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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine recommendations for thick knitted toys? on: August 11, 2013 06:53:07 AM
I'm very new to sewing machines and wondering if it's possible to use a machine with chunky yarn to get a seamless looking finish as close as possible to hand sewing?

I'm making a series of knitted toys (made from hand and machine knitted panels for chunky, size 10 UK needles). So far I've been sewing all the panels together by hand which gives a lovely finish that looks seamless and has little-to-no puckering where the two sides of the fabric have been brought together. (Attached are images of the finished seams and flat fabric)

As I'm now making quite a lot of these toys I'm looking for some ways to speed things up and require less time-intense hand sewing.

Is there a specific sewing machine or type of machine that might work. I have an old hand cranked Singer sewing machine but so far it just jams the machine up every time I try to sew yarn this thick (as the foot of the sewing machine isn't able to move up that high).

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2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: White with black centre/pupil buttons or eyes for a monstercan't seem to find a on: June 29, 2012 03:06:22 AM
Did you look at Suncatcher Craft? Smiley

No i;ve not seen that site before. Looks good, thank you for that!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / White with black centre/pupil buttons or eyes for a monstercan't seem to find a on: June 20, 2012 01:38:23 PM
Im trying to find some buttons or teddy bear type eyes that. White outside and a black inside that looks like a very graphic and bold human/animal eye as this look is perfect for a project Im working on.

However Ive search around on eBay/Etsy/Folksy and around my local shops in Dalston and Central London without much look. It seems like theyre very specific.

Does anyone have any ideas where I could find something like this?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitted typography/font or a logoanyone ever tried it? on: January 08, 2010 06:11:18 AM

Thanks for the tip I think I'll give that a try. I've never tried felting before but you just stick it in the washing machine right and it makes the fibre's go all matted and fluffy?

And yes I did mean freestanding, not intarsia.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted typography/font or a logoanyone ever tried it? on: January 07, 2010 06:08:45 AM
Something I've tried before but never hand much look with because of the intricate nature, but I've always wanted to knit a typeface or an alphabet. Something simple at first like Helvetica or a simple company logotype.

Has anyone else tried it either by hand or on a machine? Any tips? I've always found it difficult to knit something like a capital A were there is a gap in the middle of the AI always end up the the strings of connecting yarn in between both sides of the A.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Machines? on: January 07, 2010 06:06:03 AM
Personally, I love knitting machines and have been using a domestic chunky machine for the last three years to make knitted toys and some garments like scarfs and gloves.

They're pretty versatile and can be used to make a lot of different things such as garments/jumpers etc. They're not for everyone and it can take a lot of perseverance to make the things you want to make but if you're prepared to stick it out, knitting garments CAN be quicker and more consistent/repeatable depending on what stitch you want to do.

As with hand knitting you are turning the fabric every other row this makes Garter stitch very easy. On a machine the fabric is always worked on one side so garter stitch can be a real pain without a garter carriage and even then this is a slow process. Equally creating ribs (without the help of a special ribber attachment) can take time as you have to manually knit every other stitch to achieve the desired result.

A quick search of google or YouTube for knitting machines should bring up videos to teach you how to do just about anything with a knitting machine.

Hope that helps.
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