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Can we have a thread to specifically discuss sewing and needlecraft in the context of j-fash and cosplay? Pattern making, machine discussion, garment construction, embroidery, etc. Other needlecrafts such as crochet, knitting, felting, etc are welcome too.
Question to get us started: Have any of you all bought older, heavier duty machines or invested in an industrial machine? It's been something I've been considering for a while because I like to sew some heavier materials and my machine struggles to keep up sometimes
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I just started knitting again so I can make thing for lolita. Not really sure where to start since I have only ever knitted scarves.
Any recommendations for easy projects to get my feet wet? I was looking into socks and have been practicing knitting with double points.
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>>10164103
I do crochet and was thinking of doing a canotier or headdress? I know there's tutorials for the latter. I've also seen people do headbows. It would be nice for winter?
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Part of me wants to get one of the older "vintage" sewing machines because they look nice. But I see them break or jam so often I stick with the same Brother machine I've had since i was 12. Sewing machines are like significant Others that way, tossing out a good one for an aesthetic is a bad idea. But if your machine is having troubles, I hear great things about Viking Emeralds. If you can find one that is.
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>>10164075
I've been hoping a thread like this would pop up! I bought a Singer Brilliance 6180 secondhand last July when I first got into sewing and I'm currently working on my first handmade cosplay. I've only ever worked on a machine once during a week long course during summer when I was a kid. Furthermore this is the first machine I've ever owned. I've made a couple of little small projects: a really bad hair bow, a skirt altered from a children's dress for Christmas, and a handful of mockups for my costume. Seeing all of the effort and knowledge that goes into making a garment really makes you appreciate clothing more. To be honest, my costume probably screams newbie, but I'm really proud of my journey so far. I went from not knowing what a bobbin is to using boning and interfacing.
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I'm just now learning to sew. I've had to wait a decade but it feels good to finally start.
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I'd actually like to learn to embroider to do it on aprons and dresses. Does anyone have experience with applique as well?
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Sorry to double post but I just remembered I went searching for crochet ideas for egl earlier this month and found this link!:
https://egl.livejournal.com/19817969.html
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>>10164410
i've also always wanted one of those old vintage sewing machines; they look so wonderful and they remind me of my grandmother's machine. i kinda learned sewing though her because she would make school uniforms for some of my school mates and me. i'd hang around her while she was sewing and cutting and she'd kinda talk through what she was doing. back then i never thought i'd use it or even remember anything of what she said, but i do and i am thankful.

i don't remember what type of machine she had, but it was very ornate and it was one of those that was built into the table, it would jam every now and then but she never made too much of a fuzz with it. so i guess it wasn't too bad.
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>>10164103
>>10164357

Someone posted a bunch of lacy boleros and shawls on ravelry once, but I didn't save the links. Might be a good spot to look for loliable patterns, if you feel up to it?

Otherwise, you could always just knit OTKs and then knit some lace toppers to go with them.
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>>10164410
Really? The impression I got was that vintage sewing machines are basically unbreakable because they're so simple. You can still find sewing machines that are over a hundred years old and all they need is to be oiled regularly and have the rubber belt changed every few years. But you don't have to throw away the other one, I know a lot of seamstresses who have more than one machine and use different ones for different things.
>>10164477
Both are quite easy, I recommend practicing a bit before going to the real thing but once you get the hang of it it's smooth sailing from there on. Get embroidery hoops, keep your base fabric taut but NOT stretched, and do small but regular stitches.
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>>10164410
Honestly, I just have a fairly standard modern Brother machine and it's held up great. It's stood up to being knocked around and travel when I've taken it interstate, sews through heavy and tricky fabrics very well and just runs well all round.

I think the vintage machines do look very nice but it is great having the features of a modern machine (stitch settings, easier care etc.).
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I'm getting conflicting information with my searches so I thought I'd ask here:
The only way to do a true flat lock stitch (NOT a stitch that just resembles one) is on an industrial machine meant specifically for it, right? I've seen a lot of "how to do a faux flat lock on your serger" but what I'm interested in doing is sewing together some neoprene (2mm) and after some research I learned the stitch most commonly used in wetsuits to avoid bulky seams is flat lock so that's what I would like to do
pic related
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I've had a shitty Singer Esteem since I started sewing *years* ago; I literally walked into Walmart with my parents and they bought the cheapest one there. It finally broke beyond repair, and now I get to hunt for a new one, which is pretty exciting. I sew almost every single day, and am pretty advanced in technique now, so does anyone have any recommendations for my next machine?
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What's the best way to get started with sewing for cosplay? I'm a complete newbie and I've never sewn anything before. My current plan is to make use of some patches I have and sew them (by hand) onto a jacket I have. The reason for this is so I can understand the foundation of what sewing actually is before I throw fabric into a machine and hit the pedal.

