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    Default Sewing M/C for skirts in Sussex?

    Hi,



    We're trying to sew a skirt, but the Wife's M/C is not up to it. Does anyone know where we can rent, borrow or buy a slightly meatier one?



    Does it need to be a full blown industrial one?



    We're in Worthing.



    See some of you in Littlehampton hopefullly. (First look at other craft).



    Rgds,

    Kerrin



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    Default Re: Sewing M/C for skirts in Sussex?

    Modern sewing machines have nylon gearing and fancy stitch mechanisms, so are not really up to sewing up to 3 layers thick as in some sections of skirt.

    Get an old preferably Singer electric sewing machine nothing expensive up to £15 maximum, from a bootfair or Freeadds.

    Then buy some needles for Denim increase the foot pressure and set the thread tension.

    Ensure you use polyester thread, think my last lot of thread came from Ken at Eagle Hovercraft.

    No, I don't like sewing, but I do like my skirt <u>right</u>!

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    Default Re: Sewing M/C for skirts in Sussex?

    i've been making segments today and i use a standard everyday sewing machine, nothing fancy - try spraying your nylon or polyester thread with a bit of WD40 sometimes the neoprene can grab the needle, material is fairly lightweight but i have sewn thicker stuff on it as well



    make sure the needle is suitable for denim, any lighter and it'll snap or bend



    32 down 24 to go



    Tony

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    damn,



    i've still got over thirty to go, and a big hole in the bottom of the hover to fix...........

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    Default Re: Sewing M/C for skirts in Sussex?

    I use a fantastic Janome Memory craft that is able to make embroidery too. Fast and strong, and I have made my own embroidery designs for hovercrafts on jackets, caps , etc.[img]index.php?t=getfile&id=319&private=0[/img]
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    Default Re: Sewing M/C for skirts in Sussex?

    Hi,



    Thanks for that, yes, the neoprene is grabbing the needle, enough to lift the foot. I can't mess with this m/c so I'll look out for one I can bodge. As long as I don't need a full blown industrial one I should be alright.



    Nice embroidery, don't think we'll be doing that on all our segments!



    4 down, 63 to go.



    Rgds,

    Kerrin

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    It’s a singer very time for me. We now have three. One of which was my Grandmother’s 21st birthday present and is a treadle one, in a large wooden cupboard, which I do the main skirt. I’ve recently rescued it from the garage, I gave it a quick belt sand all over and a bit of Poly varnish and it sits looking pretty in our timber beamed dinning room.



    The second is Martin’s Grandmother’s and it’s a small hand powered one. Very good at race meetings, as it needs no power. It is now covered in dirt and grit from most of Europe.



    The last one is another hand one in mint condition and I use for any other sewing I need to do. Not that I do much of that.



    Anne

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    Default Re: Sewing M/C for skirts in Sussex?

    Hello All;

    I have no problems at all with any kind of neopren coated material, no matter how many layers I put together? I tried only up to 4 . Better results are obtained with neopren down facing grid.

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