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A miserable grey day but it's warm, I wish it were cold and bright......

Just finished shortening the altered trousers a smidgen, so after a press they are good to go.

Hoping you get good news soon @Iminei.

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Happy birthday @Mossy0:VV:

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Afternoon all. Have been in a bit of a 'sorting out' mood for a couple of days so have just gone with it. Several cupboards and shelves done and a fair few bits have gone. Can actually see space in some places so progress must have been made.

Also finished off an alteration I began on Sunday to a pair of black/white what I call birds eye fabric pants that look like new. I must have had them at least 12 years, back when wider legs were last in fashion. The 2 piece waistband needed taking in, there were side seams thankfully, and as they now sit a bit higher up I scooped out the crotch a little bit and have a perfect fitting pair of pants  :). Need to shorten them a smidgen but that can wait until tomorrow.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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I'm right handed but am struggling to see what could help as it's my foot that powers the machine. I do thread the needle with my left hand though.......... My mum was left handed and I did sew a line of embroidery stitches the wrong way once at school so maybe I'm a bit of both.  I couldn't see what I'd done wrong at the time though!

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@Gernella something I find, or did find until I lowered the feed dogs as several people have done, is that if you stop it can sometimes cause a skipped stitch.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday's special birthday wishes
« on: October 24, 2021, 10:40:43 AM »
Hope you have a lovely birthday @Lilian:flower: :cake: :VV:

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In the wardrobe / Re: Fleece for oven mitt or tea cosy
« on: October 23, 2021, 10:31:44 AM »
I used this to make an oven glove but find it very stiff and not easy to get hold of things so rarely use that oven glove. I have several old ones that I think I'll pull apart and use the the padding which is softer and see how that works when I feel like doing it?.............

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday's birthday greetings
« on: October 22, 2021, 10:26:48 AM »
Happy birthday!  :VV:

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Sounds like a good idea but will you wear or use the items?

I used to keep left overs but last week I realistically looked at them and thought it's a waste of my time as I wouldn't wear or use items so they either were binned or a couple of large pieces went into the  Oxfam bag. I felt a lot better after they were gone!

It's all very well to blame us for waste but the pattern companies very often exaggerate the amount you need and we don't always buy with a project in mind.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 21st October 2021
« on: October 21, 2021, 12:07:30 PM »
Definitely a bit of a chill in the air, airport weather temps given out at 11 were 5C and 1C dew point....... Sun is out though  :).

Have a length of navy ponte on the line, not sure if it will dry completely out there though. I never used to wash ponte until I had a pair of chocolate brown ones shrink on me when I first washed them. Fortunately they were able to be rescued.

Had a success at last with donating some fabric to Oxfam yesterday so a bag gone from the garage.

We are in almost the same situation as you @Acorn with the M&S vouchers but they are going down quickly! You do know that the older ones have a monetary value and if your drink is less than £2.75 the rest comes off your bill for anything else  ;). The latest ones just say 'hot drink'.

Enjoy your days everyone!


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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday's TSP birthday wishes
« on: October 21, 2021, 10:51:52 AM »
Happy birthday!  :cake: :flower:

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Style Arc 20% off dress patterns
« on: October 20, 2021, 19:30:47 PM »
Style Arc has another discount offer, 20% off dresses until 17th October - code ILOVEDRESSES.

I've just ordered the new Naomi dress as a maternity dress for my daughter. I'll make it in viscose as a Christmas present.

Was out shopping yesterday and went into Next. They had a dress almost identical to the Naomi @Starryfish , I liked the print of the fabric which made me look more closely and the underbust was the same. It's not the first time I've seen SA's designs in shops. Sometimes they are a few months after the pattern has been released which has made me wonder if we follow on from the fashion trends from the southern hemisphere?

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Sewing Machines / Re: New overlocker
« on: October 19, 2021, 19:57:10 PM »
I'll have to wait until I can see one in the flesh! To be honest I don't have many problems with my Janome especially since I altered the feed dogs.

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Sewing Machines / Re: New overlocker
« on: October 19, 2021, 17:13:14 PM »
@Helen M the Babylock coverstitch doesn’t have a learning curve.  It just sews! :thumbsup:

That must mean it's computerised? Not keen if that's the case. :(

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Sewing Machines / Re: New overlocker
« on: October 19, 2021, 10:10:47 AM »
It's a Janome coverpro 1000.

A friend has said that the Bernina coverstitch is wonderful, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to pay so much for such a specialized machine. I may well change my mind once I've had a go on it, so we shall see.

Mine is the 1000CPX and can be temperamental too but since I lowered the feed dogs at the back it has been much better. Would love a Babylock if it's not a combined one but not sure I can take another learning curve....... ;).

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