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Sewing Machines.. what do you make?

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  • Sewing Machines.. what do you make?

    Do any of you that have sewing machines make your own stuff? I got a sewing machine for christmas that also does embroidery and I just learned how to use it so I have embroidered everything, but I was thinking about making some stuff too....

    So my question is what kind of stuff do you guys make and do you feel its worth it or is it just easier to buy it?

  • #2
    What about polos? They wouldn't take much actual sewing, so it doesn't seem like it would be an awful lot of work. My friends tried to make a saddle pad once, they said it was the hardest thing they ever tried to do and for what saddle pads cost, it wasn't worth it.


    • Original Poster

      yeah I think polos would be fun, but im boring I like white and black haha. I was also thinking about making the quilts. I use the white ones probably 4 or 5 times before they are too stained to use them anymore (I like things clean) and it really adds up, since its like $12 a pair plus shipping. I looked at the stitching on them and it didnt look like that much?


      • #4
        Growing up my mother made numerous things for me. She made a cooler once. It was pretty simple, she just bought roughly 6 yards of fleece and cut it in half. Then she attached the two peices of together at the center seam, to finish she trimmed it and sewed ties on. A cooler would be fairly easy to embroider as well.

        She also made tack box covers for all the girls and curtains for my trainer as christmas gifts. Those were a little more complicated.
        For the horse color genetics junky


        • #5
          My mother, who happens to be an excellent seamstress, made over a saddle pad for one of the boarders at our bar for Christmas. She's also put ribbon trim on a few halters. The ribbon trim is easy for her and normally takes less than an hour but she does that by hand. The saddle pad took so much work. We took apart an existing pad and she recovered it with Christmas fabric. She reused the trim and the nylon straps. It turned out SO WELL but it was much more of a project than it seemed like it would be.

          I wish I could sew. Everytime I go into a fabric or crafts store I see things that I want to make pads and coolers out of!
          I love my Econo-Nag!


          • #6
            I mainly repair things, and save a TON of money. My blankets last far longer than they have any right to!

            I've made polos, and it's not worth it. By the time you buy the fleece and decent velcro, you've spent as much or more than you would just buying 'em. And then you have to cut them - for someone who is Straight Line Cutting Impaired, this is a real problem. Sewing velcro isn't the easiest thing you'll ever do, either. I've sworn never to make polos again unless I have a horse who needs "custom" ones!

            I've made square coolers, too - pretty straightforward. I have a pattern to make sheets, but never got further than cutting it out, then moved, and the stuff is in storage now. So, some day...
            Proud member of the EDRF


            • #7
              lots of stuff!

              Check out Suitability patterns for some great ideas! I've made quarter sheets, fleece shaped saddle pads, show shirts, coolers and even a fly mask.
              Just because I talk slow doesn't mean that I actually AM slow.


              • #8
                I love to sew for my girl. I've done polos, saddle pads, and pillow wraps, my trainer made a sheet for one of her horses. Also if you crochet a ear net is really simple although there aren't many patterns. Coolers are simple too, but because they're big they can be awkward.

                For pillow wraps they make pre-quilted fabrics, which makes life a little easier. And don't forget to wash all fabric BEFORE you sew with it other wise you might get some shrinkage that you weren't expecting. Or just get pre-shrunk fabric but that's not always easy to find.

                Some of the big craft stores send great coupons, Jo-anns used to have a 50% off coupon but now they send out a 40% off instead. And once in a blue moon when a store closes you can get AMAZING closeout deals, like Dupioni Silk for $.99 per yard. of course you HAVE to get 20 yards at that price! I'm thinking of making a sheet with a soft, nylon maybe, lining and the silk on the outside for a light weight show sheet.

                Oh and what brand machine did you get? I love hearing about people's new toys!


                • #9
                  For people who made coolers and blankets, what did you use for trim? For the life of me I could not find bias trim big enough to look normal, and you have to have it to go around curves, right? Solutions?

                  -Catherine Cullen


                  • #10
                    This is totally inspirational! I'd love to make cool stuff for year-end schooling series awards and XMas gifts - bet square pads are really easy...

                    Only HR thing I have already made is curtains in a beautiful race horse print. Definitely cheaper than buying nice curtains, and easy as can be. Got the fabric on ebay - they have some AMAZING foxhunt and racing fabrics really cheap!
                    Ristra Ranch Equestrian Jewelry


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cbiscuit View Post
                      For people who made coolers and blankets, what did you use for trim? For the life of me I could not find bias trim big enough to look normal, and you have to have it to go around curves, right? Solutions?
                      I can't help you with the curves, but more than once, I've seen what I thought would be perfect cooler trim at Hobby Lobby. My local Hobby Lobby is organized quite strangely - those wider trims were in a completely separate area than the trims you'd likely use for people clothes - I believe they are considered upholstery trim and are in the upholstery section along with long fringe, pompoms, etc. I actually have a horse who'd probably prefer pompoms on his cooler - now there's an idea
                      Ristra Ranch Equestrian Jewelry


                      • #12
                        I make all kinds of things when I'm in the mood.

