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The Cafe / Re: Pinterest - love or hate?
« on: November 24, 2017, 16:29:24 PM »
I don't use it anywhere near as much as I used to, although it's been exceedingly useful for me in finding new techniques and reference to those I only use occasionally and might need to review at some time. It's true I've saved far more than that but I don't worry about hoarding pins as they're easy enough to delete. I really only use it for sewing, dance and crafting related items so I think my newsfeed is perhaps a little more relevant and useful in comparison to someone who has searched or pinned more widely and subsequently gets all sorts of stuff appearing. It's not linked to my facebook or google account so I don't get that influence popping up univited in it either.

It is annoying when the links don't work but that's always going to happen at times as a result of user error (clicking a pin at the top or bottom of a webpage which will just create a general link to their site so you don't find what you're looking for) or items on blogs being removed and, more frequently, people linking to selling sites where the item disappears once it's bee sold.

What it absolutely infuriating is their constant fiddling with the way it works and so often in the process removing useful functions and editing with simplified and much less helpful ones. The one that drives me crazy is that you can no longer reorder your boards by simply dragging and dropping between two other boards, instead now it will only swap one board with another which means repositioning boards is more like using a Rubik's cube than 21st century software ought to be.  ><

So is it love or hate for me? It's a friendship that's grown old perhaps not necessarily in an entirely good way.  :\

Vintage Machines / Re: Lovely machine £5 in Norwich
« on: November 04, 2017, 21:53:28 PM »
I quite like its style but I'm trying to curb my DH's fast growing collection of first day stamp covers (growing way too fast as he keeps buying huge job lots) with a promise to match him by going cold turkey on buying sewing machines (3 this year already) so it's only look and admire with strictly no touching for me!  :|

The Cafe / Re: Mugshot Gallery
« on: November 04, 2017, 21:45:35 PM »
Lowena, as we didn't get a chance to meet up when I was in Cornwall last month, this may help you recognise me when we're back in your part of the world.

There's a good chance of bumping into me on any beach lugging stuff into the boot of the car as I always seem to be searching for driftwood. I live 90 miles inland so I can't always get to the beach and have to make do with woodlands sometimes. Not as nice as driftwood though.  :)

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Machine recommendations.
« on: November 04, 2017, 21:33:56 PM »
Where do you buy your lycra from? I've found a few places online but it all seems quite expensive.

You can get pretty cheap lycra from Showtime Fabrics  and Tia Knight. It's not what you'd choose for a competition dress but it's ideal for practicing and making dresses that can be worn for lessons & shows and enjoyed.

Tia has some very cheap sale prices but the lycra can be very thin so not always the easiest to sew with. Aim for a 190gsm minimum.

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.

Sewing Machines / Re: Bernina Machines - not so popular?
« on: October 23, 2017, 16:32:31 PM »
The new overlockers are no longer made by Juki, which is a shame.  I believe it was something to do with cutting costs.
My coverstitch, Bernina L220, was the twin of the Juki MCS-1500 but has sadly been removed from the Bernina range and replaced by a Bernette coverstitch - their budget brand. The L220 is fabulous but if I had to replace it I'd go for Juki over a Bernette any day.

The Bernina 1130 -  ... It's so much quicker and more straight forward than on many modern computerised machines where you select the function then the + or _ and have to wait for it to reach the number you want.
You're spot on with that, Morgan. My lovely old Viking (TOL in the late 70s) was sadly on its last legs when I got the Pfaff so it was really when I got the 1020 that I realised how much more I liked the feel of the mechanicals, in particular the sense of being in control rather than being a computer operator. So it may sound strange that I then wanted a computerised 1130 but, being an early model with lots of dials and quick button selection rather than touch screen, it still feels like a mechanical just with some short cuts. Now I just need to source a knee lift at a realistic price - the last one I saw was around £80! Everything works fine but it's not as silky as my 1020 so, having cleaned and oiled it myself but not taken it apart, I think it might be worth a service by Mr Theobald.

Nevertheless I will no longer even contemplate selling my Pfaff P5 as it can do things the others can't. It's got presser foot pressure for a start off, such finely controllable speed for really tricky stuff, it's got that wonderful IDT which is better than a walking foot imo and an amazing array of stitches to name a few.

