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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Victorian Plus Size Patterns? on: October 19, 2013 05:18:27 PM
Unfortunately it depends on the definition of "plus size". Store sizes also have veered so far away from pattern sizes it's infuriating. Figure 3 or 4 sizes bigger in a pattern than you buy in the store.

I have had good luck with Simplicity 2354. It goes up to a size 32, which is 54" bust and 49" waist. It's not technically a Victorian pattern, but it's a good jump-off point to start customizing on. If you start with that, and find the sleeves, etc., you want in a not quite big enough pattern, you can sort of cut things bigger to go with the dress. Or sort of hybridize patterns.

If you are looking at really historically accurate, you might be disappointed with this pattern, it's a back zip one-piece with a princess or darted bodice but not very detailed. But you can add a drape and/or bustle, add trim or a lace collar, use the top for the top of a two-piece dress, get creative and you can make a look that is quite Victorian. And you know if it's not big enough everything else is moot!

I have recently discovered Mantua Maker patterns. I have not tried any of them yet, they are kind of expensive, but they go pretty large and they are supposed to be historically accurate.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Kenmore Cams on: August 22, 2013 11:06:38 PM
I have just gotten my recently acquired 1975 Kenmore 1914 running (once I found the totally weirdball top threading path!). I got it as a backup for when my Bernina is in the shop.

Now my question is, I want to pick up some cams for it if I find them cheap. Are the cams interchangeable between machines in the 158 series? I have seen the ones that came with it pictured as orange and green. I have found some in other colors, grey or beige. Would these work, do you think? Or should I hold out for the orange and green ones?

Thanks!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: kenmore machine sans manual on: August 19, 2013 06:32:09 AM
Thanks! I wish that would help but but that shows a "normal" machine. If you will look at the picture at the top you will see a remarkable lack of knobby things to hook thread onto.  I feel that there should have been something more on the back, or the front, or both, or the thread needs to go somewhere unexpected.

Edit: I found it!

http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Kenmore_Sewing_Machine_Threading/kenmore_1914_threading_diagram.htm

And it definitely does go someplace unexpected! Part of the path is inside the head (the dashed lines)! So now I have a good backup machine just in case. It even does stretch stitches, even though I have no cams for the fancy ones.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: kenmore machine sans manual on: August 18, 2013 03:00:45 PM
I know this is an old old thread, but I just bought a Kenmore 158.19141 and I have a question about, well, thread. I can't figure out the top threading, I don't know if it's just weird or if there's something missing. There don't seem to be enough thread guides or something. I only spent 20 bucks on it as a backup machine and I'm not spending 9 bucks or more on a manual when I can't even tell if it's malfunctioning or just not threaded right. I have one more week to take it back to Goodwill for a store credit, that's how long I'm giving myself to get it running. If I can't find the answer, back it goes! And hopefully by then my main machine will be out of the shop.

All I really need is a chart or something to see how it's supposed to be threaded. If I could just get a picture for a guide I'm sure I would know the answer. Latest granddaughter is waiting and those diapers won't sew themselves!
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