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Current Projects / Cat Sac's
« on: Yesterday at 23:23:02 »
I have a stupid idea to make and sell dinky little draw string bags to make a few pennies.
Not as easy to make as I thought, almost resulting in me killing my sewing machine with a thread ripper this morning  :\
However, after mucho swearing and cursing it, I achieved success!
I even timed myself to see how quick I could make them. 3 per hour. Yup. No danger of any speed records being broken here  :laughing:
Anyhoo, here they are.

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Access All Accessories / How do I sew a 3D curve?
« on: August 25, 2021, 14:11:21 PM »
3D? I can't think of a better or proper explanation. Anyhoo...
Here is my problem. I think I've pinned it right, but how do I sew it? Pretty please with loads of sugar on top.
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Sewing Machines / Brother Innov-is 1800Q
« on: August 13, 2021, 09:12:21 AM »
Hopefully arriving today!
It's an ex demo but the seller says it has all the bits and bobs included and a one year guarantee. I'm £999 further in debt but I hope it's worth it.
Why? Well there's nothing wrong with the A150 but it does lack lower case lettering which really pigged me off when I did the cafe seat covers and table cloths. I also struggled doing my mums quilt due to a lack of throat space...but that's probably more user error as the rest of you seem to cope with non long arm machines. I'm perfectly happy to admit that when this new toy arrives I'll have all the gear and no idea. But at least it hasn't turned out to be a covid distraction. I actually love sewing! Who knew?  :faints:

Awaiting comments from @Lowena as I know she has one too :)

Sewing Machines / How to price a machine
« on: August 12, 2021, 13:29:33 PM »
How do you do it?
I've a new machine turning up tomorrow if I'm lucky and so I need to rid my self of a few. The A150 certainly as it's selling price goes towards paying off the new one.
Ebay advice says this model goes for £200 ish 2nd hand. But it's only a few months old and in near brand new the extension table and a walking foot included. That's near £550 new! And I sposed to be happy with 200 squid? Pah!
Any help here please!

Current Projects / Yet another project!
« on: July 13, 2021, 11:18:52 AM »
I've spent ages looking for small pannier bags for my bike that don't cost an arm & a leg and aren't fugly. No success.
Sew, since I'm now a tailor wannabe with mediocre skills I figured I'd have a go at making my own.
This isn't the final version by any means, just a test run to test my stitch strength and neatness and figure out any problems for when I start the real thing.
I'm quite pleased with myself!  :D
Straps and buckles to be figured out and what to use as a stiffening board which will have the pannier rack clips screwed to.

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Current Projects / I was bored...
« on: July 12, 2021, 02:41:12 AM »
so I made this...
My youngest daughter's favourite words seem to be "literally" and "Innit". Both make me cringe. But, I thought I'd wind her up. She wants a new pencil case for when the new school year starts.

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Current Projects / Cafe seat cushion
« on: June 25, 2021, 12:33:05 PM »
The story.
My fiancée and I have good friends who run a nice little cafe. Having seen a quilt that I made for my mum they asked if I could do some cushions to cover the seats of their outside chairs. A few customers saying they were too hard etc.
I suggested embroidering the cafes name onto them to make them a bit more personalized which they loved. The cafe thrives off of word getting around as it's just so relaxed and friendly and I figured the cushions should reflect that. Fabric and colours picked and I set to working on the first one yesterday. I'll take it over on Sat to see if it fits OK and then get to doing the rest. 8 in total!
They're only meant to take the edge off the seats so thin 2oz wadding was used to pad out polyester/nylon mix canvas. Wipe clean being the order of the day
First one finished last night.  :D

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Tech Know How / Username change?
« on: June 13, 2021, 17:40:35 PM »
Can I ask who I contact regarding changing mine?

Access All Accessories / The Design Feature Thread
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:48:30 PM »
I've always had a dark sense of humour and find myself amused by the lighthearted misfortune of others.
I'm hoping this thread serves 2 purposes.

1) Entertainment in the mistakes design features of our sewing adventures.

2) The reassurance that even the best of us (clearly not me) make unplanned alterations.

Here goes...

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Not quite a horn
« on: June 10, 2021, 13:36:18 PM »
My new sewing table.

Technically it's an office/writing table but the steel frame makes it good for sewing machines and cutting on.
Putting it together was a breeze thanks to all but one hole lining up. 6 adjustable feet made getting it balanced and level a bit tricky but more sturdy...'specially on wonky unlevel bedroom floorboards.
I have plans to fit shelves and things under it in time when I don't feel quite so rotten.
Can't really complain for £60 :)

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Cats!
« on: June 03, 2021, 09:48:07 AM »
I hate the furry little rotbags, but Pam's auntie loves 'em. Sooo, Pam's asked me to make her (auntie) a bed runner as a thank you for all she's done for her.
So here it far. Pam's picking up fabric for the border today. Some kind of bright plain pink I think and the wadding arrives tomorrow. 2oz weight. I think the backing will be the same plain pink. Top stitching will be a ridiculously bright and loud pink too.
She likes her pink.
Hopefully a new bobbin case arriving sat will solve my machine stitching woes and a new cutter blade arriving Mon will fix the auto cutter woes.
Here's to hoping.

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Sewing Machines / Cutter brush...
« on: May 26, 2021, 00:39:00 AM »
I need a new one...if that's what it's called.
Stupidly, I thought it was a big lump of fluff the other week and pulled it out with tweezers then binned it. Since then when I've used the automatic thread cutter, my fabric sticks in the needle plate and needs a bit of a yank to pull it free. I've determined that the fluff was a brush designed to stop the thread disappearing into said cutter slider thingymibob.
Here's where it goes (where the red fluff is)
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And here's what it looks like
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So, to my question. The machine is a Brother innov-is A150 and I wonder if anyone here knows where I can find a spare? I'm not having much luck myself.

Sewing Machines / Timing ll
« on: May 19, 2021, 12:07:06 PM »
Morning boys and girls. I hope you can help me...again :\
Using a twin needle I notice that I'm getting some skipped stitches on the right thread. The left is all hunky dory.
Here I'm going through 1mm ish leather and polyester canvas. The needle is a schmetz. Other fabric combos have a similar outcome aaaaaaand to top it off, this happens with a single needle if it's set to the right of the machine.
I have absolutely no idea how to adjust the timing on this thing as it's a top loading bobbin type. Brother innov-is A150.

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My mum asked me if I could do her a quilt. For a double bed  :scream:
Is that even possible on a standard size sewing machine? And if so, how?
Isn't bunching an issue on the right side of the needle?

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