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Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: Yesterday at 19:38:42 »
Is it some sort of French chalk?  does it mark fabric?

Today... / Re: Thursday 18th January
« on: Yesterday at 11:59:20 »
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.

Today... / Re: Wednesday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2018, 15:11:50 PM »
We've been very lucky with dentists - there's a lovely lady in the next village, NHS, and very good with the injections.  On one occasion I didn't even feel the initial sting 0_0

Today... / Re: Wednesday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:06:26 AM »
Blooming cold here today.  I moved my car off the driveway so that the kitchen fitter (Yay!) could get his vehicle and tools closer to the house and it really was nippy.

At last we've got someone here to finish off all the bits that couldn't be done before Christmas due to Wickes' failure to order and deliver everything at the right time - plus a little bit of snagging.  Not the original fitter as he's fully booked but someone who he arranged to finish it.

For me it's proofreading for most of the day but will pop over to see GD3 later on - she has become a teenager today :S

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Blue quilt
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:56:57 AM »
I don't think that design really works as blocks; it needs to be done in strips.

Whether you cut nine squares from each piece of fabric or four the principle is the same.  A sheet of squared paper and some coloured pencils, draw out the plusses and follow your drawing.  If you think that you might get into a muddle arranging the squares assign each fabric a letter, write that letter on a scrap of paper and pin it to the pile of squares.  On your drawing write the same letter onto each of the five squares (or 2 squares and the middle rectangle).
Now join the squares together in strips matching letters as per your drawing.  Once you have all the strips made join them together and you will have a quilt top 0_0

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Blue quilt
« on: January 16, 2018, 22:02:23 PM »
Ah! you have several of each colour 0_0

Each + will be made from either 5 squares or two squares and one rectangle.  Size doesn't really matter just cut as many as you can  If they really are 25cm x 25cm then you'll be able to cut 8.3cm x 8.3cm = 3¼" x 3¼" squares which will finish at 2¾" x 2¾" and the middle strip would be 8¾" x 3¼" to finish at 8¼" x 2¾".

I realise that you may be more used to working in metric units, but most P&Q stuff, including books and rulers, originates in USA which persists in using imperial measurements.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Mannequin .....
« on: January 16, 2018, 21:41:12 PM »
When I will the lottery (which I don't buy tickets for!) I will treat myself to one, and maybe a few extras to donate to TSP members.. :ninja:

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Blue quilt
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:39:45 AM »
A fat eighth is half of a fat quarter, so not very big.  You will definitely need more fabric to go with it even to make a cushion cover.

The Cafe / Re: Printers
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:24:19 AM »
It would be cheaper for us to buy a new printer than buy the cartridges... it's ridiculous.

On one occasion I did!  I was buying a printer and asked for a second set of ink cartridges so that I would have spares to take back for refilling and the second set would have cost more than that printer so I bought two printer.  It was a long time ago but I think I kept the head as a spare but then when the print head on the first one failed it wouldn't recognise the substitute.

See here.

£10.99 per metre as compared to the factory shop's £6.99 per metre.

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