AlterNation: Transform. Embellish. Customize. by Shannon Okey, Alexandra Underhill

By Shannon Okey, Alexandra Underhill

Customise your outfits. remodel your world.
Do-it-yourself model is the main inventive, cheap and enjoyable option to create a method thats thoroughly and uniquely you. even if youre a stitching amateur or a savvy seamstress, AlterNation provides you with the entire wisdom and notion you want to create your individual trend-setting clothes and niknaks. simply dig into the again of your closet or hit up your favourite thrift shop, and youll be in your solution to making a distinctive cloth cabinet that might have your pals asking, «Whered you get that?!»
* Convert a mens buttondown into the graceful and sleeveless place of work Corset, or mix it with a flowing skirt to create the unusually female Mens blouse Dress.
* Reinvent a pillowcase and a flat sheet to create the lovable and cozy Bedhead most sensible and Asymmetrical Sheet Skirt.
* Pair a few ripped-beyond-wear denims with a few fashionable cloth to make the damaging Cherry purse, or minimize a couple of out-of-style pairs into panels for the Denim Corset Skirt.
Not simply will you discover ways to make 25+ tasks, youll be bursting with principles for numerous extra. subscribe to the electorate of AlterNation! flip your again at the mall, set your individual traits, and blow their own horns your variety!

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8 INSERT GROMMETS Using your marks as a guide, punch holes in the fabric. Many grommet setters come with a tool to make the hole. If yours didn’t, use a leather punch and a hammer. Set the grommets according to your grommet tool’s directions. ) If you don’t want to use grommets, you could make buttonholes instead (many sewing machines have a setting that will make them for you automatically). 9 ADD LACING Starting at the top, thread the ribbon into the grommet holes, shoelace-style. Tie a large bow at the bottom if you’d like.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR SEWING MACHINE A. bobbin case B. feed dogs (see opposite page) C. presser foot (see opposite page) D. needle (see opposite page) E. thread guide F. thread uptake lever G. tension control H. stitch patterns I. thread spool pin J. hand wheel K. stitch width selector L. power switch M. stitch length selector Sewing Machine Needles There are several types of sewing machine needles made for sewing on everything from heavy Lycra to T-shirt jersey, denim and delicate silk. The main differences are the shape of the point, from rounded to very sharp, and the size and shape of the eye.

PREVENTING A RAT’S NEST OF THREAD When you start a line of stitching, sometimes the thread will suddenly tangle up into a messy nest of thread where the stitches should be. To keep this from happening, pull the bobbin and needle threads out 1" (3cm) or so behind the needle and hold on to them for the first few stitches. The Stitch Length Selector The stitch length selector allows you to adjust the length of your stitches. For sewing on most fabrics, use a stitch length between 2 and 3 (about 10–15 stitches per inch).

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