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@WendyW How fun is this! And something to exercise my brain. Thank you!

-can the cutting tables be used with stools for gathering everyone around for a teaching moment and to offer an easy way to eat lunch? A conferencing area more or less?

Oh my goodness.  No, no, no.. do not have people eating on the same tables where fabric is being cut.  You run the risk of grease marks on patterns/fabrics.  Obviously not a major problem if it is just toile fabric, but not if people are working on their proper fabric.  Doing it this way is also a good way to teach good habits to your tutees!

Sounds like a fab project @WendyW

Corsets / Re: Seam Allowances on Corset Patterns
« on: May 12, 2022, 12:44:43 PM »
Yes, you will need to add seam allowances and how much would depend on how you are going to do the channels for the boning.  However, on a toile, I would leave more than the seam allowance so that you have room to manoevre (how is that spelt?!?!?!) during fitting and you need to let out any seams, depending on how tight you are intending to lace the corset and to ensure that the back lacing panels are kept straight.

Technical Help / Re: Overcast stitch is wrong way around
« on: May 12, 2022, 12:09:20 PM »
I don’t know the answer but I considered buying a F & R machine in the early 1970s but was advised against it by the dealer because the needle only swung to one side.

Having had a machine whose needle swings to both sides, I would never go back to a machine that only swings to one side.  I have a basic Janome (well DD does) and an old Singer (which is a fabulous workhorse machine) and both have only 1 side swing and it is a complete pain.

Sewing Machines / Re: getting a flat zigzag stitch in thin fabric?
« on: May 04, 2022, 11:50:29 AM »
My Janome does this (its called tunnelling) and I've never been able to sort it.  You could try a tear-away stabiliser underneath or, if you are using this to finish the edges, do a different finish. 

House Beautiful / Re: Conundrum
« on: May 03, 2022, 09:14:43 AM »
Years ago, when I was working in Harrods, I bought a Christian Dior duvet set in the sale. It was about 14" longer than my standard duvet, and I believe the reason was that the top could be folded down to resemble a flat sheet folded down over a blanket. It was an absolute pain, as I didn't have a maid to arrange it in the manner intended. It was hardly ever used until a couple of years ago when I finally got round to shortening it to the right size.

Could it have been to tuck it in at the bottom of the bed?

Current Projects / Re: Bjay's zigzag journey
« on: April 29, 2022, 10:21:44 AM »
@Missie That was all unpicked and corrected just after @fajita made the comment.
Thanks for saying though

Current Projects / Re: Bjay's zigzag journey
« on: April 29, 2022, 10:03:25 AM »
It’s looking lovely.

Is the red car on bottom left (as you’re looking at it) upside down?

I think that whole section  is upside down.  The black stripe is in the wrong place?  Whispering this, eversoquietly  :lipsrsealed:

Fun with Fabric / Re: SSssshhh! Bunting....
« on: April 27, 2022, 13:24:58 PM »
What I hadn't bargained for was that the colours would bleed and run, and also leave dark stains...It'll have to do, I'm not doing that lot again!


I can guarantee that once it up and fluttering in the wind, no-one will notice.  Think you've done a great job there btw.

Fun with Fabric / Re: SSssshhh! Bunting....
« on: April 27, 2022, 10:59:49 AM »
@DementedFairy   lovely to hear from you.  Hope the eye ops go well and looking forward to hearing/seeing those projects.

Access All Accessories / Re: The Wallet.
« on: April 26, 2022, 08:39:48 AM »
That's a great job, well done!

A Good Yarn / Re: Nightime Reading
« on: April 14, 2022, 12:38:38 PM »
I generally have a couple of books on the go and am currently reading "Girl A" by Abigail Dean; really enjoying this one and "Girl Woman Other" by Bernardine Evaristo, also enjoying.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Plush Addict
« on: April 14, 2022, 10:39:29 AM »
Yes, they are fabulous and are my first go-to.  Good quality fabrics, great service.  She does "lives" on facebook and is really personable.

Access All Accessories / Re: My first tool roll
« on: April 13, 2022, 16:19:44 PM »
I thought you'd gone all eco-friendly and had made your first loo roll  :laughing: 8)

Great job and v neat sewing.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Mermaid gown
« on: April 12, 2022, 12:22:30 PM »
Or am I overthinking it and I should just get on and do it  :thinking:  :laugh:

Definitely  :P 

Tulle doesn't, as far as I am aware, have a grain although it may stretch more in the width so just be careful not to stretch it when cutting out.

My domed top storage trunk (never buy a domed top storage trunk) has a lift in /out tray in the top.

BTW does anybody want a domed top storage trunk???

He has one of those at the bedside, but of course nothing stays on top of it, so "my" trunk is going there as it will be used less often than the others.  Alas, no tray in mine.

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