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The Cafe / I hate belts on trousers
« on: Today at 11:19:15 »
Having finally found some straight leg jeans that I can squeeze my tree-trunk legs into fit, I find they also use the very stretchy denim the stretchy way for the waistband.  Well, I don't know about you, but I need something firm and solid to hold these stretchy jeans up (no builders bum here!)  I do dislike belts, they are so fiddly, so I decided to sew a length of ribbon around the waistband (on the outside so it doesn't irritate, and no-one gets to see round my waist, it's always well covered, if not by fat, then by clothing).  The first pair I did, it worked beautifully, the waistband stretched slightly to fit me and the ribbon sewed on easily.  Excellent. I now have three more pairs, this time a different fit, so I cut the ribbon to fit my waist, go to pin it on and find these waistbands are bigger.  Hmm.  And more hmmm.  Then my natural instincts kick in and I bodge it, just shoving the fabric along so it almost gathers but not quite and it fits.  Hurray  :)  Just need it to go cool enough for me to wear jeans again.  :S

Today... / Sunday 15th October 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:57:41 AM »
Good morning  everyone.  It looks a little dull this morning, although it's hard to tell with the curtains still closed.  Machine embroidery for me this morning I think.

Edited to correct all the typos done while I was still in bed!  :S

Adding Zing & Bling / Not so much zing and bling as subtle...
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:19:19 PM »
All this talk of embroidery machines has made me get mine out again.  I'm making another Vogue 9112 top (my latest favourite) and as it's in some very dark brown fabric, I thought I'd add some of these briar rose designs from Urban Threads.  Still not sure about the brown - the pic just doesn't show the correct colour either - I think I want it closer to the fabric colour, subtle is today's key word.

Today... / Tuesday 10th October 2017
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:09:33 AM »
Have to take the puppydog for the second part of her clipping this morning, so up slightly earlier, and waiting to see if the builder turns up.  He needs someone to help him with the roof timbers, and he wasn't sure yesterday if this other person would come today, so my bet is - no building today.

The Cafe / Induction hobs
« on: October 09, 2017, 21:51:47 PM »
Has anyone got/used an induction hob?  I've had ceramic hob cookers before, but my new kitchen will have a built in double oven and I think an induction hob.  I'm wondering how people like them, if anyone has one?

Today... / Sunday 8th October 2017
« on: October 08, 2017, 08:29:18 AM »
Goid morning peeps.  Definitely autumn now, can't believe how fast this year is going.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Camelot Crafts...
« on: October 01, 2017, 15:15:29 PM »
... is a shop just down the road from me (well a couple of miles), and I finally went in to it on Friday - it's absolutely full of quilting fabrics, I never knew there would be so many!!  It also has all sorts (lots and lots!) of general sewing bits and pieces and, most usefully for me, machine embroidery stabilisers.
So no, I'm not going over to the Dark Side, but thought some of you may be interested if you're ever over Skeg way - although I fully understand it may not be a place you want to visit  :S

Yesterday I gave my Brother 3034D a quick clean out after I finished using it.  I did fiddle with the upper knife, just seeing how to retract it and put it back, and pulled out the stitch finger thingy and put that back.  Today, it won't cut the edges  :(
I've fiddled again and all bits seem to be seated ok, so now I'm stuck.  I was about to order new upper and lower blades, but thought I'd ask you knowledgeable people if you have any ideas before I blow £44.  And if any one has the 3034 could they possibly take a piccy of the knife's position?

In the wardrobe / Vogue 9230 - 21 pattern pieces...
« on: September 22, 2017, 16:04:58 PM »
... just cut the pattern out, now for the fabric.  And then the sewing...
Why do I always pick patterns with thousands of pieces???

Has anyone else made this pattern?  I'm hoping it goes together ok, it looks a little, errrr, involved.

Fun with Fabric / Embellished fabric
« on: September 21, 2017, 18:45:31 PM »
This came from here - and was nice and cheap.  However, I'm wondering how much of the swirly bits will be left after it's washed as they don't seem to be sewn on very well!  Also I'm not at all sure pale pink is my colour, but what the heck!
It's been interesting to sew too, as if you get a very lumpy bit in a seam, it goes off course.  Almost finished though, and looking good.

In the wardrobe / Butterick B6491 as a waterproof(ish) coat
« on: September 20, 2017, 20:10:35 PM »
Used this fabric in navy to make this pattern up.  I'm reasonably pleased with the result, it'll be great for dog walking and it's very light and hopefully not warm - I get so hot! 
I tried sewing with a microtex needle to start with, but it wasn't having it, so tried a universal and it work reasonably well although there was the occasional skipped stitch.  There were lots of skipped stitches on single thicknesses eg stay stitching the neck edge.
I don't know why it seems to be "dragging" down at the front from the poppers (kam snaps, another thing I've discovered recently!), but maybe that'll disappear with wearing.
(Note to self, for heaven's sake, stand up straight and shoulders back for photos!!)

The Cafe / Obvious (to others) things you've only just realised
« on: September 20, 2017, 18:26:30 PM »
Whilst making up Vogue 9112, I twigged that the pattern pieces are numbered in the order you sew them - I was absolutely amazed!!  Today's pattern was the same, so I presume all patterns are.  It's only taken me about 50 years to spot this!  :|  :S  :o

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Brother CV3550 double cover stitch machine
« on: September 19, 2017, 20:15:35 PM »
It's new and I've just ordered one!  It does an overlocking stitch on both sides, can't wait to play with it!

Today... / Sunday 17 September 2017
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:53:10 AM »
Have I managed to be the first this morning?  Can't tell you the weather yet, I'm still in bed, although it looks promisingly bright around the edges of the curtains.

Edit: Up now, been out with the puppykins, and can report it's lovely and sunny, although I think we may have had a frost!!

Patterns & Fitting / Shortening Vogue 9112
« on: September 10, 2017, 22:02:50 PM »
Having made my first one of these dresses, I would love to make shorter versions to wear as tunic tops.  Where would you all shorten it, given all those seams and shaping??

Linky to pattern -

I'm off for a short holibobs for a few days, so time to think about this one - but I do have a few lengths of fabric ready...  0_0

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