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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Clothing DIY Blogs? on: October 03, 2016 11:12:40 AM
Anyone have some good DIY blogs they're following? Post links!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Topstitching troubles... Help! on: September 26, 2016 10:41:54 AM
I don't know if it's me or my machine. I'm ready to throw it out the window. When I try to sew at 1/8", the point where the needle hits the fabric is less than 1/8" and at times going off the edge of the fabric. I haven't struggled with it this much in the past!
It doesn't matter if I'm holding the fabric from the back of the machine, and it seems I have to be somewhat forceful with it to try and keep it lined up. I have switched needles, adjusted tension, cleaned feed dogs, used a walking foot. I even took my machine in to be serviced. They changed the needle plate (not sure if related, because I'm still having problems). Either they didn't get what I was saying or they couldn't find an issue there. But it is an issue, help!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Polka Dot Mumu Dress to Sundress! on: May 04, 2015 09:19:38 PM
This was such a fun project! I'm so happy with the result.

Project details on my blog: http://snipchop.blogspot.com/2015/05/diy-polka-dot-mumu-to-sundress.html

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dead Kennedys halter top recon on: March 21, 2015 10:00:47 PM
An old cut up tank top gets a face lift!
I got to play with some new stretch stitches on my sewing machine that I haven't discovered yet!

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What to charge for sewing gigs?? on: February 02, 2015 11:34:44 AM
I've picked up a few sewing gigs here and there off craigslist, and one paid per piece, which ended up almost not being worth it because I took my time to make things perfect. The other paid per hour which ended up being hard on the person paying me, because again I was trying to make everything perfect. I definitely need to work on speed/perfectionist issues. Some gigs want the sewer to name their price. If its something where you're making a quantity of the same thing do you charge per piece or per hour? And how much is fair for both parties??
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Gackt Jacket (a LOT of pictures!) on: January 31, 2015 09:09:59 PM
That is seriously impressive!! So cool.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger not stitching properly??? on: January 31, 2015 08:02:38 PM
I'll give that sew ease a try, and I'll make sure the threads are in the disks. Just tried a different fabric, with the same result. Tried switching out the thread and the left needle broke while trying to stitch the ends of the first thread through the machine. So now I don't want to troubleshoot any further today  Tongue

but it looks like the top threads aren't catching at all
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger not stitching properly??? on: January 26, 2015 10:43:08 PM
It is a White Speedylock 1634.
I was using cones of thread, but I will try with regular spools of thread. I just did a test stitch on jersey knit, so I'll also give another fabric a try.
No extra settings were on, and it was threaded in the right order.

How do I tell if it's the tension? I had them all set on 5, then I tried them all at 7, top at 5 bottom at 7, top 5 bottom 8 or 9 they all looked the same really.

Hoping to not spend the $$ to get it fixed if I don't have to!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger not stitching properly??? on: January 25, 2015 03:08:17 PM
A few years ago my serger wasn't working so I had it repaired, and when I got it back I threaded it up and tried sewing with it and the stitches weren't right. (I don't know what they fixed or attempted to) I was sure I had it threaded right, but never double checked with the manual and decided to be lazy and leave it in a closet for a few years.
Today I dug it out, found the instruction manual, threaded everything perfectly and it still wouldn't work. I dusted it, changed the needles, messed with the tension and stitch width, and tried to adjust the upper looper (the metal part that passes in front of the needles)… Nothing helped. Looks like the upper threads kept missing stitches, and, well it's all a mess really. Can I fix this?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: $1 HORRIBLE Pink Lace Prom Dress Refashioned & also made a Purse on: January 23, 2015 07:41:36 PM
Amazing job! Good eye, I wouldn't have seen any potential in the original dress!
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