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Sewing knits: Do I want a serger, an overlocker, or something else?

Mefi Sewers: I want to start working with knits (altering off-the-rack t-shirts to better fit my body, as well as sewing fairly easy patterns from scratch). I had a disastrous first attempt with my sewing machine, where I sewed just as I do with woven fabrics and got a horrible wavy edge with weird bunching. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Jun 27, 2016 - 14 answers

ISO NYC seamstress for simpler project

I picked up some nice Liberty cotton lawn in London over Christmas. Now that summer's coming, I'd like to have it made up. I know that making a length of fabric into a basic rectangular scarf is a relatively simple project, but I knit rather than sew for VERY GOOD REASONS. Where to find someone who will do it for me? [more inside]
posted by praemunire on May 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Best place to buy fabric in Ontario, Canda?

Looking for best place to buy fabric somewhat cheaply in person or online that will ship to Canada at a reasonable price! [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on May 12, 2016 - 4 answers

SewingFilter: FBA on a triangle top and sports bras

Full Bust Adjustment on a triangle top. How does one do this? I'm sure I'm over thinking this, but I'm confused due to the lack of armscye. Will I still have to use darts? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Apr 30, 2016 - 2 answers

What are the most flexible, classic beginner sewing patterns?

I have basic sewing skills and would like to improve and be able to make some clothing for myself and my (currently small) children. What I think I'd really like is to choose one (at a time) patterns/items of clothing and make it many many times, in different sizes, different fabrics, and gradually adding modifications as I become more comfortable with the basics. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Apr 12, 2016 - 17 answers

Should I get a sewing machine?

Am I a good candidate for a sewing machine? Please read my case and provide your judgement. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Apr 6, 2016 - 22 answers

How to sew by hand?

How can I sew this dress by hand and have it look professional? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Mar 10, 2016 - 23 answers

Books on sewing men's jeans/trousers?

I have a creative friend who wants to make his own clothes, so I recently purchased him this book on shirtmaking. But what about the bottom half? I'll get him the same author's trouser book, but does anyone know of resources for making jeans, or any other man-focused sewing info? So much seems to be focused on women, with men's items being just a sidebar. He's very fashionable, so even pattern maker suggestions, etc. are welcome.
posted by OneSmartMonkey on Feb 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me help my wife buy a sewing machine

My wife is intermediate level at sewing, mostly making quilts and small simple garments (think pet clothes). Her cheap Singer sewing machine broke, and now she's having "analysis paralysis" trying to decide on a new one. Help! [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Feb 12, 2016 - 25 answers

Name my threads

I'm getting sewing labels printed so I can proudly brand my work. Anything from dresses and shirts to curtains and baby bibs. What should I call it? And which company should I use? [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Jan 1, 2016 - 17 answers

Can any crafters help me with my felt beasties?

I was wondering if any Metafilter crafters could help my wife out with a sewing problem she's having? Here's her question: "I make felt animals, usually of the jointed variety. I draw my own patterns and sew by hand, and it's been going fine up till now, but the last two creatures I made have both had a weird bunching at the neck. I've tried altering the width of the necks, the gussets, basting in advance, what-all, but I can't figure out what the problem is... [more inside]
posted by lucien_reeve on Nov 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Recommend a dressmaker or seamstress in Toronto

Can you recommend a dressmaker or seamstress in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Nov 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Baa baa, black sheep have you any, wait, what is it that I need?

I'm making a winter coat. The instructions for the pattern I found online say to use a "double sided winter coating" and not to use a lining. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Oct 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Simple sewing patterns for costumes or bags, for boys?

My five-year-old son is interested in sewing (he's interesting in construction and design, in general). I am not much of a sewer, but I could probably cut out something from a simple pattern and stitch it by hand. (No machine). How can I indulge this with him, given that I have limited skills and he's five? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Sep 23, 2015 - 23 answers

advice for sewing baby blankets

I love sewing small burp cloths and baby quilts for friends. But I'm hitting a wall, where friends are having babies faster than I can churn out little quilts. If you have some experience sewing or quilting, can you help me figure out a better method with decent results? These aren't meant to be heirloom pieces, just heartfelt and unique small blankets or quilts to welcome a new baby and brighten their days. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Aug 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Can you help me find a sewing pattern just like this dress?

I need to make all the dresses. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Aug 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Costumers? Buying/Dyeing a tux? Help me get this right.

