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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Baby Lock BL-101 blind hemmer on: November 08, 2010 03:35:40 AM

Hey ladies
 I bought a Baby Lock BL-101 like this one at a yard sale for 10 bucks, can you believe it? But there was no instruction book and I need help threading it.I have tried several ways but it won't sew, just balls up the thread on the top of the fabric.I used a scrap of lightweight fabric to test it out. It has a tension knob on the left side ,a stitch depth knob on the front,also a knob that says skip. whatever that means.Oh and the feed dog is working fine.
The machine looks brand new,similar to the one I posted so I'm pretty sure it's nothing serious wrong.I just hope someone has a machine like this that can tell me how to get it working.It looks so simple but for some reason I can't figure it out and I've been sewing all my life...lol I ordered the manual but it will be 2 weeks before it comes.
Thanks Ladies
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The Pink Fabric Yo-Yo Dress of Doom on: March 31, 2009 05:48:26 AM
Beautiful dress and beautiful model! Where can I find a yo-yo maker? I didn't know such a thing exist.. and what a great job you did on this dress. I've never seen this before,truly one of a kind! Now you've put ideas in my head girl.....lol Grin
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever heard of or seen a Triump Precision sewing machine on: March 05, 2009 05:42:44 AM
It looks like an industrial machine like they used in garment factories. Here is a website where you might find some information, they have manuals for old machines.
The email addy is:  relics@sewing-machine-manuals.com

I found the manual for my serger there and it was very nice, easy to read and in a bound tablet with plastic cover. I forget how much it cost me but it wasn't a lot.

I hope this helps!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: McCall's Swing top and capris on: February 23, 2009 03:23:46 AM
What an adorable little girl and the outfit is so pretty on her! Who said you can't sew...lol You did a fantastic job, hope to see more of your work soon! I just started making tots clothes and always looking for something easy to make.
Thanks for the reply on my post for 2T toddlers dress, I plan to have a bunch made by springtime. Wink
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easy to make Toddlers 2T Sundress on: February 22, 2009 05:10:27 PM
I'm back after much lurking around here to find something easy to make for my yard sale, however I didn't find what I wanted so.... I went to my pattern file cabinet and found a vintage pattern I had forgotton about. It was just the thing I needed, quick,fast, and in a hurry! I don't have any little girls(they're all grown up) but I figured maybe somebody might want these at my yard sale, so this is what I made from this pattern. I hope you like!

And here's the pattern

and the blurry instructions...sorry!
measurements are:
Body.....16 1/2" from top to bottom on the side that you fold.
across the top of the body.......5"
across the bottom 12"
on the side where the sleeve is cut out..14 1/2" from cut to bottom of body.
Oh and I measured the two body pieces that were in the envelope and both front and back are the same so I just cut 2 bodies from one piece.
For the neck piece cut (2) on the bias 6 1/4" x 2 1/2", fold long edge in half wrong sides together,press. Pin each one to neck on the WRONG SIDE after gathering, sew across and trim seam slightly,turn to outside and press, fold over and sew across.

For the armhole/strap pieces cut(on the bias) (4) rectangles 15 1/2" x 2 1/2" take 2 of them and sew across the short end right sides together,do the other one same way so you have 2 long strips. After you sew them at the end, fold in half longways and press folding up each end to hide raw edge.Pin to WRONG side of armhole starting at side seam, then sew  about 1/2 seam, trim seam and fold over and press down. You will see the straps forming, turn in raw edges and sew each strap down to the end. I find it easier if you sew the armhole on first and then go back and sew the straps down.

All is left is to sew up the side seams and the hem.Then attach lace or trim if desired.

Any questions? Just holla........ Wink

Thanks for looking!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Tinkerbell Joy on: February 14, 2009 03:40:04 AM
What a sweet little girl and a pretty dress too! I have been looking everywhere for Tinkerbell fabric, now I know where it is,thanks!

Would you believe my 22 yr old grand daughter just loves Tinkerbell? I want to make her something from this fabric. She's even got "TINK" on her car tag...lol

Great job on the dress and little pocketbook!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My first Top! on: February 08, 2009 11:11:25 AM
Girl you did a fantastic job on that top.......love it! Keep up the good work! Wink
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Overlocker anger - Rather longwinded post on: January 19, 2009 04:24:07 AM
Well I'm no expert but I have a Toyota serger from hell...lol
It took me about a month and some research online to finally get a diagram from the manufacturer as to how to thread this little monster. The first thing you have to do is Take all the threads out and then  make sure all your dials are on zero before you start to thread it. Then start from the RIGHT HAND SIDE and follow your guide on the machine for that thread, then the next one beside that one, working your way left. Just start with 3 threads until you learn how it works, (you don't really need the 4th one to serge.) I would suggest you get a really bright light and a magnifying glass because some of the holes are so very small, at least for me because I have poor vision.However it does make it easier to see. After you get them all threaded, go back and set each tension dial(round knobs) to the SAME NUMBER and pull slightly on each thread to "seed it" in the groove.
Now, if you did it right, you should be able to serge.Make sure all 3 threads are under the pressure foot with foot down. Press the foot pedal while holding the threads lightly and see if it serges.You don't need fabric for this, it will serge without it.If it makes a chain tail, you got it!!
I hope you have a pair of long nose tweezers, a must in order to thread some of these holes. And most of all, take your time with each one or you will get frustrated and give up.
Also make sure you blow it out good to get rid of dust and lint before you start to thread it. Mine just quit running one day and I couldn't figure out why until a last resort before the repair man when I decided to take it apart from the bottom. You would not believe the dust and lint! Now, after cleaning it and yes oiling all the moving parts, she's back to normal.
I hope this helps, if you need me, just holla...lol Smiley
But I'm sure you'll get lots of replies on here!
Oh yea, try to contact the company who made the machine, they may be able to walk you through it or send you a diagram.
Good Luck!

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Celebratory new machine post! on: January 13, 2009 04:08:57 AM
You go girl!! That's a great deal and now you will be hooked on sewing...lol Grin
I found my first sewing machine at a yard sale, it was the beginning of my obsession with sewing. Now, 6 years later I have 7 sewing machines and 1 serger and not happy if I'm not in my sewing room creating something! hee hee

I'm sure you will find lots of things on here to sew.This is the best site on the net!
Good luck, hope to see your creations on here! Wink
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crowne + White Sewing Machine? on: December 23, 2008 03:18:05 AM
 I never heard of this one but I have a Morse that is very similar to it and she's a workhorse! She's heavy as a chunk of lead tho,I cannot lift it out of it's case! The only problem I find with mine is the knobs are hard to turn so I just keep it on straight stitch.
I wouldn't buy it unless I tried it out first, it's an old machine and should be fairly cheap!
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