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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / What's wrong with my feed dogs? on: June 27, 2009 07:41:43 PM
I am so glad I found the sewing machine thread (my last question was in clothing).

Anyway, I was given a Wal-Mart Singer sewing machine and have been fighting with it all year. I just read the thread about how much they suck and I have to agree. I don't have a lot of sewing experience and have been learning everything on my own so I figured it was all operator error.

New problem: I was playing with my machine (after it kept jamming) and dropped the feed dogs. Only problem is now they won't go back up. I keep turning the switch from down to up and nothing happens. I'm tempted to take it apart, but I'm pretty sure I will only make things worse.  Undecided

I keep wanting to make fun, summery clothes and all I've managed are 2 pillows.  Sad
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine HELP! on: June 27, 2009 01:44:35 PM
Help me please!

Sadly, no one actually taught me how to sew, and I keep coming up against all kinds of problems. The most common and annoying one is that MY NEW MACHINE KEEPS JAMMING!

I sew for 2 seconds and then the top thread somehow gets all tangled up around the bobbin holder thingy (I also don't know the names for things). I keep having to stop before I even get started, taking it all apart, check the tension on the bobbin, put it back together, and it just happens all over again.

I don't think the machine is broken. It's less than a year old and I did manage to make a few skirts on it, but I keep coming across this problem, get frustrated, and give up. What do I need to do to fix this?
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Belly Dance Tops! on: December 06, 2008 01:24:56 PM
I've been lurking on here for years, getting ideas for christmas gifts and more recently, belly dance costumes. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be many bellydancers on here. Bellydancing costumes are usually around $250 and up, so diy is often the only option. Here's my past few costumes.

This one was my second bra top for our big recital. It was a tribal-y, techno-y thing where we all got a different bright color. I ended up being orange, and though I tried to make it less halloween, it was still perfect for my roommate's first viewing of Rocky Horror. I used a black bra base and added the lace (very quickly), beading, and orange material.

Here it is again for another show. I just cinched a bell-sleeved shirt over it to suit my dance.

I used part of the infinity dress tute to make this one. I used a jersey knit to sew on the two panels, then added some beads at the bottom to jazz it up a bit, then tied it in as many ways as I could come up with. It doesn't look like much compared to my friend's professional cabaret bra, but mine was a zillion times cheaper and hers doesn't come with pride.

That's it for now. I couldn't find many good pictures (I'm not so great at taking them), but when I get some more I'll add the rest of my costumes.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Crisis on Campus! on: September 26, 2007 12:02:12 AM
One of my clubs, Students for Social Change, is planning on silk screening (or something like it) t-shirts on the quad (a glorified piece of grass on campus), but we're running into loads of problems.

We go to school in a small town with no craft store. Wal-Mart is the main source for most things, but we're avoiding Wal-Mart because it doesn't do a whole lot for social change. (We couldn't even find Mod Podge anywhere, much less any sort of fabric paint.) So we're at a dead end. We have old curtains that we can use for screens and huge embroidery hoops for the frames, but we need the emulsion stuff and the paint. If anyone has any ideas (if stencilling would be easier, we're open to suggestions) I would LOVE to hear them! Changing the world is hard!

Thanks so much!
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