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No. 180491

A thread for anons who sew. Feel free to discuss anything related to sewing, ask for help and advice or show off your projects!

No. 180520

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I do embroidery but I'm hoping to learn how to sew. These are two super old pieces I did during early quarantine, I've been too busy to do any at the moment and it's sad 'cause it's one of my favourites hobbies

No. 180521

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Omg this thread is PERFECT. I have always wanted to express my love for embroidery. >>180520 Same anon!

For this Mothers Day I bought a DIY embroidery compact mirror kit on Etsy to make for my mum. I will post a pic!

No. 180522

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I was just thinking about a thread like this! Bless you anon ily. I’ve only hand sewn and embroidered before but I’ve been looking at embroidery+sewing machines recently. Experienced sewers regarding wearable clothing, how difficult would it be to stitch up something like this? The original material is made of 89% polyester and 11% spandex. This photo best shows the pattern used imo and it looks simple enough. Am I unknowingly stepping into a world of headache with this?

No. 180545

This is such a cute idea!

Does anyone know any good resources for making clothes smaller? I lost a bit of weight and had the habit of buying clothes that were too large so I'd like to take some things in but for some reason I'm finding it very hard to find good ways of going about resizing things like pants or dresses (shirts are easy enough).

No. 180557

Awesome thread!
Has anybody some experience with embroidery machines? I really want one but they're so expensive. Also which software do you guys use for your individual projects? I was shocked to see how much it costs; it's literally the same amount for a low budget embroidery machine. Like wtf

No. 180580

This is so cute!! Do you have a link? I might pick this up as a present for my grandmother!

No. 180596

No. 180612

Stretchy material is typically harder than sewing non-stretchy (woven) material, so I recommend practicing on a smaller stretchy project, like a headband or scrunchy. Once you get a hang of the zigzag stitch and your preferred tension, a top like this will be much less daunting!

No. 180621

You can resize shirts and dresses by adding darts. With pants you most likely have to undo the waistband completely, then take them in from the side seams and/or add darts to the waist area (sorry esl not sure if I explained that well). Then shorten the waistband and sew it back. Tbh altering pants smaller is a lot of work and you're better off just buying ones that fit.

No. 180623

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read my mind anon!! I so badly want to make my own funky outfits and upcycle old clothes.
>Where can I buy a durable, but affordable100 bucks would be awesome but ik sewing machine online?
>What can I do for now to hone my sewing skills for clothesmaking while I put money aside for a machine?
>What's the best machine that can deal with jeans?

No. 180624

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I just got these heat erasable pens so I can draw my own embroidery designs. I tested them on a piece of fabric, doodled all over it, then blew a hairdryer over it for a few seconds and all the pen marks totally vanished! This is great for embroiders who need a few attempts to get their drawings right.

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Aw fuck yeah, thank you for this thread anon!

I also do a lot of embroidery (love making flowers) and crochet (can only do flat surfaces as of yet but progressing fast!) and some knitting (started learning recently). I know the basics of sewing and operating a machine (practiced a bit on a friend's), so this year i'd love to get into making my own clothes with a sewing machine! Anyone have any good resources that teach basic/advanced pattern-making? Seems like a very valuable skill to have, even when you can copy and combine pre-existing patterns and so many can be found for free online.

No. 180628

>Where can I buy a durable, but affordable100 bucks would be awesome but ik sewing machine online?
Try asking around for a sewing machine from older relatives first, they're often the ones who have those sturdy, made to last sewing machines. For all you know you could be gifted or buy it up for a good deal or lend it for a while until you know for sure you want to keep sewing. My grandmother left me an amazing Singer just a year after I bought my first budget sewing machine, I wish I had thought of asking to buy hers as she wasn't using it anymore due to bad eye sight.

No. 180629

I use these for sewing because tailors chalk be damned, they're a godsend honestly. My sewing instructor said to be careful with them because they may stain some fabrics but I haven't encountered any so far.

No. 180662

Any new sewing machine under 100$ is going to be a hunk of plastic junk and a waste of money. Definitely go for a second hand machine, older models are way more durable than the shit that's being produced nowadays and if you're lucky you might find one dirt cheap from like a yard sale or something.

No. 180691

>What can I do for now to hone my sewing skills for clothesmaking while I put money aside for a machine?

I highly recommend doing some small projects, like DIY scrunchies, masks, or tote bags, to practice the skills you use when sewing clothing! Sewing the stitches is probably the easiest part of sewing, honestly: following patterns, pinning pieces, clipping curves, gathering (which is easier by hand imo), hemming, etc etc are all important steps in any project.

>What's the best machine that can deal with jeans?

It's actually not the machine itself, but the type of needle that determines this. The needle in the machine will dull over time and needs to be replaced, but there are different types of needles (such as universal, stretch, quilting, and leather), including denim needles suitable for denim fabric.

No. 180753

check a couple thrift stores before throwing mpney at anything, I got a cheapie one for $30 that handled anything needed to start out, you dont need a whole lot lol

No. 180793

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Hey anons, I'm interested in replicating the cape in picrel for a formal look. The patternmaker recommends heavyweight wovens like wool, but I live in a really warm place and don't want to have to wear that, so I'd like to use a heavy or midweight linen instead. Alternatively, I could just use a really flowy, light fabric and go for a completely different effect. What do you guys think? What would look nicer?

No. 180796

I'd go with the linen. I think a flowy, light fabric would make it look almost clownish.

