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What Are The Different Types Of Interfacing?

Interfacing is a process used in garment manufacturing to help give structure, shape and firmness to certain areas, such as the facings, hems, and collars on shirts, coats and jackets. There are two types of interfacing to use. Sew-in and fusible interfacing are both popular choices and each has its own positive points and reasons to use.

In addition to the two major types of interfacing, there are variations in the weight of this extra layer with a choice of light, medium or heavy weight. Plus, the type of weave can vary from the knit, woven or non-woven options. It is critical to use the right type of interfacing to match the specific application.

Sew-in or fusible interfacing

Here is an overview of the different interfacing techniques:

Fusible interfacing

The fusible interfacing method is the most basic and the preferred choice for the complete beginner learning sewing skills. It relies on a heavy adhesive on one side to give a permanent hold to the collar or hem when applied using an iron. The steam and heat of the iron combine to activate the adhesive.

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Cricut Gypsy From Provo Craft FAQs and Instruction Guide

So you have purchased the Cricut Gypsy from Provo craft, opened the box looking for the user manual only to be surprised to find out it is not included. What is a crafter to do? This is a problem with the Cricut Gypsy and the Cricut Design Studio, Fortunately there is a solution. A step by step quick start guide, user manual and even a video tutorial are now available.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about the Provo craft Gypsy. Will the Gypsy store my own design projects? Yes. It will hold up to 10,000 of your own custom art work and about 7,000 cartridges.

Can I preview cartridges on the Gypsy before I buy? Yes. All cartridges come preloaded on the software. You can even design with them to see if you like the designs. The only thing you can not do is cut with them until you purchase them and link them to the software.

Are the Gypsy and the Design Studio compatible? Yes. Files saved with Cricut DesignStudio can be opened in the Cricut Gypsy and vise versa. Even though they do not share the same features, files can be shared.

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7 Most Touching Things to Include in Your Best Friend’s Wedding Scrapbook

A wedding scrapbook can be the perfect gift if done correctly.  Remember, a scrapbook is a memory holder, making it personal and distinctive will guarantee that it will be cherished.  It takes time and effort to accomplish this!  In order to create a treasured keepsake for your best friend, here are seven things to include in your project.

1) Different perspectives

You will not have access to the photographer’s photographs.  Relying on just your own photographs is a bad idea.  Plan ahead and get others to assist you in taking pictures before, during, and after the wedding ceremony.  This way, you will get a variety of pictures from different perspectives and can enjoy the ceremony without having to worry about taking a picture every two minutes. 

A good way to do this is to buy and distribute automatic cameras, telling contributors to use up all of the pictures.  You can even give different photographers different assignments!  Have one take pictures of guests, one take pictures of just the groom, one take pictures of the dances, etc. Make sure to order digital CDs from each camera.

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Reviewing Die Cut Machines – What To Consider Before Purchasing A Personal Die Cut Machine

To ensure that you make the most out of the die cut machines that you will review, there are a number of attributes that you must look out for. This is mainly due to the fact that there are numerous die cut machines out there that may be fit your needs.

For starters, the particular machine you decide to buy should be easy to use. By this I mean–you will only need to insert the cartridge, make the correct selection for your project, and press cut (or something similar to this). You can be certain that this is the easiest it can get with die cut machines.

Secondly, there are a certain number of things that the best die cutters can accomplish. You can make decorations for your home and for a party. In the same way, it is possible to create scrapbooks, gift bags, labels, signs and even school projects while using the die cutter. Classroom decors, invitations and more also rank within the same range being discussed.

Thirdly, find a machine that makes it possible to cut a multitude of different materials. From cardstock to vinyl down to vellum, you want nothing to escape your die cutter! You will be pleased to note that a lot of machines can handle the widest range of different materials. The thickness of the materials should fall in between ¼ of an inch on the lower side to 23 ½ inches on the upper. Needless to say, this is a specification that lacks in most other cutters except the Cricut Expressions 290300.

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Which Cricut Machine Should You Buy?

There are three models of the Cricut machine, popular personal die cutters made by the Provo Craft company. With three good options, it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. Should you start small and buy the original Personal Electronic Cutter? Or is the Expression model worth the extra investment? How does the Create, the hybrid model currently being exclusively sold by Michael’s Craft Store, stand up against the other two machines?

In a number of ways, all three die cut machines are the same:

All three models are cartridge-based.

You can only produce cutouts based upon the cartridges you own. Each cartridge comes with a keyboard overlay, which is used in selecting specific cuts. The cartridges are not machine-specific – they can be used in any of the three models.

Basic operation of all three machines is the same.

If you own the Personal Electronic Cutter, you will have no problem operating the Cricut Expression or Create (and vice-versa). Why? Well, the basic operation of all three die cutters is the same.

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