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Subject: New business launching! Feisbed.com. Accommodation database aimed at reducing the cost of staying overseas and interstate. Host families invited to sign up. Thank you. Visit feisbed.com


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 27, 10:37:47am


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Subject: Digitizing Software


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Marie
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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 11:02:42am

Hi everyone! I was just wondering whether you all digitize your own designs? And if so, what software do you use?

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Subject: Satin stitched cut out hems : can anyone please advise how these are done? Are the digitized then sewn again with lining atttached at the back?


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Newbie
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 10, 03:58:49pm


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Subject: Newbie here - what are your best suggestions for adding fabric / length to a pleated tennis-style skirt on an ID dress. Only have about 1/2 inch of letdown and really need to add a few inches. Black so I'd think fabric would be forviging, esp in back.


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tyv
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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 08, 03:05:09pm


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Subject: Looking for Scarlet Red Casa Satin.


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Email inside
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Date Posted: Friday, November 04, 07:58:14pm

I'm searching for the Scarlet Red Casa Satin from Joanns. This is the one that is lighter red and a bit more orange than the Tango Red. They aren't selling it anymore, but I'm hoping someone may have some in their stash.
Please and thank you.

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Subject: Looking for some guidance...


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Date Posted: Thursday, November 03, 07:34:20pm

I am a retired dancer currently designing dresses in my spare time and selling them for some extra money. I handdraw them with an app on my iPad and then post them on my website and social media to sell them. I've been lucky enough to have quite a good number of them made into costumes by various dressmakers. I have been doing his for about two years, but I am interested in expanding my knowledge. Eventually, I'd like to either work for a dressmaker or own my own business making dresses.

I have very limited knowledge at this time (unfortunately). I don't know much about sewing, digitizing, or the actual process of making a costume. I am much more successful in the area of design ideas, concepts, colors, etc.

My question, for those of you who are willing to share your experience, is how did you get started as a dressmaker? Did you have much knowledge of dressmaking beforehand or did you learn as you went? Did you learn from another dressmaker? Do you have any advice as to what steps I should take next? Thank you!

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Subject: For those who do not know, there is another source of great info for ID dressmakers in a group on Yahoo... https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/IDDressmaking/info just copy and paste.


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Date Posted: Saturday, October 22, 12:03:20am


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Subject: Entrepreneur PRO X - anyone use this machine?


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Looking to buy
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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 02:04:53pm


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Subject: Are sequins back in fashion again?


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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 02:52:45am


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Subject: I am soon inheriting a large sum of money and would like to get an embroidery machine.


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DM
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Date Posted: Monday, October 17, 08:53:27pm

What is a nice brand, lowest cost that would do a nice job.
Any advice would be appreciated!

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Subject: Dos anyone have any Swarovski 3230 pear 28mm light Siam?


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Having trouble finding!
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Date Posted: Monday, October 17, 06:35:18pm

Thanks. Even medium sized would be helpful.

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Subject: What is your favorite stabilizer in US?


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thank you.
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Date Posted: Monday, October 17, 08:15:06am

I used to buy the heaviest tear away from Metro Embroidery. It was crisp and easy to remove. Unfortunately, the last roll I've got is completely different, hard to tear away.
With the latest, intricate designs, my fingers are hurting.

Do you have your favorite?
Thank you.

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Subject: Hancock Went out of business and took my fabric with them!


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Help!
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Date Posted: Monday, October 10, 10:16:20am

We got the black Suraline Gaberdine from Hancock fabrics for our class costumes. They've gone out of business and now I don't know where to get the exact same fabric!

Any ideas where I should look? There's a broad variety of gaberdines, most too thin or a different texture than the Hancock Suraline Gaberdine.

Thanks!!

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Subject: Aussie Dressmakers


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LM
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Date Posted: Monday, October 10, 04:40:14am

I have a large amount of ID costume fabric that I need to destash.
the majority of it was imported from OS. Would there be any interest in bulk lots of fabric ie 3kg /5kg satchels if I were to destash?
Thanks :-)

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Subject: Irish Dance Princess Line Dress with Full Flare


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Cathryn
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Date Posted: Monday, October 10, 04:29:09am

Hi, would anyone have a Princess line dress with full flare Pattern, I cant seem to get one anywhere, can anyone help?

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Subject: OK I'm losing the will to live. Hope you can help. I'm looking for a bright coral fabric but can't find it. Any tips on where to look please?


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Thanks so much!
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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 12:28:50am


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Subject: Do Bernina and Wilcom Embroidery Systems work on Mac Computers? Was told they wouldn't run correctly.


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Is this true?
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Date Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 05:37:03pm


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Subject: Someone on the main board says they make capes for $40 all in (digitizing matching design, embroidery, and complete construction). That seems really cheap to me, some of these capes have really high stitch counts, a lot of detail, and then there are the other regular business costs as well. Personally I would pass on the work if the client was only willing to pay $40. What are your thoughts?


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Curious
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Date Posted: Friday, August 26, 09:52:24am


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Subject: Does anyone still make off the racks? They just don't seem to sell any more. Does everyone prefer to order customs instead?


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Date Posted: Saturday, August 20, 07:56:56pm


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Subject: Is anyone else wondering what the new Celtic Star dresses will be like now that Conor has left?


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Date Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 03:36:03pm

He has been such a trend setter in the last few years.

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Subject: Is anyone else receiving fake orders with fake measurements and fake emails. Coming through on my website forms. Even if it's a kid fooling around, the fact that a pretend email has been created and ridiculous measurements are filled in (which I assume the sender finds hilarious) is odd behaviour


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Date Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 10:48:47am


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Subject: Stiffener and lining (First time making Irish Step Dress)


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Jennie
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Date Posted: Saturday, August 06, 10:48:16pm

What type of stiffener are you all using? I've tried to source Vilene's but it seems the online stores that were selling it are no longer selling it.

What is a close Pellon equivalent?

For the bodice lining, what type of fabric do you use? I'm trying the Guana Rince pattern and she suggests a lightweight twill. I was thinking of using silk organza.

Thank you!
Jennie

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Subject: Hello :) Could someone advise me on the intricate shaped hems we are seeing on rising star etc.. more inside..


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dm
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Date Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 02:56:21am

I have not had much success with these, particularly the very leafy shaping. I either cut the satin lining too close and it frays on the tips or it just doesn't sit flat or look professional. My front skirts are stiffened before embroidery (2 layers of firm iron on woven interfacing) and the lining is a standard stage satin.
Any advice would be much appreciated :)

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Subject: Matte satin from Casa Colection in JoAnn's


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thank you.
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 31, 06:00:51pm

Is anyone in US tried the matte satin from JoAnn's for ID dresses? I liked couple of colors when I visited the store recently but I am not sure of the durability.
Thanks

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Subject: 3 panel construction


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bg
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Date Posted: Monday, July 25, 06:40:39am

When making a 3 panel skirt I typically use one layer of the freudenberg b0509 stabilizer. It seems that I may need more as it's not holding its shape perfectly, but I don't want to make the skirt heavy. What do you all use as stabilizer/stiffener in a 3 panel construction?

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Subject: What do you recommend for larger ROUND Crystals.


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thanks you!
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Date Posted: Friday, July 22, 11:28:04am

I am making a fabric crown to match my daughters dress. I am using Swarovski Crystals. I will use 3230 Pear shape (28x17mm) in Crystal(not AB) and need a round crystal that will match with the 3230 in about 12 to 14mm across.

On the sight, I found the 2088 sew-on xirius. Is this a good match with the 3230, or is there a better option?

I have not found any that large without the sew-on holes. I will just glue them, but that is fine.

Her dress has the Large Pear and round stones, but I am across the country from the dress, so I can't get a good look at them right now. Don't know if that would help anyway.

What do you guys use for large round stones?

THANK YOU for your help!

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Subject: Anyone else in awe of the Rising Star dresses? They are beautiful, the embroidery looks stunning and the intricate designs are just wow.


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dm
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Date Posted: Friday, July 22, 05:04:48am


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Subject: Would some kind person know how the new style of digitized embroidery is done? Rising Star are using linesof embroidery done vertically. Not sure how this is digitized , new to the style and don't have much experience. I have PEDesign Next software that came with Brother machine TIA


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Help
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 10, 01:37:38am


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Subject: Does anyone know what kind of pearls are being used in latest designs? And also wondering what type of glue some brand names use on front of skirt in kick panel? Not keen on glue concept but have had a client ask for me to do this.


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Not sure
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Date Posted: Thursday, July 07, 05:09:34am


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Subject: Embroidering Pear Shaped background


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Trish Christie
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Date Posted: Thursday, June 30, 04:16:30am

Hi, I'm wondering how to embroider/sew the background embroidery which goes behind the large pear shaped swarovskis, I have a Janome 350e embroidery machine and if anyone could help me out me, I would be most grateful

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Subject: Adding a collar.


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sndm
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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 09:43:59am

I have to add a collar to a dress, can anybody give an indication how much is reasonable to charge for the work? Never done it as a stand alone job, it's always been part of making the complete dress.

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Subject: What is with auto-digitizing being passed off as legitimate work!? I just worked on an alteration for a very expensive dress that did have very interesting work, but the digitizing was obviously auto digitized & it was horrendous!!! But the client thought it was awesome not only because there were so many freaking crystals, but that is what they must think when they have paid so much money! What the hell!!!!??? Time for someone to start her blog again to call this crap onto the carpet. Hello!


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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 02:37:48am


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Subject: I have two child size body forms for sale $25 a piece. Chest/waist are 27/25 & 23/21.I'd rather not ship. Located in Eastern PA Lehigh Valley


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Heather
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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 11:22:46am

My DD also still feises so there is a chance we could meet up.

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Subject: Various Purple Swarvoski Flatbacks for Sale


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Chrissy Ramakrishnan
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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 08:32:23am

For Sale (items can be bought separately)

Note: 1 Gross= 144 crystals
Color Reference Here: www.rhinestonesu.com
Prices Negotiable

3 Gross (3 separate 1 Gross Packages) of Heliotrope 2058 Flatbacks Size ss34 ($20 per gross or $50 for all 3)

1 1/4 Gross Province Lavender 2058 Flatbacks Size ss34 (Not in original packaging but in original condition) ($20 for all)

1 1/4 Gross Amethyst 2058 Flatbacks Size ss34 (Not in original packaging but in original condition) ($20 for all)

Please email me at chrissyramak@gmail.com with questions or inquiries

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Subject: Did anyone watch the "Behind the scene" Rising Star video on FB?


