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The Cafe / Re: Bit of an odd 24 hours here
« on: Yesterday at 22:33:06 »
We'll all be thinking of you and sending out good vibes on Wednesday.

Whatever proceedures they decide on, follow their advice, be kind to yourself and don't overdo things in the days and weeks following.

Today... / Re: Saturday 20th January
« on: Yesterday at 09:59:23 »
Wet here too, but not particularly windy.

JP, I've got dozens of shirt buttons, mostly taken from charity shop shirts which were bought for the fabric.  Shirts can be good for patchwork if the colour is right, but I won't pay more than the cost of a FQ  The back is sometimes as big as a FQ so all the rest is a bonus for the effort of cutting away all the seams, collar, cuffs.

The Cafe / Re: Anyone had an internal door hung recently?
« on: Yesterday at 09:50:39 »
Agreed.  Our new door was part of the building work but the builder brought in a carpenter/joiner to do the door.  They are pals and I know that our builder did a lot of work for the other man on his own house; they both recognise what they can do well and what they can't.

The Haberdashery / Re: sticky elastic?
« on: January 19, 2018, 22:38:57 PM »
Try this
Try this

The Cafe / Re: Anyone had an internal door hung recently?
« on: January 19, 2018, 22:27:20 PM »
These new doors are going into new door cases - but apparently the doors are bigger than the cases, wtf??

Unless he made the doors himself they would have come in standard sizes.  New build doorways take that into account, but if it's an old doorway.....

The Cafe / Re: Anyone had an internal door hung recently?
« on: January 19, 2018, 22:24:57 PM »
We had a door put into the newly built dividing wall and the joiner was here for one day.  He constructed the frame and fitted the architraves both sides as well as hanging the door and fitting the handles/latch.  He also boxed in the wires above the RCD fuse box on the same day.

Happy birthday to both of you,  Jessie and Elnina
:cake: :toast:  :flower:

 :flower:  :toast:  :cake:

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 18, 2018, 19:38:42 PM »
Is it some sort of French chalk?  does it mark fabric?

Today... / Re: Thursday 18th January
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:59:20 AM »
It was blowing a hoolie through the night and rattleing roof tiles but it's a lot calmer now and bright and sunny.

I was awake for much of the night mentally composing a letter to send to Wickes about the problems with the new kitchen and this morning I decided that the way deal with it was to write that letter now, so instead of more proof-reading I have been writing a 1,500 word email which has just been sent. :S

I need to do something a bit more physical now,  h*******k ?

In the wardrobe / Re: Changing needles
« on: January 17, 2018, 20:45:40 PM »
I do usually change the needle, and dispose of the old one, if I am about to start on a biggish project, but for little jobs if there isn't a "thuck thuck" noise and the machine is stitching well I use the existing needle.

IME modern machines are much more tempramental about having a pristine needle than vintage machines are.  The first machine I owned was a hand crank Singer - no idea now what model it was but it was blue and straight stitch only - and in those days the needle was only replaced if it broke!  When I upgraded to a then high spec Frister Rossman with cams for zig-zag and stretch stitch patterns in 1973 I came to realise that if a needle had been in use for too long the stitch quality suffered.  My philosophy now is that if the machine is stitching well with no "thuck-thuck" the needle doesn't need replacing, when I do change it the old one goes in the bin (actually a plastic pot with a lid).  The only used needles I keep are twin needles which generally only get used for a few minutes to do a bit of top stitching.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Sea of Flames wall hanging
« on: January 17, 2018, 19:23:01 PM »
Yes, border one.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Butterick Winter Collection
« on: January 17, 2018, 19:21:08 PM »
I too like 6514.  Unusual to find a princess line dress with CF seam and I'm not sure about the cold shoulder sleeves - OK maybe for summer.

6518 looks very 1970s to me.  I had a maternity top very much like that!

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Blue quilt
« on: January 17, 2018, 15:59:52 PM »
Accurate cutting and accurate seam allowances are the crucial bits of patchwork!

Rail fence is an easy block, but can be put together in many different ways.

Today... / Re: Wednesday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2018, 15:19:56 PM »
B&Q are not much better at getting all things delivered! 

It would be difficult for them to be worse!

All the unfinished bits and pieces have now been sorted and a few minor bits of snagging done; except that when he came to fit the final bit of trim above the cooker hood there wasn't any!!!  There are two unopened lengths of the base unit kickboard left, but none of the slightly thicker top trim.  It's been ordered and it will mean that the fitter or his mate will have to come back yet again for ten minutes work.  It will take him longer to get here than it will to do the job!

I am now mentally composing the letter which will be sent to Wickes customer services.

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