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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Sewing machine for me! Help and Advise Please on: December 18, 2013 03:15:14 PM
Metal bodied  sewing machines from the 50s and 60s are sturdy, easily repaired, and most are capable of sewing heavy duty materials.  The Singer 327 K is in your price range. It is a zigzag machine that uses plastic cams to make other decorative stitches.  It was the first sewing machine I ever bought, and when I graduated to another machine I found it a loving home with someone who will take care of it. They can be found second hand, so take a look at the online images. it is a workhorse of a machine, capable of sewing fine knits with the right needles, capable of sewing canvas. Again, check the needle size and thread to make sure you have the best combo. If you cannot locate a manual, just experiment.

Miz Spike
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cute ways to make a dress larger? on: July 26, 2011 10:41:12 AM
Your idea  of using harmonizing fabrics is good. Some Laura Ashley Dresses use gauzy fabric, lace and ribbon. If yours is one of those, why not  use strips of lace to  lengthen and widen the  pieces? this way you are not limited to adding only in the seams.

Mothers used to enlarge school dresses by adding a strip down the center front of the bodice, another between bodice and skirt, and if the dress still wasn't long enough, a band was added to the bottom
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 26, 2011 10:35:49 AM
Make a fabric flower that matches one of teh prints in teh skirt. Tack it to the bodice, going through the facing.

I end up tacking down front facings all the time. If you don't have precisely the same color of thread as the fabric,  you have to acquire tricks like the fabric flower.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My first jacket on: January 16, 2011 01:21:55 PM
Good Job! Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Circle Wall Art on: November 15, 2010 12:41:41 PM
Beautiful!. Thanks for sharing.

Miz Spike
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: 3 Dollar Sheet To New Dress + Flower Headband on: August 03, 2010 08:16:20 AM
You did a beautiful job!

Miz spike
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Green Jersey Dress with Gathered Neckline on: August 03, 2010 08:14:49 AM
For the Celtic knot; make another dress with that as front neckline.

Or stitch it to an existing purse or totote and carry it with your lovely dress!

Miz spike
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Identify my machine! Please! on: March 21, 2008 01:51:02 PM

An all-metal machine is always worth fixing. Probably all it needs is to have all the moving parts dusted and oiled with sewing machine oil.

 I haven't come across SL International before, but it looks like a good machine from the late 60s or early 70s. And all those built in stitches look as if they'd be fun to play with.

I envy you. You have an exciting sewing machine to explore.

Miz Spike
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prom 2008 - Help with this skirt please? on: March 21, 2008 01:46:22 PM
Sometimes pinning the gathers so they fall precisely where you want them to helps.  For this, you need to be wearing the skirt and standing in front of a mirror. It also helps to have somene else (who is willing to crawl on the floor) make a line of pins on the skirt where you want the curve.

Miz spike
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Shrug and Sweater on: January 25, 2008 09:58:03 AM
You do beautiful work!

Miz Spike
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