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di3f00l
04-19-2011, 20:56
I've never sewn in my life and I was wondering (since I think I'd fail at a machine) if it's possible to hand sew with a needle and thread? I realize that would take longer but I honestly don't care, I've just never sewn anything so I think it'd be nice to be able to work with my hands at first?.. Especially with something so small. Does that even work? If so, how do I get started?..
:think

spyder
04-19-2011, 21:50
Yes, you can do it and it's not hard at all, just time consuming. Go and buy a pack of different sized needles, a needle threader, seam splitter, different colors of thread, and maybe some kind of fabric tac. A thimble will come in handy as well, and some decent scissors.
What are you trying to sew? And what type of material? Some textiles are thinner than others and easier to work with.
These items I have listed are relatively inexpensive, but the fabric tac might be a little high. Let us know what you're trying to sew....

santopapa
04-19-2011, 22:13
Sewing is really easy! I'm not a master tailor, but when you know the basics you can really make up various kinds of outfits, if not gear.

This is the method I always prefer to use, the backstitch method.
http://www.jamboree.freedom-in-education.co.uk/w%27s%20craft%20corner/backstitch.gif

Here's what I made using my meager sewing knowledge.
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo301/Zastava/Berezka%20DIY/SNC00192.jpg
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo301/Zastava/Berezka%20DIY/SNC00193.jpg
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo301/Zastava/Berezka%20DIY/SNC00194.jpg

I used inappropriate colors of stitches tho. :lol
Images retrieved from https://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/600830-noobs-diy-russian-bdu.html

However, there are times that I feel lazy when sewing minute parts that, I just "cheat" using Fabri-Tac :lol
I "cheated" on the work above by gluing the fringes of the hood. Strangely, I prefer hand sewing than machine sewing. I have a portable SM but I find it more fulfilling when I do it manually; hard work gives you a sense of accomplishment. :)

If you ever decide to start on a project on your own, I'll be waiting. Can't wait to see what you'll come up! :goodluck

di3f00l
04-19-2011, 22:17
I think I can find some needles in my moms closet :D

Why different sizes?
Needle threader > What if I can thread a needle, I'm assuming that's what this tool is for?
Seam Splitter > What in the world is this? I even googled to see what it was and I couldn't figure it out. Looks like a screw driver though.
Fabric tac > Is this the modern alternative to using needles to hold the fabric down?
Thimble > I actually know what this is! But why do I need it?
Scissors > Got em! Mom has nice fabric scissors somewhere.

I'm trying to sew this (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_m0LIlWZrbl8/Sralu4l261I/AAAAAAAABGk/3fiUT5BDLr0/s400/4374.jpg)hooded trench coat. Not sure how I'm going to make a pattern either. Or where/what type of fabrics to use.

I probably sound pretty dumb since I know absolutely nothing about what I'm jumping into but I figure everyone starts somewhere... just takes practice.

EDIT:
santopapa > Thanks for the support, and nice work there! How long / how much practice did that take? I really do want to start my own project because I think I'll appreciate the outcome more if I do. Also because sewing is a good skill to have anyways.

santopapa
04-19-2011, 22:21
I think I can find some needles in my moms closet :D

Why different sizes?
Needle threader > What if I can thread a needle, I'm assuming that's what this tool is for?
Seam Splitter > What in the world is this? I even googled to see what it was and I couldn't figure it out. Looks like a screw driver though.
Fabric tac > Is this the modern alternative to using needles to hold the fabric down?
Thimble > I actually know what this is! But why do I need it?
Scissors > Got em! Mom has nice fabric scissors somewhere.

I'm trying to sew this (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_m0LIlWZrbl8/Sralu4l261I/AAAAAAAABGk/3fiUT5BDLr0/s400/4374.jpg)hooded trench coat. Not sure how I'm going to make a pattern either. Or where/what type of fabrics to use.

I probably sound pretty dumb since I know absolutely nothing about what I'm jumping into but I figure everyone starts somewhere... just takes practice.

I only used a needle, threads, and a scissor. That's enough for me. About Fabri-Tac, it's not exactly for holding fabrics down, at least in my case. I use it when I get tired from all the sewing and want it to get over with.

As for the patterns, I hope these may help
hood patterns - Google Search (http://www.google.com/search?q=hood+patterns&hl=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=8lCuTc7BAqvWiALH5r2-DA&ved=0CBcQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=635)

Can't help you on what type of fabric to use though. Sorry man.

