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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Tatania" knitalong on: October 17, 2008 03:16:53 PM
long time no post, but I now have 8" of the front done.. this is a slow project for me, I really miss my big yarn and needles.
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Help With Wings For Costume? on: October 16, 2008 07:23:16 AM
I'm afraid I haven't had a chance to sketch out framework, but these sites and tutorials might help some

This one is actually feathered wings, but the wire framework is similar

here is another alternative a modified backpack method... too heavy and rigid for what I normally do

Hope that helps!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Help With Wings For Costume? on: October 15, 2008 07:46:01 AM
I'd make a wire frame of the wings, with a u shaped section to tuck down your back, I much prefer it to the backpack style.

and like every one else has said, it works much better stuffed down a corset.  Buut assuming your wings are superlight a bra strap should suffice, if its going to be heavier, make yourself some wide bands of elastic fitted to your torso, wear them under your clothing and use them in place of a corset.
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: chuck from pushing daisies? help! on: October 15, 2008 07:25:52 AM
cute lil knitted sweaters are something she wears quite often too.

I support the bees on wires idea Smiley
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please (Pics inside) on: October 12, 2008 05:48:33 PM
Shiny! thank you for the help.

Gotta say I am very confused about the serial number dating it at this point, I have a 16 page pdf of singer serial numbers and it shows a date if January 8, 1910 and made in New Jersey, and another page seemed to show a date of 1913!

Buut thanks to those links yall posted, I definately am the proud owner of a 127- S  Smiley

16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please on: October 12, 2008 09:13:22 AM
Nope, mine is setup a bit differently from that one, adn thank you everyone for the help!

Please forgive all the pictures I went a bit camera happy because its just soo pretty, pretty sure its a model 127, but again any info is most welcome

and if it helps, yall can go to my flickr http://flickr.com/photos/24145253@N07/sets/72157607957146188/ to see bigger pics
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please on: October 06, 2008 12:38:00 PM

I figured out how to get the bobbin in and out, and I adore this long bullet shaped bobbin, its too cool visually. ok ok I have since learned proper terms include "boat" not bullet (see I can be taught).

I believe I have my hands on a either a 127, 128 or 15, I downloaded the manual for the 127/ 128 and it looks just like my machine, except mine is electric, the more i learn the more I think the motor was added later..

I plan on really looking at it tonight with the manual to see if I can figure out what to do next Smiley aka. servicing it myself, or taking it to a shop.. and the all important, do I try to glue its case back together or, replace it..

I never knew how cool and gadgety sewing machines were until i got my hands on this one.  I'm really excited about being able to see just how it works, unlike the new machines!

Also, I promise pictures in the none too distant future, because its just too pretty not to Smiley

And eventually I hope to actually start sewing something with it!

Thank you Penlowe for your response earlier

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please on: October 02, 2008 10:30:51 AM
well,  I looked up the serial number and it dates from between 1913 and 1915 if I'm looking at it right.  and the little plate that covers the bobbin area (sorry I'm sure it has a name that I dont know), has two patent dates one is 1910 and the other is 1911

If you are curious, here is its serial number g40861

The pedal that you cant see in the picture is also metal and not a modern look.  And the electrical cord while whole, looks like it could use replacement (aka it looks old).

and Eeek! if it really is an original Sphinx Singer and worth what you think it is... maybe I shouldnt let my sewing machine murderess fingers attempt to sew anything on it.

Is there a model # or something for it, aka what do I need to put into a search engine for my "GoogleFu" to track down a manual?
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please (Pics inside) on: October 02, 2008 06:35:18 AM
Hey there, I have a bad track record with sewing machines, and little experience with them either.   I have a brain filled with garment ideas, and fabric sculptures etc, so I have been keeping my eyes out for a machine and doing research.  Metal parts were a definate must for me, and my budget was tight. I'm prefacing this whole thing with this because I'm a complete ignorant about sewing machines.

I recently bought a sewing machine off of ebay, its a vintage singer the serial number dates it to between 1913 and 1915, and its patent dates are 1910 and 1911, the Gold decal work has the egyptian Sphinx motif (which makes me geek out even further).   It was a bit of an impulse buy, I paid under $60 for it including shipping, and the auction had very little on it, it said
"Vintage Singer sewing machine" - Vintage portable sewing machine, singer-number g40861, is complete, and runs fine, comes with foot pedal, and carrying case, machine is old, it and the case show signs of wear. Thanks for looking.

Well, it arrived yesterday and I am soo excited, but the case it sits in and that covers it broke in shipping, it looks like the machine rocked and broke the case.  I think I can glue the case back together.  If the case ends up being nonrepairable, do I need to make it a new box? or can i sit it on my work table and plow into a project?

But my next questions are, what model did I get? Where can I get a manual on it (because I have no clue how to thread it, or maintain it)?  and what kind of needles can I use in it?

Here is the auction if that helps http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300260068209&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=020
 It came with thread comically, old thread, and the machine smells very musty so it was obviously been stored for a long time. There is almost no rust, top or bottom on it, and all parts move smoothly if a bit stiffly, it feels like it needs lubricating- but thats the opinion of someone who knows very little about sewing machines.

 I am beyond excited about this, the machine is  a work of art, and my mechanical side is geeking out being able to see how the parts all interact.

I know yall are probably cringing that its ended up in the hands of a machine killer, but I in my defense, the machines I have killed were plastic filled things, including that serger, and that older brother had issues when I picked it up on the side of the road.

Thank you ever so much for your help, I am soo excited at the prospect of being able to do more than handsew, and to work on such an amazing machine.
Thank you thank you thank you!

P.S. I can post more pictures tonight when I get home if that helps Smiley

20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm the green fairy? Help! on: August 22, 2008 04:33:49 AM
actually its a combination, it bunches at the hips 1. because I do have hips,  and 2. because the sequined tops i chopped up are a good deal longer than the corset, instead of cutting the excess off and facing the nightmare of having to reknot all the sequined strands, I folded it up and stitched it under (think a really thick hemline), so, while teh corset is short on the sides, I could let some of hte sequined fabric out would *might* make the corset look longer...  at least thats my current theory...

Here is another shot, again excuse the dumb look on my face, you can see just how high the corset is on the sides...  http://www.texasartcat.com/costumes/P10005201.JPG
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