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[personal profile] rydra_wong
In case anyone feels like combining their sewing and their activisting -- a crafter friend who knows that I find hand-sewing soothing sent me links to some of the amazing suffragette banners as inspiration, and now I'm plotting:


(Another friend has advised that reverse applique may be best for lettering.)
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Pay $10 to $12 per pair of Babylegs? No thanks.

Raid the Target novelty sock bin at $2 a pair and make your own? Yes, please!

These get heavy use in our house since Baby Human is in cloth diapers most of his waking hours. Now I don't cringe when they get stained or accidentally thrown in the dryer.

I cut and sewed all of these in a little under an hour:

Pictures )

(x-posted to my journal)
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[personal profile] lizcommotion

My sewing machine is ancient and needs maintenance and I know this.

My father is embarking on an Ambitious Sewing Project, which fortunately my sister is mentoring him on because she has way more sewing experience than I do. (It involves making backpacking supplies himself. Just don't ask and roll with this one because he is doing it no matter what anyone says.)

He is looking for a sewing machine to do the project, but will probably not be doing much sewing after that. So, used would be good, or inexpensive but not one that is a pain in the ass to use.

Things the machine needs to do:
  • Sew a straight stitch (both forwards and in reverse)
  • Sew a zigzag stitch
  • Sew thin slippery nylon fabric without flipping out and puckering, etc.
Also he is having a bit of a, "What brand? Where do I buy this machine?" Kind of moment. Being that I am the kind of person who is on a budget, I mentioned Costco having sales on sewing machines around the holidays. He was not sure if their machines would be of the best quality/be able to meet his needs.

Help? I am not sure there is One Right Answer, but any advice on brands/prices/locations to buy machines would be greatly appreciated.
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(I didn't see any rules against this sort of post, but if this isn't allowed please let me know, or just delete.)

I am in the midst of trying to sell a LOT of vintage sewing patterns. Etsy has not been that great for me, so I am closing my Etsy shop. Enter coupon code MOVING for 25% off your entire order - CraftOverflowShop

I also have a shop on Zibbet I am still setting up, not much there yet - CraftOverflow

I have at least three hundred patterns still in boxes from the 40's onward though most of them are from the 50's - 70's. Many of them are uncut and mostly misses', juniors', and kids' sizes. If you're looking for something specific, let me know and I'll see what I have!

Thanks for looking! :)
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[personal profile] miss_s_b
Has anyone else been watching it?


I'm all sad now it's finished :(
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[personal profile] eldritch_panda
Hey Everyone!

I was curious if anyone might have a tutorial or two they'd like to share concerning altering tshirts. I seem to have a bunch of tshirts from events and cons, and a lot of times I want to buy tshirts from my favorite places. Yet I'd really rather have something a bit more stylish. So I want to try and combine the two. I'm looking for basic tutorials, like how to alter the crew neckline to be more open (especially when it's reinforced like a lot of mens' shirts), and more fashion-oriented ones like how to dress it up (or trash it up).

I'm planning on spending some time googling as well (I've already found this tutorial). I just thought folks might have some favorites. Or maybe there is a great DIY site out there I'm missing out on.
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
Hello, fine sewing folks! I am interested in doing some free machine sewing/embroidery/quilting what have you. It seems fun! I am, however, at a loss for how to lower the feed dogs on my machine. All I know is that the manual troubleshooting guide says that if the fabric isn't moving, it's because the feed dogs are lowered...but it doesn't say how to do this on purpose. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to figure this out for a Brother LS-1217 machine (don't laugh, I've had it for a couple decades!) or at least where I might be able to find such information. Thanks so much!


Jan. 2nd, 2013 08:42 pm
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[personal profile] sewcute
What are you working on right now? (Post as a new entry with pictures!!)
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
[personal profile] lizcommotion's friend is a rec therapist at a Children's Rehab Hospital in Washington, DC, and is in particular need of brown (rather than white) Medical Play Dolls:

Basically, a medical play doll is a basic doll form with no face or hair or clothes or decoration or anything. [...] Her hospital needs more dolls in various shades of brown for therapy where the child decorates the doll to look like themselves (which is why you wouldn't decorate it), and then whenever the child needs to have a procedure done the Rec Therapist and the child act out the procedure on the doll first so the kid knows what to expect.

This can be knitted, crocheted or sewn.

Full details at lizcommotion's journal here.
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
I managed to find a space for the sewing machine amidst the great carpet-replacement-in-the-office-and-craft-room-project to whip up this Log Cabin Pincushion from Modern Log Cabin Quilting (note: link goes to the blog, which also links to the book itself).

