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Technical Help / Re: Feeding elastic through channels.
« on: Today at 07:32:31 »
Sounds like the channels are a bit snug, but that happens sometimes.

Am I understanding the elastic is out on both ends but it just needs to have the fabric distributed evenly over the elastic?

I usually just use the fingernails on my right hand to work the fabric, but if that's too difficult perhaps a pair of needle-nosed pliers would help get a better grip. I'd be shocked if you guys call those pliers by the same name. I'll try to find a pic.

Ok, sorry guys, but I think I've determined I'm the baby in this bunch. Hot Pants were in 7th grade. Can't remember any disco music.

I started hitting the disco in Winter of '77. No one - and I mean NO ONE  - would have been caught dead in a pair of bell bottoms. And 76/77 was the beginning of the great disco music here. The pants were an obligatory "stove pipe" - straight up and down, no flare, no taper. I think I gave one of my boob tubes to my flat chested friend and I think the other is still in a dresser drawer. Why? No find memories - pure torture. Only wore each one once, 34C's squished into a shiny spandex, "one size fits all" tube proved an engineering disaster. Push up bras with a low cut peasant blouse from shiny fabric and cotton/polyester crepe back satin for those stove pipe pants with a 37" or 38"inseam to accommodate the platform 4"heels. Large hoop earrings.

Favorite dress: shiny Qiana nylon in medium blue, almost a circle skirt - no gathers at the waist, to accentuate its tiny proportion, sleeveless yet shoulder seams extended and a plunging neckline that stopped 2" above my navel. Strategically placed brooch which kept the girls covered while making the cleavage worthy of a spotlight.

I'd settle for just a hint of a reminder of that tiny waist......sigh...........alas, nowhere to be found....... :boohoo:

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Impossible wedding dress alteration
« on: December 01, 2021, 20:28:09 PM »
Gorgeous dress! Yes, a TON of work.

But what am I missing here? The scalloped edge appears to be stitched over the top of the front motifs already. As pictured on the model, those motifs would still look fine if 8" were cut out. Obviously though, the beading would be problematic. Is there enough scalloped edging to not have to remove all of it from the back and simply allow for an extended train?

Turning the 32B into a 36F sounds like the biggest challenge. My best friend at uni measured for a 42DD but refused to wear anything larger than a 38D. Physically, I don't know how she did it, the pain would be excruciating to me, but she always looked great in her clothing, even though she was large. I'm guessing your friend may be used to dressing similarly as accommodating 36F's into today's RTW can't be easy.

If the front motifs were shortened, they would provide extra lace for the chest area work that needs to be done.

Any chance of recommending someone else do the job? Around here marked down wedding dresses have been unreturnable/no refund/no exchange for decades. Unless she can find an online buyer, your friend is stuck with this dress. (Online buyers aren't that hard to find.)

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: December 01, 2021, 19:10:32 PM »
@Bill It does seem it may be a bit large for a pocket, but also seems it would be a good size to fit on the chest area and color coordinating pockets could be added.

Just a thought, just in case.

Courses & Classes / Re: Online Class with Rory Duffy for Ladies Tailoring
« on: December 01, 2021, 18:12:49 PM »
@WildAtlanticWay  :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

He does seem to be a really decent guy along with being an exceptionally gifted tailor!

A few years back, I posted a similar announcement - though much shorter - about his YouTube videos on another sewing forum. Almost immediately the "mean girls" on the site began attacking me as they often did. Rory joined, and thanked me very nicely for making the announcement. It was amazing how quickly those "girls" (in truth, women old enough to know better!) were silenced.

May I also take this time to thank everyone on this forum for always being so gracious and civilized. The community here is just so refreshing compared to so much of what many of us endure on a day to day basis. Thank you!

Courses & Classes / Online Class with Rory Duffy for Ladies Tailoring
« on: December 01, 2021, 08:48:20 AM »
Just thought I'd post a note here for anyone interested in tailoring. Rory Duffy is offering Tailoring a Ladies Jacket on Vimeo for just €/$25/month. Very reasonable!.

