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Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses!

Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses! Please help with advice for altering a knitted dress. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Sep 21, 2011 - 16 answers

I want to be in stitches!

Sewingfilter: Hand sewing versus machine sewing, and what stitches to use? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Sep 12, 2011 - 13 answers

This tension is making me sew angry!

New sewing machine rawr! I am trying to take in my pants, but I can't get the correct tension no matter what I do! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Help Me Make My Dream Laptop Cover

How can I find a pattern to sew my dream laptop case? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I mend these torn garment linings?

Small tears in the linings of wool coats and dress-pants. How can I go about mending these in a functional (but not necessarily pretty) fashion? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 23, 2011 - 4 answers

So, can my suit be sewn?

I bought a suit a few months ago and I just discovered it has a hole in the sleeve. Is this something that can possibly be fixed? If yes, who should I take it to in NYC? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Sewing Machine Recommendatio Needed

I am looking for a good sewing machine brand/model to start sewing with. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Sweet dreams of luscious linen

Calling all fabric experts: I'm shopping online for a specific type of fabric, probably linen or a blend thereof. I want to make my own scrumptious bedsheets. Bedlinens. [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Aug 16, 2011 - 20 answers

How much can women’s clothes be altered?

How much can women’s clothes be altered? [more inside]
posted by IHeartWallabies on Jul 28, 2011 - 7 answers

How strong does a magnet have to be to erase an iPod?

Would a magnetic closure on a purse be strong enough to damage an iPod? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jun 19, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I find pretty fabric online?

How can I find the fabric that was used to make a dress being sold in a high street store? It's light blue with a pattern of a white cat playing with yarn. [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Jun 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How to turn hobby (dressmaking) into business, and is it a good idea?

Advice on turning a hobby (dressmaking) into a business/career for a recent graduate [more inside]
posted by robintw on May 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Where does the pollen go?

I rather like this 1940s reproduction dress. However, although it fits everywhere else it doesn't on the bust. Are there any similar patterns or adaptable patterns out there? [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 3, 2011 - 12 answers

blergh! the only hitch in my moving day

People suck! while moving, i left my gorgeou 1930s sofa unattended for a tiny bit and someone slashed it up with a boxcutter. How should I sew it in order to mend it? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on May 2, 2011 - 8 answers

What's a great sewing class for this summer???

For sewing/textile geeks out there: My summer just opened up and I have the time and financial resources to take an awesome class somewhere in something. Any recommendations??? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Apr 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a sewing pattern to match the USA Women's World Cup uniforms

I would like to find a sewing pattern to make a shirt as close to this as possible. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Apr 13, 2011 - 3 answers

women's pants pockets

Women's pants - easy way to increase hand pocket size, and add side pockets? [more inside]
posted by mbird on Apr 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Help my dress fit like a dream!

I've made a dress. It doesn't fit. Do I need to take the whole thing apart, re-cut and sew back together, or can I alter it another way? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Does it make sense to get a sewing machine for jeans alterations?

How realistic is it to learn to do my own alterations, specifically to jeans and other pants? My pants usually need alterations to fit right -- hemming and taking in the waist -- and I am tired of paying to alter every pair I buy, especially since my weight fluctuates so the alteration doesn't usually stay perfect for long. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Mar 9, 2011 - 14 answers

How hard is it to learn to sew?

How hard is it to learn to sew? Also looking for your favorite sewing resources (books, blogs, fabric & supply websites, etc). [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Mar 6, 2011 - 30 answers

Women's duffle coat sewing pattern?

Where can I find a sewing pattern for a women's duffle coat? [more inside]
posted by pajamazon on Mar 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Belt piracy.

I want to make this belt. Help? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 1, 2011 - 12 answers

How to sew my own clothes in Tucson?

Where can I learn to sew in Tucson? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Stitch storage

How do you safely store embroideries and precious fabric? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Darting shirts - worthwhile?

If I take all my dress shirts to a tailor and get darts put in will they look better? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 1, 2010 - 15 answers

How to get technology to work in a sewing class?

