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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I get a serger? on: September 03, 2011 02:49:31 PM
In most of the finer clothing stores, the clothing is lined, french seamed, or have binding (hong-kong finish) on the seams, so a serger is not a necessity. Designer clothing has these finishes and people pay for the luxury. Nothing is compared to a jacket that is taken off and has a nice finish for other to see weather it is complimentary or coordinated material on a lined or hong- kong finish. Skirts, bodices, dresses with  a lining protects the outer fabric from body oils, lotions, and sweat that can ruin and break down finer fabric.
If you are sewing decorative for the home a serger is great for rolled edges on many things like napkins, tableclothes, runners. A serger is great for rolled hems with speciality threads on clothing and for sewing knits. You can find one at garage sales, thift shops, repair shops as people love to upgrade their equipment. Differential feed on a serger is great to use. It is a purchase that you can wait to do as your skills improve.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where can I find a manual for my sewing machine? (Kenmore) on: September 03, 2011 02:16:29 PM
Find the serial number and enter it in Sear parts, the manual is free to download.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: A man's first time sewing with a Necci MOD-539 on: September 03, 2011 02:08:21 PM
Saddle Stitich, used in high stress areas also for stretch knits, like lucra. Blind hemming stitch you have the material folded and then folded back on itself leaving a small edge for the straightstitch to stitch and as the needle zigs over it  sligthly catches the folded edge before zagging back. When done correctly your straighten out the fold back and press the material straight down, on the outside you will have a hidden hem stitch.  [urlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdKe9crSHac][/url] The feather looking one is the fagot stitch, it is used to two pieces of material that is abut to each each while sewing to making it into one. Then the overedge stitch which is great for materials that ravel.  The next one looks like an elastic stitch for sewing elastic. And the 1-4 are the button hold stitch. The number 1 is also call the tack stitch great for tacking down belt loops on pants or to sew on flat button you just make sure the needle is able to go into each hole as it zigs and zags side to side, generally you have a button foot to use.

The round knob at the top of the head of your machince will be used to control the length of your stitch. The sliding lever controls your width and also helps you to know your setting for the 4 step button holes.

Dropping your feed dogs are for what katpac said and also used when you machine baste.

I hope this helps you to understand a little more about your machine. Happy sewing!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made a dress on: August 18, 2011 03:28:16 AM
The dress is perfect for a young lady of 12. She looks lovely in it and this dress should be made in a few differect colors.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm bored...I'll make a dress! on: June 05, 2011 06:13:04 PM
Very nice. It will look great with a belt for when you want to be a lttle dressy. But perfect for hanging out just the way it is.
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shopping around for a first ever, compact sewing machine - advice? on: February 17, 2011 10:42:28 PM
Remember you will be sewing on it not someone else. But personally I would choose the brothers prw as a beginner's machine because it has the basic stitches.
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: do you have your machine tuned up? on: February 17, 2011 10:27:38 PM
What is the name and model of your machine?
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Different types of presser feet ?!? Img. Heavy on: February 17, 2011 10:25:12 PM
Oh wow, I was about to make this post.  I too inherited my granny's sewing machine which was beyond repair (having your uncle put it outside for about a year in all weather will do that), but have all these presser feet.  Unfortunately, it's a kenmore, too, so it doesn't help me with my singer machine. 

Thanks so much DingDong for posting this, and seleniebeanie for explaining all of the pieces.

My Kenmore has the same feet and I found I could interchange them with my other machines.
 senleniebeanie is correct on the name of all the feet. 
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "Laundry Day" babydoll on: February 13, 2011 08:03:50 PM
You always come up with cute ideas for things to wear. I think this would be great as a summer nightie also because it is such light material.
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hardcore old machine VS wimpy new machine on: February 12, 2011 09:15:21 PM
Remember the stitch length, thread and needle has to be the right ones for the material you are working on. http://www.sewing.org/files/guidelines/22_115_sewing_machine_needle_charts.pdf
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