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Technical Help / presser foot setting query from novice
« on: June 02, 2020, 02:33:26 AM »
HI everybody, I'm new to machine sewing but love machinery generally and am loving making curtains etc from up-cycled fabric and have made a vest and repaired a few of our towels using an late fifties/early sixties Jones CBD straight-stitch machine. However, I'm trying to finish making a pair of double thick curtains made from an old fancy queen-size duvet cover and when stitching the tape to the top hem, so 4 layers of thin cotton plus the tape, the bottom stitch is often missed with one big bottom stitch and when starting, the bottom cotton is very tangled Also, the material feeds in very jerkily at times. I've not adjusted anything but after looking at the hook timing in the bottom thread it is a smidgen out but equally, it has been working fine and still does so on thinner material. After looking online, I think it may be that I need to adjust the presser foot pressure which is currently set on 3.5, down to 1.00 for the thicker bits and then I need to reset it for the areas with less thickness. Am I wide of the mark? Mad? Deluded?  A danger to sewing machines?

Thanks for reading

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I've just purchased a Rubylock R-L5 Type 4 strand overloclock attachment for my Jones CBD electric powered machine that I've fitted to an old Singer treadle table/bench. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264739439789  I'm a novice machine user (towels, curtains and repairs thus-far) and about to start making a kimono jacket for my wife), so it'll be likely ages before I am skilled enough to use it but I got it because it does effectively turn a straight stitch machine into an overlocker. It manages this by incorporating the stitch and cotton of the sewing machine with the thread and action of the overlocker.

Does anyone have any experience of such a contraption? Are they any good? I'll only want to use it now and again so the faff of setting it up isn't a problem and whilst I'm guessing it isn't made to be used all day every day, I'm hoping it'll be invaluable when I do need an overlocker.   

Also, how difficult is it to use an overlocker compared to a machine. I'm usually good with machinery generally, be it agricultural, building, engineering etc. and am happy to play for a while with scrap and learn if possible. Or is it as I suspect and I should store it for now and become more proficient with my machine first?

Thanks/diolch
 cadwch yn ddiogel/stay safe


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In the wardrobe / advice for novice re kimono coat
« on: May 25, 2020, 18:54:56 PM »
HI, I'm new to this sewing shenanigans and the forum (see post in 'HI, I'm new') but have managed to make a pair of curtains from an old duvet cover that came out rather well for a first attempt, I've also made a large shopping bag, a vest, reclaimed a few frayed towels and stitched elastic into the cuffs of my wife's fleece as they kept falling down.

I'd like to make my wife an article of clothing and thought that a simple Kimono coat seemed like a simple pattern and there are tutorials available as well to help me make it. Is this about the most simple of patterns as I think or am I missing something. This will be the first thing I've made where I've laid out for material so I don't want to get it wrong.

Thanks or "Diolch" as we say here in Wales   

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Hi, I'm new... / greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:46:27 AM »
 Well what brings a chap well past middle-age (unless I live from than 118 years) who can't sew that well to a sewing forum. Well I guess but being a practical sort of a chap, I'm keen to make home furnishings, stitch leather/leatherette for car seats (I'm a classic car bod), fix horse rugs, make simple clothes, maybe for my wife rather than me as men's clothes seem to be quite complex. I've already made a massive solid bottomed shopping bag from an old duvet that actually holds shopping and lots of it. I made that using an old Singer treadle machine and whilst it isn't perfect, it is useful. I've since graduated up to using my late father-in-law's Jones CBD that I've fitted to the Singer treadle bench and it all still folds down neatly and has left me with a very usable unit. Thus far I've made a vest from an old stretchy sheet and some edging, salvaged three frayed towels, modified a top for my wife to stop the sleeves falling down too easily and made a pair of curtains for our bedroom from another old duvet and some recycled curtain tape. I'm particularly chuffed with the curtains which actually look alright, much to my surprise. All this sewing activity in the front-room is reminding me of my mother who used to make clothes and curtains with her treadle machine and later an old electric model,  as well as making loads of stuffed toys, including many many Wombles!

I've joined The Sewing Place because I'm aware of how limited my skills are and want to be able to access the knowledge of people who know so much more than I do about sewing and using a machine. Although I've been a Diversity practitioner for years, I spent many years working with steel and especially sheet steel and have noticed that some of the skills are similar and have a great deal of respect for skilled machinists, tailors and seamstresses who seem to be able to work with such great speed. I'm happy to dawdle but want to be able to produce quality items, so it makes sense to be able to ask skilled people for help. Unfortunately, I don't think I have very much to offer in return as I'm such a beginner even though I'm almost 60.

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