Can sewing instructables be entered in the Fiber Arts Contest?
Topic by Susan Cirigliano | last reply
I probably know more about sewing as far as hands on, visual stuff, but lack vocabulary. As such, a verbal, or wordy description doesn't help me much. Is there a good site for novices to learn more? Or are there specific -ibles for those of us who don't know a ball point needle from an inseam?
Topic by Toga_Dan | last reply
"Do you have any sewing machines?" I asked the voice on the other end of the phone. "Yes, we do." said the voice. "Great!" and I hung up and hopped on my bike, out the door before they even heard the click. Minutes later, I was home with my new $30 White sewing machine. It had electrical problems, but that's okay 'cause I'm an electrical engineer! So I fixed the wiring and set to work. The trouble is.. I'm not a sewing-engineer. In fact, I've barely ever sewn before. There are all these knobs and buttons. I played around with them to see if I could figure out what they do, but there are still mysteries. Maybe you can help me out. How do I throw it into reverse? As far as I can tell, there are two possible selector knobs for stitches. What's going on there? What should R-C-L-TN do? What am I choosing, when I turn the knob more towards SS or M? Why does the bobbin thread bunch up underneath like Gandalf's beard? The pink button in the middle of the stitch length wheel?? Anything else I should know? Muchos gracias! PS - who wants to be the first to post a "How to Sew" instructable?
Topic by stasterisk | last reply
As an un-indicted co-conspirator on one of the finalist entries, I hate to seem like a sore loser, but I think the judges missed the boat on a few of the winners. Considering it was a "Summer Sewing Contest" that was looking for "Summery" projects that were "celebrating summer", Upcycled Quilts and Pokemon Snuggie Costumes, without even a hint of summer theme, seem a little out of spirit. Fine instructables to be sure, but best saved for the next iterations of SEW SCARY and SEW WARM. To give credit where credit is due, the Grand Prize winner could not have been more appropriate. It was unquestionably "Summery", most definitely a sewing project, and very well done. I hope the judges will weigh more heavily the theme of the contest in the future.
Topic by jed.watkins | last reply
I'm looking for a sewing machine. I'm not advanced or anything, but I'm familiar and comfortable sewing. I have a somewhat limited budget, let's say $200 max, and I don't need anything fancy. Basically, I'm looking for a basic, easy to use, relatively inexpensive sewing machine. I'm planning to make pretty basic clothes, bags, etc. It would be a great help to have some sense of what models would best meet my needs (new or used). Thanks!!
Question by isbltchi | last reply
Just ran across this blog post by someone who has altered his sewing machine for significantly improved performance, and several modes of operation. I particularly love the mode where the needle follows the pedal, up, or down. You basically make one stitch at at time each time you press the foot pedal. Want!
Topic by rachel | last reply
Hey all thought i would share a stop motion i did with you all. This was my first attempt at stop motion. Any suggestions or comments are welcome. This video is work safe / children safe as well. If you like it just click the FB "Like" under the video and share it with friends. http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/bernina-show-us-don%E2%80%99t-tell-us-xxmazenxx-click-through-to-vote Thanks!!
Topic by zipped_shut
I'm trying to figure out how to make a hooded towel for an infant/toddler using a bath towel and a hand towel. I can't find anything online that gives instructions for putting one of these simple things together and I really don't want to spend $40 at a specialty shop to buy one ready made.
Topic by tlfiredragon | last reply
Hello! I have an idea for a Halloween costume that involves using a service like Spoonflower to create custom fabric to make into a suit. However the design isn't just an all-over design that I can just lay the sewing pattern over and cut out, but instead relies on me being able to make a custom design specifically for each piece of the suit pattern. Basically, I want to do something along these lines, only for something larger like a man's suit. I'm trying to find a digital sewing pattern or template that I could open in Photoshop so I could design each piece of the pattern the way I want it, but either I'm really bad at searching for stuff on the internet, or this sorta stuff is super rare/doesn't exist. I could buy a pattern for the sort of suit I'm looking for, but I'm not sure how I would be able to scan or otherwise transfer that pattern into the computer in an accurate way. I'm afraid I will scan the pieces in poorly and end up with an unusable pattern by the time I'm done. So I suppose my question is: Does anybody know if there are any patterns available in a digital format somewhere online either for free or for purchase? And failing that, does anybody know a reliable way of digitizing a pattern that will insure that the measurements won't be screwed up in the process? Thanks!
