Sunday, March 21, 2010

Questions and Answers



Isaspacey asked to see the front of the skirt (BurdaStyle 12-2009-123) to see what all the pouf hype was about. Fair enough, and I would have posted this sooner but I had to wait until the neighbour's car was out of the driveway and I could be sure mocking children were far away. (Give me sexy, give me cool, give me fierce smiley eyes).

Katherine asked about strong thread. Here is a comparison of the two: strong thread on the left is, well, stronger and the thread is a consistent thickness. Top - stitching thread seams to be thinner and the threads aren't as evenly spun.

Annette from the Bernina shop says that strong thread flows through the tension disks more evenly, and stops that horrible straining clunky noise that your machine can make with the other thread, especially if you use your edge stitch/ blind hemmer foot. She says if you use top-stitching thread with a Bernina, you need to use a top-stitching foot which has a gouged out bottom to facilitate the tension. Now those of us with Bernina machines know that novelty feet are expensive. Ka-ching!

Strong thread is easily available, so why don't you give it a try next time you want some fancy stitch work on your jeans and don't want to fork out for a new foot?



Judy asked how I sewed my motifs on jeans' pockets etc. Answer: the easiest way I know how- I simply draw on the design with wash out pen or tailor's chalk and then use my open-toed embroidery foot so I can see the design as I'm sewing it. I don't do anything professional, I'll leave that to her (check out her baby trench progress, unbelievable!)

Well people, I am being so humbled by my toddler these days. What with the loss of his day time sleeps and now a lot of night waking (he wakes up and shrieks hysterically for an hour or more at 3 am ) there's just not too much left of me in the day. I will continue to comment as much as I can on all your blogs, which I enjoy so much, but sewing progress for the next wee while will be slow and postings sporadic.

14 comments:

  1. I still like the skirt, poufy bits and all!

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  2. I ar that lask of sleep is interrupting your sewing...good luck with that, hopefully it won't last long.

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  3. I don't know what happened to the start of that last comment...it should have started "I am sorry to hear that lack of..."

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  4. Hope your boy settles into a better sleep routine soon. I will look out for strong thread - it sounds interesting.

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  5. I like the skirt back there. I've been away tramping and missed a whole blog post. Empathy on the sleep front from one who understands. Sometimes it helps to remember, when you can't make decisions, remember anything or seem to get anything done, that it's not you, it's just lack of sleep. Word verification today is shiat. Sometimes it gets the last word.

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  6. Thanks for the answer - I always like to know how someone who does such great work does their great work!

    I know exactly how that shrieking at night feels. In my case it isn't the shrieking that's bad these days, it's one little person waking the other little person so they tag team yelling for, um, quite a long time. It sucks.

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  7. Oh, and I forgot to say that thanks to your skirt I just got this issue of BWOF out of the library today. I NEED this skirt now. Thanks for that :-)

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  8. I like that skirt, it looks good on you. It was interesting to read the comment about using topstitching thread with a Bernina, I tried it once and it was a failure. Glad to know it might not have been my bad sewing.

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  9. This too shall pass. I am not looking forward to my toddler losing his nap. Ugh! I really enjoy your blog. And I liked this last skirt on you a lot!

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  10. I think the skirt looks very nice!!
    The age of three will pass. (Of course, you must then live through all the other years!!!!!! Eight and six seem rather difficult to me at the moment!!)

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  11. okay, your blog is insanely depressing. Why? Because now I really know that my sewing is total amateur hour. Also because you've reminded me I am a total idiot for not making the trek to Nick's for fabric. Also, because you've introduced me to Jalie patterns. I'm now going to drown my sorrows in caramel cake and coffee, that's right, caramel cake and coffee...
    btw, my word verification word is "puntriss" - I'm going to now use that "word" liberally. "Those pants I sewed were total puntriss"

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  12. I also love the skirt - both views - over the fence and the front version too. Hope the night terrors improve very soon.

    Marg

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  13. Hey, Genny, the last thing I sewed was total puntriss too!

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  14. see! puntriss is catching...

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