12 comments on “I answer your questions on ‘Where can I buy…..?’

  1. Ann Mellor on May 6, 2012 1:16 pm | Reply

    Hi Rosie,

    I’ve found everything I need for sewing at my local Joann’s store, and also Michael’s which is a craft store that carries many items for sewing and crafting.

    Another idea for organizing patterns and instructions are regular 3 ring binders. I buy page protector sheets and they hold the instructions and the pattern neatly inside. My patterns and instructions are all at my fingertips right in one binder. I have several of them. One for all my knitting and crochet patterns for my AG dolls, and another for sewing patterns. I have a separate one also for my Barbie patterns as well. I know exactly where everything is when I need them.

    Now, all I need is to find a decent operating sewing machine. I just learned that we have a sewing shop about 20 minutes away that carry different types of sewing machines, including the Janome. I’ll be visiting there soon.

    Happy sewing to everyone. Rosie, I love your new site.

    • Thanks for that information Ann. I think the Joann’s stores that you have in the US must be very similar to our Spotlight stores in Australia. Yes, the 3 ring binders are also a great idea for storing patterns and they are usually available everywhere. When buying your sewing machine, ask if you can try out the ones you are interested in because this will let you ‘feel’ them working eg. easy to control the foot pedal, is it noisy, etc. I know in Australia when you purchase from a sewing machine store you receive free lessons on how to use the machine and the various features and then if you ever have any questions down the track, they are usually more than happy to help. Good luck and thanks again for sharing your information with us. Glad you like my new site. Happy sewing, Rosie.

  2. Cherrylmaree on May 7, 2012 12:47 am | Reply

    Hi Rosie, I was just wondering what size rotary cutter you prefer to use and if you have a brand that you favour? My hands don’t like using scissors much these days and the cutter looks much more user friendly…a comment for Ann Mellor..I’ve had my Janome machine since 1978. It has been well used and well loved. I have it serviced regularly and it is still as good as new….look for clear markings and simple dials and the features you will most use ( an automatic threader is a nice bonus ) Best wishes Cherrylm.

    • Hi Cherrylm, I do love my rotary cutter and must admit that I have only used the Olfa brand so don’t know what the other brands are like, perhaps some of my other members will be able to advise what they use. I find I use the 28mm blade when cutting out my doll clothes patterns but if I’m using the ruler or cutting through the craft fur, I prefer the 45mm blade. Just be really careful to not bump the blade against anything solid as this will damage the blade in that spot and you will find it won’t cut properly. These blades are really sharp so be careful to slide the cover over the blade as soon as you are finished cutting. You must also have a cutting mat when you use the rotary cutter and the size that you purchase will depend on what you will be cutting out mostly but I think it is best to go with the biggest that you can afford as I’m sure you will be using your rotary cutter for cutting out all your sewing projects in the future. If you do purchase a rotary cutter, let me know what you think. Happy sewing, Rosie.

  3. Ann Mellor on May 7, 2012 2:36 am | Reply

    Hi Cherrylym. Thank you for your input about the Janome sewing machines. I mostly sew dolls clothes, and pajamas and small things for granddaughters, so I don’t need anything too fancy, but something that works well. I recently found that there is a dealer that sells Janome sewing machines not far from where I live and will probably take a ride out there this week. I want to be able to try the machine before buying. I’m most thankful for your help, and also for yours too Rosie.

    Happy sewing,


    • Hi Brenda, This is not a silly questions at all, I’m glad you asked it. A loop turner was designed to help turn tubes to the right side and although I find it great for this purpose, I also find it very helpful when making doll clothes to thread elastic or cord through casings, turn bodices to the right side, etc. You will see me using it quite often in my course and also in my pattern step-by-step video instructions. It is a very inexpensive and useful tool. Happy sewing, Rosie 🙂

  4. Hi Rosie, Have started sewing doll clothes again and have a request from my granddaughter for jackets with zippers for her dolls. I am in the USA. Do you have an international source for separating zippers? Thank you so much.

  5. cathy aljets on Nov 10, 2023 5:31 pm | Reply

    Hi Rosie,
    I am looking for a thin 1/4″ wide velcro for doll clothes that do not catch other fabrics. Would you know
    where I could get such a product? I have seen it on the American Girl doll clothes. Thank you

    • rosieeditor on Nov 15, 2023 9:23 am | Reply

      I don’t know offhand, but we have a great Facebook Group, Rosies Doll Clothes Patterns Sew and Share. It’s a wonderful, friendly group of very talented sewists who love to lend a hand with your sewing challenges. You could ask your question about the velcro there, and I’ll bet a lot of them would know. I’m pretty sure some of them are cutting larger widths of hook and loop fastening tape in half.

      Please join and share photos of the things you sew!

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