How can ICT be better used in Home Economics (or if you like, with the economics and management of the home and community) also known in some places as family and consumer sciences? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 29, 2010 - 8 answers

How to heat-proof oven mitts?

When making oven mitts, do I need that special reflective insulating, or can I use regular cotton batting? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas on Nov 20, 2010 - 8 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

What is this mystery fabric?

What type of fabric is this shirt made from? Nobody at the fabric stores can give me an answer. [more inside]
posted by scrowdid on Oct 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Online resources for a cross-stitch newbie

I'm getting really interested in cross-stitch. Problem: I haven't actually done any since my grandmother first taught me when I was 7. What are some great online resources that'll help me get back into the swing of things? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Oct 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for sewing notions supplier.

I'm looking for a supplier of sewing notions. [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Sep 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Antique mail?

In the cabinet of my grandmother's ancient Singer, I found an attachment for the machine which had been mailed to her from Chicago, Ill., to Yakima, Wa. It was mailed in a small manila envelope, and the postmark is unreadable, except for the postage meter "stamp" which says 3 cents. The instructions inside have no copyright notation. My question is how would I ascertain what year this was mailed to her?
posted by ljoct on Sep 14, 2010 - 12 answers

A stitch in time ...

Sewing. Need online resources and recommendations for tools and a basic machine. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Sep 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for a guide to sewing men's clothing

I'm interested in learning to make clothing. I'm looking for a book that goes from basic sewing skills to basic garments. Difficulty: for men. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Sew frustrated

Chicago Filter: I would like to take a hand sewing class - but NOT embroidery. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Aug 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Black mesh fabric with large holes?

Where can I find large-holed fishnet/mesh fabric like this? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Help Me Stitch!

I suck at sewing. I'd like to be able to mend my own clothes, but this isn't enough of an issue for me to buy / support a sewing machine. How can I get better? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Aug 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find techical, outdoor, and industrial fabrics in LA.

I'm looking for industrial, outdoor, military, technical, and specialty fabrics in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jul 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I find geek fabric?

Help me make the ultimate geek baby blanket. I need a source for fabric! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jul 8, 2010 - 11 answers

How do you print and use downloaded sewing patterns?

How do you work with sewing patterns that have been purchased and downloaded from on-line? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 7, 2010 - 21 answers

Bobbin Along

I need a sewing machine; how much should I budget, where should I look, and what features should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me find the name for my new favorite pants

What are these pants (on the girl) called, so that I can I find them/a pattern for them? From the Bollywood routine on So You Think You Can Dance last night. The slit and the billoweyness when she spins are the key aspects of why I love these.
posted by Sweetdefenestration on Jun 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Sew Open

I have a long rectangular cushion/pillow I'm in the process of making, probably about 20cm by 60cm. When I sew it up, should I just sew the cushion pad into it (which means it would have to be opened up to be washed, which would annoy me) or should I make an envelope-type fastening - and if the latter, should it go width or lengthways? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I buy a nice sewing kit?

Where can I buy a comprehensive and well-made hand sewing kit, one that is nicer than the Singer plastic kits you find at stores and hotels? [more inside]
posted by Fortran on Jun 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find fabric for my dress!

I want to make this dress. I love the fabric used in the photo, but I'm not sure what to search for to find something like it. Please hope me.....
posted by hilaryjade on Jun 14, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me buy the right industrial sewing machine

I need an industrial sewing machine. But which one? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Jun 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me hack my wardrobe

How do I convert a skirt into shorts? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Jun 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me finish sewing my pajama pants so I can go to sleep!

My sewing machine is bunching up thread and jamming up. Do I have it set up wrong or is it broken? [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Jun 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Jellabiya?

I need a sewing pattern for a men's jellabiya. So far, I haven't had much luck finding one on the internet. I was hoping that the hivemind could help.
posted by Parasite Unseen on Jun 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Designing for the decadant belly dancer!

Looking for book recommendations for bead work and belly dance costuming. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Jun 3, 2010 - 3 answers

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