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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: seeking advice/opinions
« on: July 21, 2021, 15:25:03 PM »
I too would not place my sewing space infront of any window, but rather at 90° to one preferably with a window/door at the other side to allow for a current of air to waft past you.

Before you splash the cash, it's a good idea to set up a mock layout of pattern pieces if you can to check fabric required. I do this often, as all of the people that I sew for ( a very chosen few), are at least 6' tall and consequently need length added to most patterns.

Mark out, on the floor or other suitable surface , the width of your intended fabric and layout the pattern pieces as per the diagram in the instructions. You might find that even keeping to the constraints of grain lines and fabric directionality you don't need as much extra fabric as first you feared. Unles, of course, you're stash- building  :ninja: :devil:

The Haberdashery / Re: Machine needles!
« on: June 28, 2021, 12:27:55 PM »
The needles that come with a new Janome machine, and those that are sold under the Janome brand are ORGAN brand needles
I've not had problems with them escaping from the needle clamp, but they blunt so much more quickly than the Schmetz ones do. Like @Gernella, I just pass them on if I sell the machine and buy boxes of 100 Schmetz ones in the sizes I use most often

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Echo foot
« on: June 09, 2021, 11:38:39 AM »
The red lines on the clear disc foot, that looks like the USS Enterprise, are supposed to help you maintain a .25" distance from the line that you are following. I've got one. I don't use it. It's a lot easier to practice and do it by eye. The red markings on the foot obscure the line that you're trying your best to follow. :scream:

Have PM'd you with postage cost  and PayPal account details


Simplicity 1280 is in the post. Enjoy

I only buy sewing magazines if there is at least one free pattern that I'm interested in. These are not useful to me, but to give them a second chance...

Simplicity 9701 - tops (knit), trousers and skirt  sizes 8,10,12,14

Simplicity 8787 knit pullover dress in 2 lengths with side draping sizes 6 -18

New Look 6676 skirt with 2 options sizes 8 -20

Theses are all uncut, although at least one has notes in pencil on the envelope. I was going to send them to the local charity shop but they are not accepting them any longer, so if anyone is interested let me know and they're available for the cost of the postage.

Is there any chance that this could be made to work without using the plastic bags? I can understand why they are used but I don't use them, ( one of a few ways I have doing my little bit for the planet).

@Elnnina I've shot myself in the foot a bit.  Because I didn't want any carpets in the house I've got a lovely ash staircase.  I will be more concerned about damaging the stairs than the cabinet.

Our staircase is a lovely white oak one, that we managed to find a sealant for that didn't turn it an unattractive yellow  like varnish would have done.  The saving grace of a natural wood  staircase is that it can be rescued by a judicious light standing if not too heavily  marked. We used to treat it with kid gloves when first installed,  but it's proved to be tougher than it looks.

Fun with Fabric / Re: What is this?
« on: May 02, 2021, 16:47:37 PM »
It reminds me of the linen used for making technical drawings eons ago, and was was usually blue.  Hence the term blue-peint.

Washing a couple of times in very hot water would remove the blue plasticy film leaving a very nice fine linen fabric

I've got a roll of this and yes,  washing in extremely hot water does remove the starch. I used some to make baby clothes for DS 30 years ago as he arrived in a very hot summer.  it'd take a lot of the roll to make him anything now  :laughing:

Our local coordinator for Quilts for Valour used to buy wadding by the roll, I think that it was from either Creative Grids or Empress Mills depending upon the price/postage. Empress Mills price per metre reduces the more you buy.

Sewing Machines / Re: Janome J3-24
« on: April 02, 2021, 19:55:21 PM »
@Butterfly, No, they don't look like a 'proper' blanket stitch, but they do the same job. If you were doing hand applique you would use blanket stitch  or needle turn the raw edges, the sewing machine gives you alternatives which are just as good.

Sewing Machines / Re: Janome J3-24
« on: April 02, 2021, 17:39:44 PM »
You could use the stitches 'G' or 'H' on that machine, that's what my BFF uses and they look fine.

Machine Accessories / Re: Milward Thead rack
« on: March 29, 2021, 14:54:20 PM »
I was once given one of those wooden tiered thread racks. I still have it although these days it's been repurposed as a thing/device to keep the baking trays etc tidy in a kitchen cupboard. My sewing room is too bright to have thread stored in anything other than drawers/cupboards.  I once spoiled a lot of machine embroidery threads by using the darn thing. It does a very good job at keeping my baking trays tidy though  :)

I got the book as a present from DD, probably because she fancied having one or more of the patterns made up. The first section covers internal pocket types, uses for zips, handles/straps etc. Specific dimensions aren't given at this point but instructions how to calculate dimensions for any size of bag are given. The second section covers patterns for a variety of bags and full size patterns are included where necessary. I also have the Lisa Lam book, but this one seems better organised with all the techniques in a separate section rather than scattered throughout the book as in the Lisa lam one. Personally, I like the book as I don't often follow patterns slavishly rather I harvest ideas and do my own thing. I don't have a Facebook account, (and won't) so can't compare.

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