Happy February…Sewing machine Blues and my first UFO/UFP of 2018 New Look 6123

TGIF! and Welcome to the greatest month of the Year! My birthday and sewing anniversary month. I had these big February sewing plans and they have dwindle down to just making sure I have clothes for my trip later this month.

I am currently having some technical difficulties of such. My serger is in the shop for about the 3rd time. Its been there two weeks. Last time I brought it home it was cutting per the samples, I was given, and one of the samples I finished cutting. But when I used it to finish my knits. It would not cut. So I took back to the shop thinking maybe user error. But the guy tried to cut the knit, two layers of liverpool but it would get caught. When I call to check on it this week, he said he ordered a washer, and it should be in today. I will wait until next week to follow up. 

Even though a serger isn’t a necessity I still want it to finish my seams, and this year I wanted to look into using it for more things. I have attachments that have never been used.
Now, my sewing machine is giving me the blues, it just needs to be replaced. However I haven’t been able to decide on a good replacement. 

My current machine is brother simplicity sb3129. I don’t think it’s a bad machine, however this was my first machine and I made a lot of mistakes with it. Which has resulted in the operation declining quicker than one expected. I have damaged foots, plates, jammed the feed dogs etc. 


I have taken it in to be serviced a few times, but the tension is still messed up, my bobbin still jams, my stitches skip etc, my thread breaks in the machine, I think I knocked something loss in the feeder. AGAIN user error. 


Although having a machine with a zillion stitches is over kill for most. there are still some features I want in my new machine. But I need to find a machine this weekend so we shall see. 

I want a machine that has


  • built in thread cutter
  • at least 7 button holes (my current machine has 10) 
  • max sewing speed at least 850 (would love to go up to 1k without going industrial)
  • speed control
  • lettering style (doesn’t have to be an embroidery machine

SO ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU HAVE WOULD BE APPRECIATED?

Now Back to my sewing project New Look 6123 

Probably one of first patterns I purchased when I first started sewing. I cut out the 18. The only real area of concern was the hip measurement. I knew before starting it was possible this project would end up not fitting. I’m a solid 50 in the hips,(goal is back down to 48 one day one day lol) the finished hip measurement was a 45 1/2 I believe. I was using a knit a liverpool, it has stretch but not over stretchy, lol. But I was willing to test it out. 

I attached the bodice to the skirt,  the back is left open for the zipper. I tried it on, you know how one does a hospital gown, lol. And thought this may not fit me. So I basted the back, and stopped a few inches above the kick pleat. Tried it on, and it fits.
However I had severe gaping in the upper back. So I pinched it out 2 inches, tried it on still to big I went back and pinched some more. I think I’m at about 3 1/2 inches tapering to nothing at the mid back. but my machine is tripping so bad, that I just tossed it to the side for later. 

New Look 6123 View B

New Look 6123

 I do love the sleeve

Beside the back neck gaping I think the fit in the back is fine.


I know this pattern is made for other fabric then knit, but I don’t think that has to much to do with the gaping. I just need to figure out away to take my measurements for future projects. 
I know like the basic upper bust, bust, under, waist, hips. but I dont know if I ever wrote down upper back, shoulder to shoulder, neck to waist, shoulder to apex etc.
So yea I shall put this aside to finish once I get a new machine, or maybe finish in March lol

So for now I’m on a sewing pause, I will deep clean this weekend and try to locate a machine.


Well until next time sew on….. and please share machine recommendation


TELL A FRIEND

2 Comments

  1. February 3, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    NL has always been crazy in the neck for me too. I don’t understand who they’re drafting for with that wide neckline!!

    I tried to find specs on your existing machine before recommending my own. But then I saw your list of must haves. I’ve been having my Singer Quantum Stylist 9985 for about 7 months now and love it. Although all 3 is my machines have been Singers (serger and coverstitch, Brother).
    The 9985 has the 850 speed, 6 letter styles, 13 buttonholes, has the built in (push button) thread cutter and has speed comtrol. It’s in the $400-450 range.

    Machine woes are not fun so I hope you get it settled soon!

  2. February 3, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Thanks I'm going to look that machine up.

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