No. 180803

Thanks for the advice anon, I think I see what you mean!

No. 180860

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So I wanted to know about the patternmaking too and I've googled around a bit and apparantly this book is really good. Here's a detailed rundown of what's in it and it sounds pretty good: https://www.textileebook.com/2019/04/patternmaking-for-fashion-design.html
I'm still looking for a "free" copy

No. 180861

Samefag, found a scanned copy of the book: https://vk.com/doc278403527_419184950?hash=0d5338faec1daaebe2
Doesn't use metric measurements though, which is unfortunate (for me)

No. 180863

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Samefag, found a good book for patterndrafting in metric measurements. I found an excellent pdf on irc but idk how to share that here.

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anon THANK YOU! this is awesome! i found the fifth edition of the Winifred Aldrich book p. easily, both the books look really good.
i'll think of you every time i make something and it turns out well!

i second the linen suggestion too, structure is going to give it a clean classy look. however depending on what you want to pair it with, do you think a semi/fully sheer flowy fabric could look good? like on top of a slinky silk dress or something?

(i thought it looked good in my head, so i did some googling, and now i really want picrel in my life lol)

No. 181038

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Cape anon here, thanks for the advice! You're right, that's a gorgeous picrel kek. After mulling it over I agree with both you and the previous anon that linen will work for my intended effect (structured and dramatic), but I think I might give the light, flowy version a try sometime!

On another note, is OP's thread pic bothering the shit out of anyone else? The fact that she's not really sewing anything, plus the thread just… popping loose

No. 181458

Anons where do you get patterns from? (Especially anons in West Europe) I've seen a few sewing magazines with patterns in bookstores but that seemed to be mostly aimed towards middle-aged women.

No. 181724

there's tons of stuff available for free if you just google, plus etsy has some great finds for pretty cheap too

No. 181761

I don't have a printer, or are supposed to manually copy digital patterns? I'll check etsy, thanks.

No. 184632

I have this dress that's slightly see-through and that's annoying so I was thinking of putting lining/underdress into it but I have limited sewing experience (I can construct simple skirts and tops and know the basics of patterndrafting but don't sew regularly) How difficult is something like that? If it makes a difference, the dress itself has a very clear structure and I can probably trace and put together all of the panels.

No. 184637

Mood Fabrics has a lot of free patterns you can download and print out! https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/category/free-sewing-patterns/ You just have to put in your email to get them.

No. 184638

The video isn't a tutorial, but I did my best to follow it and handsewed this pirate shirt. I love it and it's my favorite shirt, but now I'm super into patterns that use lots of rectangles and squares, not only for ease, but also to lessen fabric waste. Now I'm really into looking up zero waste patterns, I'll do a dump of patterns I've collected if anyone is interested!

No. 184667

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I keep putting this project off because I'm so intimidated by it, but I really want to make a proper corset bodysuit. It's for costume purposes, obviously. You can really tell the difference between a well-constructed bodysuit with good boning and a shitty stretch leotard in my opinion. I've made the Yaya Han pattern before with a zipper back and plastic boning, and it just wasn't that flattering on me even after altering it. If anyone has any advice or words of encouragement, I could use it!

No. 184738

Do share! I saw her video before too and thought it was so cool, I had no idea you could make a non-boxy top just from squares!

No. 185255

Sorry for the late reply! Here are the one's I've saved and plan on making some day.

- Kimono pattern (looks like it'd make a really nice long cardigan)

- Collection of dress patterns (and one shirt)

- Kurta

- Dress with gathers on the shoulders

- Another dress

- Wide leg pants (this one I'm most excited to try out. The tutorial is in german though so lol)

- This link has links to various zero waste patterns:

The above are free. I'm also the type of person who will look at someone's pattern draft and try figure out the measurements and draft a copy up myself (never learned how to properly pattern or use patterns lol) so some links might not be helpful to you if you're looking for patterns to print out and use.

This dress is also SUPER popular and takes up a lot of results when you search for zero pattern dress.


I've been thinking of just purchasing it since it's just a cheap pattern that I'll most likely use over and over again but I also saw a girl do a sew along tutorial so I kind of want to try using her video to figure out the pattern for myself and make it from there lol (vid related)

No. 185742

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I started (re)sewing recently. I learned the very very basics in high school. But not a lot. Let’s just say I had to relearn everything.
So I hope this info I have found will find you sewing anons well.

YouTube helped so much. Seriously, it would be such a struggle without it. Here are some of my favorite sewing instructors on YouTubers:
Threads sewing
Evelyn Wood
Professor Pincushion

There’s many free sewing books to check out on archive.org. My recommendations are the Singer sewing reference library series. They’re pretty dated but the information is still really good and super helpful. Basically just search sewing in all books/texts.

I have the Brother CS7000i. I got it on Amazon for $200. It’s well worth saving up for because it comes with a ton of things that makes your life easier. It’s one of the highest rated machines at the lowest price point.

Here are some places that I buy extremely inexpensive but exceptional quality fabric or notions:
https://www.wawak.com/ - notions and supplies
https://fabriclore.com/ -from India. I’ve done the math. Buy purchasing around $USD100 it approximately makes each item regardless of yardage around or under $5. Figure it out by cart total ÷ total number of items. So, even though it’s $20 shipping it’s still worth it because you’re still getting a better deal than most other places.
https://www.dharmatrading.com/fabric/fabric-from-dharma-trading-co.html -best prices on silk. I don’t dye fabric so I buy their colored silk.
https://buttonsgaloreandmore.com/ -buttons are cool. These are bulk buttons that can be used for sewing or craft projects.
https://laceheaven.com/ -lace is sexy idc what you say.

