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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

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

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

Scrap happy

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

Extra buttonholes in each side of shirt

I recently bought a women's silk button-down blouse from Uniqlo. I was looking at it closely today, and noticed that this blouse has two extra buttonholes on each side, near the hem of the shirt. What are they for? [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo on Jan 19, 2014 - 3 answers

How to support 90" countertop in sewing room?

How can/should I best support a 90" span of countertop, in a room where we want to do sewing, crafts, and schoolwork? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Can these jeans be re-altered and still look normal?

A friend of mine gave me a couple of pairs of new "Gap 1969 Long & Lean" boot-cut jeans that she got altered before she decided they didn't really fit. She's an inch or two or more than two shorter than I am. I'm wondering if I could get them re-altered into a straight-leg (or maybe slightly tapered?) cut that I can roll up a little, but I don't know anything about sewing. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 22, 2013 - 14 answers

Advice for a homemade zombie animal Halloween costume?

My kid wants to be a zombie weasel for Halloween. Help me make it awesome! [more inside]
posted by kostia on Sep 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Ideas for a sewing party?

My friends were interested in my recently acquired sewing machine and brought up the idea of a craft/sewing party. I have no idea how that would work. Help? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Feb 12, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I go about finding a seamstress to re-cover cushions?

How can I find a seamstress to do some moderately difficult work, specifically re-covering foam cushions with provided fabric, and is this the best way to go about doing the job? [more inside]
posted by maxreax on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me say sewer, but not sewer, en espaƱol por favor.

How do I say "sewer" in Spanish? Not the pipe that waste water goes into, but a person who sews on a sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Knitters are to Ravelry as Sewers are to....?

Is there a community web site for sewers that is comparable to what Ravelry is for knitters? This means, in case you're not familiar with Ravelry, that I can use it to document my sewing projects, look at other people's sewing projects, search for patterns (or pattern reviews), and share information with other sewers in the forums.
posted by orange swan on Aug 29, 2012 - 10 answers

I wanna stitch on the edge!

Hand Embroidery Filter: How do you keep something taut enough (ie handkerchief, tablecloth) to embroider around the edge of it? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

What sewing machine should I buy?

What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jode on Jun 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Sew help me

So I've bought a sewing machine. Now what else do I need to get going? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on May 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Sewing machine vibrations and Computer hard drives.

Can a mini sewing machine and iMac live happily on the same desk? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me make a Dirndl?

Where can I find a pattern for a modern dirndl-style summer dress? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Mar 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me to efficiently and accurately search for a piece of cord!

My favorite ratty old coat is away at the tailor being freshened up. I need to order some replacement parts to give the man who's fixing my beloved outerwear, but I don't know what to call these parts when I'm googling for shopping options. I need help efficiently and accurately searching for a piece of cord with which to re-affix the fasteners to my coat. [more inside]
posted by treefort on Mar 19, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the best way to hem a stack of fat quarters?

Is there a simpler way to sew a hem than how I'm doing it now? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Basic (as in, no bells and whistles) sewing machine recommendations for a beginner...

Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a good, basic, durable sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 14, 2012 - 14 answers

I swear we were born into the wrong generation.

[SewingFilter] We'd rather avoid making the worst sewing machine related purchase of our lives? Help us decide if getting an older machine could be a better choice than a newer model. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 5, 2012 - 37 answers

What to give the seamstress who has everything?

What's a super fancy thing to buy the seamstress in your life? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 25, 2011 - 30 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Help Me Make My Dream Laptop Cover

How can I find a pattern to sew my dream laptop case? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

How strong does a magnet have to be to erase an iPod?

Would a magnetic closure on a purse be strong enough to damage an iPod? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jun 19, 2011 - 7 answers

How to heat-proof oven mitts?

When making oven mitts, do I need that special reflective insulating, or can I use regular cotton batting? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas on Nov 20, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I sew leather trim?

Where might I find a sewing site (or a book) that shows how to sew leather edging (or binding or piping) on to fabric? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 10, 2010 - 5 answers

A stitch in time ...

Sewing. Need online resources and recommendations for tools and a basic machine. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Sep 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Help Me Stitch!

