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Materials Monday: Sewing Machines for doll clothes

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Hand sewing is fine.  It's slow, but it's precise, and precise is the thing you need most with doll clothes. If you're reading this because you're wondering if you need a machine, the answer is NO.  You do not. Machine sewing was developed to do the most common hand sewing techniques faster.  It started off with a straight stitch, which is about 95% of all sewing work at the time.  Later zig-zagging was added for knits, which was another 4% and then sewing machine designers started competing with each other to get that last 1%.  It only makes sense to...

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Materials Monday: De-Yellowing

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Last week we covered how to prevent sun damage.  This week, we're turning back the clock on items where it's too late to start preventing yellowing! You may have heard about the 'retrobrite' solution.  This is a method for de-yellowing plastic that involves high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle, probably in your bathroom for treating cuts) that was developed from hobbyists trying to reverse UV damage on plastic computer cases. Hmmm.... reverse yellowing on plastic... This is different from de-staining.  It's supposed to JUST remove yellowing, so if the thing was originally pink and is now orange from yellowing,...

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Wild Hearts Review (and comparison pics)

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A review of the new Wild Hearts doll line with comparisons to other, similar doll lines.

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Materials Monday: UV Blocking window film

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UV Blocking window film was designed to reduce heat gain in the summer and fading of your furniture but it's also great for resin dolls! This is a great tool to prevent yellowing without having to keep your dolls in pitch-darkness.

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Materials Monday: Ribbon!

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Ribbon is a common decoration for doll clothes that is much stiffer in doll scale than human scale--but it doesn't have to be!  Let's compare poly satin with 100% silk.

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