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learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

To be honest it's probably the machine being somewhat basic and not very powerful. It is possible that the feed dogs and lack of power have something to do with the problem, could be fluff stuck in the mechanism or you might actually have a broken tension dial right out of the box. Only thing you can really do is unthread everything, switch to a premium thread, clean every part of the machine, and then re-thread.

Sewing machine sellers are very good at lying to you about what your machine will be able to do, yours will struggle with jeans for example and quilting will be incredibly difficult. If you have the option of returning and swapping for the much much better Singer 4432 then I would as it's currently very heavily discounted on Amazon.

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learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Nice! It's all metal under the covers and built like a tank so should easily last you 20 years. Really not fun fact: owing to the UK's overpricing on all machines that same one costs £279/$423 over here.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

U.K. Goons. Pfaff hobbylock overlocker is on sale at £529 (US goons take your prices and double them for our prices) on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009A6C576?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_5&smid=A2H2YTM5CIILIH it has auto tension and is the daddy.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

So, anyone want to spend £25 on a mini quilt kit that inadvertently looks like a swastika? Rachel's got you covered. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachels-Gre...lting+templates

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

What you want is a new rear end singer. The singer 9960 quantum stylist is literally exactly everything you listed.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Bugger, this isn't the bird thread, sorry.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

If you don't like zig zags then the third stretch stitch here is an option:

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

It's a great machine, their industrial stuff is made in Japan not China so the quality is higher than Chinese made stuff. I'm not sure what else to add to that, if you use straight stitch now and want to upgrade then you are on the right path


My new sewing room, which has my bed in it but beggars can't be choosers. The tables and wardrobe all have my sewing stuff in them. It's currently in Quilting configuration, I have a huge fold out table to go at right angles for marking out patterns. Don't be tempted to get those for your sewing machine to go on btw, they start to bounce when the machine is on. I learned this the hard way.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I add to my friend goon's suggestion with the advice that you secure your wadding/battling in place with some sort of adhesive before sewing, I favour craft spray glue. It is the good kind of cheating.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

What does massively help if you can't get a proper sewing desk is a some form of armless chair that goes up and down. I have a desk chair on rollers for scooting up and down on and now a leather barstool with a high back for the machines.

I hate my overlocker. One of the more basic yet metal bodied singer ones. Used it for about a year and the chuffing thing's tensions were always off and it kept snapping the lower threads. I kind of got it working in one three thread mode but the snapping remained. Lost the manual in the house move and googled it.
Imagine the string of expletives not heard outside of a dockyard that came pouring out of my mouth when I discovered that Singer had updated the manual, to include a tiny little box at the end of the threading instructions because they had missed a step. Turns out you have to ignore what the paper manual says when it tells you to thread the upper threads first. Now you do them last, and you have to manually make sure they have looped round the long thin thing or thread them again and again until they do. Ffffffffffffffffff

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Itís really odd that I have this blog post about making your own jeans saved but here you go https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/did-you-make-that/2013/jul/02/how-to-make-your-own-jeans

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

legendof posted:

If you just want to make a unisex tee, just trace a shirt you already have - I wouldn't bother to buy a pattern for something that straightforward. If you haven't done that before, watch a YouTube tutorial.

Very simple how to

1. Get a seam ripper and unpick everything.
2. Carefully cut it to where the stitches were.
3. Trace out on to paper but donít cut it out.

You now have a pattern with just the stitching line on it. You need to add second lines running 1cm (1/4 inch) away from your stitching line, and cut round them.

If it were a traditional pattern it would look like

Cutting line-> | : <-stitching line

Where people go wrong is to just unpick and trace, or to trace round the whole thing and end up with a t-shirt wonky or small.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I know this one by hard won experience.

Fabric shrinks, rayon can shrink by 20%. What happened was it shrank and the stitches pulled the fabric apart.

You need to pre-wash and iron all your fabric before you sew, and then as you go along use an iron with the steam off (I use a travel iron) on all of your seams to set the stitches.

WrenP-Complete posted:

I mostly make boring cotton things so not sure I have much to contribute on this question, sorry.

