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Technical Help / Re: Baby trousies waists help please
« on: March 09, 2020, 09:44:26 AM »

Completely understand about getting info from the parents.

I've given up paying much attention and just give them what I want to make (and measure-up when our daughter isn't paying attention).

Re drawstrings v elastic, I sidestepped the whole thing and have focused on dungarees. Cheating? Maybe :)

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Technical Help / Re: What's going on here?
« on: December 28, 2019, 03:40:52 AM »

Many thanks to all for the help.

Tension then. I'll give it a try.

As a general rule, is there any relationship between stitch length and tension? Should I increase for shorter stitches and decrease for longer, or is it just a case of fiddling 'til it works?


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... / Re: Phew, I made it
« on: December 25, 2019, 10:25:32 AM »

Welcome, from another newbie.

Intrigued about your product idea, do tell :)


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from NZ
« on: December 25, 2019, 09:45:24 AM »
Does he like them (seems to) and did you learn anything?

He's 10 weeks old, so I'm not wholly sure that liking them is in his capability set yet. But he doesn't dislike them, so that's a win.

As for learning, yes heaps. Mostly about how stretchy jersey is and how fernickity sewing machines can be when you catch a thread on something. Also, never use kitchen scissors for cutting fabric. Bad mistake :(


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from NZ
« on: December 25, 2019, 06:37:01 AM »

Okay, so when I said I was new to this I wasn't kidding.

Here's my first ever project. Christmas Day red trousers for Jasper, my grandson.

Butchered together from a promotional tee-shirt I happened to have lying around. Made the design up myself, guessing at the size. Only took me two hours, a bit of blood on my brand new sewing machine (stabbed myself with a pin) and a lot of swearing :)

Enjoy my dubious finishing.


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from NZ
« on: December 10, 2019, 23:58:53 PM »
Hi and welcome from me too @badgermat

Where are you from in NZ? We used to live just north of Welly. I’d move back in a heartbeat....

Auckland. Which, despite feeling very remote from the world sometimes, just now feels like we're a safe distance from it. Volcanos notwithstanding.


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from NZ
« on: December 10, 2019, 23:56:28 PM »
what does designed to be seen from a distance mean?

Haha ... in truth, it was a slightly facetious remark.

But my mother did have a penchant for clothing with big features, big colours/patterns, designs that allow relatively easy movement, closures built for rapid changes, and not being over concerned about details. All of these things are valid (or even useful) when garments will rarely be viewed from any closer than the front stalls.

Many of these features also made it into the clothes we wore   -<


Hi, I'm new... / Re: New to sewing, and to the Forum
« on: December 09, 2019, 10:22:01 AM »

Hi Tim,

Welcome from another newbie. Rest assured that there is someone here who knows less than you :)


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from NZ
« on: December 09, 2019, 10:18:22 AM »

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome.

I will, of course, show pics of every alteration I do and claim the entire garment as my own :)


Sewing Professionally / Re: Program for creating patterns
« on: December 08, 2019, 23:56:42 PM »
Have you seen or tried Seamly?

Seems (see what I did there??) to be available for Mac, but I have no idea whether it's any good.


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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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