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Date Posted: Friday, June 17, 09:16:13am

They use some kind of a paper on top of the fabric when embroidered. Looks like a regular paper to me. But he(sorry, didn't get the name) called it a special paper? I searched the internet but could not find anything like it.
I am using the Sulky Super Solvy, but the heavy duty is a pain to remove. I just bought the medium wight to try.
What is everyone else using on velvet?
Thank you.

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Subject: if you needed to advertise where would you do it.


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US dressmaker
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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 09:31:00am


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Subject: Who out there has used the Guna Rince pattern?


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Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, May 29, 11:23:19am

Has anyone out there used the Guna Rince solo dress pattern (Meernst.wix.com)? I would really like to make my daughter's first solo dress but would like to hear from someone who has used the pattern. Any feedback is appreciated!

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Subject: Dressmaker communication


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Stressed
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Date Posted: Monday, May 23, 08:01:42pm

What do you do when a dress was promised you months ago but has not been made yet?

What if a dressmaker says your dress is her top priority, but you see multiple dresses by her being sent to dancers before yours?

And how do you bring this up without retribution in construction or quality?

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Subject: AB or Clear Crystals


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Senior Dancer
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Date Posted: Sunday, May 22, 12:56:24am

Advice please. What do you think looks better on black velvet. Clear crystal or AB crystal rhinestones?

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Subject: Does anyone have a U.S. source for twinkle satin???


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cannot find anywhere..
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Date Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 04:44:08pm


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Subject: Any suggestions for finding a true red fabric. Either cotton velvet or gaberdine?


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Mom
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Date Posted: Saturday, May 14, 04:05:54pm


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Subject: Pat King and Brian Grant on iTunes


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Pat King
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Date Posted: Thursday, May 12, 08:47:46am

Off Topic, but:
Pat King and Bran Grant recordings have now been uploaded to iTunes, Amazon and all online stores.
Irish Dance Music, The Sandymount Set, Three Score and Ten are already up and running.
Waiting for Jig Set Dances 1, 2 &3 to go live.
These releases have all Jig Set Dances at speeds: 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73.
Disc 3 also has the 7 Traditional Set Dances.
Hornpipe Set Dances at Speed: 76 are also available.
All other Hornpipe Set Dance speeds will be uploaded shortly as well as new recordings.

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Subject: Remove Crystals


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Trish Christie
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Date Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 02:10:48am

Wondering if anyone can help, I've glued (E6000) pear crystals to the neckline of a completed (velvet) dress, however, I now realise that they are positioned incorrectly. Does anyone know how I can get them off without damaging the velvet (or putting the collar out of shape). Is there a way? They are on for two days now. Thanks in advance.

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Subject: What layers of fabric do you use for a dress?


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Date Posted: Saturday, May 07, 03:56:07pm


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Subject: Boy's vest's


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Andrea
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Date Posted: Saturday, April 30, 05:30:36pm

Hi there, I am a fairly experienced costume/dress maker and I would like to attempt to make my son a vest. Is there an ID vest pattern available or do people just use regular vest patterns and also is there anyway that you can buy embroidery designs on line - I tried Taoknitter but can't seem to get a reply from them.
Thanks :)

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Subject: no capes?


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bg
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Date Posted: Saturday, April 30, 07:52:23am

It looks like some of the dresses coming out do not have capes anymore---just embroidery on the back that looks like a cape, but it is not detachable. Has anyone seen one up close? and is this the case?

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Subject: Does anyone have any experience with the Happy Machines with the large extension hoop? Cost compared to the Toyota/Tajima equivalent and size of extension table compared to those two?


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Date Posted: Friday, April 29, 06:02:50am


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Subject: Embroidery machines


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Gemma
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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 09:36:29am

Hey. I need machine advice... What are your recommendations for an embroidery machine. My husband has agreed to buy me one so I can progress 😊

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Subject: Does anyone know what colour the crystals are on the grey embroidery on the new dresses coming out?


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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 04:25:03am


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Subject: Iron-on Vinyl on costumes


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Curious
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Date Posted: Monday, April 18, 11:03:25am

I'm sure many of you have noted the new rising star school costume budget option- $450/dress.
They appear to have their designs applied with iron on vinyl instead of embroidery.

Do you think it would be possible to do a prizewinner level solo dress with final instead of embroidery? I have a vinyl cutting machine and have designed T-shirt appliqué using iron on vinyl.

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Subject: Can anyone help me find the nice dark but bright fuchsia pink fabric that the BNDMs are currently using please? Not sparkle satin, something a litte darker and without a sheen to it. Thank you


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Date Posted: Sunday, April 17, 04:38:20am


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Subject: I came across this old clip om youtube. how would you fix the tight shoulder problem, is it too big or too small....


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sdm
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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 10:51:32am

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EPgtlEPUHVQ

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Subject: Interfacing to use for stretch velvet


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Lisa
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Date Posted: Monday, April 11, 03:42:50pm

I am making my daughter a solo dress for the first time. Using stretch velvet and want to know what interfacing do you recommend for securing the heavy crystals? I didn't know if fuseable will work with stretch> or if we need to use heavy weight sew in?
Thank you for your help!

