Tuesday, September 28, 2010

That JA coupon

Well Jo-Ann sent out their 50% off coupon. I got mine by email.
Think I'll take advantage and grab some fabric for some up
coming projects. Going to try the muslin as interfacing for
what ever I decide to make.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Runs good

Well I used the 503 to do some topstitching and it worked great. I love this machine.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The 503A is home

It's a great day. My Singer 503A arrived via FedEx this afternoon. Wasn't expecting it until next week.
It is so nice. Paint is like new. No nicks or wear marks. Rolls smooth as glass and I can't believe I got it.

I'm finishing up my shirt. Need to get some buttons for it. I'm thinking black glass.
Not sure what I'm going to break in the 503 with. Maybe a pair of pants.
I'll post some pictures soon.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

An addition to the family

Sometimes you do things you probably shouldn't do. Say things you shouldn't say, go places you shouldn't go.
Should I have gone to Ebay? Man that place can get you in trouble. But most of my life I've been a trouble boy,
so, I went.
Seems I found a nice 503 Singer that was calling me. So I started to bid. And bid. And bid. Somebody else
had heard it call also. But baby, I was calling back. Probably didn't need another machine.
But those slants are soooo cool. And if you let them they will sew like no tomorrow. So, sew,,,,
I got it.
Hey, I'm happy.
Now the wait for it's arrival. tic tock

Monday, September 6, 2010

Holiday progress

Well I got my placards on and they're looking okay. Everything is draping nice so far. Hope to have the
collar on tonight. Who knows, this thing may be done this week. But I ain't a rushin nuttin.

ps. I didn't melt the mystery fabric when pressing so that is always good.

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's a start

Well, I put a form together. Not as elaborate as I envisioned but it's workable for the moment. The plaster thing
outside or inside or whatever will have to wait till form #2. This one I just stuffed like a sausage and it's holding
form good enough to use. Funny how those curves you don't want to think about kind of stick out on one of
these things. I know it's all necessary but a little depressing to look at. Tried on several shirts that fit me and it
wore them well. So now, no excuse. Get busy Carl. Do something for goodness sake. Those machines are
crying "use me, use me". So now I've given myself enough thread to hang myself,,, here we go gang.

ps. if nothing else, I'm having a good laugh with this. After I got the darn thing stuffed, I laughed so hard I almost
wet myself. I gotta watch that.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Waiting for the weekend

Started cutting my fabric. Hoping to get a start on my shirt this weekend. I really want to have the form ready
before I start on the bodice. I've been having a tough time getting someone to help me with that darn form.
Once I get the initial wrap done, I can do the rest.
My plan;
Go with the original idea of wrapping with duct tape. But then I'm going to use some of my dental plaster and
reinforce the inside so there is no give. I'll wire a pvc tube inside so the base can slip into it. Then I'll fill it with
expanding foam to keep it light. A tight fitted T-shirt over it will give me a good pin-able surface.
All the great techniques posted at PR gave me the idea for my final way of trying this. That is a great site.
Hope I have a good report on this for the weekend.

Here's the link for the thread on forms at PR.