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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Needle Tension Problems on: November 11, 2012 07:38:30 AM
Before my friend has to fork out for a service, We want to try and sort it ourselves.

The problem is with the needle tension. For her to get a smooth straight stitch (we havent tried the others), she has to have her tension dial on 0.

Is there a simple solution? Her tension used to be 5, but then she started having problems, and I tried today and only got a smooth stitch with no tension. She is using Guterman thread, and is using a brand new needle. She has also cleaned her machine. She has a Brother, top loading bobbin and is about 18 months old.
She is also getting a 'clonking' noise every now and then. It is like the noise my machine makes when I am trying to sew many layers at once (like when top stitching a end seam).

Any ideas of what I can try when I go back tomorrow.
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wool blanket as batting? on: November 11, 2012 01:36:08 AM
I just came along your post and I did have an idea if you are still looking.

What if you added a new back piece to your quilt? That way you wouldn't have to take out any of the stitching. It would be like a pocket on the back that you would put the wool blanket into. That way If you got too hot, you could use the quilt without the wool blanket inside.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Applique on: November 11, 2012 01:27:56 AM
I hope this is the right board for this. If not, can a mod move it for me. Thanks.

I am making my two nieces matching aprons and chef hats for Christmas and I want to applique a monogram for them. I have been researching needle turn, as I don't have access to wonder under or similar stuff. I can't find or reproduce what I am looking for. (I need a N, a H and a S for my daughter)

I have looked at reverse applique but I am using cotton, which frays alot so I don't think that would work.

If I was to pin the hell out of it, attach the applique with a running stitch and then zig zagged over the edge, would this work?

Any ideas, I have till the end of this month before everything gets shipped to them.
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Baby Shower Gifts @ Craft Fair. on: November 06, 2012 02:59:21 AM
Thanks for the idea.

I am from the UK, so some things can be hard to find or impossible.

I like the pillbox idea. I don't have access to a laminator, but I do have clear florist wrap (quite thick), and a glue gun. If you post your tutorial, i'll see if I can work it out.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adding a bra into a garment, Advise needed. on: November 03, 2012 12:57:49 PM
I have draped a halter neck top.

The back is connected at the neck, then is open until the waist and then continues to the hips. Therefore if I was to wear a bra, it would be seen through the open back.
I have been looking at bra cups, which I cannot get locally. I don't think a shelf bra will work, because I think it would stretch out the back and not give me any support, of which I don't need alot of but I am a 34D.

I have considered using a bra that can be cut up as it doesn't fit very well, but the cups are the correct size, the band is wrong.

Is there any tutorials on this technique, on here or elsewhere that could help me?

I am an intermediate sewer and can follow complex instructions.

Thanks for reading.
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: serging / overlocking silk ribbons - how to taper ends!!?? on: November 03, 2012 02:04:07 AM
Most ribbon edges are sealed with heat.
At home you would use a candle/lighter flame to melt the edges.
You can use a heat tool to cut and seal the edges at the same time. This would be my suggestion to you, as you would be able to cut and seal the taper at the ame time.
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nonskid? on: November 03, 2012 02:00:17 AM
On another forum, people suggested using a hot glue gun to make patterns on the bottoms of knitted socks to make them skid proof. Would this help you, as it maybe cheaper than puffy glue?
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you feel like there's enough fabric choice? on: November 03, 2012 01:56:12 AM
I would love to go to Mood Fabrics in NY. I probably couldn't afford anything, but it would be great to look at all the choice.

I have 3 shops that I can visit. Only one is a designated fabric shop. One is a haberdashery, and fabric is limited to dancewear.
One is a shop that sells everything except food. They have limited choice is expensive, but is great for notions.
The last is a fabric shop that sells online too. Here, I don't pay over 2.50 meter (in store price, more expensive online) for anything, including fleece! But he has almost no jersey cottons, and his stock may not change for a month.

My first experience buying fabric was on eBay. The fabric was horrible. It was textured in the way it was made. I still have some left and have had to use it for quilting as it would feel horrible to wear.

I did buy some really nice one way stretch material. It only cost me 1 a meter as it was in the end of roll bin. Normally I would toile everything, but as I had 4 meters of the stuff, I just cut 3/4 meter off the bottom and started draping. I had a morning of fun until I realised I didn't have any matching thread so it is stuck on my mannequin until I get some today.

You'll get to a point where you'll just cut at fabric without worrying. Try making blocks/slopers. That way you'll have patterns that fit you and you won't mess up as you have already toiled them, they fit, using cheap fabric.

When I started, I would use thrifted sheets and duvet covers. If you go to charity shops you get a lot of fabric to the pound.
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Problem with a Pfaff - Too much pressure on the foot! on: November 03, 2012 01:41:48 AM
There are low pressure feet available, they sit slightly higher and are used on machines that are used for quilting but don't have an adjustable bar.

To me it sounds like your tension is too tight.

Try reducing the tension. There should be a tension wheel on your machine. Your thread will run through it.
Check your manual if you are unsure.
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: simple zipper tutorial on: October 28, 2012 02:39:54 AM
When my MiL needed a quick fix on a raincoat for my neice (the kind where the zip is hidden by a flat with studs), she just hand sewed a new zip onto the old one without removing the old one.

If your zip is a fly zip consider just hand sewing a new zip onto the old one. The fly part of the zip will hide the new zip and the new zip will conver the old one when zipped up.

This is what I would do to save my fave jeans.
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