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Subject: boxpleats


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Linda (Stressed out)
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Date Posted: Saturday, April 09, 06:44:09am

Can anyone help with box pleating? The pattern pieces curve and I cannot get the edges of my "boxes" straight. The first few are fine, then as the pattern piece curves, the boxes no longer work. Since the upper curve is smaller than the lower curve this makes sense, but I can't correct it. Don't know what I'm missing here.

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Subject: If you are a dressmaker using sticky back Velcro for capes please stop!! Do you honestly believe that they will never have to be altered?? I alter them constantly sticky back Velcro is lazy! That sticky film is horrible to get off, it pulls stitching & destroys velvet! Please use the sew on kind or better yet snaps!


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Date Posted: Friday, April 08, 11:29:21am


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Subject: Anyone else depressed about losing Hancock fabric stores?


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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 12:29:13pm


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Subject: Irish dance dress stiffener


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Jean Shaw (Happy)
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Date Posted: Saturday, April 02, 10:03:22am

Can anyone please explain how to make a stiffener for an Irish dance dress I have been dressmaking for many years but have never made an Irish dance dress, I can do everything but don't understand the stiffener thank you .

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Subject: Speaking of fit. ...


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frustrated
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Date Posted: Thursday, March 24, 10:54:06pm

I've made hundreds of dresses with no fit issues, now all the sudden problems. I have no clue what is going on except it could be due to the extreme drop waist? Ready to throw in the towel. so sad.

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Subject: When I see pictures of my carefully fitted costumes on the Worlds stage, the over exaggerated positions the dancers contort into when posing, causing the bodices to look so ill fitting makes me cringe... Am I the only one?


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dm
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Date Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 09:36:38am


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Subject: I've always done my embroidery first then sewn the darts but this is a load of work to get the design to line up.


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Date Posted: Monday, March 21, 03:10:10pm

I've noticed that the bndm are embroidering straight over the dart. How are they doing it? I just get loads of wrinkles when I frame it.

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Subject: Update on thedesign used without permission!


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sndm
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Date Posted: Monday, March 21, 07:00:55am

Today I received an email after I send an invoice, two weeks ago.
This is the answer the TC client gives for using the design:
Dear Madam,

To answer some of the items that you have brought up below.

1. The vision of the dress was mine, i have not stolen what i requested. The dress was drawn by yourself with my creative input it was by no means all your own vision. So when i go to another dress maker and request a new dress with the same ideas, this does not mean i stole from you, just that the new dress maker is making what i asked for. I have all emails containing all my original requests.

you can not under any stretch of the imagination think you designed the following , as exclusive works of yourself.

The neck, which is used by nearly every dance school in Irish dance at some point in time.
sleeves, these are also not exclusive to the design
cuffs, also used throughout Irish dance
Skirt, which i must add, the skirt on my new dress is not a princess line but in fact a separate skirt to the top.
Shawl, we do not have one. instead we have a custom made Crest of the School of dancing.
Lining, is pink which also was not part of the original draft.

2. I did not ask for a mock up dress to be made. In all the years that we conducted business i never request a mock up dress. This was entirely your decision and when i questioned your daughter about the logics and cost she pointed out that it was fine and that she could use it for Displays with Sandun and Denzel, the material used was something you had hanging around the workshop.

3. Knot Work, this is very similar on my new dress, but Celtic knot work can be found throughout the Irish dance world and they themselves have been copied from original knot work found in many of our ancient books.

If you can prove that they are registered designs of you and you can provide the relevant paper work from the appropriate authorities than i am sure I would be happy to change our design. If this is the case I would be happy to negotiate a price for the one time use of said designs on our mock dress that you saw on the internet. The said invoice will of course have to be supplied with your KVK number and BTW number of your registered business.



Till this is the case i will not entertain any further correspondence on this matter.

When I addressed her in the email/invoice I send her, I used her name. She hasn't got the decency to do so in her email.
I left out her name, but I still want to warn other dressmakers about her.

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Subject: How much to charge to do the digitizing and embroidery


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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 12:53:01pm

Hi all. I have been approached to do the digitizing and embroidery of a dance dress. I have no idea what to charge. Any thoughts? It would be an average amount of embroidery/digitizing work. Do you charge by stitch?Hour? Flat fee?

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Subject: What to do when somebody uses your design without permission?


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sndm
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Date Posted: Monday, March 07, 05:39:44am

This happened to me. And what to do now?

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Subject: Anyone from US ever ordered from White Lodge? How much was the shipping?


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can't find it on their website.
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Date Posted: Sunday, February 28, 04:09:36pm

Thank you.

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Subject: Sweat stains while dancing


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Linda
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Date Posted: Monday, February 22, 12:47:12am

My daughter sweats a bit while dancing and one of her current costumes, not Irish but a body suit, shows darker under the arms. It's from Wear Moi and wine colored 90% polyamide & 10% elasthane. The front of the bodice does have a black lining but nothing under the arms. Would dress shields be the best solution or an additional lining under the arm pits of sweat absorbing fabric? Thanks in advance.