I hope some of you find any of this helpful. Sorry for the blogpost.

Happy sewing, anons.

No. 185744

I mostly do little fixes on my clothes here and there. I would love to get more into sewing. Do I need a machine? What would be a good practice garment to make?

No. 185750

If you want to make your own clothes then yes you should get a sewing machine. There's reasons to handsew (precision and control on smaller projects, maybe for meditative reasons or historical accuracy if that's your thing) but for the vast majority of sewers who want to make their own clothes machinesewing is the way to go. When I took sewing lessons, the first thing I had to sew was just straight stitches on a piece of fabric, stiching backwards, corners, curves, then a pin cushion. The first garment I made under supervision was a skirt.

No. 185855

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sewed this swimming costume almost entirely by hand. one of my fav creations. cant wait for travel rules to be relaxed so i can wear it in a Portuguese plunge pool

No. 185856

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sewed this Miffy dress by hand

No. 185885

This is cute! Well done

No. 185891

Cute anon! Advice and troubles from this project?

No. 185912

Love the fabric! The edges look raw/unhemmed tho

No. 185920

yes actually it was a nightmare. i used my sisters seeing machine for the arms and sewing machines DO NOT like this kind of fabric so it constantly skipped large parts of ghe fabric and i had to touch it up by hand. i wish i hadnt gotten so impatient

if i could redo this project i would do it entirely on a machine and find a mode on the machine that is lycra-friendly

thank u anon!


thank you! its not raw or unhemmed it just curled up towards the end because i used blanket stitch.

No. 185960

Fits you like a dream anon! Self-drafted pattern?

No. 186690

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Does anyone have a pattern or instructional video that is similar to picrel? TIA!

No. 186693

no sorry but this is hideous. a high-low hoodie with a kangaroo pouch? the high-low trend hasn't been in fashion for years, and for good reason. it should have died off completely in 2013.

No. 186694

Nta and I agree that it's kinda ugly and outdated but damn not everyone cares about what's on trend

No. 186695

i cannot help but i just want to say other nonnies are wrong this looks cool. gives off a witchy/fantasy vibe

No. 186697

Yeah, I don't really care about trends, using that as an argument just sounds silly, I just generally wear what I like and what I think flatters me the most.
But this is actually for a costume, so I was thinking of not doing the pouch and maybe use a thicker fabric as well

No. 186699

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This is fairly close, just extend the back and use a light fabric. The pattern comes with several front variations so you could do the plainer style instead of this split(?) type.


No. 186703

You sound fun

No. 186710

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Good luck anon! I've made three corsets before. They were all Laughing Moon Silverados, but I altered the second corset pattern to be underbust and the third was for someone else.
Maybe it wasn't flattering because the materials weren't sturdy enough to hold their shape? You need to season a corset (break it in like a shoe) before it really develops that nice shape. Also zippers kinda suck for corsets if there's no back lacing because you can't adjust the sizing to compress you at all without it being hard/impossible to put on. My third corset had a front zipper closure and it worked just as well as a busk but it's hard to find correct sizing for zippers :(
"The Basics of Corset Building" by Linda Sparks is really good to read, it helped me a lot. Linda is also the woman behind www.farthingalescorsetmakingsupplies.com/
I bought my materials from there. I altered the pattern to be more nipped at the waist and less rounded like pic related

No. 186723

How dare people have their personal taste in fashion instead of blindly following trends created to drain you of your money every new season!

No. 186735

My thoughts exactly! For that reason I love clothes with longer back end. IDK about trends, they look great

No. 190669

I desperately want an elaborate, mostly historically accurate tudor-type dress, but it seems like it would take so much learning, I have absolutely no idea where to start

No. 190670

That looks awesome! Do you already know how to sew?

No. 190671

I've only ever sewed really simple things, like I sewed a bodice once. I've never used a pattern. I don't know anything about interfacing or fabric types either lol

No. 190977

Do you have an era you want to start with? Seamstrue has a free pattern for a mid-to-late 1500s smock, or Sharon Burnston’s 18th century “cognitive shift” guide on her website are good places to start. You’ll always need a basic undergarment like a smock or shift under your clothes, and they’re mostly straight seams, so you get to practice basic practical sewing skills like gathers and felled seams on a garment that isn’t necessarily visible (so you don’t have to worry if it’s not perfect). From there, I’d recommend purchasing a support garment for your particular chosen era (Elizabethan bodies, 18th century stays, etc). There are plenty of great patterns out there for all kinds of historical garments, both constructed accurately and for modern sewing technique.
> https://seamstrue.com/generators/1575-english-smock/

No. 191065

super late response but thank you for the links and doing the math!

No. 191171

Is it difficult to size down/alter bathing suits/bikinis? Like does it require special tools/material or special skills because it's made from swimmaterial?

No. 191175

Use a ton of pins, I find swim material to be very slippery due to its stretch, Sarah Tyau has a tutorial for simple resizing and
Remy To has one for a bikini style although it is not in english and has no subtitles its easy enough to follow.

No. 191190

thank you!

