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  1. Cutest_Sandgirl's Avatar
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    Dec 3, 2002, 10:17 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #76

    I agree with MaulMaus.... it's not like I'm going to be able to afford it until after the holidays anyway...

    So relax, and once the holidays breeze by, we'll get back into the swing of things.

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    Dec 3, 2002, 8:32 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #77

    I'll officially agree with the previous two.
    Don't sweat it. Have a great holiday season and as soon as the new year arrives I want my suit

    No really, whatever it takes I'm in no hurry and am willing to wait until we can get it done right.

    Cal
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    Dec 3, 2002, 9:03 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #78

    Thanks yall. I only have time to possibly finish my greebs this year. I have two jobs and it's always really difficult during the holiday season time wise, cause both jobs are getting really demanding. THe fed Id thing is slow going too. We'll see.
    Mon Cal-Yes sir! j/k Really though, thanks for yall's patience. Hopefully this will pan out and santa doesn't run me over with his sleigh so that this project WILL happen.
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    Dec 10, 2002, 5:27 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #79

    Good news! Yall! I have a federal ID# to work with. Thank you to the person who has helped me out! you know who you are I have to keep in confidence certain things, so as to not get anyone in trouble. But YEH!!!! I will have to talk to some people and then try calling some of these other companies. Hopefully they are all american companies. But, we'll see.
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    Dec 11, 2002, 9:11 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #80

    Excellent work Zam I Am!
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    Dec 11, 2002, 4:32 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #81

    Hey, I haven't really worked that much on it this week, but thanks for the compliment! You'll hear more next week about the suit- this week is the recital. Saturday I have to play the Chopin's Revolutionary etude to show my students that I can actually have some talent . That would be funny to be able to play with greedo hands
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    Dec 19, 2002, 2:14 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #82

    Update on the neoprene search- I am running outta neoprene companies to call. I have called three others and it hasn't been good news. I now have two fed id numbers I could use (thank you-you two who have helped out). But I am having trouble with thickness. Apparently, most neoprene companies over here stateside are only creating neoprene at 1/16" Then laminated to lycra, that goes over our 1.5 mm thickness mark, Which is way thick. It's closer to 2.0 - 3.0 mm when done. So search is still going.
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    Dec 20, 2002, 12:52 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #83

    Thanks for the update!
    Good luck with the search


    Cal
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    Dec 30, 2002, 11:40 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #84

    Update, Happy New Year folks, sorry this has dragged out for such a long time. I have been really busy with family and personal stuff, so sorry, but I prolly won't be able to get much done right now as far as calling. The company I work for is really demanding, since it's end of year, and I can't make as many phone calls during reg business hours at the moment. What do you think if I had my seamstress do a welt seem with my 2.0mm fabric, I take pics, and if everyone thinks it's feasable, we would join the rest of our friends who die from sweating? And get a color/lamination pretest done with that? I will search neoprene companies later in Jan, but lemme know what you guys think about this idea.
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    Dec 30, 2002, 11:59 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #85

    "seems" like a good idea to me

    That should help us to decide if it will look the same.

    I think we all understand about being busy this time of year so no worries

    Do ya need a couple bucks from some of us to pay her to do it?
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    Dec 31, 2002, 2:31 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #86

    Sounds good to me too! Do you need any funds for this test run?

    And I concur... don't worry about being busy! No apology necessary at all! I'm just grateful for all the work you've already done!
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    Dec 31, 2002, 8:30 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #87

    Works for me.

    Also maybe it is time to start a new thread for this?
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    Dec 31, 2002, 9:09 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #88

    Well, I am gonna ask her then. I think she will do it for me at no cost. I will ask her to do it and see if she just says, ok. But the pre-testing will be a chore and pricey. I know for a fact that those underarm seams aren't gonna look right, but everything else might. Oh, the top of the pants might also be a problem, I am not sure. I think if the fabric is scored, then maybe it will look ok and won't bow like a big loop at the top, same with the pitty area. We'll see.
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    Dec 31, 2002, 10:21 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #89