Hope these help.


EDIT: Thanks bro! I just read your post right after posting mine :lol
I used to sew when I was young but I am not really adept. In fact I consider my skills as novice. I use the backstitch method which gives the fabric a strong attachment to the fabric it will be sewn with. Using a pencil, I draw a barely noticeable line where the threads will go. I make sure the stitches I make will be "in line" with equal spaces for each stitch. You'll be surprised on how easy it is, that I assure you. ;)

di3f00l
04-19-2011, 22:28
Oh smart, that's a fast way. Maybe fabri - tac for prototype and then actually sew for the final? After I get the pattern down? I dunno...

santopapa
04-19-2011, 22:32
That would be good, experiment with it first. I wouldn't advise using Fabri-Tac in the final product, because it really bonds with the fabric and might ruin it. Actually, it's a substitute for stitching IMHO, 'cos it saves time from all the sewing. Also, you don't need to hold the pattern down, as you'll be sewing a small piece of fabric that is, the hood.

spyder
04-20-2011, 00:52
Sewing is really easy! I'm not a master tailor, but when you know the basics you can really make up various kinds of outfits, if not gears.

This is the method I always prefer to use, the backstitch method.
http://www.jamboree.freedom-in-education.co.uk/w%27s%20craft%20corner/backstitch.gif

Here's what I made using my meager sewing knowledge.
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo301/Zastava/Berezka%20DIY/SNC00192.jpg
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo301/Zastava/Berezka%20DIY/SNC00193.jpg
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo301/Zastava/Berezka%20DIY/SNC00194.jpg

I used inappropriate colors of stitches tho. :lol
Images retrieved from https://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/600830-noobs-diy-russian-bdu.html

However, there are times that I feel lazy when sewing minute parts that, I just "cheat" using Fabri-Tac :lol
I "cheated" on the work above by gluing the fringes of the hood. Strangely, I prefer hand sewing than machine sewing. I have a portable SM but I find it more fulfilling when I do it manually; hard work gives you a sense of accomplishment. :)

If you ever decide to start on a project on your own, I'll be waiting. Can't wait to see what you'll come up! :goodluck


Impressive sewing for sure!!!



Why different sizes?***** Because textiles are different thicknesses and it will help to get a pack of different sized needles. Shouldn't cost more than a few dollars.
Needle threader > What if I can thread a needle, I'm assuming that's what this tool is for?*******A needle threader makes it waaaaay easier and saves time. I use mine quite alot.
Seam Splitter > What in the world is this? I even googled to see what it was and I couldn't figure it out. Looks like a screw driver though.******You'll need one of these if you really start sewing alot. You can do the same thing with a knife or exacto blade, but these won't ruin whatever youre trying to pull apart.
Fabric tac > Is this the modern alternative to using needles to hold the fabric down?*****Sometimes you'll need this to temporarily tac something down before you sew it together. At least that's one of the things I use it for LOL.

If you have a sewing store in your area, or even a Wal-Mart, you can find all kinds of inexpensive things to start sewing with.

Good luck!

di3f00l
04-20-2011, 05:22
Yeah I have a hobby lobby not far away. And what type of fabric would you recommend? Particularly for the project I linked to.

Steviebaby
04-20-2011, 08:12
Never heard of needle threader, unless it's the same one they use for machines. Saves loads of time!
For hand sewing you can get something even quicker--self threading needles. They have a barbed "v" instead of a hole--just pull--voila!
Also for hand sewing, the mentioned backstitch method is ace for simulating michine stitching--gets the joint nice and tight.
Much prefer the machine sewing though--quicker and tighter than by hand. It's not hard!

di3f00l
04-20-2011, 15:24
Went to the store and bought a yard of black and a yard of red. TONS of fabric.

Progress(ish):

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk303/di3f00l/Picture81.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk303/di3f00l/Picture83.jpg

I'll definitely redo it before it's actually completed but I definitely learned a lot and got better at it through the production of this simple hood. Next time I just need to plan ahead so I wont have to hem the same thing twice (like when I add the red). What do y'all think? Won't really be able to start the robe part until I order a body.. so I need to hop on that.

spiderrogue
04-21-2011, 16:14
a few years back, i taught myself how to sew by hand. now, it is easy, but takes awhile longer then machine sewing. and yes, hand sewing will do the trick and still looks good..but honestly, from my experience, nothing beats machine sewing...try hand sewing for a bit and then start on a machine...you'll never go back to hand sewing, lol. i still do some hand stuff from time to time, if it's something small that is just easier to do....

