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Date: 9/25/08 12:22 PM

It's been literally about 40 years since I've done one and can't seem to find anything out on the web on how to do this. It is, of course, to hold a ribbon-type belt.

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Date: 9/25/08 12:35 PM

Here is a tutorial on making thread chains. I found it on about.sewing.com.

HTH!!
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Date: 9/25/08 12:39 PM

I am going to try to describe how I do what you are describing. BTW, I use this technique for pot holder hangers, bra strap holders with snaps at the end, and Christmas ornament hangers.

Take the thread or thin ribbon up from the underneath of the fabric. Then put the needle back through just on top and make a loop. Keep holding the needle in one hand and grab the needle thread with the other hand and pull it through the loop and tighten down. You should have a new loop so keep doing that until you have the length you desire. After that take the needle through the loop and tighten down. Then you can stick the needle back into the fabric and secure on the under side.

BTW, don't anybody make fun of my hot pads---remember they have pond liner in the middle and are impervious to heat and don't slip when they are wet!

I hope this is clear. The process is basically a chain stitch and goes fairly fast. If you don't understand, maybe I could make a demo and take a picture for you.

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Date: 9/25/08 4:50 PM

Since it seems you are wanting to use the thread carrier, in lieu of normal fabric carriers, I can suggest two methods - one that I discovered by mistake, was simply using a tightened length of serged thread...it was quick too!

If you don't have a serger, the next method would be doing a "hand crochet" chain stitch (this is how I prefer to do it - for a "right hander") - take a length of thread about 72" in length - at 12" increments "fold" (for lack of better wording) the thread a total of 6 times, so you end up w/ a layer of 6 strands of thread that is 12" length. Next -grabbing the 6 strands- take the left side @ 1 1/2" from the end and drape it over the left index finger. Take the longer side (right side) and bring this in front of the shorter left side - this creates a "free loop". Take the longer thread and "double" a small amount and pass it through the back of the loop, tighten it down, this creates another "loop" and keep doing this, each time, tightening the loop down - beauty of it, it functions like a regular chain stitch, but it's sturdier b/c of the thread strands. I hope I made sense

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Date: 9/25/08 8:27 PM

Eve, that is not what she means. It is much the same, but the chain stitch creates a rope that can be used as a carrier or all kinds of useful things.

I have taken pictures of the procedure with ribbon, but I can't get them from the camera to the computer till dh comes home and figures this out.

I have a new computer set up and I am going to have to start posting pictures of the taglines for the quilt, so this has to be worked out.
So, I just talked to dh and he is on his way home and he said he will fix the problem asp when he walks through the door. Then you can see how to do it which will make a lot more sense.

BTW, my mother sewed when we were little and then later gave it up for the most part. I wish I had her old Singer, however, I do have my gm's. This is one of the few techniques I can remember her teaching me, and I think they used to make belt loops like this on dresses all the time. I can remember them when I was a little girl. We used to have those full skirt retro dresses with the thin fabric belts and covered buckles. If you made a dress you took the fabric to a tailor and he made the belt for you with the covered buckle. The belt loops were always made out of matching thread, probably doubled when making the loop.

Well, now that I have taken a trip down memory lane, I will be back with pictures of the same technique only using ribbon so you can see how to do it.

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Date: 9/25/08 9:00 PM

Good idea to do a crochet chain. I wish I had thought of that when I was making a mess on my last skirt. I might even try using a crotchet hook on the thread to make it faster.

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Date: 9/25/08 10:47 PM

Now, believe it or not I quit posting bc of life for a while and I am trying to remember how to do this---so be patient with me. I am using this as a guinea pig situation.

The method is the same for thread or ribbon, yarn or what ever. With thread you are using a needle and starting from the other side of the fabric. I would really secure my thread on the underside using maybe a small piece of stabilizer. For this example I hooked this to the knee lift on my machine, but you can figure out how to make a loop with the thread on top of the fabric. I did this with ribbon so you could see how it works.
This was a fast, impromptu tutorial and no one is to make any remarks about the junk on the floor!

#1 Make the loop in your thread like I did with the ribbon here.
#2 Pull the tail through the loop like I did here.
#3 Pull the thread through making a new loop.
#4 Pull the thread down tight.
#5 Continue chaining in the same manner.
#6 When your chain is the desired length, put the needle through the last loop and it will be be secure.
#7 Now you can put the needle through the fabric and secure the chain thread rope on the underside of the garment.

Boy, I hope this works and if it does you can understand what I have done here. It works just the same with thread as it does with ribbon. When using ribbon for loops, I scotch tape off sections on a long chain piece. This works extremely well to make loops for closures on garments and can be very decorative.

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"No humiliation is too great for a well fitting pair of pants!" Heidi Cooper
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J1600P
J3160DC
J350E
JCP1000
Pfaff C1100 Pro
Babylock Eclipse serger
My grandmother's Feather Weight

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Date: 9/25/08 10:53 PM

I see that the links are not behaving as well as I would like. AOL has changed their albums and that may be the reason only the first link works.
The first link shows all the pictures at once, so if you click on each it will enlarge it for you. Geez---in the old days we only had to worry about sewing! Now we have to be a computer guru as well!
Hope this helps some of you. I use this technique a lot for a variety of uses. Melody

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Flying through life by the seat of my pants and hoping I get my crotch curve right.
"No humiliation is too great for a well fitting pair of pants!" Heidi Cooper
J6500P,
J1600P
J3160DC
J350E
JCP1000
Pfaff C1100 Pro
Babylock Eclipse serger
My grandmother's Feather Weight

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Subject: How do you make a thread carrier? Date: 9/25/08 11:13 PM

I can't see any of the photos, but I think I know what you are saying based on the description. Thanks for explaining how to do it.

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