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Archive for August, 2019

19
Aug

Basic Items for a Starter Sewing Kit

If you are new to sewing and you have no idea what to get for your first sewing kit, don’t worry, because we will cover all the basic tools you will need for your new hobby.

Scissors

Most experts in sewing will advise you to get three types of scissors to cover all the requirements for your future projects. First, you must find quality dressmaking shears in a hobby shop in Singapore. This type of scissors should be able to cut through any type of fabric, so that means you’re not supposed to use to cut other materials. Next, you will need small scissors with sharp points for threads, clip curves, and seam lines, because the first pair of scissors are too big for such tasks. Lastly, you will need utility scissors for cutting other items.

Measuring Tools

You will need a set of measuring tools such as a see-through 12-inch ruler or yardstick, a 6-inch metal sewing gauge, and a measuring tape that is at least 60 inches long. If you need to create bigger projects in the future, you might want to buy longer measuring tapes. The see-through rulers are useful for creating patterns, while the sewing gauge is used to keep a consistent measurement while working on a piece. Rulers used for drafting and other crafts and arts can also be used for sewing, especially if you’re planning to try quilting.

Marking Tools

These are used to mark your measurements and patterns before cutting the fabrics, but the tool you will use will depend on the type of fabric that needs to be marked. Marking chalks and pens are used for less stable fabrics like wool and fleece, because the marks will disappear or dissolve. For cotton fabrics, you will need a tracing wheel and tracing paper. You might also want to stock up on painter’s tape, especially if you’re still learning how to sew straight lines, and hem tapes to hold the folded hems in place while you’re sewing.

Seam Ripper and Rotary Cutter

These are also cutting tools like the scissors, but have special functions such as ripping stitches and cutting fabrics. Some sewing machines include a seam ripper, but in case you don’t have one yet, find a piece that has a comfortable grip and sharp tips. The rotary cutter is used for cutting through curves, long fabrics, and making sure that the fabric edges are cut straight. You will need a cutting mat to use the rotary cutter to protect your furniture from scratches.

Iron, Pressing Cloths, and Hams and Rolls

Most newbies forget basic pressing items, but these items help create clean edges. Get a steam iron, ironing board, pressing ham for hard-to-reach areas, and pressing cloths to protect fabrics from direct heat.

Finally, you will need an assortment of safety pins, needles, threads, buttons, patches, zippers, snaps, and a pin cushion, magnetic pin holder, thimble, and a container to hold all the sewing tools.

19
Aug

An Overview of Custom Action Figures for Beginners

Collecting action figures is a fun, rewarding, and expensive hobby, but others want to go further by creating customized action figures using pre-made parts or by creating all the parts from scratch.

Here are some of the basic information about action figure customization that you might encounter when you try this hobby.

Customization Tools

You will need basic items such as cutting tools (razor blades and knives), paints and brushes, sanding tools (fine grit file and sandpaper), grinding or cutting tools, pliers, screwdrivers, clippers, and a sewing kit.

Joint Types and Assembly

If you’re planning to create figures using pre-made items, you should have a collection of fodder, or various action figure pieces such as legs, arms, feet, hands, bodies, heads, and accessories. There are hobby shops that sell these pieces that you can collect and connect to create a new figure. To understand how to connect these pieces, you should learn about the different types of joints such as the hinge (for bending parts), double hinge (a joint with two hinges), swivels (for twisting or turning parts), and ball-socket joint (has a ball that pops into a socket).

Painting and Brushes

Most artists prefer acrylic model style for figure customization, but don’t just pick the first acrylic paint you see in the hobby shops. Pick products that are designed for painting on custom figures so that they don’t chip and smudge easily. Get as many colors as you want, but stick to smaller jars so that they don’t dry up when not in use. Next, you need to buy an assortment of paint brushes. Any shape and size will do, as long as the bristles are made for acrylic.

Modifications and Effects

You can customize your figure’s joints, digits, neck and head, and add special effects and accessories, such as guns, hair, LED eyes, mounts, weapons and many more. For example, if you need to create weapons attached to the hand of the figure, assemble plastic pieces using a knife, glue, epoxy, and scissors to enhance the appearance.

Fabric Costumes

Some hobbyists prefer to use fabric to create costumes for their figures. For this task, you will need to learn how to sew. Gather the following materials for your sewing kit: dressmaking shears, measuring tools, steam iron, pins, needles, threads, buttons, zippers, and other sewing tools. First, you need to measure the body of the figure, then draw a pattern using the measurements. Next, cut the pattern and place it on the figure before using it as a guide to cut the fabric. Finally, sew the fabric then try it on the figure.

Repairing Customized Figures

Lastly, you should learn the tricks on how to fix damages on your figures. Some of the most common problems you might encounter are the following: broken screws and pegs, loose joints, bent parts, broken shoulders and hips, and problems with ball-joints.