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Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Small but Useful - January 1 - 31
« on: January 03, 2022, 19:00:00 PM »
@Bumblebuncher ....wait a minute.....

WHAT?!?  NO TEA ?!? :faints:

You're allowed to remain in the country?

Alterations Advice Please / Re: Advice needed!
« on: January 03, 2022, 18:45:30 PM »
If I were to put pockets in the side seams, I wouldn't use a zip. Could probably be done, but would feel weird. If he's wanting the zip for security, I get it. But if it's for looks, I wonder if he's considered how a zipped pocket feels.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Small but Useful - January 1 - 31
« on: January 03, 2022, 06:13:54 AM »
@Renegade Sewist You just made me realize that though I RARELY leave the table without evidence of my meal on my shirt, it is even rarer for me to soil my shirt while eating on the sofa. I guess it's just paranoia from not wanting to get anything on the sofa - and several decades of having my tv as my main dining companion. :rolleyes:

Alterations Advice Please / Re: Advice needed!
« on: January 03, 2022, 05:49:10 AM »
Ruthie's idea with the accent zip would work, but those kinds of pockets are not at all comfortable for actually putting your hands into them. I have some sensory issues with clothing, so I get it. Has driven my Mom nuts my whole life. And a jacket without usable lower pockets would drive me nuts.

Does the jacket have standard side seams? If so, it would be rather simple to add in seam pockets there, and they would be comfortable to use. Not seen often in Mens clothing, but quite common in womens, and they really aren't very visible. I wouldn't hesitate to add them if there is a side seam and they can be tacked into place on the inside behind one of the tucked "front seams", so that the addition will look finished. I use french seams on pocket bags like this.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Small but Useful - January 1 - 31
« on: January 02, 2022, 09:39:49 AM »
Ok, I'm in. I REALLY need that apron.

My sewjo has been "sew gone" for "sew long"....maybe this will bring it back.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Can you tell what it is?
« on: January 01, 2022, 20:21:31 PM »
Bag looks great! DGS should love it. "Dopp kit" doesn't sound completely foreign to me, so I must have run across it at some point. Definite improvement over the name that always comes to mind with me, as my Dad has used it my entire life: "ditty bag".

Maybe it's just me, but "ditty bag" has always sounded so terribly unmasculine for something so historically ingrained for usage by men. Dopp kit sounds better to my ears and now may even learn to reside in my brain and be retrievable information.

Publications / Re: Threads magazine does anyone still buy or subscribe?
« on: January 01, 2022, 12:25:23 PM »
Threads is one of the few magazines I still enjoy from time to time. I've never had a subscription, but they run some rather advanced articles in virtually every issue so they are typically worthwhile. But I've got 2 ......oh, only one place to pick up copies. I just realized the bookstore where I usually bought Threads, bit the dust a few months ago, due to Covid.

I might need to look at a subscription..... :scream:

The cosy idea sounds fun. I have two naked tea pots.

The fabric over 4 years old? Newbies should have no problem. When I read the "XX", I thought it was Roman numerals and thought, "No problem, got plenty of fabric over 20 years old."

How about a "precious fabrics" challenge? Could allow numerous pieces of fabric the ability to see the light of day after decades in storage! -< I know one of my "precious" pieces had a 40th birthday a year or two ago - and I didn't so much as glance at it. I'm sure its feeling neglected! :rolleyes:

Yes, a kitchen apron! I've needed one for more than a year. I'm beginning to think my sewjo died...... :cry:

It's nowhere to be found.

Technical Help / Re: Batting/wadding
« on: December 28, 2021, 10:47:16 AM »
@Bill I like the suggestion of 100% cotton on both sides of insulbright.

I recently had an iron skillet warming on an electric eye. It had nothing in it, but I felt it was getting too warm and I sat it directly onto a store purchased oversized pot holder that seemed to have insulbright on one side, fabric on the other.. I sat the skillet directly onto the insulbright side.

Two minutes later, I was ready to use the skillet and so I grabbed it to set back onto the eye, not realizing the insulbright had melted onto the skillet. Which meant the potholder was melted onto the bottom of the skillet and I quickly  lightly tapped the potholder onto the eye.

Had there been no insulbright, I would have just suffered the loss of one potholder and the cotton would have left a bit of soot.

Took me 3 hours to remove the melted polyester filling, polyester insulbrite and polyester fabric from the skillet bottom and the stove eye.

I would much prefer 100% cotton. But lining both sides of the insulbright sounds like a good idea too.

Sewing Machines / Re: Casting off the mortal coil
« on: December 26, 2021, 19:01:15 PM »
@Catllar I'm having a hard time coming up with anything other than a fried motherboard myself. Sounds like it was a rather spectacular departure, perhaps even an attempt to save you the cost of an attempted resurrection? :[

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Crewel Work kits
« on: December 24, 2021, 03:29:33 AM »
@Sandra Just as @Acorn brought up, crewel work isn't that hard and it's also much quicker than cross-stitch, for instance. Of all embroidery work, crewel has what I like to call the most bang for the buck. The threads are thicker and the stitches themselves are larger than other embroidery type projects, plus the background is typically not completely filled-in like some needlework.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Fabric Christmas tree
« on: December 23, 2021, 08:21:52 AM »
Those are cute and so simple!

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Crewel Work kits
« on: December 23, 2021, 08:20:14 AM »
These are really nice!

It seems that all of the materials are of top quality. Linen, wool and silk. If someone wanted this look, it would probably be difficult to source everything, and by the time all of the neccessary colors were purchased you'd have considerable money involved.

This idea in a Christmas stocking really appeals to me, but I found them kind of weird. Crewel work is so traditional and a "rabbit" Christmas stocking seems a bit odd. And then there's the Unicorn......perhaps Santa and Rudolph have had a falling out? :laughing:

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Coles of Nottingham
« on: December 21, 2021, 05:32:41 AM »
It's so wonderful to find actual customer service these days. Even just hearing about it gives me hope for the future.

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