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After following Catllar's adventures with cork fabric, I was surprised when this freebie showed up on Facebook.

It will be perfect for my hols, as I've been using smaller and smaller bags lately.


Patterns & Fitting / Burdastyle 02/2013 128 (again)
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:45:04 AM »
I've made loads of these T shirts, quick and easy, nothing fancy, but always look good.

This last one was made because I needed a quick white top.  The fabric is cotton, a bit like that for kids school T shirts, so not much stretch.  Cut out beautifully, gathers went in great.  Then disaster struck.

O/Locker started to chew the fabric!  I'd already started, so I finished off with the blade flipped out of the way.

In fairness, the fabric doesn't fray, so I carried on with the sewing machine.

Fabric behaved beautifully, but because there wasn't much stretch, I cut the neckband on the cross grain, and pulled quite tight on the neck edge.

I didn't want to re-thread the Coverstitch, so I finished all the seams and hem with a twin needle.

As is usual, I went in for a final press, and guess what?  The iron spat all over the front, brown coloured water!  Fortunately it came out, but I could have done without it.

Et Voila, another Burdastyle T.


eta, I took the pic before I trimmed the seams off.

Tutorials / West Valley College
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:52:50 AM »
I know I've passed this link on before, but I think it was on TSF.

These tutorials are excellent.  Nothing fancy, just straightforward good information.

Hope they are useful to some of you.


The Cafe / Back to normal...
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:49:05 AM »
After several weeks of visitors and disruption, (that would be Theo!!) the last ones went back home last night.

Yes, Ruby and Ralf have gone, and everywhere feels very quiet.  :woof: :woof:

Ralf decided an ordinary car seat wasn't for him, so here's a picture of him, very proudly sitting in Lilya's car seat!  ;)


Patterns & Fitting / Marina Brumpton Vivienne Dress
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:32:24 AM »
Before I start the Belle frocks (still collecting materials  ;) ), I decided to make Lilya a couple of frocks.

I've used the Vivienne dress before, and she loves it.  This time I've used shiny lycra, it's lovely and soft, and quite slippy, it also curls.  Just doing a plain circle skirt this time - good for twirling.

It actually behaved quite well, until it came to the zip.  Not my finest hour.  It is in, and looks fine, but could have been better at the top edge....  Still Lilya's got long hair......

The second, is a very stretchy remnant, and sew up beautifully - not got to the zipper yet though!

Here's the first one finished.


The Show Must Go On / Early Ch*****as Costumes
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:08:13 AM »
I'm not usually the first on the Ch*****as preparations, but this year I would like to do something special.  A few weeks ago, I took the eldest 2 to watch Beauty and the Beast, and they came out enchanted with Belle.

Because we go away on holiday over Ch*****as, I always have and Early Ch*****as dinner party at my house, about a fortnight before.  I always get the girls (3 beauties) an outfit, and last year it was Santa's elves, but this year I was thinking something a bit more grown up - the eldest is 7, middle (Lilya) is 4, and the youngest 2 (Theo can be an elf, or a Hungry Caterpillar!). 

So, with this in mind - speak if you think it's mad - I'm going for 3 Belle dresses - the beautiful yellow one.  I've just ordered the pattern from Marina Brumpton, which gives me all the sizes.

I have some beautiful yellow lycra (not shiny) lovely fine stretch lining and some bling, but I need to buy soft sparkly tulle, and yellow net.

I'm hoping I've left enough time!  :)


Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Chewed up seams?
« on: August 10, 2017, 09:10:51 AM »
I have two overlockers, a very old Riccar, and a Pfaff 4850 Combi (O/L & C/S).  They are not in the first flush of youth, the Riccar being about 30 yrs old, the Pfaff considerably younger.

Recently, they have both been mis-behaving, and producing chewed up seams on certain fabrics/thicknesses.  Sometimes this was solved by cleaning the lint off before stitching, but sometimes not.  Last night, I resorted to flipping the blade back, to stop it making a mess.

I then got to thinking it might be the blades.  I haven't changed the blades on the Riccar for years, or on the Pfaff for several years.

Anyone know about changing blades?  Not much info about troubleshooting them, and I could find no illustrations of a badly cut seam edge, of the type I'm getting.


Vintage Machines / Featherweight failure??
« on: August 08, 2017, 15:16:17 PM »
I think I may need professional help here, but here's the story so far.

I was trying to clean the tension discs and set the tension on the Featherweight, which was just a bit out.  I got called away to the phone, and unfortunately, I was away some time.

I got back to the machine running by itself, not unusual, I assumed it was the capacitor.  What did concern me, was the motor running very hot, and slightly smoking....  I've left it to cool down, and won't run it again today.

My concern is, have I wasted my money? 

Up until I left it - and I do realise I shouldn't have left it plugged in - it was running beautifully.  I was just being uber fussy with the tension.

Advice needed please.  Feeling quite sad :(

:( :vintage: :(

In the wardrobe / Jeans alteration?
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:09:20 PM »
I've just inherited a pair of jeans from DD - I snaffled them from the charity shop bag, as I liked the fabric.