But what comes after that? It seems like the popular route is to just grab patterns off the internet and make them, but I don't know how useful that will actually be for me with regards to cosplay. There's a local workshop that does sewing basics, like setting up a machine (which seems useful) but after that the courses tend to be stuff like sewing cushion covers and such.

Is there a good approach to take here? Do I need to master different stitch types? If there's a good recommended YouTube channel or something that'd be great too. My cosplay plans have always been limited by lack of sewing knowledge (And wigs) and I'm looking to level these up hard.
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>>10164848
Store bought patterns are easier to work with when you start out I think.
Just remember if something doesn't make sense Youtube will have a guide for it, no problem.
If you are a girl a seifuku is a good starter project. A pleated skirt is simple and you can see how it comes together easily. The collar attaching on a seifuku is simple but will teach you how to line things up and if it goes a little wrong won't look awful.
If I could give advice to myself in the past I would say it is okay to mess up a little. Don't fret. I used to just make whole cosplays and never wear them because I messed up some minor thing no one would notice but me. It is for fun, you will get better and if you want to you can fix the mess up in the future.
Good luck!
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>>10164848
I would take the course if you've never sewn anything, I took a basic machine course when I was young that helped me get the basics down and having someone actually there you can ask questions to is invaluable.
Regarding cosplay, I'm not yet at the point where I'm comfortable drafting my own patterns, although I have modified patterns and traced patterns from existing clothing I have from just looking at information online. Simple modifications you probably can do without any formal training.
As for wigs, I'm far more of a wig maker (although the types of wigs I make are not the kind usually used in cosplay due to the high labor cost) than a seamstress and could endlessly go on about that, but like 90% of the wigs on this board are "hard front" wigs, meaning they're made entirely out of wefts which means you can make them pretty quickly entirely or almost entirely on a sewing machine (and even make the wefts yourself); If you look on YouTube for "making a wig by machine" or something along those lines, you can find endless tutorials, although admittedly these are not wigs for cosplay but the construction principles are the same
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>>10164833
Janome or Brother. What do you want it to do for you anon?
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>>10164856
>>10164864
Sounds good, I'm not female so a seifuku doesn't provide huge incentive but I can still do it for the skill of the exercise. Do you think a blazer would also help learning alignment?

With regards to different types of stitches, is it worthwhile learning them all or do I only need to master a few? I take it from your responses that moving onto patterns is a good idea, but do you have a roadmap in mind? Is there any benefit to working my way up from easy garments or should I just dive right in with a cosplay project and tough it out until I get it right?
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>>10164955
I mean modern machines do the different types of stitches for you, it's more of knowing the appropriate foot, needle, and tension setting for the stitch (ex: double needles should not be used for wide stitches such as zig-zag stitches because the needle will likely hit the throat plate and break) + the appropriate stitch and thread for what you're making
If you mean by hand then yes, not all stitches are appropriate for all materials, and while you probably will not be sewing large areas by hand, a lot of projects require some amount of hand sewing. You can probably skip learning decorative stitches by hand unless you're planning on doing embroidery (that being said a lot of utility stitches can be used as decorative elements).
As for patterns, you said you have never sewn anything before. You really should start with something simple if you've never sewn, but half the battle with sewing cosplays imo is the material, as some materials are harder to work with than others (pleather or any other "sticky" materials like vinyl, very light or heavy materials, stretch materials, etc)
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>>10164955
Blazers are a pretty hard place to start because they are fitted and there are a lot of parts to them. You can try it, but if you get discouraged easily it might be a bad place to start.
A pair of pants might be a good start. They are not super complicated. A cape is also good.
It really depends on what you like. Look for simplish things you are interested in cosplaying and go for it.
Do you have any characters you are interested in?
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>>10164833
I've gotten a lot of use out of my Singer Heavy Duty. It's pretty versatile, I've used it for formal dresses, blackout curtains, and repairing denim, among other things.
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>>10164955
In order: pillow case, apron, pyjama pants.

You can look up tutorials or buy a commercial pattern, whichever. That's pretty much how I started sewing. A blazer is kind of complex when you get down it it, if you wanna do it right (with tailoring and lining and everything)
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>>10165048
>>10165028
>>10165010
Okay, sounds good - Thanks for your responses. The apron is a curious choice though, what's the reasoning for this one to be tougher than a pillow case but easier than Pajama pants? Is it the shape?
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>>10165048
Seconding this! This is basically what they have you do in beginner classes.
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>>10165073
A pillow case is just two rectangles and a wide hem. An apron is a different shape, can have pockets, the straps, etc. Pants have curved seams (and points to match up), a waistband, and may have pockets or elastic.
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I bought a used Viking Rose from someone who had used it for years and years without any issues. I've only had it for a couple months, but somehow I've thrown the needle out of alignment (it hits the solid part of the needle plate instead of going down into the hole) Any idea how to fix this?
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>>10164848
Don't worry so much about taking the "proper" route. Grab some old linen like bedsheets or curtains to use as mock up or practice fabric and just try getting used to pinning, cutting, and using different stitches. Make mistakes, learn from them, and try new things. That being said, taking a class and using patterns would be a great way to get your feet wet. The learning curve can be a little steep.
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>>10165137
Take it to a shop or an older relative who knows their stuff. IMO its okay to try and fix things once you know how things should be working and you have a basic idea of how the machine works, but since you just got it take it to someone else.
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>>10165137
Is it just the needle itself that's warped, or the whole needle holder? You're supposed to swap out needles regularly, some people say every project but depending on how much you use it every couple of months is fine, or whenever it bends, breaks or the point is damaged, or whenever you need a different type of needle. If you haven't changed the needle yet, try that first before doing anything more involved.
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>>10164848
Learn the basics of sewing and pattern drafting as the latter can be invaluable for cosplay. I learned both from library books, the fundamentals haven't changed drastically over the years.
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>>10164733
Yes.
https://fashion-incubator.com/flatlocking-compared-to-cover-stitching-and-overlocking/
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>>10164410

