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Fabrics / Where to find knits for baby clothes
« Last post by talld on Today at 07:27:21 AM »
I am looking for knit, preferably cotton, to make clothes for my soon to be first grandchild due in June.  I would like to make some onesies, sleepers, rompers etc.  I have been looking for knits that would be appropriate for a newborn.  My son and his wife live in SE WA where it gets really hot 100 degrees plus, so would like to find lightweight cotton knit.  At this point the kids have decided that they do not want to find out the sex of the baby ahead of time, so, the fabric needs to be gender neutral.  I have looked at the local stores in my area, 2 Joann's, Pacific fabrics and have not found any.  Have found some really nice soft flannel and will make some crib sheets and 6 month size sleepers out of them.  But, I have not found anything that I would like.  I did find some "gauze" type fabric that would make a nice lightweight receiving blanket, but, cant justify $15 to $20 dollars a yard.  I would like decent quality, but, I know that these items will not be worn for a long time.  I this baby is anything like my son, I will be lucky if it can wear anything for more than a couple weeks.   I live an hour north of Seattle and would love to hear if anyone is aware of someplace local or even on line might have what I am looking for. 


Regional Groups / Re: Pacific Northwest
« Last post by talld on Today at 06:58:59 AM »
Have fun Shams.  Been a long time since I went snowshoeing.  Even longer for the dog sledding.  My brother had a team (a couple different ones actually), and did some racing here in WA.  When we lived in Alaska, in the village where we lived, the only dog team was owned by a friend (non native) and it really bothered some people that there were not any teams there any more except for one owned and run by a young white girl.  Didn't help that her lead dog was 1/4 wolf and looked like one.  Everyone went to the other side of the street when we were out with Smokey.  I hope you plan to take lots of pictures and share them with us.  Have a great time with your daughter.  Cherish that one on one time.  Which from all I have seen, you already do that.  They grow up way to fast.

Quilting / Re: What to do about thin fabric....
« Last post by lessalt on Today at 05:52:24 AM »
I have used thin silk fabrics for home decorationing, backing them with washed and dried cotton flannel. Don't know if that would be too heavy (not a quilter) maybe back with cotton batiste?
Can those of you with sloping shoulders help me?  Do you make a sloping shoulder adjustment to a raglan sleeve? How?
SWAP 2016 / Swap 2016 Discussion
« Last post by miranda on Today at 05:21:45 AM »
Ruthie, I saw your recent skirts on your blog, but my reader won't allow me to comment or like. Nice!
Chatter / Re: Cats
« Last post by Cherylanne on Today at 04:55:39 AM »
Good news about Kitty.
Other Hobbies and Interests / Re: Does anyone else paint?
« Last post by Cherylanne on Today at 04:45:48 AM »
Thanks for all the kind comments;  I am blushing.

Here are the source documents,  taken with a phone camera. They are a medium size gum tree, and look spectacular when in blossom.

Machine Embroidery / Re: Applique on ripstop nylon
« Last post by Pina on Today at 04:27:53 AM »
I do wonder if those early stitches are going to be less visible when this design is used as an applique?  Or, does it look fine because they are holding down another piece of fabric?  (Hopefully the feet will show better then too.)

Charlie,I'm not familiar with your embroidery machine,can you please show the backside of your stitched out embroidery design ?  Did you adjust the tension ?

I use a Wash-Away stabilizer topper on different fabrics,then the design looks nicer to me.I remove pieces of Wash-Away stabilizer topper with tweezers.

Upper Thread Tensioning

Proper thread tensioning is essential to good embroidery.  Too loose, your thread will begin looping; too tight, bobbin thread may begin to show on top and you may begin to experience frequent thread breaks which wastes time and money.

Before beginning your top thread tensioning, be sure to check your bobbin thread tension as this may lead to undesirable tension results of your top thread.  Bobbin tensions should be 18 to 22 grams (up to 25 grams when embroidering caps).

A general rule of thumb is to have Rayon tensions at 100 to 120 grams and Polyester tensions at 120 to 150 grams.  If you are using a specialty thread, such as Supertwist, it is best to lower the tension to prevent thread breaks.

Proper tensions for satin stitches should reveal 1/3 bobbin and 2/3 top thread color on the underside of the embroidery.

SWAP 2016 / Re: Miranda's black and white summer wardrobe
« Last post by miranda on Today at 04:24:52 AM »
And my dud pattern matching at the back...
SWAP 2016 / Re: Swap 2016 Discussion
« Last post by miranda on Today at 04:24:25 AM »
Thanks Ruthie and Summer
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