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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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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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Many sewing machine issues can be resolved by simply removing the thread and re-threading it. Your machine's manual should have a diagram showing how to insert the thread. Even if you're sure you already know how to thread the machine, find that diagram and follow it step by step. You may find that you've been missing a step, or putting the thread in the ...


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You cannot trust those chart sizes because of a phenomenon called "vanity sizing". Once upon a time women's clothes where all tailored to fit the individual person or altered (if bought second hand). When industrial mass production set in, manufacturers wrote a measurement into the garment to make it easier to find one that fits. That number was ...


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Basically what makes good sewing scissors is that they are nice and sharp, and will make a clean cut. So the simplest way to find out if your scissors are good for cutting fabric is to test them on some fabric. Take a scrap of fabric (not a large piece that you want to use for a project) and try to cut it. If you can cut a nice clean line in a single snip, ...


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Cutting into the existing armhole will most likely end badly, because you need a lot more fabric to secure those darts than is available at the arm hole. If you want to make the hole smaller, you have to sew more material to it. I hope you didn't throw the sleeves away yet, because that is the perfect material for your endeavor. You didn't post a picture or ...


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There are many ways to make ruffles, but some of them are out of fashion now. Ruffles went through several hundred years of development and changing fashion, and sometimes went by different names, depending on the construction method and where they were attached to the garment. The most common ruffle (today) is a long strip of fabric that is gathered along ...


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Expanding my comment into an answer upon further consideration: You're right to be concerned about punching through both outer and lining material and joining them with a grommet. The lining is intended to be able to shift as you move separately from the outer jacket, and the grommet would add a small point of stress. I would also worry about the lining ...


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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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To be absolutely honest, the difference is marginal in most (but not all) cases. You probably won't even notice any difference in: short sleeves wide or baggy garments (like a tunic or pirate blouse) garments where the shoulder seam extends far down the shoulder (like a kimono or most casual menswear) garments sewn from stretchy fabric Puffy sleeves that ...


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This is what I would do: Take the thread and whip stitch the holes so they do not fray any further. Since it is knit textile, tighten and loosen to manipulate the hole in a fun or fashionable shape. Place the patches on the inside of the garment, temporarily secure with safety pins, straight pins or basting stitch. Use an interesting embroidery stitch to ...


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Home sewing machines use the same style of needle. Any store that sells sewing supplies for home crafters (as opposed to manufacturers) should have that type of sewing machine needles, and only that type. If they have multiple brands of sewing machine needle, any brand should work, and the choice is merely one of brand preference. The part that fits into the ...


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Anything you can sew on a machine, you can also sew by hand. But It will take much longer. If the seam is visible you must take special care to sew evenly or it will look ugly. It's harder to sew a straight line if you don't mark it on the fabric. (There are special markers that disappear when heated for that reason). Is it a good idea? For the whole skirt:...


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I have a few suggestions to add to Elmy's excellent answer. In case you can only get a rough estimate of your sister's measurements, it will help if you choose a pattern that has some flexibility in terms of sizing. The most extreme example of free-sizing is a wrap skirt. You can make a wrap skirt for someone with only a rough estimate of their waist and hip ...


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It could also be the threads fault. I've had similar problems very recently. I sewed some seams with new synthetic thread and never had a problem. Then I switched colors and grabbed a random spool from my moms stash and the thread snapped several times. It was a spool of cotton thread that was at least 20 years old and the thread was slightly thicker (I had ...


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Redwork Embroidery - also known as blackwork or Baltimore redwork/blackwork. Color relates to the thread. Simple backstitch outline work. Back in the early 2000’s it re-emerged becoming a popular and fun craft. I met the folks from Sublime Stitching at the ArtStar Craft Festival and got the sexy librarian kit seen in the pic below. You can still buy iron-on ...


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These types of designs go by a number of names, rather than just one. The specific example in the question is a sample of redwork, so named for the thread color; it's also often stitched in blue and called bluework as a result. These designs are typically quite simple, using only very basic stitches; Spruce Crafts offers more information and examples of ...


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As you've noted, the thread passes through holes in the plastic sheet. The process appears to mimic the mechanics of a sewing machine. A loop is pushed through the hole to the underside. Another thread is passed through the loop. Looking up "hand stitching awl" presents a method likely to be used in the photo collection. This method uses a single ...


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There are a number of computer controlled sewing machines on the market. Brother is one company, Husqvarna, and a number of other manufacturers produce devices which use software running from a computer, which typically creates a file sent to the machine. The file contains instructions to be executed with respect to movement of the mechanism which shifts the ...


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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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What you're looking for is called a "mockup" or "mock." It's very common to make a prototype of a garment from cheap fabric first, then test the fit and, if everything's alright, repeat the process with the expensive fabric. The mockup fabric should be at least similar to the final fabric in terms of stretchiness and heaviness. Usually ...


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What you're looking for is foam interfacing (Pellon Flex Foam, Annie's Soft & Stable, Bosal In-r-Form, etc). This is a soft foam material generally about 1/4" (6mm) thick, designed to be sewn into projects like bags, totes, and hats to provide them with a stable structure while still allowing them to flex--it's meant for exactly your intended use. ...


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It's mostly a question of personal preferences and boils down to a mix of what shapes you need to cut and your bodily capabilities. Shapes If you need to cut many straight lines, gentle curves or use a hard template to cut out many pieces, most people prefer a rotary cutter for its speed and capability to cut around the edges of a template without having to ...


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You have an easy one, I think. The best tool for cutting the holes you describe, in template plastic is a hole punch, also known as a circle punch. A quick search shows that Amazon has all three sizes you describe. 3/4" - EK Tools circle cutter 1/4" - "Conventional" hole punch - 0.25" 1" - Cady crafts Punch All of the above are ...


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That is done with a tambour needle. You can buy them at Amazon or craft stores. You punch a hole and do a chain stitch as you embroider.


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Clips and dowels This is what I do. You see pink broadcloth and on the on the other side is standard muslin. Zoom into the top. You’ll see clips that you can purchase at a certain furniture box store or you can use binder clips from the stationary shop with shower curtain rings from a dollar store. In this case I used a curtain rod that I hung with command ...


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That might depend a bit on your definition, but generally I’d say no: For sewing there are a few common ways to make ruffles: The probably first method would be to make a basting stich, pull on the thread and create ruffles by gathering the fabric. A very related version is to lay a length of very sturdy string (think floss or fishing line) on the fabric ...


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If the only problem with the craft foam is the floppiness, you may have luck with high-density EVA foam. Depending on where you're located, there are a number of online cosplay suppliers who have it available, and I know that TNT Cosplay, at the very least, provides free samples of their foam. Speaking from experience, high density 2mm EVA (the thickness of ...


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If you will mostly view the curtain from one side, handle that as the 'side you look at in normal curtains', do have that side a bit bigger and fold the edges over to seem them. On the other hand, if you will see the whole of the curtain from both sides and you will want both to look nice, two pieces of fabric the same size, put the good side on the good ...


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If you wanted to find more designs like the birds above, the Google Search term would be "Outline Embroidery" While the red bird outline shown is given as an example of Redwork in sewguide.com, both Redwork & Blackwork usually refer to a more geometric patterned work, or for outlined work like that would usually be filled with patterned ...


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