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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: teal asymmetrical skirt with green sash on: October 09, 2005 06:08:01 PM
great skirt - that ribbon is awesome, it takes the skirt onto a whole new level
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Roaring 20's Yellow Flapper Dress!! (now with Tutorial!!) on: October 09, 2005 05:41:17 PM
I went to a 20s party recently, and despite all the fashion students there, no one came up with anything this cool looking!

I especially like the rose, pearl, lace combination!  It's given me inspiration on a skirt I am doing - it's basically a tiered skirt but i wanted something to jazz up the dropped waistband, i was thinking of beading it, now this idea has me thinking of yet other options!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: twill n' lace sexy, huh? on: January 21, 2005 06:54:33 PM
I do love!

if only I had the legs that are in the pic then I would make me one too!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter Neck - all sparkly! on: January 17, 2005 03:50:54 PM
My new baby is a Janome Decor Excel II 5024.  Really, I will have to come up with a better name for her!
My old love is a St James Singer Clone that went forward, backward and zig-zag, oh and also broke needles on a regular occasion.

This machine does things like an automatic button holer that is reads the size of the button, and its beautiful and doesn't clunk when the zig zag goes above 3.5!  Its such a joy to suddenly have a machine that works a treat and has a selection of stitches to chose from.  My Mum came up with the idea of a new shiny (no 2nd hand ones!) machine and my dad also gave me money to buy one as I am studying and have to do a range this year, so a machine in top-notch condition was needed!  I feel so lucky!

I chose a Janome as apparently they are one of the few companies that still make their own machines instead of out-sourcing it to other manufacturers.  I don't know how much that is true, but the guy I bought it from is the guy I see for my overlocker, and he has always looked after that well, and he is a nice guy to boot (he gave me extra feet, discounts and serviced my old machine so I could sell it, all on a machine that was already $300 off).

There are a few websites where people review new machines for those of you out there who are buying and are unsure . . . I just put the model and make into google and found them.  That way I knew what other users had thought of the machine as I hadn't used a Janome before.

Io
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter Neck - all sparkly! on: January 17, 2005 12:54:20 AM
Retro Patterns?  Sounds good.  I'm in Fremantle WA, so the other side of the city from the bush, but still lots of smoke (not today though as the wind was in a different direcction).

A tutorial - okay, where do I start?  I study fashion so I have learnt to do basic blocks in patternmaking, and I made this from a block I made to my measurements.  But having said that . . . I will try to think of a way to explain it and post it later . . .
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Halter Neck - all sparkly! on: January 16, 2005 07:19:23 PM
I have a beautiful new sewing machine (no more fighting with the old one!).  So I have started making all the things I couldn't on the old machine.

Here is a top I made out of this sparkly light-weight knit I found at Spotilight

     

Sorry for the bad quality pic, there were bad bushfires here yesterday and we had a massive smoke cloud overhead, (the fires were about 20ks away).  Also it took me so long to figure out the whole photo hosting thing that I didn't want to start messing around in Photoshop!  (I don't want to Jinx it)

Anyhow, let me know what you think!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: My sewing machine is teaching me humility. on: January 13, 2005 05:26:48 PM
Another thought . . .

my mum's old machine and some of the industrial machines at college had this odd quirk (all though my old machine didn't seem to) -

make sure that the needle is in the highest possible position before you start to sew other wise the tension is loose and pulls the thread out in a mess under the fabric (my sewing lecturer told me that after all my sewing samples had a bunch of messed up threads on the bottom - now I do this as a matter of course).  To ensure that the needle is in the highest possible position, make sure the metal thing that the thread goes through is as high as it will go (the metal thing that moves up and down at the front of the machine that you thread the thread through after you put it through the tension discs).  My lecturer also let me know that most machines usually make it difficult for you to pull the fabric out from under the foot unless the needle is in the highest position, then the fabric will slide straight out with no resistance from the threads in the machine.

I hope you understand all that!  Let me know if you need any clarification

Io Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: green! on: January 13, 2005 04:34:29 PM
Beautiful skirt - It hangs really nicely on you!

I love skirts that hang well as they swish when you walk - definately a feminine look!

well done!

Io
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: My sewing machine is teaching me humility. on: January 13, 2005 06:36:11 AM
I know this thread is getting old, but as no one has mentioned it - check the tension on the bobbin itself.

Pull the bobbin case out of the machine but leave the bobbin and thread in it.  Check for the following two things:

1)  The thread should pull smoothly and easily out of the case
2).  You should also be able to hold the thread and the bobbin & case will just hang in the air without anymore thread coming out.  (ie the bobbin and case won't head straight for the floor)

If this isn't happening for you, look on the side of the bobbin case and you will see a small screw, you will have to turn this one way or the other until you can do both 1 & 2.

And that is how you adjust the bobbin tension. 

I hope this helps as I have had problems similar to what you have said and I have fixed it in the following method.

Io
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Seam ripping technique a.k.a. proof I married the right guy on: January 11, 2005 11:09:57 PM
Having been a member of 'shove the pointy bit in and rip away' club for years, I have been following this discussion for a while . . .

I bought a new sewing machine today (all new and shiny) which included a seam ripper (oh joy!)
and in the manual it shows you how to make a button hole, and it has diagrams of using the long pointy end to rip the hole after you've done the stitching.

Thought I'd share, as it may have a function to purposely rip the fabric instead of accidentally . . .
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