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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do I need a serger for Burda 7866 on: August 14, 2012 01:21:24 PM
Thank you for the response.  See, that is what I thought when I bought it but when I looked online, everyone who made it seemed to have made it on a serger.  It made me paranoid.   Huh
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Do I need a serger for Burda 7866 on: August 12, 2012 11:16:29 PM
Hey Everyone,

i wanted to try a top in knit fabric.  The pattern said it was "easy".  I got it home and looked it up online and everywhere I went online it seemed like everyone used a serger to make it. 

I don't have a serger.  Do I need to take this pattern back?


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Modern Retro Aprons! My Current Obsession! on: August 12, 2012 10:43:45 PM
Those are gorgeous.  I'm a tiny bit bummed out that the first apron isn't a dress.  That fabric combo would make a beautiful retro style dress.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first skirt on: August 12, 2012 10:42:12 PM
That fabric is gorgeous.  I think you did an awesome job. I can't wait to make my first skirt!  I hope it turns out as well as yours did. 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Awesome Pajama Pants on: August 12, 2012 10:40:56 PM


I did everything right!  Except the part where I was supposed to check and make sure the fabric pattern was going in the right direction. :/  Oh well.  They are just pajama pants. 

I used Kwik Sew Pattern 3602.  The pattern was pretty easy except it did get needlessly complicated when it came time to do the waist part.  Good thing I am part of sewing meetup.  Experienced sewers showed me an easier way. 

Also, one bad thing about the pattern is that if you are making a Large or Extra Large in this pattern, the waist is WAY too high.  You need to cut the pattern to the medium waist, otherwise you will look like Urkel when you wear them.  I've made this pattern three times, one time with the XL waist (which I later cutoff and resewed lower with some help), and with the Large waist (still too tall but manageable).  The Medium waist height is the normal natural waist.  I don't know why some pattern makers think that because you are 2 inches wider you must also be 2 inches taller. 
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brother Needle Threader won't move on: June 20, 2011 04:14:56 PM
This is going to be the most useless reply to a question ever but did you try *gently* forcing the part to swing around?   Maybe it's just stuck.  Undecided
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problem with my new (old) sewing machine on: June 16, 2011 08:26:57 PM
Also, another thing that could've been causing my problem was that I wasn't making sure the needle was ALL THE WAY up before I pulled the fabric out.  This machine doesn't have a needle up/down button and I think some part of the snagging was because the bobbin hook still had the top thread in a lowered position when I was trying to pull it out.  
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problem with my new (old) sewing machine on: June 16, 2011 07:38:13 PM
Wow, thank you for replying so quickly. 

After uploading these pictures, I really looked at them and the third picture especially showed the machine to be really dirty.  I shot some compressed air at it and used the brush that came with the machine.  I also took the silver plate off the top and shot more condensed air in there.  I also oiled the bobbin hook-thingy from up there (the other time I oiled it from the front). I replaced the silver plate.  I completely rethreaded both the top and the bottom - again. 

Then I tried sewing again.  This time it sewed!  Of course the top of the fabric looked fine and the backside was a bunch of huge loops.  I fiddled with the tension and now it's working!  I've sewn all the different stitch lengths.  Even the 1mm stitches look great. 

I'm not sure which part is the latch you are talking about. Is it this?


I'd like to know because this could happen to me again. 
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Problem with my new (old) sewing machine on: June 16, 2011 07:00:57 PM
I just bought a Pfaff Tipmatic off craigslist for $300 and now I am thinking I got robbed!

I tried it out while it was still in their home.  It worked then but when I got it home and tried to actually sew with it, I get this:

Picture 1: This is how I start.  This looks like how it's supposed to, right?  Sorry that the picture is blurry.  I later changed the bobbin thread from purple to the same white as the top between this picture and the second picture. 


Picture 2: I sew about two or three stitches and the needle gets stuck.  When I get the needle unstuck and pull out my fabric (sometimes that is VERY HARD to do) I see this:


Picture 3: Then, I open up the bobbin area and I see this:


I have oiled the bobbin hook per the instruction manual.  I don't know what the problem is and I am actually very upset that I might've gotten screwed out of $300.  Please help! 
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is this a good deal? Pfaff Tipmatic 6122 for $300 on: June 14, 2011 07:33:15 PM
No responses?

Darn.  Well, I decided that I will go ahead a buy it anyway.  I think it's a good deal.  I hope it's a good deal.   Smiley
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