So I was at Goodwill one day and I found this sewing machine in a cabinet for $20. AS IS. Well, I decided that even for $20, if it didn't work, it wasn't worth the money, so I moved on. I turned down another isle and there was the most beautiful sewing machine in a cabinet. I look in the drawers, and it had all the original accessories and the original instruction manual. I was so excited. It was marked for $25, and orange tag. Orange tag just so happened to be 50% off that day. I was so EXCITED!!!! Here she is:
Her name is Green. I brought her home and plugged her in, threaded her, and she just purred. I was so excited. My husband was like " why do you need this?" MEN! Anyway, she is a 1956 Morse Zig-Zag. O.k. so now I just need to know, as I'm not very familiar with old electicity, is it normal for the motor to spark? She's not make any weird noses or anything. I am just not sure. Thanks!
I'm making a little dress for my niece. The problem I am having is I don't know how to cut the elastic. The pattern says to use the elastic guide to determine the length of the elastic, so I did, and it was 19 inches long (newborn), I got it worked through, but not all of it is going into the casing, there's 10 inches left , and no matter how I work it it won't pull through. My question is this : When you cut elastic do you stretch it when measuring for the length, or do you just lie it out then cut it (which is what I did). I'm just worried because the dress is very gathered, and although it does stretch out to the width of the dress, I don't won't it to be too tight for my niece to wear. PLEASE PLEASE help me! thank!
What thread tension do you use when quilting? Should I use a short stitch or a long stitch? I'm doing a paisley pattern on my quilt, and I'm not sure what type of stitch to use. This will be the first time I actually quilt one of my quilts, the others I just pieced together, and I'm really afraid of messing it up. Any advice will be great! Thanks in advance.
So I decided to make an apron for when I sew. I'm all the time miss placing the things I'm working with. SO, I dug through my stash and found these beautiful fabrics. So without further ado... Side:
I did discover that I cannot sew a circle! Other side:
I do not like working with this fabric, and I have a feeling that I will be mending my apron quite a bit. I tried to reinforce my seams, but the material frays really bad, and already have had to mend my apron twice (that's why there are no close ups!). Over all though, I am very happy with it!
It's rather simple, I know, but I also made matching ones for my neices ages 3,5,10. The patterns I wanted to use for my daughter and 3 yr old neice were to frilly and "little" girlish for the 10 yr old, and my 5 yr old neice wears nothing with lace or any thing that she doesn't find 100% comfortable. So I settled for this. It is suppose to have a little bow on the ribbon too, but my 5 yr old neice actually wanted to wear it, so I didn't want to push my luck with it. My other two neices live out of state and haven't gotten their's yet. I'm just excited that they turned out so well.
I'm new to sewing clothing with patterns. I know that adult sizes aren't the same for patterns as they are for store bought clothes. My question is though, in your experiences, are children clothing pattern sizes about the same as children's store bought clothes? For example, my daughter is in a size 3T, so will she be a size 3 in pattern sizes? Or even my main concern is my niece she is a size 10 in pants and a size 14/16 in girls shirts, so would it be o.k. if I made her a size 14 dress? she's not here so I can't measure her, and doubt her mother would have a clue how to take her measurements. I'm just kinda concerned, because I'm a size 10 in store bought clothes, but a size 14 in sewing pattern measurements, so I'm worried that if children's patterns are the same as adults her dress would be too small. Can someone please help me?
My sister is having her birthday party on St. Patrick's Day, so I made myself a cute dress for both occasions (as I am of Irish decent), the top came out a little big, nothing I'm not used to though, my breast are smaller then my stomach, so I always have extra on top. sigh... Anyway on to the pictures...
The fabric I used for the skirt:
The fabric I used for the top:
And the dress again, but with my daughter in the picture... she thought it was so much fun running back and forth (I used the timer on the camera...)
comments and suggestions to make my tops smaller in the breast area. Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking
I'm so excited! I just love vintage clothing, and while exploring ebay, I found some awesome vintage sewing patterns, I just got this one today, and expect ten more in a couple of days. I put the envelope for this pattern in a picture frame, to preserve it from any more damage.