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Sewing again

Saturday, December 29, 2012

It has been years since I last really used the sewing machine. Mine old one was spoiled by my ex and I left it behind.
Then I bought a used one from a family that was leaving Kenya. Unfortunately it wasn't working (had not tried it out, since I trusted the family). I just couldn't get the tension adjusted. Then I couldn't find a place to have the machine serviced. So ti just sat there for a few years. Then one day I decided to go again to the haberdashery in a near-by mall. They sell one brand of machines, and had at one point told me they only service that brand. But now the Lady told me that they service all machines.
So I took mine and after service it worked well. Problem was cobwebs tangled up in the system... LOL
Anyway after doiong some repair work to get myself used to this machine (after all it is new to me...), I took the plunge and bought 2 kinds of material to make some trousers for myself.
One material was long enough to make a long trouser and a short for myself, those 2 are ready! Only need to sew the buttons on. I used an old trouser I loved, but it wore out as pattern.
For the other (a nice linen material) I am using a pattern from a magazine. I have already cut the material, but since it is a bit see-through I need to get some lining as well.

It is exciting to see I haven;t lost the skills, Zips and other things I was struglling with before are still a struggle, but overall I am proud of what I did.

1/1/2013 update: hers of are picture of my first attempt. I used an old trouser as a sample forgetting that that material was more stretchy than what I bought..... Now it is a bit tight, but I can close it....... Hmmmm, maybe my new skinny "jeans" - When I get below that crazy 80kg barrier it should be ok.

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  • no profile photo CD6329775
    I love to sew and am very impressed with your trousers. I have often sewn quilts, but clothes are "scary." I need a new fun hobby... maybe I'll try my hand at this again.

    2938 days ago
    Yay! Sewing is great therapy! I have had so much fun sewing doll dresses lately.
    2939 days ago
    You know, sewing again is on my list for the coming year!
    Good for you. emoticon
    2939 days ago
    Thanks for all these comments.
    Striver, Monty,
    I am so glad Mom insisted on taking me for sewing classes when I was in my early teens.

    that must be fun, making clothes for your grandkids. I remember I used to knit so much for my youngest sister (I raised her until she was 4 & I went to college). NOw I can't knit anymore because of RA, but I enjoy the sewing.
    Funny enough I always sewed more for myself
    2939 days ago
    I'm a big sewer too. I hadn't made much for several years until I got Grandkids, now I sew clothes for them all the time. I have also made a lot of quilts lately, they are really challenging but rewarding too.
    2939 days ago
    something i wish i had learned early ... yay for you!!
    2939 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I was always impressed with those who had the talent to sew. My mom would do it regularly at home. All the best and can't wait to hear about your finished products!
    2940 days ago
    Thanks for all your comments. Catherine I used to make 80% of my clothes myself when I was in college.

    the bobbin in this machien also puzzled me..... I went and googled the model. You will get some helpful you-tube videos and also places where you can order (=buy) the manual for your machine.

    I had a totally different model before so threading both the normal thread and the bobbin (my first experience with a bobbin you insert from the top) took me a while. The you-tube videos helped a lot, even if they were not for my exact model
    2940 days ago
    You are a brave woman. I haven't used my sewing machine in quite some time and have actually only used it to hem jeans. I have to look at the instructions to figure out how to thread it every time.
    2940 days ago
    Way to go! I use to make all of my clothes. A friend and I referred to it as "fiber therapy."
    2940 days ago
    Hi, my name is Clara! I have a sewing machine that was given to me some years ago. I don't have the manual to show me some things of " how to" . I know some basics of sewing and desire to do more with the machine. I don't remember how to thread the It's a Dressmaker sewing machine. Guess I'll just have to sit and work with it a little more to jog my memory. Have any sewing tips to share let me know!
    2940 days ago
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