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Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Overlocker recommendations around £350
« on: December 27, 2020, 11:43:25 AM »

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas 🎄

I received some money to put towards an overlocker and the more research I do the more confused I seem to get!

I have been looking at the following models and would be very interested to hear your personal experience of these.  I’ve been recommended to get a 2, 3, 4 thread model. Also, do I need a free arm on an overlocker?  If so, this would take the Jaguar off my list 🤔

Pfaff Hobbylock 2.0

Jaguar 489

Huskvana Huskylock S15

Are there any others in this price range that you think I should look at?

Thanks for your guidance x

Sewing Machines / To cover or not to cover 🤔
« on: November 09, 2020, 15:33:13 PM »

Do you cover your sewing machines every time you finish using them? 

As someone with ME every activity, no matter how small, has consequences on my health. So it’s easier for me to keep my machine uncovered so that when I’ve got a little energy I can do a little bit.  This maybe as little as 10 minutes here and there or longer on a better day.

If I want to cover ‘Jessie’ with the supplied plastic hard cover after each use I have to remove the extension table, the knee bar, unplug the power and foot pedal cables which is all energy I’d rather use sewing!

Is it ok to leave it set up so it’s always ready when I am?!

Sewing Machines / Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
« on: November 05, 2020, 09:42:44 AM »
I've got a Janome 5270QDC and have been looking at this Bias Foot

This adjustable generic one looks like something I'd use more than the Janome metal one, but don't want to ruin my new shiny machine if it's not recommended  -<

Sewing Machines / Looking for advice on Stitch Lock versus Reverse?
« on: October 31, 2020, 22:58:19 PM »

Hope you are all keeping well,

My new whizzy machine has an option for Stitch Lock.  Is there any advice on which or when to use the stitch lock versus the reverse stitch?  :thinking:

Thanks in advance x

Embroidery and Embellishment / Recommendations for Iron/Sew on Lettering
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:00:37 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I’d like to make a present for my BFF who is getting married next month 🤞. I’ve seen this cushion and would like to create something similar.  I’ve only recently started sewing and I don’t have an embroidery machine.  I feel fairly confident to have a go at the appliqué hearts and I did think about trying freehand embroidery, but don’t think there’s enough time (or energy) to perfect this skill in time.  My new machine does enable me to sew letters, but they are very small, stitch size and would be lost.

Can anyone recommend where I can buy the letters and either iron or sew them on?  I’ve had a look online, but first look has not been fruitful with the fonts available very square and bold which isn’t what I’m after.

It would mean the world to my friend if I was able to make something personal.  So any ideas of where I could look to buy these or alternative suggestions gratefully received x

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Sewing Machines / Anyone using Janome DKS100 / DC7100?
« on: October 04, 2020, 11:19:44 AM »
Hi Everyone

Been out of action for a while. It’s nice to be back as I missed you :hug:

A friend recently purchased a Janome DC7100 which I understand to be the John Lewis special edition of the DKS100.

Does anyone have any experience of this machine and if so, would you recommend it for general sewing?

Thanks x

The Haberdashery / Alternative to polystyrene balls
« on: August 09, 2020, 16:52:44 PM »

Can anyone recommend an alternative filling for bean bag cushions?  As a last resort I bought some polystyrene balls that you would put into large bean bags as they were light and cost effective.  They work well, but I’d rather not use them again as they are so not environmentally friendly.   Also I seem to scatter as many over the room as I get into the cushion 😂

I’ve tried rice, but it makes the bags too heavy.

Has anyone been successful with another light filling?   

Patterns Discussion / Pattern Matching
« on: August 06, 2020, 14:36:26 PM »

Most of the projects I’ve undertaken so far I’ve used either plain or busy fabrics so I haven’t had to think about lining up patterns. I’d like to make a simple iPad cushion again, but this time with a larger print using the material in the photo.

Are there any tips or guidelines I should follow when cutting the fabric to match the pattern across the seams? 

Thank I may be doing a lot of head scratching again! xx


I'm going to cover a rectangular stool with a piece of plain material and would like to add a little detail by including a piece of fabric in the middle. I'd like to make all the stitches on the reverse so it looks like one piece of material from the front. 

I started down the route of cutting out the hole and pinning from the rear, but then the top fabric would pucker from each corner ... :thinking:

I've totally confused myself using the little brain power I have in how to achieve this!!  :headbang:

Please can someone point me in the right direction as I'm going around in circles (or rectangles  :D)

I've attached a couple of pics to show what I've done.  Fortunately whilst I'm learning all this I've not invested in decent fabric so it doesn't matter, and I won't be offended,  if I've gone totally off piste and need to start again! xx


So here's a weird one  :headbang:

I'd been using my New Home 691 very successfully, yet I've come across a problem that is frustrating me like mad and preventing me from sewing today😤 

I was using the overcasting mode to finish a raw edge. Then I switched the machine back to the pattern selector for a straight stitch at stitch length 4.  The machine acts really weirdly, sewing as though its going back and forward rather than just forward, almost as though the reverse is happening whilst it's trying to do a straight stitch.  It also isn't sewing at the right length, doing very small stitches.   It did happen last week and then all of a sudden started working correctly again so I didn't think much of it.  However, it's done it again today 😔

I've attached a picture of what is happening and it shows it more when I go round a corner, inputting a reverse stitch as I start a new line and pulling the fabric extremely tight.  I've tried unplugging, moving all the levers again, changing the tension and now I'm all out of ideas.  If anyone has experienced something similar I'd very much welcome some advice  :thinking:

Thanks in advance xx

Technical Help / Newbie Error washing fabric 🤦‍♀️😬
« on: July 14, 2020, 17:56:55 PM »

Apologise if I’m writing in the wrong forum 😊

So I thought it would be a good idea to wash my fabric before using it to see if it would shrink. Sure I read that somewhere... 🤔

I’ve bought a few different packs of cotton squares to practice with and perhaps attempt to make a few masks. I popped them in the washing machine and they came out looking like this!  :headbang:

Maybe next time I should use a washing bag, like I use for underwear?!  Are there any recommendations for best practice here?

Once I’d unscrambled the mess, it appears they didn’t shrink and once ironed will be good to go. So not all bad 😅

Also, can anyone recommend what type of threads I should be buying for generally sewing cotton fabric on an electric machine?  Am currently using what was handed down to me in my late Grandmother’s sewing box. She did a lot of hand sewing and I remember using an old manual Gold & Black Singer at her home 😍

Stay safe everyone xx

Hi, I'm new... / Hello from a Surrey Sewer
« on: July 07, 2020, 21:58:20 PM »
Thank you for including me in your community.  I wanted to say a quick hello 👋

I was given my sewing machine as a teenager in the mid Eighties.  I used it once or twice and then put it away.  It’s been in the back of one cupboard or another ever since.  Recently I’ve been looking to buy a cushion cover for my wheelchair, but couldn’t find exactly what I was after.  My ever patient husband suggested maybe I could make my own...  So out it came, was duly dusted off and I was over the moon that it worked  :D :sew:

I’m keen to learn from others and develop some sewing skills. 

I want to be upfront, I have a M.E..  This chronic illness means I will dip in and out when my health allows, so please don’t take offence if I’m slow to respond or interact.

Looking forward to meeting you all x

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