June 28th, 2006

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My mom bought a new sewing machine finally! I can finally hem things now without it looking like crap :) So i've made a few things.. Collapse )

Woww you people are so nice :) thank you all for the comments/compliments
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So my mom's sewing machine is a peice of crap...it jams all of the time and you can only do about two stitches without it crapping out. I was just wondering how everyone feels about the little handheld sewing machines.

I mean, they don't look amazing but I've never done any heavy duty sewing so I don't need a big machine with all of the bells and whistles. I just need something to make sewing go faster.

Anyway, if you think it's not worth the $30 and that they're totally useless even for someone who doesn't really know what she's doing, I'd love to hear it because I'd rather not convince my mom to spend $200 on a new machine.

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sorry for the text only post, but I have a question.

I just used sprinklebell's hoodie tutorial but I made it wayyyyyyyy too small for me on accident :( I'm so sad because it actually came out pretty nicely. I'll post pictures later, but does anyone have any ideas on how to salvage it?
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Surgery the first

Aside from a few buttons, this is the very first thing that I've ever sewn. I just re-sized my work t-shirt because I'm leaving soon and it doesn't matter too much if I mess it up. Also, I'm petrified of sewing over my fingers or something using a sewing machine, so I did it all by hand.

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Questions about embroidery vs. appliques

All right, this is a rather image heavy entry. Now, I've been wanting to make Uo-chan from Fruits Basket's trench coat for awhile. Now that I'm learning how to sew and have found a great tutorial on how to make motorcycle jackets, thanks to theturtlemaggie (since I'm not really a trench coat kinda person and moto jackets are HAWT), I figure I'll start this project sooner than I thought. The only problem is that I don't want to paint on the designs and whatnot. I was thinking either embroidery or appliques, but I'm an idiot and don't really know A) Which would be better for this project and B) What the real difference between the two is. Could anyone help me out?

EDIT: Just wanted to clarify, I am not the person showing the back of the jacket. That is a pic of a cosplayer I found online. I have yet to make it.

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x-posted in craftgrrl
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Overlocking = overwhelmed?

Okay, I checked the memories as I'm a newbie (greetings from down under) but couldn't find a definitive answer to my question.

I just bought my first (and very basic) sewing machine and am attempting surgery.

What I notice though is that the sides of my shirts along the seams (not the actual stitching) are coming out curvy and not laying straight even after ironing. Is this because I don't have an overlocker? Are overlockers a MUST for sewing with stretch knit fabrics like tshirts?

Or is it better to learn how to reconstruct and make shirts from scratch on a sewing machine first so I understand the actual workings of how the different parts go together?

All opinions MUCH APPRECIATED! All your posts are what is keeping me motivated to keep on keeping on during my frustrated moments so thanks heaps.


PS: I also posted this in tshirt_surgery, not realizing there are two separate groups with similiar names. Sorry!