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It sounds like she already has a basic "starter kit" for sewing. So, instead of getting her a comprehensive kit, I would try to focus on one or two high-quality items that would save her time, or make her work easier in some way. Here are a few suggestions. An adjustable-size dress form. Make sure you get an adjustable one, because presumably her ...


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This isn't just for fabric, but carpet and all sorts of material on rolls. A linear metre simply means 1 metre length off the roll. It says nothing at all about the width, which is usually more than a metre for fabric, but for some things may be much less. The width should be specified elsewhere in the description, to allow you to calculate how much to buy. ...


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The instructions you've posted call for "two 43" x 65" pieces of fabric." While there are a wide variation of fabric widths available, the standard US widths are (approximately) 45" and 60". As this piece easily fits into a length of 45" fabric (which is often actually closer to 43"), it stands to reason that the pattern is calling for the more common 45" ...


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The equipment you listed is exactly what I would have suggested as a genral starter pack. Sewing machine is a no-brainer. The "pizza cutter" is called a "rotary cutter" and is favored by most people. The mat is a requirement to use the rotary cutter. Anything that could be useful to her after that depends on what she makes, but a few ...


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Unlike natural fibers which can be blocked by simply shaping the item while wet, blocking acrylic requires heat. Many people try to wet-block acrylic the same way they would do wool, and they aren't happy with the results so they conclude (incorrectly) that there's no point in blocking acrylic. That's not true. There's simply very little point in wet ...


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Warmth in clothing comes mostly from trapped air, which is a good insulator. Water is a good conductor of heat, and water vapor can transfer heat. With acrylic, depending on the characteristics of how the fiber was made and how the fiber is used to create a fabric, it can be a better insulator than wool. However, clothing presents a challenge because the ...


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There is a variety of fabrics (different materials and weaves) designed specifically for that purpose. They hold up to UV and wind, dry quickly, are resistant to abrading through where they are secured or in contact with supports, and offer different levels of light filtering. They are sold as "outdoor canopy fabric" and "awning and shade ...


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There is always the option of making a pattern - i.e. an appropriately sized piece of paper. Then you can use it as you are accustomed to. For rectangular patterns, remember that when you fold an edge onto itself, the resulting crease line will be perpendicular to the edge. This helps a lot when constructing a rectangle. So if your fabric is sturdy and not ...


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A linear meter is just a single meter of distance. Contrasting it to a square meter, which is one meter by one meter in two perpendicular directions, or a cubic meter which is one by one by one meter in three perpendicular directions, this is a single meter (39.37" or 100 cm) in one direction (hence 'linear'). The distance of the other direction(s) doesn't ...


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Tools of the trade If you want accuracy and will make this many times in the future these are the tools to invest in: Cutting mat Acrylic ruler Rotary cutter If you will need to make other shapes, quilters use plastic sheets to create templates - the little triangle is one I made. 🌊🌙


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The main difference is that one is made of 'poly' (likely polyester) and the other is made of cotton. How notable the difference is depend on how the poplin is made and how they handled the threads from which they made the fabric and the fabric once made. Mostly man made fibers are more smooth and shiny but it is not a given. I own a bag made from recycled ...


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If you want a cheap option, second hand tents and tent-like tarps. New tarps are available but those will be expensive if you only want to use them as fabric. Sails of smaller boats or surfboards can also be used.


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Weaving yarns are described by two numbers separated by a slash, eg 2/5, 3/10, etc. The smaller number is the number of plies The larger number represents the size of each ply. So, a 2/5 yarn has 2 strands of size 5 thread. A 3/10 yarn has 3 strands of size 10 thread. Different sources are inconsistent about which number comes first. Usually the smaller ...


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If the ribbon is polyester or nylon, it will be hard to make a strong bond to it. Most adhesives will stick a ribbon to something if it's only decorative and won't really get pulled. You need something more secure if the ribbon is going to serve as a hinge or closure. If you can use a ribbon made from cotton, lots of glues will make a strong bond. Even ...


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I want to add to the answer of fixer1234 that wool is better at regulating the temperature than purely insulating the wearer, though I don't know the mechanics of how this works. Imagine you could make socks from a perfect insulator. Your feet would never ever be cold again, but because our body doesn't stop producing heat, your feet would soon overheat. By ...


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The name of the fabric consists of 2 parts: the fibre the weave "Poly" / "cotton" is the name of the fibre that is contained in the fabric. Cotton is a natural fibre commonly found in clothing. The name "poly" is very ambigious, because there are many different fibres with that name, like polyester, polyacrylic, polypropylene, ...


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I haven't done a ton of blocking, but since I can't wear wool I've done mostly acrylic when I do have something to block. It's true that you may not need to block it, but that's not a general rule for all scarves. If the corners are curling or there are slight width changes along the length, I would try to block that smooth. The pattern may also say ...


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Plain old construction silicone might do the trick. Construction silicone is designed to stick to as many materials as possible. The fact that it stays flexible after curing makes the bond very long lasting because it cannot crumple. Transparent silicone has the added benefit of being somewhat invisible. You can apply the silicone with your fingers or ...


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There are a few things to be considered here: Comfort Are you sure the drawstrings will be comfortable when lying down, either on your back or your side? If you aren't sure, consider pleating instead. Will you be able to ignore the loose ends of the strings or will they bother you? You can keep them shorter than shown in the picture (sew them in place) or ...


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When given pieces that are too wide for the folded fabric (see piece E in your diagram), pattern cutting layouts will show cutting on a single thickness of fabric, rather than a folded piece. This is very common when the pieces won't fit the standard width of fabric in the correct orientation without unfolding it. "Precise matching" of pieces isn't ...


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I just returned from the JOANN Fabrics and Crafts web site. A search of "fabric" resulted in hundreds of returns, no surprise there. What was a surprise was a "standard" width is not standard. I found material as narrow as 19" and as wide as 72". This reference is USA only, as I don't know if standards in the countries using the metric system will be ...


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