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A Couple of Sewing Things

#1 - The 5-a-Day Baladi

The bra beading is finished. I need to line it, and add the hooks.

The bra beading is all finished!

Yeah, I know, it doesn't look much different than the last picture I posted. I'm only doing it to keep myself going.

Anyway, I've started beading the sleeve edges. The dress has *lots* of edges that need edge-beading! Because the dress edges are all rather floppier than the bra edges, I will need fewer of the lime green seed beads than I originally thought.

#2 - Possible new toy

I was passing by the sewing machine shop this afternoon, and on a whim went in to enquire about Overlockers. They do one (a Huskysomething!) for about £250, and Berninas for around £650. I've never even touched an overlocker, so I explained that although I understand totally about getting what you pay for, I was a bit reluctant to fork out £650 on something I've never even tried to use. The lady was very understanding, and thinks that they'll be getting a Huskysomething coming in as a part-exchange some time in the next few weeks, as one of their customers is trading-up. So my name is on their list to contact as & when it does. If I can get it for somewhere between £100 & £200 I will say yes.

I might have to try & do costumes for other people for money, to justify the extravagance!


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Jul. 13th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Make sure that whatever you pick out has good instructions for threading it! Many modern machines actually include a video guide, which can be mighty handy.
Jul. 13th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
I enquired. Apparently all the overlockers they sell have "easy threading". And apparently the Tie The New Thread To The Old One And Pull It Through method is entirely legitimate!

But I am also a firm believer in the RTFM method.
Jul. 13th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
I love the TTNTTTOOAPIT method but it's useless if (for example) the thread broke up in the tension wheel (or somthing).

Also... you would find a rolled hem very useful with some of the stuff you make... so if possible choose a machine that makes one with minimum of fuss. (Like, push three buttons and you get one.)

Don't let them upsell you to a machine that does coverstitch. You probably don't need it unless you make a lot of knit shirts for yourself and it can be very expensive.
Jul. 13th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
oooooh, new toy

I think I used an overlocker in textiles at school, but that was mumble20odd years ago.
Jul. 13th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
When I was at school and doing Home Ec they didn't have such things as overlockers. In fact half the sewing machines weren't even electric, but hand-cranked. How old am I? I feel like I'm about 150!
Jul. 13th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I like the sound of handcranked sewing machines, I couldn't put my foot down and go whiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrr......

Which tends not to be a good thing ...
Jul. 13th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
All the sewing machines were hand cranked when I was at school. I had a husky do dah overlocker but I confess I gave up with it because it was such a beggar to thread-that was a long time ago and I'm sure things have moved on since then
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