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From: grandma C
Date: 01-20-2007, 01:13 AM (1 of 9)
Hi, Glad to meet Ya'll!

me: I will be 58 years old next month.
6 grandchildren, 5 dogs, 1 donkey, 3 goats
employed as a sonographer and x-ray tech.
Married 39 1/2 years, love sewing but havn't
done much especially not in 25 years.

equipment: Janome MC 3000 (bought used)
Simplicity sewing machine several years old
Speedyloc serger

Right now I need some tips on setting my machine to shirr a cotton knit shirt. I want to put elastic thread in the bobbin and mark the stitching lines on the fabric with dissapearing ink and stitch along the lines on the right side of the fabric. Do I need to use a zig zag stitch or straight stitch? Loosen the upper tension or the bobbin tension? Would you suggest wether to use the Simplicity or the Janome?
:nc: Grandma C
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: lendube
Date: 01-20-2007, 12:56 PM (2 of 9)
Hi Grandma C,

Welcome. I see you're up to your nose in animals too. Mine are of the domestic variety but what a bunch!

I suggest you post under "General Sewing" to get your questions answered. Try "Search" too.

It's a terrific board with lots of helpful, knowledgable folks.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: cshortsew
Date: 01-20-2007, 03:08 PM (3 of 9)
Welcome Grandma C!
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: sewingrandma
Date: 01-21-2007, 02:45 PM (4 of 9)
Welcome to the group, you'll love it here.
Now on to the elastic questions. This is what I did when I made my GD a blouse, Simplicity It's so easy 4925. Hand wind your bobbin with the elastic, do not put any tension on the elastic when you do this. Do not feed it thru the bobbin tension hook. You'll need to do some samples to decide what you like as far as your upper thread tensions and stitch length. The one thing I can't stress enough is anchoring the ends. Back stitching didnn't do much good, neither did stitching the ends in a seam. The best way that I found was to tie knots and put a drop of fray check on the knot to prevent it from coming undone.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: grandma C
Date: 01-27-2007, 04:15 PM (5 of 9)
Thank you Brockie, I am now finished with the blouse and it isn't perfect but you helped me. Thank you. Oh! I did have to slip the elastic through the bobin tinsion thingie. Maybe that varies from machine to machine?
Grandma C

Ps Chloe saw the blouse today and stripped her shirt off right then and there and put it on. Her smile made all the imperfections dissapear.

ps Thanks everyone for the welcome and help!
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: esrun3
Date: 01-29-2007, 08:48 PM (6 of 9)
Hi Grandma C-welcome to the group!!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: Brenisback
Date: 01-30-2007, 05:20 AM (7 of 9)
Welcome Grandma C...enjoy ...great group.

People come into your life ...for a Reason a Season or a Lifetime.
User: Brenisback
Member since: 09-20-2004
Total posts: 228
From: cup_cakes1969
Date: 01-30-2007, 11:10 PM (8 of 9)
Wow Grandma, you love animals too, I have a large group of animals too but they are all domestic, but we love them all right down to Mr Jingles one of our mice!

Welcome and I hope you enjoy your time

User: cup_cakes1969
Member since: 01-26-2007
Total posts: 3
From: IsabelleB
Date: 01-31-2007, 05:18 AM (9 of 9)
Welcome, Grandma C! :bluesmile
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
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