So, my fantabulous Huskylock s25 is supposed to arrive by UPS today, so I've been on a serger research rampage for the last couple weeks. One of the only "cons" of the s25 that I've seen mentioned is the lack of a free arm, but some reviewers are dismissing that as a non-issue because you can always "sew inside the circle" for hemming sleeves or pant legs.
I *think* I have an idea of what this "sewing inside the circle" means, but would really appreciate it if anyone can confirm. Diagrams or YouTube videos would be especially awesome.
I'll be sure to post a review of the s25 after a couple weeks of fiddling with it, because there doesn't seem to be much out there on this machine. I know serger basics from high school Home Ec but have sewn exclusively on a 1950's Singer Slant-o-Matic for the last 5 years, so buying the s25 is a little like going from a Huffy with training wheels straight to a Lance Armstrong racing bike (or, perhaps, a 500HP Harley). The deal was just too good to pass up!
It is no fun walking around with 10 pounds on your shoulder... lightness is key I think.
I just weighed my purse: 13 pounds. On a single 1/2" strap. My back and shoulders probably hate me.
Loving all the great ideas from the board. I'm leaning towards making the hoops from irrigation tubing because it's super-cheap (100 feet for $25, leaving plenty of budget for foil tape from identi-tape.com) and I can make hoops larger than what seems to be out there in terms of pre-made hula hoops. I'm concerned about foamcore or mache because if even one ring gets bent or cracked, the whole thing will stop moving correctly.
I got an Alchemy bid for $150 to make the rings out of lightweight resin, but they wouldn't be silver, they'd be in 2 pieces each, and it wouldn't include a bodice/harness, so the total cost could top $200. I have a lovely handy boyfriend who can help with putting the rings together with nuts and bolts so the major remaining problem is the harness. I'm studying like mad for the LSAT right now but I'll get working on this gyro in earnest come mid-June and will keep Craftster posted!
Do you see the ring that's connected by arms to her body suit? I think it's also connected behind her back to give some stability. If you had a backpack like harness, you could use that point to start with, and then possibly stabilize with non-rigid material, like fishing line or something, at the sides. You're going to need at least two, and preferably three points where it connects, so that it doesn't move independently of you.
Personally, I'd look into hula hoops. I know people custom make those, and that process would yield you hoops that are light, balanced, and even.
I think you're right. IIRC when the whole thing is flattened out, Gaga's gyro has all the rings lined up with that innermost one in the position it's in in that picture. I'm definitely looking at hula hoops and have discovered a new (and fascinating!) world of custom hula hoop makers, hoop dancers, and hula hoop enthusiast communities! Will hit up the hardware store this weekend to check out various irrigation and PPE tubing. My boyfriend collected what seems like DOZENS of inner-frame daypacks with hip belts when he worked at an outdoors store, so I might need to pilfer one for a harness/base.
One concern is resistance to bumping/jostling. Gaga doesn't wear this thing fighting through crowds to get up to a bar or on a crowded dance floor or walking around a house party, so she doesn't need to worry about her (acrylic? my best guess on what hers is made of) rings shattering or sharp edges slicing people up. I'll be putting the rings together in a way that the whole thing can flatten out with all the rings aligned in just 2-dimensions, but I'll still be HUGE in 2 dimensions. Being a HUGE circle of aluminum-flashing razor edges might not make me terribly popular at soirees.
Cardboard was my initial idea but I was worried that corrugated rings might bend/crimp if someone runs into it. I hadn't thought of doubling it up... I think I'll making a practice double-thick ring this weekend. That corrugated translucent plastic stuff that USPS flats and some realtor signs are made of might work, too. It does seem to get a little spendy, though. And my clumsy self cringes at the disaster potential of spending several hours hacking at tough plastic with an Xacto... ouch.
I think the engineering of the bodice is my biggest problem at this point :/
I'm hellbent on making a Lady Gaga gyroscope for Halloween.
Obviously, she has access to a whole crew of craft folks and basically unlimited funds, so mine won't be anywhere near as nice. I figure I'll do an over-shoulder harness instead of the balanced-on-hips rig hers has, and I think my hoops might need to be a tubular material rather than flat (I can't find mirrored plexi/acrylic sheets that large, and it would be price-prohibitive and impossible to cut DIY even if I did). Mine will probably be slightly smaller and have a couple fewer hoops.
I'm thinking the hoops will end up being made of some sort of rigid tubing (http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html suggests irrigation tubing). My main concerns there would be weight and whether drilling holes to thread nuts and bolts through the diameters of the tubes to connect them with nuts and bolts might make weak spots. Whatever I use to make it, it'll probably be foil taped to give it the metallic look.
Can anyone think of anything I'm overlooking? Or any boards/sites where I might get better responses? I threw a request up on Etsy Alchemy but I'm not optimistic someone is willing/able to make it well for the $150 I'm willing to spend. So... give me your best ideas for DIY-ing this biatch
I guess I'm just not picturing how it's suppose to go together. Do you need to start off with a separating zipper or do you use a regular zipper? If you make another I'd love to see pics along the way.
It looks to me like it's a non-separating zipper and the "center" (point of connection between the two legs of the zipper) is placed at one "corner" of the fabric (I know it's rounded at the ends, but imagine the intersection of the long and short sides if it were indeed squared-off).
I think the length of zipper determines the size of fabric you need (or vice-versa), as it appears that the total "circumference" of the fabric piece is the same as the total length of the opened zipper (ie 2x its zipped length).