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post #46 of 50
Great thread. I want to buy a sewing machine now.

My mom has one down in the basement and I open it one day in attempt to alter one of my old dress shirt. After seeing the complexity of the sewing machine, I quickly gave up.

The sewing machine OP ordered from amazon looked fairly easy.

I'm debating on whether to learn how to use the complex one I have, or buy an easy one like OP.

OP, where did you learn how to use that beast if you don't mind me asking?
post #47 of 50
I snagged the sewing machine out of the basement to do some pants, have had some great success with taking in the legs on those. Definitely going to try a shirt next.
post #48 of 50
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I just slimmed the inseam on a pair of chinos by 1/2 inch. Once again experimented first using safety pins. One inch would have been just a bit too tight for mobility, 1/2 was just right. As with anything, attention to detail is important. I first ironed the inseam nice and flat and then marked the entire run with a fabric-marking crayon and a ruler. I used heavy-duty buttonhole thread and ran a careful, tight, straight stitch. Once again, the entire process took just a few minutes and resulted in a much improved fit. Cuffs can be a bit tricky. I cheated and tapered in from the cuffs so these trousers technically have a slight bit of flare, but it won't be noticeable. A real detail-freak would disassemble the cuff and then sew it back up after slimming, but I'm happy with the trousers as is. Now I need to tackle a pair of Dockers that have about half a yard too much fabric in them...
post #49 of 50
Just tried it on one of my old blousy Hawe and Curtis shirts and the fit turned out amazing across the body. Is there any way of shortening the sleeves without major surgery or use of sewing machine? Probably try and do all the other old shirts and maybe start old trousers as I found that it was quite an educational experience. And it really helps with online MTM shirt purchases.
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Great thread. I want to buy a sewing machine now.

My mom has one down in the basement and I open it one day in attempt to alter one of my old dress shirt. After seeing the complexity of the sewing machine, I quickly gave up.

The sewing machine OP ordered from amazon looked fairly easy.

I'm debating on whether to learn how to use the complex one I have, or buy an easy one like OP.

OP, where did you learn how to use that beast if you don't mind me asking?

Just the quick start guide that came with it... I agree if going at it blind its confusing but once i did the step by step the learning curve was quick!
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