No. 191678

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any nonas here into crocheting? i've been learning it recently as a relaxing hobby as well as to get some hand exercise (recovering from an rsi) and i'm loving it so so much. i've been working on a simple wrap in moss stitch (picrel) and it's so relaxing to get in a couple lines before bed each night!
(using a variegated white, baby blue and sage thread for it. i'm looking forward to wearing it so much)

No. 193435

Would purchasing a serger second hand be a bad idea when I don't have much knowledge of these machines? I don't sew a lot but when I do I want to be able to finish my edges nicely. I've worked with a serger before when I used to take sewing lessons and I hate having to work around it with an overlock foot at home. I've seen a couple second hand ones online for as little as 80ish euro which is much better than spending a couple of hundreds on it. Thoughts or advice on what to look out for?

No. 193446

I would say if you can get one cheap and have used one before and will actually use it then yeah definitely
Because you’ll be getting it second hand you wouldn’t have to feel too bad about not using it too often

No. 194465

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I got mine used for $300 Canadian in 2016 and it's very reliable (Janome XG-43D). Usually they have a diagram on the inside on how to thread it, you need tweezers to make it easier. They all thread up mostly the same. Basic tension for the dials on most fabrics is 4/4/4/4. Buy serger needles (I use Janome ballpoint needles size 11, 15x1sp but you should check what your machine will need). Also, just like a sewing machine you need to clean out the fluff inside with a brush. It also might need oiling depending on the model. Some are made so that you don't have to.

Don't forget you can always contact the manufacturer or the shop you got it from to help you. I test the tension on scraps to make sure it's normal using pic related. Save it for your reference and good luck nonnie!

No. 194501

I recently found one of those handheld sewing machines at a thrift shop for $4. I was able to help repair a dress that had a loose strap.
Any anons done anything pretty intricate with one of these? If so, how difficult was it compared to using an actual sewing machine? I know one day I'm going to shop around for a used machine, but I definitely would like to start doing some crafty stuff before then.

No. 194752

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How badly will I fuck up if I just start draping directly onto a mannequin? Can you make a whole dress this way? I can follow a pattern but I'm not comfortable making adjustments to the design of them, and I feel like I might get closer to what I want if I just went for it and made a toile. Picrel, I want an Ossie Clark style dress

No. 194756

You can try but it will turn out shit unless you know what you're doing and if you can't alter a flat pattern I doubt you know what you're doing

No. 194760


But if you do try i think you should use a shirt pattern with a yoke for the bodice, get that fitting you how you would like then you can add the waistband sleeves and all that on the mannequin if thats what u prefer. No point reinventing the wheel

No. 194945

Why not purchase a book on draping for beginners and do the exercises from it before taking on an intermediate project like this? I learned flat patternmaking first and may not be much help in the way of starting with drape, but patternmaking isn't really a skill you can easily wing lol

Also, when you drape you may have to do some flat patternmaking as well. Draping sleeves requires an arm attachment for your dressform, and is still wildly easier with flat pm. However, don't get dejected. A lot of people who begin with drape find it helps them start to understand flat pm and vice versa. Why not try out an exercise following a youtube tutorial?

I learned drape with "Draping for Apparel Design" by Helen Joseph-Armstrong.
For flat pm I first learned with "Principles of Flat Pattern Design" by Nora M. MacDonald. Just to let you know, you can buy older editions if they're cheaper. There's nothing wrong with them.

(P.S. Vogue V9076 is a similar pattern to your pic)

No. 195393

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What RTW/high fashion brands do you guys look to for sewing inspiration/your next project? I save a lot of looks by Temperley London because they're tailoring goals (and I also like their dresses), but I'd really love to hear what others look at, especially if they're a little more wearable for everyday.

No. 195458

Thanks nonnelle, I was getting way ahead of myself. The shirt idea is really good, there's a lot of fancy shirts out there that will make a good dress. I looked up some sleeve adjusting and skirt drafting tutorials.
This is all gold, thank you. I did see that Vogue pattern but it was out of stock near me, I'm going to order it when it's in. I am going to find patternmaking exercises, I can't really ignore the fundamentals.

No. 195599

Does anyone have any experience sewing bras? I've read and watched a bunch of tutorials and guides and I've been thinking about purchasing a pattern and the recommended fabrics for my first one. I'd say my sewing skills are intermediate and I'm fairly confident that I could make a wearable bra following a pattern, but I'm curious if anyone has any experience or tips.

No. 196009

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Absolute embroidery madwomen.

No. 196937

I've just got into making bras this year, I bought all sorts of patterns and drafting books my favourite so far though has been bare essentials by porcelynne, u can buy it in a pdf download from porcelynne website. Its seems complicated but there's a calculator on the website that does all the maths if u can't be arsed with maths lol. The book has all info you need, constructing the bra, materials, altering a pattern to fit as well as drafting. It also includes a pattern to start with if u don't want to draft from scratch.

No. 196948

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Might try making pic rel, (2 and 3) even though I barely know how to use a sewing machine

No. 197081

I just wanted to make sure that all you sewing pals have heard of the epic website lekala.com. Its got hundreds of clothing sewing patterns to download in pdf and print at home. The patterns are cheap as chips, totally licence free and you can enter your personal measurements and its drafted to your size and sent to your email, only takes a few minutes too. I've made tonnes of patterns from the website now and I don't even bother making toilles now cause they always fit to a T. Only one downside is sticking together all the a4 paper sheets to make the pattern whole once you've printed it. It has an option to download in different formats if u have a bigger printer or u want to send it to a printing company to print full size but I don't and haven't. I promise am not a shill I just can't imagine buying patterns from anywhere else since I discovered this place and I never seem to hear folks mentioning it online, so thought I'd spread the word lol

No. 197089

I'm totally sold but so everybody knows the website is lekala.co! Lekala.com is dead space

No. 197128

>>197089 oops lol you are right. I was spreading the wrong word. Glad u found it despite my directions lol

No. 197179


This is so cute, anon, share how they turn out if you try it.

