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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have an Acme machine!? And help with tension?(with pic now) on: March 15, 2007 04:22:01 PM
Ok I desperately need help. I hope this is the right board - mods feel free to move it if it's not.

Has anyone out there got an Acme serger/overlocker? I just recieved one for my birthday and I am having a LOT of trouble working it/fixing the tension etc. Its an Acme model fn2 -7d.

The problem is, since it was bought on an online auction through my parents - I can't ask the previous owner for help (especially since I think he just sells them and doesn't use them).

The internet doesn;t want to acknowledge that this Acme company exists and I can't find a website for it, and the instruction manual that came with it isn't even for my machine.

I am desperate to use my machine, I just wish I knew how. Has anyone ever heard of this machine before - heres a link to the guys website who sells it. It's the one on the left.

I can get the thing running, but some of the threads are loose, and I don't what to adjust to tighten tension, or which thread needs tightening.

If anyone has an Acme machine please say! And if anyone has an idea what I could do to tighten the tension that'd be really great too.

(I've never used a serger if you can't tell)

Thanks so much


EDIT: This is what it's doing.

The one on the left is what the top of the stitch looks like - it looks fine.

The one on the right, is where I sewed two pieces of fabric together, and this is the inside of the fold. (hope that makes sense). This doesn't look alright (obviously) the stitch is too loose. Which tension should I be adjusting on a three thread machine? Any ideas?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apples,dragons, and unicorns in space! (three new tops) on: March 01, 2007 08:58:51 PM
Ok, so so far I've only had insults on this top (well on the material, not the top) but I dunno, I really like it and hopefully there'll be at least one other person out there who likes it too. I'm gonna wear it anyway, but if I get some good feedback I won't feel so embarrased when I do hahaha.

Here's the top ... As you can see I need to tighten the straps but I was just way too impatient haha.

I'm not sure what I was trying to achieve with this pose haha, maybe the side without my arm getting in the way? The stripes of lace are parallel btw. Just not in this pic.

And possibly my favourite part of this top (besides the fabric....) The back! The blue stripe turns into a tie Cheesy And no, I'm not imitating a hunchback - Im trying to make sure I'm actually in the photo haha.

AND FINALLY - drumroll please *drrrrrrrrrrr* the reason my mother hates this top....

The fabric!!

Magic dragon shows the colour best Smiley

And now the second top.

Again I got a lot of slack for my choice of material haha.My boyfriend (and practically everyone else I know) refused to believe that I could make ANYTHING decent out of this material, but I'm always up for a challenge(and unicorns) so I made this little number Cheesy

Isn't the fabric ridiculously cute!? And it really is wearable.. isn't it? 

Well anyway... here's my top Smiley I'm pretty proud of how it turned out Cheesy

Hahahaha aww I look so sad. The sleeves have been runched up with some string. I'll tidy my room one day, I swear.

Don't have my hair messing up the collar in this pic. The tops a lot straighter than these pics would lead you to believe. I'm just wearing it all crooked.

And lastly - My least favourite of the three, but only cos it doesn't fit well and I needa put some straps on it. The fabric on this one is probably the most sane, but my least favourite. So I'm totally over the whole fad of clothes with apples on BUUUUT its impossible to buy ANY stretchy patterened material in NZ so when I saw this for only NZ$3 I couldn't resist.

It's light pink, not white.

Doesn't fit extremely well, So I might have to fix it. Black straps are bra, not top by the way.

The pinkness goes on the back too. This photo wasn't sposed to look so artsy haha, again I had trouble taking a pic of my back.

Aaaand the lace on

Sorry about my tendancy to take a thousand pictures of each top, just wanted to get it all in Smiley

And if you have any questions on how anything was mad, just ask, I might even make up a tute Smiley

Thanks for looking Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pinafore dress/top with giant pocket :) Pic obese. (WITH TUTE) (EXTRA PICS) on: March 01, 2007 08:42:38 PM
Ok so honestly BEST DRESS EVER.

Or top.

Cos it can be both. That's just how cool it is.

So here's the thing - I hate purple, baby blue and baby pink yet the last four things I've made have been these colours.

But in this case I just couldn't resist. This fabric is so soft, sits so nicely and was soo cheap.

So after lotsa planning, I made this - a cute wee pinafore dress! It has a super big pocket, and some little black buttons. This was my first attempt at buton holes and wow! It's so easy!


But I have to wear a top underneath, otherwise it's a bit low cut haha. Imagine it with some cute slouchy boots, stockings and a long sleeve top for winter.

