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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bobbins question on: December 09, 2011 02:23:45 PM
Someone just gave me a new sewing machine Smiley (Brother VX-1435), since my old singer has gone beyond hope, it's pretty much a museum piece now Sad...

Anyhow; I've got a lot of bobbins left from my old machine, but they are slightly different from the ones that come with the new machine. (New ones are flat, old ones have a bit of a dome shape); they fit the new one, but I'm afraid to try and sew with them, since I don't want to break the machine a week after getting it. For the life of me I can't seem to find any information on the kind of bobbins this new machine uses. (I guess they want you to buy their own brand bobbins, but since I already have a lot of the old ones, and the "brother" bobbins are kind of expensive around here...)

Is there any difference between these two? Would it cause any problems to just try the old bobbins and see what happens? Would using metal bobbins on a machine that came with plastic bobbins cause any problems?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Looking for a waistcoat pattern! on: May 04, 2008 12:16:58 AM
Help me find a pattern!! Please!!!
I'm acting in a play in about a month and I made the mistake of writing my character with a blue vest/waistcoat (Which I can't seem to write out without completely messing up the play)... I can't seem to find one at a reasonable price, and I've always wanted to make one... however, I can't seem to find a free pattern anywhere!!! Help! Anyone? (BTW, the character is male, so... a male waistcoat is what I'm looking for Tongue)

(I would buy a pattern but
1) There's nowhere to buy patterns here,
2) If I bought it on the internet, by the time it got here it would be too late and
3 and most important of them all) I just don't have the money Tongue)

I'm looking for something along the lines of this but if you happen to find something like this (Meaning not double-breasted, or with a completely dissimilar shape) links would be appreciated as well. ^^
Thanks in advance everyone ^^

(A little side-question... does anyone have experience with tailored pockets? How much time do they take? Are they too hard to make for a not-so-experienced seamster?)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone understand these pants??? on: December 29, 2007 12:40:03 AM
I was looking at the site this thread talk about (Which, btw, has some pretty interesting clothes)... and I stumbled across these pants and I would so love to copy those (and I mean I would REALLY love to copy those)... but I have no idea whatsoever as to how to go about it :S... does anyone around here understand how these pants are constructed?Huh Any reference to a similar pattern? Any vague idea as to how you could achieve that efect? anything?? (BTW, I can draft patterns for simple pants, and I'm pretty quick at understanding, so ANY kind of idea will do  Wink)

The page says they're "変形型ワイドパンツ" Which, according to google, would roughly translate into "Deformation-inch wide pants". That description does not help me at all  Sad But maybe it means something to one of you wiser crafters ^.^

(Sorry I didn't post an image, but I can't extract the image from the site for some weird reason :S)

Thanks in advance ^^

Finally managed to extract the images ^^
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Manskirt pattern? on: October 31, 2007 02:12:03 PM
Probably a weird question but... does anyone know of some good manskirt (Skirts for men) patterns? Most patterns for skirts are designed for the female body, which is quite different from ours ^^

I'm not looking for a kilt pattern, I'm looking for something longer, without pleats would be better... and free would be best XD (There's nowhere to buy patterns here, and it takes forever for a pattern to be shipped all the way here)

Information on how to alter a woman's skirt pattern to make it fit to a man's body would be helpful too ^^

Thanks in advance!

(p.s. Just in case you were wondering, I want to make a skirt because I think men should have the same freedom, fashion-wise, as women do ^^)
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to pin pattern pieces to fabric? on: October 28, 2007 07:18:27 PM
Hi ^^ I know this is a newbie question, but I can't find the answer to it Sad
Maybe, since english is not my first language, the question isn't clear enough so:
Say you have the pieces of the pattern in paper, and you need to pin it to the fabric to copy them to the fabric and cut it... How do you pin it? I'v tried every possible way I can think of, and the pins always deform the fabric, and I'm afraid that'll make the pieces the wrong shape... how do I pin it to avoid that? Or am I worrying about nothing?
I'm working with gabardine... does that make it any different? Is it a difficult fabric to work with as a begginer?
I know the question isn't all that clear, but if you understand it, I'll thank you forever for answering ^^
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hakama pants question: on: October 07, 2007 09:21:48 PM
Does anyone has a clear photo of the back of hakama pants? I want to make a pair as my first real sewing project (They seem easy enough, all straight seams, simple shaped pieces yet beautiful results ^^) and I'm thinking I'll use the instructions on:
but I remember seeing, at a kenjutsu class, that hakama have this weird kind of point in the back, but the instructions say:
Do the same with the back tie as you did with the front..
Which would make the back a straight line, instead of what I remember.
Am I crazy? Is the back of hakama a straight line? Is a hakama too difficult to attempt without prior sewing experience? (I've sewn bags and such, but never clothing)
Any clear photos of the backside of a hakama would be really appreciated!
Thanks ^^
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing by hand on: October 05, 2007 02:01:23 PM
Hi ^^... A little question:
I'm dying to make my own clothes (Let's face it, most stuff in the stores suck), but I don't have a sewing machine, nor the money to buy one.
So... Do you think it'd be too hard to sew clothes by hand? I don't really care too much about time because I already spend hours a day knitting so, I have the time. But if it's too hard, or the quality is going to be inferior I don't want to waste my time and I'll keep on wearing storebought boring clothes Sad
Any advice?

Another thing... I know this is probably a silly question, but nobody ever taught me so... how do you transfer the pattern pieces to the fabric to cut it? Do you draw it directly onto the fabric, or do you draw it on paper first?
Thanks in advance!
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Back strap loom: too difficult? on: September 11, 2007 11:45:02 AM
Hi ^^... I'm completely new to weaving and will probably buy a modern loom any day now ^^. The thing is I have this fascination with prehispanic cultures and have always wanted to try and build/use a back strap loom (The kind of looms precolumbian coltures used).
Do you think it'd be too difficult to use?
I'm sure I can build it, and I understand how to use it, but I'm not sure if I should begin with a modern day loom and then try this idea.

Thoughts? Ideas? Advice?
Thanks ^^
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Internet has the best resources ^^ on: September 05, 2007 03:45:02 PM
I was browsing through gutenberg.org, as usual, with nothing specific in mind, when I stumbled upon this beaty. (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20776/20776-h/needlework-h.html)
Maybe it's all old stuff for experienced knitters/craftsters, but the part about knitting is really enlightening for a beginer such as myself. (Specially when it comes to mending :O)
I just thought you might like it Tongue

I know it's not *exactly* about knitting, and if thou, mighty
moderators, see this post fit for another place, please do move it to where it belongs Tongue
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tunisian HELP!!!!! on: September 04, 2007 04:27:09 PM
Today I was at the yarn shop, desperately pleading for a miracle, hoping the had DPNs.... They had no idea such a thing existed... instead the girl presented me with a tunisian crochet hook asking me if that's what I was looking for (I actually got a miracle 'cause nobody knows anything beyond crocheting around here).
So, I come home very excited about my new tunisian crochet hooks (I had to buy one in each size, of course) and my beautiful new yarns.
I start tunisian crocheting a scarf in double tunisian stitch... I followed the instructions word by word... and it turns out like this:

WTF? It's leaning to the right??? I'm skipping the first vertical line, but it's still leaning to the right!!!!! What am I doing wrong??? HELP!!
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