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Topic by baconnlegs | 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 | 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
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 used to sew quite a bit... 20 years ago. Now I once again have a sewing machine (!!!) and I'm looking for a few good projects to get me back in the saddle. (Or on the treadle.) Smaller, but not too basic projects would be best. I'm not exactly a beginner, but I know I've forgotten a whole lot. Difficulty: I'm a guy. So anything with phrases like "...into a dress" or "adding ruffles to..." or anything else exclusively feminine is not going to pique my interest, though I can probably be persuaded to make a squid hat or an unusual plushie.
Question by Grathio | last reply
I am making a patchwork quilt for an art project and want to machine sew the squares together. I do not want them hemming, I would prefer to have the stitches visable and the square edges butting up to eachother. I understand this would not be as neat and tidy but this is how i want it. Does anyone know a machine stitch that would work well for this? Thanks x
Question by rmarcroft | last reply
Don McCunn shares the lovely Sandra Betzina's (whose own Instructables you may be familiar with) technique for sewing tiny rolled hems perfectly every time. The secret? A bobbin full of fusible thread! Check out his great video for more details, and be sure to share your own inspiration here on Instructabes! Click here: Sewing a Rolled Hem via http://deofsf.com/blog/
Topic by scoochmaroo
It's getting hot in herre! So sew some summer clothes*! It's time for another sweet contest with our friends from Singer! You know what that means - you show off your mad talents and we give you awesome prizes. So start planning your new summer projects, and get ready to hit the ground sewing! *projects need not be limited to items of clothing. clothing was referenced merely for cheap Nelly tie-in.
Topic by scoochmaroo | last reply
It has been recommended by many leather experts to use a strong thread for stitching or sewing leather. Would someone please inform me of the right or best thread to use? Thank you very much!
Question by blkhawk | last reply
I'm a beginner when it comes to sewing, but Zentai suits (Elastic full body suits) seem to have potential to me to make some pretty sweet-sick costumes. Can you sew into Zentai suits? If not, how can you attach things to them as far as costume making goes? Thanks! -xD
Question by ! xD ! | last reply
I've kind of gotten myself into a pickle here.... I ironed interfacing on to the back of my fabric, and then cut out fairly small (2" or so) geometric shapes, thinking the interfacing would keep the fabric from fraying. Unfortunately, it is fraying a bit and I want to fix that. I am horrible with sewing machines though and it is too thick to sew through...I was thinking of maybe finding some magical kind of super sticky fabric tape to cover the edges? Any other suggestions?
Question by shortone | last reply
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
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Does anyone know how I can make a sewing pattern for a tiny teddy bear or does anyone have one? Idealy, I'd like the bear to be about 4 to 6in tall and as I am very new to sewing a very easy one would be preferable! Machine or hand sewn.
Question by mrsthursday | last reply
I am trying to look inside my machine to see if I can fix what is likely a problem with a belt. This video shows my machine and the problem. The machine is a Singer computer 7900 , which as far as I can tell is a Japanese only machine, though it appears similar to other computer machines. What I want to do right now is to remove the cover, but I haven't figure out how to do it. I have taken off two screws on the back top, and I can take off the bottom, and a small screw near the power cord. BUT I can't figure out what else I would need to to get the top off. Any hints?
Topic by asllearner | last reply
We're excited to announce the results of the Etsy and Instructables Sew Useful contest! The rest of the fantastic projects can be found in the Etsy group. Check them out for more inspiration. First PrizesEach winner will receive a Singer QUANTUM(r) 9940 computerized sewing machine.Educational: Rain or Shine Solar Charger by blondietheblondHybrid: Fire Skirt! by laHelpful: Airtight waterproof hearing aid dryer by kerri9494Runners-UpEach winner will receive a laser-etched Leatherman Juice S2 and an Etsy Labs gift box filled with goodies.Educational: Envelope Book by donovanbeesonHybrid: SewUseful Plushie Personal Boom-box / Goodnight Pillow by opcpHelpful: SewUseful Walker Bag With a Professional Touch by pauljuliadesignsAll the winners should watch for a personal message from us for prize claiming instructions.Contratulations to everyone who entered. The high quality and sheer variety of entries made the judging quite difficult- next time we'll see about enlarging the prize pool to celebrate even more of your fabulous work!Special thanks to all of our dedicated judges, who sifted through all 126 awesome entries:adam, adrian1, ashley, Chillionair, canida, daniellexo, emilybidwell, enid, erinhaldrup, ErinS, EtsyTrainee, ewilhelm, HeyMichelle, iheartmoustaches, jessiep, julieincharge, matt, natalie, pt, rachel, RevolvingDork, SarahSays, sarawearsskirts, stellaloella, TeenAngster, Tetranitrate, trebuchet03, and vanessa. For more information on the way we judged this contest, check here.Original contest rules can be found here.
Topic by jessiep