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November 3rd, 2006
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Things I think I already knew
Drawning bias lines on thin, shifty fabric isn't easy. When it's 5 feet wide, and you don't really have a large enough flat space for it, is even worse. AND, it requires more than two yard sticks, since the bias on a 5 foot wide piece of fabric is more than 7 feet (square root of 50, anyone?)


I am pretty darn sure the lines are wavy. I dream of a HUGE piece of cardboard (and the space to set it down) two yards wide and ...oh... 7-8 yards long with 1 inch grid ALL OVER IT. Then I would just pin the edges of the fabric down.... glorious... but not very multi-purpose.

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From:clevermanka
Date:November 3rd, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
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You need one of those chalk-line things, like construction workers use to mark plumb lines. Only, you know, horizontal. On fabric.

=D
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From:solan_t
Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
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That would ROCK. Bet I could find one at a hardware store.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 8th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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The chalk lines worked very well, if messy. If you do this, have an old towel or something similar to pull the string out over, as the chalk comes out when you do.

Also, look CAREFULLY at the labeling. Seems (with the brand I went with) any color but blue is PERMANENT. But blue works just ducky on white.
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From:clevermanka
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad my crazy off-the-wall idea worked for you. Hurray!!!!!
From:the_themiscyran
Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
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I hang shifty fabric on the wall with thumbtacks. Just stretch it really tight. Sometimes I use a level to make sure it's straight before I cut it.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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That's a smart idea, too. Maybe even combine it with the chalk line thingy. Might need at least one helper, however.
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From:silverfae
Date:November 3rd, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
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What you really need is three helpers and a dance studio floor (big and clean) along with the chalk line.
Stretch out each edge. Stand at edge. Other person holds line. *ping*
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From:solan_t
Date:November 4th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
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That would be my dream set up, yep. :D
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From:oldwolf
Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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My sis had the same problem, until she figured she could use the floor in the garage.

My sis also found one of those cardboard grid sheets at a hobby & crafts store and it folded for easy storage. Or you could use the cardboard box that refrigerators come in?

Also, try getting a piece of wood trim at the lumber store and then have them cut it to make an uber-long yardstick. Or a plastics store like TapPlastic(.com) might have what you need.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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No access to a clean enough garage (oil stains are bad....)


I actually do have a cardboard cutting board with the grid, it's just not nearly big enough.


That wood idea would be excellent (but I think the chalk line might be better)
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From:oldwolf
Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Or... get a 4x8 sheet of plywood and lay that down in the garage and work on that. And you can chalk like it. After the stains are gone.

There's this hand grease removal stuff they sell at auto parts stores. A bit o' that and a long handled scrub brush will take care of those oil stains.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 3rd, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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;) I think you missed the part where the fabric is 5 feet wide (a foot short of two yards)... and 7 to 8 YARDS long.
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From:oldwolf
Date:November 3rd, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Ok then, 2 sheets of plywood. :)))

Hmm... I know AaronBrothers ArtMart sells the 5 ply inch thick cardboard. Maybe taping several sheets together might do???
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:November 3rd, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh! I know! Go to the library off Mass and commander one of the reading tables(or two;P) Go in a less busy time and in the downstairs area. It's not like you'll be making a lot of noise with a sheer fabric. You'll get a lot of wierd looks, but, hey, that's their problem.
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