Many thanks for the book tip, Elnnina. There are 2 copies under £5 on ebay so I'll definitely get one of those.  :)

The Cafe / Re: Like Take That sang..I'm ... Back For Good
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:55:27 AM »
I did think of you but we were out every day, one of them being at St Michael's Mount which we loved (first visit). The theatre at Minack was really something so we'd love to go back for a performance, perhaps adding a week onto our annual Lyme Regis holiday next year in May so we may still get a chance for that coffee.  :)

The Cafe / Re: Like Take That sang..I'm ... Back For Good
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:26:09 AM »
And I'm not long returned from a holiday in Cornwall - a week in St Mawes followed by 4 days in Newlyn and a visit to the Ally Pally show on the way home where I avoided looking at any expensive machinery but still spent a lot of money on bits and pieces.  :o

It's interesting reading this as I had similar reservations but as time's passed I've come to like all my machines. I bought a Pfaff Performance 5 when I retired in 2014 and was in awe of what it could do (it was my first computerised machine). A couple of years later I got an old Bernina 1020 simply because I'd always wanted that brand but always baulked at the price of a new one. I only expected to be using it for odd jobs, especially anything heavyweight but instead I rediscovered my love for mechanicals & stopped using the Pfaff 😱 except when I needed the IDT.

It left me feeling quite guilty over the money I'd spent but having used it again a couple of months ago I realised it has its own strengths and now I enjoy moving from one to the other for different projects. This is all just as well as in the interim I seem to have bought a couple of Singer 201s and a Bernina 1130 (an early computerised model).  :|

And the moral is? Perhaps I'm not a good person to talk to if you don't want a growing family of machines.   ;)

What lies beneath... / Re: Where to start?
« on: October 23, 2017, 00:50:37 AM »
I've a feeling we've got someone who makes costumes for belly dancers in the dance section so it may be worth asking this question there too.

We went yesterday on our way home from holiday in Cornwall (stopped overnight in a hotel near Camberley). Arrived just before 11 but walked straight on to the shuttle bus in the paddocks car park & same when we got checked out at 7!

We took your advice about the food (it took long enough to queue for drinks!) and had a few rest times when we spotted chairs but the afternoon/evening session wasn't as busy as I'd expected so I got to talk to interesting stallholders like the embroiderer Diane Bates who just happened to have done a display piece of a bead encrusted leotard which was the highlight of the show for us. My dh most enjoyed the art embroidery displays too and especially Ann Small's cut fabric layers. So glad we went.

It's a good job the visit was preceded by a relaxing holiday and my spending was (slightly) in check when I saw the rather shocking 'available balance' when I had to use their ATMs a second time!  :\

The Show Must Go On / Re: A bit late but Happy Ballet Day
« on: October 09, 2017, 23:05:49 PM »
Love the transition from blue to white. So delicate but I bet it's tough to survive the dancing - just like the ballerinas themselves, come to think of it!  :|

The Cafe / Re: Are we liking....
« on: October 08, 2017, 18:39:27 PM »
Oti is a great dancer and a superb choreographer too which makes all the difference to making your celebrity stand out.

You can visit the DSI showroom in East Croyden if you want to examine dresses close to - they're happy for you to look up skirts and down bodices - yes, I certainly did both! You can also see many of the dresses worn this season and previous season's here. Sadly not Alexandra's though.

I've never copied any dresses as such but I did use a skirt of Claudia Fragapane's as a reference for my latest ballroom dress and I agree that Alexandra's paso dress was a real standout. Oddly enough Oti wore a dress last season that I loved and shares similarities with Alexandra's. The way the fabric was used and stoned has been stored in my memory bank for future dresses. 

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Which Overlocker?
« on: October 07, 2017, 20:33:38 PM »
I know it has the knobs on the front rather than the lay-in threading but I wonder what the other differences are.

You'll be pleased to know that the difference between the knob tensions and lay-in tensions is primarily aesthetic and, if anything, the knob type are superior because the thread passes around 3/4+ of the way through them whereas the lay-in type passes through a little less. The other benefit is that it's easier to clean between the disks as they're more accessible around the entire knob.

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