 It's a little short, but not TOO short

I had a lot of trouble capturing the true colour, but this one is probably the closest Smiley Plus you get a close up on how cute the pockets are.

BUT WAIT. Theres more! All you have to do is undo the buttons, and cross it over at the back (don't critisise the next pic, we all know how hard it is to take pics of your back) and....

TA DA. It is now a top, that covers your boobies, and looks super cute with some jeans and heels. (I know it looks the same length as it was before but thats my shoddy camera skills, it's considerably shorter - the band that was around my hips before is now around my true waist. The top now finishes around the level of my crotch) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/i_am_famous/Image0673-1.jpg

If I get enough requests for a tute, I'll probably make one, so don't be afraid to ask. Just as long as you don't start selling them or anything Smiley

Does anyone have any advice on things to change? My mum (my biggest critic) said the pocket is too slouchy, but I think I like it like that - I reckon itd look boring without the slouchiness. Anyone agree?

thanks for looking guys Smiley



Fooled around with some extra ways of wearing the dress, and after an extrememly busy weekend, I've finally got some time to sit down and show you guys Smiley

First of all... Whilst I was getting changed today, I realised it makes a funky skirt. I took a few of these pics in crappy light, If you REALLY want a better photo of anything (or just a close up or dif view that I haven't shown for the matter) just say so Smiley


And the straps just tie up on the side like so...

AND like I mentioned somewhere in the comments... As a dress (when I wore it out, I wore a black boobtube and leggings under it so It wasnt so revealing haha.


So heres the tute!

Warning = Ive made this tutorial for people who already have a basic understanding of sewing, for example, how to sew two bits of material together. Therefore, so its easier for me to explain I will draw pictures like this

Rather then

Assume I mean sew right side to right side unless I say otherwise

If you get confused, just ask.


Now cut out these bits.

Remember to add a few extra centimeters for seam allowances  If there are numbers in brackets, it was what my measurements were,before adding seam allowances). Im about a size NZ 10.

Ive put the numbers on a picture of the dress too, so you can see what bit is what.


1.Hip/Thigh band
A Measure across the widest part of your thighs from seam to seam. (50cm)
B 16 centimetres

2. Waist/Hip Band
C Measure from lower waist/hips from seam to seam (41cm)
D 10 centimetres

3. Skirt
E  E = C
F - How ever long youd like the skirt (35cm)
G G = A  

4. Pocket (for the pocket, I traced around 3 (the skirt) and then added about 6cm to each side and bottom, to add some slouchiness. I then traced around a large bowl for the pockets and cut them out. Its up to you to decide how big you want the pocket holes etc, so Ill just give my measurements)
H 26cm
I - 15cm
J C + 6cm each side
K F = 6cm to the bottom

5 Boob tray (for lack of a better word)
L L = A
M Ive got pretty big boobs, so what I did was measure from how high I wanted the top to go on my chest, to under my boobs. For me this was 30cm, which I doubled so I could fold it in half before sewing it on, so that it gave the top a nice finish without having to hem it.

6 Straps
N 53cm.
O 9cm

Well start with making the back of the dress. Take one of 1, one of 2, one of 3 and one of 5.

1. First of all, fold 5 in half across the middle. Take the bottom - not the fold, but the two ends- , and sew them to 2.

2. Fold 1 in half, the same as you did for 5, and sew the wider end of 3 to the two edges of 1(not the fold).
Now sew 2 to the narrow end of 3.

But the back aside for now.

Again grab one of 1, one of 2, one of 3 and one of 5 but also get 4

This is very similar to the back..

3. So repeat step 1.

But now we have the pocket to deal with. To make things simpler for myself, I laid the pocket (4) on top of 3, and sewed them together, rather then sewing them together whilst sewing them to other stuff. I dont know how to illustrate this bit, so I hope I can explain in words.

4. Lay 4 on top of 3. Ignore the holes youve cut out, and just make sure the top of the pocket -measurement H- is in the middle of measurement E and sew them together.

But remember how we cut 4 bigger then 3? To get around this, sew the sides up flat on top of each other (because there are the circles cut out, you dont have to do any gathering or anything confusing. Just match up the corner of J and I with the corner of G and F and then match up the other corner as well.

But this is the tricky bit. J and G wont match up, so what I did was put a few pleats in while I was sewing, to get rid of all the extra material.

Hopefully that worked out for you. Alternatively, you can have a non-slouchy pocket, and just cut out 3 and 4 the same size.

Now it gets simple again. Repeat step 2 the only difference this time is that Piece 3 has a pocket attached.

