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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Will I keep her?

I dunno..
I have an 807, so I may keep that one and sell this one..

This one is SO cute!
And she came with EVERYTHING!
Including the original warranty card from 1969. :)

Fourth tier

Now it's time for the sleeves/and the rest of the ruffles/lace!

3 tiers of the skirting, with a small petticoat under :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

added front panel and the first layer of skirting!

And still....

the 1222 is still being a pain in the butt...
there's something inside that got knocked out of line by the previous repairperson...and tracking it down has been a challenge.

So the bodice, minus the sleeves/trim, is mostly done.

This is the front panel.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One other thingy

that I heartily recommend...
I dunno why it took me so long to put this puppy up!
thread/bobbins within easy reach!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bodice in progress

So a while back I made basic pattern pieces for a fitted bodice.
This allows me to make pretty much any dress I want.

It's all just a matter of changing design elements to match your desire!

Monday, March 26, 2012

different color scheme

than originally planned..
I realized that making a pink satin dress=less than practical for daily wear..


I'm using a different plan!
I'm going to make a few versions of this dress, like I always do. 

Among the changes

to my sewing/repair/dancehall..
oh, right. I don't dance...

Where was I?

So there I was, knee deep in the swamps of Guam, surrounded by a herd of...
wrong story?

Ok then!

With the redesign of my primary space, I have made one change that may prove to be very significant!

I took the doors off the closet, and built shelves into it.
Now, when you combine this with adding rollable storage racks for my actual BOLTS of fabric...
(The one on the bottom right was given to me by Nicole, she's such a sweetie)

What you get is a really great place for my fabric stash!
So cool!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Another view of the completed workroom!

Ok, so here's my repair desk, with the purple cloth, and the shipping area for my etsy shop!
I need to rearrange those shelves, as well as my storeroom!

Oh, one more thing to take a picture of,,,
I built shelves into the closet in this room and took the doors off so now I have the perfect storage spot for my fabric stash!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Flooring done!

So the space is now divided into 3 sections, by shelving units. 
This is the computer/sewing section.
I'll take pictures of the repair/shipping sections later!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The esteemable Fr. Basil

asked me a question, and I think it's a great one for me to answer here!
So you should all thank him!


He asked "Regarding that 1222, did you get it apart by feel, or did you use a manual?"

The answer to this question is somewhat central to my style/ethos as a repair person.

For machines that I KNOW (Singer 201,15,301,400s,500s Bernina 700s,800s....etc) I just do it.
I know these machines well enough that I don't neeed to look at a manual, I can just fix them.

For machines that I've only worked on a few times, I ALWAYS use a servicing manual.

There are tons of little bits of information that are specific to each model, and if you don't already know what you're doing 100% then you are doing a disservice to your clients by not using every bit of information you can find.
I have a collection of Service manuals for various machines, and if I run into a machine that I DON'T have the manual for...
well, that's what the internet is for!
I order one online!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another Rant, but this one is SAFE!

I've been working on a Pfaff 1222, I think I may have mentioned it a few times?

Here she is, partially reassembled.

Anyway, the woman who brought her to me apparently had her repaired somewhere else before, and when the machine was returned it just 'didn't feel right'. 
We've all been there, right? And we chalk it up to 'just us'.
Well, in this case, she was 100% right!
Whoever the person was who did the initial work had no clue what they were doing.
The cam control system was connected WRONG......
There were a few other issues, and there are problems that were caused BY that error...but really?

Then she tells me that her sister took a Bernina to this same place. The machine is not going into reverse, it's only sewing in a forward motion. And her sister is told "That machine can't be fixed!"
Wait, what?

A Bernina..that can't be repaired?

I have one thing to say about that:

Seriously, some people should not be allowed to run repair shops.
There isn't a Bernina out there that CANNOT be repaired...

I've shown you all the one I got where the motor had been on fire, right? And even that one runs just fine once I scraped the melted goo off and resanded the commutator.

A more dramatic pose

for a dramatic nightgown!
I do, as I've said, try to put the 'gown' back in nightgown :)

This is that same hooded shirt pattern.
I widened the sleeve openings, lengthened it down to the floor and gave it a fuller skirt.
Add the ruffle trim.. et voila.

You may notice that I crop my face out of every picture.
There's a reason for that!

I'm trying to keep the focus of my writings here about what I make and work on, not what I look like.
Maybe that's stupid.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Newest nightgown

Ok, so my nightgowns/pajamas tend to be a little.. dramatic?

crushed green velvet and black silk

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sometimes I wonder

about other people's thought processes..
An example, you ask?
Why, certainly!

Today I found this:

Now, what this is is a Pyrex 6 cup percolator. 

Why would that make me wonder about how other people think?
It's new. It's still in the original box with all the original packing material, etc.
And it was made in the late 60s early 70s....

Which means this box has been passed from hand to hand for 40+ years and NOONE thought,
"Hey, these things make GREAT coffee!"

Priorities, people, priorities!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Well hello there!

It's been a little while since my last posting...
Let me tell you what your favorite madwoman has been up to:

First of all, that Pfaff 1222 I am working on... I kept trying to fix it in little ways, by making adjustments here and there. But I finally had to face the fact that the last repair person screwed it up and I'd need to break i all the way down and rebuild...
So, that's what I'm doing!

But, never satisfied with simply having too much to do... my body decided that it would be the PERFECT time to pretty much completely break down....


As I am somewhat completely insane, I decided this would be the IDEAL time to.....
rip out my carpeting in a few of the rooms in our house and put in bamboo flooring...

On a lighter note, I'm feeling much better!

So I bought a serger!
I'm going to use it to hone my serger repair skills...
Yes, I know...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

And, because I wasn't busy enough...

I just picked up a...
Singer 9W
it's a rotary hook machine with a really weird way of controlling the stitch length!
I'm going to hand paint the rest of the decals ....

Saturday, March 3, 2012

slight color change..

Since I made the pink

underwear set, I have been trying to think of a dress to make that would be 'fitting' for it.
And then last night it came to me as I slept:

Friday, March 2, 2012

I modified

the black underwear set...
I just didn't like it the way it was. Not!

Second guessing...

My decision to sell the 930..
See, it's got 40something stitches, and the 1030 has 26.....
The 1030 is harder to work on...
The 930 has these little LED indicators..

it's all so confusing!

So, the Pfaff I've been working on..
Whoever worked on it before she brought it to me was an idiot.
There's a lot more work needed on this thing than I originally thought, because the prior repair person had no clue what they were doing.


But it was her mom's machine, so I'll fix it and give her a super rate.

I found this set yesterday, sterling silver, onyx, and marcasite...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I've been working on a Pfaff 1222

and for the most part, I think they are interesting machines.
The problem for me is that my Bernina 1030 has seriously spoiled me for other machines.

I like having complete control over my stitch length/width and not having a few pre-set sizes.

On the other hand..I decided to sell my 930 on my etsy shop.
I just don't use it enough to make sitting on it a  worthy choice.

It's funny, because it actually has MORE built in stitches than the 1030, but the stitch width is 4mm vs 5mm.