No. 197235

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Oh! I am going to make this exact pattern too soon!

Oof I hate PDF patterns so much they are the bane of my existence. I hate how much paper it uses and using up my printer ink even if I use greyscale and toner saving mode and fast mode. I will never buy pdf patterns again if I can help it.
However, I figure because I bought a bunch of pdf patterns on sale (and some cute patterns I’ve wanted are from indie companies who only sell pdfs) what I’m going to do is put the pdfs on a usb drive and go to a print shop or library or something and print it there because it’s cheaper.
But if I can help it: never again

Also, thanks for the site! I love it omg! I don’t even care that it’s pdfs! Gah!

No. 197260

Artfag here, you can just open the pattern in Photoshop and go play with the Threshold options, or play with the levels until you're only left with the black lines on white paper.

No. 199172

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First time sewing with a stretch twin needle today and I broke two (one 4mm and one 2.5mm). What am I doing wrong? I threaded and re-threaded my machine exactly as a youtube video instructed for my specific machine, even reassembled the bobbin compartment underneath. Anyone have any advice? For specifics: I have a Singer 3223 and was trying to sew a rib knit fabric with tension set to 3, while playing with stitch lengths 2.5 and 3mm.

No. 199173

samefag, forgot to mention they were schmetz needles (130/705 H-S ZWI, one was 4,0/75 and the other 2,5/75).

No. 199209

Have you checked your bobbin tension (not just the bobbin assembly)? It’s different from your top thread tension, and each machine has a different way to adjust it—it’s a little tricky but there’s lots of guides out there. In general that much needle snapping that isn’t attributed to the top thread tension (too tight), width (most dual needles can only do 5mm or less but you said you were at a 3), or thread (some people have more luck with nylon in the bobbin thread, but that can cause more tension issues too), it’s gonna be bobbin tension.

No. 199212

I saw that mentioned in my google searches. Wasn't sure if it was the root problem because I did the tension test where you hold it by the thread and dip it like a yoyo and it seemed fine. Might be ok to experiment though. Thanks for the suggestion nonnie!

No. 199261

I’ve had bobbin tension problems that I only discovered when the bobbin thread on the finished garment started snapping because it was too tight! It’s a much more subtle problem than top thread tension. Definitely play around and see if that helps.
What kind of needle break was it? IE, did it remain on the thread, did it go flying off into space, did it bend first, etc?

No. 199284

First time, I definitely could see the left needle bend first before ultimately only the end snapped off, though the eye was still on the thread. Second needle, the end snapped off the right without warning but also still stayed on the thread. Have to admit that troubleshooting for knits is foreign territory for me kek

No. 199293

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Hey there nonnies!
I've been sewing doll clothes for a little while now, I'd still consider myself a noobie but I've sewn simple dresses, skirts, tshirts, sweaters and pants. I really wanna do something a little more complex and I really liked this design, but I don't even know how to start. Any ideas? How do I do this shirring effect? Do I use an elastic band? Is it done like a frill for the whole top? I just need a little guidance.
Thanks in advance!

No. 199338

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Let's be controversial, nonnies. What's a popular pattern (commercial or indie) you see all the time and absolutely hate? For me I get what the Zadie Jumpsuit is going for but sometimes I just have to hatescroll its tag because it never seems to look good on anyone. It literally reminds me of when Ariel had just gotten legs and covered herself with an old sailboat sheet. Makes thin women look frumpy and larger women look like they can't find anything that actually fits/flatters.

I don't sew for dolls, but my friend does, and I researched about it with her for a bit. You just used elastic thread like you would for a human-sized shirred top. Hope someone else here can give you more detailed advice. Good luck anon!

No. 199339

It looks like something I'd make for loungewear that my husband would hate.

No. 199340

Yeah those wrap jumpsuits and dresses are really frumpy. I see them everywhere (ready made) on Etsy.

No. 199421

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I recently rediscovered this cow print cotton fabric that I bought and promptly forgot about. I have about two yards of it. I'm thinking about making a simple A-line miniskirt, or maybe a pinafore with a short skirt. What do we think?

No. 199440

A skirt would be really cute! I think a pinafore might read a little too "farmgirl". If you'd like another suggestion, maybe a cropped jacket?

No. 200534

Long shot because she has a small presence, but has anyone tried Mariah Pattie's patterns?
I'm obsessed with the idea of making bra-free linen summer tops like vidrel, but the underwire and bodice shape is more advanced than I'm used to sewing so I'm not confident I could pattern-hack it, though I do have a bikini top that I could pattern for the cups.
Also as a D cup, I'm worried I'd pay for the pattern, spend expensive fabric and loads of time making them, then be nervous to wear them out because I never ever go braless otherwise. She's not small busted but it doesn't look to revealing on her, what do you think anons?

No. 200559

This is amazing, think of lolcow when you make it please!

No. 201973

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Bought 2m of this cantaloupe-colored yarn-dyed cotton with the plan to sew a simple buttoned blouse, but now I'm feeling experimental. Any suggestions anons? I'm open to tops, dress, and bottoms, though I don't really wear ultra feminine stuff like bows or frills.

No. 202026

A wrap skirt could be nice!