                        Quilts (for people), curtains, covers for objects.

                        I embroider pads, jackets.

                        I repair blankets, sheets, coolers.

                        I've tried clothes, but they never turn-out quite right.

                        Have fun, I love my machines!


                        • Original Poster

                          Wow those are great ideas, I really want to make a quarter sheet, has anyone made one of those?

                          I got a brother se350 I really really like it, but I broke the needle on it last night and I havent had time to figure out how to put a new one on, haha. All my friends made fun of me because that is what i wanted for christmas, a rather odd present for a 16 year old haha.

                          I also know how to crochet, so im sure I could make a bonnet, too bad I dont do jumpers


                          • #14
                            Not to hijack but... has anyone else made a truck cover? Was it a horrible disaster? I have to make one this summer.


                            • #15
                              Square pads, girth covers, helmet covers, fly veils, boot bags, garment bags- so many things!
                              Times and traditions in the horse world shift and change, much of the old grandeur has been lost; But for one brief shining moment, there was a gigantic shocking pink d**** in the Hunterdon tack room.


                              • #16
                                Quarter sheets...

                                Are very easy! Suitability.com has a great pattern. I bought nice quality wool (as in men's suiting fabric) on a closeout, then used two layers of soutache trim (sewn together) and embroidered a fancy monogram on the hip. The soutache trim is found in the upholstry section, but if you can find a fabric discount store it's much cheaper. The girth and billet straps are made with nylon belt/type that you can buy at Walmart.

                                I need advice about how to do the tail cord? I'd like to make a nice one with braiding and a "frog" style decoration. Any suggestions?
                                Just because I talk slow doesn't mean that I actually AM slow.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by karenrrafuse View Post
                                  Not to hijack but... has anyone else made a truck cover? Was it a horrible disaster? I have to make one this summer.
                                  Do you mean trunk? Because a truck cover is quite a job, and I wish you the best.

                                  But seriously, a trunk cover could be rather easy. I requires you taking the trunk home and pinning. I haven't made a trunk cover, But I made a nice upholstered cover the stand out large turtle tank sits on.

                                  I think you could easily make a nice trunk cover. PM if you want more detailed instructions.


                                  • #18
                                    I've made square pads, coolers, quarter sheets and polos - plus I repair all my own blankets. I've made 'fun' polos that my daughter gave out to her horsey friends as gifts.

                                    It's not cheaper to make your own - but much more custom and individualized. I'm sure no one will have anything identical to mine - so it's the satisfaction of making/owning something that's unique.

                                    Here's a picture of a cooler and matching wraps I made for my
                                    daughter's pony.

                                    And here's the pony quarter sheet.


                                    • #19
                                      Cool! What did you use for binding?

                                      -Catherine Cullen


                                      • #20

                                        Don't groan, H/Jers but I am halfway through an Arabian Native Costume for myself and my gelding. ONE OF US needs to stop growing before I assemble it though, hopefully this Fall. It will definitely be an original...I ended up with a mountain of different green fabrics after travelling for 4 months in Asia, and most of it is being incorporated into this costume!

                                        I've made slinkies (with zippers and face holes in the right places) and done Polos to match. Slinkies are a big deal on our Arabian circuit...mine was ridiculous silver-star hologram spandex, and I put the same fabric on some polos as trim. Add a tail bag, it's an easy one-night project. Making these is a lot cheaper than buying, but if you dislike working with stretchy fabrics...probably not worth the trouble.

                                        Coolers are very simple, if you can find nylon web to use as binding, that works well. I don't use Bias tape, I pleat around the corners, or else trim points to "bend" the fabric. Upholstery supply places have GREAT stuff for tail cords too...multi colored braid and such. Suiting is often on sale in the Spring, and much of the wool suiting would make LOVELY dress sheets for Hunter.

                                        I've bought odd-sized blankets and modified them, which can save you a bundle because the odd-sized blankets get marked down a lot at the end of the season.

                                        There are a few ribbon/trim stores online that sell absolutely fabulous trims. Simple to add to most items, like halters, blankets, polos...and an individual touch that no one else will have! The online places are also very cheap, they seem to buy in bulk. Check out some of the Renaissance Faire-type places, they have lovely embroidered ribbons.
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