Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More Plaid in my Future

I have been working with my new sewing machine and the Simplicity 1544 plaid shirt.  As I blogged about last time, I was not happy with the way the shirt was looking.

Actually, the shirt turned out OK, except for the collar.  I think the collar is too small.   I was originally making this shirt for Joe, but I didn't feel it was nice enough, so I have been wearing it around the house.  It is soft and comfortable and fits me perfectly even though it is a size 40 with no adjustments.


My new Singer Future CE 150 did a great job on the buttonholes. I used the default settings, which is rare with an automatic buttonhole.  Usually at least the stitch length has to be adjusted.


I purchased this machine because it was a great price and I wanted to try it since I didn't have a Singer embroidery  machine.

The embroidery by this machine is beautiful.  I think it is better than my Janome and my Brother.

However, I wouldn't recommend this machine because it needs a computer operating Windows 7 with 32 bit processor.  Most machines the last few years have Windows 10 with a 64 bit processor.  I suppose Singer was liquidating these machines because they were outdated.

I decided to try a different patterrn using McCall 6932.  I had just enough material to make a short sleeve shirt.


I like the 6932.  It is casual with a notched collar.

I am now on a plaid kick.  Another plaid shirt is being made with Simplicity 2741.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sewing Regress

The 70s jacket is on hold for a while.  I need to rip out and put in a larger collar.  My excitement fizzled.  So I decided to move on to another project.

I am making a plaid flannel shirt for Joe with some snuggle flannel.  I am thinking this will be nice to wear around the house since it is so soft.

I am using Simplicity 1544 in size 40.  When I first used this pattern last year, there weren't any reviews on patternreview.com.  Now there are several glowing reviews.

I had a regress with my shirt making.  The tower sleeve plackets turned out square, not pointed, even with the help of this Video by Pam Howard.  Also, the plaids aren't lining up like they should.  I guess it being a year since I have made a shirt, this is normal.

Cuff and placket

Yoke plaid off a little

Front looks good
The only things left are the collar and buttons. It will be interesting to see the outcome.

I am using my Singer Confidence 7470 on this project.  It is fun to use vintage and newer machines to compare humms, stitches, and ease of use.  This machine whirs instead of making the standard clack-clack like my older machines.


I am serging the seams with my brother 534


The finished shirt and a new sewing machine will be in my next blog.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

It runs!

When buying a vintage sewing machine in person, I can check how it runs.  That doesn't mean it sews, but I can usually tell.  I check to see if the feed dogs move, if the bobbin spins, and if the machine responds to different settings.

Buying a machine over the internet is entirely different. The seller assures you it runs.  However, recently I bought two Singers from Goodwill online that ran, but that was it.

The first is a Touchtronic 2001.  It was $7.99 plus $15.00 shipping.  I have a Touchtronic 2000 and haven't been able to find a 2001 locally, so I took a chance.

Touchtronic 2001

Once I received it, I was relieved all the electronics worked fine, but it was out of time and would not sew. When taking the bottom off, I found plastic gear pieces falling out.

I never replaced gears in a sewing machine, but after searching the internet I found a set for $10.  It took a little tinkering to get it sewing, but in the end, I feel it is worth it.

The second is a Diana 560.  It was $7.99 and $13 shipping.
Diana 560

The same thing happened. It was out of time and the gears were crumbling.  I searched the I internet for some gears and got it sewing again.
Old gears

New gears
The 2001 is 38 and the Diana is 40 years young.  It is hard to believe 1976 was 40 years ago!  So I don't fault the machines, I am just happy gears are readily available.

Original TV commercial from 1978:


Just a short blog to remind myself and others a vintage machine might need some repairs besides cleaning and oiling.  Just because it runs, doesn't mean it sews.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Butterick 3363 update

The front of Butterick 3363 has an artist's rendition of the jacket being sewed with it.  It is hard to tell what it will look like when it is finished.
Butterick 3363

I know it is a 70s pattern, thus having large lapels.  Since I am making it in a light-blue cotton, I am realizing I could wear this to a Prom.  All I would have to do is add a tuxedo shirt.

Original 70s suit on Etsy.com

This pattern has a lot of extra material to "ease in" to the armhole. If I made this again, I would try to adjust the armcap to remove some ease.  I don't want to know how many times I ripped and re-sewed the shoulder seams.


Check out the lapels!

This 70s style is slim fitting.  I  wear a size 36 and with this being a 38 it is still form fitting.

Not lined or hemmed

It is supposed to have a half-lining.  I am thinking about making a full lining.  That is if there is enough room!

I like this jacket pattern.  I am thinking when I am finished with this one, I could make another in  beige and with smaller lapels.  This would be more my style.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

1970s Butterick Jacket

Butterick 3363 is definitely under way.  The muslin I made from this size 38 jacket pattern fit fine after lengthening the body 1 inch and the arms 2 inches.  It has a slimmer fit than the Butterick 6022 jacket I made.
Buttrick 6022

Buttrick 3363

I purchased this pattern because  I liked the Butterick 6022 jacket I made a few months ago.  It had a good fit, especially in the armscyes, with only the sleeves needing lengthened to fit me.

I decided to use a light-blue cotton material for the jacket and a dark blue polyester as the lining. I bought both  at Walmart for $1 a yard. It will look Groovy!  I think the Bradys would approve.





I am using a premade chest-piece from Wawak.com, even though the directions for this jacket show how to make one.


More on my new jacket project next time.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Child's Purse/Messenger Bag

I enjoy using my embroidery machines.  The sound of the machine and the images being produced are relaxing.  I make pillows and towels, but a chance for a different embroidery project excited me.

I found a pattern for a messenger bag.  I decided to make one, even though I wouldn't use it.  Maybe give it away.

I used my older Simplicity SE3 with the multi-position hoop to make the design for the flap.  Since the design is bigger than the hoop, there are three different positions so the hoop can be moved in order to continue.

Once I assembled it, I decided it is more like a child's purse.  Cute, but I am not sure a man or woman would use it.

For now, it is hanging in my sewing room for decoration.


I am glad I did this project.  I like doing different things. However, I am being lured back to making another jacket.  You are probably saying "Ugh!"

I was planning to make some jeans, but a Butterick jacket pattern came my way and I was hooked.  I think it is the perfectionist in me trying to find a jacket pattern I like and that I can sew.
Butterick 3363

I have Kwik Sew 3504 and some denim ready for jeans, but if I can find some material I might be in jacket-land again.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Same Day

I told myself I was cutting my sewing machine collection.  No more buying sewing machines, except for Berninas.

I found a White 793 on Shopgoodwill.com.  These always sell for too much and/or cost too much shipping when found online.

I saw the $9.98 starting price and  it was in Sacramento.  Timing couldn't be better.  I was going to Sacramento this week, so if I won the machine I could pick it up.

To my surprise I was the only one to bid on it.  I paid the $9.98 and $5.00 handling.  Still a bargain.

It was in a bad part of town, so I went to the Goodwill, told my name, and the clerk rolled my machine out in a cart.  I quickly put it in my car and came home.

I opened it up today to try it.  I can't believe the warranty card has 9/30/72 as the purchase date.  Forty-four years from first owner to me.


White 793

A beautiful stitch.  I can't wait to try it out on my next project.

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