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For a second I was really worried it would be the timing and I'd have ruined the machine but it turns out I just had the needle in the wrong way round! I reversed it and the machine was instantly stitching fine again. :D I've said this before, but over christmas I spent about half an hour trying to ...
by johnuk
January 11th, 2007, 10:52 am
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Machine not picking up the bottom stitch
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

Well, thanks to all the help I'm now a darting demon... once I'd finished one shirt, I did a few others, great fun. I'm starting to see some potential for turning £4 shirts into something I'd actually like to wear with some darting and shaping of the hem. My next adventure will be resizing sleeves,...
by johnuk
January 10th, 2007, 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Darting shirts & hems
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

I like the thinking. I have pulled the bobbin out already and tried rethreading it thinking "I'll start from scratch" but it didn't seem to make any difference. The bottom thread doesn't seem to be the problem. The top thread isn't catching and looping round it. The needle goes through and...
by johnuk
January 10th, 2007, 11:56 am
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Machine not picking up the bottom stitch
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

Machine not picking up the bottom stitch

My machine was stitching fine at home. I brought it to university and managed to hem my jeans perfectly. Then the foot came loose and collided with the needle, so I had to buy some more. I got some super fine guage, I think they're 90/17 from memory, and tried to hem another pair of trousers. No luc...
by johnuk
January 10th, 2007, 11:38 am
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Machine not picking up the bottom stitch
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

Thanks for all your help laineybug! My internet hasn't been working recently, so I couldn't check back or reply. But I've been playing around with our sewing machine (which I now know is a singer 317) and practicing using it. I spent about half an hour wondering why it wouldn't stitch when I was doi...
by johnuk
January 3rd, 2007, 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Darting shirts & hems
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

John you have gotten some great information here. May I recommend a book? It is Shirtmaking by David Coffin. It is the last word in putting together a beautiful shirt with great fit. Good luck with your endeavor and we are here for you for answers to any questions that may come up. Thanks for the r...
by johnuk
December 18th, 2006, 3:19 am
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Darting shirts & hems
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

John, the point of your dart shouldn't be right at the point of your shoulder blade Somehow I didn't think it would be that simple :) Don't worry though, I understood what you meant by pointing at it, I was just wondering where that point should end. You will have to be very careful that the finish...
by johnuk
December 17th, 2006, 12:08 pm
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Darting shirts & hems
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

Thanks Lainey, Very helpful information... and very quick too. I'd actually quite like to learn how to make my own clothes. I've bought Prada and Armani clothes before and, while they're nicer than regular things from the supermarket, I'm pretty sure I could managed something similar or better fit w...
by johnuk
December 17th, 2006, 8:36 am
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Darting shirts & hems
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

Darting shirts & hems

Hi! I usually wear shirts that are small to get a good fit around my torso, but really need a medium to get the sleeves and shoulders positioned correctly. If I buy a medium, I get a good fit around my shoulders and chest but, because I excercise everyday and so don't weigh very much for a guy, a lo...
by johnuk
December 17th, 2006, 2:36 am
 
Forum: Basic-Beginner Sewing
Topic: Darting shirts & hems
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

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