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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bobbins question on: December 09, 2011 02:23:45 PM
Someone just gave me a new sewing machine Smiley (Brother VX-1435), since my old singer has gone beyond hope, it's pretty much a museum piece now Sad...

Anyhow; I've got a lot of bobbins left from my old machine, but they are slightly different from the ones that come with the new machine. (New ones are flat, old ones have a bit of a dome shape); they fit the new one, but I'm afraid to try and sew with them, since I don't want to break the machine a week after getting it. For the life of me I can't seem to find any information on the kind of bobbins this new machine uses. (I guess they want you to buy their own brand bobbins, but since I already have a lot of the old ones, and the "brother" bobbins are kind of expensive around here...)

Is there any difference between these two? Would it cause any problems to just try the old bobbins and see what happens? Would using metal bobbins on a machine that came with plastic bobbins cause any problems?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THESE DRAPED PANTS, I'VE SEARCHED EVERYWHERE!?!? on: February 20, 2011 08:00:11 PM
I'm by no means an expert, so take the following advice with a grain of salt and, as you should always do, make a muslin before you cut into your good/expensive fabrics.

I think the picture is of "cowl pants", and here's what I would do:

1) Take a pattern for trousers that fit you. (Front side on the left, back side on the right).

2) Choose how low you want the "draping to be", make horizontal lines at the desired depth, and make curved lines from the waistline, to the side, as shown.

3) Cut up your pattern through those lines.

4) Arrange them so that the top parts form sort of a horizontal line, with some distance between them (The distance being two times the depth of the "draping", the more distance, the fuller the pants will be). Arrange the rest of the pieces so that the waistlines become curves, and the bottom corners are touching. Turn the hem lines into a curve. (Explaining this with words is hard, just look at the image Smiley)


Now, I'm not exactly sure whether you should cut this cross-grain, or with the grain running vertically, maybe someone with more experience can help, or just make a couple of muslins and see which one hangs best.

To sew them up, just fold it down the middle, and sew the top (going from the waistline down to the middle point), which means you'll have a seam running down the side halfway down the leg, not all the way to the hem, and then sew the rest like you would any other pair of trousers.

Hope this helps! Best of luck, and do post the results if you make them Wink

Source: Adaptations from instructions for a "cowl skirt" in Winifred Aldrich's "Metric pattern cutting".
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help drafting a pattern from line drawings? on: February 05, 2011 04:21:46 PM
Possible? Yes
Will the results be exactly the same? Probably not
Could the results be even better? Possible, yet
Easy? Depends on the pattern and your experience
Disclaimer: Don't take my word for it, I'm a bit of a newb myself, but here's my two cents:

Chances are you won't be able to recreate exactly the same piece, but if you have a block (basic pattern) that fits you, and you know how to adapt it, you could make something that looks a lot like the line drawing. (Then again, if you have those skills, you may prefer to design than try to copy)
The other way to go would be to try and drape it from scratch, but that takes some serious skill, and a pretty good dummy.
Another good idea would be to look through old sewing books (from the time people still made their own clothes regularly). If the pattern is vintage, it is likely those books would give instructions on how to recreate similar garments.

Whichever way you choose, it's gonna take time, and patience, and a lot of not-so-good-looking attempts before you develop the skill, but it's a damn good skill to learn.

And lastly, you could always ask someone with a bit more experience to help you figure it out; maybe you know a seamstress you could coax into helping you?

PS I don't know if I'm allowed to provide links here, so PM me if you want some recommendations on books or websites where you can learn a bit about pattern cutting.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tools for cutting circles on card stock... on: February 23, 2009 02:25:26 PM
I've never used the cutterbee circle cutter, but I don't see why you would need such a strange and clunky aparatus when you could use a simple compass-cutter (which are, by the way, very cheap, price-wise not quality-wise.)
My recommendation would be to get yourself an Olfa compass cutter, they're not expensive at all, and they work for years and years (I've had one for over 3 years and it's working perfectly still.) They even have a rotary circle cutter, if you're cutting fabric.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: a book from single pages? on: February 23, 2009 02:13:51 PM
what you descibed is perfectly reazonable, it's actually used to produce cheap paperbacks.
look up the term "perfect binding" for some ideas on how to do it ^^
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding with single pages on: February 23, 2009 02:04:15 PM
you could try:
japanese stab stitching (where you make holes on the side of the leaves and stitch thorugh them, kinda like sewing, look it up on the web)
perfect-binding (where you stack all your leaves and glue up the spine side of them, again, look it up)
good luck!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Looking for a waistcoat pattern! on: May 04, 2008 12:16:58 AM
Help me find a pattern!! Please!!!
I'm acting in a play in about a month and I made the mistake of writing my character with a blue vest/waistcoat (Which I can't seem to write out without completely messing up the play)... I can't seem to find one at a reasonable price, and I've always wanted to make one... however, I can't seem to find a free pattern anywhere!!! Help! Anyone? (BTW, the character is male, so... a male waistcoat is what I'm looking for Tongue)

(I would buy a pattern but
1) There's nowhere to buy patterns here,
2) If I bought it on the internet, by the time it got here it would be too late and
3 and most important of them all) I just don't have the money Tongue)

I'm looking for something along the lines of this but if you happen to find something like this (Meaning not double-breasted, or with a completely dissimilar shape) links would be appreciated as well. ^^
Thanks in advance everyone ^^

(A little side-question... does anyone have experience with tailored pockets? How much time do they take? Are they too hard to make for a not-so-experienced seamster?)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What clothing could I make for (feminine) male friend's birthday? on: March 18, 2008 08:01:49 PM
+1 on the manskirt!... they look awesome on emo guys ^^
I suggest... depending on how much time you've got left:
- Armwarmers (Tubes of stretchy fabric, something simple) with black lace? (Or pink, or red, whatever he's into)
- A hoodie? They're easy to make (Can't really find the link right now, but there are some kickass tuts around here) embellished with alice in wonderland/some anime he likes appliqu.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Crunchy Clothing... yay! on: February 01, 2008 08:44:44 PM
That is so cute ^^ I love it... I want it!  Smiley
You must have A LOT of patience!...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Attack of the commie baby! on: February 01, 2008 08:36:02 PM
I love that!!!... If I had kids, I would make some of those for them ^^
A teeny tiny bit of constructive criticism... Pay a little more attention to the edges, they look a bit on the wonky side Tongue... I'm sure the recipients are gonna love them though... I know I would!

very very cute!  im kinda slow sometimes though what does that symbol mean?

The hammer and sickle represents communism (It represents the union of the peasants and workers).
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