Vintage machines from the 60s/70s are workhorses and less likely to break because they were considered appliances, not hobby tools. Even vintage singer featherlights from the 20s-30s are good sturdy machines, it's just more risky because there's no parts availability.

Vikings are good modern machines, they still have metal internals unlike singers and brothers.
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>>10164833

Depends what your budget is. Viking or Bernina if you want something that's going to last you for years. Whatever you buy, get a mid-range machine at least. Stuff like feed regulation and tension and good internals is more important than fancy stitches.

Currently available singers are not mid-range machines
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>>10165271
I have an 80’s Singer and have already had trouble finding compatible parts and accessories for it. According to my local shop, most “universal” feet made nowadays will no longer fit it. Is there a reliable place online to get parts and accessories for older machines? I’ve looked on eBay and such but with individual sellers it feels like a bit of a gamble unless I come across a seller with the exact same model I have.
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>>10165473

I've had good luck at estate sales, flea markets, anywhere old people or their heirs are selling shit that's been sitting in a basement for 30 years
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>>10165473
Nayrt, but there is a pretty good vintage sewing machine group on facebook. They answer a lot of questions and can point you in the right direction for parts. They helped me find an ebay seller for bobbins on my vintage Pfaff
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>>10165473
Singers made after the mid-sixties are of notably inferior quality and durability than the older machines. They break down easily and most hit the garbage accordingly. But the older machines are sturdier, easier to troubleshoot, easy to service yourself, and their longevity means there are lots of secondhand parts if you ever need anything. Another thing to keep in mind is that sewing machines stores generally want to sell you big ticket items like machines, so they'll always encourage you to dump your old setup.

>sincerely, anon with a sewing machine collection
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i sell singer and viking sewing machines, if don’t have a big budget, the singer heavy duty is a good machine, but i would almost always recommend a viking. the viking emeralds are good workhorses
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>>10168560
lrn 2 reply
>>10165137
Have you tried just swapping out the needle?
otherwise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFRsKlBQGNA
might save you a bunch of money if it works for you
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>cut fabric
>not straight
>trim
>not straight
>not straight
>not straight
>rotary cutter
>scissors
>not straight
eat my fucking ass, fuck this shit
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>>10168737
This is pretty relateable. What are you cutting btw? I have problems with stretch materials (fuck you power mesh)
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>>10168739
All kinds of fabric. From silk to cotton to faux-leather. I'm going nuts.
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>>10168742
Have you tried using pattern weights to help keep the fabric in place when you cut? I have a set of store bought ones I use, but you can diy your own pretty easily or even use large washers (3/4" internal diameter or bigger) as a cheap alternative (like ~$0.50 each)
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>>10168737
dude, you just need a relatively straight line. If you're sewing with commercial patterns their fat ass 5/8" seams make it easy to fix. otherwise, you need use a fucking ruler and a rotary cutter.
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>>10168748
>use book as a heavyweight
>perfectly straight line
anon i...

thank you...

>>10168756
I'm using a ruler and rotary cutter, the problem was that I'm retarded and wasn't using anything to weigh the fabric down so it wouldn't slide around
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>>10168737
For woven, especially open-weave fabrics you can pull a single thread from the selvage and it will make a perfect line up and down. I do this for long thin rectangles like ruffles.
For slippery fabrics that shift on the bias, you want to make sure that the grain is even before cutting. You can look up for videos, but you basically want to pull on two of the opposite corners of the fabric, then the other two, and it’ll straighten out the grain before you cut.
Also, are you marking lines before you cut? Air & water soluble markers, heat disappearing pens, and tailors chalk make it a lot easier to mark proper lines beforehand (and check that you’ll actually cut a straight line) You can tape your fabric to the floor gently without stretching it to make proper marks, then just cut with scissors after. You can also clothes pin the fabric gently to your large cutting mat and use the rotary cutter.
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>>10168737

