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Straw Braid Hat Makers

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  • themadcouture2001
    I would really like to make my dolls some straw (braid) hats if I could, but don t really know where to buy a straw hat sewing machine. I ve seen a couple on
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 3, 2004
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      I would really like to make my dolls some straw (braid) hats if I
      could, but don't really know where to buy a straw hat sewing
      machine. I've seen a couple on the internet, but I believe they are
      commercial, and might be a bit costly. The other alternative is to
      have someone make them for me, which is also a possibility. Can
      anyone help me here, or advise me??? Anyone make pretty braid hats
      for dolls here???

      Thanks!!! Judy
    • Joannah Hansen
      Hi, Judy, Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls braided-straw hats, in mulfiple
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 4, 2004
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        Hi, Judy,
        Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls' braided-straw hats, in mulfiple sizes, are available to buy ( in the craft section ). Have you looked at any of the specialist dolls supply shops? Or teddy-bear-making supply shops?
        Are you wanting a particular style which isn't available commercially?
        Honestly, I personally think that you would find it easier ( and possibly faster ) to sew them together by hand. I find that if it is something small and odd shaped, then sewing it by hand ends up being faster and a lot easier to control/manipulate.
        My two cents worth.
        joannah

        --- "themadcouture2001" <THEMADCouture@...> wrote:


        I would really like to make my dolls some straw (braid) hats if I
        could, but don't really know where to buy a straw hat sewing
        machine. I've seen a couple on the internet, but I believe they are
        commercial, and might be a bit costly. The other alternative is to
        have someone make them for me, which is also a possibility. Can
        anyone help me here, or advise me??? Anyone make pretty braid hats
        for dolls here???

        Thanks!!! Judy







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      • themadcouture2001
        Thanks Joannah. I ve done sooo many searches, and there are some available, but I want a better quality, and more colors. I can t find that in US. I don t
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 5, 2004
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          Thanks Joannah. I've done sooo many searches, and there are some
          available, but I want a better quality, and more colors. I can't
          find that in US. I don't know if the ones you have there are the
          same as we carry here or not. If you have a web address, I would be
          happy to look. And I actually did try and sew them by hand, and it's
          quite a bit of work. I just don't have the time to donate that kind
          of work for a hat and then still decorate it. But thanks for your
          help!! I appreciate any input here.

          Judy


          --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Joannah Hansen
          <Joannah@s...> wrote:
          > Hi, Judy,
          > Do you *have* to make them yourself? Here in Australia in one of
          our major fabric/craft/homeware store chains, dolls' braided-straw
          hats, in mulfiple sizes, are available to buy ( in the craft
          section ). Have you looked at any of the specialist dolls supply
          shops? Or teddy-bear-making supply shops?
          > Are you wanting a particular style which isn't available
          commercially?
          > Honestly, I personally think that you would find it easier ( and
          possibly faster ) to sew them together by hand. I find that if it is
          something small and odd shaped, then sewing it by hand ends up being
          faster and a lot easier to control/manipulate.
          > My two cents worth.
          > joannah
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          > --- "themadcouture2001" <THEMADCouture@a...> wrote:
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          > I would really like to make my dolls some straw (braid) hats if I
          > could, but don't really know where to buy a straw hat sewing
          > machine. I've seen a couple on the internet, but I believe they
          are
          > commercial, and might be a bit costly. The other alternative is to
          > have someone make them for me, which is also a possibility. Can
          > anyone help me here, or advise me??? Anyone make pretty braid
          hats
          > for dolls here???
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          > Thanks!!! Judy
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        • bearhedded
          I m not sure if they even make straw machines anymore. Manny s Millinery, in New York, offers used ones, once in awhile, but it takes some practice to use one.
          Message 4 of 4 , Oct 7, 2004
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            I'm not sure if they even make straw machines anymore.
            Manny's Millinery, in New York, offers used ones, once in awhile,
            but it takes some practice to use one. Those clumsy hats in doll
            supply catalogs are made on those same machines, keep in
            mind! The bulky straw they use doesn't add any grace.

            It's easier to use woven straw for doll hats, and cover the raw
            edge with straw braid or other trim. Plaited straw can be laced
            together, as you would a braided rug, but it's a big pain to make
            that first round!

            I buy old straws that are nearly paper thin, when I can find them,
            and I can get 5-7 hats out of 1 fedora. My dolls average 20-24"
            in height.

            bh
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