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Messages - Lachica

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Put the little scraps in the bin @Celia . They'll rot down in landfill. You'll feel so much better when they're gone. Unless, that is, you want to make new fabric as described by @Kad . In my experience, knickers need a lot of fabric, not suggesting your a**e is as big as mine of course.

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Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: Yesterday at 13:48:37 »
If you know the previous owner personally & are sure it's working correctly then ask for a trial. Look at the stitch count (Google how to do this) as if I remember correctly a service is recommended after a certain number of stitches. £500 sounds high for an old model to me.

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Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: Yesterday at 13:44:38 »
@annieeg if I remember correctly I paid £600 for an ex demo, from a shop, with a warranty. It was a long time ago. I thought you'd decided to go with a Pfaff with embroidery module? For something like this I feel the manufacturer's warranty is worth having. These machines are incredibly complicated, have computerised controls & you have no way to know how well they've been treated if bought s/h. Pfaffs have a 5 year warranty. 

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tues January 18th
« on: Yesterday at 12:54:41 »
Good luck with your move @twopence . Very cold again & foggy here. Finished a few gift bags & just cut out T shirt for youngest GS.

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Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: Yesterday at 12:40:52 »
I think the 350e was superseded by the 500e so you won't find one new. I sold mine about 2014 I think, after I bought the Pfaff creative. At that time it was still current (just) and the 500e had been launched.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 20:35:39 PM »
Intriguing @justpottering  :D

I've made a few more Christmas gift bags this afternoon. It feels good to use up ribbon that has been hoarded for, in some cases, decades. I also made a couple of bags from cotton found in mum's sewing box. It's probably 50 years old. DD2's birthday present is now wrapped in one. Lovely & sunny here today, I should probably have tidied the garden but it's so cold.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Thinking of making a hoodie/sweatshirt
« on: January 17, 2022, 20:13:35 PM »
I'd use French Terry, 95% cotton 5% Lycra. I've used The Little Fabric Company & Dragonfly Fabrics both of whom advertise on FB and have websites. They have plain as well as patterned & also sell coordinating rib. Several times I've asked then to suggest a coordinating plain fabric for one of their patterned designs & not been disappointed. Quality is good & they deliver quickly.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 18:42:37 PM »
Ouchy @Catllar I hope it soon feels more comfortable.

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Technical Help / Re: What size buttonholes?
« on: January 17, 2022, 14:29:34 PM »
Make it a big bigger than the toggle diameter.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 14:26:46 PM »
Ooh, nice @Greybird . I hope you spend it on something nice for yourself.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 16th January 2022
« on: January 16, 2022, 16:47:01 PM »
Your plan sounds good @Diane . Small jobs that can be ticked off fairly quickly can be quite motivating. I saw somewhere that the third Monday in January is known as 'Black Monday' for the reasons you mentioned.

I need to get GS2's fire engine t shirt done for next weekend but instead have played today with fabric gift bags. The fabric has been sitting on my desk, cluttering behind the sewing machine. I've only made 5 as am playing with sizes & design. The current one I've made the buttonholes in slightly the wrong place. Once I've cracked the design I'll be a bit quicker. Not much quicker if I keep noseying put of the window. A lady up the road whom I've helped with her sewing a few times, I've just realised I haven't seen her for a while. I often used to wave as she went past on the school run. Her husband had 6 cars  in various stages of dereliction :scream: some of which were parked on the council owned verge with no tax. The front garden had 2 up on blocks ( no wheels) and some crates of parts. Today my sewing room window has a view of a Transit and it looks as though he's emptying the garage. No sign of her or I'd have gone over. I hope she's not under the patio.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 16th January 2022
« on: January 16, 2022, 10:04:08 AM »
@Diane good that you're already on top of medical issues. It sounds as though you've been through a lot recently & this is a dull time of year too. Your walking will help - maybe take some photos - but it sounds as though you really want to work again. I expect you've done a skills audit already & have an idea of the sort of thing you'd like. 🤞 Something will turn up soon.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 16th January 2022
« on: January 16, 2022, 09:18:41 AM »
@Diane since you've been feeling this way for a while, maybe see a doc, get your vit D levels checked, B12 deficiency could be a possibility too. If menopausal, oestrogen drop can cause depression. If you're able to get an appointment it will be weeks away so book now & it can always be cancelled if you're feeling better by March  :hug:

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday's special birthday wishes
« on: January 16, 2022, 08:33:41 AM »
Have a lovely day @hernibs  :birthday: :VV: :hic: :flower:

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In the wardrobe / Re: Clothing and wardrobe organisation/sorting out
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:03:29 AM »
@Iminei thanks for the offer. I think since you paid for it it will be copy-protected. I have made jeans before, by copying a pair that fit, and have kept my good-fit-but-now-worn-out ones, intending to take them apart. Not fancying the disassembly but will compare their measurements with those of the pattern first.

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