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Helful tools for sewers and crafters with chronic pain?

My mother-in-law loves to sew and knit, but fibromyalgia is slowing her down. Can you recommend any tools or gadgets that might help her? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Dec 9, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me find a sewing-kit-in-a-pen.

Please help me find another sewing-kit-in-a-pen like the one I bought at Brookstone in the 1990s. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Nov 17, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I find the source of embroidery clipart

Where do machine embroidery people hang out? I'm going cross-eyed trying to find the source of a clipart Conestoga wagon embroidered on an award bandana our club uses. [more inside]
posted by cairnish on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Sewing Machine upgrade worth it?

"Gift" of a sewing machine upgrade - do I want it? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Oct 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Sewing a dust-cover. No sewing experience. Looking for "good enough".

I need to make a dust-cover for a plotter (dimensions: 36" x 11" x 10"). I would like it to be: cheap, easy, functional. I have no sewing experience, but can follow directions. I am also open to other suggestions. More detailed information and questions follow. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Oct 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Cheater Quilt Fabric? What?

I am making a toddler-blanket for Christmas, but I've managed to buy fabric that I don't know how to work with. I know, smart, right? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Oct 9, 2008 - 7 answers

DenimFilter: Help me patch my trendy jeans.

DenimFilter: Help me patch the hole over the knee in my trendy designer jeans. [more inside]
posted by nayten on Oct 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Sewing machine repair in San Francisco

Please recommend a good place to have a sewing machine serviced in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Oct 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Teach Me How To Teach How To Sew

I've volunteered to help teach 10-12 year olds how to sew. We have limited supplies (only three machines for 15+ students), so I was wondering what suggestions you had for: a) teaching the very basics to youngsters in a safe and fun way (not too frustrating and not too bloody) b) working with limited resources [more inside]
posted by chara on Sep 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Sewing baby clothes

Sewing baby clothes- I have a friend's shower coming up, and I'd like to make something fabulous for an infant baby girl. Patterns you've made, pictures of clothes you love, general info on good and bad baby clothes, fabrics, fasteners, &c. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Sep 9, 2008 - 17 answers

Social networking for fabric geeks?

I'm looking for a project management/social networking site for fabric craftspeople, artisans and hobbyists (can include sewing, weaving, whatever) on the MyFolia model. In other words someplace on line where I can organize my projects and connect with other craftspeople. The forums just aren't working for me-- too much chat, not enough organizing.
posted by nax on Aug 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Make me a Master Tailor...

Make me a Master Tailor: I know how to plug in a sewing machine and use a cloth ruler. Assuming nothing more, where do I begin... [more inside]
posted by Hollowman on Aug 18, 2008 - 11 answers

I want a MANLY sewing machine!

Heavy duty sewing machines? What do I need? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jul 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Making a pattern from old slacks

Please help me make a pattern from my all-time best-fitting slacks--which no longer fit me. [more inside]
posted by sevenstars on Jun 16, 2008 - 2 answers

Can anyone recommend a good home serger?

Can anyone recommend a good home serger? A few desired features: coverstitch, rolled hem, 4 thread. Thanks!
posted by pantufla on Jun 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for classy, contemporary fabric and pattern shops online.

Are there any trendy, fashion-forward fabric and sewing-pattern shops online? [more inside]
posted by suimin on May 31, 2008 - 16 answers

I need clothing alteration skills.

Where can I learn the necessary skills to do clothing alterations professionally? I am a fairly skilled sewer and I'm smart enough to figure out how to do basic stuff (changing hems, replacing zippers, etc.); all I need is someone or something to show me how to do the more complicated alterations. I think I could enjoy that line of work. However, try as I might, I can't seem to find a resource to teach me these things (and I already checked the local university and technical college).
posted by nataliedanger on May 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Lady seeks stylish portable sewing box

Help me find an excellent sewing box. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Blank capsules of embroidered cellophane!

ComputerEmbroideryFilter: Can you recommend some small-time (<=$300 range) for a home hobbyist to embroider shirts and ball caps and whatnot? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on May 8, 2008 - 1 answer

Where can I find this awesome fabric?

I need to know if there is a particular word for this kind of brocade. I think it's a brocade. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Mar 12, 2008 - 7 answers

One of these things is not like the other...

Has anyone else ever encountered jeans with one "misaligned" leg (i.e., the seams seem to twist around)? What's this all about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Mar 9, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me do some tricky applique?

Please help me appliqué with some difficult fabrics to work with! [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx on Feb 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Sewing 101

Beginner's sewing: Please guide me to the most simple, step by step instructions on how to sew simple garments from simple patterns with a sewing machine.
posted by mistsandrain on Jan 26, 2008 - 16 answers

They make sound so easy on What Not to Wear!

I think I need a seamstress or seamster, but I am not sure how to find one. [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl on Jan 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Velvet & hot irons...

So my loving seamstress mother is making some fancy something out of velvet. She's ironing part of it out, having just finished off the final hemming stages annnnnnnd... she slips, some of the velvet isn't protected by a velvetboard anymore and touches the iron directly for a couple of seconds.... [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom on Dec 23, 2007 - 6 answers

I'm searching for an obscure organic hippy magazine from the 70's

I'm looking for a magazine from the early 70's that was geared towards natural hippy lifestyles, homesteading, composting, crafts, self-sustainability and organic gardening. Does this ring a bell with anyone and can you help me find some back copies?
posted by watercarrier on Dec 10, 2007 - 24 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

Where can I find patterns for maternity tops?