Anyone have recommendations for a simple garment pattern book. I had one recommended to me but I can't remember the name. It may have been https://www.amazon.com/Simply-Sewn-Clothes-Every-Season/dp/1620337290/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526925341
or https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Homemade-Simple-Everyday-Designs/dp/4805312874/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526925341

Lol hello wrenP

My advice it to avoid the books and get vogue starter patterns. (Avoid McCall like the plague), more expensive than other brands but they are much cleaner, have better instructions and seperate the sizes better. What companies do is get the middle size and then just draw the smaller and larger sizes next to them. Our bodies donít work like that So if you get a pattern that is size 8-16 then size 12 will be perfect but 8 and 16 will be well out.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Anne Whateley posted:

At each step I ironed more than I have ever ironed in my life, cumulatively

Two other things I can think of is that your thread shrunk, if the thread you used was shiny then It would be it. Or, you didnít finish off the edges and it frayed - thatís an easy thing to fix next time with a overlocking foot on your machine or zig zag scissors.

Rayon will fade in the was but It really shouldnít disintegrate all on its own. ???

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Posting with a uk bargain for thread. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/55-Assor...872.m2749.l2649

55 rolls for £25 and itís the same as gutermann sew all.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

So the Singer overlocker/serger I have absolutly hated for as long as I have owned it finally died, it snarled itís last fabric and lunched itís own timing.

Need a new one that isnít absolutly dreadful to thread, has to be budget, Iím thinking Brother but I donít know the difference between each model and the internet is not being helpful.

Also I started a dress with really really expense fabric before I moved house a year ago. Found the fabric pieces all nicely cut out and interfaced and the bodice all assembled but not the instructions. There is so much fabric for the skirt, like four times as much fabric as you would expect and in 12 pieces that this must involve pleats or gathers of some kind. Mystery dress is a go!

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

So after much deliberation and reading of online manuals I went for the Brother M343D https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06WLQ8DBY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Itís latest generation with the more finely tuned threading system and lever/wheel placement, however they have removed the extra feet which you do get with the old bottom of the range one.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Using my free arm right now so yeh, this is what it looks like when you pull the front off.



learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Ohh I couldnít work it out.

First thought was I would go with there wolfís idea with the balloon but use a beach ball. But then I remembered it would be like that whole making a tin man/robot costume out of boxes, spraying them silver and then taping them in to it thing - at some point they will need to go to the toilet. so hinges would need to be added.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Put a needle in it and turn that wheel, if the needle goes clunk then itís hosed beyond repair. You can test it by doing the glueing thing and manually turning the wheel, if it sews properly then you can work out what to do next

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Iíd get it serviced, they will need to check the motor as well.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I know this is a huge ego post but I wanted to show you all my completed sewing room (my bedroom) set up because itís been days of hauling furniture around.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I have a big built in cupboard for fabric and a old antique child size wardrobe which has things like patterns and ribbons in it - the thing in that room I would be lost without are the bedside tables with the draws, before them every time I sat down I had to spend ages just hunting for something I was using yesterday.

I love that brother serger, itís really basic but a million times better than the metal carcassed singer I had before which was impossible to thread and then finally, thankfully, lunched itís own timing. One of my nanís Best bits of advice was to have very different coloured threads in your serger, only fabrics it will look odd on are lightweight whites and itís rare you use them, means you can immediately identify and fix the problem thread without having to play the terrible rethreading game.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

To be honest I do four thread overlock on absolutely everything and use the rolled hem foot on my sewing machine on raw edges - kind of burned by that singer in that Iíve got it set up right and working and Iíll be damned if I change anything now.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Oh yes you can buy many feet, Iíve bought three of these, one for spare one as a gift.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/KING-DO-WAY-Domestic-Machine/dp/B071NNDDXJ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1540158213&sr=8-4&keywords=Sewing+foot+set

https://www.amazon.com/Professional...sewing+foot+set

A few of them will change the way you sew, the 1/4 foot especially, you canít see it in that picture very well but another helpful thing is to stick in a long bit of tape and draw your seam margin all along it, so you can guide your material along it a lot easier.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

