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Old 09-17-2010, 10:26 PM   #141
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Here's my latest: for my Navy son - he got it yesterday when he was pinned Chief.
Gorgeous, striking, stunning!!
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:03 PM   #142
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oh ladies and gents, i think i have found the 'dream site' of all time. who would have thought a group of 'campers' would be so artistic.ggggg i love all the pics. the quilts are so nice. the decor of the a/s are great.
i am feeling guilty as i have sooo many ufo's. maybe we can have a number of get togethers to finish the ufo's. all we need are tables, plugs and maybe margaritas.
keep posting pics i need the guilt..
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:51 AM   #143
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oh ladies and gents, i think i have found the 'dream site' of all time. who would have thought a group of 'campers' would be so artistic.ggggg i love all the pics. the quilts are so nice. the decor of the a/s are great.
i am feeling guilty as i have sooo many ufo's. maybe we can have a number of get togethers to finish the ufo's. all we need are tables, plugs and maybe margaritas.
keep posting pics i need the guilt..
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definitely the margaritas!!
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:56 AM   #144
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Speaking of get togethers, we need somewhere to post what rallies we are all going to. We are going to the Dutch Oven rally in 2 weeks and then spending the following week in the Smokies. Haven't decided yet what projects I might take.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:41 AM   #145
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There is an organization called "Quilts of Valor" that you can do quilt tops for, send to someone else for quilting and binding, then they go to military hospitals for wounded soldiers. I'll have to look up the info because they have somewhat specific requirements for min and max size, etc. They also don't want quilts that look like flags. When I get home, I'll look it up and post it for anyone interested.

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Old 09-18-2010, 09:40 AM   #146
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My wife likes the featherweight by singer as well and use it for classes. Unfortunately our airstream Argosy Minuet has not been modified to hold her 14 foot Gammill so she does a lot of hand piecing and quilting. She also do a lot of sock knitting.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:41 AM   #147
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My mother caught me trying to use her machine when I was three. She decided to teach me rather than wait to find me howling with a needle through my pinkie. I think I LIVED at the Singer Sewing Center through elementary school. The owner, a relative of some kind, let me use ANY machine, (I was his "how hard can it be if a seven year old can do it?" model.)

Narrow seams - get a machine with a speed governor on it. Sew on SLOW. Also many machines have a seam guide that screws into the bed to keep you straight. If yours doesn't, a piece of colored tape marking the seam allowance distance from the needle can help you go straighter.

Anyone can learn anything if they are willing to put in the time and patience. What you want to do will take both. If you intend to use stretch fabrics a serger is almost a must. That sentence will cause instant consternation from many people - but remember - Scarlett O'hara wore supportive undergarments LONG before elastic was invented.

There are quite a few people today who are allergic to latex who must wear 100% fabric bras. If you can remember the 1950's some of those were still pretty common. In SOME respects those could actually be more comfortable than the spandex ones of today. If you're carrying an extra few pounds, spandex loves to create grooves in your softer spots - and most of todays bras either have NO underwire, or ONE under the cup underwire or ONE stay where the side piece meets the cup. That little sucker will stab you at both ends. Back in the day, most bras for large busted women had a series of vertical side stays, put in like fence posts about an inch apart, from the side of the cup well back under the arm. It kept the fabric from rolling, and gave support without that one little spear jabbing you.

All "C" and up ladies should treat themselves to a trip to a high end fitter at least once. Extra stays can be added to off the shelf bras and many like them better that way. It's a do-it-yourself project if you can thread "wooly nylon" on your standard machine and get the proper bias tape to encase the stay. (Try on an old bra first.)

So: Down to specifics. Take a sewing class in sewing with stretch fabric. The LARGE JoAnne and Hancock stores often run those. There are also some very nice independent stores out there, but check for longevity and reputation of their classes. You can find some very good DVD training too, but when things go wrong an instructor can get you back on track a lot quicker than a DVD. The real benefit of taking a class IN STORE is that you can use the higher end machines like the Pfaff and Elnas and Husqueveras??? sp?. (Then find a used one on the internet.) Instructors will show you less expensive ones too if the top models are just out of your range. You'll get to know what works and what won't by taking the class.

IMHO, nothing Singer has built since the late 60's is worth a darn. Also don't touch anything you can get at WalMart - they may have a known manufacturer's name, but they are a cheaper version.

Virtually all machines are now manufactured in Asia - even the Janomes. However there is decent Asian stuff and Asian crap. Mid-level Janomes tend to be very good machines, both the regular and sergers. I can't speak for the high end embroidery ones though.

Now about those narrow seams. Most seams are trimmed back during or after sewing. Sergers all have cutters that snip the fabric back to the stitch line just before needles. Other seams are oversewn. Get a piece of scrap fabric and I'll teach you two techniques.

FLAT FELD SEAMS - sew your plain old 5/8" seam. Press open. On the inside trim back one seam allowance to a bit less than 1/4" inch. Use small scissors to make it easier. On the other side fold over the seam and press in half parallel to the stitching. Fold that over the raw trimmed seam. Press flat. Run a second line of stitching down the folded side about 1/16" from the fold. TA DA.

Now for a blue jean seam, run another line of stitching 1/16" inch from the first seam.

