Another round of Readers Questions. New and not so new sewists with sewing dilemmas for you to give advice, guidance and solutions.
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Questions for this month
Desperate Mom asks:
Can anyone tell me where to find extra large bra cup patterns with small band sizes? Please I am desperate! My 13 year old daughter was blessed with enough breast tissue for 4 people and hates it. I can't blame her since I have dragged her around to every department store, lingerie store, and specialty boutique in our area to try them on. She and I are both so frustrated that a size 30 J or something close is like finding a needle in a haystack. Even the lady at the specialty bra boutique measured her incorrectly and then kept bringing us bras that my daughter's cups continued to “runneth over” to the point where she was in tears once again. She just wants a cute tween bra like all the other girls in gym class and I do NOT think that is asking too much. Please help.
This week on a TV series there was an attachment or foot demonstrated on a Baby Lock or Brother machine that sewed in perfect circles. Does anyone know – what was the name of that foot and where can it be purchased?
Do I really need a serger? I see so many sewing bloggers and sewing patterns where a serger is used so I'm wondering if I should get one. Can you tell me, what do you use yours for? What is a serger good for doing, and where is it not really needed. I mostly sew clothes and bags, the sort of projects you find on this site.
And if you do recommend one – what are the features I should look out for on my first serger? Thanks.
I've got a question about rotary cutters. How do I decide what size to buy? I can see they come in very small, at about 18mm to quite large at 45mm. I'm assuming this is how wide the cutting disc is. Why are there different sizes and how do I decide what size is right for me? I'm not a quilter, I want to sew clothes for my grand-daughters, but find using scissors a bit difficult these days.
I’ve just recently found out about reusable peripads (maxi pads) and can’t find a pattern for them. I ran across a how to video from preciousstars.net but she does not have a pattern and I am to clumsy and impatient to try to figure it out on my own!
Do any of the readers have any links to suitable patterns or tutorials, or have any tips or advice for sewing this sort of product?
I recently made an Elsa dress (Frozen character) which my grand daughter was ecstatic about. However one sewing section I am still not happy about is the point at the bottom of the bodice. It sticks out.
The bodice comes down to a point in the center and joins into the gathered skirt which is shaped to match, but the point sticks out. I unpicked it and made it lie flat by changing the point to a softer curve, but I'd love to know how to fix this for the future.
Thank you everyone for sharing your advice. Till next month….