snip & rip that shit, my man
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Hey /cgl/, I'm an utter noob at sewing (I literally can't even make a proper finishing knot when trying to fix the holes in my pants), but I'd like to learn how to do it properly. Eventually I'd like to do something related to clothing design, I'm a software developer right now and I hate it.
Where do I begin? Should I master the needle before I move on to a machine, or can I just go right away to the mechanic methods?
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>>10168996
Machine sewing is very different from hand sewing, but you will need to do hand finishing on things like buttons so it is worth knowing how to use a needle for basic things like buttons and repairing holes. Being good at handsewing means diddly squat when it comes to machine sewing so don't aim to master it, just learn the basics of both. Start with books aimed at people learning the basics, or youtube. I prefer books for sewing simply because the basics and the best ways to construct garments have not changed, and youtubers/blogs often like to show you short-cuts which aren't going to be helpful if you want to get into design and manufacture.
Fashion-incubator is worth trawling through if you have an inkling that you may wish to start manufacturing your designs in future - focussed on the practicalities rather than design.
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>>10169004
Thanks anon, I appreciate your advice. I'll try and find a cheap machine then.
What level of sketching/drawing do I need to design clothes? I'd like to know how to draw anatomy unrelatedly of sewing, but I'm curious.
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>>10168996
You should be able to find beginner sewing classes in your area, they'll give you the basic skills you need to get started.
>>10169032
If you're planning on sewing your designs yourself, it doesn't take much, just enough to draw clean shapes. You can use a base figure drawn by another artist to make it easy. If you want to work with other people who will have to work from those sketches, you might want to learn a bit more than that.
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I really really would like to make a dress out of silk, but I know silk is both expensive and tricky to work with. I would place my sewing skills at the lower end of intermediate. I've sewn with slippery synthetic fabrics before but sewing with silk is still pretty daunting to me, is there another project I should try before silk?
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>>10169132
Silk is just the fiber, the weave is more important when it comes to ease of working with. Dupioni isn't slippery at all for example. What kind of silk are you looking at?
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>>10169140
I'm interested in making a qipao (cheongsam), and personally I'm not a fan of dupioni although I have seen that used for it. I was thinking more charmeuse but I'm still not sure what I would use for the lining (thought about crepe de chine but I'm worried about the fragility)
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>>10169154
I've used crepe, it's not very fragile. The usual fabric for a qipao is brocade, and you wouldn't need to line it, but if you want it solid rather than patterned, you could use either charmeuse or satin. Crepe de chine is also an option if you want it matte but that's not usually used for qipaos. To deal with slippery fabric, you'll want nice sharp pins to avoid tearing it, and I really like using wonderclips as well.
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>>10169132
If you're really worried about wasting the silk, make a muslin first.
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I just bought this crochet pattern on etsy for animal crossing amigurumi. I can post the pdf if anyone's interested. Theres quite a few typos but you can figure it out pretty easily.

Alternatively, it's only $5 so supporting the maker would be neat.
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Does anyone have any good advice for sewing four-way stretch velvet with a machine? I've tried pinning but even that is almost too slippery when right sides are together. The only other option I can think of is hand-basting, but I can just foresee myself basting for days since I'm trying to sew a paneled bodysuit.
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>>10169462
There's a few different tricks for slippery fabrics such as:
>using a walking foot
>placing tissue paper underneath the fabric to stabilize it
>using clips instead of pins for gentle/slippery fabrics
>hand basting
>wash or tear away stabilizer
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>>10169459
Dont be a douche like that.
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This is my first time sewing and I got recommended McCall's M7700. I've been using a jersey knit polyester fabric and holy crap the fabric is so hard to sew. I'm going to follow through and finish the pattern no matter how awful it ends up so I can get more experience with sewing, but what's an easier fabric to work with? I need to rethink my next practice work.
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>>10170328
a basic poplin or some sort of cotton is much easier. knit is a pain.
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>>10170328
Seconding >>10170355 that you might want to stay away from stretchy knit fabrics for the time being and focus on woven ones. Go for something with minimal stretch that isn’t slippery. Maybe make a simple skirt out of a woven cotton fabric that can be ironed easily so you can develop a feel for pressing seams, hemming and nicely finishing a waistband. Zippers are also much easier to install with fabric that doesn’t stretch or slip around.
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Anyone have any tutorials/tips for making their own lace topped OTKS? I have brand ones but they’re all second hand and old. I feel like it’s not too much of a challenge but I’m a completely noob to sewing.
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>>10170484
stretch the sock around big bottle or put it on someone and sew the lace on by hand
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I hope this is okay to ask, does anyone have good head bow tutorials. There are some on Youtube that are varying in quality but I would like to make different types so I was thinking there might be some old GLB ones or something.
(If anyone knows where I could just look through old GLB patterns that would also be awesome.)
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>>10170540
Just kidding! I found this if anyone else is interested in old GLB scans:
http://www.lolitahistory.com/gallery/index.php?/category/1/startcat-12

