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Re: sewing

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Nov 11, 2008 22:15

DimitraDaisy wrote:
kingofpartick wrote:i'm going to loaf about for a few days first.

maybe i should break the habit of a lifetime and read the instructions first.
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Re: sewing

Post by mop » Tue Nov 11, 2008 22:18

kingofpartick wrote:i'm going to loaf about for a few days first.

maybe i should break the habit of a lifetime and read the instructions first.
I have the same plan!

I think Sam was expecting me to use it tonight but I'm too tired and will only make an arse of things if I try tonight. This one has automatic threading, Im crossing my fingers that it does what it says on the tin, i can never thread a machine.

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Re: sewing

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Nov 11, 2008 22:26

i haven't used a sewing machine since Home Economics at shool.

how hard can it be.
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Re: sewing

Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Nov 11, 2008 22:34

kingofpartick wrote:i haven't used a sewing machine since Home Economics at shool.

how hard can it be.
Depends on the model! Mine is nice and new and is simple as hell to thread as the steps are numbered on the machine. However, I took a class a few months ago and had to use the shop's older-than-god machine and I had to have my hand held with that antiquity. Getting the rather heavy bobbin in just right was rewarding, though.
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Re: sewing

Post by stolenwine » Tue Nov 11, 2008 23:31

mop wrote:
kingofpartick wrote:i'm going to loaf about for a few days first.

maybe i should break the habit of a lifetime and read the instructions first.
I have the same plan!

I think Sam was expecting me to use it tonight but I'm too tired and will only make an arse of things if I try tonight. This one has automatic threading, Im crossing my fingers that it does what it says on the tin, i can never thread a machine.
wheee! you have to tell me all about this mysterious automatic threader once you get into it! i hope an automatic threader is as awesome as it sounds.
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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Wed Nov 12, 2008 01:59

I think my came with an automatic threader but I've never used it.
Mostly because I can figure out how to thread machines the old fashion way but using the treader would require reading the manual and while I'm no man, I don't like to read those things either.
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Re: sewing

Post by Sylvie » Wed Nov 12, 2008 09:31

Gosh, I can thread a sewing machine really quickly. Probably 10-20 seconds or something, which sort of begs the question why don't I sew more often! I used to find reloading the spool a pain in the arse on industrial machines, but it's much easier on newer domestic models.

Has anyone ever attached a corset to the inside of a dress? In my head it would work, but I'm a bit scared to spend £85 on a corset for it to be a disaster.
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Re: sewing

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:06

hopefully gav can work out how to thread my machine and then show me. and then i can make all those lovely dresses i've been thinking up.

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Re: sewing

Post by Nicole Diver » Sat Nov 15, 2008 14:35

I've just made the entire bodice from my own (clearly very poor) design without a seam allowance. Argh. Will it look terrible if I just stick some extra panels in the back? I really don't want to waste the time or material to start again!

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Re: sewing

Post by kingofpartick » Sun Nov 16, 2008 20:22

if anyone is looking for a sewing machine, my mother is getting rid of hers. I need to check the brand, but its from John Lewis, cost £120, has never been out the box, and she isn't likely to use it so she wants rid of it. I'm going to stick it on ebay for her, but before i do, if anyone is interested in a brand new decent machine for £90 or nearest offer give me a shout.
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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Mon Nov 17, 2008 03:47

but if you keep it, you and Lynsey can have sewing face-offs.
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Re: sewing

Post by kingofpartick » Tue Nov 18, 2008 08:16

yubo wrote:but if you keep it, you and Lynsey can have sewing face-offs.
as much fun as that would be, i suspect there is little room in our flat for two brand new in box never used sewing machines.
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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Wed Nov 19, 2008 00:04

maybe you can deflate the dalek?
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Re: sewing

Post by let it ride » Wed Nov 19, 2008 00:28

I did some sewing (by hand) last night, and ended up staying up til 4 to finish it. I was shortening a dress (haha). It was a really flimsy material to start with, kind of matte flimsy if it makes any sense, so my mum recommended me to do it by hand rather than machine. Anyway, this dress was patterned on a navy background, with a navy border at the bottom bit. Wanting to keep the border, I had to basically merge the top of the border with the right height on the dress where I wanted it shortened. It turned out fine, but I kind of hope my shoddy sewing doesn't make 3 inches of ass-covering border fall off when I'm trying to meet Cardinals tomorrow. I would be beyond horrified. It is accidentally a TAD too short now anyway, definitely shorter than I was planning on making it, the slidey material just made it so hard to get right!
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Re: sewing

Post by let it ride » Thu Dec 04, 2008 14:08

That dress actually turned out so great! I felt really happy wearing it, both for day time and night time. Felt appropriate for both, thankfully. I was worried it was too short.

Today I'm starting on my sewing pile. I'm doing it all by hand because, well, it's easier than getting the machine out at the moment, plus it's nice to do it in front of a film. Some of it is really easy, just mending where seams have ripped on a bolero and a cashmere jumper.

I also need to make some short-sleeved cardigans into boleros because I'd use them a lot more that way. Plus, I have a grey cashmere cardigan where the elbow has finally worn through completely, so I thought I'd try to make a shawl/scarf from it. Cashmere is the warmest, loveliest thing, so I might as well try to make more use out of it!
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Re: sewing

Post by !seamonkey! » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:20

lynsosaurus wrote:Erm, does anyone want to come round my house and show me how to thread my sewing machine?
HAHAHA I had to have my P.U.N.K ex-gf named Heavenly *Seriously!* come over and show me how to thread my machine...i'm so ashamed

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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Mon Jan 19, 2009 21:24

I'm going to Ikea tonight to get a new shelf but am scared about seeing all their textiles. I can't remember, was someone saying somewhere that they were no good? or the opposite?
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Re: sewing

Post by crystalball » Mon Jan 19, 2009 22:30

They are good for making curtains, cushions, that sort of thing, but I don't think they would make good clothes. I mean, I haven't tried (and never will as I'm rubbish at sewing) but they don't look they would feel very comfortable against the skin. Hang on, I'll just try put some of that fabric against my skin... Nah, no good.

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Re: sewing

Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Jan 20, 2009 00:59

yubo wrote:I'm going to Ikea tonight to get a new shelf but am scared about seeing all their textiles. I can't remember, was someone saying somewhere that they were no good? or the opposite?
Was that me? I flippin' LOVE Ikea's fabrics! I coo over them every time I go. But Marianthi is right; they are only for curtains, table covers, pillows, etc. Which is a shame as some of those patterned fabrics would make some gorgeous mod shift dresses. And I sure as hell don't ever want to make a set of curtains again.
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Re: sewing

Post by yubo » Tue Jan 20, 2009 04:49

thanks for the input.
I didn't actually see anything I wanted to buy (other then the shelf I went for).
though, that home decor weight is good for tote bags if any of you are looking for things to make with it!
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