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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Do I need a serger for Burda 7866 on: August 12, 2012 11:16:29 PM
Hey Everyone,

i wanted to try a top in knit fabric.  The pattern said it was "easy".  I got it home and looked it up online and everywhere I went online it seemed like everyone used a serger to make it. 

I don't have a serger.  Do I need to take this pattern back?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Awesome Pajama Pants on: August 12, 2012 10:40:56 PM

I did everything right!  Except the part where I was supposed to check and make sure the fabric pattern was going in the right direction. :/  Oh well.  They are just pajama pants. 

I used Kwik Sew Pattern 3602.  The pattern was pretty easy except it did get needlessly complicated when it came time to do the waist part.  Good thing I am part of sewing meetup.  Experienced sewers showed me an easier way. 

Also, one bad thing about the pattern is that if you are making a Large or Extra Large in this pattern, the waist is WAY too high.  You need to cut the pattern to the medium waist, otherwise you will look like Urkel when you wear them.  I've made this pattern three times, one time with the XL waist (which I later cutoff and resewed lower with some help), and with the Large waist (still too tall but manageable).  The Medium waist height is the normal natural waist.  I don't know why some pattern makers think that because you are 2 inches wider you must also be 2 inches taller. 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Problem with my new (old) sewing machine on: June 16, 2011 07:00:57 PM
I just bought a Pfaff Tipmatic off craigslist for $300 and now I am thinking I got robbed!

I tried it out while it was still in their home.  It worked then but when I got it home and tried to actually sew with it, I get this:

Picture 1: This is how I start.  This looks like how it's supposed to, right?  Sorry that the picture is blurry.  I later changed the bobbin thread from purple to the same white as the top between this picture and the second picture. 

Picture 2: I sew about two or three stitches and the needle gets stuck.  When I get the needle unstuck and pull out my fabric (sometimes that is VERY HARD to do) I see this:

Picture 3: Then, I open up the bobbin area and I see this:

I have oiled the bobbin hook per the instruction manual.  I don't know what the problem is and I am actually very upset that I might've gotten screwed out of $300.  Please help! 
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Is this a good deal? Pfaff Tipmatic 6122 for $300 on: June 14, 2011 12:55:51 PM
Hello Everybody,

I have the opportunity to purchase a Pfaff Tipmatic 6122 for $300.  I don't know a ton about sewing machines but this one seems like a good deal.  Can anyone corroborate this?

Here's a link to the exact same machine I am about to purchase from someone on craigslist: http://www.oksewingandvacuum.com/6122.htm

Let me know!

Thank you for your wisdom in advance.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Very First Reupholstery Project - Chair on: December 04, 2008 06:32:03 PM

I'm more of a lurker than a poster but I took an upholstery class at my local fabric store and I wanted to show off my results.  LARGE PICS AHEAD:

Before Front:

Before Back:

After Front:

After Back:

See how pretty?  I'm so proud of myself, even though it has a ton of mistakes.  It's my first attempt so I'm pretty happy with it actually. 

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting is harder than knitting... on: May 07, 2007 09:51:41 PM
...anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

I'm trying to crochet.  I'm learning from a book and youtube instructional videos.  Let me tell you, knitting is much, much easier.   If I wasn't so bound and determined to make this...

...in different colors, I wouldn't even bother. 

Crocheting is hard.   Angry
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need cheap DK Yarn on: April 01, 2007 05:47:00 PM
My sister bought me a great knitting book called "The Yarn Girl's Guide to Beyond the Basics." 

There is a pattern for an afghan/blanket that requires 37 balls of Filatura Di Crosa "Zara" yarn.  (10 of one color, 9 of three other colors.)  Well, that much of that specific yarn would cost $325.  I'm not made of money. 

Does anyone know where I can get much cheaper DK yarn?  I went online to JoAnn and Hancock fabrics but I didn't see anything that said it was "Double Knit" weight.  Also, it would be nice if there was a large color selection but I know that beggars can't be choosers. 


8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Am I a cow? on: September 07, 2006 08:00:08 PM
I am getting ready to make my first skirt.  When I shop at stores, I am somewhere between a 12 to a 16.  Right now, I'm wearing a size 12 pair of jeans from Old Navy. 

I know about "vanity sizing" but I didn't think it was THAT far off. 

I measured my waist and hips.  My waist (the thinnest part) is 37".  The section I would actually like the skirt to hit is 40".  The widest area of my hips are 47.5". 

What the hell?  I just bought patterns and now it doesn't even seem I can use them. So, I guess I just wasted money to find out what a gigantic fatass I am.  Way to add insult to injury.  I'm pissed off.

Is it just me?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Box Pillow! All done! on: September 02, 2006 09:42:35 AM
I just got my sewing machine last Friday.  In one week I've made two things.  Both are pillows.  Here is a picture of the second pillow.  This one was way harder than the first.  It's a box pillow and it has a zipper.  I also sewed on three ribbons.  One pink and two small black ones on either side of the pink ribbon.  

Without further ado:




As you can see, the zipper's a little fug but not too bad for my first time and also, I made it invisible (unlike my thread choice).  Everything doesn't line up exactly but I chalk that up to my impatience to just get it done.  I was so careful with the cutting of the pattern and with the front part of the pillow that I just wanted to see it complete.  That made me a little careless.  I didn't really follow any instructions.  I perused some tutorials online but that was all.  
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Very First Thing I've Ever Sewn. on: August 25, 2006 11:42:44 PM
I just got my first sewing machine.  Here's what I made.  Sure, it's not fancy and I made the beginner's mistake of not noticing that my pattern has an "upside."  So, now the thin hem that should have been on the bottom is actually on the top.  

But besides that, I think I did pretty well for myself.  

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