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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: help! tryinbng to make jersey armwarmers on: April 15, 2009 02:20:03 AM
Try stitching them with a decorative stitch such as blanket stitch. Or if you are stitching, try using wool or thread that is closely matched (in colour) to the armwarmer fabric.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make a top with ribbed edges? on: November 25, 2008 01:02:19 AM
Ribbing is sewn on after you've put the jacket together. So the sleeves should be completed except for the ribbing. You have to cut the rib at 3/4 of the total measurement that you will sew it onto - in other words for a sleeve cuff you want the ribbing to be 1/4 LESS the sleeve edge measurement otherwise it will be too floppy (as it's very stretchy) and will look horrible.

You sew or overlock the 'side seam' edge (not the edge that joins the sleeve, but the actual side of the rib) of the ribbing so that it's joined in a circle first. Then you fold it in half widthways with the overlocked edge hidden on the inside and the raw edges together (it should look like a proper ribbed sleeve cuff except it's not joined to the jacket yet).

Then you pin it to the sleeve matching side seams and pin in about 3 or 4 places so that the rib is evenly distributed.

Then either overlock or sew it to sleeves.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemming jersey fabric? on: November 25, 2008 12:50:52 AM
OMG I just worked out that my machine will use a twin needle!

Yay - I am so glad that I read this thread - yippee!

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with machine sewing T-shirt jersey! on: November 25, 2008 12:44:30 AM
Ok, this is generally why stitches are skipped:

1. You're using the wrong needle - could be the wrong size - should be an 11/75 for single knit jersey or 14/90 for double knits.

2. The needle is inserted incorrectly - check your sewing machine manual.

3. The needle is bent or blunt.

4. You're using the wrong thread type for the sewing or the thread is cheap.

5. Your machine isn't threaded properly - check the sewing manual.

6. Foot pressure is incorrect.


Go through each point checking and hopefully that will fix it.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Skirt to shirt help please! BEGINNER HERE! on: November 20, 2008 01:46:27 AM
Yes, just use a zig-zag stitch (sort of medium sized - not too small and not too big).

I agree, just chop the bottom of the skirt and use it for straps.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: fabric paint on canvas belt? on: November 20, 2008 01:41:16 AM
Yes definitely it will work.

There are heaps of different colours and a few different types of fabric paint too. Just look in any large-ish fabric or art store and they should have them.

Plus they may have stencils as well.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make a top with ribbed edges? on: November 20, 2008 01:39:27 AM
Are you making a woollen jumper or a cotton knit hoodie?

Ribbing is available anywhere, maybe they call it something else, but I'm pretty sure that it should just be regular cotton rib.

I guess you could always buy it on-line. It's pretty hard to colour match ribbing, so you could buy white and dye it or maybe get a contrast colour.

If you are making a woollen knitted jumper, then no you don't buy the rib, you just knit it and any wool would be appropriate just as long as it's the same thickness as the jumper you already have.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemming pre-pleated fabric?? [Edit w/ pic] on: October 05, 2008 10:04:38 PM
You need to babylock it.

19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: 18th century(ish) admiral style coat help!! on: October 05, 2008 09:59:19 PM
Unless you are an extremely experience sew'er, then I wouldn't bother trying to sew that jacket. It's too complicated.

My suggestion is to find an old second-hand clothing store and find an evening suit (you need a jacket with tails - the sort of evening wear that men wear when getting married or going to a formal).  Then you can easily change it by adding gold buttons and braiding - the buttons and braid you can buy from any decent fabric or button store. The braid can be cut and glued to the shoulders of the jacket and just sew the buttons in place.

Medals can be made out of gold paper or card and if you glue various braids around them they can be made to look quite authentic.
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Straitjacket dilemma.. eeeesh! on: October 05, 2008 09:55:34 PM
You need cotton canvas - sort of like what is used for a trench coat.

I suggest you buy an old jacket or trench coat - the bigger the better so that you have fabric to play around with. A trench coat would be better as want the back to wrap across you and not sit open at the top like a jacket does.

Cut the length to just past your hips. I would probably wear it back to front and add fabric to the sleeves so that they are longer than where your hands end and then buy some buckles from a fabric shop or leather straps (think hardware shops or pet supplies) either that or cheap old bags that you can chop the straps off of.
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