Topic by korybing | last reply
I'm trying to find a bunch of patterns for various pieces of medieval garb. The idea is that I want to make a bunch of outfits from my book, mostly as visual aids, but also as cosplay (because it's way more fun to dress up as your own characters than someone else's). If anyone can help me find the patterns, I need them for: Tunics (both laced and otherwise) Trousers Hooded cloaks Kirtles (sleeveless and long-sleeved) A buckled leather jacket (i.e. a jacket with buckles in place of buttons) (it's for a male character, by the way) I would preferrably like the patterns to be free, but, if not, I need them to at least be downloadable. The jacket will probably be a little tricky, since it's leather and not a very common design, but if anyone can find somewhere that sells them fairly cheaply, let me know. Of course, I'm not going to dump the work on everyone else and then slack off. I'm going to keep searching as well, so I can compare ideas and suggestions from everyone.
Topic by timmycutts | last reply
I recently saw some very adorable new sew ponchos for women at a craft sale. I totally regret not buying one, and since then I have been scouring pattern sights to find intructions for one. they we like the blankets only they had an off center v neck and were of course ponchos. they looked very fashionable. I am really interested in finding out how to make them. Can anyone help me? PLEASE?? thanks firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic by piroska1063 | last reply
I'm trying to sew 2 layers of spandex over 1/8 inch of foam rubber. I have ball point needles that the sewing store recommended. I have the 90/14 needle in the machine. There is thread above, and in the bobbin. The machine goes through the motions well enough, but wont produce stitches. I also tried running it on a t-shirt, in case the fabric was an issue. Still not working. So, what might I be doing wrong? dk
Topic by Toga_Dan | last reply
I'm trying to get back into sewing again and need to get a new machine. I make creatures, stuffies, monsters, and embellish my daughter's clothes. I'd love a machine that can help with needle threading and the horrible bobbin... stuff. I heard about a machine that has some built-in letters - that could be cool. I don't want a really complicated machine though - I had a Husqvarna Rose embroidery machine and the learning curve (for me) was more than I had time for. It was never used. Any advice is appreciated - Thanks!
Question by Sakhmet007 | last reply
Hi, I was hoping someone would be able to give advice as to the best way to approach promoting my etsy page. I make a lot of corsets and artistic costumes and I don't seem to get a lot of views. Any ideas? Also, anyone have a prefrence on styles of fabric for corsets/ female vests? Thanks! Amneh http://www.etsy.com/shop/amneh << That's my site if that helps with the advice!
Topic by amnehxentrix
My hat has a sweatband and i think it's a leather band but i'm not sure. My question is: What kind of thread should i use to sew the sweatband and hat back together? The sweatband is coming loose and i want to fix it without using glue, so i need to know what thread to use. Thanks. My hat has hushpuppy inside the top. In the first picture i've attached you can see the band is detached, and i don't know if you can, but in the second picture you should be able to see parts of the logo. Thanks again
Question by Pwethior1 | last reply
I acquired a older sewing machine at a thrift shop, but it needs a little work. There appear to be two issues, possibly interrelated:-The motor makes a strange intermittent screeching noise after the machine has spun up for a few seconds, and smells like ozone. I think the commutator is arcing. I'm not entirely sure though, I'm no expert on universal motors.-The hand wheel sticks at one point during the revolution. This occurs when the needle, as well as the feed dogs, are fully up.I'm guessing the sticking is demanding too much toque from the motor, causing the weird sound and smell. Regardless, de-gumming the thing and getting smooth motion seems to be the logical first step. I've applied mineral oil to all the moving parts I could find that looked like they would benefit from it. Now the motion is extra smooth, until it sticks, just as bad, and at exactly the same place.I'm a bit stumped. Any ideas on what I should try next?
