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Yes Im A Guy and yes I know how to sew. My Mom taught me when I was a kid. Most guys think that a sewing machine is made for a woman but in actuality it is just a tool just like anything else.

You are not less manly because you know how to sew. My uncle went to Vietnam and, in his words "killed many a gook" and he knows how to sew...as a matter of fact, the army taught him as part of his basic training so he could sew socks or anything else in the field... or Im guessing maybe an arm back on or what ever.

Did you know that the first sewing machine was designed because in the 16th century a king tired of his minions complaining about having to sew peoples fingers together (as punishment for stealing) by hand, commissioned a group of people to design a machine to do the task automatically so that he could streamline the process and get less complaints as well. One of those people were Edward Singer and he went on to design what we now know as the first Singer Sewing Machine. So in actuality you are using a mid evil torture device to sew stuff. Doesn't that make you feel more manly?

Is it true? Of course not but if people tell you you are a sissy cause you know how to sew they are too stupid to know it isn't true!!! So tell them that story and they will not only be impressed by the machine but in the fact that you are so well learned about torture devices that they wont want to mess with you anyway.

Not to mention it if they think about it most tailors are men, and most of your top designers are men... Ralph Loren, Tommy Hilfinger, David T. Abercrombie, Ezra Fitch, Levi Strauss. Most of the clothes men wear were designed by men.

How the hell they think those guys do it? By hand? I dont think so!!!

So here we go... the Big bad scary sewing machine in all its glory... ok maybe not but by the time your done it will at least be another tool in an arsenal of tools to help you on this great site we call instructables.com


 
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Shiseiji9 months ago
Great 'struable! Names are useful when working with someone to troubleshoot so they can get the proper parts, otherwise . . . just keep your finger away from the stabber thingy.

I made my daughter a fleece lap quilt, scarf and hat for Christmas. My first real sewing project was making curtains for my apartment. Was too cheap to buy them. I still have the 1952 Singer 201 I bought at a thrift shop to make them on, and, uh, I've kinda lost count . . . because I got into restoring vintage sewing machines. It was small work I could do in an apartment. and I've got too many "I'm an gunna." machines I haven't parted with.. One guy I knew took a small machine to college and it helped pay a lot of bills!

Keep your eyes open for a non-plastic machine at thrift stores, yard sales, etc. For what most people do, a straight stitch will work just fine. As Cann0n says, most just need lubrication and there are many, many Yahoo groups web sites etc. with instructions. You would be surprised at what can be un-ceased. Or what can be fixed by reversing the needle!

Old Japanese "clones" of Singer 15 series machines are great, easy to use, and most were simply "badged" with the retailers name and very generic. Just don't believe the eBay hype. A machine is a domestic or industrial. And most industrial machines are purpose built, A machine for sewing shirts won't sew leather. At least not for very long. Most taylors just use a decent domestic machine. A Singer 1200 is simply a 201 with a knee lift for the pressor foot.

LOL, the stitch ripper/razor, etc. is your friend, I sadly just broke the one I've had since 1987 :-( When learning use the fewest stitches per inch available, like 6, so it is easier to rip things out. Get cheap fabric on sale and make a set of scrubs or a shopping bag. Have fun. Great for apartment living fun.
Cann0n10 months ago
I'd also like to suggest that like all machines, moving parts require lubrication. I will be sexually bias when it comes to machines and oil... Lubricate your machines. If any women see this post, go check your cars engine oil right now. And make sure the air filter box is properly clothed. I'm amazed how bias women are when it comes to the dirty interworking parts of a car. I find sewing machines much more complex than a vehicle.
Cann0n10 months ago
Blurry pictures and poor grammatical structuring decrease the value of anything found on the web.

I'm glad to see an increase of "seamsters" representing the ability to create in any means or medium. As an artist, I can respect any form of art. I recently acquired an old Kenmore 12 Stitch from the late 70s. I learned to sew when I was about 12. I never got good due to the lack of practice. I was teased enough growing up. Later in life, before the plaid shorts trend-revival in the early 2000's back when stores didn't carry them, I bought a size 24 pair of old, very unique blue, purple and yellow plaid pants from a thrift store. I cut, expanded to size 38, stitched, sewed, hemmed, and added belt loops. Shortly after I wore them to school the next day, everyone loved them. Within the next 2 years, stores started carrying more and more plaid shorts. I'm not taking credit for the trend, but I'd like to think I sparked it.

