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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Cross Stitch Fabric for Sale
« on: June 06, 2021, 16:40:49 PM »
  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  I have more than 4 sq m of  14ct Aida fabric which I can no longer use. It was bought a few years ago but is in perfect condition and has been carefully stored in a smoke and pet free home.

Cream  200 x 75 cm
White 200 x 75 cm
Off white 100cm x 100 cm

Also included
Tube of off white  Hardanger 22ct (38x45cm)
Tube of cream Aida 14ct (38x45cm)
A number of other smaller pieces
£50 including postage.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Fun with Fabric / Re: Lining suggestions please.
« on: May 03, 2021, 23:15:10 PM »
This is my ‘go to’ cotton lawn lining. It’s slightly sheer but does the job and is a reasonable price.

In the wardrobe / Re: Pattern overload
« on: April 15, 2021, 17:25:28 PM »
I rarely follow the exact sequence of steps in a pattern.  It was drummed into me by an outstanding teacher that the neckline, and any other appropriate curved bits, should be taped/stay-stitched immediately after coming off the cutting table, before any significant handling. It surprises me how many patterns tell you to to complete several other procedures (darts, shoulder seam etc) on the bodice first, and only tell you to stay stitch neckline just before working on it. By that time it has probably already stretched and the damage has been done. (Definitely never try it on until stay stitching is done!)

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: Patterns for sale
« on: March 21, 2021, 18:19:18 PM »
I have sent pm.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: Patterns for sale
« on: March 21, 2021, 07:31:01 AM »
Yes - have sent pm.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Patterns for sale
« on: March 19, 2021, 14:13:06 PM »
These patterns are available for £1.50 each + £1 p+p (happy to combine postage). All are unopened except Burda 7082 (pieces separated, but not cut to size)

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: I Want A New Serger
« on: March 13, 2021, 07:48:04 AM »
I smiled at you saying ‘want’ not ‘need’. If honest, if would have to apply a ‘want’ to all of my machine exchanges. I say go for it!
A couple of years ago I changed my Bernina for a Babylock which I absolutely love and would recommend if within your budget. There was nothing wrong with the Bernina but I was lusting after air threading, LED lighting  and automatic tension which are fantastic. (Bernina now also now do these features).
I justified it by citing my arthritic hands and failing eyesight  :laughing:

In the wardrobe / Re: Birthday sweater
« on: January 13, 2021, 14:37:50 PM »
@Lachica  It’s a design I bought from Etsy.  (This one is available in different ages)

In the wardrobe / Birthday sweater
« on: January 13, 2021, 12:53:39 PM »
I wanted to share this adorable design on the birthday jumper I made for DGD. I know she will love it.  Missing my grandchildren like so many others. I’ve not seen this one since her third birthday.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Question about cable jersey?
« on: January 09, 2021, 23:21:36 PM »
I made the mistake of putting it in the tumble dryer on its initial wash which caused some piling. It was still wearable and I don’t think it has got any worse since then. It’s easy to sew with and doesn’t run. It doesn’t have a lot of lengthways stretch. It is nice, just don’t tumble dry!

Technical Help / Re: Plaid Pyjama help needed
« on: December 28, 2020, 16:31:55 PM »
My grandchildren all  love my PJs because I always add extra depth to the crotch to make sure they don’t ‘cut up the middle’ and are extra comfy. All of the available commercial patterns seem to be extra generous widthways and I reduce that a bit. We are used to bought ones being slim cut for fabric economy. Give me loose!

Technical Help / Re: Plaid Pyjama help needed
« on: December 28, 2020, 16:10:20 PM »
@Stitchalot , thank you!  That's really helpful - it may mean the fabric goes further too...  I think I'll cut two more patterns pieces out to make it easier.

I’m not sure that cutting duplicate pattern pieces will help. The idea of using the piece you have already cut is that you can align the plaid pattern all around the edge of it.

Forgot to add that this method will only help get your two fronts and backs to looking in line with each other. You will still need to think about matching on the side seams before cutting, by matching fabric at a side notch/hem etc.

Technical Help / Re: Plaid Pyjama help needed
« on: December 28, 2020, 12:18:17 PM »
I suggest you cut each piece single thickness.  Then place the cut pieces over the top of the fabric in suitable alignment, using them as the pattern to cut the second piece. I have tried cutting them double and the result is always disappointing!
Good luck!

Would anyone like an embroidery module which is compatible with slightly older Berninas? It is in perfect working order and has been lightly     used with a 580 and the older style 570. It is also compatible with a number of other models.  I now have a new machine and have bought a later compatible module.

Hoops are not included as I have decided to keep them to supplement the new module. Embroidery foot #26, computer cable and carrying case are included.

As any purchaser would need to already have or acquire hoops, all I am asking is £50 including shipping in original box (mainland UK), or £30 if collected from Warwick.

Embroidery Machines / Re: How much sewing time?
« on: December 06, 2020, 08:15:12 AM »
If your experience is anything like mine you won’t be stitching continuously for that long anyway. You will be stopping to change the thread, fix thread breaks, change broken needle, sort jams and find the bits and pieces you thought were right there. Timing also depends on your speed. I go faster in some parts but slowing down in more dense areas is usually a good plan.

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