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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: lunch bag pattern help, please! on: August 14, 2014 04:56:55 AM
I think I figured it out. Or rather, I got up with the solution sitting in the front of my brain.  Smiley I think if I make the outside/inside as usual, and then, in the putting-them-together stage, sandwich the zipper between the layers, it'll work. As long as I remember to put the zip in teeth down, so when it's right side out the zip is teeth out!

As a last resort, I can build the bag, then just sew the zipper to the underside of the lid/inside of the body, but I'd like not to do that, if I can.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: lunch bag pattern help, please! on: August 13, 2014 01:06:04 PM
I'd like the zipper to go all the way around the top of the bag (like in the second link). The way the bag in the pattern is set up, that flap velcros over, but if I replace it with a zipper, I'd eliminate the flap that folds over the front.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / lunch bag pattern help, please! on: August 13, 2014 11:51:30 AM
Hey, all. I'd like to make a lunch bag/cooler, and I found a tutorial I sort of like (here: http://kraftingwithk.blogspot.com/2011/04/lunch-bag-tutorial.html), but I'd like to make it with a zippered top (like this: http://www.easylunchboxes.com/blog/easylunchbox-system-and-bento-supplies-giveaway/?doing_wp_cron=1407952407.6369149684906005859375).

Can anyone tell me where in the process to insert the zipper, or alternatively, point me in the direction of a tutorial, or a pattern? Frankly, any idea would be more of an idea than I have now!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to re-set a yoke/waistband? on: September 09, 2011 02:51:40 PM
I was out thrifting today and lucked into a fabulous wool skirt. Brown and teal plaid, lined, it fits perfectly, except for one small problem...I'm short, it's not. It's ankle length, and ideally I'd like it to be more like just below the knee.

Normally I'd just cut it down and re-hem it, but it's got these really cool boxed kick pleats that I'd like to keep. So now I'm thinking about moving the waist down, instead. The front is a V shaped yoke, with about 3" of elastic on each side, followed by a narrow flat waistband going around to the back, where it buttons over an invisible zipper.

How exactly do I do this? This is what I'm thinking is involved, but if I'm going badly astray, please let me know.

1. Carefully pick entire waistband/yoke from skirt.
2. Figure out how long I want the final skirt to be, and cut down the waist, remembering to add seam allowance and  subtract the yoke.
3. Reattach yoke/waist to skirt. (Like a quilt binding, I assume-one side gets machine sewn, the other side hand sewn.)
4. Carefully split the back seam, and reinsert the invisible zipper. Hand sew the lining to the zipper.
Alternatively, 5. Find a tailor and let them do it.

I'm a fairly competent seamstress, but this is pushing the edge of my abilities. I can make clothes, but aftermarket tailoring is something new.

Am I missing any major steps? Making a mountain out of a molehill? Would it be easier to reset the pleats? Any advice? I'd really like to expand my skills, and a fabulous but inexpensive skirt seems like the thing to try it on.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to adjust a non-adjustable dressmakers dummy? on: September 04, 2011 02:26:54 PM
Mine was adjustable, but I'm apparently way off of fitting standards, so I ended up customizing the heck out of it. Here's what I did: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307277.msg3519625#msg3519625 Good luck! It's a pain to do, but oh so handy to have!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Things I have learned about sewing (feel free to add...) on: July 18, 2011 01:11:08 PM
    - Before you haul your sewing machine off to be repaired, make sure that the reason it isn't sewing is an actual problem, and not that you left it in bobbin threading mode.

Or before you think it needs to be repaired because it isn't sewing, make sure that you've turned it on failing that make sure it's plugged in before you turn it on. (In my defense, I was tired)

Also, if you have two machines side by side or at the same table, make SURE you're stepping on the right foot pedal! The sewing machine pedal will not run the serger, no matter how many times you turn it off and on, or how hard you step on the pedal.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: help! foot control speed troubleshooting on: June 23, 2011 03:43:16 AM
Interesting-thanks for posting the link! In the end, I called my osmg, and he said said basically what that article said-that I had a variable speed control that wasn't variable anymore. Fortunately, I could swap it out with one of my other controllers for the short term, and he found me a Singer to replace it with in the long run.

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: June 11, 2011 03:09:38 AM
Oh wow. Nice Morse! Yes, that's the Fotomatic IV. IMO, they are the coolest sewing machine ever! They always remind me of a late 50's Buick dashboard, and I love the way the stitch selectors shift like gears. I don't have one  but my aunt does, and I always have to pet it when I visit.

I have the 237 though. It's currently in a table, but it came in that same green base/case. They're a workhorse!

Nice set, but be careful-collectoritis is catching.  Grin
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 257 "Darn" dial on: May 31, 2011 10:02:14 AM
That knob controls the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric under it. Mine is numbered (Darn, then 1-9) but they work the same way. If you set it to 'darn', then there's almost no pressure on the fabric, which is what you need to darn on a machine. Normal and Max are just pressure variations; I don't know that I've ever had mine set past mid-point once I was done playing with it to figure out what all the settings did. I'd probably just leave it set to Normal.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I could have done something normal...Prom dress :D on: May 17, 2011 03:36:06 AM
I *love* this contrast of the inside-that makes the whole dress! The pick-up skirt just proves you have more patience than me.  Grin
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