I would still love any recommended tutorials if you have them!
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>>10170540
Have a look for the otome no sewing scans, they often have hair accessories. I like to interface bows so they're more sturdy and hold their shape better, which a lot of tutorials don't show.
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>>10169518
lol there have been threads and threads made for sharing these types of pattens. fuck off back to tumblr with that virtue signaling
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For knit and crochet, this site has translated versions of Japanese patterns, which are superior imo since they come with charts and you don't have to figure out arcane text and trust God it will end up looking somewhat like the picture. http://gosyo.co.jp/english/index.html#top
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>>10164075
I use a heavy industrial walking foot machine for technical fabrics such as cordura and milspec webbing. You will need to consider the feed type when looking into them.
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>>10177413
I still need to talk with you about getting some ahegao in a light-weight twill for a pleated skirt.
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>>10177622
Well, you know where to find me
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>>10169462
Tissue paper between the layers so they can't slip against themselves, fine pins, and roller or walking foot.
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Offtopic, but since the sticky says that we can discuss sewing does this mean there are any non-j-fash specific sewing threads here or anywhere else on 4chan that is a little bit weeby but not too weeby like lolita?
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>>10179820
Well a little bit non-weeby is basically normalfag now to think of it.
Yeah redirect me there pls.
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>>10179379
>fine pins
Wonder clips or the like would be a better idea imo
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>>10179820
The only other place I've seen a sewing thread is /diy/, but it did very poorly. Barely anyone posted and it quickly got swept out. It was also 100% non-weeby. I'm all for more sewing threads though, I have some sewing related progress pics and questions.
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>>10180311
I find pins okay with the tissue paper sandwich, but agreed that clips are probably better overall for mobile fabrics.
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>>10179820
Honestly on 4chan, this is probably the best place to discuss sewing, both /fa/ and /diy/ don't discuss it nearly as in depth as we do here. Plus on /diy/ it's usually more utilitarian and less clothing oriented
>>10180332
>>10180311
On some fabrics like pleather which would easily show pin holes I like to use clips (usually those two prong metal hair clips because as a wig maker I have a lot on hand) but anon said the issue she had was slippery fabric and I feel like clips wouldn't solve that issue because they're nothing penetrating through the fabric to hold it in place. There are some water soluble fabric glues but I can see a problem with them leaving residue, especially on a "clingier" fabric like velvet. Not sure if water soluble thread would have this issue because I've never used it and then you're back to the issue of hand basting taking forever
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>>10180311
I've heard that glass pins don't make holes in fabric, but also that they're extremely sharp. I don't trust myself... Meanwhile, even wonder clips are leaving pinch marks on things, but i guess its a bit better than holes.
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are there any decent sewing machines meant for kids, with safety features? I've seen a few online but the reviews are always abysmal. My 6 year old cousin would love to start sewing with a machine (she already does embroidery and some cross stitch) but I'd rather have her avoid a heavy duty machine if possible.

There's one I thought would be perfect since it had a plastic safety guard around the needle but the reviews said the actual machine/interior parts were trash.
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>>10181410
Don't buy cheap machines to kids, they will end up hating the whole hobby when the machine is shit. Buy a decent one, teach her the basics and tell her to only sew when adults are nearby.
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>>10181410
No. Either get her a proper machine to use with adult supervision or teach her to hand sew garments.
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>>10181410
Get a real machine and provide adult supervision and peoper training. Your hands should never be close enough to the needle to get hit.
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a pin fell inside my stitchplate and i tore the machine open looking for it but never found it. it’s not rattling anymore but now the tension is fucked and i can barely turn the hand wheel. this is a new machine, is it screwed?
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>>10181540
nvm bobbin case was in wrong it’s fine now, hope the missing pin doesn’t come to bite me in the ass though
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>>10181410
6 years old is pretty young but if you trust her to listen to directions, I would just let her use the full size machine with your or her parent's supervision and guidance. I was first allowed to use a machine at 10 and as long as she doesn't do anything like stick her finger under the needle or in the machinery she should be fine.
If you absolutely do not want her using a full sized machine, I would teach her to hand knit or crochet since she's not likely to hurt herself doing any of those
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>>10181410
Like other anon said, hand stitch would be better ( and usefull later on ) But if you really want to buy her a kid sewing machine, try to find a retro one, my mom had one as a child during the end of the 60s~ begining of the 70s and it was more durable (I have seen some at flea market). Ironically my mom was scared that I broke her sewing machine will using it more than hurting myself.
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>>10181410
What everyone else said, especially the 'hating it if the machine isn't any good' part. There are times I've nearly given up as an adult and it was because I had shit supplies/materials/tools.

>>10181540
Take it to a shop, we can't really answer that for you. The pin is probably somewhere you can't see, and even if it isn't, the shop should be able to fix the tension.
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>>10181416
>>10181445
>>10181457
>>10181568
>>10181742
>>10181765
Thank you!