I think if I did it again I would have a greater variety between light and dark fabric, but I really wanted to play off the "two varieties of the same fabric" theme. And now at last I have a pincushion that is larger than 1" square, thank goodness.
1 photo behind the cut )
I'm really a fan of the book, though, so I'm going to try out some more of the projects as soon as I have room again.
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[community profile] hp_fanworks is seeking Harry Potter crafters and crafts! [community profile] hp_fanworks is a place to post and share your Harry Potter-related creations. All pairings and gen are welcome, and we'd really love to see more crafts and crafters!

We accept art, fiction, graphics, icons, fanmixes, crafts, vids, podfic and more. If you made it and it's Harry Potter-related, feel free to post it!

Thanks to [personal profile] sewcute for letting us do promo on this community! :)
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
I finally got my sewing space set up...and then we had to move before I got a chance to sew anything. We are in the new place now (finally), but my crafting table is being used as an impromptu computer table. Today I just had such an urge to sew (after years of not doing much more than hemming pants) that I commandeered another table and set up the ironing board in the middle of the room.

I've been itching to try crazy quilting for ages. So I did:

12" x 12" crazy quilt block in purples, pinks, blues, and teals, mainly batiks I had in my stash:

2 photos below the cut )

I'm not sure what I want to do with it, though. I had planned to turn it into a throw pillow, but it doesn't really match the other rooms in my house and it's so distinctly "me in high school when I was buying lots of fabric" that I'm not sure who else would have a space for it in their house. But as a lap blanket, I bet I could find a spot for it...hmm...I do have lots of that fabric to use up...

There are still a few places I want to do some embellishments, mainly so I can secure a few angled edges that didn't get sewn down (the edges are just ironed under and pinned down). So I think I might play with that some and then see how I feel.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

cross-posted to my journal
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[personal profile] miss_s_b
... is a dress I made for Miss Holly to wear to her birthday party on Sunday. I knocked it up in three hours, from sketching it on paper to letting her try it on, and... I'm pretty bloody pleased with it if I'm honest. It's not perfect, and if I was doing it again there's a couple of things I'd change, but I'm happy with the overall design and shape, and most important of all, Holly LOVES it. She's described it as "epic", which is the best compliment you can get from a nearly-9-year-old....

hastily snapped on phone in dark room pics below the cut )

((X-posted personal journal and [community profile] sewing))
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[personal profile] miss_s_b
I have sadface, because today was the last day of my sewing class. I am going to miss all the girls, and I'm going to miss Angela (the tutor) too. At the beginning of the course, I had never used a sewing machine before, although I was pretty good at hand sewing. At the end of the class, I have made several items (I am wearing the pyjamas now!) and I have learned:
  • Threading, basic functions, etc, on four different machines.
  • changing stitch style/length/width on each of those machines
  • changing needles too
  • Using sewing patterns and how to translate the hieroglyphics on them
  • basic alterations to sewing patterns
  • Using interfacings of various types
  • finishing raw edges in five different ways
  • four different types of seam
  • three different types of hem
  • seam/hem allowances and why they are how they are and how to use them
  • stay-stiching, topstitching, and various other useful techniques and when to use them
  • V-necks, elasticated waist, cap sleeves, drop shoulders
  • applique (my pyjama top has applique dalek and tardis on)
  • various things about fitting
  • how to make bias binding
  • gathers, tucks & pleats
I learned all of these things hands on making real Things, and they've all turned out great, and I really loved the course, and I am totally signing up for the "advanced" course with the same tutor which starts in september. I may post proud pictures of the projects later, when I have taken them...

I figure there's not much chance of any of you living near me, but if you do, I totally recommend Angela's courses. She's a very fair and patient tutor (and you need to be to deal with me) who never stops smiling and offering useful advice. You can sign up for the next ones from half way through June, on the local council's website.
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[personal profile] miss_s_b
So, having taken into account what you guys all said, and had a play on a couple of machines in a couple of places, and read LOTS of reviews on patternreview.com (MAN that site is busy!) I have placed an order for...

A secondhand Huqvarna Lily 555. Which comes with lots of accessories and stuff that the original owner bought, on top of all the accessories it came with originally, and a manual, and a two year parts and labour warranty.

It's being dispatched on Monday (I spoke to the dealer this morning). It might arrive Monday afternoon, or it might be Tuesday morning.

I am very very excited LOL.
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Did You Make That reports that the BBC are going to be making a sewing competition programme. Sadly this is slightly too early in my skill attainment cycle for me to even consider, but maybe some of you guys would be eligible and fancy it?
This is what their press release says:

Are you serious about sewing?

Is your home full of your own creations?

Do people admire your handmade clothes?

We’re looking for men and women who love sewing to take part in a brand new TV series.

From skirts to shirts, blinds to bags; if you’re at home behind a sewing machine and a dab hand with a needle and thread, we’d love to hear from you.