To start, I have a budget of about $250USD +/-. I need a hunter green tuxedo with tails, jacket and pants, matching. I cannot find one online at any price. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Jul 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How to best repair a tear in sheer curtains -- desperate!

I am trying to find the best way to repair runs, snags, and a large, jagged hole in expensive sheer curtains. I am so upset about it and have probably one one shot to fix it and don't want to make matters worse. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Jul 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Dressing (and knitting) for success

I'm in the very early stages of researching and writing a knitting project guide. What books can you recommend on the topic of learning to dress well? I'm looking specifically for books that help people of either gender plan, and possibly even make, a functional, flattering, stylish wardrobe. I have asked a very similar question of AskMe before, but that was 10(!!!) years ago and so many more style guides have come out since then.
posted by orange swan on Jul 4, 2015 - 4 answers

This question is full of sheet

I'm making a set of sheets for my sister-in-law's mini-crib/sidecar and I can't figure out how big the top (flat) sheet should be. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jun 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Need to convert a brocade sari into a skirt in NYC.

I just bought a gorgeous sari, got it home, and realized it's way too heavy and desperately needs a liner. No problem, I can just get it converted into a lehenga (long skirt)...I think? [more inside]
posted by timoni on May 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Long time quilter / sewing machine noob: help enable my free-motion!

Can I use any old free-motion presser foot with my sewing machine, or do I need to stick with the same manufacturer? If the former, can you help me figure out which kind I'm looking for? If the latter, can you tell me where to find one that's not part of a kit? [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel on Apr 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me make my curtains as noiseproof as possible

I live on a busy London street and am making curtains for a second-floor room with 2 large wooden sash windows that face the street. Guests sometimes sleep in this room and I'd like to minimise street noise for their sake. My curtain materials are 1 layer of this heavy woven tapestry fabric (mostly cotton) and 1 layer of blackout fabric. Should I also be interlining the curtains with some kind of fluffy stuff, like quilt batting? Or would that be overkill? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Little embroidered riding hood

My husband's aunt gave me a beautifully embroidered cape that I will never ever wear, not in a million years. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Mar 25, 2015 - 26 answers

Help me use my sewing machine properly.

I'm trying to use a sewing machine. The stitch looks great on top but it's a complete mess underneath. Why? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Mar 12, 2015 - 23 answers

I'l learning to sew. I want to find COOL patterns for beginners.

Hi guys, Where can I find cool sewing patterns? Beginner, and I don't want to look like your grandma. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Software to develop a sewing pattern archive?

I'm looking for appropriate software to start documenting and cataloging a sewing pattern archive. What would be the most appropriate? I've seen this and this, but they are a little dated and not quite what I think I need. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Feb 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Trying to sew two halves of two hats together.

I want to cut two hats in half and sew each half to the other (e.g. one half of the hat will be team A and the other half of the hat will be team B). How can I most effectively do this? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jan 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Help me find a good seamstress in Seattle/Tacoma area

I need someone who can work quickly, has reasonable prices, and can handle costuming from drawn, not particularly complex designs. Anecdotes welcome. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Loosening my bobbin tension has no effect. Where am I going wrong?

Novice sewer here and I've got a tension headache. I'm working on piping for some cushions I'm sewing, and just finished ~16 ft worth of it without changing my thread. All my stitches were just fine. When I switched to a different color, I had to increase the needle thread tension to the point of puckering the fabric just to pull up the bobbin thread enough to balance my stitches. Please help. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Jan 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me quilt my quilt.

I made a quilt, my second ever. I have no idea what colour thread to quilt it with. [more inside]
posted by makonan on Jan 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Finding a way to make a quilt from baby clothes

I am going through several of my kids' old baby/toddler clothing, and many of them have sentimental value to me. I don't want to give them away or just put them in a box(es), and I'd love to make them into some sort of quilt or blanket. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

ISO Little Embroidery Patches for "Lil' Alligator Style"

Looking for ready-made patches smaller than 1 inch to sew onto home-made shirts, but am finding patches twice as large or websites that invite me to create a custom order of their top quality wares. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Learning to sew on a vintage sewing machine

This recent post about picking a sewing machine has inspired me: I followed advice similar to this answer and bought a newly reconditioned sturdy metal Singer 301A a couple of years ago. I acquired a buttonholer and zigzag attachment, as well as a box of other theoretically useful sewing feet (I will be able to sew ruffles just like in Dick and Jane readers!). [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Starting sewing (for $200 and under).

