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post #721 of 1349
Originally Posted by l1mab3an View Post

I went ahead and tried over-dying my balenciaga jeans but the threads remained white. The tag says 100% cotton, is there any way to get the stitching to hold the dye?

Thread is almost always going to be poly since cotton thread kind of sucks....
post #722 of 1349
I think i might RIT my denim jacket black, so it'd come out a shade of dark purple. the bright red is a little too bright for me.
post #723 of 1349
Kinda tempted to paint a perfectly good pair of NIB GATs. shog[1].gif
post #724 of 1349
Instead of the multicolor splatter, all white paint might be cool (assuming your gats are white)
post #725 of 1349
Yeah, all white a la the original ones. Mine are off-white.
post #726 of 1349

I had these Kenneth Cole driving mocs for a while, but almost never wore them.  I was convinced the strap made it more constricting so I decided to cut the strap off.  I used a seam ripper to attack the seams, obviously.






post #727 of 1349
Looks better than before but still not good. Might look better if you dye them like those Euros you see on the Sartorialist or whatever. But the driving mocs they wear were also suede. Maybe try putting black shoe polish on them.
post #728 of 1349

Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll see what I can work up once I get motivated enough to do the other shoe.

post #729 of 1349
did some further crotch repairs on my RRLs while I was visiting my parents for the holidays.

I've upped my drive to find a sewing machine so I don't have to wait until I can borrow my mom's any time I need one. I want a vintage all-metal one (no plastic gears...outside parts and knobs can be plastic I guess)...been looking at a few singers and have an ebay offer in on a Necchi.

I need straight stitch, zig zag, and reverse...and some way to drop or cover the feed dogs. If I were to find a great local deal on a singer 15-91 or 201-2, I could deal with being straight-stitch only for now, but zig zag is important (any other decorative stitches beyond that...not so much). The one thing that I can't find on many vintage models but I would really prefer is a free arm. Since I am mostly doing repairs and modifications, it is helpful to be able to fit into tight spaces. On my mom's Bernina Nova 900, you can slide off a plate to switch between a big platform and a small free arm...and I almost always use it with just the free arm.
Unfortunately it looks like this was not common a long time ago. The Pfaff 360 looks good, but I hear that replacement timing belts are almost impossible to find...and there is a Necchi supernova model with a free arm but they seem quite rare.

Anybody have other suggestions on things I should look at? As I look at newer machines, there are lots more free arms, but the quality really falls down (and I am not willing to pay the premium for a bernina nova even though it seems like exactly the machine I need...I'm looking for a $100 machine, not a $350 machine).
post #730 of 1349
I hand knitted this scarf from 100% alpaca wool.

It's 7.5" wide and 114" long (2.9m.)

I was trying to replicate this dior homme scarf from 2005.

I'm quite happy with how it turned out!
post #731 of 1349
black RIT dye = purple = radness

post #732 of 1349
gotta say that it looks way better than it did when it was that really hot red
post #733 of 1349
I agree. Very happy with how it came out
post #734 of 1349

A lot of great stuff in here recently. 

Mikey the jacket looks a thousand times better and that scarf is incredible.

Really need to teach myself how to knit.

post #735 of 1349
Originally Posted by mike868y View Post

black RIT dye = purple = radness

mikey, is this slim fit trucker? Really love color
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