Very Old Sewing Machine…needing a bit of work

Well, the Side Winder is really great and I filled many a bobbin. All set to go! I got out my Kenmore and now it does not want to stitch either. All dragging and miserable and, yes, I have been oiling it. The only thing that I can think of is that something got misaligned when I removed the side to peer in and see what I could about the bobbin winder not working.

So I remembered that I had a another machine. An old DeLuxe made in Japan model that I think was made in the 50s. I had to fuss with it a bit and the great people at wefix yahoo groups was a big help, of course, as I did not even know how to thread this old gal. One of them had even made a e booklet up about them. Here is a link for those, like me, that need to know: http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/manuals/ha-1-ib-wgh-instruction-manual.pdf

And here are some pictures of my machine so you know what one looks like.

Top of DeLuxe
Top of DeLuxe
Face Plate of DeLuxe
Face Plate of DeLuxe
Front of DeLuxe
Front of DeLuxe

Please diregard the open foot pedal. It is back together now, but when I first went to use it the cord was lacking much of the insulation on the wiring and I had taped it. When I went to plug it in, it ran full out without use of the foot pedal and the only way to stop it was to unplug. Apparently, when you tape the wires, they need to be taped seperately. If you tape them to where both wires going to and from touch, it will do that. I have them taped seperately now and the machine is now controled by the foot pedal once again. Whew! Was that ever exciting!

I do still have a bit of experimenting to do with the feed dogs and tension, but it looks like I am nearly reay to sew. I can not wait!

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The Side Winder is Here

Just arrived and I had to try it out straight away, of course!

Smaller than I expected, but it is so tiny and cute. It reminds me of one of my daughters make up cases.

So Tiny
So Tiny

The insides are pretty simple and straight forward and it runs on either batteries (not included) or a plug in cord (included) Here is a look at the workings:

Side Winder inside the box
Side Winder inside the box

Now do be prepared. When you hit the start button, it will take off crazy fast. I was not prepared, so on this first go, it pulled the end of the thread that you lace through the bobbin to start it right out of my fingers. Very unexpected!! I will be ready for it next time.

Side Winder in motion
Side Winder in motion

The bobbin is full. A little uneven, but I am sure as a first time ever user that might be expected.

Side Winder full bobbin
Side Winder full bobbin

And that, my readers, is my first experience with a Side Winder. Overall very nifty!

Prairie Fairy….Awaiting the scalp

I had a long internal debate deciding on the hair colours. I had done her face up and then I thought to change her to a raven theme, but I figured that I would stick to my original plan. As a seller of doll hair, waiting for the hair was just a matter of the time it took to create it. I know that a Blythe reroot takes about 1.5 to 2 ounces and that there is more like 3 ounces on the photo, but I always like to have extra on hand. Better safe than sorry.

The hair is now decided on and ready and I await the scalp to arrive for my poor damaged darling. I can’t wait to get to the rerooting part.

Great hair makes everything better!
Great hair makes everything better!
Suri Alpaca Hair
Suri Alpaca Hair

If you wish for a batch of hair like the above (or any other colours) I love taking custom orders and can be contacting through my shop on Etsy at:
http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com

I’ve still got to find where I put the eyelashes that I want to use. I have some lovely thick featherly looking ones that I have been wanting to find the perfect girl for and I do think that she is it! A bit of dusting with pearl ex with make them just spectacular.

But first, before an eyelash hunt. I shall be taking apart my sewing machine. I had some wonderful suggestions from the wefixit group. I will let you all know how it turns out! fingers crossed and looking forward to the arrival of my sidewinder, either way.

Busily getting ready to sew, so that I can wait to sew

I chose my fabric and prewashed, ironed, cut out all the pieces for 9 doll dresses, ironed them all with starch (I find it easier to sew little pieces when starched:), chose my matching threads and went to load the bobbins, but my bobbin winder on my sewing machine has quit on me…arghhh!

Well, not entirely quit. It winds very, very slowly…far too loosely and makes a snarled mess of the whole bobbin. The sewing machine (it is a kenmore) works fine when the bobbin winder is forward for sewing, though.

Not knowing what to do, I contacted a doll clothes sewing group that I am a member of for help. The group is dollwearstitchers@yahoo.com They are such kind people!They told me about a sewing machine repair group (who knew!!!) that is also on yahoo. ‘wefixit’ and they told me about a wonderful thing, which it seems that everyone knows about except me, called a sidewinder!

