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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Need a pair of shoes to mod! on: December 13, 2011 10:21:31 PM
found 'black pony shoe' on ebay for $30, I looked at sellers other items and he had red and white too.

seller 'allan2764' just in case.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: What Machine for Thick Vinyl AND Thick Fake Fur together?????? on: December 13, 2011 09:43:16 PM
change your needle to a Denim needle, are you able to loosen the tension on your presser foot? (many machines have a knob you turn to loosen or to apply presser to the presser foot. Loose for thick fabric, tighter for thinner fabric) Check your manual. Mine is located on the top of the machine in the left back corner. The cheaper new machines lack the ability to do this.

Of course a walking foot or a Teflon foot would greatly help, you might want to use stabilizer on the vinyl so it moves along easily, but if you don't have some sort of stabilizer, printer paper works...toilet seat covers work great! <slaps hand over mouth and giggles>

use the longest stitch your machine does and work on scraps to make samples.

Is this something you will be making many of? you may want a heavy duty machine.. an industrial machine will go through your fabric. A Singer 201 is just short of an industrial... well, sort of. Straight stitch, gear driven;
http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/11/11/classic-singer-2012-vintage-sewing-machine-review.aspx

I am partial to the Singer 401 which is talked about here;
http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/10/25/singer-401-401a-403--403a--404--sewing-machine-review.aspx

hth


3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: White Superlock 534 Serger Need Help! on: November 28, 2011 11:36:53 AM
start here... if this doesn't  help let me know
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357654.0
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Overlocker foot pedal overheating on: November 28, 2011 11:33:44 AM
it is a tiny component either a resistor or a diode... it is faulty and burning out. It should be under warranty and take it back. It is possible the entire batch was bad.

has nothing to do with you, your sewing, the machine itself.. it is the foot! and not your foot <wink>
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine keeps right on sewing??? (: on: November 28, 2011 11:30:09 AM
foot peddle problem.  there is a WeFixIt group at yahoo.groups that can help you take it apart and repair it.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Double needle on: November 28, 2011 11:28:00 AM
Your machine must have the capability to be able to use a twin or double needle. You will need to check your manual or check with your local sewing machine repair shop to see if your particular model is capable of using a twin needle.

Make sure the bobbin is full. Put the spools of thread on, most likely both threads will go through the first tensioner and the uptake lever together. The thread will need to separate and go on each side of the tension discs. The threads will again separate at the bottom of the needle-bar with a hook on each side and then through each needle.  Since each machine will have different thread paths to follow, again refer to your manual. Just make sure that the 2 threads arent rubbing against each other in the tension disc area.

Set the machine for a straight stitch and use standard machine thread for this technique. Some machines are capable of using heavier thread such as "Jeans Stitch" in both needles and in the bobbin, some are not.
Most machines can use the heavier thread in the top (needle) but need standard thread in the bobbin. The tension may need to be adjusted.

*note rather then purchase two spools of thread with the same color, wind a second bobbin to use on top.

The bobbin will zigzag back and forth and uses a lot of thread. The top thread will use the same amount for any straight stitch.

I suggest you make a sample form. Use this one or make your own
http://greenaprons.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/sewing-machine-stitch-sample-form/

Do samples. 

Twin needles come in various distances apart. 1.6, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 6.0 and I think there was an 8.0 but most machines can only use the 6.0.

Take your needle plate for a zig zag stitch with you to the store. Place the needles so you can see if they fit within the space in the needle plate. Once home, check the Zig Zag Needle Plate on your machine by placing the wider needle down into the opening. Hand wheel the needle down slowly to make sure there is enough clearance.

If you need to be confused further... just ask!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Heavy duty sewing machine help on: April 23, 2011 09:56:20 PM
Both--- you need a machine with a strong enough motor, metal gears to get through heavy fabric like denim. The machine needs to be able to adjust the pressure on the presser foot so you can get 8 layers of denim or 1 layer of silk.

The type of needle you use does matter. Trying to use a Universal needle on leather just doesn't work, the leather needle slices through leather. A sharps or Microtex needle works great on polyester but not so good on denim.

When using embroidery thread try using a #11 needle, the eye is smaller. Using a #14, the thin thread slops around in the eye and can break.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3751/machine-needle-know-how
http://www.schmetzneedles.com/
http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/sewing-needles.php


twin needles
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00157.asp

as for a machine? look at the Singer Slant Sewing machines, either the 401 or 500 both have metal gears, can sew through canvas, denim and silk!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recover a dress form ? on: April 09, 2011 10:32:47 PM
while I love my duct tape doubles! you can't stick pins in them because the pins get sticky from the glue...

however, you certainly could wrap it in duct tape.

but..... using fusible interfacing, cutting it and laying it over the form, spray it with water and iron it onto your form!

now if you are interested in padding the form up to fit your measurements, use COTTON!!! batting and thread, start padding where it is needed. use the thread to hold it in place by wrapping the thread around the form. Then iron on the fusible interfacing.

$30.00 was a steal!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rookie Mistake NEED HELP ASAP! I'm desperate! [getting chalk off fabric] on: April 07, 2011 10:36:56 AM
take scrap fabric and mark on it.  Do this on several pieces both chalk and tracing on each piece.

spray one with water, rub some with a damp piece of cloth, use an iron (some is heat sensitive). Try everything you can think of. If all else fails... the cleaners!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer machine opinion - 500A or 750 Touch & Sew on: April 07, 2011 10:20:56 AM
hands down the 500a! however keep your 750 for the embroidery stitches it does! all of the feet and black cams for the 750 will fit on the 500! the white cams are for the 750 only.

the 500 is a metal gear driven and metal feed dogs, the 750 has some rubber gears including the feed dogs! if you need help working on your 750 come join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/singerslantsewing (edited to say) the 500 manual is at the singer slant sewing group

$30 for a 500? easily worth $150+

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