I know nothing of the specifics, but I am seriously thinking this will be my "Merry Christmas to Me" this year. Will probably make the decision a bit closer to Christmas.

For those who don't know, Rory Duffy is Savile Row trained and a past winner of the Row's Golden Shears Award.  He also has several videos posted on YouTube if you'd like to check him out.

Current Projects / Re: Dresden Plate.....
« on: December 01, 2021, 06:13:27 AM »
Bill, your avatar is so apropos in this situation.

We've all been there.

The Haberdashery / Re: Source for Good Quality Cord...?
« on: December 01, 2021, 04:52:42 AM »
O! M! G!

I don't think I've ever witnessed so many people attempt to do something so simple in so many different, convoluted, awkward ways!

I watched 7 or 8 videos before landing on this one:

Even the writing pen she uses on her end is rather unnecessary, but she does show the very important part of running hands/fingers up and down the cord as it forms to evenly distribute the twisting.

It's actually easiest with 2 people. Each stands apart facing opposite directions and twisting threads away from them. When there is enough tension (these cords can be made much more taut than the YT videos show), hand your end to the other person to hold while grabbing the center. Then use your hands to straighten the cord and evenly distribute the twist.

Practicing with a second person is how I learned. Once you get a feel for it, most cording can be made on your own.

The Haberdashery / Re: Source for Good Quality Cord...?
« on: December 01, 2021, 03:41:35 AM »
I have never considered buying decorative cording. I've made it myself my whole life as it is very simple to make. If you find any decent quality yarn or thread, twisting it is very, very easy.

By sourcing your own thread/yarn you can be certain of the quality. A pearl cotton thread works wonderfully. I've used a variety of cotton crochet threads. Even used it once to make a small decorative cording for a Roman shade.

My Mom first showed me how to make cording with sewing thread when I was quite small. You could practice the technique with thread first.

I'll look to see if there's a YouTube video. Much easier to just see it done.

@WendyW How fun is this! And something to exercise my brain. Thank you!

I'm an interior designer. I worked years ago designing closets and storage spaces, then commercial offices and things like control rooms in a Chemical manufacturing facility. Finally spent several years designing commercial kitchens, restaurants, churches, etc. So here's what I can suggest.

- The closet at the end of the room, if it is to be a standard 2 foot depth, the shelves at either side should only be no more than 12" deep. Storing sewing and crafting supplies on 12" shelving will still be challenging to prevent losing things on them. Can the closet have a separate 30" of space for storage of your own things, such as the ability to hang self-drafted patterns? An iron you may not want students using,etc?

- The bins for fabric storage should be no more than 6"-8" deep and stack no more than 2 high on a shelf. They should also be translucent to ease usage.

-Instead of one large cutting table for two people to use, I would suggest 2 smaller tables that can be pushed together when teaching kids and separated for better usage by 2 adults. I use a hollow core door that hangs on the wall. I screw the legs on when needed. Is this a possibility for an extra cutting table when needed?

-can the cutting tables be used with stools for gathering everyone around for a teaching moment and to offer an easy way to eat lunch? A conferencing area more or less?

-separate 2'x4' tables for each student. This way the vibration from someone else's machine will not be bothersome. If they are movable, as you teach adults, could they face each other to encourage a club atmosphere and make it more socially engaging?

- At least 2 or 3 separate ironing boards, properly padded, for adults and advanced students, as opposed to one large ironing table. Unless you are teaching quilting, it would be better to teach everyone how to press and iron on a board they would use at home. I still prefer my original skinny board for making clothing. The wide ones are difficult for shoulder and neck seam pressing.

-specific storage for ironing accessories, spray bottles, clappers, point presser, sleeve boards, press buck, etc.

-daylight bulbs for color matching in all lamps/light fixtures.

