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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: new clutch/wallet/multi thingy on: August 31, 2011 10:00:09 PM
It looks really nice! As for the interfacing issue, trim the seam allowance off of any interfacing you use before you sew your project together.If you are using interfacing, cut it smaller so that if wont be left in the seam allowance. If you aren't using interfacing, just really thick fabric, trim as much bulk as possible out of the seam allowance. If it's still too thick, take a hammer and pound on the thick areas, this will help to break down the material a bit and soften it up. When you do your topstitching, make sure you use a topstitch or denim needle, at least size 90/14 to help go through bulkier areas.
I hope this helps, and your wallet looks adorable! i love the color combo.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! on: July 21, 2010 10:31:56 AM
Everyone's tattoo on here are so beautiful! i've been lurking for a very long time here looking at all the amazing things you guys do and thought i would add my own.

i've done a couple of drawings that i turned into tattoos, two on me and one on my kindaexgirlfriendwe'reonabreak person. Undecided

This was the first one i got that i really invested time into designing. It has my senior quote and Rilo Kiley Lyric "All of your Failures Are Training Grounds" my artist Dan Sanrio added some of his own flair.He kept my drawing so i don't have a pic of the original, but it's pretty close to what i had drawn. It's a wrought iron dress form with two birds that i drew directly from still's from Snow white. this arm will eventually be turned into a fairytale/music sleeve

This is my other big-ish one. I promise the words are much more legible in person, that pic was when it was still new and sticky. It say's "You are What You Love, Not What Love's You Back" another Jenny Lewis lyric.

This is what i drew upon the request of my girlfriend at the time, It's a lyric from Tegan and Sara's "Nineteen" and the music notes are a section from a Missy Higgins song "The Special Two"
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: pfaff 2023 problem, thread keeps getting tangled. on: October 06, 2008 06:22:51 PM
It's very likely that you have a broken stitch finger. Which is something only your local repairman could fix. It forms the stitch so if it's catching it may be broken. You're probably going to have to take it in to get checked out.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to attach embroidery foot? on: August 03, 2008 01:12:47 PM
For the embroidery foot, you need to unscrew the big screw on the ankle of the sewing machine(That hold the foot on) and replace that ankle with the embroidery foot. It will wrap around the post thats currently holding you ankle on, and screw it into place with that big screw.

The other foot may be a 1/4 inch foot or a topstitching foot
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of machine would you suggest for a fashion design student? on: July 27, 2008 11:39:02 AM
That didn't sound snotty at all.

Now Brother's are horribly constructed machines in general. Our repairman, who owns the store, wont even work on them cause he always tells us it's not going to be worth it. As for other machines and good quality brand such as Pfaff, Husquvarna Viking and Bernina, most of their machines have a section in their manuals on cleaning and oiling and even include brushes and things to help clean them.
Older machines were indeed built better, im not going to disagree with that at all. However, a lot of the items that were used to create those beautiful old machine, such as Cams and various belts. Are no longer in production and are sometimes very machine specific.
You can find a lot of parts on ebay but you just have to make sure they are specifically the part you need for your machine, and then find someone who can replace the part without charging you an arm and a leg for it.
I've seen older machines opened up as my boss would clean them, and the biggest problem is that people didn't take care of them which makes them that much harder to clean now.

I love the older machines, but from seeing how much it costs to service and repair those machines, i can't bring myself to buy one. But if you can find an older mint condition Bernina or Singer Featherweight grab it!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of machine would you suggest for a fashion design student? on: July 26, 2008 07:34:49 PM
As wonderful as older or "vintage" machines may work right now, If you ever have a part break, you may have a lot of problems getting parts. I work for a sewing machine dealer and after 25 years the brand discontinues most of the parts, if they don't work on the newer machines. So you may be able to find replacement parts, but it's going to cost you more and most dealers charge you more to service the machines because they are harder to get into and a lot harder to clean than a new machine.
The computerized machines actually have less moving parts so they are easier to fix than most manual machines so they will give you less trouble and cost you less in repairs in the long run.
As far as singers go, they are very cheaply made which is why they are so inexpensive, and i would definitely recommend that you purchase any machine you get from an independent dealer. You are more likely to get a good deal since they do not have preset prices and you can haggle for a good price. And usually you get perks such as free lessons on how to use the machine as well as deals within the store/coupons. Plus you would be supporting local businesses which is always good.
Now i am biased because i do work for an independent dealer but i recommend Pfaff machines. They are European built and German engineered if you get an actual Pfaff model. The Hobby's and Smart line are a different story.
But being a fashion student myself and for about the price range you listed, a good machine would be a 1500 series machine if you can find one(For an awesome mechanical machine). Or as far as computerized machines, i recommend a 2000 series( 2023 would be the best it has more buttonholes and utility stitches).

You can look up the models on www.pfaffusa.com and check out where your local dealer is.

And even though i shouldn't be saying it. I used to sew on a Bernina, an old metal one, can't remember the model number, But berninas are also great machine and are still mostly European made which is always going to be a better machine than one built in Japan.

I hope you find a good one! The easiest way to get discouraged is to buy a machine with a million problems.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A on: July 25, 2008 02:26:53 PM
If it's been a while since you've changed you needle, it's time to change it. A lot of times the thread will shred because the needle is dull, or like knottie said, the thread is too thick for that needle.

If it's a thick thread, try a topstitch or jeans needle cause they have bigger eyes
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help please with sewing woven and knit fabrics together! on: June 09, 2008 03:44:24 PM
Always sew with the fabric with the least stretch on the bottom.
make sure the knit is on top.

You can also try a tear away stabilizer or even better, a fusible stabilizer on your seam.

Freezer paper tears off easily and will fuse to the knit and keep it from stretching
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: stitch problems (getting worse, not better) on: June 09, 2008 03:42:15 PM
It definitely looks like a tension issue, as well as possibly a balance issue.
There may be thread caught in the upper or bobbin tension. Take some canned air and blow out the top tension and the bobbin case.
With a drop in bobbin you can usually pull it out, and there may be lint and threads stuck in it.

The tension may also be out in your bobbin and a sewing machine repair shop should be able to take it apart and adjust it

i hope it starts to work again, good luck!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A on: May 16, 2008 10:53:52 PM
For most home sergers It's upper looper, then lower looper, left needle and then right needle. I work for a Pfaff dealer, but i have worked on some other brands also to get them threaded. Make sure that the looper threads dont get twisted when you thread them.
You may need to adjust your stitch length, if its too short(like if its set up for a rolled hem) it could cause you problems. Definately try to find a diagram for your tension, a list or something if you have a manual, cause the tension may be a little off.
But it looks like your problem is that the upper and lower looper got twisted during threading, so it wrapped around the lower looper.
i hope you get it working! sergers make everything easier.
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