Wash, DC The Sewing Thread

Discussion in 'NorthEast Regional Discussion' started by Velvetdragon, Feb 19, 2004.

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  1. Maleficant Jedi Grand Master

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    Nope WD, trust me in this, you don't want a cheap machine for leather because it probably can't sew through vinyl. This I learned the hard way.

    When making certain capes, you will need to gather the neckline and sew through it, a cheap machine will have a hard time doing that simple task too.
  2. Velvetdragon Jedi Knight

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    Feb 15, 2004
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    Well I have a hard time winding the thread, first of all, it ends up way too loose, and then when I sew with it the bobbin thread loops and looks like sort of bunches on the back side of the material. I'm not sure how to fix this, I've turned every dial and it still does the same thing. I think I dropped the sewing machine once too (that poor old thing) so it might just be slitting its wrists slowely.

    Chrissy
  3. Maleficant Jedi Grand Master

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    VD, if you think it is worth it, take it in for service. I have a Bernina and it's doing the bunching thing too. I've tried every trick I know to try to fix it too.
  4. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    Yes, sounds like the tension's screwed up. It happens on mine, too (but the old girl is older than I am, so I can empathize). It never hurts to take the machine in at the start of Sewing Season (which for me begins right about now and runs until August). They'll clean out everything and adjust your tension for you. There's a point where the tension is so messed up that nothing you do yourself will fix it, so that's the service time. I try to keep track of when I last had it in, so I know and it's a regular schedule.

    He keeps trying to sell me a new one, and every year I just don't have the money... keep frittering it away on cons & fabric! :) Besides, I'd rather get a surger first...
  5. Maleficant Jedi Grand Master

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    Oh yeah I want a Baby Loc serger soooo bad, but the one I want is $1000 so I have to wait. :(
  6. Cinnea Retired FanForce CR, Washington DC

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    I've got my mom's sewing macine sitting on my dining room table right now and I've discovered that the owner's manual is the best thing ever. That tension thing happened constantly when I was making Jedi clothes, but so far so good with the bellydancing skirt.

    After EFF is fine with me for a workshop - must have new costume for Shore Leave, and Balticon if possible!

    And welcome WD! Hm. WD. VD. It's alphabetical. And man, those fliers paid off!
  7. Wolfdog Jedi Knight

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    Hey, that means the next newbie'll be XD, which would look kinda cool for them. hmmm.... I wonder what Roman numeral "XD" is, anyway.....
  8. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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  9. strangebehaviour Jedi Grand Master

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    I keep thinking this thread says Swing...

    If anyone wants to teach me, I am willing to learn how to sew. :)
  10. Wolfdog Jedi Knight

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    Actually, I think XD is 490 now that I've looked it up.
  11. ecila Jedi Knight

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    Hi,
    I would be interested in joining the sewing workshop too!

    I have made one jedi robe, and I have a yoda costume and several of Padme's dresses on my to do list. I want to make the light blue Tantooine Padme outfit first. I am notoriously slow when I make costumes, because I am a perfectionist - it easily took me two months to finish anything last year. I was so excited when my husband bought me a serger for Christmas, and now I can get costumes completed much quicker (like only a month ;))! I love my serger!

    I also want to recommend the TF.N costuming and props forum; its a terrific resource for pretty much every SW costume. Go to the first thread for a extremely well laid out index of costumes.

    cheers,
    ecila

    ps. strangebehavior - I am not an expert, but I would be happy to teach you what I know about sewing.
  12. strangebehaviour Jedi Grand Master

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  13. DarthDrew Jedi Master

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    I would love to have a designing/sewing get-together. I've been wanting to do a full Jedi costume for a while but haven't had the motivation. Please let me know if anyone organizes a meeting.
  14. Maleficant Jedi Grand Master

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    Ok I can do either a sewing teaching class, but it would be just basic stuff, or a costume building workshop sometime in the second half of April after Empire Fan Fest.

