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Posted by baconnlegs 9 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
"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?
Posted by stasterisk 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
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?
Posted by Toga_Dan 6 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
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!!
Asked by isbltchi 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
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!
Posted by rachel 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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.
Posted by timmycutts 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
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!!
Posted by zipped_shut 7 years ago
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.
Posted by tlfiredragon 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
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
Posted by Toga_Dan 6 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
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!
Asked by Sakhmet007 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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!
Posted by amnehxentrix 7 years ago
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
Posted by piroska1063 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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
Asked by Pwethior1 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hi All, I love sewing and went to store to buy some fabrics and saw this warning, Fabrics contain formaldehyde which can cause cancer. Is this true? how can I protect myself. will washing the fabric prior to use help? please advise
Asked by Clueless2010 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Asked by razalaugh 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
They are a size 10. I want to make them for my daughter, to buy them is expensive.
I have a hole in the back of my favorite jeans I tried sewing them but as I am a novice in that department the hole opened up at the worst of times in class the hole is on the side of my right back pocket and I was wondering if I can fix it with out resorting to a patch? 1st Picture is the hole after previous attempt 2nd Pic is previous attempt at fixing them
Asked by 10mmrookie 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
These are brand new dress shirts and I don't want to ruin them.
I want to take some of my old t shirts and turn them into a great skirt with these points like a handkerchief .there made with 3 shirts and I've seen them before but I want to make my own.
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.
Asked by Grathio 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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
Asked by rmarcroft 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
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/
Posted by scoochmaroo 8 years ago
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.
Posted by scoochmaroo 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
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!
Asked by blkhawk 6 years ago | last reply 4 months ago
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
Asked by ! xD ! 8 years ago | last reply 5 years ago