To find out more contact us now:
020 7067 4822 / sewing@loveproductions.co.uk

For an application form go here.

There are a couple of stipulations.

You must be a UK resident.
You must be available for filming in July.
It'd be awesome if somebody from this community got on there!

((X-posted personl DW and [community profile] sewing))
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So, my sewing course with my mum is going great. I've made two bags and a pencil case (I can do zips now! zips are cool! [/obscuredoctorwhoreference]), and I think I'm to a point where I'm ready to try making something to actually wear. With that in mind, Did You Make That ([syndicated profile] did_you_make_that_feed) is hosting a pyjama bottoms sewalong thing which I thought I might take part in.

Any of you guys planning on joining in? Or hadn't heard about it but might join in now you have?

ETA: now with button to put in your sidebar/blog!

<a href="http://didyoumakethat.wordpress.com/tag/pyjama-party/"> <> <img src="http://didyoumakethat.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/pyjama-party-button.jpg" w=125 h=125> </a>
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[personal profile] miss_s_b
Amazingly, I have a refund to come from the utility company, and will actually have a little bit of money to play with soon. This means I also have some decisions to make. As I mentioned in the previous post, my current machine is bloody awful. Specifically, it is this one, which my mum bought new for twenty pounds. It doesn't like any thickness of fabric beyond a couple of layers of standard cotton, but the foot doesn't actually press down hard enough if the fabric is thin enough for it to sew; the tension adjustment is totally bizarre - it's either way too loose, or thread-snappingly tight with nothing in between... Yeah, I could go on, but you get the picture.

If I scrimp and scrape, and including the nice fat refund I have coming, I might be able to run to 350-400 pounds for a machine. That's going to give me quite a lot of choice. So, I have a couple of questions. I'm planning on doing a reasonable amount with clothes, simple stuff to begin with, but I'll probably want to at least be able to do denim, which apparently most cheaper machines can't deal with. I'd also like to be able to (for example) run up a pair of curtains without having to sit hand sewing them for a full day. I really am not interested in embroidery functions. With those points in mind:
  1. Am I better off going for a semi-industrial machine with less stitches but more power, or will I really miss things like automatic buttonholes?

  2. Would I be better using all the money for one machine, or splitting it and getting a reasonable machine and a cheap overlocker (serger)? Or even JUST getting a good overlocker?

  3. What brands should I look at? And which ones should I really avoid? (for instance, I have heard good things about Husqvarna/Viking - which are the ones they have at my class - Janome, Bernina, and old Singers; and bad things about Brother, modern Singer, Toyota and I have experience of the crapness of Hyundai. But what about Pfaff? Or other brands?

  4. What are the code words, for want of a better term, that I should look for that will tell me this machine can do denim or this machine can only handle light fabrics?

  5. Given the issues that seem to surround tension, is it worth looking at a machine with automatic tension?

Thanks for all your patience with me as a novice :)
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[personal profile] via_ostiense
I took care of a number of sewing WIPs before I moved last month, and I posted about two quilts and one reupholstered chair (and some re-covered cushions, but I did those a year ago) on my journal.

sewing projects
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So on Thursday I had my first sewing class, and learned the basics of using a sewing machine. It all seemed to go pretty well, and I made a sampler testing all the various stiches the machine could do, and then I sewed my initials onto it. Then I got told to pick a project from the easy projects for beginners box, so I chose a drawstring bag pattern and got started, following the instructions etc.

At the end of class I hadn't finished my bag so I decided to take it home and finish it off at some point before the next class. I decided I would have a go on the little sewing machine my mum had given me. So I made a liner for the bag and sewed it in, and I just need to get the actual cord for the drawstring to finish it. This all seemed to go reasonably well; the machine was a bit slow, but I was kind of grateful for that in the beginning.

Emboldened by my successes, I decided to sew together a duvet cover which I have had the bits for for a while, but hadn't got around to doing yet. Not long into doing this, I made an important discovery: the little sewing machine that my mum gave me is the worst sewing machine in the world. I finished the duvet cover, but it didn't take me a much shorter time than it would have done doing it by hand because not only is the machine incredibly slow even with my foot right down (yeah, you can tell my confidence went up LOL), but there was all the stopping to rethread the machine when the tension went wonky and the top thread snapped or the bottom spool decided to stick or various other things went wrong.

However, I have chosen to view this as a learning experience. I have now had lots of practise in threading, and buggering about with spools and bobbins, and swearing at the damn thing. Also, when it gets to the point when I decide to but a GOOD sewing machine, I am going to appreciate it SO MUCH...

Also, I am now lying under my duvet in its new duvet cover, and it feels pretty good :)
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