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Subject: Crystal color recommendations...


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Suzanne
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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 10:43:04pm

I am ordering crystals for a dress, and have a few questions.

1. Does anyone know what size large pear shape crystals are usually used on Gavin Dresses? I think I can just measure them and figure this out, if there isn't a "standard" size.

2. The dress is fire engine Red. Just standard red velvet with Red sequined (flat sequins)applique. I want to put red crystals on the Red sequin applique. Does anyone know which "Red" Crystal is best to match a standard fire engine red? Siam? Light Siam? Hyacinth? Red chili pepper?

I will probably order from Dreamtime creation.. if that makes a difference. And I believe I will be ordering the 2088. (Isn't that the standard one used on dresses?).

Thanks so much for any suggestions!

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Subject: Glue for Swarovski Crystals


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Date Posted: Monday, February 15, 06:03:12am

Hi There

I'm trying to help out a friend save some money by blinging her own costume and buckles.

Can you guys let me know which glue you recommend for fabric and which would probably work best on buckles?

I'm worried about using the E6000 because it is toxic. Do I need to be worried about breathing in the vapours too much or just make sure I don't get it on my skin.

If we were to also go down the path of blinging her own socks do you know what size crystals we should buy and is there a "type" of swarovski to use on socks.

Sorry for so many questions . I'm trying to be a good friend but I'm worried I'm in way over my head

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Subject: Ok frustrated and baffled..


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Date Posted: Thursday, February 11, 08:20:52pm

The last few dresses I've sent off are bunching in the back and I can't figure out why. They say they fit at the waist, so if its not riding up, how can this be. Any ideas?

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Subject: With all the new style dresses covered in heavy embroidery from neck to hem, have you had to increase your costs to include all the extra time, drawing designs, planning lay out, extra machine time? they are taking forever to make and buyers expect to pay the same as a far simpler design...


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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 10:26:33am

I wonder whether the big names charge extra as well?

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Subject: Dart Locations -


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Date Posted: Monday, February 01, 10:05:22pm

I am noticing a new trend in the bust dart location from some of the bigger name dressmakers. Instead of having the dart go from the side seam under the arm toward the center bust, it is running from the lower armscye across. Along with this change I am seeing wider cut shoulders and more fitted sleeves. These are all design choices but the bust darts aren't always pointing to the correct area and it makes it hard to alter. Thoughts?!?

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Subject: Viking Husqvarna


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Date Posted: Friday, January 29, 12:18:57pm

There is no one I trust more than the ladies of this board. Sadly, my antique Elna (circa 1957) has finally given out and it's time for a new machine. I don't do much sewing (am not a dressmaker) but have sewn on and off for years and would like to do more, now that I am retired. A friend's m-i-l has a Viking Husqvarna Rose that she bought a few years ago for $2000 and has used very little. She is elderly and downsizing and (knowing that there is a potential buyer out there), is asking $1000. I have no idea how much it's worth. I read on a quilting forum about someone that bought one on eBay and it didn't come with any of the embroidery equipment that was supposed to be a part of it.
I have already purchased a Janome (Magnolia 7330) that I'm liking a lot, but would buy the Viking at the right price, since it likely has more features and can do more. I'd like to work with heavier fabrics, lightweight leathers and try machine embroidery ... Thoughts? I'm thinking of offering $600 to $700 ... does that seem like a fair price? Insulting? Overypaying? Bargain? Thank you for any insights!

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Subject: Speechless.


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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 12:49:49pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0bdNf0MTuU&feature=em-uploademail-smbtn

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Subject: What am I doing wrong in kick panel on skirt?


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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 11:50:55am

When I fold & sew the kick panel, the side droops on the skirt so it is an uneven skirt length. And when I change the angle of how the kick panel is sewn so that it doesn't have an uneven skirt length, whilst it looks even length, the side seams of the skirt then sit at a funny angle in the underskirt. Whilst you can't see it on outside, I'd like to know if there is a way I could have these seams sitting straight up & down as opposed to an almost 45 degree angle that I end up with when I bring the kick panel forward so that the skirt length doesn't droop? I hope I have explained my dilemma clearly. I would appreciate any guidance on how you finish skirt so that it kicks well, sits well & looks decent in the underskirt.

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Subject: Hello :) Can a kind person recommend a nice rich black non stretch black velvet for a solo, pref from the UK.


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Subject: What is the strongest interfacing used in stabilizing ID costumes? Have tried many types of Pellon products - would like the one BNDMs use. Thanks.


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Date Posted: Sunday, January 10, 11:21:51am


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Subject: What size pears are considered to be "large" and "medium"?


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Subject: Dressmaker / Seamstress Needed Columbus Ohio


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Date Posted: Thursday, January 07, 11:40:41am

Hello! I'm seeking a dressmaker / seamstress for my adult dance group in the Columbus area. We already have an embroiderer, dress pattern, and some material for more of our school dresses to be made. We're also looking to construct a simple, light-weight, beginner dress. We need them for our performance season, spring-summer. Can you help us?

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Subject: Drop waist.irish dance costume pattern


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Jo Rivers (smeee)
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Date Posted: Sunday, January 03, 11:23:43am

I am desperate to find a drop waist pattern for Irish dance costume. I am going to make one for my daughter and really need some idea of where to get one. Can anyone help me!?

