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  1. Tiny Hem in Sails

    For quality sail fabric, check out a quilt shop, specifically a quilt shop that sells Bernina sewing machines. The fabric I like for sails is "Art Gallery - Pure Elements." It's a high quality 100% pima cotton, a good weight and it has a really nice hand. The fabric comes in 66 different colors, I like the color called 'White Linen'. A yard of this fabric costs about $12.00. Quilt shops are a great resource! While you're at the quilt shop, ask them about sewing lessons! To straighten the wire, use a length of wire twice as long as needed. Grab each end of wire with flat nose pliers and stretch. For added stretch, place your wrists on the outside of your knees and use your legs to stretch the wire. Leave the wire long until after sewing. Sewing a finished 1/8" hem IS really easy: -Cut the sails 3/4" wider than sail pattern -Fold the hem on the sail pattern to make a 3/4" hem. Lightly press the fold flat. -Cut the sail corners 90* to the bisected angle. This will get rid of the bulk at the corners -Insert wire or rope in fold of fabric -I tried numerous machine feet and the one that worked the best was an 'Open Toe Embroidery Foot.' See photo below -Sew sail hem line along edge, as close to wire / rope as possible using a stitch length of <2mm. See photo below -After sewing hem line, trim excess hem fabric with appliqué scissors, approximately 1/16" away from sewing. Be sure to leave enough hem to add sail hardware -The actual hem in the photo below is 7/64" wide -Secure raw fabric edge and corners with glue The ONLY glue I recommend using is "Beacon Fabri-Tac". All of the Aleene's glues will eventually fail, dry out, loose their strength. Beacon Fabri-Tac is the glue designers use to glue crystals on to wedding dresses and other garments. -Apply glue sparingly between the layers of fabric with a toothpick. -Glue may need to be thinned with a drop or two of acetone. -To completely close the hem, keep running the toothpick along the hem until the glue starts to set. -This glue does not spread through capillary action, which is good. -The fabric with glue will be a bit firmer, but will still move. I made this sample in just a few minutes. Before the glue fully set, I ran my thumb nail across the seam which caused some of the unset glue to squeeze through the fabric and made the fabric a bit shiny.
  2. Check out this topic: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/10666-how-many-actually-finish-their-model-ships/&
  3. The mast on a Dragon also has that slot. The Corel kit came with a piece of pre-slotted wood for the mast, but the slot was off center and the wood was warped. For my Dragon, I made the mast by first laminating / gluing strips of wood to make the three pieces, then glued the three pieces together to make the mast.
  4. An acquaintance in Eugene, OR posted on FB this afternoon that the air is bad and she needs to get her two kids somewhere with better air. She included a link to an interesting website that monitors air quality: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=715