My mom has generously offered to make me some maternity tops. Unfortunately, we can't find any patterns. Help! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Oct 27, 2007 - 7 answers

who can build my kite

Where can I get a number of appliqued kites made? [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Oct 23, 2007 - 2 answers

Help teach me to sew a button. *really* *slowly*

Sewing and Internet Tutorials: Find me a *really good* *idiot-proof* internet tutorial on how to sew a button onto a suit jacket such that it will: A) Not fall off for a long long time, B) Look professional and all that, and C) Have some (small) length of somehow robust thread between the jacket and the button, like the other buttons. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 19, 2007 - 9 answers

How to design a stuffed animal?

Sewingfilter: Please show me how to design a stuffed animal for my young niece. She wants a doggie doll, but I've never done anything with a snout before. [more inside]
posted by apfel on Oct 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Good lubricant for a squeaky printer?

I have a really squeaky printer. I tried WD-40, but the squeakiness comes back. One of my engineering friends suggested that I needed something similar to sewing machine oil, but perhaps a little thicker, since the gears are plastic. Any ideas on what kind of lubricant I should get? And where I could get it? Aside from the squeakiness, this REALLY is a good printer (Canon MP130), and I really don't want to get another one.
posted by ssnickerer on Sep 27, 2007 - 14 answers

What program can I use to organize small rectangles on a larger rectangle?

I'm looking for a program that will help me tech edit sewing patterns. Specifically, I want to be able to check that the pattern calls for the correct amount of fabric. This involves putting flat shapes together and seeing how big they are when they're combined. (It's all very SAT, with a touch of Tetris.) [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 24, 2007 - 3 answers

Instructions on altering a woman's dress shirt?

Can anyone recommend an online tutorial or a sewing book on how to tailor button-down dress shirts for women? [more inside]
posted by sLevi on Sep 17, 2007 - 7 answers

making shirts from sarongs

How much fabric/yardage is necessary to make a man's shirt? details [more inside]
posted by tristanshout on Aug 25, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I get my skirt replicated?

How does one go about getting a tailor to clone one's favorite item of clothing? [more inside]
posted by nursegracer on Aug 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Where can I learn to sew in Washington, DC?

Where can I learn to sew in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by sara558 on Aug 18, 2007 - 3 answers

sewing classes in Portland

Where should I take sewing classes in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by alan on Aug 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Large scale scanning and printing?

Looking for a specialty printer who can print large-format pattern pieces (and possibly scan them, too) for a new line of sewing and knitting patterns. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Jul 13, 2007 - 11 answers

Getting an old sewing machine fixed in New York/Jersey City

Recommendations for sewing machine repair places in New York City or Jersey City? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Jul 13, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me not sew my own finger by mistake

Help me not sew my own finger to the machine! I recently bought a Singer 99 model from the 30s (I think) and can't get it to work for the life of me. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jun 9, 2007 - 5 answers

I need to line a hoodie with fabric, HELP!?

I have an average, zip-up, grey marle hoodie. I need to line just the inside of the hood and about 5 inches or so inside the zip each side. [more inside]
posted by taita_cakes on Jun 5, 2007 - 11 answers

Fatlady Tailors Dummy

I need to make myself a full-size tailors dummy - suggestions for material and construction please? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jun 1, 2007 - 7 answers

El Gigante

Help me make a luchador mask. [more inside]
posted by e^2 on May 27, 2007 - 1 answer

Needled by my sewing machine

Can any sewing people answer this: How can I "recycle" sewing machine needles? It irritates me that after I've sewn some clothes or worked on a quilt, I have to toss the needles or my machine will get all huffy and start bollixing the thread -- especially the bobbin side. Can machine needles be resharpened or used for something else? I live in a small Texas town and it costs a lot (gas prices, you know) to travel over 100 miles to the nearest city to buy a new supply of sewing machine needles. Thanx.
posted by Smalltown Girl on May 25, 2007 - 19 answers

Help Me Find A Contract Seamstress To Make Plush Animals!

Where can I find a trustworthy contract seamstress? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by modernsquid on May 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Bobbin thread breaking despite careful adjustment.

Thread breaking on sewing machine; all common fixes ineffective. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on May 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Bust from Bond

Please help me with my sister's prom dress... [more inside]
posted by Count on Apr 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Recommend a Tailor in Seattle

Can anyone recommend a tailor in Seattle or the Eastside? I need alterations done on several pieces of women's clothing, somewhat more complicated than just doing hems, so I would like a real tailor, not a dry cleaning shop that does alterations. I've already Googled, but would much prefer a referral to someone whose services you have actually used.
posted by matildaben on Apr 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Looking for a Seamstress in London

Looking for a good, affordable seamstress in London (UK)(preferably East London) who makes and/or copies ladies clothes. [more inside]
posted by drill_here_fore_seismics on Apr 13, 2007 - 1 answer

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