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Subject: Happy Christmas and best wishes for a Prosperous New Year to all the tired dressmakers out there! Have a good holiday, recharge the batteries and enjoy some family time before oiling those embroidery machines again all too soon


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Subject: Steaming vs. ironing


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Arleen
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 12, 11:52:11am

Hoping to get some advice from dressmakers. Is it OK to steam or iron a dress that has been stored for a while, flat, in a dress bag? The fabric is silk, or silk poly, with ruffles and crystals. I'm concerned about leaving water stains or puckering seams. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Does anyone still use a regular machine for


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Subject: Link Test


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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 09:32:22pm

https://www.usedsolodresses.com
http://www.usedsolodresses.com

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Subject: Are there any sites to buy Celtic embroidery to download besides Emblibrary , Embroidery. com & Taoknitter


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Subject: Mandarin collar question


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Date Posted: Saturday, November 21, 11:43:51am

I use 3 layers of pellon and collars look great until a few times of wearing, they start to bend and crease. Any thoughts or ideas how to fix this or what to put in them? I tried boning once and that worked to fix the issue.
What do you guys do?

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Subject: Does anyone currently use the HAPPY machines, the same as Rising Star? I have a tajima and I hear the Happy machines are less expensive, but they obviously do the same job.


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Subject: does anybody know how to get blood out of satin?


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Date Posted: Sunday, November 01, 07:52:13pm


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Subject: Anybody had experience with the Innov-is V3 ? And the Juki TL-98P ?


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Date Posted: Thursday, October 29, 06:09:40am

Has anybody expererience with the Innov-is V3 and the Brother PE Design Next software? Doing all my embroidery by handguided satinstitch on my Memorycraft 6600 Professional now. And have an opportunity to buy a new machine for the embroidery. What's your experience with the machine and software?
And has anyone ever used the Juki TL-98P ? It's a machine that only does straight stitching, but is it any good through layers of gathered velvet + vilene(thick)+ gathered tule + gathered satin??? It's supposed to be a machine that can handle all that in one go, without skipping stitches. I appreciate your info about these machines, thanks in advance.

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Subject: Does anyone have any advice about the Wilcom E3 software please? Do you use it, is it good, is the Corel bit useful, etc. Thinking about buying it but would love to hear other people's experiences first


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Date Posted: Thursday, October 29, 05:19:00am


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Subject: Pear source


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dm
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Date Posted: Monday, October 26, 04:11:35pm

I found some glass pears 10.5 x 18 on ebay from hong kong, and thought I'd get some to see if there is any difference from the ones I pay around $8.00 for 4. I got some clears, 44 of them for $4.88 They are identical. So just wanted to share the find since pears are popular, and they come in all colors.
There is no difference at all in the look they are exactly the same.
So 44 from US is $84.00 from them it's $4.88. Helps to keep cost down A LOT.

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Subject: Retired Bedazzler Crystal Sale:


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Date Posted: Sunday, October 25, 12:05:25pm

Clearing out the closet! List of items & prices inside. Thanks for looking!

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Subject: Where can I donate fabric?


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Daughter
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 18, 02:56:15pm

My mother recently passed away. She was a wonderful seamstress and made some beautiful clothes. She also left behind a HUGE stash of fabric. Some of it I will be able to use (I make quilts) but I believe that most of it I will not be able to use. Any suggestions on where to donate the fabric?

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Subject: Can anyone tell me how to do the multiple lines of satin stitch side by side to fill an object (maybe it's called embossed?) instead of special satin stitch please? I have the Bernina software.


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Subject: looking for someone who can do alterations near Vancover?


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Date Posted: Sunday, October 11, 01:37:00pm


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Subject: Hello I am looking for a design to buy for a dress i am making, does anyone digtise designs for sale.. I am trying to contact Ann Donahue but i am not sure if she got message


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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 08:38:46am


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Subject: 27x17mm pear Crystal AB


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IDMOM
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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 09:46:10am

Good afternoon !
I am wondering if any of you can help me out.
I am looking for 27x17mm pear Crystal AB. All I can find is sew on ones . do they still exist? or are people using the sew on ones?
thank you in advance!

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Subject: Thoughts on pricing for crystals.


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Date Posted: Saturday, October 03, 03:13:32pm

So the norm has been to simply charge double the cost of each individual crystal when pricing for crystals. With all the new styles, heavily embroidered and FULL of crystals the cost of crystalizing a dress just seems like such a shock to clients when they get their dress quote.

It appears that most are asking for this type of dress but because it's a SNDM creating the dress, it's supposed to cost a fraction of what they'd pay elsewhere. Is anyone else having these issues?

Any suggestions for softening the blow of crystal costs for the clients? Getting fed up with taking the time to crystalize a dress with little to no compensation.....open to suggestions and other points of view :)

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Subject: Rhinestone Biz


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Date Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 04:53:27pm

Good evening ladies. I am going to bling out my daughter's dress and I was wondering if anyone has used Rhinestone Biz out in California ? I do not want to spend all that money for "Bling" and be disappointed! Also , if you have any other places to try ( I need to find pears and Roivli ( I'm spelling that incorrectly) that would be great!
Thank you in advance!

