Sunday, April 15, 2018

A/C cover

Well, the air-conditioner cover I made in the fall lasted its first winter ... if winter'll ever end. It only blew off once before I put some bricks around it (was too lazy to make a drawstring). It's made of Top Gun Lite (aka Top Gun 9, aka Mustang?), an acrylic-coated polyester fabric designed for boat covers -- which of course makes it perfect for covering your A/C unit. :)

Rochford Supply, up in Minnesota, has roll ends (1-3 yards) for cheap.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pfaff parts

I just got a variety of feet and needle plates for my 335. Never have used the binding function much so I got a regular needle plate and feet.

Cut out the middle man and order your stuff straight from Kwok Hing Sewing Machine Company in China. No min, and shipping costs ain't that bad. This is also your place to get binding attachments.

UPDATE: Just installed the "regular" foot, needle plate and dog. Dog needed some grinding to fit. You get what you pay for. :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pete's pack

Finally made a new hip pack for Pete. Denim lined with polyester. Padded. Turned out pretty well for how fast I did it.

 Practicing curvy patterns more now that I got the post-bed machine.
 Lined these corners up pretty well.

Here's the first prototype I did, from last year:

This is what it looks like when you wear something every day and wash and dry it mechanically. You can see that the velcro ate up the Oxford nylon flap liner. And that the corners failed. Sharp cotton corners'll do that.

We'll see if the new design holds up a bit better. The denim is a bit heavier than the duck, and it has rounded corners in the back, and it's lined with a synthetic, so it'll still work when the cotton has failed. Pete lost a few nickles and dimes with the brown one. Sorry, Pete!


Been sharpening my pants-patching skills lately. Behold!

Total weft failure on these Levi's ... never seen this before...

Laying the first stitches, just to hold everything together.

For large or weird-shaped rips, I've been using the lightest interfacing I could find to hold the hole together. I'm curious to see how this breaks in. If it gets weird, I guess I can try the water-soluble stuff.

Working on a better horn than this cardboard one. I'll let you know how it turns out in a year or two. :)

Here you can see the iron-on interfacing and stitches. Since this rip went up into the fly junk where it was too thick for the machine, I had to finish it by hand.

Not bad. We'll see how this indigo thread looks after a wash.

More crotches:
What bike-riding does to fancy jeans.

Consew magic ... not color corrected. :)

Tried a couple different bobbin shades.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Made some fun little patches for the Berlin Bazaar this September.

To make things interesting (and fast), they're all freehand, single-line designs.

Pretty cute!


Finally spending some time on the Consew 207.

Repaired my first total-crotch blowout:

Using a lightweight interfacing to keep things in place.

Let there be crotch!

And here's is a knee repair on Jenny's jeans:

Got a bunch of T24 and 27 spun poly and poly-cotton thread from A&E for darning -- including this indigo-dyed D-Core. Turns out you can order directly from them. $50 min. Nice. :)

Singer 201

Maude Vintage gave me a beautiful Centennial 201 this summer. Thanks, Sabrina!

201-2 subclass = potted motor.

 Needle range of 9 to 21. Not bad, 201. Not bad.

Housed in a cool Art Deco cabinet with awesome spring-out foot pedal and table support.

The insulation was falling off the original wiring, so I had to replace it. Not too hard: just measure the new wire with the old wire and remember where everything goes.

Here's where the power cord plugs into the motor/light/pedal wires. The original wiring had nice little terminal eyelets. I soldered the new loops a bit so they'd keep their shape.


The new insulation was quite a bit thicker and stiffer than the original. Had to trim it down to fit.

 Recently got a really sweet automatic wire stripper, btw. :)

Foot control cover.

The hardest part was getting the drawers out to access the old wiring. There's stop/lock tab there on the left, next to the rail, that you can open with a paint stick or long slotted screwdriver.

Lock it down.

Machine-lift assist, and a bracket for a bottle of oil down there on the right.

This machine is great a sewing lightweight material. So far, I've used it to make a mess of bug bags for a local lab and sew a pocket back on some pants.