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Vintage Machines / The London Sewing Machine Museum
« on: November 03, 2017, 16:04:16 PM »
Has anyone visited the  London Sewing Machine Museum?

I came across it online and noticed it's only open the first Saturday of each month but thought it might be a good place to pair up with another visit that didn't require all day.

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Patterns & Fitting / Pattern School archive - back online
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:48:35 AM »
I've just discovered that the archive of Stuart Anderson's Pattern School site is back online again. It's a huge resource for pattern making so, although it's certainly not for beginners, it's definitely worth a look.

http://web.archive.org/web/20130114064706/http://www.patternschool.com/?page_id=54

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The Show Must Go On / Flameco sleeves
« on: October 04, 2017, 00:01:14 AM »
Having just spotted this post from a flamenco dress maker  (not Catlaar but I'm hoping she jumps in quickly) it's got me thinking about drafting sleeves with 'wings' that extend into the bottom of the armscye to avoid them pulling away from the armpit and restricting movement.

I know there was a lot of discussion about this on TSF and I saved links to it but that doesn't help now.  :(  Now I've got further with drafting patterns I really want to get this sorted so I'm hoping perhaps CarolC and others remember more than I do and have suggestions about how to tackle the drafting of this shape.

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The Show Must Go On / Latest ballroom dress - mean and moody Tango!
« on: October 03, 2017, 23:34:41 PM »
Well, this is just one of the reasons I've not been around much over the last few weeks... Tango ballroom. We wanted it to be very different to what everyone else was wearing and reflect the S American origins (think of embroidered Gaucho jackets. Having seen last year how strong and dramatic black dresses looked on the floor of the Empress Ballroom we knew this would stand out.

I should also mention that this is the first dress I've drafted from start to finish using the Julie Cole book on patternmaking for knit fabrics so it was a big learning experience all around. Lots of tweaks still needed, for example, I raised the underarms for greater movement but it's given her a wrinkle when her arms are down (fine in hold) and the shoulder seam needs to be shortened. The cuffs need changing - they have thumb holes and the double section should only cover the fingers/knuckles, I'll alter that shortly.

I think we achieved the look in general but it backfired somewhat as the Empress Ballroom had a problem with a repair to the ornate plaster ceiling and we were moved to a small dark & gloomy floor where the dress just looked dark without the drama on a comparatively poorly lit floor.  :'(

Lots more stoning going on it before she wears it again.

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Tutorials / Good online tutorials for free motion embroidery?
« on: August 06, 2017, 23:21:43 PM »
Any recommendations for online fme tutorials for someone with fairly basic machine sewing skills?

My DD who is very crafty (not so much for sewing usually) has a hankering… and one of my machines that lives with her.

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Publications / Good beginner's book on free motion embroidery?
« on: August 06, 2017, 23:13:17 PM »
My DD has said she'd like to learn fme (I think partly because I don't do it). Any books you'd recommend or other learning resources?

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Has anyone been to the Liberty pop-up shop in Bicester Village yet? It's there for 3 months over the summer.  The purple shed

I've just replaced my lost bus pass (great timing!) and it conveniently lies on the X5 Cambridge to Oxford route so I can add my petrol money to the budget.  :D Or I might just go for a drool as I'd like another trip to the London shop in October.

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I have a new unopened ironing board cover with grid markings which I bought but am thinking I should sell to someone who might use it. Was going to put it on eBay for £10 plus postage but before I do that - wondering if anyone here wants it for £10 incl postage?

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With ismacs and other sites, it's wonderful to know that you can find out basic information from a Singer serial number but what about Frister+Rossmann?

I spotted this lovely old machine and looked up its serial number on needlebar  which suggests that it's from around 1869-1875, much earlier than I'd thought.  It does say that they started again from zero after WWII but I don't think it's this young either from the type of shuttle. There again its body shape doesn't look anything like the early machines I've seen on various websites and the decals are much more sleek and the lettering much 'cleaner' than the earlier types which were very ornate so that set me wondering again.

So then I did an image search and found the same machine on sewmuse with a photo at the bottom of the page of the same machine (Model D Transverse Shuttle) it was given a date of 1937 (before the WWII return to zero) but its serial number of 149109 would suggest a date between 1876-1880 on the needlebar chart. Oh dear.

Any other suggestions?




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Vintage Machines / I spy a vintage machine...on Instagram
« on: July 06, 2017, 16:59:24 PM »
I hope you don't feel hoodwinked by a misleading description here with no photos...but of course, since before I actually bought my 201s, I'd already been sucked into the I spy vintage game. It's irresistible but then what do you do with that memory (soon confused memories in my jumbled mind) or the photo that you take which at best may find its way into a post but then... -<

I've been inspired by my DD's own Instagram record of the books she reads, so I've decided to start a new public account specifically for the vintage machines I keep spotting - not least because my OH has got sucked in - he spent a good 10 minutes yesterday looking at a Singer 66K with the lotus decals and then looking up the serial number on his phone! Early signs of bug infection, I think - don't you?

It would be a nice record for me, I think, and may be of interest to others when their own I spy game isn't having much luck. I don't really use Instagram effectively, mostly for following others, so I've refused most requests from friends and others as Facebook is quite enough. DD says she'll go through the hashtag business with me to help me get into other vintage machine IG circles. Now I've to get a new email set up and decide on my user name (any suggestions?).

Ispyvintage
Turnandtreadle
Sewhistorical  or is that sewhysterical?
Mouse&machine (Cissie on the profile picture?)


For some reason my DD is still laughing at the last one - a bit rich since she gave me the mouse for Mother's Day.  :[

Does anyone else here use Instagram for their sewing related interests?

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Patterns & Fitting / Anyone used Silhouette Patterns by Peggy Sagar?
« on: June 27, 2017, 15:59:33 PM »
Anyone tried Silhouette Patterns? I do like Peggy Sagar's videos and have seen a pattern that I like but don't just want to try and hack - the Cut Up Tee.

Her sizing measurements are a bit confusing being finished garment rather than body size but I suppose I can work that out.

It says only $3 shipping which I'm assuming must be correct for UK as I'd logged into my account which has my address details.

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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.

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Vintage Machines / Do two black beauties count as a collection?
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:12:23 AM »
Well it happened sooner than expected! Instead of a motor for my first 201K, she now has a sister treadle in a cabinet which also has a motor. :D Feeling very lucky that my OH seems to be getting interested in the mechanics & electricals.

We got her home late tonight after bringing her back from Stoke Newington and she's already out of her more modern-looking cabinet than her 1947 serial number suggests. It needs some tlc on the scratches & a watermark. I do like the striped door, not inlay we're thinking.

There are several attachments, no ruffler but I have one anyway. There is a foot that resembles a darning foot although it's tiny - I suppose because the needle doesn't swing. There's a loose hanging spring, no idea where that goes.

A few pics just for now but none of the black beauty herself as she's out for inspection. Looks very clean but she's very dry too so this will take more of hubby's time and ther wiring is burnt at the socket end so he's already reading up on that (hoping the motor can just be rewired). At least I hope to be able to use the treadle in the interim.

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Vintage Machines / Singer buttonholer
« on: May 28, 2017, 00:05:05 AM »
Since I bought my 201K I've been thinking of getting a buttonholer as they're so lauded by you vintage owners. I checked Helen Howes first and saw a black one that she said was her favourite and the same one in cream. I then found the cream one below (same reference number) on eBay looking in very good condition and with the original booklet too. I've got it for £10.81 including postage!  :D Hoping to find it lying on the mat when we get back from holiday.

Any tips on the best way of getting the settings right for a beginner on these fascinating devices?

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Adding Zing & Bling / Lead content in rhinestones
« on: May 24, 2017, 19:44:39 PM »
I have to admit that I'm very happy with the brand of budget rhinestones that I've now found after trying a few different types. Their sparkle is really good but I recently wondered about them after seeing some Preciosa packaging with "lead-free". I'm not one for knee-jerk reactions but I do take it seriously so I checked with the supplier who confirmed that they do have lead content although gave no detail of their precise makeup.

From my research they are only an issue if they are digested and much more dangerous for children - hence the problem in the old days when lead containing paint used to be used on baby's cots. It's a timely reminder about never allowing a child to play with a hair ornament, however.

Apparently Swarovski crystals were only reconstituted to reduce their lead levels in 2012 so anyone with a used dress can't be sure how old the crystals are. Lead poisoning is a big issue for children and I understand there is no 'safe level' standard for children. The US Consumer Product Safety rules requires a maximum of 100parts per million for children's products.

I'm confident that it's safe enough to use them on dresses etc as intended but, nevertheless, I'm wary now of allowing my DGD to fix them directly onto her skin with eyelash glue. In ballroom dance competitions, children aren't allowed to wear any bling until the age of 12 although they may do so in shows, of course, and the dance floor is often sprinkled with crystals that have fallen off dresses.

In disco/freestyle comps very young children often wear totally blinged-up costumes so I think it would be helpful if more was known about this but not in a panicked over-reaction as the glue they're using to fix them onto the costumes may well be causing more damage to more people inhaling the fumes than the crystals are likely to do in normal use.

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