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451  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brother 634D Serger Questions... on: July 19, 2012 10:19:12 PM
Okay, I don't know anything about this serger, but I can suggest how to find your info.

Google the name/model of the machine, with the words "owners manual"

Practically all sewing machines (and appliances) have downloadable OMs now, even really old ones.  You may find it for free, or might have to pay for it.
452  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problems with my Singer Multipunto on: July 19, 2012 10:17:06 PM
looks like your top tension is too tight.
Check to see if there's lint or something stuck in the space behind the tension adjustor (the round knob above the needle).  If it's clean, then loosen the tension a little (turn to a smaller number), test, and adjust again until it's working right.   
Nice pictures!
453  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glassmaking and Creativity on: July 19, 2012 10:11:36 PM
          What type of projects can be made with glass and it's processes?
there are tons of things made of glass.  Even if you just mean lampworking, that includes sculpture, lab glass, neon, beads, glassware... the list is only limited by your imagination

          How creatively satisfying is the craft?
Depends on if you enjoy it.  I love it, others never get it going.  I mostly make beads, vessels, and small sculptures, but the possibilities are endless.

One thing to consider; it's an expensive hobby.  I recently got back into it, and have spent over $1000 in the last six months for tools and supplies, including the very basic Hot Head torch, but no kiln.  It also doesn't include the gas and electricity I use when torching.  Oh, and I use the less expensive soft glass.  
454  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Leather vs. Lazy Machine- can it win? on: July 10, 2012 06:45:31 PM
leather needles are sort of wedge-shaped so they cut, not tear the leather.  Get them on ebay if not locally available.

Don't use glue of any kind with your sewing machine.  Use paperclips as edelC suggested or bulldog clamps made for holding papers together.
455  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Questions on: July 10, 2012 06:41:42 PM
I wouldn't bother shipping a machine from the '90s.  Older machines (to mid-'80s) had metal parts and gears, and last forever.  Newer machines, especially cheap ones from big box stores (hint hint) have nylon or plastic parts that literally crumble in a few years.

Check Project Gutenburg for free books on all kinds of subjects.  Most books are from before 1923, a magic year for copyright.  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/subject/11827

Make sure the cat has his own space and toys, but pretend you don't want him to use them.  When he's lying in the middle of the fabric you're trying to cut out, go play with his toys until he comes over to supervise.
456  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for fiber content of this old thread on: July 10, 2012 06:25:53 PM
What kind of craftster are you if you're afraid to torch a little thread?

Use an ashtray or old saucer, wad up about a foot of thread, and touch a match to it.  You aren't going to get a huge blaze. 

for thread or fabric:
If the result is ashy, with a burnt wood smell, you've got a plant-based fiber like cotton, linen, or rayon. 
If it's black and melty, with a chemical smell, it's petroleum-based synthetic like polyester
If it doesn't burn well and smells like burnt dog, it's animal-based, like wool or silk.

sometimes just the outer thread on a spool gets wrecked; you cold try unreeling several layers and strenght testing it again to see if there's anything salvageable.
457  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you organize/ keep patterns? on: July 10, 2012 06:17:41 PM
I used manilla envelopes when I used to make dolls.  The advantage over plastic is that you can make notes on the envelope--a sketch of the items enclosed, when you used it, any ideas you have for future changes.

I like to keep notes with my clothing patterns, too, like "11/2011 black swirly fabric" so I know definitely what I'm going to get from it.  Of course, then I wad the pattern up and stuff it anyhow into a bag or envelope, and shove it in my pattern drawer...  I got no respect.

Just how many patterns do y'all have anyway?  How many do you actually use???
458  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shop bought pattern on: July 10, 2012 06:09:30 PM
On the rare occasions I buy a pattern and actually get around to making it up, I cut the pattern out.  If I want to alter it later, I pin or tape on paper to add room--or, more often, just mark it directly on the fabric.  And sometimes I just pin or weight down the pattern and add the extra as I cut.
459  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing elastic - hope this makes sense :( on: July 10, 2012 06:00:07 PM
thicker fabrics won't gather as tightly as thin fabrics, and will stretch the elastic more, so it will end up longer. 

If you're making a lot of dresses from the same fabric, you could just take a looooong piece of elastic and start stitching to an even loooooooooonger piece of fabric; when all is stitched, measure your 20"
460  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Converting Pant Size to Pattern Size on: July 10, 2012 05:47:01 PM
you could measure a pair of his existing pants--measure both waist and hips so you have a reference point.

Or check the pattern manufacturer's website and see if they have a chart with the measurements they use.

On the other hand, PJs are pretty loose, and most men don't have huge butts, so you could just add 3 or 4 inches to his waist measurement and go with that.
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