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Sewing Tips and Links

Tip # 1. Making A Small Pressing Ham by Charlene Kays
Take a toilet paper roll, stuff it with fabric (or stuffing) to make it hard. Cover it with craft foam and put a wool cover over it. This size works for pressing seams in Gene's straight skirts. You can make a second ham with an added layer of foam for one that is a little larger.

Tip # 2. Free Pattern For Miniature Ham
Pattern and Instructions
Tip # 3. Where to purchase a miniature ironing board!
HLAYG member Mary Soranno has them for sale on her website at a very reasonable price. Click Here
Tip # 4. Dying buttons!

from Jaci Vickers: You can use liquid dye to color plastic buttons to match your outfit. Pour a small amount of dye (just enough to cover the buttons) in a pot on the stove and bring it almost to a boil. Shake the bottle of dye well first as it sometimes settles.

Tip # 5. Tiny Buckles!
Donna Barber has a great source for buying small buckles online! Kathy's Kreations

Tip # 6. Supersilks!
SuperSilks has great prices on china silk for lining! This tip from Pat Stangel.

Tip # 7. LycraLady!
From Mary Saronno! A great place to order lycra fabrics for making gloves. "This lady doesn't have a website yet, but I have ordered from her and recommend her highly!" her email addy is

Tip # 8: Easy Darts!
From Linda Schad! When sewing tiny darts in doll clothes, instead of back-stitching, start and end with a very small stitch. This eliminates any problems you might have with a snarl of thread you sometimes get when using a back or lock-stitch.


Tip # 10: Making Shoes For Gene! Instruction Page

Tip # 11: Making Frogs and Ball Buttons!

Tip # 12: Chassie's Fashion Doll Comparison Chart

"Perfect Patterns" List Members Links!

"Handbag Kits for Fashion Dolls"
" Kingstate Shoes - Margaret Christiansen"
"Here's Looking At You Gene (HLAYG)"
#1 Fan Club for the Gene Marshall Doll!
"Doll Fashions by Alana Bennet"
"Chassie's Classics - Charlene Kays"
"Hand Knits for Fashion Dolls - Scotty Maloney"
"PhaeryGodmother's Guide To Sewing Notions"
"The Right Hatmosphere - Marsha Olson"
"Aurora's Originals"
Learn beadwork techniques!
"Classic Crochet by Marsha"
Wonderful crochet shoes and accessories!
"Lacee's Creations"
Great shoes and accessories for Gene and other fashion dolls!
"The Book Store"
The ultimate book store for fashion doll collectors!
"Beautiful Doll Fashions" by Shor-wei
Lovely fashions for fashion dolls!
"Northern Nights Jewelry for Fashion Dolls;by Heather Royer-Harstad
Elegant hand-crafted jewelry! Perfectly sized!
"Hand Knit Beaded purses for Fashion Dolls"
Wonderful hand knit items by Viv Sloane

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