Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Patterns and Notions > This can't possibly be a needle problem! ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
This can't possibly be a needle problem!
OK, so it was a needle problem...
tourist
star
tourist  Friend of PR
Intermediate
BC CANADA
Member since 7/23/07
Posts: 6100
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 5 members like this.
Date: 8/11/12 6:35 PM

Sewing lingerie elastic into a little loop to make a regular body suit into a convertible strap body suit so the straps can be threaded through the shoulders of a Latin ballroom gown. It a) holds the bra straps out of the way so they don't show and b) holds the dress up.

After 3 or 4 thread breaks and not finding even a remotely reasonable explanation, I bowed down to the collective wisdom of PR and admitted I just might fix the problem with a new needle. Was a bit surprised to find I have #14 microtex sharps, but that seemed a good one to try and by golly, it worked.

New mantra: when in doubt, change the needle first.

------
http://bgballroom.wordpress.com to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

SheBear0320
star
SheBear0320  Friend of PR
Advanced
MB CANADA
Member since 4/8/08
Posts: 3545
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tourist <<


Date: 8/11/12 6:44 PM

Whenever I have problems with elastic on spandex, I switch to microtex -- it is almost always the solution.

Good to know it's not just dumb luck on my part.

------
Sheila
"sewing very slowly to fill an empty closet"

2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
27.5 yards sewn (as of 04/17/14)
20.125 yards purchased (as of 04/17/14)

poorpigling

poorpigling
Advanced
TX USA
Member since 12/28/07
Posts: 11066
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tourist <<
thumbsup 8 members like this.


Date: 8/11/12 8:44 PM


Check the needle first.. the bobbin second .. and rethread.. Those three things usually takes care of most problems.. So simple.. and yet we always fear the worst.
I had a complete meltdown one time when I got absolutely NO response from my machine.. even praying over it didn't help.. Pluggin it in did though..

Miss Fairchild
starstarstarstar
Miss Fairchild  Friend of PR
Advanced
USA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 7936
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tourist <<


Date: 8/11/12 8:57 PM

I'm chuckling about this because I came across this very mantra-enlightenment recently. I brought out Goldie to do some sewing for a client (it's much easier to use a Touch and Sew with the constant thread changes than to have to unthread and rethread my machine) and noticed her bobbin stitches were too tight, with the top just fine. I fussed and I fumed; I changed the tension, I changed the stitch length, cleaned the bobbin--twice and oiled it, and was starting to think I needed to send her in for repair, when I decided to.... change the needle! Oh yes! those simple little things in life that can aggravate!

By the way, I'm curious about this loop thing. I was working on a client's bridesmaid dress and noticed two threadchained loops inside, near the shoulder seams. The loops came undone via a snap. Ingenious way to hide bra straps and to keep the straps of the gown up! I'd never seen this before!! I was wondering if yours would be similar?

------
"Play the cards you are dealt, but choose who is sitting at the table"..AARP magazine

SEE MY ETSY SHOP HERE: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AuntMaymesAttic
My blog: http://auntmaymesattic.wordpress.com/

SheBear0320
star
SheBear0320  Friend of PR
Advanced
MB CANADA
Member since 4/8/08
Posts: 3545
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Miss Fairchild <<


Date: 8/12/12 0:37 AM

I've been using lingerie straps for years at the shoulder seams -- I usually use a piece of ribbon and plastic snaps. I've also put a larger version on either side of the centre back seam to hold bra backs in place.

I think tourist's might be a bit different -- at least if I understand what she is using them for.



------
Sheila
"sewing very slowly to fill an empty closet"

2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
27.5 yards sewn (as of 04/17/14)
20.125 yards purchased (as of 04/17/14)

Miss Fairchild
starstarstarstar
Miss Fairchild  Friend of PR
Advanced
USA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 7936
Login to reply to this post

In reply to SheBear0320 <<


Date: 8/12/12 3:29 PM

Now this is a great idea! The little thread chain I saw on the RTW dress was a little on the flimsy side, but it did hide the straps well.

------
"Play the cards you are dealt, but choose who is sitting at the table"..AARP magazine

SEE MY ETSY SHOP HERE: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AuntMaymesAttic
My blog: http://auntmaymesattic.wordpress.com/

SheBear0320
star
SheBear0320  Friend of PR
Advanced
MB CANADA
Member since 4/8/08
Posts: 3545
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Miss Fairchild <<


Date: 8/12/12 7:25 PM

Just came across an article in the Summer 2012 issue of Sew Stylish that calls them lingerie guards and uses thread chains and covered metal snaps -- they suggest using them to:

1. Make a convertible length hem
2. Avoid the flap at the bust -- for holding V necks in place
3. Control gap at the waist -- to hold jackets in place

I'll have to try the V neck one -- not sure about the others.

------
Sheila
"sewing very slowly to fill an empty closet"

2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
27.5 yards sewn (as of 04/17/14)
20.125 yards purchased (as of 04/17/14)

Symon
Symon  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
CANADA
Member since 9/17/11
Posts: 14
Login to reply to this post

Date: 8/13/12 10:16 AM

It always surprises me how the littlest things make the biggest difference! My bobbin thread bunches and snarls when my needle thread isn't through one of the guides properly - it's strange but true! ^_^

tourist
star
tourist  Friend of PR
Intermediate
BC CANADA
Member since 7/23/07
Posts: 6100
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Miss Fairchild <<


Date: 8/13/12 11:23 AM

Miss Fairchild - I think I originally saw the bra strap guides in RTW, as well. So when I couldn't figure out how to keep straps hidden on a gown, I added a set. Then it still showed so I added another set. There might have ultimately been four sets on that gown, which worked, but was really fussy, particularly when one came undone and I had to get help doing it back up.

So on the next gown, I decided to make one long channel for the straps to go through. It does require the body suit or bra to have convertible straps, where the snap version does not, but since the body suits I use are strictly for wearing with the gowns, it is worth doing it. I just unpick the bra strap on the back of the body suit, add a loop to the suit and a hook to the strap. I can also customize the suit at that point if it needs to have a lower back.

The channels get sewed in to the shoulder of the gown about 4 or 5" in front of and behind the shoulder seam. I just cut an extra piece of fabric and lay it into the shoulder before finishing the neckline and arm holes.

Tutorial on my blog. Well, photos and instructions, anyway.

------
http://bgballroom.wordpress.com to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
OH USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 6858
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tourist <<


Date: 8/13/12 1:19 PM

Love Microtex needles!

------
I dont give them Hell, I just tell the truth about them and they think its Hell. Harry Truman

"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Patterns and Notions >> This can't possibly be a needle problem!

Merchants on PR
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Leather 101
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Leather 101

Online Sewing Classes
Restyling with Exposed Zippers
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Restyling with Exposed Zippers

Simplicity 1783
photo
Review by MrsCharism... on 12/22/13
Read Review

Peek-A Boo Lucy Dress Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Lucy Dress Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Ahsley Knit Ruffle Dress Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Ahsley Knit Ruffle Dress Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 1805
photo
Review by moonthirty on 7/2/12
Read Review

Sewing Workshop Nikko Jacket Pattern
Sewing Workshop Nikko Jacket Pattern

Details
Price: $22.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Jamie Christina Mission Maxi Pattern (JC312MM)
Jamie Christina Mission Maxi Pattern (JC312MM)

Details
Price: $14.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8052 Pattern( Size ONE SIZE )
Vogue 8052 Pattern( Size ONE SIZE )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Butterick 5895 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )
Butterick 5895 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN