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Rip Club Sewing, Loveland, Colorado

Mar '13

Took a long time to make this custom parka

Filed Under: Student and Customer feedback
Posted by - Bonnie @ 11:03
Charles' custom Gortex Parka

Charles’ custom Gortex Parka

I started this custom parka in October and didn’t finish it until January because of tendonitis in my right hand which made it impossible to ease and heat seal the seams. Once I got back and running I finished it off and finally got it to Charles Moore for the rest of the winter season. He had a Gortex parka that lost it’s waterproofing after many years and couldn’t find a new one that fit him. He wanted a custom one made up where the arms would be longer and the lining would be thin so he could layer it over his jean jacket, and other layers, for our seasonal changes here in Loveland, Colorado. He rides his bike a lot and has the coolest set up with a helmet and mirrors and this is something he needed to make him comfortable again, in all climates, especially those in between months where we’ll get sun and warmth, but then it’ll rain or snow out of nowhere. The saying we have here in Colorado is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” I ended up buying all kinds of waterproofing seam protectants but ended up actually fusing waterproofing sealant tape for most of the seams so that it won’t loose it’s waterproofing. This parka should last for 20 years and I spent over 40 hours making it. I still have the mock up in a plaid flannel which I might use to make another one, if anybody requests it. I would want to make a few at once and get a special heat press for heat sealing all of those seams. This was my first coat out of Gortex and I can tell you that you’ll need Microtex needles and you’ll go through at least two needles for this project. I enjoy the challenge of new, special customers who want a custom tailored garment that is outside the proverbial box. It challenges me to learn to use fabrics I’m not familiar with, and to try new methods of construction. Thanks for your patience and your custom, Mr. Moore. I hope your parka gives you years of use and satisfaction.

Jan '13

Want to learn to Recycle Rags Into Upcycled Clothing?

Filed Under: Recycled Upcycled Sustainable Green Fashion
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:31

I was so sad tonight when we had to cancel our slice and dice class for lack of students. Check out what others have done with old T shirts.Flapper dress from recycled T shirts

Also check out the recycled T-shirt aprons we made for MoBetta Gumbo when they open up on January 25, 2013.

We have two new apprentices who are doing construction and alterations for the shop. Ashley and Neva show real promise and talent.

Sandy has been taking care of me and cleaning up the shop every day. It’s been hard to do much with tendonitis in my right hand that I need to ease with. If you don’t know what easing is, it’s stretching a shorter length of fabric into a longer piece to create curves and angles in clothing.

Nov '12

Making these custom clown pants was fun!

Filed Under: Student and Customer feedback
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:29

Very Fun Clown Pants Custom Sewn by Bonnie McLeod Carmichael of Rip Club

It was a gas making these clown pants, but boy it was like making custom jeans. A lot of work with a fly and an adjustable elastic waist. The button was a real find as well. Back pockets have side gussets so he can carry blown up party balloons in them. I wish I’d taken a side or back view photograph because it’s hillarious! Custom design was done by me, Bonnie McLeod Carmichael, from Arnand’s description, pictures and needs. The little teddy bears embroidered on has to do with his character’s name. I hope he brings the joy and laughter to the inhabatants of intensive care and hospice at the Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.

Sep '12

Rip Club’s Grand Re-Opening Went Well

Filed Under: Events
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:35
Grand ReOpening Barkers

Nola, Katie and Destiny Modeling Cute 40’s Style Dresses

The Grand ReOpening of the Rip Club at our new address of 333 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado on September 14, 2012. Old and new customers enjoyed the cute models, live Jazz music by CarYaffee (Tim Carmichael and Don Yaffee), a free buffet, and tours of the sewing lounge upstairs.

Sep '12

New location grand re-opening

Filed Under: Events
Posted by - Bonnie @ 19:15
Landing Entry

As You Enter the Sewing Lounge We Will Check out your tool kit and help you pick your perfect thread colors.

We’ve gotten all moved in to our new location in downtown Loveland. The new address is 333 N. Cleveland Avenue. Our Grand Opening will be held on Sept 14, 2012, from 6pm-9pm. In addition to an open house with models showing some cute 40’s style dresses, we will have a live Jazz duo and some refreshments. Mark your calendar. Hope to see you there!


New Rip Club Storefront

May '12

We were in the news again.

Filed Under: Uncategorized
Posted by - Bonnie @ 15:55

Apr '12

Post Apocolyptic Fashion Show Tonight

Filed Under: Events, Fashion, Recycled Upcycled Sustainable Green Fashion
Posted by - Bonnie @ 13:47

Check us out for the final night of NoCo Fashion Week! The theme is “Animal InstinX”. Rip Club will be showing some of our current wild leather and fabric creations. Get tickets at the door for $15 mentioning “Rip It”. Here’s the Facebook:!/groups/214234218683031/ and here’s the article they did on us:

And here is the NoCo Fashion Week website: We will be posting a bunch of pictures from this event soon.

