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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Loose lower thread in stitches on: November 22, 2009 02:44:27 PM
I bought a Kenmore Ultra stitch 6 and when I tried it out it worked great but now, for whatever reason, the lower thread is too loose and allowing the upper thread to peak out at the bottom, but everything else looks perfect on top.This is still a problem with the machine set to it's highest upper thread tension, I've even adjusted the presser foot tension according to the fabric, but still. What's up and how can I fix it?
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bobbins in Kenmores? on: October 18, 2009 01:49:07 PM
My mom's buying me an old Kenmore Ultra Stitch 6 sometime at the end of the week and I'm wondering about what bobbins I'll be using when I get it. It does come with a few metal bobbins, but all I have are plastic singer bobbins, as I've only used my mother's old Singer thus far. Do you have to use metal bobbins inside the machine? Or are plastic bobbins fine? I need a lot of bobbins, so this is pretty important. I've heard that some plastic bobbins work fine while in the shuttle, but winding creates a problems. That said, what about the amount of holes in the bobbin? I've seen some with 7 or 8 holes on each side, does it make a difference?
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Advice please... on: August 11, 2009 10:30:06 PM
My blasted machine has been getting on my nerve, though it is all on my part, this machine keeps giving me problems. D: My mom has been frustrated with so many times before, so she put it away for quite some time until I wanted to start sewing. I've fixed problems with it time and time again, but now, this new problem has shown me my mom has REALLY REALLY just been wanting to buy a new machine and get over with it. I've taken the bobbin area apart a bit, and lost one of those little holed pieces that go underneath the screws. I do believe all this can be fixed by a professional, so would it be an ok trade-in? Even in it's slightly disassembled state? All they'd have to do it put the bobbin case back in, find another piece for the screw, insert the metal piece and screw it all in place.

Now with all that said, what do I get for my new/used machine? We don't really do anything big, my mother just tailors clothes for now. I liked to lots of bags, garments, and sometime in the future, lingerie. So we don't really need anything fancy shmancy, but I do have a few things I'd like it to have. Two spindles for twin needles, an over edge/turkish stitch, and automatic button holing. Only having two spindles is my, really really should have, since I'll be working with a lot of stretchy fabrics. Nothing too old, I won't mind, but I know my mother would prefer it this way. Nothing too pricey either, under $150 maybe? I really do feel bad, even though I know my mother want's a new machine, we don't have a lot of money to just spend freely. Good thing my birthday's coming up >3<
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My zig zags don't come up on: August 09, 2009 05:11:54 PM
My needle moves fine, right left right left, but once it goes left to right it unloops and I get a straight stitch. As far as I know it's not dust, because I just dusted out the bobbin case, there may be more though, it's rather old and my mother hasn't dusted it for a long long time. May have to oil it but I don't know how. I don't specifically know what's the problem, like what's causing it. I've also tried adjusting the top tension, I'll try the bobbin tension. If I do should I loosen it? It's seemed tight while I was dusting so I don't wanna over-tighten.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sorry ignore wrong forum on: August 09, 2009 03:07:58 PM
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with center seam in pants? on: July 21, 2009 05:28:31 PM
So on step 13, when it says to 'cut back' on the rounding allowances , what does it mean? Am I suppose to clip it? This is my first time making pants so I'm unsure. Also as for the zipper, do I only underlay the right facing?

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help on making a pattern from shorts without cutting? on: July 15, 2009 04:24:41 PM
At first I planned on reconning a skirt, but that didn't work out too well for me because my lazy butt didn't make sure to keep all the ruffles neat to prevent them from getting all caught in the stitches. I decided to use the what I think is polyblend cotton and the rest of the fabric that I didn't cut out to make shorts. So....I already have a pair of shorts and I want to  make a pattern of it without having to cut them apart, because they still fit and I really like em >3<
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Idea for lengthening a short skirt? on: July 10, 2009 07:59:28 PM
So the other day I tried to recon an old brown 'gypsy' skirt, like this one:
but I hadn't realized how short the skirt was and thought mine would be fine. I've yet to sew the second layer so maybe that would make it less of a hassle to lengthen it. Any ideas that would allow me to wear it without the world seeing my arse? Besides an underskirt of tulle please, I've already considered that but I don't think it would look alright with this particular skirt
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