5. Now, lay the back on top of the front, right sides together, and sew up the sides.

You should now have a pinafore dress minus the straps. Try it on. If its a little short( like mine haha) adding a band (the same size as 2) to the top of the dress, and this will add a little length.

6. Now for the straps. Grab one of 6 and fold it in half down the middle. Sew down the long part to make it a tube, and then sew one of the ends shut.

7.Turn it the right way round, and attach the open end of the strap to the back of the dress. Do the same for the other strap. If you dont want to play around with the straps (ie uncross and cross them) ignore the next few steps, and sew the straps to the front of the dress as well.

HOWEVER, If you want to be able to change the length of the dress, make it into a skirt etc, youre gonna have to do the next step.

Which is

Making buttonholes! I thought this was extremely hard, but it really isnt. Hopefully your machine will have a setting for buttonholes. If not, try a different method of closure, such as snaps.

8. Put the button holes in the closed end of the strap and put corresponding buttons on the dress.

And HOPEFULLY, youll have a brand new pinafore/dress/top/skirt.

If any of this tute makes no sense, or you need clearing up, Ive made a mistake, or you have a better idea for something Ive done PLEASE dont hesitate to say.

If the pictures are hard to see tell me as well 

I hope its not too confusing, Ive never made a tute for something so complex.

And if anyone makes one, show me! Please!

Thanks for looking, Alexia.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Flattering Clothing for the.. erm.. well endowed.. on: February 19, 2007 01:49:46 PM
Sorry if this has been asked before/is in the wrong section - if so, tell me/point me in the right direction and I'll get rid of this post.

I know other girls on here are similar, and I was wondering if they have any advice.

I'm a slim girl, but my boobs are ginourmous. Any suggestions on which clothes flatter this body shape? I haven't attempted zips yet and darts are still pretty hard to adjust to my body, so I'm stuck with stretchy.

I know there are others out there! Please help!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mr Candy-raving Sockman(A billion pictures) on: February 06, 2007 04:12:56 PM
So I made my mate a candy raver as a going away present. He's a candy raver because she's a DJ and big into the dance scene and this way she'll still have someone from Christchurch to rave with.

I took a thousand photos cos he's my first sock man and I had to give him away.

Here he is getting ready for a big night out. He's got his candy necklace AND his (removable) fluffy raving boots on. Armed with a lollipop in one hand and a glowstick in the other he's ready to go.

Rainbow mohawk? Check!

In the car on the way to the party. (this is probably his truest colours)

He's a bit of a chick magnet, and gets to dance with all the girls (well tanya anyway)

But cos he parties a little too hard, and takes too many drugs..

...he needs a lie down

Goodnight Mr Raving Sockman.

Made out of two toe socks


PS. Comments would be great, and any improvements I could do for the next guy I make would be well appreciated!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green and Leopardy. on: January 29, 2007 09:21:52 PM
Two new tops. I had limited supplies which is why these tops are green. but it makes a change from my usual red, black and white.

First is a deep green and leopard skin racer-back made from scratch. Now take into consideration I am really really crap at taking photos, and I only have that squinty camera phone. Plus,  No undone hair + makeup = lots of headless photos.

Which is why I have to take a bagillion photos of everything so you can figure out what it is Smiley Hemming isn't finished. I got too excited and had to show it off first.

The belt is sewn in, and only goes around the front..The colour on my boobs in this pic is the closest to the tops real colour.(my boobs aren't normally that big, I swear.)

And theres a yummy little corset thing on the belt BUT it looks wrinkly and crooked cos as I said, I ran outta resources... and used a shoe lace) The colouring is also really bad haha.

And the second top. I kinda made this one by accident. I was making a diff top, got lazy half way through and tried it on... I dunno if it's wearable though...

And these are the best pics I could get of the damned thing... The patterned bit is really quite drapey looking. Oh and omg! This pic was taken in.. my shower mirror! That's right! My shower has a mirror haha. It also has 6 jet thingys that spray water at you (as seen on the right). It's reasonably new (and extremely cool) so I just had to point it out. But don't look at my face cos it's looking pretty grumpy haha.

The bottom of the top kinda gathers itself - it's a VERY stretchy material, so it kinda does a gathery thing around my hips which looks cool.
This is the top half though.. cool or not? It's a little too pretty for my style, but maybe I'll try it out.<img
I bet you're probably all amazed at how many billions of photos could be taken of only two tops.

And I'd like to thank my moo cow, for without him, all of this would not be possible.

Why YES! That IS a measuring tape coming out of his bum!

