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    • Can't see the eye of the sewing machine needle?

    • Knitting Needles, Cardboard, and Wax Paper

    • Using E Patterns

    • Barbie's Bangs

    • Storing Quilts


    Can't see the eye of the sewing machine needle? top


    This is for those of us who have trouble seeing the eye in the sewing machine needle.  One day I took a cash register receipt , folded it very small long ways, put it between my needle eye and the bar that holds the foot on the machine, the white lets me see the eye clearly and works every time no matter how small the needle is. I hope this helps someone else.
    Flo 

    Knitting Needles, Cardboard, and Wax Paper top


    Use plastic knitting needles to turn fabric, or to push stuffing into small, hard to reach places such as fingers or thumbs, long arms and legs. The needles come in all sorts of sizes - just be careful that the tip is not too sharp or you may poke a hole in the fabric.
     
    For ease of sewing yarn to make Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy's hair/wig, use a small sheet of cardboard (with about 1" by 6" oblong area cut out of the center to allow for the sewing machine needle) as your guide to keep the yarn level. Also, before sewing the yarn hair, I sandwich the yarn between two sheets of wax paper and sew right through it. Not only can you see the yarn through the wax paper, but you can mark guide lines on it for stitching. When you're done, the wax paper rips away with a gentle pull.
     
    Georga without the i

    Using E Patterns top


    Here is a tip for using e-patterns.  I always print out my entire e-pattern and pop it into a ring binder for reference. Then I print the pattern piece pages onto card stock paper.  This is the pattern that I cut out.  The card stock is nice and heavy and it makes it easy to trace the sewing lines right onto the fabric.  Because it is more sturdy than regular printer paper, it lasts through many uses.  I get a plastic page protector for the cut out pattern pieces and pop it into the ring binder with the rest of the pattern and this keeps all my pattern info nice and tidy!  Hope this helps!

    Amy Felske,Vermont

    Barbie's Bangs top


    I'm new to all this, but I've found a way to improve Barbie's Bangs when then some sprucing up. I place a small amount of styling gel on the hair, roll it around a Q-tip and secure it with a mini spring clothespin. Leave it overnight, remove clip and Q-tip and "fluff lightly with your fingers.

    Also, I've turned a "throw-away' into a glamour girl by soaking her long tangled hair in a solution of Fabric Softener and Water. I actually place full strength softener on the hair and add enough water to a small bowl to cover her head. Place her head in it overnight. Squeeze dry with a towel and begin brushing with a Barbie brush. It was amazing! Her hair is now full and silky and she smell good too.

    Diane

    Storing Quilts top


    As a quilter, I was taught that quilts should not be stored in a wooden quilt box and allowed to steep in the natural acid fumes emanating from the wood. This causes foxing and ultimately will rot the textile.  The same concern makes it advisable to back a sampler with acid free paper or cotton fabric when framing the sampler. As a doll maker 25 years ago, I used saw dust to fill several of the dolls, and then wood excelsior to fill teddy bears, both because the old ones were. I now feel that sawdust is what rotted many antique doll bodies. Hair stuffed ones or cotton stuffed old bodies survive in great numbers. I suspect the wood wool is what rots old Teddys and will ultimately destroy them. I would like to know what others think of this.   
    Edyth O'Neill


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