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I bought some linen from fabric-store.com and can't believe how much I  
dislike it. It's a beautiful beautiful blue in what they refer to as an  
all purpose weight linen. My Rotary cutter, with a brand new blade can't  
cut through it.I used 3 different pairs of scissors that I just had  
sharpened and the result is 3 pairs of scissors now have to be sharpened  
again. The seam lines look like I tried to cut with a child's scissors.  
crooked as can be. DH thinks I should just chuck the  whole thing. I  
said I'll probably try to finish just for practice. It will never be  
wearable Then again I may chuck the whole thing.  Why waste my time.  
Seems like the ware basket is calling louder every minute;
Juno

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I bought some linen from fabric-store.com and can't believe how much I
dislike it. It's a beautiful beautiful blue in what they refer to as an
all purpose weight linen. My Rotary cutter, with a brand new blade can't
cut through it.I used 3 different pairs of scissors that I just had
sharpened and the result is 3 pairs of scissors now have to be sharpened
again. The seam lines look like I tried to cut with a child's scissors.
crooked as can be. DH thinks I should just chuck the  whole thing. I
said I'll probably try to finish just for practice. It will never be
wearable Then again I may chuck the whole thing.  Why waste my time.
Seems like the ware basket is calling louder every minute;
Juno

So sorry you wasted your money on what should have been a beautiful cloth  
for a wonderful piece of clothing!
This sounds like something that might have happened to me------finding out  
that I've goofed in buying it.
Barbara in SC  



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On 9/10/2014 3:21 PM, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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I'll chalk it up to live and learn. I ordered from them for the first  
and last time.

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Didn't you get a swatch beforehand? And - are you sure that it's really  
linen? Because, if it isn't I'm sure you can get a refund. What you wrote  
sounded like they sold you plastic. I can't believe that any real linen can  
be that damaging to your blades & scissors. Or is nature that tough?

U.  


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On 9/10/2014 5:33 PM, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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  I got swatches in 3 weights,The problem with the swatches is they are so
 > small you can't do anything but see the colors and get some idea of the
 > weight.  They supposedly sell only linen.
 >   Ordinarily I would try to get my money back but right now I have so
 > many things more important going on in my life that I'm not up to a
 > fight. I will contact them but I don't know if I'll do much more than  
that.
 > Juno

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Did you do the burning test? Take the whole amount of fabric and put it on a  
nice roaring fire, if it goes up in a 'wooosh!' it was synthetic. <SCNR> ;-)

U.  


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I'm not a big fan of 100% linen, so I rarely (never?) use it,  
although I have a couple of pieces of linen/rayon blend I like.  
Curious, did you pre-wash it?  It sounds like it has some sort of  
heavy duty sizing.  But that's just a guess.  So sorry your purchase  
didn't work out.

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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On 9/10/2014 5:41 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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washed twice

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On 9/10/2014 6:00 PM, Juno wrote:
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forgot to say I've used  linen/rayon before and loved working on it.

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Did you prewash the fabric?  Or is it just as it came?  And what do the edges look like?
The only times I've had trouble cutting fabric, the sizing was some sort of PVA mixture,
or it was really, really limp and the scissors were mis-adjusted enough that  
the fabric wanted to slip vertically between the blades instead of being cut.
(yes, that was before I learned the "cut with paper" trick).

Drop 'em a note and tell them what troubles you're having... I've never had a problem  
with fabric from there.  It's not the best quality linen I've ever used, but it was
good enough to get on with.

Try "resharpening" your scissors by wiping the blades down with alcohol on a bit of
cotton fabric.  If the problem is a coating or fuzz caught on the edges or between
the blades, that usually fixes it, in my experience.

Kay


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On 9/11/2014 10:01 PM, Kay Lancaster wrote:

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I prewashed it twice, lint galore. I've written to them. No it's not  
floppy.The selvages have a very tight weave. The more I cut the worse  
it got and tomorrow I'll try cleaning the blades,right after I go to the  
store and get some alcohol, unless a little good scotch or cheap vodka  
will work, No I don't drink cheap stuff I make extracts with it.;)
Then again I don't drink good stuff either.
Juno

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Cheap vodka or whiskey does fine for cleaning blades... you just want to avoid  
using 1) the good stuff or 2) the sticky stuff like drambuie or creme de menthe
on your scissor blades.  Since you've seen a lot of fuzz, there may be lint packed into the pivot point -- might need some q-tips in that area to evict all  
the dust bunnies.

I've had scissors come back from sharpening with so much oil in the  
pivot area that they become lint magnets.  Usually a quick wipedown  
and then a tiny, tiny drop of sewing machine oil works wonders in  
that case, too.

Kay


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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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Do you have a special tool for regulating the size of oil drops?

<GD&RLH>

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On 9/12/2014 6:01 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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Hmmmm if you find it,the  tool let me know where I can get one;)

I think I might be able to save the top  with careful pinning  sewing  
and trimming with my serger.

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What about making a tiny loop of wire or even using the eye of a needle, dip  
it into oil and apply to the object in question. Perhaps one of those  
old-fashioned needle threaders might work, too.

Just my 2 cents of thought...
U.
  


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You don't?  
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<vbg>

Kay



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I am truly impressed. I might put that on my birthday wish list. Or buy it  
myself. ;-)

U.  


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Oh, where did you get that one? I just googled for it and found that there  
is just one manufacturer, a company named Sommerhoff, not too far from here.

U.  


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:> On Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:01:34 -0700, BEI Design  
:>> Kay Lancaster wrote:
:>> [...]
:>>> I've had scissors come back from sharpening with so much oil
:>>> in the pivot area that they become lint magnets.  Usually a
:>>> quick wipedown and then a tiny, tiny drop of sewing machine
:>>> oil works wonders in that case, too.
:>>>
:>>> Kay
:>>
:>> Do you have a special tool for regulating the size of oil drops?
:>>
:>><GD&RLH>
:>
:> You don't?
:> <http://img2-2.timeinc.net/toh/i/g/13/holidays/12-stocking-stuffer/20-tool-gifts.jpg
:>
:> <vbg>

:Oh, where did you get that one? I just googled for it and found that there  
:is just one manufacturer, a company named Sommerhoff, not too far from here.

Pen oilers are widely available, and pretty cheap.  At least the
chinese ones are; if someone is still makng them in Germany or
Switzerland, they'd be less cheap.  


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Re: Horrible fabric Now Thnigs are going better

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Kay ,
I cleaned the scissors with alcohol. MAGIC! I'm getting a nice clean cut  
and the alcohol will stay in the sewing room, not the medicine closet.
David I will be ordering a pen oiler from Amazon. Looks like a much  
neater and easier waay to oil my serger.
Thanks to everyone for the help.
Juno

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