So I joined the group and am waiting to hear back and see if they have a solution or, at least, a solution that I can do within my skill set. And, I told my Mom about the sidewinder. So, my dear sweet Mom has ordered me one. Thank you, Mom!!!

For others who have never heard of a sidewinder, I can not be the only one, it is a bobbin winder that is seperate from your machine. It is small and portable and puts the thread on the bobbins. Yay! Great idea whoever invented it! I hope that you made millions!!

So, while I wait for my sidewinder to arrive, here sits all the little dress pieces:

9 little Blythe dress ready to sew
9 little Blythe dress ready to sew

Now, I have not been ideally waiting. I have made another lovely batch of doll hair for my shop. Bay black. Gorgeous and soft hair. I love the natural dark chocolate colours that this fleece has:

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Mini BJD Outfit Finished

The snaps have arrived and I have already used four of them to finish my Butterfly Blouse and School Teacher Skirt! I am so pleased with how they turned out and they can be found for sale seperately or as a set in my Etsy shop ( http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com ).

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Here is another picture with her standing up. I need to do something about my doll stands! Although, these stands come with the J-Dolls, they are rather glaring in pictures.

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I hand stitched all of the pieces myself. No machines were used in the creation of this blouse or skirt.

The blouse is made from an antique hankerchief that I upcycled. The butterfly is just too gorgeous and was done by someone with a lovely fine sense of handwork. I had to use it as a central motif for this blouse. The scalloped sleeves, hemline and collar are preserved from the same beautiful fabric and accent the blouse beautifully. The material is very light weight and I have sewn three snaps on the back, so it is easy to change in and out of.

The skirt is handsewn from white cotton fabric with small flowers springing throughout. This skirt is meant to fall past the knees but above the ankles about midway. I have accented the skirt in front with small gold ‘buttons’ made of high quality glass seed beads.

This ensemble is being modeled by my J-doll who has a Pullip type 4 body. She stands about 11 inches tall. The blouse is made to fit her a little loosely and I have tried the blouse on my Blythe. The blouse fit Blythe quite comfortably.

Don’t You Hate It When………

You are almost done with a project and find that you are missing the exact thing that you need to finish it.

I was working on this mini bjd vest for pullip body size 3 and 4:

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and, I thought that it would be lovely trimmed with a little bit of rabbit fur. I figured that I had some rabbit fur. No worries. Well, I went to get it out and realized that keeping it in a plastic bin for over a decade does not preserve it well. So, I go to Etsy and find a very nice lady in Alaska who makes fur baby booties and order a small amount of rabbit scraps.

So while I am waiting, I start a new sewing project for a bjd blouse (still sized for pullip body 3 and 4) made with upcycled antique linens. Isn’t the hand stitched butterfly gorgeous!!! Whoever stitched this motif had a lovely fine hand!

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But then I realize that I had a ton of large snaps but no small snaps, so while I am waiting for Amazon to deliver my snaps. I started a skirt to pair with the blouse.

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The snaps should be here today, so I will be looking forward to finishing two of the three project very soon :):)

My J-Doll Sized BJD Vest is Coming Along

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Sorry for the poor lighting, but I took these laid out on the kitchen table and I think that if I am going to insist on taking picture on my kitchen table, it would be best to move my table very soon!

Anyway, I have most of the stitching done and have embroidered some bullion stitch flowers around the neckline and down the front. I am wanting to trim the edges in some white rabbit fur. I looked on-line and found a couple of thin rabbit fur trims, but one was located in South Korea and the other in Bulgaria. I really don’t want to wait so long for mailing, so I will have to do some more searching. If nothing else, I can get a rabbit pelt and cut my own. I found plenty of US listings for pelts. I will update when I am done with this project.

For the meantime, I have started to cut out my next sewing projects. I am using some antique linens. The hand work is amazing! I got a huge pile of these old linens at a local antique/junk shop last year for about .25 cents each as they have stains and spots. There are too many beautiful unstained bits left to throw away and repurposing them for lovely little doll clothes is a perfect use. Of course, I doubt that I will leave the finished clothes with only the embroidery the fabrics came with. I adore embellishing!

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