Dophoro
01-11-2012, 09:10
hey nice job on the hood though!

Broadshore
01-11-2012, 18:58
You know. Big Lots last year had these little Travel sized Sewing Machines for 15.00. Was going to pick one up to see how well it worked making 1/6th Figure stuff.

Cerberus
01-12-2012, 08:08
:popcorn Hand sewing has its uses, but seriously it cannot beat a sewing machine for stitch quality.

It might look hard but sewing with a MACHINE is easy peasy, even for a novice (like me) and I bet you would be honestly surprised at just how easy it really is. - It turns from stressful into fun in no time at all.

:dunno Besides all sewing machines have operating instructions that come with them and some even have DVD operating manuals that you can watch and learn from.
(Just be careful where you place your fingers on them when you're actually sewing because they can bite.)

Sgt_Steiner
01-12-2012, 10:43
I hope Arnie isn't reading this thread...
Though it wouldn't surprise him since we "girlie boys" do like playing with dollies... ;)

One of these days I will get around to doing a bit of sewing myself...
I have been wanting to make a U-boat commander's crush cap since I saw someone else scratch build one...

>>>

Cerberus
01-12-2012, 16:45
I hope Arnie isn't reading this thread...
Though it wouldn't surprise him since we "girlie boys" do like playing with dollies... ;)

One of these days I will get around to doing a bit of sewing myself...
I have been wanting to make a U-boat commander's crush cap since I saw someone else scratch build one...

>>>:tongue There's nothing 'girly' about knowing how to sew mate.

I wouldn't go asking any female drill sergeant to sew something up for you because it's a girly task. - LOL.

Nah, sewing is just another skill that you can learn and it's actually a very handy one because you don't need to wait on someone to do it for you if you can do it yourself.

cpmsap
01-13-2012, 06:47
I hope Arnie isn't reading this thread...
Though it wouldn't surprise him since we "girlie boys" do like playing with dollies... ;)

One of these days I will get around to doing a bit of sewing myself...
I have been wanting to make a U-boat commander's crush cap since I saw someone else scratch build one...

>>>

Can you elaborate about the cap? I am looking for a crusher pattern for ages!!!

Sgt_Steiner
01-14-2012, 18:07
Can you elaborate about the cap? I am looking for a crusher pattern for ages!!!

God, I wouldn't know where to start looking for the post.
In one of the WWII threads.
Maybe the creator is reading this thread and can advise...

>>>

Gwendydd34
02-06-2012, 16:22
I looked at the picture you provided closely...There is a shinnyness to cloak.
I would use a sateen or satin for the black. the red looks mat and I think a red flannel would work its thing but would also make it look fuller.
as far as pattern It has a collar that reaches cheek level which makes me think its a 2" collar cut on fold line by the measurments of of his neck add only 1/2"- 1" to that for seam allowance. the red bootcuff he has on sleeves are 11/4" wide by how long you want sleeve width to be. Keep in mind this is a full red jacket with the black sewn/attached to it. so you will have to make both seperatly and attach at neck adding collar and hood and sleeves last.
I hope that was helpful i could sketch out pattern and copy and paste it if you need to but i need measurments.

vince
02-06-2012, 20:15
I felt the same way when I started ,wanting to hand sew everything.
But, go to Walmart, spend the few bucks for a sewing machine, a simple one, and just practice sewing anything together. As you get the hang if it (and lose the fear) you will never hand sew again.

spiderrogue
02-23-2012, 18:44
hand sewings for chumps...listen to vince and get a machine...trust me..so much better...i can do a super hero suit in around 15 minutes from top to bottom...hand sewn would take a lot longer(ive done it all brother)..lol..
here's a sample of my machine sewn stuff..it's pretty close to actual store bought sewing..the seams are nice and tight..
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i100/spiderrogue/DSC00934.jpg

Redmond
08-12-2012, 19:49
Backstitch is pretty strong, it's really hard to undo compared to machine stitch. Machine stitch is much faster of course.


:tongue There's nothing 'girly' about knowing how to sew mate.

♫Not until you start sewing ruffles, lace and ribbons on to your uniforms.♪