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Fun with Fabric / Re: Cheaper alternative to Art Gallery?
« on: October 03, 2018, 21:39:01 PM »
I have just received my first order from Lamazi Fabrics, ( ) an "OEKO - Tex Cotton Jersey. Actually it's 95% cotton and 5% spandex/lycra. I'm pretty impressed as the description was accurate and the fabric is great. Free p&p, too.  Might be worth your taking a glance?

Sorry, I bought what was left of the 'Lilly of the Valley' and very pretty it is, too! :-)

Should have said; it was £7.50 per 1/2m = £14.per metre. Gosh, fabric is expensive these days.

House Beautiful / Re: Crocodile!
« on: July 31, 2018, 17:51:37 PM »
Love the nostrils and the little one is so cuddly! A really good sewing fix, Fajita.

Tutorials / Trousers: Article on fitting from Melly Sews
« on: July 12, 2018, 16:15:54 PM »
I have read lots about fitting trousers, but always have trouble understanding what the words and drawings are trying to tell me. This article has words, drawings, explanations, solutions and before and after photos. It's not the Holy Grail, but I found it very helpful. HTH.

Sewing Machines / Re: It’s bust!
« on: July 03, 2018, 21:11:12 PM »
Oh, goodness  >:)  Sending you sympathy. Not being able to rely on your machine is totally  :angry:

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Print Your Pattern Review
« on: April 10, 2018, 21:32:49 PM »
Ordered a pattern on Sunday at just gone 8 in the evening. It arrived in Tuesday morning's post. Brilliant!

If you are keen on buying Organic fabrics from the UK, you might like to take a glance here:

Their main retail business is in ready made clothing, but they also sell their own design Organic Cotton Fabrics. I didn't think the prices too eye watering.

I bought a couple of jersey tops, so asked if they might consider selling Jersey fabric, too. Their reply indicated that they might consider it. Possibly a question of sufficient demand?


Patterns Discussion / Re: Any small bust pattern providers?
« on: February 28, 2018, 17:00:17 PM »
Perhaps not quite what you were looking for, but might this post on Burda be of any use to you?


Fun with Fabric / Re: The king of polyester fabric
« on: February 20, 2018, 16:55:55 PM »
When in full uniform these days I actually weigh an extra 18lbs!!

Good grief! - And I keep thinking that I should get a smaller handbag to save my aged shoulders. How on earth police persons manage to chase baddies, I cannot imagine. Mind you, just think how much weight training you are getting, Ravingdoll. 0_0

In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing Mistakes. Grrrrr!
« on: February 13, 2018, 21:22:53 PM »
Oh. no. Ploshkin! That is so disappointing. I think that we both deserve  :toast: :toast:

In the wardrobe / Sewing Mistakes. Grrrrr!
« on: February 13, 2018, 16:08:50 PM »
Aaaargh! Pressed my jacket shoulder seams. Stood back to admire the beauty ...... and realised that I had sewn the outsides to the insides, and it's black tweedy fabric!
Nothing to do, but unpick and try again. Bother, Grump, Mumble.

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.


The Haberdashery / Re: Has anyone dyed zips?
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:36:40 PM »
That is really kind of you Clare but I got some very dark zips and have put a couple of them in now.  The zips are exposed but I have made the window very tight so that the tape can't be seen.  Thank you for the offer.

Glad you have found a solution, Ploshkin.
I have that pattern, so please post a pic when you can.


The Haberdashery / Re: Has anyone dyed zips?
« on: February 09, 2018, 21:50:33 PM »
I have just found 8 long zips and 2 shorter ones, all with metal teeth - silvery - and on cotton tapes in various colours, some pale pastels. The zip pulls are nothing special, but you can replace those or disguise them. They might even take some dye colour. One of the shorter ones has a 'Winfield' label. Wasn't that Woolworth's? It cost 29p. I cannot believe that I am ever going to use them.

If you would like to give me you address I shall be very glad to send them to you for experimental dying purposes.


Spotted a new-to-me sewing machine shop, whilst I was driving past the end of Ruxley Lane, yesterday. Couldn't believe my eyes! If you are a Bernina, Pfaff or Juki user, you might already be aware of it. However, here is the link:;board=49.0

The introductory video is manic and loud. Turn your sound off. The owners seem to be well trained in these brands and advertise :sew: service and repair.


Even if you are not 'into' patchwork, do take a glance at this:

I just happened to turn on  the radio as the presenter said, go to the web page and see the detail in person. It's brilliant, you can enlarge the picture to see every stitch and the tiny descriptions of ordinary people at the time.

Such a beautiful and intriguing item and a very entertaining programme.

Forgot to say; they also had Brother extension tables in two sizes, much reduced.  Might be worth a phone call to see if they fit your machine?

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