A New Pair of Trousers

New trousers

Last sumer you may remember I made this top and trousers. Top and trousersThese trousers look alright under a long top but, although ostensibly on the waist, they tended to be tight round the bottom and cut in behind and below so I had to wear them quite low down to be comfortable. In measuring a pair of shop bought comfortable trousers, I realised that the back section of these was much longer and I adapted the pattern to be more that shape by lengthening both front and back pieces and then adding in a wedge to make the back even longer.Adjusted pattern

But I cut out the material for the second pair when it was getting too cold to wear them so I put them aside to sew up some time ‘during the winter’ of course good intentions and all that but when I cut out some material to make a bean bag I decided that I really had to make the trousers first or maybe I would never get around to it!

Those of you who are good at dressmaking can now have a good laugh and feel smug!

So last week I settled down to start. With the previous dressmaking I had intended to try using the electric machine that I inherited from my mother now that it had a new motor but couldn’t get it to work. Over the winter I decided that maybe all it needed was some oil – (What gave me the idea that modern machines don’t need oiling I don’t know!)

So, using the electric machine, I started on Monday and Tuesday, when I had a little time, attaching the pockets but really settled down to the making on Wednesday.

However it became a very stressful experience and I didn’t have a happy smile on my face like the suns on the trousers! 0478-Happy sunsIn fact I ended up not taking my normal care when making clothes just wanting to get it finished.

I realised on the Wednesday that the machine was skipping stitches not only when zig-zagging but also with the straight stitching. I wondered whether it had something to do with my stop/start approach to stitching but it was doing it in the middle of a run as well. I tried re-threading the machine several times, taking the bobbin section apart that is such a fiddle to put back together and in the end got so fed up that I changed over to my old manual Singer that I am much happier using.

However that was skipping stitches too and I even sewed one seam twice in the hopes that the skipped bits would occur in different places!

Then I remembered that I had a reel of cotton thread that was the right colour so I needn’t have bought the synthetic one and tried that instead but no difference. Last of all in desperation I changed to my only other Singer needle that was a thicker one and that seemed to do the trick. (Not that it was the right size for the weight of fabric!)

Exhausted, I managed to finish the trousers that evening.

Here is a closer look. Closer lookThese are still only just up to my waist but they are a much more comfortable fit. I also managed to get the stitching for the three rows of elastic of equal width this time!

And here is a photo of the zig-zag stitching on the electric machine. Electric edge finishI had thought it would be so much better than using the attachment that my mother had bought when I was a child to use with the Singer. Zig-zag attachmentBut here is how this went (when I had changed the needle.) Singer edge finishYou can see where I did the double seam before I had solved my problem!

Not sure of I can face any more dressmaking after this but I will be having a go this week at making the bean bag but with my manual Singer this time!

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19 thoughts on “A New Pair of Trousers

    1. What I am not sure about (I was feeling pretty muddle headed on Wednesday) is if I can use the same needles in the Singer and the Janhome machines. I have a variety of machine needles and I am not sure which machine some of them were bought for.

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  1. Interesting to hear that by changing the needle would affect the look.. emm.. something I must remember from your experience next time.. I would have thought that I’ve done a wrong setting or something.. Oh well.. something is better to pick up tips from others.. Happy sewing. 😉

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    1. I think one cause of skipped stitches given in the book of the electric machine was that ‘The thread is not the correct size for the needle.’ The cotton thread I was using in the manual machine was what they said for a 16 needle so I changed to that but I think the original synthetic yarn was thinner so who knows! The original needle may have been blunt or something.

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  2. I’ve had lovely seeing experiences and nightmares too, sometimes nothing seems to work (that’s when it’s best to
    Put it away I find). Love your trousers, the fabric is fab! Xx

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  3. I haven’t made pants in over a decade! I have some old patterns that I used to love making, was looking them over recently. Perhaps projects for future Melissa to work on!!! I can appreciate your hard work and think the fabrics are so fun!

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  4. Do your machines have little brushes to brush out lint as it builds up? I’ve discovered that can make a huge difference in how well my machines run. Also using thread that doesn’t have lots of lint… I know that’s the more expensive thread, but it really speeds up my sewing so much I just use it. Please don’t give up your sewing! It will get better as you sew more. xx
    Love your trousers, and the cheery fabric is grand!
    del

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    1. I am not sure if I have a brush but taking the bobbin section apart was to look for lint because I have had problems with that in the past. So many things to intefere with the working of a sewing machine. I may be getting too old for all this. (Been using a sewing machine since I was a child.) Thanks for the positive comment on the way they look. I did wonder what other people would think.

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