Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

pinkIs it ok to link to your blog/tutorials?
I'd love it! Thanks!!
pinkCan I use your images on my site?
If you want to use the images of completed projects from my tutorials for the purpose of introducing my tutorials on your site, go for it! (And Thank you for doing so!) If you want to use other photos (including images used in the middle of steps of tutorials), please ask me for permission first.
pinkWhat kind of a sewing machine do you use?
I use Janome DC4030. It is a small sewing machine with just basic functions. I bought it from a sewing machine store in the US for approximately $500 USD in 2011. It works great and has every function I need to make my projects. It is a great choice if you'd like to make small projects.
pinkCan you translate this in Japanese?
I do know that the online translator has a limitation to its quality and sometimes it is not the most helpful thing. Or you may have a couple of words that you want to make sure that you have the right Japanese translations for. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail with those words. I'd be more than happy to help you with a few words or sentences ;)
pinkCan I sell items made from your tutorials?
I have had very many people asking me if they could purchase the license to sell their projects based on my tutorials. You are more than welcome to sell as many projects as possible if they are for fund-raising/charity purposes, but if you'd like to sell your projects for your profit from your small business, (an example would be selling up to 20 fabric baskets a month in your etsy shop.), you can purchase the license from the button below.
License to sell - 1,000 JPY (approximately $12 USD)

pinkDo you sell your paper-piecing patterns?
As of April 2012, I don't have any paper-piecing patterns available for sale, but I have a few free paper-piecing tutorials available for you:
  • Juice glass block tutorial - instruction and pattern
  • Kitchen stove block tutorial - pattern only
  • Japan in Japanese block tutorial - pattern only
  • pinkCan I use your tutorials in my sewing classes/quilting retreat?
    Of course! As long as you can mention that the tutorials originate from this blog, I'd be happy ;)
    pinkCan I translate your tutorials in other languages and show the translation in my site?
    Sure! The best thing about the Internet is how we can all connect and communicate with each other all over the world. I want many people to enjoy my tutorials without language barriers! As long as you can link to my blog and state that this is where it's originated, I'd love it. (In this case, please use your own photos to show the process. Please do not copy my images except for an image of a finished project.
    pinkHow do I print out your tutorials?
    The only tutorial I have a PDF file for is the fabric basket tutorial. (You can find the link at the end of the tutorial post.) If you'd like to print out other tutorials, please use the "print friendly" button shown at the very end of each post.
    pinkHow do I enlarge the fabric basket pattern?
    I know lots of seamstresses have made enlarged versions of the fabric baskets, so I know it will work fine if you enlarge a little bit;) The original fabric basket is pretty small (approximately 5 1/4"(width) X 3 1/2"(height excluding handles) X 4"(depth)). If I were to make it 1.5 times bigger, I would enlarge every single piece by 150%. For the fabric basket that measures 7 7/8" (width), 5 1/2"(height), and 6"(depth), I would cut out pieces as follows:
    Each square patch: 3" x 3", linen (the bottom part) 9" x 15 1/4",
    box corner 2 5/8", handles 3" x 15 3/4", linear fabric 18" x 13 7/8"
    One day, I want to make fabric baskets in several different sizes;)
    pinkWhere do you buy your fabrics?
    Since I live in Tokyo, most fabrics I use for my projects are my local finds here. Now Japanese fabrics are readily available at many fabric stores online across the border (yay!). If you search "Japanese fabric" on etsy, lots of fabric will show up there! A lot of fabrics I use are Japanese designers (such as Suzuko Koseki and Kumiko Fujita) fabrics. I sell some of my favorite fabrics in my shop every now and then ;)
    pinkHow can I buy fabric from Japanese-only online shops?
    This is a question I get very often from those folks who have something they want to purchase from Japanese online shops but have not been able to figure out whether the shop ships internationally or accept any credit card payment. From my experience, most shops are willing to ship internationally via Express mail(EMS), which can be very costly but is the fastest shipping. It usually takes only a few days for your package to arrive from Japan. As for payments, I have found that many small online shops do not have a credit card payment or a paypal payment system set up in their websites. This means that they accept only one type of a payment which is to made directly to their bank account in Japan. So in order to shop from those shops, you'd need to ask someone in Japan for help. If you are confused about anything, I recommend that you send them e-mails in Japanese. (They may not reply to an e-mail in English if they don't read English.) Here is a sample message you might be able to use for the purpose.
    Hello. I have something I want to purchase from your shop, but I live outside Japan. Can you accept a Visa credit card payment and ship internationally? If these are possible, what's my next step? I'd appreciate it if you could reply in very simple Japanese or English since I will use an online translator to translate your e-mail. Thank you.

    こんにちは。このショップから購入したい商品があるのですが、こちら海外在住です。VISAカードでの支払い、それから国際配送は可能でしょうか。もしこれらが可能な場合、どうしたら商品の注文ができるか教えて下さい。こちら、日本語は分からないので、簡単な日本語かもしくは英語でお返事をいただけたら幸いです。日本語のメールはオンライン翻訳サービスを使って翻訳する予定です。 宜しくお願いいたします。

