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Need help - sewing machine "eats" fabric
My Brother Pacesetter 8200 sort of "eats" the fabric at the beginning of a seam. It does fine after I actually get the seaming going, but when I first start it, it pulls a bit of the fabric down into...
14 years ago 8
 
Janome Sewist 521
I am looking for a good basic machine for my daughter, who is doing a little quilting and sewing. The local shop guy suggest this 521 for about $275. Is this a good idea at that price? thanks, Jeff_M...
14 years ago 1
 
Curtain Weights
Pricing out curtain weights and find it will cost $14 for the (50) I need on ebay, w/postage. I'm thinking I could sew a US nickle in each bottom corner a lot cheaper. Should work, shouldn't it, or...
14 years ago 11
 
manual for Riccar 777?
I acquired one of these machines and fixed it (the bobbin winding gear was, well, crumbs but otherwise the machine is in amazing condition) and managed to thread it by trial and error. I really need a...
14 years ago 2
 
Thomas Tank knitting graph
Hi I am looking for a knitting pattern of Thomas the tank engine,I usually knit the jumper then stitch on the pattern (swiss stitch). I did have a pattern but I must of loaned it and as per usual it...
14 years ago 3
 
How to measure a fabric's stretch?
De-lurking for a moment to query the wisdom of this group! How can I accurately measure a fabric's stretch? I've pulled on 4" and judged the percent (50%, 75%, etc.) but I've been waaay off on several...
14 years ago 4
 
dishtowels
My dishtowels are getting worn out, and I hate to buy new ones when it's so easy to just cut 'n' hem some fabric. I'm new to sewing, though, and don't know my cloths. What kind of fabric are...
15 years ago 19
 
Necchi Lelia 510
hi, We were given an old Necchi Lelia 510 from 1980. I think all it needs is a bobbin case. I tried to get a new one but was told Necchi no longer exists. Mechanically It seems to work well and it is...
15 years ago 6
 
Rhino costume?
Hi people, my latest challenge is to make a rhino costume for a 11 year old boy! It has to have bulky shoulders and make him look ....well like a rhino, big and bulky. It is for a school play, The...
15 years ago 2
 
line of patterns at Hancock's
I went in today for the first time in months, to take advantage of the sale on Christmas fabrics, more precisely, the cloth books to make for little ones. A friend is a 1st time GM to 2 G'babies and...
15 years ago 2
 
Sturdy material pattern making
Hi, I'm new to the group. I'm trying to make a costume out of a pretty hard leather, I'm trying to make it fit to my body but don't know enough about pattern making to start. Is there any basics I...
15 years ago 3
 
Elan Patterns - CAUTION!!
The recent topic of bra making ....paired with the 60 Minutes expose on $2000 custom made bras from Paris.....got me thoroughly convinced to go ahead and try it. CAUTION....I "Googled" for Elan...
15 years ago 6
 
Singer 620 Sewing Machine
I recently purchased a Singer 620 Touch and Sew (for $1.50, that's a dollar and 50 cents) and am trying to decide if I want to keep it. I have several Singers and know how durable the machines are....
15 years ago 2
 
Is it possible to add a button and hole to shirt?
I have a nice dress shirt that needs an extra button near the bottom. Would it be possible without a machine for a novice to add a button and button hole? I have sewn many buttons on, but its the...
15 years ago 24
 
Farrier's apron pattern
Has anybody ever seen a commercial pattern for a farrier's apron? Kathleen Nope, never have, but now I'm intrigued as to what you're doing. My farrier just wears the split leather thigh-guard thing...
15 years ago 5
 
Singer 401G
Hello, do you know where we could get a user'guide for an 1960' Singer 401G ? Thank you in advance. I & P, Paris Try Singer: Try which is a lot closer to you than those in the U.S.A. If you come...
15 years ago 4
 
Looking for fishnet stocking/pantyhose/body stocking pattern
Was taught the needlecraft arts (crochet and knitting) nearly forty years ago by my great-grandfather. I'm currently in the midst of a "contest" to create a complete outfit (sans shoes) with a female...
15 years ago 8
 
Newbie: Sewing Genie ($40) any good?
I am a male who needs to make hems and things to my pants. I know nothing about machine sewing, always having done everything by hand. A friend gave me a cheap Sewing Genie ( ) and I was wondering if...
15 years ago 5
 
sewing vinyl
Help! I just put some vinyl fabric in my sewing machine. I'm sewing a new cushion for my husband's boat. Although I've set the stitch length to long the stitches appear very small and it's tough...
15 years ago 19
 
How to use flexi stitch
Hi, I have an old singer machine that uses "flexi-stitch" discs. Yet... I don't know how to use it. I found that the discs are set in a "holl" for this on the top of the machine, but besides that I...
15 years ago 8