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Last night I finally finished off the pair of butterfly pants I was working on, but I broke 5 needles doing it. The hell?

I also finished my first linen hippari, but I'm trying to figure out what to do with the inside seams without a serger. I'm also going to start working on two dashiki-style tunics, which hopefully won't take too long, and then start on another two hipparis and pairs of pants, all before Pennsic... in 18 days! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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ben_raccoon
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaay.....
esprix
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
You rang? :P
mirvana
Jul. 8th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Lots of ways to finish seams without a serger:

- Use zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine to finish the edges.

- Do a flat-felled seam, or a mock-felled seam (See http://sewing.about.com/lr/seam_finishes/66054/3/)

- Use seam-binding to enclose the raw edges
esprix
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the ideas. When you say zig-zag stitch, you mean just sewing the seams together? Should I fold them over first?
mirvana
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
zig-zag finish
typically, you trim the seam allowance down to about 1/4-inch and then just zig-zag the seam allowances together. However, since you are working with linen and it tends to fray a lot, you might want to fold the raw edges in. That's basically what you do with a felled seam.
esprix
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: zig-zag finish
I'll have to try that. Thank you!
suba_al_hadid
Jul. 8th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I always break sewing machine needles if I'm a) pulling the fabric through the machine too fast, or b) not going slowly enough when I hit the overlap of multiple seams (I have to crank by hand in these spots in order to make sure it's not being deflected and hitting the plate below instead of the hole). Not sure if either of these applies to you.
esprix
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
It was the multiple seams, although I didn't realize it was because it was hitting the plate at first. I'll show you the pants - they're a wild patchwork fabric I found, but that included seams before I even made seams, so it got kind of thick in places.
suba_al_hadid
Jul. 8th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing it!
esprix
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we can trade info on Middle Eastern garb, as that's what Q wants to do during the daytime?
suba_al_hadid
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Cool! Here are some easy patterns, most courtesy of Uncle Rashid:

http://www.feoragdubh.eastkingdom.org/GarbWorkshops.php

Hmm... I mostly use the salwar pattern from Uncle Rashid, and this tunic pattern from Lady Amina:

http://feoragdubh.eastkingdom.org/Patterns/BasicIslamicTunicoftheMiddleAges.doc
http://feoragdubh.eastkingdom.org/Patterns/BasicIslamicPantsoftheMiddleAges.doc
esprix
Jul. 9th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'll check them out - thank you! We've also commissioned Uncle to just make him stuff, as I don't have a lot of time before Pennsic.
suba_al_hadid
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Ooo - you'll have aweseom garb for him then :)
suba_al_hadid
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hey - on a completely unrelated note, I have some newbie friends who have some questions about feather conventions that I couldn't entirely answer. Is it true that wearing a blue feather will *only* indicate same-sex orientation? What's the feather color for bisexual (if any)? Is there a feather color for straight-but-supportive?
esprix
Jul. 9th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
There's more info at www.bluefeather.org, but the accepted practice is dark blue means you're GLBT yourself, and light blue means you're a friend of the Clan. If they're coming to War, send them down! :)
suba_al_hadid
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'll drag them around and introduce them :)
bigbearok
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
It might be the tension needs adjusting. I'd put in a call to Uncle for advice.
esprix
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Turns out it was the fabric thickness, but yes, I've already consulted with Uncle several times. It's been *years* since I sewed like this, but it's all coming back to me (slowly). :)
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