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post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by peekyboo
Tweezers are good for threading the serger because you don't want your fingers around those needles and blades while the cat (who may be out for revenge after the tail incident) is walking around the pedal and the machine is still on.
I love those tweezers too!!! And as soon as a cat/child/dog goes underneath the table, I very quickly turn the machine off!!! I'm so scared one of them will step on the pedal. Hasn't happened YET, but I'm trying to prevent it from happening! Also, I usually don't do anything around the needles unless the machine is off, again because I'm paranoid. It's probably a good paranoia to have.
post #22 of 40
This thread is so funny I just couldn't pass it up....

*Keep all fabrics away from candles
*measure twice cut once


Jenn
post #23 of 40
*if the bobbin thread is going to run out it will inevitably be while sewing on lastin and then you won't notice it has run out till you have run the length of lastin thru the machine, thus having to put even more holes in it after evil bobbin is re-wownd (sp). :
post #24 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by boscopup
I love those tweezers too!!! And as soon as a cat/child/dog goes underneath the table, I very quickly turn the machine off!!! I'm so scared one of them will step on the pedal. Hasn't happened YET, but I'm trying to prevent it from happening! Also, I usually don't do anything around the needles unless the machine is off, again because I'm paranoid. It's probably a good paranoia to have.

It is a good paranoia to have. I nearly shut it off, but with the machine off, the light goes out and I don't have enough light to thread the machine. I did think of getting out the flashlight, but it would probably take longer to find the flashlight than to thread the machine.

My mom has an old Pfaff and the light switch is seperate - why don't all machines do that? And why won't my mom just hand over the old Pfaff to me? And her cool old sewing cabinet that folds out for cutting space, but closes up like a cabinet? It's not like she's used either of these in ten years. I still can't believe she gave away her serger. GAVE AWAY!
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by peekyboo
My mom has an old Pfaff and the light switch is seperate - why don't all machines do that?
Oh, that'd be really nice!!! I have to turn the light on over my kitchen table so I can see better. Yeah, it's harder to see when the machine is off, but I'd rather have trouble seeing than to get my fingers stabbed by machine needles moving without my help!

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Originally Posted by peekyboo
And why won't my mom just hand over the old Pfaff to me? And her cool old sewing cabinet that folds out for cutting space, but closes up like a cabinet? It's not like she's used either of these in ten years. I still can't believe she gave away her serger. GAVE AWAY!
Ugh! My mom has a really nice sewing cabinet too. Hers doesn't have a cutting table though. It looks like an armoir, with two big upper doors, then 2 small lower doors. The upper doors open, then you fold down the sewing table with the machine attached. Behind where the table folds up, there are spool holders galore on one side, and on the other side is a bunch of shelves. Then in the bottom portion of the cabinet, there's another shelf. My mom keeps patterns and scrap fabric down there.

She hasn't sewn in YEARS. I'm typically the one to use her sewing machine, not her! And now that I have my own, I don't use hers very often.
post #26 of 40
This is great!

Yeah...be prepared to be covred in fuzzies if you felt a sweater. I felted one and then pulled it out of the washer and shook out the gazillion little fuzz balls. It made a huge pile on the floor. I told DH to come look at what happened to the sweater. You should have seen the look on his face.
post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by JennP
*measure twice cut once


Jenn
Don't you mean 'measure twice cut once, realize you've done it wrong, swear, measure again'?
post #28 of 40
these are so funny, yet so true. I'll add

*those rotary cutters can cut your finger OFF in .02 seconds.
post #29 of 40
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*#3: You learn how to knit JUST so you can make wool soakers someday.
post #30 of 40
Thread Starter 
You think about learning how to knit wool soakers...and you don't even use wool!
post #31 of 40
Me too! I haven't actually used a wool cover yet, but I've got tons of wool to make covers and longies with!
post #32 of 40
Thread Starter 
bumping to add another

Just when you finally make one good one, life will stall your progress one way or another. My way? Catching dd's head cold and slight fever.

Editing to add - didn't stop me from buying more fabric!
post #33 of 40
That going into goodwill 'just to look' will always result in leaving with AT LEAST one if not 3 sweaters that will make great longies. Now what to do w/ all the bodies of those sweaters?

Had to add: I went into the SA the other day looking for 2 sweaters to make into longies for a fundraiser and found 3. One is absolutely beautiful! When I showed a few friends they thought I was nuts for even thinking of cutting up the sweater. It took 3 of them to convince me to 'try' out the sweater as well a sweater before I cut it up!
post #34 of 40
I have made several different types of diapers including 28 made from old t-shirts. They make wonderful diapers, but I have been looking for a pattern for water-proof pants to put over them. Anyone have any ideas of where to find one?
post #35 of 40
mossna...i just use my diaper pattern for waterproof covers and just make it a little bigger than the pattern...has worked great for 3 yrs and counting...
post #36 of 40
That there is always more to learn. I have read everything i have found and i still don't know everything. Thank god for this board because i think that i have learned more here than anywhere else. Thank you everyone for being so helpful with all of my questions. I don't know if i would have even tryed to sew a diaper with out this board
post #37 of 40
I laughed lots!
I am so with you all,especially on the one about every textile object you come across in day to day life becomes a potential diaper!
I am really turning into a diaper bore.
My friends and family are sick of me,my 8year old son is telling everyone I am mad

post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by peekyboo
Just when you finally make one good one, life will stall your progress one way or another. My way? Catching dd's head cold and slight fever.
Yep, that happened to us this last week! DS got a cold, and the next day I came down with it. : We're STILL getting rid of it, and it's been a week! I'm afraid mine is turning into a sinus infection even. Ugh. But I actually got started on a diaper today!

Now I just need to order more fabric... And snaps! I just realized today that I'm almost out of snaps!
post #39 of 40
Thread Starter 
boscopup - I'm still trying to get rid of the headcold, which brings us to point #485

Never try to start on a diaper at 10 pm at night when you barely slept the night before, spent 6 hours running errands with your energy-draining five year old, to the point that you had to stop at Starbucks to get a thing of caffiene to make sure you stayed awake for the drive home, since you were the driver.

Yeah, if you attempt to make a diaper after that, first you'll sew the elastic on with the wrong stitch (all the while thinking "Gee, I don't remember the stitch being like that.") And then after that, you'll go to serge it and get so caught up in how well you're serging, you don't notice that while your stitches are gorgeous, your fabric isn't lined up right and you took too much off the corners, so you don't even have a wing on one side...
post #40 of 40
Thank you for the advice. So far, I have mostly made prefolds. I have made a few fitteds, but I really like the pattern I found for prefolds. I went to one of the resale shops here in town, and they donate all their "unsellable" t-shirts to me to make diapers out of. I have also been able to decorate the plainer ones with iron ons. My husband is a Wile E. Coyote freak, so I have ironed some downloaded pics of the coyote on the backs of some of the diapers. It is very cute, and provides somewhat of a waterproof barrier.

I have some old raincoats the other kids outgrew and won't wear, they are the perfect material for "rubber pants". I just needed to come up with some sort of pattern. (Other than tearing apart a pair of baby bloomers that is).

The few fitted diapers I have made, came out either way too huge, or way too small. I am still trying to find the perfect pattern, and perfect it so they come out the way I want. We have TONS of extra wash cloths, and I am using those for the padding for the fitted diapers. I think they are a bit too stiff, but they should soften with wear and washing. Especially with bleach! The t-shirt prefolds are so much softer and absorbant. I have even made a bunch of sanitary pads and breast pads for myself. They are VERY comfy, and work wonderfully. At first, I thought "yuck!" but I really love them.
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