    pinkI'm going to visit Japan. Where can I find fabric there?
    If you are a serious fabric addict like me and are ready to load up your suitcase with tons and tons of fabrics, go to Nippori Textile Town which is within a walking distance from the JR Nippori station in Tokyo. There are lots of fabric warehouses there, and the fabric is pretty inexpensive compared to other retail stores. Most stores in the textile town has a minimum one meter purchase policy though. Tomato probably has the biggest selection and is super crowded at any given time (Don't be surprised to see 30 people lined up to get their fabric cut!) Nippori Textile Town offers a wide variety of Kawaii (cute) quilting weight fabrics and other materials. If you are into designers fabrics, you'll want to stop by fabric chain stores instead.
    As for chain fabric stores, I really love Yuzawaya. There are several locations in Tokyo and some other prefectures. It is always located by a major train station, so it is very tourist-friendly ;) I recommend Yuzawaya in Kamata, which is the headquarter of the store and it is the largest of all. Okadaya is another big chain store in Shinjuku and Machida. If you are interested in Zakka-shopping, you might want to check out Tokyo Shopping Guide that Marceline of Asking for Trouble has created ;)
    Here is a sample day trip for fabric shopping in Kichijoji, Tokyo. Yuzawaya located in Marui by the JR Kichijoji station --> 5 min walk to Cotton Field (US fabrics & Brand fabrics) --> 14 min walk to A-Materials (US feedsacks and vintage fabrics) --> back to the station.

    Do you have other questions? E-mail me if you do;)

    Thanks for reading!


    1. good FAQ, but I have another question: can I get a fabric with your boyfriends face as a pattern on it?

    2. Joe, I know this is from you (sigh)

    3. Hi
      Thank you for linking all these fabric places!!
      And by the way, Purl has some great text fabric that I just made an order of.

    4. Aunty Cookie doe s gorgeous fabric with writing :-) You can find her om Etsy.

    5. Great links and answers - and the comment from your boyfriend is too funny! i'm still laughing about it!

    6. I love your blog. Thanks for a great list of fabric links.
      I was going to say Aunty Cookie, but trashalou beat me to it! Anuty Cookie is an Australian independent fabric designer, great prints. Check out here website and etsy shop.

      Thank you for the inspiration and beautiful fabrics and sharing.

    7. Thanks everyone!

      Trashalou and ellie-
      Thanks for reminding me of that fabulous store! They have such cute fabric w/ writing that I wish I could buy all!! I just listed Aunty Cookie!

      Thanks for the info! I have to go
      look for it!!

      Tina and Amber-
      That was totally unexpected.LOL!!

    8. Wonderful post with good information. I just ordered text fabric from chokichoki and it arrived in a few days! (Japan to U.S.)
      I posted information about two wonderful tenugui shops in Tokyo that I visited in January. You and your readers might be interested.

    9. Hi - I love posts like this that are so informative and helpful, thanks for all the great tips and links!
      That first comment made me giggle!
      Cara @ Pink Stitches :O)

    10. I want to go back to Japan with empty suitcases. I LOVE yuzawaya but I used to frequent the one in Tachikawa when I lived in Japan many years ago. I was a brand new quilter so didn't truly appreciate the need to stock up before moving!

    11. Thanks for answering questions. As for fabrics with writing, Moda is coming out with a line that I think you might like. It's called Authentic by Sweetwaters. Delivery for Sept. It even has duck cloth as part of the line. Not sure if it can be access on the public Moda site at the moment. Anyway, you might want to keep an eye out for it. It does have some sweet colours! Cheers!

    12. Thanks everyone!

      Thanks for letting me know og your great post! I just loved reading it so I listed your link here;)

      Pink Stitches-
      I'm glad you find it informative! I'll probably keep adding more info!

      I too feel the same way. When I was living in Japan, I didn't really appreciate fabric stores as much as I do now, just because I started sewing after moving here. What were you doing in Tachikawa? I've been there only once to make a passport. My sister used to live in Hachioji, which I believe is pretty close to Tachikawa;)

      Thanks for such great info!!! I didn't know about the line, so I had to search on it immediately, and yes I found the fabric with writing on! I might have to get some!!

    13. thanks so much. i didn't realise i wanted the answers you gave before i read them! you are a real inspiration.

    14. Very helpful FAQ, and the first two comments were hysterical!

    15. Hi there

      Another shop here that sells plenty of adorable Japanese fabric

    16. Thanks for the links, I have a question about quilting, I am a quilting newbie, I dont know what kind of batting I should use for quilting. you used fleece for your fabric basket tute, is it ok to use fleece as batting? Thank you Ayumills

    17. Thanks everyone!

      I think cotton batting is the most commonly used batting for quilt-making ;)

    18. May I ask where you get the adorable Pink Penguin tags for your work? I've been looking for something similar for my quilts, and have had very little success!! Love your blog!!

    19. Amy-

      Thank you! I made the tags on my own using this great tutorial here. I hope you'll make yours too ;)

    20. I picked up a copy of Stitch today and saw your work and had to visit your website! My question is, what kind of sewing machine do you use?

    21. Esther-

      Thank you for coming to take a look at my blog :D
      I have Singer Quantum 9910. It has every feature/function I need and has been working great although I have never brought it to the maintenance. :)

    22. Thanks. I have a starter Singer but have been thinking about upgrading to a Janome. I love Japanese things!

    23. WOW, talk about a mutual admiration society! I love that you found me, love that I clicked on your link - and then I heard a harp and some angels humming when I stepped into the super cute world of you at your flickr and your blog!

      I think I'll put on my jammies, make some hot cocoa and curl up with my laptop and go through your entire blog and flickr! It's a lucky, lucky day! So glad we found each other!

    24. haha!! I love your first commenter's comment! ...and your comment right after! Too cute!

      Blessings & Aloha!
      **ah!! I need to get off the computer and do my errands!**

      1. I love your tutorials so much! I wonder if you have more stuff like this in your blog like this!


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