Looking for a specialty printer who can print large-format pattern pieces (and possibly scan them, too) for a new line of sewing and knitting patterns. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com
on Jul 13, 2007 -
Recommendations for sewing machine repair places in New York City or Jersey City? [more inside]
posted by yarrow
on Jul 13, 2007 -
Help me not sew my own finger to the machine! I recently bought a Singer 99 model from the 30s (I think) and can't get it to work for the life of me. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka
on Jun 9, 2007 -
I have an average, zip-up, grey marle hoodie. I need to line just the inside of the hood and about 5 inches or so inside the zip each side. [more inside]
posted by taita_cakes
on Jun 5, 2007 -
I need to make myself a full-size tailors dummy - suggestions for material and construction please? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Jun 1, 2007 -
Can any sewing people answer this: How can I "recycle" sewing machine needles? It irritates me that after I've sewn some clothes or worked on a quilt, I have to toss the needles or my machine will get all huffy and start bollixing the thread -- especially the bobbin side. Can machine needles be resharpened or used for something else? I live in a small Texas town and it costs a lot (gas prices, you know) to travel over 100 miles to the nearest city to buy a new supply of sewing machine needles. Thanx.
posted by Smalltown Girl
on May 25, 2007 -
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 -
I've been inspired by t-shirt surgery and am thinking of getting into sewing. However, I've never sewed something in my life. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Apr 7, 2007 -
I have a pair of jeans. It is a normal pair of jeans. I would like to have a line of rhinestones going along the outseam on either leg. What's the best method? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize
on Dec 26, 2006 -
Good gift/Bad gift?
So I thought that this year I'd get this same item for my son, my daughter, my adult niece and a couple of neighbourhood strays too.
I know for a fact that that they'll be tickled that it's not another flashlight or safety kit...
The item? A handheld battery operated sewing machine. (I can't seem to link it to the product)
These recipients are not handy people but I think that we can, all of us, use this from time to time to fix stuff around the house?
1: in theory, do you think it's a good idea?
2:do these things actually work? It almost has to work on it's own. Idiot-proof. Very simple for us to use - did I mention that we are not handy people?
(though not a weighty topic, I searched unsuccessfully to see if these machines had ever been discussed here)
posted by lois1950
on Dec 9, 2006 -
Making my own suits and shirts. I'd like to learn to create my own clothing (I'm a guy), particulary suits, shirts and sport coats. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Nov 27, 2006 -
I've been very kindly offered a new sewing machine of my choice as a belated birthday present but I've no idea what machines (new or old) are any good these days. [more inside]
posted by gaby
on Nov 14, 2006 -
What are the characteristics and drawbacks of 208Y power? Specifically will it run my industrial sewing machines that want 220v? [more inside]
posted by Jawn
on Nov 1, 2006 -
Fabric for Ogres! Newish sewer with aggressive bent seeks suitablly badassed fabric prints for purchase via the internets. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Oct 9, 2006 -
If I make a piece of clothing from a store-bought sewing pattern and then sell the clothing, aren't I breaking some sort of copyright law? Likewise, if I buy a patterned fabric for my clothing and sell the clothing, are any laws broken because the fabric pattern was designed by someone else?
posted by foxinthesnow
on Sep 20, 2006 -
My boyfriend wants to experiment with designing menswear - both casual and formal (he's had experience sewing wedding dresses). Looking for: [more inside]
posted by ao4047
on Aug 9, 2006 -
How can I prevent the vibrations and noise from my Juki DDL-8700 sewing machine from bothering my downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by pantufla
on Jun 25, 2006 -
What are the best, most useful, most ingenious backpack/messenger bag features you've ever seen? [more inside]
posted by Alison
on May 26, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a skilled, reasonably-priced tailor in Los Angeles (preferably on the westside)? Mostly I'm looking for someone who can do some significant suit alterations and occasionally make an outfit from scratch if I provide the material and pattern. I really like the seamstress at my dry cleaners and am happy to have her hem skirts and pants when needed, but I'm looking for someone to do some more advanced work. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by zharptitsa
on Feb 10, 2006 -
I am looking for free dressmaking patterns. Skirts, blouses, pants, tops, etc. [more inside]
posted by sconbie
on Aug 15, 2005 -
Why is it always "Sew and Vac?" Sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. Why do these two appliances have such an affinity? Is it motors and belts? All the repair joints I see are 'Sew and Vac." What is up?
posted by fixedgear
on Aug 10, 2005 -
Wanted: tips or detailed instructions for making a belt (clothing) out of fabric, iron-on "waist maker" tape, needle, thread, "belting" strap material, and (probably) some hooks. I'm not 100% sure how to fold/sew the fabric around the tape, especially the ends. No luck with Google, and the package instructions are sparse. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Aug 1, 2005 -
im looking for a sewing machine. id like it more powerful/reliable than fancy and feature filled. convenience/ease of use is a plus. Punching through leather would also be nice but isn't necessary.
Can anyone recommend such a device?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on May 11, 2005 -
When using my sewing machine, large loops and tangles of thread are generated on the bottom side of the fabric. What am I doing wrong and what do I need to do to remedy the problem?
posted by kc0dxh
on Apr 12, 2005 -
Does anyone know how to wind the bobbin on a Singer 328K sewing machine? Can anyone give me simple instructions please? [more inside]
posted by sconbie
on Mar 27, 2005 -
I am utterly convinced that I need a sewing machine. But I have absolutely no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny
on Mar 18, 2005 -
How can one make the studs often found in the corners of jeans’ pockets? A denim rivet gun (or something) exists, right? Are these studs different than eyelets? I apologize for the ignorance; this is a gift. Thanks.
posted by glibhamdreck
on Nov 29, 2004 -
ClothingFilter: I need to find a tailor to make some alterations to an expensive sportcoat. The retailer I bought it from only does alterations to new items, and their tailor works for them... I've always had good experiences with that tailor, but the other things I've gotten done (through the place that dry cleans my clothes) really sucked. How can I find a good tailor besides trial and error? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Jul 20, 2004 -