No. 203631

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This might be a dumb question, but can anyone tell me how a mockup is used? I know it's just making a version of your pattern in undesirable fabric to test the fit and make changes, but what do you do with it after you make it and alter it? For example, if I needed to take in the waist on my mockup, what would I do to my final product? Would I take the mockup apart and then use the altered mockup pieces as my new pattern?

No. 203651

no questions are dumb questions anon!

generally speaking, if you make alterations to a fabric mockup it's good form to copy said alteration to your paper pattern. You could use your disassembled mockup as a pattern but I find it more precise to use net patterns (no s/a) and add seam allowances when i cut. As for what to do with finished mockups - if it's a big piece like a long skirt, the panels can be re-used to cut out smaller pieces for other mockups or draping something on the stand. I also use old mockups to practice new handsewing techniques or mess around with my machine settings, particularly if the pieces are too small to be re-used elsewhere. Hope this helped!

No. 203661


Sorry sewist-anon but this is hideous and you shouldn't make anything, unless it's for a baby or an old woman

No. 203710

NTA but shut the fuck up, anon. It's no hideous at all. I love it.

No. 207109

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I recently found this girl on instagram, and she posted the pattern for these pants for sale if any anons are interested. I'm thinking of buying her patterns soon, they look easy to make and I love the simple look of them!

No. 207110

No. 207331

has anyone attempted a diy weighted blanket? i want one so bad but i'm piss poor

No. 207344

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I've been pushing that project for literal years lmao
But when I finally do it, I think I'm doing something like picrel

No. 207373

Is that sturdy enough?

No. 207391

I guess the sturdiness comes with the fabric and filling choices

No. 209346

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I want to dupe this coat with a Lekala pattern, I don't want to make big pattern alterations, besides making it oversized in the arms and longer length I think this will work https://www.lekala.co/catalog/women/jackets/pattern/2289#model

No. 209347

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The pattern flat looks right to me but I'm not an expert

No. 209366

The style lines are similar, but if you wanted to replicate >>209346 exactly then you'd probably need to widen the shoulder seam to create that cute slouchy, relaxed fit in your inspiration image. Also, the pattern you chose has a yoke and the inspiration pic doesn't but it seems like a nonissue to me

No. 210023

Thanks anon, yeah the yoke is troubling me… I might make a toile and try to remove the yoke and do a regular drop shoulder. Wish me luck

No. 210121

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I need a jacket/coat for autumn and winter and I just can't find anything that matches my expectations, so I guess, I have to make one myself. I'm a dressmaker, so sewing that thing shouldn't be the problem, constructing the pattern is a another thing (trainee in that subject right now, kek). I thought about something like a military parka with detachable, fluffy wool or cotton lining, as I'm not freezing very often and most jackets are way too warm for my needs. So I could remove the lining when the temperatures are above 5°C and insert it below that.
Has anyone of you some instructions on how to make the pattern for something like this or maybe a pattern where you can see how it works with an detachable lining. Guess if I could see the pieces needed I could come up with something for myself.

No. 210133

I've never heard of detachable lining before, but it's a really clever idea! My initial thought is using snaps?

No. 210298

there are few jackets that have something like that and I just like the idea. Snaps is a good idea or maybe normal buttons.
I wonder how it works construction wise, my idea is, that I will make the lining fitted and the jacket 2 cm larger, but I'm not sure if that's enough and the right way. Pattern construction is just a very different thing compared to using a pre made pattern.

No. 210734

ayrt, if you're any good with pattern drafting then you could probably take out the yoke via dart manipulation. Personally I love the challenge but it can be quite daunting at first glance

No. 210898

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does anyone have any links for hand sewing tutorials? I want to make my own clothes and accessories but I don't have a sewing machine. I know how to sew and can embroider. is it even possible to make simple clothes without a machine?

No. 210899

It is definitely possible, but extremely time consuming. I say just get a sewing machine, pick up an extra shift at your job if money is an issue, you'll quickly make up for the lost time you save from machine sewing instead of hand sewing, even for just a few garments.

No. 210909

I love hand sewing, it's my favourite part of any sewing project especially as you get better and the stitches look professional. There are only really a handful of stitches you need to know to construct a world of garments. Vidrel is a decent start.
If you just want to make clothes, get a second hand non-computerized sewing machine. But if you want to hand sew as a craft in itself, it's so beautiful and rewarding,even if you do small things like alterations, you'll be amazed how strong and clever these stitches are.

No. 210910

Bernadette Banner? I'm not gonna watch the vid to check but hasn't she been put on blast by proper seamstresses that she isn't all that good at sewing?

No. 210912

Who are these proper seamstresses?

No. 210913

Ayrt yes she is annoying and her garment design/construction is nothing to write home about, but this video is a good clear tutorial for a backstitch which is what anon asked for. I don't follow her so I don't know what she's "put on blast" for, but she has some helpful content for basic stuff like this.

No. 210917

Anon is likely referring to the anti-milk thread over in /ot/ where some anons said they liked her and another had a full on meltdown over it, referring to her as geriatric and a liar, etc.

No one. Nonita just can't think for herself or realize that even "controversial" content creators can make useful tutorials from time to time, such as Michelle Phan. Her early vids were great for absolute newbies to makeup even if her recent videos are clickbaity and devoid of the same care and magic.

No. 210919

Why is Bernadette controversial? Or is it just one anon with a hate boner.