I'll take a look for a vintage kid's machine first.
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I've never sewn anything before in my life. What's easiest to start? Hand stitch? Crochet? Machine?

What do I go for?
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>>10164848
oooooh don't waste time handsewing. You should reserve that practice for truly decorative embroidery and stuff. Handsewing something like seams is a painful labor that you won't really gain anything from. Find a used machine, hunt for one
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>>10164955
shaping shoulders/attaching sleeves is imo one of the hardest things of all to do well. Not a place to start. It's like the little boss before end level boss.
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>>10191562
Someone already asked how to start sewing in this thread. Also crochet isn't sewing.
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>>10164833
I have a Pfaff Creative 4.5 I really like, but it was definitely pricey and I only got it because it was a (well-appreciated) gift.
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Am I retarded? I swear every time I sew on my machine I end up with the needle bar coming down on my thumb and hurting me
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>>10191943
yes
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>>10191943
Yeah that's retarded.Why is your thumb anywhere near the needle bar while you're sewing?
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>>10164075
Am almost done with a sage green crochet bolero - one of those where you make two hexagons, fold them double, then connect them, and am going to make a black short sleeved one next. Will post pics of green one on dress form when it's done and I'm satisfied. Also need to make black lace cuffs for VM velvet dress that's an inch too short on the sleeves.

Also wondering what to do with sparkly Neapolitan icecream cotton. Could make it a bolero too, but would be wearable with a limited amount of stuff in my wardrobe.
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>>10192959
something tells me sparkly variegated yarn would look kind of tacky as anything wearable, save that for something else
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>>10191943
How do you manage to do that?
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>>10191943
hold your fabric slightly farther out, it’ll stay straight as long as your fingers are still on the sewing machine but it doesn’t need to be RIGHT up in there
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I'm still a novice at sewing and am coming to it after dabbling in tens of other creative mediums, but is there a term for what I'm making? I've been having fun sort of cannibalizing and frankensteining pieces of lace and trim to create appliques of sorts.

I'll probably sew them to garments or hats or add silk flowers to them and use them as brooches. They're just shittly handsewn onto black felt.
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>>10191562
Crochet and knitting are crafts where you make things out of yarn with crochet hooks or knitting needles, so not related.

You need to know both hand stitching and machine sewing to actually make garments.

When I learned sewing we started with making a pincushion by hand, then moved on to machine sewing. It's detailed in >>10165048
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I have no idea what I'm doing but my line of thinking is that I can make clothes with a sewing machine, right?
I remember making a small bag or pouch in secondary school with an elastic thing that tightens up the bag but I think it was complete shit. I also made a wooden CD rack I threw down my stairs in pure rage one night
Where do I start here, what machines are good. From what I can gather, I want something that was built less as a hobby machine and more as an appliance, correct? But also then I'd prefer to keep this away from people I know
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Should I use cloth covered buttons or pearl buttons?
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>>10194963
I vote pearl, but that's just because I like them. Personal taste.
Although, the glossy finish of the pearl would help break up all that matte white.
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>>10194963
I'd say cloth for more classic, pearl for more AP style sweet. I'd personally go with cloth since I like subdued, but other anon is right that pearl will break up the matte white nicely.
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Does anyone run something like a homemade lolita tumblr? I need some inspiration.
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>>10193813
I'd call it lace applique I guess, but that photo is quite a mess with all the uneven cuts and unfinished edges. Show a finished piece maybe?
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>>10194963
Cloth covered. All the lace styles here look very ’country-like’ so I think pearl would look out of place.
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>>10194963
Cloth because I think it'll look nicer with that lace.
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>>10194950
Brother has some good machines for beginners
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>>10193813
I hate to say it, but those look like Regretsy pieces or a kid's handicraft.
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>>10191575
>>10164848
Hand sewing is NOT a waste a time as something to learn and practice. One should learn how to handsew well along side machine sewing because there will always be small details that a machine can't do, like ladder stitching or sewing on hooks and snaps.
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>>10195452
I think they were saying it was a waste of time to handsew long, straight seams that a machine could do in under a minute. Handsewing is a useful skill but isn't always the best option.
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help I'm on my way to Joann in an hour to pick up stuff for a headdress and wrist cuffs, do you guys have a go-to simple headdress for a basic old-school coord pattern? I tried searching archives, only found "this is the headdress I made" with no patterns, next stop is dishing out the otome no sewing book on my dead, spare computer.

