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Access All Accessories / Re: Merchant & Mills factotum bag
« on: December 23, 2020, 10:05:41 AM »
I like them.
I was going through their site yesterday- the clothing looks pretty timeless.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: How to Hot Fix / add rhinestones
« on: December 07, 2020, 09:10:04 AM »
Cream silk organza could work. I have a piece if you want it.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: How to Hot Fix / add rhinestones
« on: December 07, 2020, 08:45:07 AM »
You could cut out patches from a matching non synthetic fabric, glue stuff on them, then sew the patches onto the garment.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Verrrrry interesting
« on: November 22, 2020, 09:01:46 AM »
I love watching other people machining  - I had to teach myself as my mother wouldn't let me near her hand Singer. Silly really, as two heads would have been better than one - she was always getting in a mess.
Someone I knew gave me one when his mother in law died. He came back a few weeks later and asked for it back - they had changed their minds, and wanted to give it to charity. Luckily I hadn't taken it out of the box.

A Good Yarn / Re: Fingerless mittens
« on: November 22, 2020, 08:58:11 AM »
I make mine from upcycled cashmere. If the sweater cuff is still in good condition, I cut it off (using a wavy rotary cutter) to about six inches long (from my bottom middle finger joint to below my wrist joint). Then I zigzag the cut edge.

I did this last week with an old men's sweater that had holes in one elbow. Then I hemmed the shortened sleeves and put it in the charity bag. (I have already taken two garments out of it!).

Or I cut rectangles, sew one side together, and hem the other two (or treat as above). Old cashmere is usually slightly matted, so doesn't fray easily.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Lidl overlockers
« on: November 17, 2020, 18:12:15 PM »
My (expensive at the time, about 15 years ago) Bernina 1300DC overlocker, is a Juki. I found this out when I looked for an online demo to change it to coverstitch.
They were just labelled differently.
For the record, it is a Rolls Royce machine for overlocking, but a complete b*&^s d to change over!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Printing Help Please
« on: November 17, 2020, 08:42:13 AM »
I would rather stick needles in my eyes.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Cutting out table
« on: November 11, 2020, 19:44:21 PM »
I bought mine (called a banqueting table) from B and Q a couple of years ago.

Sewing Machines / Re: To cover or not to cover 🤔
« on: November 09, 2020, 15:46:47 PM »
Dust settles into the lubricating oil,  and forms a sticky mass that eventually stops the machine working.
Just throw a cloth over whenever you stop - not anything that might shed fluff.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Mini Challenge 1 - Stripes (5-11 Nov)
« on: November 07, 2020, 10:16:27 AM »
Good thinking!
I might make a stripey mugrug, but don't hold me to it.....

Why England?

Sewing Machines / Re: Bernina dilemma
« on: November 05, 2020, 16:50:23 PM »
I bought my Bernina 1050 Sport new in 1995. It is a workhorse, with perfect stitching. You might find that your feet for it fetch more than the other machine is worth. I only use the zigzag, the blind stitch (hemming) and very occasionally the zipper foot, and the buttonhole foot.
Adding later - It has never needed new parts, despite a lot of use.

Sewing Machines / Re: Looking for advice on Stitch Lock versus Reverse?
« on: November 01, 2020, 12:42:32 PM »
On old straight stitch machines with no reverse or hold, I have seen tailors manually stop  the machine from moving, to keep a stitch in place, then I cut it off.

Sewing Machines / Re: I've been having a count
« on: November 01, 2020, 09:06:36 AM »
@mudcat, if you lived closer, you could try out my sashiko machine. I hardly ever use it- the threading is completely different from a regular sewing machine, and I always have to watch threading online first. You are right - it only does one thing. An option would be a group buy to share, as it is very expensive. Or contract to sashiko quilt other folks' work. Or make handicrafts to sell.

 Mine was an impulse buy.

I have the Babylock Sashiko - the downside is that it only does the sashiko stitch on the top - the bottom is a continuous stitch. And you can't see when the thread is going to run out - it is only in the bobbin.

Tutorials / Re: Tracing Paper
« on: November 01, 2020, 08:23:55 AM »
I use baking paper if I have nothing else.

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