I suck at sewing. I'd like to be able to mend my own clothes, but this isn't enough of an issue for me to buy / support a sewing machine. How can I get better? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Aug 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Bobbin Along

I need a sewing machine; how much should I budget, where should I look, and what features should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me find the name for my new favorite pants

What are these pants (on the girl) called, so that I can I find them/a pattern for them? From the Bollywood routine on So You Think You Can Dance last night. The slit and the billoweyness when she spins are the key aspects of why I love these.
posted by Sweetdefenestration on Jun 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me find fabric for my dress!

I want to make this dress. I love the fabric used in the photo, but I'm not sure what to search for to find something like it. Please hope me.....
posted by hilaryjade on Jun 14, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me finish sewing my pajama pants so I can go to sleep!

My sewing machine is bunching up thread and jamming up. Do I have it set up wrong or is it broken? [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Jun 4, 2010 - 9 answers

What stitch is "S.S."?

My new old sewing machine has a blind stitch lever with three settings: "B.S.", "M", and "S.S.". What is "M", and especially what is "S.S."? [more inside]
posted by mendel on May 31, 2010 - 10 answers

CraftFilter: How to attach applique with embroidery, for dummies.

Crafters, please help. What I'm trying to do is apparently called "applique" and "embroidering," as part of a quilt project. I'm totally clueless and kinda need to finish today. [more inside]
posted by slidell on May 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Best way to put an image on dress?

Best way to put an image on dress: screen printing or fusible interfacing and machine sewing? [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Mar 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Self-taught designer needs help

Does anyone know of any sewing/fashion workshops around chicago? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Mar 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I make this sweater at home, and if so how?

How can I knock off this super cute cardigan by hand? Is it worth trying? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Feb 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Hey, kids! Let's put on a show!

I'm "THAT" mom - and it's that time of year. It's time to plan the Spring Concert performance for a Kindergarten class, having a "Jungle" theme; and aside from the limitations imposed by circumstances, only one rule applies: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" has been banned after five consecutive years of being performed in every concert no matter what the theme. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Jan 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Stuff a sewing stocking swiftly!

I need some sewing related stocking stuffers! [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Nov 30, 2009 - 25 answers

Will putting cloth through a paper shredder kill the shredder?

I have old clothes, I have a paper shredder (confetti style), can the two come together and make stuffing for pillows? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Why'd I lend clothing to a man named Rip Torn?

I have several pairs of blue jeans which have ripped in the posterior section by the left pocket after about a year's worth of wear. Here's the damage: Pants #1 and Pants #2. My hackish, non-seamstress attempts at mending these rips utilized a needle and thread, repeating the stitch across the rip multiple times, but this repair tends to fall apart in the wash after a wearing or two. The jeans are otherwise in fantastic shape. I recall as a little kid deploying iron-on patches on the inside of ripped pants, but this didn't work so well and eventually came loose. Does anyone have strategies to get these rips effectively mended? I have a Jo-Ann Fabrics store on my corner where I can purchase supplies.
posted by porn in the woods on Nov 27, 2009 - 7 answers

I ripped my pre-ripped jeans... oops?

So I have these pre-ripped jeans. But, then I actually ripped them. What now? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Oct 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Automatic sewing machine - I provide the design, the machine does the rest!

Do programmable sewing machines exist? I want to be able to provide the sewing machine with a design or logo and have it sew it for me - in this case, a nice little dog to go on the breast pocket of a golf shirt. [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Sep 30, 2009 - 13 answers

SewingFilter: How to set in a gore without it looking bad?

I can't get the hang of inserting a triangular gore (godet?) into a slit in the fabric. All the online instructions I've found gloss over the really tricky bits (the point, and finishing the seams afterward.) Can anyone point me to the broken-down-for-complete-newbies instructions? I will be sewing by hand and need to use a historical seam finish. [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Jan 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Sewing Machine upgrade worth it?

"Gift" of a sewing machine upgrade - do I want it? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Oct 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Sewing a dust-cover. No sewing experience. Looking for "good enough".

I need to make a dust-cover for a plotter (dimensions: 36" x 11" x 10"). I would like it to be: cheap, easy, functional. I have no sewing experience, but can follow directions. I am also open to other suggestions. More detailed information and questions follow. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Oct 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Recommend a Tailor in Seattle

Can anyone recommend a tailor in Seattle or the Eastside? I need alterations done on several pieces of women's clothing, somewhat more complicated than just doing hems, so I would like a real tailor, not a dry cleaning shop that does alterations. I've already Googled, but would much prefer a referral to someone whose services you have actually used.
posted by matildaben on Apr 16, 2007 - 5 answers

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