If you have a top loading washing machine then what you do is let it soak in cold gentle soapy water then spin it out - repeat till itís clear. If you donít then put it on top of a sheet in the bath/shower and do it by hand. Make sure you dry flat rather than hang so the fibres donít get pulled apart.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Probably about 7

Another Wize thing is donít bother buying those multi packs of cheap thread, get big 1000 yard rolls of gutterman sew all in black and white and then buy small rolls of colours as you need them, Iíd say until you have built a nice collection but until?, there is no limit to how many colours I need lol

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Because I donít have Facebook...

I bought 3kg of scrap fabric from a luxury lamp making business of all places for £14 on eBay and yes a lot of crap with some liberty and hand made prints but holy poo poo this panel.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Please learn from me, if you plan on doing quilting ever, say no to jelly rolls, and certainly say no to jelly rolls you make yourself.

I have spent literally weeks pinning and sewing strips together and never again. Itís been like mort cleaning binkieís stable.

Buy fat quarters, square them off and do this instead. https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/magic-8-half-square-triangle-units-2821440

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I frustrated posted, I sewed 90 FQ length 2 1/2 strips in groups of three in preparation for a king size sampler quilt, and completely burned out. Saying that Iím now at the stage where the main centre piece is about to come together and now Iím thinking the end result will be worth it.

As I posted the postman brought the teddy bear pattern for one of my teenage daughters so now itís all got to be put on hold. This is Ďciting, sheís done patchwork stuff before but this is her first pattern so I get to teach her how to cut stuff out properly and read them and whatnot

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I really wish this country had the same quilting tradition that America has, outside of London quilting bees simply donít exist. would make the more tedious stages way less annoying if I could just look at another pattern for a few hours. May end up splitting this into two and giving them to the kids to sofa sit with though, I can see it going into storage and being babied if I donít.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Correct me if Iím wrong but this isnít ďsomething to do with weightsĒ is it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmLlYrWaTTA

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I totally get the not doxing oneís own children thing but enquiring minds need to know.

How did the willy wonka Halloween costume go on the day?

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I got a quilting book recommendation https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N9IDK70/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o03_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is genius, what she does is use needle punched battling cut into squares and pieces directly onto it, and assembles as blocks, that way you got the battling and top already done before the backing goes on.

Iím going to be using this method to log cabin all my scrap as I accumulate it from now on.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Fabulous! I hope you all won first prize

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Iím still relatively new to quilting, have just spent a lot of time on a few large and repetitive projects, and Iíd never heard of needle punched battling. Fleece backing sounds like the way to go thank you, without it it could end up too thin in general.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Iíve been sewing stuff for 10 years now and Iím constantly amazed at how little I know, most feet are a mystery to me, I got put off doing shirt collars for years because of a Mcalls pattern that was marked as easy but was anything but and the list goes on.

Blog bit:
I had this teacher at school by the name of Mrs Batt ďĒITíS GOT TWO Ts!Ē who was dreadful unless at age 12 and in your first lesson you could already thread a sewing machine she put you on some sort of twisted hate list and from that day on concentrated on people she called ďnatural talentĒ. Couldnít be bothered to actually teach basically.
Before I dropped the class at her insistence I made an appliquť peg bag for my mother, when Bat was showing off everyoneís work to the class she ignored mine so I thought well all right then. 15 years later I saw she was still using it and it was legitimately really good (ended up lasting 20 years) and that was when I got back into sewing.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Schmetz needles do not deserve the good reviews on Amazon. Not designed for the more powerful machines at all. First you find out that the eyes are too small for the automatic threader and then they hit the foot and snap.

learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

Brace yourselves, itís Pantoneís colour of the year time, this is the colour that will be in all the new fabrics in 2019...

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2018/dec/06/living-coral-pantone-colour-of-the-year-2019

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learnincurve
May 15, 2014

Smoosh

I just realised where I have seen that before.




My old lady shopping trolly

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