Mar '12

Customer Reviews

Filed Under: Student and Customer feedback, Uncategorized
Posted by - Bonnie @ 16:39

Here is a review and pictures on an antique leather restore done by Rip Club:

“I recently inherited a leather jacket from my father this holiday season. The lining was torn up on the inside, and most of the pockets had gaping holes in them. I took the jacket to Rip Club sewing for repair, and I could not be happier. They not only replaced the entire lining and pockets for me, but also reinforced the pockets for me so they would be less likely to blow out in the future. Even more amazing is that based on the tear patterns on the inside of the jacket they were able to conclude that the jacket was too tight in the chest (something that I had just resigned to deal with since leather tailoring can be difficult) and proactively fixed the tailoring. My leather jacket now fits great and looks even better. If you want an experienced tailor knowledgeable in their craft, you can’t go wrong with Rip Club Sewing!”

 Thanks again for your work! The jacket looks great. 


Ron Logan”

Ron Logan's Leather

Ron Logan's Leather



Ron Logan's New Lining

Ron Logan's New Lining



Feb '12

Fashion Show this Saturday

Filed Under: Events, Fashion
Posted by - Bonnie @ 14:23
Fear Modeling Fashion Show Flyer

Come to the Fashion Show at Suede Feb. 25, 2012

Feb '12

How to Thread a Sewing Machine

Filed Under: Uncategorized
Posted by - Bonnie @ 14:54



No matter if your sewing machine is an antique or a brand new model, if it is a lockstitch machine the basic mechanism is the same. All home zig zag machines are lockstitch. Lockstitch have bobbins.


A lockstitch sewing machine has a spool on top that ends up being threaded through a needle, and a bobbin that gets threaded into a bobbin case. All bobbin cases may not be the same, but they all use a metal plate (called a spring) where the thread goes under to maintain a tension. They all also have a little screw where you can change the tension if you are using a non-standard thread.


The lockstitch machine has even top and bottom threads on either side of your seam. If your stitches aren’t even then you need to adjust the tension. The top and bottom threads get twisted around each other when the needle goes down into the throat plate hole and the race spins around where a hook grabs the thread above the needle hole and twists the bobbin thread over then back under the needle thread. The needle thread is on top and the bobbin thread is on the bottom.


Start by making sure the presser foot is in the raised position. Remember that the foot must be down in order to sew or the tensions and feed dogs (the “teeth”) won’t engage and you’ll get a loopy, loose mess instead of a seam. Then turn the handwheel towards you until the needle is in the highest position. The take up lever will also be in the highest position. The take up lever moved up and down, and may be hidden inside a slot.


Put a spool of standard sewing thread on the the spool holder (or, pin), making sure the thread isn’t catching on a nick or cut in the spool itself.


Bring the thread end through the first thread guide which is on the top of the machine and will line up to the right of the tension assembly. There may be a little tension disk to put it through first (counterclockwise), or a wire hanger. If it doesn’t line up logically it might be a bobbin winding tension, so look at it carefully. There can be up to four thread guides before you get to the needle tension (Tension disks) assembly.


Thread around the first tension disk or curved slot where the tension assembly might be hiding. This is threaded from top right, around the bottom, and back to the top on the left side. You will feel the drag a bit, but this will increase when you engage, or drop, the presser foot. The needle thread tension disks may have a number face on it so it’s easier to gauge your tensions. Turning the dial to the right will make it tighter, left will be looser. Make sure it comes up and over any hanger pin, or the little wire that sticks out of the side of the needle tension assembly.


Next thread upwards through the hole in the take up lever. To find it turn the handwheel. The handwheel is on the far right side of machine and turns toward you, counter clockwise. The take up lever is the long pin in the long slot that goes up and down when you turn the handwheel or run the machine.


Thread down through front thread guide.

Thread through needle top thread guide.

Turn the thumb screw to loosen and take out your needle to inspect and replace if necessary. Remember a size 14/90 sharp is general purpose. A ballpoint needle can be used for knits. Larger holed needles are used for heavier topstitching threads. A double needle can be used for knit hemming and for topstitching a pin tucked look. Skinnier needles, like 11/70 should be used for very light fabric and a larger 16/100 should be used for denim and canvas. Needle tensions should be tested on a scrap of your fabric before you begin sewing up your project. Put your needle back in, keeping the slot in the front. Thread the needle from front to back. If it is an industrial machine or an antique you may have the needle positioned with the front of it facing the left. Really old Singers may have the needle facing the right. If you’re not sure check the race and bobbin case and see how the hook moves. The hook must come up the front of the needle to hook the thread. Trial and error may be necessary.


Place the bobbin in the bobbin case, threading into the little slot and hearing it click under the plate. It may have an obvious slot in top loaded bobbins. Bobbin cases that you remove to load will also have a little tooth or fangs that the thread needs to come under. Place the bobbin case back in, using the holder and making sure the opening is up. It will click into place if it’s in there properly. Pull about 4 inches of thread out.


Holding the needle thread, turn the handwheel towards you until the needle goes all the way down and back up, bringing the bobbin thread up. Pull loop and needle thread out about 8 inches. Now put your fabric in with one thread on top and one on bottom. Drop the foot and let ‘er RIP!

~ Rip Club Sewing is located at 441 E. 4th St., Loveland, Colorado  80537. CLICK HERE for directions! ~

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