No. 210928

go to /ot/ and read the antimilk thread

No. 210930

The only thing I learned from that is that she has a sister who is an enby.

No. 210957

Basically she tries to shove a lot of irrelevant sjw stuff into historical fashion topics (i think?) but the one thing i am sure of is her advocation for corsets based on the fact that she wore a medical corset for many years which is not comparable to corsets designed to reconstruct your silhouette and are still largely damaging no matter what.

No. 210964

the whole historical costuming community is very political and goes on witch hunts every month without fail. Makes me feel like shit bc it's my special interest and i want to see pretty dresses without grown ass women sperging out over perceived slights

No. 210993

Well that sucks, it seemed like such a nice and relaxing hobby.
>advocation for corsets based on the fact that she wore a medical corset for many years
That really bothers me too, it's just not the same thing. Karolina Żebrowska also goes on about corsets being great while totally ignoring all the women in the 1800s who wanted to get rid of them.
Also does Bernadette have an ED, she looks scarily thin sometimes.

No. 211005

it is for the most part but if you want to share your creations or even look at other people's expect to be bombarded with social justice tripe. Like >>210957 said, a lot of them tend to insert their own politics into pretty dress content which is really irksome imo

No. 212032

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Have any farmers had experience repairing old lace? I want to start buying dresses from the 30-40s and altering/refurbishing them to wear out. I bought this one for super cheap and it’s beautiful but the lace has a lot of holes like this one. I made a thread on Reddit but because it’s not a home sewer mommy project or vintage wedding dress restore it’s not really getting any traction

No. 212033

Fat hand

No. 212038

Rattle rattle. She's not fat if she's fitting in old time lace dresses.

No. 212055

No clue but it looks beautiful! Hope you can figure out how to mend it.

No. 212069

The only thing that comes to mind would be trying to mend it by connecting the tiny tiny individual threads somehow with newer similar thread to sort of reinforce it, as if carefully trying to mend something knitted that has a hole in it. Got no idea if the beautiful pattern of the lace is fully reparable though. You could also try to use miniscule patches of similar lace to fill in the holes, and try to connect the edges to the old one. It does carry a risk of looking… patchy in the end though.
Agh, I'd struggle with this one too. I guess your method would vary by how absolutely precise you want to be with restoring it. A more experienced seamstress with more knowledge on restoring might disagree with my ideas though.
Have you tried contacting anyone who could help you expand your knowledge on how to restore garments like these, or at least explain what's up? You might want to look for hobbyists that are specifically into this sort of stuff instead of just general sewing projects.

No. 212072

What a cool project! Good luck anon. You could try patching it with a similar patterned modern lace, if you do it by hand and are careful to bury stitches in denser parts of the pattern I think you could get away with it. If you're feeling brave you could try to mend it properly, vidrel is how to make lace by hand, I imagine you could use this technique to fill the patch but I've never done it myself.

No. 212074

>the whole historical costuming community is very political and goes on witch hunts every month without fail
Samefag but I guess I'm lucky this hasn't been my experience. I subscribe to smaller creators usually. Angela Clayton, Enchanted Rose Costumes, Maria Pattie and Morgan Donner are my favourites. I might be ignorant of their dramas though because I don't read YouTube comments or follow them on social media.

No. 212082

If it’s very fragile, replacing the lace is better.
Sometimes starting a repair rips more fabric.
But if it’s mostly ok, this is a basic mend to stop it getting worse.

No. 212255

ayrt and I really wish I hadn't gotten instagram to lurk their profiles. Youtube comments are usually safe though! The creators you listed are usually drama-free but Enchanted Rose Costumes was recently cancelled for comparing vaccine mandates to holocaust tattoos.

as a vintage collector this hurts my heart, hope you get that repaired ok anon! If you need any tips for acquiring wounded bird pieces to mend and wear for cheap, check out ebay. Got a few great deals off there for both garments and vintage sewing notions and trim to make my garments as authentic as possible.

No. 212742

Does anyone have a good rec for a beginner sewing machine I can buy in Canada? My max is 300$! I’ve got some basics I remember from as a kid and want to get back into machine sewing again

No. 212793

I don't know if this is the right thread, but I though maybe some of you experienced the same. I used to love sewing, and I am studying fashion design. But my mental health has gotten on the way and I no longer enjoy it, but I am trying to get back to it.
So my main question is, do you have any tips on how to get back? Which smaller projects should I start doing so I get the feeling back?
And an extra question: can someone from EU recommend me a dress form store?

Thanks a lot, sorry for so many questions!

No. 213301

You could probably make a really cute skirt in a day or less! Find a cute fabric that makes you happy to work with and consider using a commercial pattern so you don't have to stress yourself with drafting a pattern yourself and enjoy the process.

No. 213984

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Adapted from a Simplicity pattern, for anyone in want of a simple Christmas present etc


No. 213985

Excellent thanks, was looking for exactly this.

No. 214012

Fucking kek. God bless nonny.

No. 214014

No. 214029

I can’t wait to get cancelled in the retirement home for this nonners ♥

No. 214594

were in Europe are you based? I'm at school right now to become a "pattern maker" (don't know the real English term) and two known companies in Germany for dress forms are "Berliner Büstenfabrik" and "Spur Dressform". I also found "Royal Dress Forms" online, I like the idea of rather soft dress forms for corsets and stuff like that. Other brands I can think of are Stockman and Kennett & Lindsell, for non German stuff. I don't have much money at the moment and I think about making myself one of those https://patterns.bootstrapfashion.com/diy-dress-form-sewing-pattern.html
What you have to think about is that many dress forms are for rather "short" women and if you study fashion design you would probably go for women taller than 1,68 m.