Another Variation on that is to triple fold the uncut seam allowance and instead of sewing through the front of the fabric actually fold that piece around the trimmed side and sew down the edge just behind the main seam going only through the folded allowance and the trimmed one inside.

FRENCH SEAM - If you ever sew anything that loves to ravel, a serger solves that problem, but if you want to make your seam look very elegant, especially on something that's a bit see-through - there's a very simple way to do it. Cut your pieces as normal. Put them together RIGHT SIDE OUT, sew the seam with 1/4" or less, Fold the pieces inside out, and press flat at the seam. Sew the real seam at 3/8". This encases the raw edges inside the seam. (GREAT for scratchy stiff stuff like Taffeta.)

So. Bras are all detail work, even the "over the shoulder boulder holders". Some machines have a speed limiter (great for kids learning to sew) and very good for this kind of work. Look for that feature and for anything especially designed for stretch fabric.

And DO look up "large cup size bras" on the internet. You may find you CAN get something ready made for your relatives. (Of course the ungrateful wenches will probably have reduction surgery about a month after you master how to make their garments!)

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Paula,

Thank you for all the valuble tips.

I have had a serger for sometime but do not use it much. Guess I will now.

Really happy that this thread got started. Was thinking I was kinda of an odd ball carrying around all of my sewing gear in the AS. This thread has proved that there are lots of odd balls in Airstreams.

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Old 09-20-2010, 01:57 AM   #148
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Large bust modification - or large ANYTHING modification. Most people make the mistake of expanding patterns SIDEWAYS to accommodate large bust hips or buttocks, but that is a one dimensional fix for a three dimensional problem. If you are large to super large, darts are the only solution. A tape measure and cheap unbleached muslin are your best methods to learn the large bust mod.
  • If you are big busted the measurement from your underarm to your waist isn't bigger than a normal persons, but the difference from your mid shoulder across the nipple of your bust and down to your waist is - by 3 to 12 inches, Next measure from the side seam in the underarm across the nipple to the centerline of your body.
  • the side to side measurement from your underarm to your midine across the nipple is also MUCH bigger than a B cupper's size.
  • For any shirt or dress the solution is to chop the front top piece in quarters with both the horizontal and verticle cuts going directly through the spot where the nipple would be (wearing a bra).
  • Measure the pattern - mid shoulder to waist - subtract that from the actual big busted persons length - that's how many inches top to bottom you'll have to add to the pattern.
  • Measure the pattern - horizontally across the bustline to the centerline of the body - suptract that from your actual measurement - that's how much wider the front piece has to be...
So next you ask... well how do I get this giant front piece to fit to the back piece - DARTS at the side, at the top and at the waist. AND by cleverly re setting of the pieces of the pattern. For instance the two pieces that were cut apart vertically can be scooted together at the waist and mid shoulder leaving a wide gap at mid-bust - then only a dart on the side is needed to reduce the side seam to the same length as the back piece. Of course if the front buttons, all of the button locations will have to be adjusted. In some cases you may also want (or need) to do gathers in the front top at the seam, and put a dart at the waist.

The muslin? Make a trial top. If it's still too tight, slash it and sew in pieces until it fits correctly, then you take that apart and make a finished muslin pattern! for future use.

If you'd like to envision this without a model, cut a back piece and a front piece, then put the back piece on the table, and put a funnel on top of it where the breast would be located, now snip the top piece top to bottom, from the CENTER to within 1/2 inch of the top - and in the other direction, from the center to within one inch of the bottom, again cut from the center sideways to within an inch of the side and center seams. Put the piece over the funnel and pin to the back piece. See where you're missing fabric? Fill in the pieces and you have an adusted top.

paula
Realized I posted response to same post twice. This is the one I meant to answer tonight. Saw it a couple of days ago but did not have time to answer.

You are right in thinking my attempts were 2 dimensional - of course compared to DD I am 2 dimensional!!

Any way thank you for the help. This is expensive for DD now that she also has to buy custom bras for her DD.

I think I will find it a challenge once I get going on it.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:02 AM   #149
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I have experimented with bra making. Kwik Sew has several bra patterns available. They can be found at Hancocks. The materials can be ordered from www.sewsassy.com and really aren't that expensive. The original idea was to make some for the daughters who need sizes that you cannot buy at Kmart. Neither of them liked it. they are perfectly happy with the $$$ ones ordered from Dillard's. I made a couple and never finished tweaking the fit enough to like them then lost interest because I can buy mine anywhere at a reasonable price. They were not hard to make and it wasn't a problem doing the 1/4" seams..

Thanks for the link. I will look at it and see what I can glean.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:49 AM   #150
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Disappearing post or maybe I am just confused...

Could swear I saw a post in this thread asking if I was the other As in the Fayetteville, Ar campground last fall. Yes, we were the other AS.

I would like to connect that AS with the right forum member. Let me know who posted that query.

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Old 09-20-2010, 07:30 AM   #151
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Here's Mrs. Hoot's latest. It's one of my favorites.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:46 AM   #152
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:18 PM   #153
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Beautiful quilt! Of course, to a quilter, they're all beautiful especially all the ones that have been posted here so far! Guess I'm just a quiltaholic!

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:14 PM   #154
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beautiful quilt, Mrs Hoot! and, you are rightfully proud, Mr. Hoot :-) (love it!)

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