My wife wants to start sewing and was wanting to get a Brother HC1850 sewing machine. Supposedly it's one of the best computerized sewing machines for $200 and under. I tried to buy one and it's really hard to find right now. I bought one online and almost instantly the seller refunded my money and told me there's a quality issue and Brother has asked sellers to not sell it until that's sorted out. Which other makes and models compare favorably and should be considered instead?
posted by brokeaspoke on Nov 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Is this quilt crazy?

I would like to make a person a quilt for Christmas. I have basic sewing knowledge but I have not done any quilting beyond sewing squares together to make pillows. Is this a feasible project, and where do I start? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 12, 2014 - 21 answers

Can you recommend a sewing pattern similar to this vintage one?

I absolutely love everything about this suit pattern. Could you help me find a modern day equivalent? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Oct 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Please explain tailoring to me

I would like to have a few shirts made, I think? And maybe, eventually a suit? Please explain the basics of a professional tailor. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 13, 2014 - 11 answers

QUILTING HELP!… or really just advice.

i'm making my first quilt and would like to hear input on various batting options. this is a non-patchwork quilt meant to emulate all of the luxury bedding i've lately become obsessed with but can't afford to buy. i want the softest most luxurious quilt i can get. non-pieced, straight forward top with simple quilting and ties. i'm in the shopping stage now and will be using linen, silk or a linen/silk blend for the top and backing and i want an equally soft batting. [more inside]
posted by Conrad-Casserole on Oct 8, 2014 - 7 answers

A Fleece of Functional Options

Who is selling plain fleece clothing this year for children/teens? Mail order or big mall OK. [more inside]
posted by Buttons Bellbottom on Oct 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Resurrected sewing machine!

I found my Bernette for Bernina 6800 which has been in storage of some kind since I last used it, over a decade ago. I would love to get it running again and get a lot of use out of it--what should be my next steps? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jun 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Machine sewing with only bottom thread - is this possible?

What is this machine sewing technique called? I read a sewing encyclopedia a while ago that had a section on an unusual method of loading the machine that involved pulling the bobbin thread from the bottom part of the machine through the needle... [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Jun 13, 2014 - 3 answers

What are these metal thingies?

My daughter bought a second-hand sewing machine, a Singer Tradition, which is apparently only a couple of years old. Included in the accessories was a small ziplock bag which held six metal thingies, three of one sort and three of the other. We are baffled as to what they are. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jun 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Please help my mother find this fabric

My mother is hoping to find this fabric (another view) for sale, but not having any luck. (Except all this scouring of fabric sites is turning up many other prints she absolutely has to have...)
posted by Soliloquy on May 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Swimsuit saga, part 1

Where can I find cute, affordable (~$11 a yard) swimsuit fabric online? Preferably from an inde/brick-and-mortar place with an online presence. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Apr 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I sew a dress by hand & sew it well? Will it take (me) forever?

I'm totally into the idea of slow fashion. I'd like to take up sewing again and sew some simple but stylish items using Very Easy Vogue patterns or similarly easy patterns. The difficulty is that I'd like to do it by hand and want to know if this is practical. If not I may buy a basic sewing machine, but I'd love to try sewing and finishing by hand. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Apr 3, 2014 - 19 answers

She's Sewwwww Cute!

My five-year-old has expressed interest in a kids' sewing machine to make doll clothes like her great-aunt does. She has a birthday in a few weeks. I prefer to buy something online, but the reviews of the "kids" sewing machines on Amazon are abysmal. Should I just get a small-sized "adult" machine? I don't have much sewing experience, so I need something that's super-easy to use and maintain. Experiences with little crafty kids using sewing machines, and specific product recommendations, would be very welcome.
posted by nkknkk on Mar 22, 2014 - 28 answers

Why is my sewing machine pulling loops underneath the fabric?

I've read up on how the top and bottom tensioning is supposed to work, but it hasn't helped. I've got the bobbin adjusted so it lets out about an inch when I bounce it by the thread. Adjusting the top tension from there doesn't seem to make much difference. I always get the loops. The weird thing is that the top thread seems really hard to pull out when I do it by hand. It's so hard that's it sometimes breaks. Why should tension that seems stiff to the hand pull through when the machine sews? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Mar 16, 2014 - 15 answers

The best sewing patterns.

I'm looking for simple clothing patterns that don't scream 'homemade,' and are easily alterable. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Scrap happy

What can I do with a ton of dressmaking scraps? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Mar 3, 2014 - 10 answers

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