Similar to pic related, but really any variation on this would be good. Love ya gulls
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>>10198449
You dont necessarily need a pattern for these. You need two long ovals, about 2, 2.5 inches wide, and however long you need them for your head, add whatever embellishments you want on one, attach surrounding lace with pins, make or buy two straps/ribbons, attach those with pins, and layer the second oval on top, with everything on the inside like you're making a little package. Sew around, leaving an opening, flip it inside out, and sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch or something.
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>>10194963
Just tossing out the idea, but small black buttons for a bit of contrast maybe?
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anyone have any favourites in terms of presser feet?
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>>10203666
>666
anon...
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>>10203670
Ha! Is this what it feels like to win the lottery???
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I'm trying to get better at serging and the major issue I have is that there's always a ton of loops at the edge. The tension is fine, and when I cut the fabric with the knife it looks good. but, I don't want to trim off too much of the allowance, so I try to not feed the fabric through the knife, just very close to it. Is there basically no way but to use the knife to get perfect edges?
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>>10205467
You'll need to adjust your machine to the fact that you aren't using the knife. On mine you slide a lever that adjusts the looper needle position and the knife pops up and twists out of the way.
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>>10195021
I think there are some handmade threads on this board, but otherwise you'll have to do some deep diving
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>>10194950
I have a Singer Brilliance 6180 that has been very beginner friendly for a beginner like me. Make sure to get one with an automatic needle threader - it's made my life so much easier. My machine also has a light, it's computerized, and has numbers on its face to easily show you how to guide your thread. I happened to find mine in the Facebook marketplace for $50 without cables (so essentially $70-80), but Michael's sells them for roughly $120-150. If you wait until the good sales kick in, you could probably get a machine for a better price.
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>>10203515
I'd like to know this as well. Has anyone ever bought any off brand presser feet that they've had success with? I'd prefer not spending a chunk of change, but I don't want to sacrifice quality either.
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>>10205856
I've bought some off aliexpress, even a walking foot, and never had any problems. There's a good chance they come from the exact same factory as the brand name ones
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Ive got to create a body harness/ mesh top together and im daunted with how i should do it. The stitching with a machine would be very small and quick but im afraid of messing it up over so many little pieces to sew.
However doing it by hand would be easy to do 1 but to sew each piece one after the other would be a bit tough.
Should i use a machine and just close the stitch asap for speed? Or do it by hand and make a bunch of cross boxes with accuracy to hold it strong?
Im working with elastic no wider than 1-2 cm.
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>>10164410
I'm a proud owner of a Viking Emerald 118 and I'm very happy with it. Has handled everything I've thrown at it. For a while I was sad I didn't have fancy embroidery stitches that I would have gotten with a more crappily made brother, but now I'm seeing I really want specific features from an embroidery only machine.

I made a dump with a bunch of scans of OnS, should be in the archives. I'll find the link again when I'm home
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>>10210311
Sounds tricky, I think personally I would do it by machine but lower the max speed to go more carefully and avoid going off track.
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>>10170540
https://mega.nz/#!9PxW1IAC!W3O1fHqCC35kMI9PDV5w21C_iPDIOZEXgGlPXcrtn-U

Here we go! Found the scans. Also here's the link to a bunch of GLB and GosuRori scans. https://chochololita.livejournal.com/ It'd be cool if the next anon who makes a sewing thread would stick these in the OP so we don't have to keep tracking them down.
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Genuine question (not pointed at scanner-chan, thank you so much!)

Why do people call it "Gosurori" so commonly when it's clearly just attempting to write the English phrase "Gothloli" in japanese? They mix up their Ls and Rs, we don't. We speak English and can pronounce it as intended. Does the magazine itself ever use that spelling in English or was it just weebs taking the pronunciation too seriously? Is it just to differentiate the magazine from the actual style?
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>>10211160
Mm I really think it's just because that's how you romanize the characters. ゴ go ズ zu ロ ro リri. Zu and su are basically the same thing, but you do also see Gozurori occasionally. I can't think of an instance of the magazine spelling it out, but I'm not the most knowledgeable. Also excuse my weeb but Gothloli just sounds unbearably dumb to me so idk
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>>10211160
I think it's supposed to ironic/funny but lolita humor is really bad so...
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>>10211160

This magazine? The orange/yellow lettering in the middle also spell out gosurorisutairu (gothloli style).

