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Re: Prewound bobbin's

 by John Long ¦  Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:34 am ¦  Forum: General Discussion ¦  Topic: Prewound bobbin's ¦  Replies: 19 ¦  Views: 7550

The only reason I would be tempted to start using prewound bobbins is I hate emptying the end of the used bobbin and I am just too cheap to throw the old bobbin away. It would be nice to toss it and grab another one.

I have always wound my own up to this point.

John Long

Re: Split back bench seat

 by John Long ¦  Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:43 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Split back bench seat ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 2865

@monica. I see two minor things I would do. First, I would take a straight edge across the top of the back rests and trim the foam so they are straight across the top. Secondly, I would trim the foam between the back rests so the gap between them was consistent and equal. That will give you a better...

Re: Pinching around curves-First project

 by John Long ¦  Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:29 pm ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: Pinching around curves-First project ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2496

All of the above. Also, a little steam will make the vinyl softer and more supple allowing the curves to form more easily.


Re: Scrim foam

 by John Long ¦  Fri May 14, 2021 1:49 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Scrim foam ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 3617

this would make a great practice piece for you. Make a couple small cushions. Do scrim on one not the other and see how you like the differance. Scrim is not necesarry but does add to the quality look of the finished job. John

Re: Just ordered the All in One

 by John Long ¦  Mon May 10, 2021 4:55 pm ¦  Forum: General Discussion ¦  Topic: Just ordered the All in One ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 3105

You will indeed enjoy the course Benny8. It will be money well spent if you never do anything but the Nova.


Re: Recent job pics

 by John Long ¦  Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:36 pm ¦  Forum: Marine ¦  Topic: Recent job pics ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 5527

Double thumbs up! Good stuff.


Gorgious, for sure! Thanks for posting. :thumbsup:

John Long

Re: Listing attachment with plywood base

 by John Long ¦  Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:58 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Listing attachment with plywood base ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 3729

Did you install a wire in your listing?


Re: Listing attachment with plywood base

 by John Long ¦  Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:26 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Listing attachment with plywood base ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 3729

Your original plan will work great and make removal very easy if or when the need arrises. One thing to do is install a wire in your listing. Then you can use cord/twine around the wire, through the hole in the plywood and staple it to the bottom. No hog rings needed. :slight_smile:


Re: Seam allowance methods

 by John Long ¦  Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:21 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Seam allowance methods ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 3948

I have a small 6” ruler that is 1/2” wide. If I am doing something that needs to be very precise, I will mark it every 6” or so for my 1/2” allowance. after that, I can fill the rest in by eye, using those 1/2” marks for reference. No doubt, of you are sewing every day, it won't take long to just do...

Re: 1953 Ford Crestline

 by John Long ¦  Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:58 pm ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: 1953 Ford Crestline ¦  Replies: 52 ¦  Views: 25258

Very nice! Thanks for posting.

John Long

Re: alignment marks on curves

 by John Long ¦  Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:57 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: alignment marks on curves ¦  Replies: 34 ¦  Views: 9894

If I am following you correctly and you are taking a 6 1/2 inch template and adding a curve to it, the curve will be longer than 6 1/2”. There is no way it will match up to your rectangular piece.

Re: alignment marks on curves

 by John Long ¦  Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:38 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: alignment marks on curves ¦  Replies: 34 ¦  Views: 9894

@BigRig Looking at his picture, it appears to me the problem is with his pattern making, not his sewing. I am wondering if he is making his pattern with proper alignment marks and then adding the seam allowances or maybe trying to somehow make the pattern with the selvedge included which would in e...

Re: alignment marks on curves

 by John Long ¦  Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:04 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: alignment marks on curves ¦  Replies: 34 ¦  Views: 9894

Are you adding the seam allowance before or after you mark the alignment marks?

John Long

Re: Carpet Question

 by John Long ¦  Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:21 am ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Carpet Question ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2028

if I remember correctly ACC does sell additional material by the yard.

John Long

Re: 1953 Ford Crestline

 by John Long ¦  Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:22 pm ¦  Forum: Automotive ¦  Topic: 1953 Ford Crestline ¦  Replies: 52 ¦  Views: 25258

Be careful with your headliner. The original headliners were designed to be steamed when installed and would shrink into shape, pulling out the wrinkles. Years ago, I removed a headliner from a '49 Merc to use as a pattern. I did use it but had stored it for months and when I went to install the new...

Re: Servo Motor Advice

 by John Long ¦  Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:57 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Servo Motor Advice ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 4900

You are probably right BigRig. My thought was there may be less import duties than buying and shipping it from the States. I do know mine shipped from Canada. Toronto, if I remember correctly.

John Long

Re: Servo Motor Advice

 by John Long ¦  Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:13 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Servo Motor Advice ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 4900

I realize CNC has ordered his servo but for others who may read this thread, I am very happy with my My Reliable Sew Quiet Servo. I have had it for 9-10 years and have loved using it.

Being made in Canada would make it a good option for the guys up there, heh. :wink:


Re: Looking for a supplier

 by John Long ¦  Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:53 pm ¦  Forum: Business ¦  Topic: Looking for a supplier ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 3744

Do a search for closed cell foam and see if that works.

John Long

Re: Head liner as sewfoam?

 by John Long ¦  Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:17 pm ¦  Forum: Beginner Questions ¦  Topic: Head liner as sewfoam? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2535

I will use headliner material for upholstery panels occasionally but not for seating areas. I would be afraid it would break down in those applications.


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