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Tech Know How / Re: Any way to reduce photos within a post
« on: Yesterday at 20:37:55 »
I like to keep a full size version & then save a reduced version separately if needed. I use messenger to send it to myself. I use GIMP if I want to reduce it.

The Cafe / Re: Anyone else know of this ?
« on: June 23, 2017, 20:17:55 PM »
That trick Marnie, works very well when you use metallic thread for some reason.

I got some metallic thread in the Hobbycraft sale to play around with sometime - any other tips?

Don't associate metallic threads with quilting but it looks very effective.  :D

The Cafe / Re: Ascot fashions
« on: June 22, 2017, 23:29:47 PM »
If you're going, do check you're keeping to the rules;)

The Cafe / Re: Anyone else know of this ?
« on: June 22, 2017, 23:21:33 PM »
If you think you only have a horizontal pin, double check your manual - my little and big Pfaffs both have a spare pin in the tool box that fits in a little hole on the machine.

Those with old machines can use the lovely coffee mug hack for using cross-wound  cops and cones, standing the cone in a mug (or other container) near the back of the machine and using a safety pin on their vertical pin as a thread guide to lead it into the machine's thread path. I've not noticed problems using cross-wound thread on my old Bernina though, probably because it's a lightweight plastic spool. I'd imagine any effect can probably be accounted for by tweaking the tension appropriately.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Balenciaga
« on: June 22, 2017, 22:59:21 PM »

That's the word for it!  :D

Isn't it fabulous? I got stuck in there for ages before finding an escape hatch!

We could take turns in picking our favourite of the week every Monday to cheer folks up.

Aaaaaaah. But no, I can't be tempted all the heat hubby hasn't been able to contemplate starting on my last one (ooh, listen to me - second one) - although he'd probably jump at the chance of a trip to Scotland, it's lovely around there.

No, if I were to be tempted by anything it would be a quirky old swing needle with lots of cams. But I'm not!

The Cafe / Re: I married a magpie
« on: June 22, 2017, 22:44:22 PM »
 :o :| :S With the honorable exception of maliw & vegegrow and the less honorable exception of Lowena (because it doesn't apply to her) - whatever happened to 'let he who is without sin....'?

My husband is the world's worst hoarder but with all my sewing stuff, I've really not got enough moral high ground to swing a cat!

Vintage Machines / Re: <3 for Singer K95/96
« on: June 22, 2017, 22:35:52 PM »
Chunky, yes, but also strangely alluring.   :D

I worry about myself sometimes, you know!   :[

Vintage Machines / Re: The Cam Thread
« on: June 22, 2017, 22:23:30 PM »
Excellent idea to do this!   :vintage:

Does anyone else follow the Fashion & Textile Museum on Facebook ? I've done so since I visited for their Liberty exhibition a year or so ago. They don't bombard you with posts and they're always interesting or just beautiful and often both like these Turkish sewing artifacts.

The Cafe / Re: A Book Thread
« on: June 18, 2017, 19:26:10 PM »
I seem to be back in a reading habit since my dd loaned me The Pink Suit, not something she often does but I've also really enjoyed another from her The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon which I loved for its time setting (60s & 70s), her characters including the children and the psychology at work. The last one shouldn't be a surprise as she trained as a psychologist.

Happy birthday!  :D Hope you have a grand day.

I will soon be donning boots, petticoat, skirt and blouse...and hat and parasol and various accoutrements which one might need to avail oneself of...

 :o I'm flushing with perspiration at the thought of it!  :|   :'( this is the nearest emoticon I can get here to dripping sweat!

The Cafe / Re: Scuba Crepe?
« on: June 18, 2017, 14:23:23 PM »
I've made a few things in scuba, but not scuba crepe. It's not the best if you're prone to perspiration, as I was when I was younger, but I think there are plenty of people find it fine most of the time.

This one doesn't look that thick simply because you can see the shadow of the fabric turned under on the model but it also drapes as though it has some weight.

Not for the sort of weather than we're having right now, I'd suspect, but for the average summer in the UK I think you'd have plenty of days when it was very wearable.

Your Sewing Machine / Re: All my machines (Showing off)
« on: June 18, 2017, 14:07:33 PM »
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Bernina fan (I love my Bernina coverstitch and old 1020) but just sad that so many of us are priced out of their ranges – Pfaff is far from perfect.

Fortunately, the old Bernina machines are within budget and my Pfaffs have been rather neglected since I got my 1020 a couple of years ago, unless I need the IDT, of course.  ;)

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