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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Hemming a dress on: August 09, 2013 12:01:01 PM
I have made a dress where the hem is curved.
I like to have a wide hem (2-4inches).

I would like to know the easiest way to hem this dress, where the raw edge is larger, so it needs gathering in some way.

Any suggestions?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Top loading bobbin tension? on: November 19, 2012 08:22:50 AM
My friend has a brother sewing machine. 12 months old, and has had regular use over the last 6 months.

Her machine has a top loading bobbin, of which I have no knowledge (I have a front loading bobbin). She is having problems, and we think there maybe a bobbin tension problem. Mine is easy to solve, and all the information we have found is for front loading bobbins.

Are top loading bobbins automatic regarding tension? We can't find any information and the manual is no use at all. She has tried calling the helpline, but keeps ending up in queues.
She is taking it to be looked at, but we could do with some information before the bloke has a look later in the week.

Any advice would be great.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Needle Tension Problems on: November 11, 2012 07:38:30 AM
Before my friend has to fork out for a service, We want to try and sort it ourselves.

The problem is with the needle tension. For her to get a smooth straight stitch (we havent tried the others), she has to have her tension dial on 0.

Is there a simple solution? Her tension used to be 5, but then she started having problems, and I tried today and only got a smooth stitch with no tension. She is using Guterman thread, and is using a brand new needle. She has also cleaned her machine. She has a Brother, top loading bobbin and is about 18 months old.
She is also getting a 'clonking' noise every now and then. It is like the noise my machine makes when I am trying to sew many layers at once (like when top stitching a end seam).

Any ideas of what I can try when I go back tomorrow.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Applique on: November 11, 2012 01:27:56 AM
I hope this is the right board for this. If not, can a mod move it for me. Thanks.

I am making my two nieces matching aprons and chef hats for Christmas and I want to applique a monogram for them. I have been researching needle turn, as I don't have access to wonder under or similar stuff. I can't find or reproduce what I am looking for. (I need a N, a H and a S for my daughter)

I have looked at reverse applique but I am using cotton, which frays alot so I don't think that would work.

If I was to pin the hell out of it, attach the applique with a running stitch and then zig zagged over the edge, would this work?

Any ideas, I have till the end of this month before everything gets shipped to them.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adding a bra into a garment, Advise needed. on: November 03, 2012 12:57:49 PM
I have draped a halter neck top.

The back is connected at the neck, then is open until the waist and then continues to the hips. Therefore if I was to wear a bra, it would be seen through the open back.
I have been looking at bra cups, which I cannot get locally. I don't think a shelf bra will work, because I think it would stretch out the back and not give me any support, of which I don't need alot of but I am a 34D.

I have considered using a bra that can be cut up as it doesn't fit very well, but the cups are the correct size, the band is wrong.

Is there any tutorials on this technique, on here or elsewhere that could help me?

I am an intermediate sewer and can follow complex instructions.

Thanks for reading.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Baby Shower Gifts @ Craft Fair. on: October 17, 2012 10:52:32 AM
I am selling baby shower gifts at my local craft fair. It is my first one and I can't think how to package my sales.

Any ideas?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to adjust a non-adjustable dressmakers dummy? on: September 04, 2011 08:19:42 AM
My BF is getting me a dressmakers dummy. I have weird proportions (I need a different pattern size at waist, bust and hips!). So he is getting me a dressform to help me fit patterns as he doesn't understand a word I am saying when I ask him for help.

I prefer the polystyrene body's to the plastic ones, and they tend to be non-adjustable. When looking at the UK sizes a 16 is too big (in the bust, waist and hips are almost there), and a 14 is too small (as much as 4 inches in the waist). I know that I need to buy one that is smaller than my measurements, but are they easy to 'pad-out'?

Does anyone have any tips? I don't like the duct tape models and would rather buy one.

Thanks for reading.

EDIT: I have found this page http://www.donangeli.co.uk/Hints-and-Tips-Page-4-of-8_AI05B.aspx If anyone reading also wants to know. Any other comments welcome.
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