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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / "Sewing Inside the Circle" on: July 08, 2010 08:43:43 AM
So, my fantabulous Huskylock s25 is supposed to arrive by UPS today, so I've been on a serger research rampage for the last couple weeks.  One of the only "cons" of the s25 that I've seen mentioned is the lack of a free arm, but some reviewers are dismissing that as a non-issue because you can always "sew inside the circle" for hemming sleeves or pant legs.

I *think* I have an idea of what this "sewing inside the circle" means, but would really appreciate it if anyone can confirm.  Diagrams or YouTube videos would be especially awesome. 

I'll be sure to post a review of the s25 after a couple weeks of fiddling with it, because there doesn't seem to be much out there on this machine.  I know serger basics from high school Home Ec but have sewn exclusively on a 1950's Singer Slant-o-Matic for the last 5 years, so buying the s25 is a little like going from a Huffy with training wheels straight to a Lance Armstrong racing bike (or, perhaps, a 500HP Harley).  The deal was just too good to pass up!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / How to Make Gaga's Gyroscope? on: May 04, 2010 09:50:30 AM
I'm hellbent on making a Lady Gaga gyroscope for Halloween. 

Obviously, she has access to a whole crew of craft folks and basically unlimited funds, so mine won't be anywhere near as nice.  I figure I'll do an over-shoulder harness instead of the balanced-on-hips rig hers has, and I think my hoops might need to be a tubular material rather than flat (I can't find mirrored plexi/acrylic sheets that large, and it would be price-prohibitive and impossible to cut DIY even if I did).  Mine will probably be slightly smaller and have a couple fewer hoops. 

I'm thinking the hoops will end up being made of some sort of rigid tubing (http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html suggests irrigation tubing).  My main concerns there would be weight and whether drilling holes to thread nuts and bolts through the diameters of the tubes to connect them with nuts and bolts might make weak spots.  Whatever I use to make it, it'll probably be foil taped to give it the metallic look.

Can anyone think of anything I'm overlooking?  Or any boards/sites where I might get better responses?  I threw a request up on Etsy Alchemy but I'm not optimistic someone is willing/able to make it well for the $150 I'm willing to spend.  So... give me your best ideas for DIY-ing this biatch Cheesy

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