September 20

Sticky: General Sewing Servicves

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Welcome to Angela’s Stitch ‘N Time on the web!

Over the years, besides the typical hemming pants and clothing repairs, I’ve sewn an array of custom products from survey equipment bags to aircraft parts for a major Canadian airline.

This is just an example of the “Stitch ‘N” Services provided, by Category:

If I’m unable to accomplish your project, I will do my best to refer you to someone who can.

What I don’t do:

  • Make or alter bridal and formal wear
  • Make clothing – some exceptions. I will make straight forward patterns that require no fitting as in children’s clothes.
January 12

Nails in the Sewing Room

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For most sewers, especially those dealing with rough fabrics, maintaining nice nails in the sewing room can be a challenge. Our nails are typically trimmed or filed down to the nail bed to prevent any threads from getting caught on the sides and tearing in the middle of the nail bed.

I really do like bling, but regular nail polish is simply a waste of time and money. This is a worse case scenario, but  few years back, I made my nails all up nicely with regular polish in the evening, and in the morning I tackled a very rough SUNBRELLA® fabric (fibreglass) project only to see almost all the polish torn/sanded off in less than couple hours. Although most fabrics don’t trash regular nail polish quite that quickly, I resigned myself to only having pretty toe nails. LOL

I’ve been using gel nail polish since the summer of 2015 after having them done in a salon for a daughter’s wedding. The durability of the product,  the protection it gave my nails, and the ability to keep my nails a nice length was so impressive that last September, I invested in a gel polish kit complete with the lamp, polish, etc. purchase through Aliexpress.com, a direct from overseas buying site that is reputable like e-bay. Whereas I used to break 1-2 nails a week if I tried to maintain any length, I’ve only broken 4 since last July! I typically freshen the nails with a new top coat once a week, and a few other tricks, but can actually go 2 and often 3 weeks before re-doing them completely. Never thought bling could be helpful! 🙂

These last couple days, I was able to put the gel polish to a really good test with more fiberglass fabric. This fabric is not as rough as the other one I used, but is still very abrasive. Before starting the job, I took the before picture after freshening up one index finger to also compare the one week old polish to fresh with one top coat.

The verdict? After 4 hours work, my nails  are not damaged at all, the colored polish is unscathed, and the shiny top coat, (mainly the index fingers which usually take a week to wear off) was worn down on the tips. I can see that it would wear off the main color after a days work with such a rough fabric, but think the nails would have little or no damage. There was also only one top coat, so they would have worn even better with the normal two top coats.

I tried taking an “after” picture, but the light damage is not showing up on the pics.

To me, the minimal effort in keeping up the gel polish is worth keeping nice looking nails. Now I’m off to do a quick buff on each nail and apply a quick top coat for another’s week work of wear or maybe it’s time to strip them down for a fresh look. After all, it’s been two weeks and I do love bling! 🙂

 

December 9

Dog Paw Protectors

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As I continue my sewing journey into Product Development Design, my latest project has been working on “PawPals™”, dog paw protectors, for Marvin Jeske at K9Pawpals.

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Image Copyright by Tacspan Tradelinks – Used by permission

“We are proud to provide high quality, effective paw protection boots that your pet will actually like to wear.” – Marv Jeske, Tacspan Tradelinks

Stay tuned in the new year, as we will be teaming up again for more projects for our “furry friends”.

October 19

The Skarf

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Kim & Michelle came to me with this project 10 months ago,  and I was able to work with them to make their vision a reality. Working under a non-disclosure agreement, and several prototypes later, I’m pleased  to let everyone know about this special project by Reign & Grey – The Skarf.

“Working with Angela has been a great experience. Her quality of work and attention to detail really helped us with the Skarf. Thank you for your commitment to us and our project.” – Kim & Michelle

To see how you can get involved & share their Kickstarter Campaign, click here: Kickstarter

Every scarf you see in the video was personally sewn by me – Angela

The Skarf Today:

We were determined to create a Scarf that was perfect. One that would stay put, was super easy to put on and take off and wouldn’t destroy your hair and makeup in the process. We spent a year developing the perfect prototype.  We think you will agree with us that we have done it!!

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June 14

Purse Zippers

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It just seems to happen. We get a favorite purse and some minor thing makes it unusable: a broken strap or a zipper that isn’t closing or is jamming.

Don’t throw it out yet!

One client brought two purses to me this week with the same issue: the zipper was popping open/wouldn’t seal.

The issue?  The same that is the problem with at least 80 percent of the zipper repairs I see (jacket,  purse, backpack,  sleepingbag): the slider.

It does take a little longer to replace the slider than with a jacket, as I have to open some stitching and reseal the area, but it’s still a quick,  inexpensive fix at $7.50-10.00.

Straps can be just as simple and inexpensive as well, so before you throw that favorite item out, pop on in to see me to get your free quote (and I do not go over my quotes.)

April 13

Boat Cover Repairs

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Boat season is ramping up in the Okanagan and now is the time to get those boat or storage covers repaired. Whether it’s the vinyl windows, canvas, snaps, grommets or velcro, that cover can be back in tip-top condition for another pleasant cruise.

 

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November 28

ZIPPERS: To Replace or Not to Replace? – That Is the Question.

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Sorry, couldn’t resist that play on words.

Regardless my poor humour, zippers are a wonderful invention and do a great job, when they are not damaged. The most common zippers on jackets are plastic teeth zippers, but there’s also plastic coil and metal teeth.

Now here’s a tidbit that few people know. A non-working zipper does NOT always have to be replaced.

That’s right!  Of all the jacket zippers I see in my shop for replacement, I only actually replace about 20%. The other 80% simply need the slider replaced. Replacing the slider will see that zipper back in operation in less than 5 minutes.

Since zippers are costly to replace, just replacing the slider is a VERY attractive alternative to most people. Consider 7.5 – $12.5 for replacing a slider versus $25-$75 to replace a zipper.

Self Test to Judge if it’s a Damaged Slider or Zipper:

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May 28

Sherban Armchair Covers

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What a blessing to see the Sherbans again. I previously made valances for them several years back. See those here. This time, it was armchair covers for their new chairs that just didn’t come with any arm covers. They were able to get more fabric from the store they bought the chairs from, and popped in to see me.

It was a simple two piece project with roughly a 6″ square front, with rounded corner at the top, and an over the arm piece. They brought the overall measurements for over the arm, as well as the depth, and a cardboard template of the front of the arm.

It was a simple project, but a blessing to see the Sherbans again. 🙂

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