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Subject: Adding collar to solo dress


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Date Posted: Friday, September 25, 05:10:49pm

Any suggestions for adding a collar to a solo dress? It currently has a sweetheart neckline and the dress is black stretch velvet. I am taking it to a seamstress that has done many Irish dance dresses, but does mostly bridal gowns. Other than providing photos of collars we like and those we do not, are there any particular instructions I should provide?

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Subject: Hello ladies, can someone offer any tips on the bet way to get rid of body odor on a second hand dress?


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Date Posted: Sunday, September 20, 01:27:52pm


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Subject: Looking for best pink crystal color on bright pink satin? Thank you!


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Date Posted: Sunday, September 20, 06:51:40am


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Subject: I use Bernina software. I have done my usual embroidered skirt on a rectangle template. I'm wondeing if there's any way to distort that rectangle shaped skirt into a curved skirt? I'm thinking no, but worth a shot to ask.


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Date Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 08:27:05am


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Subject: Wondering if anyone would mind sharing their hourly rate. I charge $20-25


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Date Posted: Sunday, September 13, 08:17:07pm


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Subject: Has anyone tried using just one layer of heavy weight tear away backing in your large Toyota/Tajima machine?


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Date Posted: Friday, September 04, 03:00:52pm


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Subject: Panic! I just started looking into my "new to me toyota expert".


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Date Posted: Friday, August 21, 11:30:03am

The instructions are not very detailed. I turned the hand knobs just to see what they are for and now I am getting the needle error. According to the instructions, I am trying to adjust the needle position by hand but the knob turns only half way and then stops!
Help! Did I already brake it? Or is there something simple that I am overlooking?

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Subject: Sticky stabilizer


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Date Posted: Thursday, August 20, 06:09:20pm

Does everyone use the sticky-tear-away stabilizer but me? I tried one that I bought on ebay and I had a difficulty pealing if off the fabric. Do you have a favorite brand?

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Subject: Has anyone found a supplier for the new mango leaf rainbow fabric used on the Gavin skirts? A customer has made an inquiry & I can not find it.


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Subject: Are we in the wrong niche?


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Date Posted: Sunday, July 26, 02:13:24pm

anyone ever made a showmanship jacket for a rodeo girl?

http://www.justpeachyonline.com/

Makes me think I'm underpriced!

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Subject: Heading out to Niagara Falls for few days. I googled fabric stores and it looks like there are few on Canadian side. Are any better than the other? Any recommendations?


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 23, 10:13:53pm


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Subject: Is it reasonable to pay $8000 for 2011 Toyota ESP9100?


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 23, 03:40:15pm


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Subject: Green velvet?


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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 10:32:24am

I am hunting for an emerald green micro velvet, any suggestions? I think I found it in a cotton velvet in the UK, but would LOVE to find a korea micro velvet in the US.

Back in the day, I used to buy this color/type from IDfabrics.com, but they aren't selling fabric anymore.I know it exists! Just trying to source it.

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Subject: Looking for a specific medium orange-ish stretch velvet


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Date Posted: Monday, July 20, 01:12:52pm

...that has glitter/twinkle to it. When folded or when the dancer moves, the fabric looks kind of pink.

Having trouble matching the bodice of a dress!

Any & all help is much appreciated!

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Subject: Mother of the Bride in need of advice


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 16, 02:23:01pm

Good Afternoon ladies. My daughter is getting married in two weeks and we will need to transport my gown which has a taffeta skirt via automobile on a two hour trip. ( along with a dog, and all of our other stuff, lol) I am worried about wrinkles and how to remove them if that does happen. I know you have experience with all types of fabrics so I was hoping that one of you kind souls may have any suggestions for me?

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Subject: Designing question from a ID mom - what do you think of same-color Swarovski crystals on a solid fabric (i.e. red on red) to bling it up, without making the stones stand out? more


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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 01:48:33pm

My ID's dress has a plain drop waist, and it has a couple of marks on it that we can't get out. I don't want to over-bling that area, so I thought about getting red crystals (same size as what's on the pleats on the lower part of the skirt) to fill in the area, which is red velvet... so that the marks are covered. I also thought we'd sprinkle the crystals throughout the dress in other spots so it wouldn't be so obvious. Another fabric overlay wouldn't look good.

Is that ever done? I'm waiting for the crystals to arrive, and will place them before I commit. But I'm new to all this blinging out of dresses... don't want to ruin her dress. I would love any opinions!

Thanks so much, Laurie

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Subject: Need a piece of material for our ID's Siopa Rince dress - to replace the front yolk at the drop waist - do they sell extra material, if available? I emailed them.... waiting to hear back. Thanks for any insight!


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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 10:15:32am


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Subject: How necessary is it to provide a sketch of a custom dress for approval before making the dress? How many dressmakers do provide one? It seems to me that unless it is a highly professional Photoshop sketch, it is never going to look like the finished dress


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Date Posted: Monday, July 13, 10:11:20pm


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Subject: Thinking about design for daughters next dress (which we will be ordering as I am not talented enough to be able to make these!) and had a question. Can you embroider on top of sequin fabrics?


