Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Work pt.1 - selvedge denim, duck cloth, indigo linen

Been working 12-14 hour days trying to get things together for a special project.  If I can pull it off I'll write more about it soon.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Shirty Machines

I drafted a new work shirt pattern the other day, my first in about 8 months.  The pattern came out pretty well, but I had numerous machine problems.  It took far, far too long to construct this one shirt.  And in the end it didn't even  come together well enough to wear.  Feeling very much "not ready for prime time" this week. 

You can see some of the buttonhole machine problems in the images below.  The machine snapped its belt while I was using it too - kind of alarming when it happened.

After fixing the belt I discovered that the machine is missing a few parts.  Don't know if those missing pieces are why it's not functioning properly though.

Tack Buttons and Hand-Press

My hand-press arrived a few days ago.  Having done a few test buttons I see now why a foot powered press is preferable - you've really got to give it some force to set the steel tacks.