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Danny Nguyen




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PostPosted: Fri 12 Feb, 2016 9:40 am    Post subject: Buff coat WIP         Reply with quote

The torso pattern of the buff coat is ready, however I couldn't find a curve needle. Would a baseball stitch be a suitable replacement?
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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Fri 12 Feb, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You can make your own curved needles.
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Jeffrey Faulk




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PostPosted: Tue 16 Feb, 2016 7:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Curved needles can also be found at most craft and hobby stores, as well as Walmart. They may be described as 'upholstery needles'.
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Joel Minturn





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PostPosted: Tue 16 Feb, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan Howard wrote:
You can make your own curved needles.


You'll need to be careful because needles are often strong but brittle. That said I have made curved needles accidently when working on leather.
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Danny Nguyen




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PostPosted: Tue 23 Feb, 2016 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Never mind I found some curved needles. Here is a photo of the torso held by duck tape. Is it too big? And does anyone know where I can find patterns for pre bent arm sleeve with integrated gussets?


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Mark Griffin




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PostPosted: Wed 24 Feb, 2016 2:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a good start, looking nice. Best of luck with the rest.
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Danny Nguyen




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Mar, 2016 6:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is the nearly complete coat. However, I am having problems with the armpit as its bunches up when I lower my arms. How to I correct this problem? Should I Leave a cut in the armpit and cover it with layers of cloth?


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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Mon 18 Apr, 2016 5:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maybe you shouldn't make too much of a fuss about it if the bunching doesn't actually compromise your comfort or range of motion. It's precisely this bunching that gives you the extra material to let you raise your arms without lifting the body of the garment along.
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