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Technical Help / Re: presser foot setting query from novice
« on: June 02, 2020, 17:16:38 PM »
@dafyddcoch   It sounds as though you need a hump-jumper,

You can imprivise with a bit of cardboard.

Brilliant thank you and yes, I obviously need a hump-jumper. Mind you, my wife's ears pricked up when I was looking at the video and the woman said in that lovely accent "You need a hump-jumper"; thankfully despite our senior ish years, we're a 'modern couple' lol.

Technical Help / Re: presser foot setting query from novice
« on: June 02, 2020, 13:37:09 PM »
Try adjusting the presser foot, but a simple trick is to use the hand wheel slowly to go over the lumpy bits - takes the strain off the motor and is slightly more controllable.

Thanks both

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


The one thing that it doesn't appear to have is a knife to cut the fabric just ahead of the loopers.  That means that yu would have to be very accurate with placing the two layers of fabric together.  On a proper overlocker if the two layers are not perfectly lined up the bits trimmed off a different widths.

HI and thanks for the information.I think you're correct in that it doesn't have knives to trim the material. I guess I'll have to be uber careful about cutting out and pinning before I start to overlock/sew. I'm assuming it'll be a faff to set-up but it will allow me to finish things off neatly in I'm not lining a garment. and also play around with contrasting thread colours for decorative finishing off. It is made by a Toyota company (which gave a little confidence) so I'm hoping that it'll at least be well made and half-decent to use and anyway, I like machinery and mechanical things generally so was fascinated by it. Thanks again. 

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.  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?

 cadwch yn ddiogel/stay safe

Hi, I'm new... / Re: greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 29, 2020, 00:52:28 AM »
....... Welcome, if someone as new as myself is not being presumptuous in welcoming you My son is a leather worker whose projects were made easier and more profitable by the purchase of an ancient leather-sewing machine. I'll bet the thing is almost as old as I am- looks like hell, works just fine. The machine and I have a lot in common.  :)

Not at all, thank you. Your son's machine sounds wonderful from your description of it. I want to learn how to work with leather at some point but at the thinner end, so small car seats etc and only for myself so I'll avoid trying to justify to my wife why I NEED a specialist machine for leather. What I have just purchased, is a Rubylock 4 strand overlocker that attaches to a straight seam machine and actually does proper overlocking using the straight stitch of the sewing machine in conjunction with the cotton and action of the overlocker at the same time. Lots of tension buttons and knobs to play with and whirring noises; it'll be like being in my car/motorbike workshop! It is quite likely that I'm nowhere near ready for such a complicated machine, but the Rubylock 4 strand overlocker is such a rare bit of kit that I purchased it anyway and am happy to store it until such time as I have the skill to use it. 

In the wardrobe / Re: advice for novice re kimono coat
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:17:21 AM »
Love your enthusiasm but I really wouldn't try anything lined or thick  just yet. Play safe and keep it light. Once you've got the hang of it then consider moving on to a fleece or a flannel.

Thanks for the advice as it countered my instinct which is easier and less 'flighty';  this is why I joined this forum to have access to knowledge rather than my instinct

In the wardrobe / Re: advice for novice re kimono coat
« on: May 28, 2020, 00:07:20 AM »
I made a kimono jackety thing for the Japanese sewalong .... and if I can do it .......

Google Zepher jacket ...

Thanks, I will do. I love the finished article, especially the blue diagonal bits sorry, (not that au fait with sewing terminology yet) at the front. They work really well with the patterned material and set it off well. Mind you, I'm no expert and my wife and son despair sometimes when I'm 'colour planning' or choosing a shirt/tie combination for work.

In the wardrobe / Re: advice for novice re kimono coat
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:46:47 AM »
It looks like I've made a commitment then. OOOOO exciting! I was thinking of using a very light synthetic blanket-type material with a nice lining. The sort of material that gets used for a thin-ish picnic blanket but wondering if even that may be too slippery for a beginner. Cotton sounds good but I would like it to be thick-ish if so but not tarpaulin like. Choices choices. thanks for the advice

Hi, I'm new... / Re: greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:32:56 AM »
Croeso i'r Sewing Lounge @dafyddcoch .  How lovely to have another gentleman join the ranks.  It sounds like you are well on your way to a new obsession, I mean hobby!  Ask away, someone will always know the answer or be able to give the right advise.

Diolch y fawr. I can cope with obsession as concentrating on sewing will apparently lower my blood pressure. I guess that works until the time that you've spent 5 hours making something and the discover you forgot to turn in inside out before hemming! lol

Thanks to all of you for the very welcoming messages.

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   

Hi, I'm new... / Re: greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 25, 2020, 15:26:19 PM »
@dafyddcoch welcome to TSP.

It sounds as though you are well on your way to being a proper sewist; and have the let's get on and see what I can do rather than dilly-dally with procrastination.  Looking forward to seeing some of your creations.
 :vintage: :trousers: :thumbsup:

PS - where has the fabric icon gone?  We are very good at helping people to obtain lots of fabric; a very necessary requirement for anyone who sews.

I'm too impatient to wait and would rather just have a bash if I have a basic idea and apply this to most skills I want to learn. One can either pay money to go on a course to learn something or have go anyway and learn from mistakes. Having said that, just occasionally that approach has not served me well and could have ended in embarrassment if I was the kind of chap that embarrassed easily.

Fabric icon??

Hi, I'm new... / Re: greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 25, 2020, 15:20:37 PM »
  0_0 We have some chaps who do stuff with canvas and pleather... at least that's what they tell us.  ;)

Well they're most probably being truthful but WHAT exactly are they doing with said materials items is the worrying question!! lol

Hi, I'm new... / Re: greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 25, 2020, 15:18:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum and I am sure we can help in the future.

You mention a couple of vintage machines and there is a sizeable contingent who love the old stuff.  :D

I'm an old-fashioned sort of a chap and anyway, can't afford a decent quality new machine. Mind you, I would like all the fancy stitches and stuff they can do but will try to see how much can be done with different feet and attachments. I have a Jones button-holer that seems very complicated re working out how it functions but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it and I can't see how a zig-zagger attachment can work unless it is moving the material rather than the needle understand. All stuff to learn and stop my brain from seizing-up in my second youth (or cal it denial of you prefer").     

Hi, I'm new... / Re: greeting from the land of dragons
« on: May 25, 2020, 15:10:28 PM »
Welcome.  Your sheet metalworking skills transfer well to fabric, except that steel has no selvedge and doesn't fray.

And is more likely to slice the end of your finger off when you drop it or have you in A+E having bits of it taken out of your eye after cutting it!! lol But seriously, there are many similarities despite them appearing to be quite different materials. Mind you, I've worked with some thin sheet aluminium for skinning wooden car-bodies that is almost as easy to cut as thick canvas and similar to fold. 

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