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Technical Help / What's going on here?
« on: December 27, 2019, 08:53:33 AM »
After the (relative) triumph of my first project (red trousers for my Grandson, pics on my thread in Hi I'm New), I thought I'd have a go at turning some ill-fitting trousers of my own into shorts.

However, when fixed the hems, attempting to replicate the original folded-over style, I was left with the weird stitching shown below.

The front/top side seems fine, but the back/bottom is really odd and very messy.

The only setting I changed on my machine was the stitch length, so I'm at a bit of a loss.

Obviously I'm going to have to re-do it, but how can I avoid the same thing happening again?


Hi, I'm new... / Hi from NZ
« on: December 08, 2019, 21:21:31 PM »
Hi all,

I’m new to the forum and new to sewing.

That said, I’m not a complete stranger to home-made clothes as my mother was a former theatrical set designer and wardrobe mistress, so we all grew up in outfits that were designed to be seen from a distance and maintained on a daily basis.

Oh how I yearned for shop-bought clothes as a seven-year old :)

What that did leave me with though was a huge intolerance to things that don’t fit. So, now I have a bit of time on my hands I thought I’d take the opportunity to learn some core sewing skills so I can do my own alterations. Oh and maybe treat my new grandson to a little of our family tradition for oddly home-made outfits.

Things to expect of me: stupid questions, lack of realism about my actual skill level, guilty enjoyment of the Great British Sewing Bee.

Things not to expect of me: competence, any desire to show the results of my amateurish rag-stabbing.

Right, now to go and see what’s happening.


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