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Patterns Discussion / Re: Indie Patterns
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:33:22 AM »
For fit and consistency, I still rate Burda and Ottobre, and Ottobre's everyday basics that they stuff the magazine with are great.  I'm hoping to knock out some of these pretty soon.

I'm with Dolcevita on this, Ottobre and Burda are my favourites.  In fact DV, it was you who told me about Ottobre a couple of years back on TSF.  I ordered a back copy, then subscribed.  They both fit my shape better then the Big 4, particularly Ottobre, which usually need only an FBA to fit well.

Tracing off the Ottobre pattern pieces from the multi-coloured tangle of lines can be wearing on the eyes, back and patience, but I'd much rather do that than struggle to join many, many pieces of A4 with sticky tape.  They have very wearable designs, even if the styling in the magazine can be weird at times!

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: A cautionary tale
« on: March 05, 2017, 20:42:27 PM »
OOoh! how hideous for you. I hope the insurance helped with the re-dec, replacement and all

Imi, very fortunately the expense was limited to a new light and an awful lot of elbow grease and cleaning products. No insurance claim was required. I feel that we were very lucky. It could have been so much worse.

I know that look about the inappropriate scissor use. I've had it from my mother and I can do it myself!

Sewing Machines / Re: Broke a needle, skipping stitches :/
« on: March 04, 2017, 23:45:17 PM »
Swisslass has given a comprehensive list of machine tweaks to try. From a different angle, it could be something to do with the fabric, perhaps. I had a terrible time a year or so ago trying to sew polyester ponte on my Janome machine. There were thumps and bangs coming from the machine when I tried to sew anything other than the stretch stitch (lightening flash symbol). I ended up sewing the whole thing on the overlocker.

Are you sewing polyester jersey?

DF is experiencing the curse of the bunting! 

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: A cautionary tale
« on: March 04, 2017, 12:33:06 PM »
It's difficult isn't it?  I'm obsessive about it now in the sewing room. all electricals are on switched extensions so they can be off before I shut the door, like Holly Berry.  Then there are all the things in the sitting room, TV, satellite box, computer chargers, router, all of which have to be left on.

Thank you all for your messages!

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: A cautionary tale
« on: March 03, 2017, 19:22:07 PM »
Oh yes, be careful with them!  Be sure to switch off at the wall.  My light was switched off, but the mains socket switch was on.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / A cautionary tale
« on: March 03, 2017, 18:59:33 PM »
It's been a busy few months here at Skout Towers, so with previous forum difficulties and whatever I haven't posted much.  I have been sewing though, in my little sewing room where I can get into my usual muddle and shut the door on it all when I have to re-enter the real world.

A few weeks ago I'd had a couple of hours sewing, then had to go to make the meal.  I switched everything off and left the room.  After we'd eaten, DH went upstairs and came down in a hurry demanding to know what I had left on in the sewing room.  There was an acrid, hot smell in the hallway.  The room itself was thick with stinking black smoke and thick soot had settled on all my bits and pieces.  What a fright!  What a mess!

We found out that the switch on the floor lamp next to the machine had shorted out.  The switch block itself was completely burned away and the cable leading from it had also burned.  Luckily the fuse in the plug had blown and so the source of ignition was extinguished.  The lamp was standing next to my large piece of corrugated cardboard that I used for tracing patterns.  It was scorched, but fortunately hadn't caught light. If it had gone up it would have set fire to the 2 large rolls of tablecover paper, also for pattern tracing.  Then the fire would have really taken hold.

My stash of fabric is kept in plastic crates, so was okay.  Everything else, including the dress I was working on, the fabric recently arrived and out for 'getting to know', pincushions etc had to be washed.  The entire room had to be stripped out, washed down and reassembled.  The soot was thick, black, sticky and smelly.  It covered everything.  All those little bits and pieces that we have lying around, pattern pieces, scissors, snips, you all know the scene.

The light was a 'father and son' type with an uplighter and a spotlight, with an in-line double switch -perfect for sewing I thought.  It had been in my son's room and was about 15 years old, bought from Homebase.

We had a very lucky escape, the whole house could have gone up with us in it if this had happened overnight.  I now have all electrical equipment in the room set up so that it can be switched off at the mains when I leave the room.  I have a new floor lamp and will be extra careful with all old electrical bits and bobs in future.

Take care and be safe!

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from SkoutSews
« on: March 03, 2017, 18:21:46 PM »
Just like old times, it's great to see all the TSF folk finding the new forum.  And this  :woof: is the image of Scout, my little dog, who gave me the idea for my username.   :woof: :cake: :drink: and :sew: it's just like home!

Hi, I'm new... / Hello from SkoutSews
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:28:05 PM »
Phew!  I've registered and landed in the Sewing Place.  Isn't it great?  Many thanks for all the hard work from the admin and techie team.  Onward and upward!

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