier) luggage and other bags? Ability to sew lighter fabrics as well would be a plus, as would overlock capability (a separate overlock machine would also work). This is for a class project and hypothetical, so price is no object.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Feb 11, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I learn to become a bespoke tailor and/or find an apprenticeship in the United States?

Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Do new and hip fleece patterns exist?

DIY Holiday Gifts: I love sewing easy projects with fleece, but hate how all the patterns out there are stuck in the 80s. Help me find some more hip, updated and/or useful patterns! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Nov 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I sew leather trim?

Where might I find a sewing site (or a book) that shows how to sew leather edging (or binding or piping) on to fabric? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 10, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I salvage my clothes into something Frankencool?

I want to start making clothes for myself. I have basic sewing skills. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Apr 6, 2010 - 20 answers

making the aesthetic useful again

Turning faux pockets into real pockets on a jacket. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Can I make this sweater at home, and if so how?

How can I knock off this super cute cardigan by hand? Is it worth trying? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Feb 1, 2010 - 12 answers

My head is the size of a melon, and it just snowed.

I have a huge head and need a winter hat. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 2, 2007 - 24 answers

Wood-Hacker.

How do I build a rack to store spools of thread? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me make my dream bag.

What are the best, most useful, most ingenious backpack/messenger bag features you've ever seen? [more inside]
posted by Alison on May 26, 2006 - 22 answers

Please help me dress myself better than the mall can...

What are your favorite styles or pieces of clothing that defy trends? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jan 26, 2006 - 15 answers

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