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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering a bathing suit "bra" on: April 22, 2012 08:02:01 AM
Has anyone ever altered one of those weird bra thingies in a one-piece bathing suit? It's a piece of mesh inserted into the front piece of the bathing suit, with a band sewn to the mesh that sits under the bust, and then two foam cups sewn to the mesh on top of the band. My problem is that the stupid band is too loose and sits about 3 inches too low, as do the cups. I can't figure out how to pull the band and cups up without completing deconstructing the swimsuit, and my serger is not fancy enough to handle swimsuit fabric. I don't want to sew anything directly to the swimsuit fabric (rather than the mesh) as it will look messy.

Has anyone attempted this before? Should I just rip the whole thing out and wear a bikini bra under my swimsuit?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: April 22, 2012 07:55:12 AM
I am not new to sewing or to using boning. I've made a few corset and corset style tops before. My problem, is I've acquired a pattern (with no instructions) that has a bust gore (or possibly termed gusset as I've seen). I can not seem to get this piece to look right. The point always has a "buckle" to it, distorting the piece it is inserted into.

Here's how I insert a gusset:
- staystitch around the point of the gusset on the corset piece
- sew one side of the gusset in place
- clip very carefully to the point on the corset piece to release any tension
- sew up the other side of the gusset.

As you're an experienced sewer I assume this is what you're doing. What seam finish are you using? If it looks fine as a simple seam and then distorts when you try to flat fell it (or whatever), there's your problem. Another possible explanation is that the bust gusset piece just wasn't cut/drafted properly for the corset's bust gusset opening.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A on: June 15, 2011 10:45:35 AM
I'm having problems with my serger (Singer ProFinish CG754) and am hoping someone can help me! I got it for Christmas and haven't used it until recently, so it's too late to return or get it serviced under warranty.

The serging in most fabrics pulls right off. Flannel, denim, batiste.... WTF? Is this a needle size problem (too big, perforating the fabric?)? I'm used to industrial sergers and have never had to change a needle size for a fabric, and on an industrial I have only had serging pull off of a horrible crosswoven fabric with a very low thread count.

I can only serge about a foot before the threads get tangled and the machine locks up. I've threaded and rethreaded it hundreds of times. I've checked the instruction booklet to make sure I'm threading it properly and have hand wheeled it to see where the problem is arising. Of course when I hand wheel it doesn't lock up.

What am I doing wrong?
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