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Introduction from New Members / Re: Please introduce yourself here.
« Last post by Nicki on Today at 05:04:52 AM »
Hi, I'm Nicki, another home sewer (sewist?) doing my best to learn on my own.
My first real sewing project was about 20 years ago, I made my own wedding dress with a little help from my mum and grandma. My favourite part was hand stitching the sequins and seed beads to the guipure lace and sewing the motifs from the lace onto the bodice. I think it turned out really well in fact. I made some other garments and then stopped sewing for quite a while. Now I'm back at it and really loving it.
I'm trying to learn everything I can through books and the internet and online courses. There aren't many classes available in my city to learn anything beyond basic sewing. I completed a beautiful wool coat that would be great but the arms ended up too short. Out they've come and I'm making new arms to put in. I think it'll be great when it's finished. But while making it I went searching for methods to hand sew buttonholes and saw good info on this site. I'd like to learn more about tailoring and decided to sign up to the forum. I'm excited to "meet" you all!
Drafting, Fitting and Construction / Fitting Concepts 2
« Last post by Schneiderfrei on April 27, 2017, 10:34:50 PM »
Drafting, Fitting and Construction / Fitting Concepts 1
« Last post by Schneiderfrei on April 27, 2017, 10:30:35 PM »
I found this page:  It is easily translated on Google Chrome.

I find that the more examples of fitting I see the more it starts to sink in. 

These are from women's fitting but the ideasarenot different from Men.

Some of these old hand cranked machine are very handy, I scored a hand cranked Singer pinking machine off eBay a few years ago and it works really well. I usually don't rely on a pinked edge but if you are working on a fabric that frays badly, trimming edges with a pinking machine holds it together long enough to properly secure the edge with an overlocker.

If I were to look for some, which three models would you recommend?

I'm not Henry, but I think you would do well with any one of these:

The 201 is supposed to be one of the best machines Singer ever made.  I can vouch for the 66 since I have a hand crank version.  The weakness of the 15 (IMO) is that the bobbin goes in a separate shuttle (case) which makes thread changes awkward.

The 128 Henry mentioned is a "vibrating shuttle" machine which uses a long, skinny bobbin.  It works fine (I have a similar machine made by Jones in the UK) but if you already have thread wound on modern bobbins you now have two styles to maintain.

Of course any old machine needs to be in good working order.  Don't buy a dirty or rusty one unless you have the skills to fix it up.
The point is that you shouldn't need to track down any parts at all. A Singer 128 of mine has all the same pieces on it from when it was built in New Jersey in 1911 and it still works perfectly. You are in NYC right?, so you should be walking into these machines everywhere and they are cheap as chips.

If I were to look for some, which three models would you recommend?
RTW and MTM Discussion / Re: like to look sewing a jacket
« Last post by Greger on April 26, 2017, 06:45:08 AM »
Seems to be an unnecessary amount of fuse. Only watched the clip shown above. For a seasonal jacket why would anyone put in ten thousand stitches. The other website I was bombarded with every jacket has to be made with the same amount of work. Not to much, nor under amount, as though they would know. I say put in enough for that particular garment for its intended purpose. A seasonal jacket will look fine with very little work. A 30 year jacket needs much more work. Good find, Posaune.
RTW and MTM Discussion / Re: like to look sewing a jacket
« Last post by hutch-- on April 25, 2017, 01:00:22 PM »
Looks good !
RTW and MTM Discussion / Re: like to look sewing a jacket
« Last post by Schneiderfrei on April 25, 2017, 08:28:35 AM »
Thank you posaune.  A simple overview is always useful. And its in English - He he.

RTW and MTM Discussion / like to look sewing a jacket
« Last post by posaune on April 25, 2017, 02:29:03 AM »

This is a series about sewing a jacket. Very quick and very nice to see.
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