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Unread 06-27-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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rydia (ff4) sleeve help

hello fellow cosplayers! i have run into a bump with my rydia sleeves. at the top, it looks like there is a string that goes through that allows her to pull them tighter on her arm. i'm not sure how to make holes on the sleeves without any raw edges showing. i have tried lining it on test fabric and it doesn't work. the only other thing i can think of is to use fray check. i'm using 100% cotton for my sleeves. thank you! :3

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Unread 06-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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I wouldn't cut holes for that; just stitch with a thick string.
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Unread 06-27-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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I second the recommendation to just thread it through. Are you sewing on a regular sewing machine? I found a vintage buttonholer at a flea market that with the right attachment would do holes like that. Something like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Singer-Buttonholer-attachment-489500-5-Templates-Eyelet-Straight-Keyhole-/330753099373?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d026b c66d#ht_753wt_922

I have one like this (mines an older black version but it does great buttonholes). It works best if you go around twice. You can shop around for them on ebay by searching for "singer buttonholer". You'll want to look for one that has an eyelet template, but you could probably get away with the larger 3/8 template. They have them for both straight shank and slant shank machines.
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Unread 06-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Or really, really short buttonholes.

If you're using embroidery floss or upholstery thread (because those yellow pull-threads don't look thick at all), you can just hand-stitch it through the fabric weave.
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Unread 06-30-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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I second eyelets/grommets. Buttonholing can be tedious if you don't have an attachment. You can get a little kit for grommets that comes with everything you need, all you need is a hammer.

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