    So tell me what everyone wants and we'll go from there.
  15. PtrsonsZOO Force Ghost

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    If you are doing the Cape for the Endor Leia, here's a sponge-dyeing tutorial I wrote :D

    I'll have tutorials for the cloth flight helmet and the cape done in the next month or so, as well. :D

    Look for a Basic Costuming Presentation to be uploaded to that site sometime in April. :) We're putting it together for a local Con and will have the powerpoint up on the web, and maybe even the video of the presentation :)

    We also hope to have our own costuming for dummies series up soon, but college has taken up a great deal of our costuming webmaster's time lately :p ;)

    And workshoping is sooooooooo much fun w/ FanForce groups! We've done several in our group and they are always a blast... We now refer to them as Sith Sweatshops! [face_laugh]
  16. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    15 yards of cheap white muslin (for the mockup)closer to a Naboo Battlemaiden outfit! (After pricing burgundy velvet, I figured I wanted to screw up on the $0.99 per yard stuff...)

    If anyone is going to be at FanFest, maybe we can put our heads together one night and plan some sewing workshop days?

    (Costuming/Props is a great board, too!) I think some of the folks from RebelLegion (Republic costuming) live in our area, maybe we can get in touch? And we've got Lori & Maleficent from the 501st. Good resources, nice people. :)
  17. Velvetdragon Jedi Knight

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    Saddly, I won't be at Fanfest, there's just not enough time and money for me in the next couple of months. Why is EVERYTHING happening in May? Oh well. And April I've got to visit in-laws (they are nice people, but all the way in North Dakota). March I have to save money. But I can definately make it to a session around here when we have one.

    Chrissy
    Velvetdragon
  18. Maleficant Jedi Grand Master

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    WEll maybe it would be more fair if we decided at least the date for the first wokrshop here on the boards. That way we won't leave anyone out who is interested in attending, so since everyone knows I am free after Empire Fan Fest, someone chime in on a date to get together.
  19. DarthDrew Jedi Master

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    Definitely should be after April 15 because of tax day. Anyone who (a) hasn't done their taxes and/or (b) works in the financial services industry will be waaaaayyy too busy around the first 15 days.

    After all is said and done, I would like to end up with an Ep I Jedi outfit. Should I pick up the supplies before-hand or will someone do a bulk buy for everyone?
  20. Cinnea Retired FanForce CR, Washington DC

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    $0.99 is the way to go for fabric to screw up on. But we won't screw up....

    As for dates, I'm pretty free any time after EFF - of course, that can change at a moment's notice.....
  21. stateless Jedi Master

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    Anytime after EFF is okay with me (and presumably TK, I think she is interested also). If we're looking at weekends in April after EFF, there is only one: the 24/25th. I would prefer that to the first weekend in May. Or later in May. Whichever. :D
  22. Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus

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    24/25 would work for me, though Sundays are better than Saturdays, usually. May is going to be terrible; lots of weddings and I'm still sort of hoping to get to Balticon. We'll see...
  23. Maleficant Jedi Grand Master

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    I am free the last weekend of April and the first 2 weekends in May.

    Should I set up a poll to see what everyone wants to do?

    As far as fabric goes, when I was in Philly we sometimes did shopping trips for fabric and that would work out best since everyone wants to do different costumes. It will be hard in April to pull off a fabric shopping trip. Is there a garment or fabric district in the DC Metrop area? Since I am still new in these parts I need someone to help me out on this.

    And what does everyone want to do during this workshop? Would this be a shopping trip, a sewing class or a costume workshop?

  24. PadawanRoo Jedi Knight

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    oooh, costuming!

    ::falls back onto the face of the planet; finds a chair; abandons it::

    I likes me some costuming. I'm no good through most of april, but my schedule clears a bit after the first weekend in May. I can contribute a sewing machine to the effort.

    Sergers are useful. We have them in the costume shop at MC (being a costume student rocks- extra fabric, costume-borrowing privilages, and access to the shop. Life if good. Except it's not now, because Footloose opens wednesday, and life is more like crazy). And yes, Sewing for Dummies= awesome.

    Will anybody be going to Balticon? I'm going to be dressed as a Zeltron, and will need costume hands if anyone wants brownie points (delivered with real brownies). Mostly help with prosthetics and makeup.
  25. Velvetdragon Jedi Knight

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    Beginning of May is perfect for me. I'll be in North Dakota from April 22nd to May 1st, so that's out for me, but any time after that is just fine.

    Velvetdragon
    Chrissy
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