I am a profession skateboarder. I rip and tear every article of clothing I own. It's nice to be able to repair clothes. I've also gained browny points fixing clothing for women. I know people that throw away a nice button-up shirt due to the loss of one button. It's sad.
mooster1 year ago
Well, you had me going about the sewn fingers, but just in case anyone isn't paying attention, the Singer who is associated with early sewing machines was and American, Isaac Singer, and he wasn't born until 1811. He didn't invent the sewing machine, but made some improvements and was successful at mass producing and marketing. Btw, I belong to a quilting forum, where there are quite a few men among the almost 78,000 members.There's no guessing how many, but they appear frequently. The point needs to be made that many of these guys are artists who create beautiful as well as utilitarian items with sewing machines. It's time for all of us to quit using gender bias to limit human potential.
I too man up at the sewing machine with pride (in fact I found this 'ible while researching what machine I need to buy - time to get a decent one).

The sew man of men in my opinion (a little preferentially biased but still): Look at this --> http://vimeo.com/13978777
thelame14 years ago
Knew of a male celebrity who knitted and he was approached by a big burly biker dude who asked if he was knitting.  When he timidly said yes the got looked at him and said yeah well I do needle point. Have a basic Brother model machine myself. I haven't used it yet. My daughter has and it worked fine. Still haven't been able to figure out how to load the bobbin in mine yet. Despite several read of the instructions. Guess I'll have to get my daughter to show me when I get the fabric I want for the costume I need. I'm sure it will be done with a lot of sighing about the old man not knowing anything. 
Phil B5 years ago
My wife has always done a lot of sewing for herself and for other people. Often someone brings her a machine the owner cannot make work properly. Cleaning and oiling are always good first steps. A wad of compacted lint under the bobbin plate can make a mess. But, most often the larger problem is an imbalance between the tension on the bobbin thread and the tension on the needle thread. Once the tension settings are correct, the machine usually works perfectly. Naturally, the machine's timing cannot be out of adjustment, either. (The timing puts the bobbin in the right part of its rotation when the needle goes down through the plate covering the bobbin.)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh eeeeeeeeeeekk Don't touch the tension unless you are really mechanically gifted like ! Repeat after me. "Thy shall NOT touch the tension."
p0g0685 years ago
thanks dude, nice Instructable!, I have a couple of sewing projects for my kids in school, just one more question what do you think about buying a used machine for a novice like me? are breakdowns easy to solve ? or do you think I am better off with a new one , how do you feel about brands!, thanks again. ... oh and about that man card. (for whoever is wandering, if you have something hanging in between your legs you are a man and thats that, if you doubt it you or your sister can come and do an oral check on mine any time)
The high school I went to had sewing classes for both girls and boys (back in 1976) The machines were used all day and after school. All the machines were Husqavarna, and I don't ever recall a repair person hanging about. My last machine was a basic zig zag straight stich Singer (circa 1976) I loved it, but after about 20 years it had some "issues" so I now have some generic brand that is "So -So" (no pun intended.LOL) If I had the cost of a Husquevarna in my budget, I'd choose that. BTW, my husband knows how to knit and I think it's cool
jhines00425 years ago
I just acquired a new (to me) sewing machine. It is a Singer Sewing machine from 1902, model 31-15. It is cast iron, weighs 26 pounds and have a 3 HP motor (it is an industrial) and I believe it could sew through my hand if I weren't careful. Yes, I'm a guy and yes I sew. This "new" machine is for sewing leather goods.
BillyK125 years ago
I'm getting my mom to teach me how to sew today. I'm a guy just incase you didn't notice
figsruin5 years ago
I grew up a fat kid and couldn't find clothes that fit or i liked, so i started sewing. Once i grew up i found it was an invaluable tool. My favorite is after someone is done laughing and calling me a sissy for knowing how to sew they usually ask me if i can fix this or that. Who's laughing now.
Bongmaster5 years ago
i grabbed a handheld sewing machine thing from a 1£-shop in carlisle, they never had them again after that so i was lucky there.
it was kinda like this one http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Stitch-Portable-Sewing-Machine/dp/B000G1G7XM
simple but does the job :)
vatak5 years ago
That is awesome man. Hey, where did you get that desktop pic?
cammel8 (author)  vatak5 years ago
I got it in a desktop pic pack I got ....it had thousands of pics. actually that is only one of my desktops. I have a program that rolls my desktop so i have like twenty then every ten minutes it changes the desktop pic.
awesome...hand sewing large projects suck
ve2vfd5 years ago
Shhh don't tell anyone but I also have my own sewing machine :) Reason is I sometimes need to fix clothes and I am just too darn lazy to use a needle and thread for anything more than sewing a button back on.