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Vintage Machines / Re: Spoilt for choice
« on: Yesterday at 10:14:48 »
Sorry Brenda  :S

Here it is!


Vintage Machines / Spoilt for choice
« on: Yesterday at 09:18:46 »
I decided that I would give my Pfaff1475 a bit of a break, as I do realise that she isn't getting any younger.  So, I moved over to the Bernina 730 Record.

I've always like this machine, but had a major niggle with the footpedal, and the jerky start at the beginning of seams sometimes.  I seem to have resolved that, and I can report that the Bernina is running beautifully - the embroidery stitches are a particular delight. I had run out of blue ricrac braid for the Dorothy blouse (for Lilya), and as it was just a try out, I decided to give the ricrac stitch a go.  It looks beautiful.  Pic below.

Then I moved on to the Singer 611g, which I haven't used for a while, and is mainly kept set up to do the most beautiful buttonholes.  So, after a bit of a clean, and a drop of oil, I put her through her paces.  She is lovely.  She makes a wonderful sound, very quiet, but quick.

I am very spoilt. 

Just the Featherweight, and the 15k, to bring up to speeed, and I have the most wonderful team of machines to play with at home.   :)


Vintage Machines / Re: Bernina 730 footpedal
« on: Yesterday at 09:04:13 »
I had a root around t'internet yesterday, and learned a few interesting things.

First that some of the Bernina 730 Records came with a knee lifter for the presser foot.  I got quite excited about this, until I got home, and realised that my machine wasn't one of them.... :(

The other thing I learned was that there is a speed changer at the back of the machine.  I'd always thought this switch was to do with the electric supply, but it's actually to slow the machine.  It seems to make it more manageable with the bulky footpedal.

I also replaced the bulb, as the one which was in, was getting very hot, and I frequently caught against it.  The light I've fitted isn't so good, but it does stay cool.

Last thing I did was to remove the bobbin and race to give it a clean, and a drop of oil.  This machine is very thirsty, with a lot of oiling points!


Today... / Re: Wednesday 21st - has the world ended?
« on: Yesterday at 08:55:54 »
It's a bit grey here, and chilly, but it's dry!

Very busy day today Vat Return nearly due, and Year End.  In between a bit of finishing off on a blouse for Lilya (for under the Dorothy dress, and a repair for Theo on a knitted all in one.

Anxiety attacks are showing signs of returning, must keep busy.  :S


A very Happy Birthday from me too!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

:toast: :cake: :flower:

Oh maliw, how sad for you.  Thinking about you, and your sad loss. 

Remember to look after yourself.


Sewing Machines / Re: Irritated beyond belief
« on: February 20, 2018, 13:55:30 PM »

Sewing Machines / Re: Irritated beyond belief
« on: February 20, 2018, 13:44:44 PM »
Lizzie there are loads of videos about tension issues.  I will go and have a root around for a decent one.

It is infuriating when your machine just decides to have an off day....

Are you sure you haven't changed the tension to do something (buttonholes), and forgot to turn it back?  Sorry, it's just that that is the sort of thing I would do.....


Vintage Machines / Re: Bernina 730 footpedal
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:18:18 AM »
Forgot the pics!

Look how steep that footpedal angle is!


Vintage Machines / Re: Bernina 730 footpedal
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:08:42 AM »
Well, I went home full of good intentions yesterday.  Got the foot pedal onto the ironing board - with a suitable covering! 

Got together an assortment of screwdrivers, and prepared for work.  Nothing.  I could not find a way in to this footpedal.  Not at all.  I was afraid that if I forced the issue, I may not be able to get it back together again, so, reluctantly, I decided that I would have to make the best of it.  It does work after all.  :S

While I had it of though, I realised that what I was having a problem with, is the actual height of the pedal, and it's forcing my foot to turn up quite high.  I think I'll have to re-think how I'm using it, to give me more control, and to make it more comfortable on my foot.

Just watching a video which has pointed out a slow switch on the back of the machine which may be helpful, at least until I get to grips with the footpedal.

It is running beautifully though....


The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:23:24 AM »
I went for a root around the local charity warehouse last week, and I won't be going back!

Propped up by the Goods Receiving door, was a long list of stuff they didn't want!  We do not Take: Books, videos, clothes, shoes, printers, computer screens etc etc  Couldn't believe it, it seems only furniture and some larger electrical goods are acceptable.

Given the bad press the charity sector is getting, I think they should be a bit more diplomatic.

Tbh, it's one of the worst local charity shops, but because it's so big, I sometimes find a gem of a sewing machine.


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi There
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:12:04 AM »
Hello there Mitch, nice to have you here!  Hope the tough times are behind you!

Grab a brew, and get yourself familiar with our new facilities!


Good luck for today Veg, sending loads of good wishes and virtual hugs!  <3 I'll be thinking about you!

Bodge, poor little pup, still she's on the best side of it.  In my experience girl puplingtons cope far better than boys...


Bright and sunny here, but still very cold - and likely to get colder if the forecasters have it right!

Remembered World Book Day yesterday, I'd promised Lilya a new blouse for her Dorothy costume - the old one is too tight.  The dress still fits fine though.  I need to get some pale blue ricrac at some point today.

Still pondering the jacket...  Truth be told, I've not made a 'proper' jacket before, and I'm somewhat spooked.

The Jemima's are coming along, but slowly.  Three of everything does slow things down.  Hoping to finish the bonnet pieces today.


Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Time for a double scotch.
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:56:24 AM »
Hold the Scotch for a while, it may well be saveable (?)! (or have one to calm your nerves)  ;)

I had something similar happen a few weeks ago Rubes.  A toile I made turned out really well, lilac patterned body, white collar and placket, I'd worn it and washed it so it was on the ironing board waiting to be ironed.

I do lots of things on my ironing board, including drafting. Well, the phone rang, and I put the blouse to one side and returned to it later - much later - like tomorrow later.

My blouse had be sitting on an uncapped royal blue felt pen, and the tip had acted as a wick...

The blouse was ruined I thought, but decided to make an attempt to save it.

Three Vanish soakings and a machine wash, and it's as good as new!  When Crayola say their felt pens are washable, I now believe them!

Grab the Vanish Rubes, a big bowl, and soak, soak, soak.  All is not yet lost!

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