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.

I am Alexia.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lace insert ghost hoody (super pic heavy) on: January 17, 2007 04:51:44 PM
So, I saw a top with a lace insert in a shop for a gazillion dollars, that coulda been done a whole lot better (for example with a glow in the dark ghost smack bang in the middle) and it gave me the idea for an awesomely cool top. This top is def my favourite outta everything I've made, but I'm sure that'll change as soon as I make something new (and you guys are probably the same).

Anyway, enough chatter... Here we go!
The hoody on me

A bad attempt at showing how cool the lacey bit is


It has a HOOD

With COOl material ... ooh love skulls, how could I resist

And as worn by my floor

It is three quarters, and made out of a brand new top (still had original tags on) from an op shop Smiley It glows in the dark so I couldn't turn it down.

And NOW, since you guys were so helpul with my smashing pumpkins leopard top (which I have since adjusted) I was hoping you could help me with this. Hood or not hood. My mum says no hood because it looked like a nice lacy top before and now it looks silly, I say maybe yes hood cos I was going for a funky top and whats funkier than a hood.. Plus, nice lacy tops don't generally have big ghosts on it.

Any help would be great

As would comments!

Thanks for looking, Alexia.

EDIT: I just realise how bad these photos are. They really do no justice. The sleeves are normal hoody material, the lace is just from above my boobs to the neckline, and the back is normal.

EDIT: I'm keeping the hood Smiley Thanks for all the advice guys.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pink leopard smashing pumpkins tee (suggestions needed please!!) on: January 13, 2007 06:43:25 PM

So when my brother asked me what I wanted for xmas, I told him "oversised t-shirts", and recieved lots of awesome tops  ... including an AWESOME smashing pumpkins one (no before pics sorry) So I pulled out an old pink leopard top I don't wear much cos it's a bit clingy and seethrough, and turned it in to ....

The heart IS sposed to be off-centred, it looks better on.

The grey is really silver. It's almost shiney, and very nice. And Yum!! Pink leopard skin. Not as furry as it looks Smiley

Aaaaand.. the back. Which is almost as cool as the front. (my rug isn't really that green).

NOW! Here comes the dilemna!! It's pretty low cut, which I'M fine with (but apparantly noone else is hahaha) SO, I was thinking of putting a small piece of black fabric behind the leopard skin to cover myself up a bit more BUT, I'm worried it'll look like a pink triangle bra over a black boobtube. Is this just crazy? Does anyone have any suggestion to make it not look like this!? Should I just share my boobs with everyone? Please someone help!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pirate clown and hello kitty xmas (and more!) on: January 13, 2007 06:40:41 PM
So... I made a new top the other day. It's pretty simple but I'm happy with it. It's a bit piratey, when I was aiming for clownish but it's all good.


Modelled by my mums bed....

And by me...

Sorry for crappy phone camera/bathroom shot/bad hair photo.

Made from a super big black tee and a little stripey tee. And some buttons.

And I made another top that I don't really like, and I don't think I'll ever wear... but I'll show you anyway.

The coloured material goes at the bottom. I couldn't resist the material, but truth is, I hate wearing baby pink and baby blue (blaaargh vomit)

Ewww scummy feet ^^ and jandal tan lines haha

Xmas hello kitty material hahah (I don't even like hello kitty very much)

And since I have no idea what I've posted here or not, forgive me if you've seen the next few tops. They're simple but puurdy (and were a cinch to make

Some dots have love hearts

The etnies is made of of furry stars and sparkly stars and the stripes are fushia and marl grey

Easiest top I've EVER made.....

Why YES! I make my own jewelry too (more in my livejournal if you want to take a gander)

And I think I better give you a rest there.

EDIT. Tutorial for red top and green/black top Smiley

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mohawk hoody(with proper pictures now :) on: November 15, 2006 05:04:09 PM
Oops. I'll post this properly now.

So I got an awesome Pearl Jam top so I could chop it up and .. make this. It has RIBBING on the waist and arms! I've never done that before.

Why yes! yes I did grow a mohawk!

But it is very hard to take photos of it Sad Specially when I'm not wearing makeup and my shiny nose is hogging the limelight(hence the scribbled out faces) and my fringe isn't really that emo - I just haven't done my hair.

Close up of the picture

The pattern inside the hood(it is very bright white.)

And THIS is why the top took ten times longer than it should have .. Lola is a very evil cat. She likes to sit on what ever you're doing and then bite/scratch you if you try to remove her.

I wish I coulda taken better photos of this hoody - it's a lot cooler in real life
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