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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Unable to get correct tension on old White Serger on: November 05, 2013 08:46:53 AM
So I got a pretty good deal on an old White serger with all the pieces and even the manual with the original receipt from 1985. Or so I thought. I only paid $15 for it from Goodwill. But now I can't seem to get the tension right. I tried using the pictures in the book of the most common tension problems but nothing is working. I'm at my wits end with this thing. Anyone have this machine or the same problem with a different machine? I took it apart and cleaned it but I haven't oiled it yet. Would that help? I just want to make a crossbody bag. I already bought the fabric and cut out all the pieces for it.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Unstretching jersey knits? on: February 05, 2013 01:32:55 PM
So I made a dress the other day to have seamless straps because my machine doesn't like to make pretty seams. I used plain black fabric and misted some bleach water to make a cool effect on it. Well I left it in the dryer and the lady that is living with us did laundry. She hung the dress up by just one strap. It was a heavy knit and completely stretched the strap almost 6 inches longer than it was. Is there a way to unstretch it? Can it be fixed without cutting it and adding a seam? Here you can see how bad the damage is.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making leather gloves from scratch? on: November 13, 2012 01:24:55 PM
Does anyone know how to make leather gloves from a tanned hide? I have some goatskin that is so supple and would make perfect gloves. I have no idea how to go about making a pattern or buying(?) one. Advice?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Handmade and dyed dress! on: November 13, 2012 01:19:28 PM
I wanted a very impractical for traveling dress to travel in just so I could look cute and this is what I came up with. The dress is just a simple circle skirt with trapezoid shaped top lol I did an ombre dye effect on it because I didn't like the plain white. I'm not good with whites and I could see my bra though it. I already had the fabric that I bought a long time ago at Wal-Mart. It was a 5 yard bolt for only $5 of some blend, I still have about a yard left and have used it for multiple other projects. So this dress really only cost the money for the dye. Anyway, here's the only picture I have.

What do you all think?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Using a store bought pattern for the first time on: June 02, 2012 05:59:11 AM
I don't like patterns. I always make my own but I have 3 vintage remake patterns I bought a while ago while they were on sale for only 99 cents each. I really want to make one of them but I can't figure out how to use a store bought pattern. I took the directions out and looked at them and it was like a foreign language to me. I think the dress I want to make would be perfect to make from the sheet I accidentally put a hole in. Help?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a dress form, but not with tape. on: April 01, 2012 10:18:25 AM
I was thinking of drafting up a pattern to make a dress form out of 100% cotton fabric, building a core, and stuffing the rest with the 5 lbs of stuffing I have. My problem is, how would I make the pattern? Would it just kinda be a modified dress pattern that would be skin tight? If I took a dress pattern that fit me perfectly, would that work (if there is a zipper in the pattern I would just sew it all shut)? I have scoliosis and am not noticeably crooked, but enough that my hips and shoulders are uneven. I don't have the money to buy one from the store, and I just don't think it'd be the same because of my crookedness. :/ Any advice? I don't have the slightest clue on how to do this.
I don't really know if this is the right place to put this, but it seemed logical since it'd be for clothes.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Roll Tide, Roll! LSU IS GOING DOWNNNNN. on: January 06, 2012 01:15:09 PM
I'm an Alabama fan. As is the rest of my family. My cousin is (hopefully) going to be the starting kicker next year, but right now he just gets to dress out during home games and possibly the championship game. Wooh! LSU is going down. No doubt in my mind. Anyway, my first day of college is on the 9th and I needed to represent my team even more than just my tervis tumbler and my lanyard. So I took a plain white shirt and made my own screen print of the mascot. On the back it has my cousins last name (Drake), and his number (98). It isn't completely done yet, but I'm too excited to wait until it's finished to post pictures. When I cut the neck and make the shirt more feminine I'll post more pictures. Pictures!

EDIT: It's done!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Hermione's bag from the Deathly Hallows on: November 17, 2011 03:22:11 PM
How would I go about making it? It doesn't have to look exactly the same, but what would the pattern or pieces look like? I would buy one, but I don't want to shell out $70 for it. :/
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My totally awesome redone wallet! on: November 03, 2011 04:36:55 PM
It went from being a sequined monster to a new goatskin luxury. I made this to go with my purse, so it's made out of the same hide that the replacement handles will be made in.
If anyone is interested I took pictures along the way so I can make a tutorial.
Before: The colors are off, it was striped blue and black sequins.

After: Inside:

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Adding new handles to a Chanel Bag *EDIT: Pictures added* on: October 20, 2011 12:35:04 PM
So I've got this Chanel bag, and the leather on the handles has fallen apart in all my use of the purse. The bag itself is lambskin, and I bought some new leather to make new handles out of. The thing is, the new stuff is goatskin. I haven't gotten it yet, but does anyone think it'd look way different than the bag? I don't think it will be obvious enough for people to tell unless they already know. Anyway, how would I go about sewing the goatskin? The handles attach to a ring that attaches to the bag, so I know I'd have to make them longer than normal so they can double up over the ring. How would I make the handles round like they are now? (they look like the ones on this bag: http://www.pradareplicahandbags.com/images/Product/Chanel%2011118%20handle%20bag%20silver-1111.jpg) I would just send the bag in to get it fixed professionally, but I'm broker than ever and I figured it'd be cheaper to just buy the leather and do it myself. I don't even know where I'd send it to anyway, I got the bag second-hand. When I go home later I'll take a picture of the bag so you can see how the handles actually are and maybe I'd get better help on some kind of pattern for them.

*Edit for pictures:
As you can see, the color matches so closely. It's awesome. The goatskin isn't quite as supple, but it definitely works. Picture time! The first two are closer to the actual colors.
My coverup that didn't look very good:

How it looked all torn up:

And finally, how closely it matches!:
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