For your mental health, I don't have any real ideas, I'm struggling myself right now. I love what I'm doing but I feel so tired and out of ideas. Maybe just make a basic pattern for a skirt and create some fun stuff out of it.

No. 214717

Have whipped up a bootstrap dress form myself and it was really easy to put together. The shoulders did come out a little funky though but I think that's an error on my part with how I stuffed it, but I made little shoulder pads out of scrap cotton canvas and those seem to have done the trick filling the space in. It cinches down fairly well with my 1890s corset but it wrinkles in the back a little when you tighten it. Nothing a bit of steam can't sort out but if you're a perfectionist you might be bothered by it

seamstresses with legendary auras, thanks nonnie

No. 214728

that's what I really like about the bootstrap dress form option, it's soft, so you could "fit" a corset on it. Guess I will give it a go and get the measurements of one of the professional dress forms at my school to create a bootstrap pattern. What kind of fabric did you use?

No. 214741

What is a good sewing machine for an absolute beginner?

No. 214746

12oz artist canvas from Vena Cava Design, the stuff is amazing for corset mockups and has absolutely zero give so you won't need to interface it. Just be sure to clip all your curves when working with it though because it's quite thick.


No. 214824

that one looks good, will have a look for something like that in Germany, Brexit made shopping from the UK so damn annoying.

No. 216427

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How would I go about sewing a blouse with sleeves like this? I'm having trouble imagining what the pattern will look like. What are they called?

No. 216428

Looks like a longer version of a leg o’ mutton sleeve.

No. 216442

Singer 1306!
Straight and zigzag stitch, automatic buttonhole option, easy to thread, haven’t had any trouble with the timing belt in three years of frankly abusing the machine, and with the right needles you can sew a big range of fabric weights. Like, from chiffon to layers of cotton duck. Decent throat size unless you want to quilt. It’s cheap and reliable and most sewing machine repair shops know them really well so it’s easy to get repaired if needed.

No. 216445

I’m tired of buying crap quality tall clothes. Is it hard to convert patterns to fit tall sizes?

No. 216447

Just add what’s needed to the hem for pants and skirts, and extend the bodice in tops and dresses.

No. 216499

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It should work if you make a normal puff sleeve. Divide the sleeve into parts, cut them apart and put space between them. You can experiment with how many parts and how much space between the parts you need to get the same result as in the picture. After that you will have to find a new seam line where the middle part of the sleeve will be sewn to the lower part. Something like shown in the picture. That will make the fabric fall over the seam and should get you that puffy look.

No. 216546

Thank you so much anon! This is a really helpful graphic.

No. 216617

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What type of beginners serger should I keep my eye out for? I’m buying second hand.

No. 219135

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Can someone recommend patterns for garments that aren't…. this? Almost everything looks like a stiff paper bag, or it's another wrap dress. What gives? Am I missing something?

No. 219542

What sort of garment are you looking to make anon? Sometimes it's easier to find patterns if you have at least a general idea of what you'd like to make.

No. 219757

So, for one of my new years' resolutions, I would like to learn how to sew/use a sewing machine. I have acquired an old Singer 5528 and am very excited to start. However, I have so many questions! And confusions.
>What's a good beginner project? It can't be something too simple or something I won't use because I'll get bored.
>What am I doing wrong if when I'm trying to make stitches, the threads get super tangled? I think I threaded the embroidery needle fine and the bobbin, but less sure about the latter. Am I using the wrong pressure/stitch pattern?
>How long did it take you to tailor a piece of clothing? I thrift a lot and it'd be so helpful to make them fit better and for the clothes I already have.
Happy sewing!

No. 219763

the first projects i made from scratch were bags, i made a few purses and tote bags. it's a great first project because you can make it a little more complicated if you want but it's simple enough. if your stitches are getting tangled either your bobbin is going the wrong way or the tension on your machine is wrong. tbh im not that experienced but that gives you a direction to look at least, setting the tension is kind of complicated. as for tailoring it depends a lot on what you're doing. it's really easy and quick to hem a pair of pants or a skirt. shoulders are the most complicated part of a shirt so if you are thrifting, make sure the shoulders fit, you can fix the rest easily. also definitely buy an iron, it makes such a huge difference in how finished your sewing projects will look if you iron your seams when they are done. good luck nonna!

No. 223478

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I found this cross stitch pattern guide from a used bookseller on amazon and I'm super excited to get it! It's kind of hard to find any info on it because it's from the 70s, but it appears the finished design is 14 in x 14 in or 15 x 15, so it's quite large and intended for a pillow. I'm thinking it would look cool on the back of a jacket or a tote bag, though. I would love some ideas about what else I could do with it.

No. 223489


Ahh, this is so cool. I don't know how to do any needle work but this makes me feel pretty interested to look into it.

I like your ideas of a tote bag, jacket. It would also just look cool framed and hung on the wall!

No. 223490

If you put some kind of interfacing behind it, you could make a really cute shirt. Nice find though.

No. 223724

same anon
I'm so sad I bought a serger and now I have to return it because I'm moving soon and can't take it abroad.

No. 223740

holy shit this one's amazing! I'd totally put it on the back of a denim jacket, it's so cool it needs to be displayed. Share the finished result plz

No. 223893

any chance you could scan and share the stich chart?

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