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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with Elna 614 overlocker on: September 16, 2007 07:30:55 PM
I'm all threaded up fine now, but I know exactly what you mean about the grabbing problem. I just can't figure it out and instead bought a pair of pinking shears to do my seams. (I'm so lazy!)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Letter Pillows on: September 07, 2007 05:48:14 AM
Oooh, I like these! How tall are they? And what did you stuff them with? I would imagine that they would need a lot of stuffing to give them a firm feel.

I guess if you make them as baby gifts you would hope that the parents name the baby something short and simple, like Kate, rather than a long, hard to sew name, like Katarina-Mariellabella! (Okay, I made that up... surely no one would name a kid that!!!)
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with Elna 614 overlocker on: July 31, 2007 06:43:14 PM
Thanks guys!

Have had a play and I think I've got it threaded right now. Stitches/cuts okay but I'm not sure how to finish off at the end of sewing. If I sew off the end to make a chain it seems to jam the machine. I don't have any reference for the thread tensions for the various stitch types, which doesn't help. But I haven't given up yet!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Everyone's Favorite Wizard (VERY IMAGE HEAVY) on: July 22, 2007 02:52:21 AM
Is that a little skin-coloured lightning scar I see on his forehead? Good job!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Blanket + Broken Seams on: July 11, 2007 05:24:25 AM
If it is inside out you could restitch the seams that are coming apart... straight over the top of the dodgy ones.

If it is the right way out, and you don't want to try and invert it, maybe you could top stitch all the way around the outside.

Either way, you wouldn't have to take it apart. Just make sure you use a better thread this time.  Wink

Good luck!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Elna 614 overlocker on: June 28, 2007 01:27:46 AM
One of my Mum's friends has lent me a serger/overlocker to try but I have no idea what I am doing. It is an Elna 614. She had it threaded, but has cut off the threads near the top and not given me the spools. Also there is no instruction manual.

So I can see how the threads should go, but not sure how to actually thread the machine  or the needle. I'm afraid if I take out the threads I'll never figure it out!

Can anyone help me with this, or point me in the right direction?

There are two levers on the front: DF and SL. I'm assuming SL = stitch length. What is DF? Don't Fiddle? Down Faster? Dragon Fire? Darning Foot? Disco Fever?

What kind of thread do I need to get, and is it expensive? It seems to be thinner than normal thread. I don't want to outlay a lot of money as the machine is only on lend.

Does an overlocker have a bobbin? I can't find one, so I assume that two of the four threads sew on the underside somehow.

Any help would be appreciated.  Huh
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My Kids' Birthday Cakes! on: June 24, 2007 05:47:14 PM
Wow, those are fabulous! Did you pipe the icing on in little rosettes? I've always slathered icing on with a palette knife and then "fluffed" it up for some texture, but sometimes the cake crumbs bit and gets in the icing. How did you get your colours so vibrant? I like your method and might have to try it soon.

I'm inspired!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: the decorate your lover post :D on: April 30, 2007 06:31:20 AM
I'm not quite sure what to say about this. Umm... very interesting!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I sew a long curved seam? on: April 25, 2007 01:59:02 AM
Oooh, contrasting fabric has so much potential for pleating goodness!

If I wanted the option to have the pleat underneath (as kd kindly illustrated) or on the top, would I need to have two sets of clasps... one on either side of the fabric?

Or maybe I could make the whole tablecloth reversable so the clasps could just be on one side. Even more contrasting fabric options here!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I sew a long curved seam? on: April 24, 2007 05:10:03 PM
Wouldn't an outwards pleat have sticky-out folds on top of the table that would get caught on stuff?
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