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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Suggest Themes for a Challenge! on: June 25, 2010 09:39:16 PM
How about something that have been used to step on or in. Like socks, carpets, rugs, shoes. flipflops. etc..
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Russian cuisine at Craftster! “Beef stroganoff” tutorial with pics on: June 08, 2010 07:23:18 PM
It really looks delicious! The third pic with the sourcream and spices poured over the fried beef really got me hungry. I know, it is not finished there but I can't stop my stomach from roaring when seeing that pic Smiley

Really cute pics and nice tutorial, great work!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Craft Rooms/Organizing Craft Supplies on: June 08, 2010 10:45:36 AM
Yes, yes, yes!!

This kind of board would be wonderful! (I hold my thumbs that it goes through)
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/13/10 - New Feature for Friends of Craftster - "You've Been Favorited" on: June 08, 2010 10:29:11 AM
yeah!

I just noticed a pm that Id been favourized. God damn, that felt good Smiley

Great feature!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Suggest Themes for a Challenge! on: June 06, 2010 01:55:45 PM
Actually, I am totally in for a challenge. I have only made 1 bag so my experience in this area is not so well developed.. Or atleast.. eh.. the one bag, it is soon to be finished Smiley

Anyhow.. Im quite geeky for 8-bit gaming, growing up in the Commodore64 and Nintendo NES era. So for me a cool challenge would be 8-bit.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What would you like to see on the Purse board on: June 01, 2010 11:45:12 AM
Ooh that's a good idea. But I'm afraid that every board would want it lol! I do encourage people to add the word "Tute" or "Tutorial" to their titles when they have one! Hmmm, the more I think about it the more I like it, I might run this by the admins!

Maybe all boards might have use for it Wink This webpage is a wonderful place to get inspiration, ideas, feedback on created things etc. if you are in the "inventive mood". But sometimes (..can only speak for myself here..) when you dont feel like inventing something from scratch it is just fun to make someting after patterns, descriptions or blueprints. I think this also would contribute to crafters status as a knowledge exchanging place. Not just a showroom. I know that craftster is not just a showroom but if there were subcategories for projects with tutorials on all boards, craftster would also target diy people that dont want to create from scratch in a more direct way.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: baby shirt dress on: May 30, 2010 12:18:14 PM
Very cute!

The 1YO that will walk around in this will indeed be a very tough little toddler !

Great work!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What would you like to see on the Purse board on: May 27, 2010 12:16:30 PM
Featured projects rocks!!

And as tutorials seemes to be a hot topic here. Why not make three "Completed projects" categories instead of two?

Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General
Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed
Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: With tutorials

Then people would have no issues finding the tutes and it would probably ease the work for the mods Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jeans for my GF (PIC HEAVY) on: May 19, 2010 05:07:21 AM
Bang-up bluejeans, batman!
I've never seen this back beltloop variant before today, but I love the look.
I have this adoration/obsession/fetish for flat felled seams, and blue-jeans never cease to satisfy me. The topstitching, here... it's just perfect.
 
The details, oooooh the details! I could stare at these jeans for days and days and days.

In short, I find these jeans to be delightfully rugged, with all the class I'd expect from a "special-occasions" pair of trousers. Bravo!

Just a note, here: I found your "off-topic" machine rant to be VERY interesting. I haven't checked yet, but do you have a blog? If so, I may have already found it, but on the off-chance I haven't... I would really appreciate a link.
If you don't have a blog, may I recommend a course of action?  Start one, you fool! The sewing community needs an archive of these thoughts, of yours. They're great!


Thank you for the really kind words! (And ofcource all other people that have feed this thread with so much great feedback)

I would love to have a blog, but as I am in China for work all blogsites like twitter, youtube, blogspot, facebook and similar is unfortunately unaccessible. I think I will document the process of my forthcoming creations better. Then kind of "blogtutorial" present them here instead. I mean, not just concentrate on the project but also mention the up and downs, good and bad attempts and some tips and tricks from my experiences.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jeans for my GF (PIC HEAVY) on: May 18, 2010 12:30:27 AM
First, once again, thank you all for your kind words. I showed the replys to my GF and she was really smiling wide when she read the posts. Especially the ones that mention her as sexy and cute. (Don't mention it too often though, she only gets too much of that unbearable superior attitude against me Cheesy ) Nah, jokes aside, both of us really appreciates everything you write.

Words escape me.  I've seen what happens when men sew, though, and it is usually pretty amazing, like these totally rockin jeans.  I can well imagine an industrial machine was a joy to use in this case. 
I've sewn a pair of jeans on an old Singer slant machine, a 403A - and it did okay.  But, I think one of the older, straight needle machines might have better piercing power than the slant - at least that is what I've heard.  I'm looking at old Viking 6010's and 6020's that accept thick bobbin thread without adjustment.   
Again, these are simply the most amazing jeans I have ever seen in m life.   

To be honest, I don't have so much experience with other sewing machines than the ones I have now. I know that too thick bobbin thread makes my Janome MC6600P whine a little.

The following lines is a little of topic but.. well.. I can't controll my "typing devil" as I should Smiley

When it comes to piercing power, IMHO it is not so much of an issue for denim itself, but when you have two lines of topstitches over a folded, serged edge and you need to cross it, then the problems begin. For example the "crotch cross", hems and zipper area. Then the fabric is fixed to a "massive" piece of thick fabric. This kind of sewing can be done on a household machine but many times the needles is simply too tiny and you have to be very easy on hand when "hand turning" this stitches. And many times the fabric warps and the seams gets out of line.

I got fed up with this almost immediately and went of to buy my industrial "thick fabric" machine. It is completely useless to anything but straight lockstitching. But straight lockstitching (95% of a pair of jeans) is like sewing in butter. No matter how many layers or other seams it crosses.




This is a test strip I use to finetune thread tension when I reload the machine with a new thread. It is first 4 layer, then folded to 12 layer, then back to 4 layer again. The fabric is 16oz denim. I doubt that my Janome can eat this strip without alot of whineing.


Another thing that IMHO is a key to straight seams is to pin, serge, then topstitch. Then if the serging is done straight, it is no problem putting the topstitches straight. So for a guy like me, a really childish machine fetishist obsessed with denim an jeans fashion, a really powerful serger was the choice.




I fed the above test strip in my serger so I could balance the thread tensions even and it is (like with the lockstitch machine) like serging in butter. This again, can ofcource be made in a normal household machine with normal zig-zag, cutting, and basting. But if you (like me) are planning a lot of jeans and denim clothing a good serger really contributes to make the seams straight.


Another thing I DIY:ed that really helped to make things alot easier was the "feeding board". It is a piece of really smooth MDF scavenged from an old running machine. This board is to "extend" the sergers board and makes feeding the serger so much easier and smoother.



Ah.. machinetalk.. Cool I get the feeling I am drifting of topic again, I always have a tendency to do that Smiley. My point is, if you are planning a lot of jeans and denim projects, go for heavy gear. The layers of denim have a tendencey to really bulk up.
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