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Vintage Machines / Bernini 707 minimatic
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:01:40 PM »
I've just bought one of these. It's very portable, much lighter than my big Pfaff, so I plan to use it at sewing club where I can't lug my big Pfaff upstairs. The Bernina seems in good condition, I've cleaned & oiled it, there's no rust and very little wear, though the smaller belt will be replaced as it has a set in it where it's been in one position for a long while. It makes lovely neat stitches, all of them (the cam stack is in good condition). I've brought it on holiday to have a play! The shell satin edging stitch works very nicely, I'm thinking it would be good for a toddler's dress, using embroidery thread.

I notice that a shank adaptor is available to enable use of modern snap-on feet. Anyone got one? Does it work?

I bought this for £13.95 (ouch) because I had a credit note to use & it seemed a good idea. There are 3 YouTube vids, which are pretty rubbish, (out of focus, not showing the crucial bits etc).It has a double slot on the left which is supposed to fold the main fabric, but my seams won't feed through it. On the third YouTube video the demonstrator says to fold & press the fabric first. If I was going to do that I'd use the standard foot! What am I missing here? Or shall I take it back?

The Haberdashery / Bobbin capacity - how much thread does it hold?
« on: January 26, 2018, 16:53:41 PM »
Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere, I can't find it. I've just made 4 spools for my coverstitch machine, by glueing a sewing machine bobbin to an empty thread reel. (Bobbins don't fit on the spindles). I can wind them on my machine and then have the same colour on each spindle on the coverstitch machine, but I'm wondering how much thread they hold and therefore how much stitching I can do. (I know I could take a new reel of thread and wind bobbins with it until it runs out, but CBA).

In the wardrobe / Sewing for a baby
« on: June 13, 2017, 23:25:57 PM »
Since being presented with my first grandchild I've made a few bits for her. Butterick 3405 using turquoise Rose & Hubble flamingos:

Hi, I'm new... / Found you!
« on: March 24, 2017, 18:16:25 PM »
I'm pleased to find many of the names from TSF on here. Since it closed I've been quite productive, sewing wise, I guess that will stop now that I have a forum to browse again!

Made since TSF closed: a dress, 2 tops & a jacket for me. Athena costume for teacher daughter. Playmat, changing bag and laundry bag for newly arrived granddaughter. Cosmetic bag for a gift. Bunting for granddaughter's naming party, boat cushions re-upholstered, boat curtains made with embroidered dragonflies and borders. (The boat cushions involved making 65m of bias binding for the piping cord, I'm never doing that again).

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