    I just asked my seamstress and she will be doing this on Friday. Using the swatch of 1/16th neoprene/lycra that I have, she will do a welt seam and a seam like as if the top part of the pants. She said that she will grade the seam so it won't look so bunchy at the top. We will be able to have this done so that we can see how it all looks and imagine how it would be for the arm pit area. I will do comparison shots and ask Dallas to post them later (prolly Saturday). If this all looks good, then we can use the 2mm for the pretest.
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    Dec 31, 2002, 5:46 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #90

    Zam I Am, you're the best.
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    Jan 4, 2003, 12:10 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #91

    Okie, here goes guys, if we do go with that 2mm Neoprene, then it has to have nylon on the back or else my seemstress or anyone else working on this stuff, will have a hell of a time sewing it. The rubbery neoprene stops the fabric from moving under the sewing machine's needle. Therefore, nylon backing is a must. The top piece is called a long sleeved crop top. Definately welt seams there. On neoprene a flat feld welt seem would be entirely too bulky. So, with all that in mind, I will search a couple more neo companies. Goto this site for a welt seam in neoprene. (keep in mind, she didn't have nylon backing, just the rubber neoprene that's why it's not a straight line)
    http://www.printroom.com/ViewAlbumPh...54&image_id=11
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    Jan 4, 2003, 9:19 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #92

    Honestly from what I can see in that picture is fine. The welt seam looks pretty close to what we see inthe Zam pictures. Maybe I am missing something as the picture lacks shadows and may make it lookflatter than it really is. Zam think you can get a side shot up and posted?
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    Jan 5, 2003, 2:10 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #93

    Ok here's the link, got a shot of it on the side of my arm and my husband's.
    http://www.printroom.com/ViewAlbum.a...lbum_id=112954
    Ya'll tired of waiting and wanna do the pretesting? I will call the 2.0 mm neo company tomorrow and ask for pretesting price. And, you wanna forgo option #3 pretest? Or do you wanna go with that one too? I thought, well, it's thicker needles and we gotta sweat a little more, but it gives the right thick look. LMK
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    Jan 6, 2003, 11:33 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #94

    From what I can see the seams look proper to me. I think we should go for it allready.
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    Jan 7, 2003, 1:21 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #95

    From what I can tell the seem looks right. Since you can see it in person, how do you feel about it?
    As for the neo company, let's give it a try. We pretty much know what we are looking for.
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    Jan 7, 2003, 10:08 AM - Re: Zam Body Suit #96

    Lets Pretest! The seam looks nice.
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    Jan 7, 2003, 3:12 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #97


    MonCal wrote:

    From what I can tell the seem looks right. Since you can see it in person, how do you feel about it?
    As for the neo company, let's give it a try. We pretty much know what we are looking for.
    At first, I thought that the example was .5mm too thick for the edges of the long sleeved crop top and the top edge of the pants when sewing, but it's not that bad of a difference. All the other neoprene companies are overseas companies. I really don't want to deal with overseas, because it requires a LOT more aggravation with shipping, money exchange, etc. just to get 1.5mm total thickness. I think that once the nylon backing is on, the seam would be perfectly straight. And, like I said before, everyone would have to research thicker needles and sweat a little more, but overall, this looks pretty darn close once we have the right dyed lycra. I think that this is our best bet, since option #3 is not quite the right grain of material. sh-2 is most accurate, then dyed and laminated to the neoprene. This will work out because the neo company can leave the lycra on the sheet instead of trimming it off, so that the top part of the pants, and bottom part of the crop top won't have to be folded over equalling 4mm. The lycra would just curve over the neoprene. Here's an illustration:
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    Jan 7, 2003, 3:24 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #98

    Thanks for the illustration and all your hard work.


    And.... where did our team banners go!?!?

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    Jan 7, 2003, 4:58 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #99

    I just talked to the rep. she wants to know if we want the neoprene that is open cell or closed cell. If we get neoprene that is closed cell, then you could probably swim in it, but it isn't breathable. If we get the open cell, it's breathable. There may or may not be a price difference.
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    Jan 7, 2003, 8:13 PM - Re: Zam Body Suit #100

    This is looking good!

    Well... I didn't plan on snorkeling or anything in costume! *LOL!* Though, we may be sweating enough in these things to actually go swimming! IMHO breathable sounds more comfortable - if it really is "breathable."

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