idk why other people do it, I know I do it because I was using kana to search yja in its early days, and spelling it out in romaji is sometimes helpful to memorise it correctly. Btssb with its full spelling was some really horrendous thing....
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>>10212193
Gothloli sounds dumb but being American and pronouncing it as "gosurori" doesnt? The latter sounds like you're ridiculing Japanese accents. "I RIKE RICE. I AM GOSURORI". Goth and loli are both English-derived words, and the magazine is just combining them and attempting to write them in Japanese,
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>>10205856
desu i pretty much exclusively buy cheap Chinese feet from eBay/AliExpress and don't have problems, I bought a walking foot for my old Janome machine and it looks identical to the brand name walking foot that came with my new Brother machine
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Are Gingher shears worth it? Thinking about asking for a pair for my birthday
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>>10212221
Someone post that stuffed bunny pattern
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>>10214428
Gingher 8" shears are $15 on Amazon right now. I caved after having misplaced my nice shears for like a month, and checked Amazon and boom cheap. I like them a lot. I like how heavy they are. I'd probably be happy with them at $40- for $15 I'm thrilled.
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>>10215427
I bought both the dressmaker shears and utility shears because they were both so cheap. Excited because I wanted some leather scissors
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I'm starting to really seriously look into getting a multi-needle embroidery machine to do merch and costume pieces. Any anons have machine or brand recommendations? There are a lot of companies that make multi-needles that I don't recognize, and I'm not sure whether to go with a brand I know like Brother or Bernina or a company that seems to ONLY make these kinds of machines.
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>>10215774
I definitely recommend going to a sewing machine shop in person if you're making such a big investment. They'll let you try out the machines. If you don't have a shop nearby it's probably worth a long drive if you have a large budget.
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Can someone explain the point of babylock having a dedicated sashiko machine when sashiko is like, just a normal stitch you can do on any machine? Am I retarded or missing something?
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>>10206893
>>10214425
Thanks! If you have any links, I'll gladly take them. All the more reason not to overspend
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>>10215910
It...isn't a normal machine stitch though. Most straight stitch machines don't replicate the look of a hand-sewn running stitch, they use a two thread lock-stitch so there isn't any gap between visible stitches. Sashiko is a running stitch with a single thread so you get the same gap you would if you were hand-sewing.
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>>10211143
Thank you so much for these!
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I have a question that I can't seem to find answers for online. I'm trying to trim fabric with ribbon, in such a way that it also finishes the edge. How do I actually do this? Should I be finishing the edge first and then attaching the ribbon? Should I just be doing a straight stitch on either side? In general, what's a good resource for learning techniques like this?
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>>10220594
If you want to finish the edge with the ribbon you need to bind the edge, there are tutorials out there for bound edges. Basically you want to run a zigzag stitch over your raw edge if the fabric is prone to fraying, then sew your ribbon to the front right sides facing each other with a straight stitch, and then fold the ribbon over and whip-stitch it onto the back of your fabric.
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>>10220605
I can't say I'm looking forward to whip-stitching considering it's a cape. There's like 6 metres of ribbon.
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>>10220606
You can also just fold the ribbon over the raw edge and sew both sides at once with a straight stitch, it's not quite as pretty but it's much faster.
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>>10164075
I have a few question based on picrel:
-anyone here has any idea on how to sew those blink stuff on the jacket?
-what are those blink stuff made off
-is there any sketch on how I supposed to line them up so when they're worn, the blinks are line up properly?
-where I can get them?
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>>10220672
Anon can you clarify what "blinks" are? I can't tell if those are leds or just sequins from the photo
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>>10220676
sorry I'm pretty new to english name materials, I think I was referring to the sequins.
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>>10220680
I think they are just large sequins like ones commonly used in dance costumes, which you need to attach by hand. Should be able to find something similar by just looking for "large sequins" or something equivalent in your language. Not sure exactly how big the ones in the photo are, but big sequins usually have the hole on one side instead of the center, pic related is available on AliExpress and says it's 25mm.
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>>10220700
how do you sew them? just the top part or both top and bottom? how to align the sequins so they're just like pic related? I don't have any sewing mannequin to see the look while sewing them.
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>>10220710
Don't know how you'd sew the bottom since it's just the top part that has the hole. You should plot out where you want to put the sequins before you sew them down to make sure you have them in a straight line. Sewing sequins on is tedious, there isn't really a way around that
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>>10220713
thanks anon.
It seems that on AliExpress they don't have much of the no texture sequins with flat and opaque-like-mirror rainbow colours. what material do you think they're made of? is it from metallic paper paste onto plastic sheets?
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>>10220594

This is how my Bodyline skirt was put together (have sold it since tho, sorry for lack of pics) :

1. Sew the ribbon, flat, on the wrong side of the fabric, along the outer edge (like, where you want the cape/skirt to end)
2. Trim the edge so that the raw edges are shorter than the ribbon
3. Flip the ribbon onto the right side. Since you sewed the outside to the wrong side of the fabric, the raw edges are now sandwiched between the fabric and the ribbon.
4. Sew along the top of the ribbon.

Since you're sewing a cape, I'll go ahead and mention ribbons aren't bias tapes and don't take corners and curves all that well, though you prob already know that.
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>>10220738
This store seems to have a variety of sizes and colors in plain metallic finishes: https://lnhome.aliexpress.com/store/1195039 For your reference picture you probably want the largest size they offer
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>>10220672
Looks like it's large disk sequin fabric. Like this stuff. You can get various sizes of sequin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVUgDRv0mkQ
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>>10220850
thank you for this.
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Any place where /sew/ get their traditional clothing template? I'm looking specifically for Bunad..
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>>10220782
I'm doubtful I could find bias tape that looks good enough. Maybe I try using bias tape underneath though?
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>>10221249

You can make your own bias tape.
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>>10221248
https://www.ingebretsens.com/crafts/nordic-style-costume-patterns



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