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Today... / Monday 19th June
« on: June 19, 2017, 07:35:01 AM »
Yay me first for once  0_0
More bad news from London - I'd just switched the tv on and said to t'other half let's see what atrocities have happened overnight, not expecting to see yet another terrible event  :'(

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Your Sewing Machine / Another which machine thread...
« on: June 13, 2017, 14:53:19 PM »
I do like my Elna 3003 that I've had for many years, but I am getting sick of it's crappy button holes - it never seems to do the correct length and makes the stitches very close up one side and further apart down the other, and there is no way of adjust that.  I obviously need a new machine  :D
I have no idea what make to get, I definitely need a good buttonholer, the ability to stitch through enough layers of denim (my Elna doesn't even falter at multiple layers) and possibly a font or three just for fun.
I have no sewing shops near me to try any, although Sewing Machine World at Kings Lynn is and hour and a quarter's drive in googlemaptime, so more like an hour and three quarters given the state of the roads and all the tractor traffic round here!
So, any suggestions gratefully received, researched and considered  0_0

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The Haberdashery / Tape measures
« on: June 12, 2017, 19:12:15 PM »
I thought it would be a good idea to buy some self adhesive tape measures for a couple of my machines, so found some at only £1.99 each.  I now know why they are so cheap - hopefully when the thick backing paper is off they will smooth out!

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Fun with Fabric / I need some whatsitcalled fabric...
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:47:25 AM »
... but as I don't know what it's called, I can't look for any on t'interwibble.  Can anyone tell me what it's called?  Maybe you need some clues though - something like sweatshirt material, but a bit lighter, or maybe a heavy jersey-type stuff.  I want to make a summer cardi/jackety thing, that looks really casual, and is easy to wear, and not delicate.  Oh, and not warm, I have lots of built-in insulation of my own  :|
 Maybe some of you lovely people may have some ideas?  Since moving to the Lincs coast, I'm miles from anywhere that may have a decent fabric shop  :(  I do so miss Abakhan  :(

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Patterns & Fitting / Vogue 9112
« on: June 03, 2017, 10:26:25 AM »
So, following Manuela's mention of the pattern Vogue 9112, I find I really like it, but I don't wear dresses or non-stretch fabrics.. What do you reckon are my chances of shortening the pattern and making it in some sort of jersey/stretchy material?
https://jaycotts.co.uk/products/v9112#.WTJ-qmgrJPY

And of course when is the next Vogue sale likely to be...

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Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Using binder attachments on BLCS
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:43:59 AM »
So, I had a little play with the single fold binder attachment yesterday, and it doesn't seem as easy as I thought it would be - any tips for making it easy?  I also got the hem thingies, down fellers I think they are called, again not as easy as I thought.  It may be because I was using odd shaped scraps, and very thin jersey, but I had such high hopes for them. Help!

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The Cafe / Reduced prices for children
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:47:07 AM »
Just watching the three witches on the tellybox (aka Rip-off Britain) about reduced (or not) prices for children.  I don't really see why one person should pay a reduced price for the same aeroplane seat as another person.  If the service/space/food/whatever is less for a child, then fair enough, a reduced price should be expected.  But otherwise, why?
I know it's expensive having children, but you take that into consideration before choosing to have them, not expect everyone to offer discounts for them.

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Fun with Fabric / Fabric for outdoor trousers
« on: May 02, 2017, 20:14:26 PM »
I'm still trying to find some fabric for outdoor type trousers.  So nylony/polyestery type stuff so it's quick drying, but most importantly it needs to be stretch.  Has anyone seen any, or know what it might be called?

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The Cafe / Lost and eventually found...
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:18:37 AM »
What have you lost and then found weeks/months/years later?
About six months ago, or possible even longer, t'other half lost his Swiss army knife that he always had in his pocket, we couldn't find it anywhere, so he had to get a new one.  Yesterday, I was getting washing out of the machine, and just spotted something down in the fold of the rubber door seal - yes, his knife!

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Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Babylock BLCS2
« on: April 23, 2017, 17:18:59 PM »
My Janome 1000csx had been doing quite well recently, especially since putting some of the Janome purple tip needles in, but the very thin jersey I sewed the other day had it skipping stitches like mad again.  I think it's time to bite the bullet, take the plunge, splash the cash and get a Babylock - especially after seeing a video of a binding attachment thingy that folds and sews a binding strip onto an edge "just like that".  Has anyone else got a Babylock and have you used the binder?  Will the machine sew that much better than the Janome?  It's so much more money, I don't want to find I still have skipped stitches.  Ta for any opinions/experiences  :)

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Vintage Machines / Today's arrival...
« on: April 18, 2017, 13:36:02 PM »
Another new old machine.  I was only collecting toy sewing machines, but this one's not really very big - but by gum it's heavy.
It's for overedging blankets apparently.

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The Cafe / Anyone going to the machine knitting show tomorrow?
« on: April 08, 2017, 12:00:59 PM »
... in Nottingham.  I think I am, just wondering if it'll be a waste of time, or if I'll spend loads of money.  I've not really had time to knit as well as sew, so haven't got back into knitting yet after a 25+ years gap, but there's always a need for more yarn I'm sure...

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The Cafe / Who's children will forget/not bother/have an excuse... ?
« on: March 25, 2017, 10:54:24 AM »
Place your bets now - my little darlings (both in their 30s) may ring me tomorrow, but will I get cards/presents?  I love flowers but generally have to buy my own...

Do your little darlings remember??

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Just had an email from Jaycotts - must not look, must not look, must not look...

Mind you. I do have four lots of jersey coming...

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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Raising your cutting table
« on: March 18, 2017, 20:12:44 PM »
I have to cut out on the dining table and got really fed up with an aching back, so looked for a cheap and simple solution.  Table/chair leg raisers were the solution, available from mobility aids type places.  I got mine from ebay, only around £11 if I remember correctly.

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