- Be very careful with the electrical. I once designed a church kitchen with a huge bank of outlets to allow for slow cooker pot luck dinners. I clearly marked the outlets as "convenience outlets for slow cookers". But since I didn't sell the slow cookers I wasn't obligated to provide spec sheets (members would bring theirs from home) the dip dog engineer placed 8 outlets on one 15 amp circuit! They all had to be rewired. Find the specs on a few irons you may consider using so the contractor can calculate the loads correctly. Also, if you have an expensive computerized sewing machine, you'll probably want it on a dedicated circuit. If you plan on using vintage machines, there's something goofy with the foot controls that used to interfere with tv signals, I would discuss this with the contractor/electrician. You may want to have an extra 1 or 2 dedicated circuits in case a student decides to bring an expensive computer machine. Read up on surge protectors and buy good ones where needed - remembering to replace them every 2 to 6 years. You may want to provide a charging station for people's phones and laptops as they may be there for several hours. What kind of task lighting will you use for each sewing station? Do you want to add an additional washer and dryer for pre washing fabric and for guests to use?

-Will you need space heaters during inclimate weather?

-a coffee/tea station for the adults. A frig for storing lunches? A microwave? A small sink that isn't in the bathroom. Nothing elaborate, just accomodating.

- a wall mounted TV to watch applicable videos to be discussed as a class (and to keep you happy while you sew :meditate:)

-easy access to cleaning supplies and storage for brooms, mops, a dust buster, etc. including outlets for those things to recharge.

-storage for quick access to tools needed to make machine repairs in a pinch.

Ok, so some are suggestions and other stuff is just questions I would would be asking were I actually designing the space.

I miss doing this, can you tell?

And the "sewing retreat" idea sounds like a winner to me!

Access All Accessories / Re: Help! Bag stiffener stuff...
« on: November 28, 2021, 19:17:06 PM »
I'm with Ruthie! I've used the flexible chopping boards, too. - made myself some pattern weights and a case to store them in.

The nice thing is, you can layer them to get additional thickness and rigidity. Machine washable - but I'd probably air dry - even though they can handle the heat of a dishwasher.

The Haberdashery / Re: tape for baby bib ties
« on: November 26, 2021, 08:32:04 AM »
@annieeg  That bib is adorable!

How many years have I been on here and just now, tonight, the popper/snap thing comes up twice.

I've decided to call the words that don't "cross the pond" in the same way "pond-words". Could be shortened to PW's.  "Popper" is a PW.

As skinny as the neck tape is, would a snap/popper be better than velcro in this case, as velcro can easily entangle hair when its exposed?

Technical Help / Re: Jeans topstitching
« on: November 22, 2021, 20:25:36 PM »
Pooh! One more thought.....have you checked the timing on the 201? Is the timing as close to perfect as is humanly possible?

The extra bulk may be stressing the machine causing a slight deviation in timing to show up.

YouTube should have videos showing how to check.

Even if it were slightly off- I'm not sure I would touch it just for this application if its reliably sewing everything else.

Technical Help / Re: Jeans topstitching
« on: November 22, 2021, 20:18:36 PM »
Results like these is why I haven't attempted  a pair of jeans since 1982!

Steaming and a Clapper couldn't hurt. Perhaps even a slightly less bulky new needle? (That sounds counter-intuitive, but your machines may not like the heavier needles?)The 201 was developed for dressmaking of lighter weight fabrics. Do you have access to a 15? They were meant to be useful "on the farm". I haven't used mine yet, but I'm expecting it to handle this stuff.

The good news is, if you look at high end jeans ($1400 - $1500 per pair) your pockets are stellar! Unfortunately, anyone that knows me will know I've not wrapped my 62 year old bum in thousand dollar jeans! :rolleyes:

If it were me, I'd carefully fix the skipped stitches by hand and look for a 15 or some other machine proven to handle denim before I attempted another pair.

Maybe someone else will have a better idea, but I think it's the machines with the problem - and not the operator - in this instance.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: tiny trainers
« on: November 19, 2021, 23:57:06 PM »
They're so cute, I'm sure they'll all find good homes.

They do look a bit narrow, makes sense for a BJD. My Zapf has always been able to wear size "0" infants, but even those are scarce these days. They're a bit long, but she has an easier time standing in them! ;)

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