Archive for June, 2011

All About Zippers

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

This post began with a link to the CBS ZipperStop interview that Pat sent me. I remembered the ZipperStop article in the New York Times, then around the same time, I saw a video about zippers & fasteners featured on Yahoo. Which brings us to a grand total of two videos and one article about zippers — enjoy!

CBS ZipperStop interview with Eddie and Jeff Feibusch (video)

Behind this unremarkable storefront is an unforgettable father-and-son institution.

For Eddie Feibusch, a Life in Zippers (article)

Eddie Feibusch, a prewar refugee from Vienna, is now among the last of the big New York zipper men.

Zippers & Fasteners (video)

Why does your zipper say Y.K.K.? The secrets of everyday fasteners — including who invented the shoelace, how Velcro got its name, and what zippers were called before they got a name with more zip.

Animated zipper

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The Dangers of Sewing

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I saw this article title on a website, and I thought it was a joke. Sure, scissors are sharp and all, but dangerous? Sewing? Well, I was completely wrong! The article recounts some scary episodes that actually landed a few folks in the ER. Yikes!

The Dangers of Sewing

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Kwik Sew 3460 — Ordered

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Natalee has ordered 10 of the Kwik Sew 3460 patterns, and they will be in the store in time for our next meeting (July 21). She said the cost would be around $12. Thanks, Natalee!

Jacket for Our Next Challenge

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Kwik Sew 3460
I already sent this announcement via email, but I should put it on the blog as well, shouldn’t I??

The jacket for next year’s challenge will be Kwik Sew 3460. The plan is to showcase our creative talents — we will all start the same but we will end up with unique results. I don’t have an exact deadline for when this challenge will be due, but it will be before the ASG conference in Houston (August 17–19, 2012).

Update: The jacket challenge is due July 19!

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100 Ways to Hide Your Stash

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The song in this video is by Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter, but I think non-quilters can identify with it, too! 😉

Check it out on YouTube! (Thanks to Pat, who found the link and sent it to the Kingwood NG.)

100 Ways to Hide Your Stash

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Zippers and Felt Balls

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

This post is brought to you by the 6/2/11 Kingwood Sewing Guild neighborhood group, where Janelle showed some great projects using zipper trim from Indygo Junction and magnets (see previous post).

She also showed a felted bag (purchased at Hobby Lobby) that she boxed the bottom corners of, lined, and decorated with felt balls. It’s possible to make felt balls, but she says it’s much easier to buy them! Her source was HandBEHG, which is based in St. Louis (my hometown!).

Felt balls from HandBEHG