Question by RelaxedSoup
Planning on sewing something together to stay warm this winter? Then get ready for our upcoming Sew Warm Contest with SINGER. We will have some excellent prizes from SINGER to give away to any excellent project that helps you fight the cold this winter. All we ask is that you involve sewing in some way. So get your sewing machine and needles ready! More details coming soon. As with all our contests, entries must be published during the contest. Previously published Instructables are not eligible. UPDATE: Contest is live and can be seen here
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Question by Dr.Losta | last reply
Where can I buy a roll of silver or brass zippers. I also need stops, those pieces that stop the zipper from coming off, for them.?
Question by imrobot | last reply
I've entered several contests including winning one a few years ago - the valentines day contest with my soapy beating love heart! (aparently the system for flagging it as a winner won't because I won before the system was implemented! nevermind!) I was very suprised that my first prize was shipped all the way from the US to me in the UK. I'd not won a competition before that and was very happy to have done so from so far away as well. I didn't realise the rules had changed and the new 'sew warm' competition is US and Canada only. My wife has decided to make her own instructable for the sew warm competition - the prize was a big motivator in getting her to post. She's not done it yet but will probably over this weekend. She's completed her project on a 100 year old Singer sewing machine! Just the sort of thing I would have thought singer might be interested in! If she was ever-so-lucky enough to win, I'd be happy to sort out the customs etc as I would any purchase from abroad!
Topic by tim_n | last reply
I have found bucket covers but they are for round buckets. Does anyone have a nice cover for the cat littler buckets?
Roxy Vagabond Crossbody Pursehttp://www.buckle.com/roxy-vagabond-crossbody-purse/prd-74910452014/sku-8842700000 It looks easy enough but I'm terribly without a guide, or pattern. Any ideas? Thanks so much. (I know its suppose to be do it yourself, but i guess I'm a WOPDIF, watch other people do it first)
Question by WhyHello | last reply
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Topic by scoochmaroo
I'd like to know how to sew or stitch a patch onto a t-shirt. There is an instructable but I'm not sure what technique to use.
Question by EPL | last reply
I was not raised in an environnement where it was thought to be a suitable activity for a boy. I'm looking for some clues on how to start off. Where to begin with ?
Question by WillZurMacht | last reply
The Mexican Folk Craft people make amazing purses or clutches out of candy wrappers or other forms of paper. Some with zippers and cloth internally. I now how to make the chains to start it off. What I am having problems with is how to sew them together. Please help with a detailed instruction or video.
Question by jpeek | last reply
I would like to make a cardigan out of a sweatshirt and embellish it for the fall. I saw some at the store the other day and they were selling for $50+. I'm a medium sewer, but have never tackled anything like this. Any suggestions/help/ideas?
Question by dearest | last reply
I recently got my hands on an awesome jacket from Goodwill, and it is the perfect material to put a couple patches on. I have a couple designs in mind for the patches I wanna make, but I have no idea where to start, so please help me out. I am a complete newbie too PS printed or sewn patches are both a help, but preferably sewn.
Topic by Schisler7 | last reply
Can't find our Christmas stockings! (We moved) Tomorrow I'm heading out to try to find red and white felt and a glue gun. I don't have a sewing machine or time to learn to knit or crochet. I need to make 4 of them, and they need to be super easy and not take special equipment or a lot of time. So I'm thinking I'll just cut out 8 stocking shapes and glue them together and glue some white trim along the top. And if I get real creative, maybe write the names in glitter glue. I am well aware that this is pretty cheesy, but it's all I've been able to think of. I hope one of you will have a better idea. I don't want to spend a lot of money because I'm convinced the originals will turn up before next year. Any better ideas than glued felt? Thanks.
Question by katetx2001 | last reply
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Topic by Lftndbt | last reply
I had recently made my own school bag out of some, of my excessive amount, of scrap fabric, took pictures of its creation, and then added it to instructables. I have minimal views and no comments. I feel that I have done something wrong in making it or showing how I made it. Can someone give me advice on how to make this better for future references. I know it is entered in the back to school contest but I am not trying to make myself win now, since I messed up. I just want to fix it for later. This is the school bag. https://www.instructables.com/id/Messenger-Bag-Style-LaptopSchool-Bag-W-Adjustabl/
Topic by Crystalline_Chaos | last reply