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If I finish a hem with binding, does the bias tape absolutely have to be in the direction of the bias?

Idk if I’m wording this right. I am gonna bend cardboard or iron my diy “bias” tape to give myself the binding attachment hack to give a cleaner finish to a bikini. Like this https://youtube.com/shorts/3J6QTnVkHVg?si=0T9zom3fPMWDrdap I just want to be doing this correctly. 🥲

Using jersey fabric and working with a janome sewing machine.

I cut “bias” strips for my bikini strings/hem finish for the top and bottom going the vertical direction of the fabric. I was planning to cut the bikini top and bottom on the bias for the print design direction and optimal stretch. Is this okay for me to do or do I absolutely need to cut the strips out on the bias? 😬

3 Comments
2024/02/13
04:57 UTC

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Securely installing eyelets

I got an eyelet set on Amazon , but the tool leaves small gaps between the fabric and the eyelets. Is there some glue I can use to close them? Or, do I absolutely need interfacing?

Doesn't have to be pretty for now, just needs to be secure.

Thanks so much

Joe

2 Comments
2024/02/13
03:31 UTC

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Do I need to back stitch at the start of my project or only at the end of the fabric

I’m not sure when I should backstitch for projects in general

One example is that I’m trying to quilt some fabric. I’m wondering if I need to backstitch at the start before sewing along the fabric or if I only need to back stitch once I reach the end of my fabric?

5 Comments
2024/02/13
01:05 UTC

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singer m1000

sewing machine stitches one time then doesn't stitch again tried retiming it catches the loop once • then goes around and doesn't catch again after that

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2024/02/12
19:41 UTC

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Did I get counterfeit needles?

So I ordered some organ needles for my sewing machine and the ones I got are in plastic sealed packs (pic on the left) vs the ones that came with my machine in a paper sleeve (pic on the right). The new needles also say made in Vietnam. Did I get counterfeit needles? Or is it just another factory/different packaging?

https://preview.redd.it/fwsiiuict6ic1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6bdcbc34208b5b24249bc9facaabfb5eda267f1c

12 Comments
2024/02/12
17:13 UTC

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What Budget Sewing machine for Denim?

Hey i want to get into sewing, and specifically i want to be able to use my old jeans and tailor and modify them (i want to sew other things too but i guess denim would be the toughest thing i would need to sew) . my budget would be 100-300 max. im based in the uk.
i was wondering if its possible to find a good reliable machine that would handle what i need to do in that price range?

7 Comments
2024/02/12
12:21 UTC

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Pesky escaping underwires

I am a (female) newbie to sewing and also on the lower side of the income scale; a fair amount of sewing I do is repairs to my clothes. I've repaired quite a few bras with underwires poking out, and tho I have tried various thread types, stitch types, etc, it seems I get only 1-2 wearing/washings and then the underwire reappears. :/ All the other sorts of clothing repairs I have done have had more longevity so just hoping maybe there's a trick I am missing for bra repair.

TL:DR seeking tips for repairing bra underwires to stay where they belong

Thanks much!

14 Comments
2024/02/12
10:13 UTC

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Adjusting a pleated shirt...

0 Comments
2024/02/12
08:01 UTC

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Bit of an odd repair. Looking to fix some holes in my shirts

Hi all, i'm looking for a way to fix some of these holes. I have it on a few shirts/hoodies/jeans and it'd be nice if there was a simple way to patch them.

For the holes, the threading is still there but the ?filler material? of the fabric is gone. Most likely this happened during my job working with chemicals and small acid droplets may have eaten just the cotton but not the mesh material of the fabric.

Is there some way to fill that area back with fluff? I was thinking of using some fabric glue on the spot then applying some fluff collected from the rest of the shirt. Any tips or help greatly appreciated!

https://ibb.co/6Xy2YD4

https://ibb.co/w4zppDD

https://ibb.co/Cv7BxFS

https://ibb.co/B2kpvbp

3 Comments
2024/02/12
00:16 UTC

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Pattern suggestions for classic blouse

I am a new baby to sewing (sick of never finding things that fit--my high bust measurement is 33, underbust is 30, but full bust is 38). I am looking for some patterns to start with to make work blouses--just some classic, semi-fitted things you'd wear with a suit or nice trousers. I'm fine with having to do a full bust adjustment to a pattern, but struggling to find patterns that are more classical in style.

Things I've looked at:

Because they make patterns with different cup sizes, I've looked at the Itch to Stitch Seychelles blouse

https://preview.redd.it/g6hhiu73v0ic1.png?width=650&format=png&auto=webp&s=a89c7ac003db7a5193c670348b212fb98b39bce5

(close, but a bit more boxy than I want), Love Notions Ballad Blouse (also close, but not the classic look I'm imagining), and the Chalk & Notch Fringe Blouse/dress

https://preview.redd.it/zr98r457v0ic1.png?width=550&format=png&auto=webp&s=b48a17782cdd3498b04033b347a0766e770efcb3

(again, I'll make one of these, but not the classic blouse I want). Any suggestions on where to look? Knowing myself, I'll probably go to making a block and give up on commercial patterns at some point, but I'm intimidated about starting there as a sewing baby.

As examples of what I'm looking for, I like the look of some of Quince's classic blouses, for example, although they'd never fit me:

https://preview.redd.it/88kt1x44u0ic1.png?width=176&format=png&auto=webp&s=a81d36792bf7e4a25ab00c2ad397fc166baa35ff

https://preview.redd.it/mmg6ddh5u0ic1.png?width=176&format=png&auto=webp&s=f86c7eb0b55a056f1ecda395f9b234da7a422730

https://preview.redd.it/ux3kxco6u0ic1.png?width=176&format=png&auto=webp&s=284e030b5cb7bd94a9c30c4f324ece1bf95c9065

Or these (Ann Taylor and Nordstrom)

https://preview.redd.it/4s4mnexfu0ic1.png?width=316&format=png&auto=webp&s=a628f4f9f7661b36d7344ff4f1090fd15c47d00b

https://preview.redd.it/8j8jhv9nu0ic1.png?width=60&format=png&auto=webp&s=f6b1bdd6eb19b4fd4d59b5d0b864ac217425c707

Because of my bust size, I tend to prefer V or at least scoop neck and no huge sleeve/shoulder stuff, because it visually adds less volume to the bust/collarbone/shoulder area. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thank you!

11 Comments
2024/02/11
21:15 UTC

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Dressmaker SWA-2000 - iso manual!

I recently thrifted a Dressmaker SWA-2000 machine, but it did not come with a manual. I've spent time searching online but could not find a manual PDF anywhere. Does anyone have suggestions where to look for a download?

3 Comments
2024/02/11
20:58 UTC

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Foot pedal problems

Hi! I was a fool three years ago and purchased a sewing machine as a beginner that uses a foot pedal. Three years later and I’m still incapable of modifying the speed of the pedal with my foot. Is there any way to turn a pedal machine into one that uses a hand dial? I’ve been trying to google a device but I don’t think I’m using the correct terms or maybe it just doesn’t exist. I’m so disappointed in myself and just trying to figure out how to make this work. Any advice/suggestions welcome and THANK YOU in advance!

9 Comments
2024/02/11
20:47 UTC

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