The problem is, they are quite big on me - 2" plus, and as the fabric is stretch, they are constantly falling down. I need to know if there is a fix for this - preferably one involving minimal unpicking!


The Cafe / Parsons egg weekend
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:25:36 AM »
Well, it was, good in parts!  Started of well, with my lovely haul of fabric and trimmings, but got back from work, and things deteriorated.

DD et al had gone home.  Firstly, because on Friday she had a midwife visit, but then and invitation from friends for a garden party, lovely and relaxing.  She arrived there to find her friends had got together, to throw her a party, as she had missed her wedding anniversary and birthday giving birth :)

Unfortunately, as the day went on DD became unwell, with crippling headaches and heavy blood loss.  Off to A&E, where she was admitted.  Very high blood pressure, and unexplained bleeding.  Her husband and friends were absolute stars.  He took Theo home so the Victoria could get a nights sleep, and her friend had an impromptu sleepover for Lilya.  (We live about half an hour away)

So, what do you do when you are worried sick?  Yes, I cut 2 Marina Brumpton tops out for Lilya and made them up :)

DD was discharged late afternoon with BP medication (she's never had high BP before), and midwife visits every day until it settles down.

So, off we pop, me and my OH, leg of lamb and vegetables in hand, to cook them all a meal!

Got home after 9, but all were fed and watered, DD was looking a little better, Lilya is a treat, and Theo just eats and naps!

Glad we ended on a high note albeit jiggered.  I had certainly earned my V&T last night!

I've attached pics of Lilya's new tops - although the next ones need to go up a tad -she's had a growing spell!


The Cafe / Charity shop finds
« on: August 05, 2017, 11:32:59 AM »
Looking for a cabinet to suit my new Featherweight, I found - Fabric!!  This has never happened before!  Wool, but not fabric.

A large piece, maybe 3 mtrs of a linen type fabric, I'll get well more than a dress out of it.  Pink cotton jersey, maybe 1.5 mtrs, and a couple of mtrs of a lining fabric which looks like silk! All for £1!!  Yes £1!!  Pics when I get home. At that price I can have linen toiles!

From the fabric shop, one lovely pale pink remnant in a stretchy fabric, a cotton like broderie anglaise to cut up for trimmings, a red heart polycotton (for Lilya), poly lining, and a gorgeous navy georgette type border fabric, with orange and lime embroidery (for me).  Including several mtrs of trim £12.99 - not bad eh!

Plus 2, 3mtr rolls of ribbon trim from the Works at 50p a go.

Not a bad haul I think :)


Vintage Machines / Help! Stuck Screw :(
« on: August 03, 2017, 11:54:51 AM »
Well, the restoration of the 221k started - and stopped pretty quickly!  :S

I have a stuck screw on the throat plate - right under the tension assembly!  It's a really awkward position, and I've tried different screw drivers, and Plus Gas, but it's not moving.

Wondering if it may be easier to dismantle the Tension assembly, but very reluctant to do this.  Firstly, it may still not work, and second, it may mess a perfectly good tension up.

Any help out there?


I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Cheap Sewing machine oil
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:05:33 AM »
I don't know why I never thought of it before. 

I've just acquired a Singer Featherweight, so cleaning and oiling will use quite a lot of oil.  I looked at the prices for Sewing machine oil, and it seemed quite expensive especially when you add in the postage, so I looked nearer to home.

We work near a company called Caldo which is quite a big local lubricants supplier, who OH deals with often.  While I was there, just on the off chance, I asked about Sewing Machine, or Gun Oil.  Of the two, Gun Oil is more expensive, so I went with the SM Oil.  Couldn't believe it when he came back with the price - £4-75 for a litre!

The chap I dealt with was bemused that I was so pleased with the price!

The one near my work, is in Sutton, St Helens, but I can only see two other depots listed:  one on Newton Abbot, and one in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire.

Failing that, check to see if you have a local lubricants distributor, and enquire at the Trade Counter.


I bought a lovely Marina Brumpton girls pattern yesterday - The Kitty round yoked tunic, and it had a 25% off code.  This is valid for 7 days.

This is a multi - sized pdf - you print off the size you want at the time. 

I've made several MB patterns and they are lovely.  She also accompanies them with several videos. 

If you have girlies, this one will be well used!


Vintage Machines / My new project 221k!
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:19:23 AM »
Thanks to a link from Mme Cholet I was led into Gumtree and it's mysteries.  It pulled up a 221k only 5 mins away from me for £300!!  Now to me, that seemed a lot.  So, over the course of yesterday, I negotiated a better price.  It's not an amazing bargain, I got it for £150, but it's mine, and it's the one machine I've really wanted for a while.  (Unless a White 222k comes along that is).

She is missing her tray (inside the box), and will need a good clean and tidy up before I can see what's what. 

Any Featherweight tips I should know?

Mrs Happy this morning:)

:D  :vintage: :D

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