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Date Posted: Sunday, July 12, 09:43:58am


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Subject: Has anyone come across any other online suppliers of Twinkle/Crystal satin other than SY and Whitelodge??


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Date Posted: Sunday, July 12, 08:16:27am


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Subject: Toyota 850 and 860


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Date Posted: Saturday, July 11, 12:19:10pm

Hi ladies. What would be the biggest hoop that the Toyota 850 or 860 accommodates? I am assuming the X-Panto is for the newer models 9000/9100?
I am looking into used 850 and/or 860 but the seller is very slow with responding.

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Subject: selling all my designs and rights to them if anyones interested. 75.00ea


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Date Posted: Thursday, July 09, 07:46:07am

http://thevelvetcastle.wix.com/the-velvet-castle#!drawingroom/c5em

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Subject: Sewing Machines


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Date Posted: Friday, July 03, 04:03:09am

I have used a bottom of the line brother for 30 years for nearly everything you can think of including Irish dance dresses. I really think it is about time I upgrade. I've test driven both industrial zig zags and domestics with all bells & whistles. Im leaning toward industrial for Irish dance dress construction and for the satin stitch ... then investing in industrial embroidery machine also. but would love to know anyone else's experience with machines.

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Subject: Any new dress styles at Nationals?


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Date Posted: Friday, July 03, 02:27:20am


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Subject: Does anyone know where to get the large teardrop "gold metallic" coloured stones that are being used on some of the Celtic Star dresses? Have had a request from a client and am having no luck sourcing....


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Date Posted: Monday, June 29, 07:02:18am


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Subject: Sooo, are ice skating skirts going to be the new irish dance dress?


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Date Posted: Thursday, June 25, 11:51:23am

How many here would be able to make these? Stretch fabrics are not easy.

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Subject: Back skirt question...


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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 05:55:29pm

In the past and up till recently I've always constructed my back skirts with a pleat. Even on a soft skirt, I will make the underpanel a couple of inches bigger than the back bodice and create a pleat with that excess. It does make the back waist seam a little bulky in that area especially with the layer of underpanel and soft skirt, lining etc. however my logic is that having that pleat there gives the corresponding let out room to make the skirt bigger around the waist to match up with the bodice if it is ever let out from the side seams.

However I've noticed from looking at other dressmakers work (eg second hand big names etc) that they were not including this pleat on soft skirts. The only "let out" is about an inch in the centre back at the zipper. However this is the let out to correspond with the centre back if the bodice. There doesn't seem to be any where in the skirt that you could get the extra space if the side seams were let out. It seems silly as there's extra space sitting there in the bodice seams, but no way I can see to make the skirt bigger, preventing much alteration.

Just wondering other Dm's thoughts on this. It seems the skirt and waist construction would be simpler without the pleat and less bulky, but I don't want someone left with a dress that can't be altered if they ever need it.

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Subject: Wanting to sell dance dress fabrics.


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Date Posted: Thursday, June 18, 02:42:31pm

I just went through 12 boxes of fabrics...most were used for irish dance dresses. I have silks, lycras, sequined fabrics, some swaroski crystals. I am not sure what fabrics are used for current dresses. I am hoping someone could let me know what the current fabrics are and where I might be able to sell everything at once...if possible. Located in Southern California.

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Subject: Hello, I'm looking for Swarovski flatback crystals size 40 in Citrine AB. The biggest I can locate is 34.


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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 04:31:34am


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Subject: Probably a long shot, but would anyone have any Swarovski #4717 Delta fancy stone 15.5 aqua?


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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 12:18:57pm

Any place I can get them from require a full pkg of 72 for between $140-$170...i only NEED 2, would like as many as 12...

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Subject: I just saw 2 newly listed off the rack dresses on Dance-Again.


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Date Posted: Thursday, June 11, 08:17:52pm

http://www.dance-again.com/X1774b.html & the other is 1775b. I find it hard to believe that there are even 2 six-foot tall Irish dancers out there looking for dresses. I wonder how the dressmaker chose that size?

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Subject: I am updating an old panel dress into something with a newer skirt but not sure how to do the stiffener. How do I go about getting the proper measurements and curve for the "moon" shape and is it suggested to use the same stiffener in front and back or something lighter in back?


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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 10:37:22pm


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Subject: So why does anyone still make custom dresses when Off the Rack dresses are so much less hassle and complete freedom to make what we want?


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Date Posted: Thursday, June 04, 06:30:21am


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Subject: AB or plain crystal on red and black?


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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 09:46:09pm

Dress predominantly red with black velvet accents and yellow embroidery. Lots of pear shaped crystals to go on.

Should I use AB or plain crystal?

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Subject: How many of you send progress photos of the dress?


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Date Posted: Monday, June 01, 05:21:03pm


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Subject: How many emails does one get during the making of a dress? 110


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Date Posted: Monday, June 01, 04:34:36pm

How is that possible!!

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Subject: what is the going average rate for boys vests?


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Date Posted: Sunday, May 31, 06:46:51pm


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Subject: Alterations


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Katie
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Date Posted: Friday, May 29, 05:42:15pm

I'm doing alterations to my own dress, and I was wanting to do a twist on the original panel skirt and cape. What do I use to make the material "stiff" and "firm"? Thanks for any help!!

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