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Today... / Wednesday 16th August 2017
« on: Today at 08:26:05 »
Hello people, another lovely sunny start here today.  Our builder will be doing the very first bit of actual building today, the concrete footings should be going in  :D

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Vintage Machines / Rather pretty Maritza
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:28:36 PM »
Just seen this on ebay if it's of interest to anyone - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172813398092?ul_noapp=true

Looks lovely, no idea how it would sew.  If only I lived near enough to collect...

On the other hand, I must NOT buy any more machines until the extension is finished.  Well, apart from a toy one I've got my eye on...

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Today... / Thursday 3rd August
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:50:44 AM »
Goooooood morning!  Can't believe I'm up first this morning.
Waiting to see if our builder arrives today... Of course, it may be too windy for him... or too sunny.. or I could just be old and cynical...

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Patterns & Fitting / Lekala pattern for trousers
« on: July 18, 2017, 11:56:21 AM »
Following on from the trouser fitting thread, I spent yesterday afternoon trawling t'interweb looking at how to do various alterations to the fit of a trouser pattern - fascinating stuff  :)
I ended up buying a Lekala pattern drafted to my measurements - the 3D model thingy looked so like me, complete with all the bulges in all the right places!  I'm now trying to piece it all together (thank goodness for an A3 printer!) and cut out the bits.  Having looked at alterations, the shape of this pattern looks quite promising, I'll do some measuring of it before I cut any fabric.
So, this is your cue to tell me how bad these patterns are - or hopefully how good they are!

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In the wardrobe / Today's disappointing sewing
« on: July 09, 2017, 19:22:51 PM »
I've had this black nylony/outdoorsy/slightly stretchy fabric for ages, and thought I'd try it for a pair of shorts, using my much altered trouser pattern.  I even made the pattern a bit bigger as the last pair of trousers seemed a bit tight.
I obviously didn't make it bigger enough. and it only has a very very slight stretch, mor e abit of "give" even, so it takes much breathing in and pushing the fat out of the way to zip them up.  Sitting down may not be an option.

So, the question is, what's the best way to gain a bit more space in the tummy department for the next pair I make?

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In the wardrobe / How to complicate a simple top
« on: July 09, 2017, 11:59:09 AM »
Yesterday I sat down to sew a vest top - 15 minutes I reckoned, shoulder and side seams on the overlocker, neck and armholes done with a sort of shell stitch type thing with very narrow turn under.
Today I have just finished it...

 I decided it was to short, so added another 3" band of material around the bottom - to make a feature of it, I overlapped the top edge and sewed a curvy stitch, so it became a raw edge grungy look.  I then decided the neck and arm holes need similar treatment, so narrow strips were sewn inside, just peeping out from the edge of the main fabric - more raw edged grunginess.  I almost forgot the hem, but decided to treat that the same.  It is now a top I may only wear at home, as it's not my preferred really loose fit at the hips, but an interesting experiment.

Edit:  I should also add it's a crinkle jersey, it's meant to look crumpled, so suits the raw edges I think.

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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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