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Tech Know How / Rule breakers
« on: May 25, 2021, 07:51:31 AM »
If a member unwittingly breaks one of the forum rules why are they not reminded of this by means of a personal message?

It appears that we have now lost Charley because of the very public - and in my opinion heavy handed - way that she was reprimanded yesterday

I agree totally that the forum needs rules, but they are not always on our minds when we "chat" and it is inevitable that occasionally we make mistakes

Patterns Discussion / Sinclair Ivy Tee
« on: May 17, 2021, 12:26:01 PM »

I had an email about an updated version of this today and have bought it - I especially like the pleat at the back (to conceal ripples of fat!) Just wondered if anyone has made it previously.  I`m not sure exactly how the new version differs to be honest

Fun with Fabric / Dip dyed fabric?
« on: April 22, 2021, 21:16:12 PM »
On Sewing Bee Raph made a dress which was apparently sewn from dip dyed fabric - the end result was very like a border print on the skirt.
I really liked this and would like to have a go. Any ideas how to do it? It looked almost as if the finished skirt had been dipped but each section must have been done separately - or some fabric dipped before cutting?

House Beautiful / Uses for surplus blackout lining?
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:39:08 AM »

Tutorials / Tutorial for top of an invisible zipper
« on: March 01, 2021, 14:24:33 PM »
As there is currently a discussion about the Kenneth D King invisible zipper method I thought I would mention this tutorial for getting a good finish at the top of the zip.  (It doesn`t matter that she doesn`t use the KD King method for inserting the zip)

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:59:07 AM »
When our loft conversion is finished I am planning to sew up there.  The room will have to also function as a guest bedroom but I should be able to fit in a large (160x80) Ikea Skarsta table.  It`s the one that you adjust the height manually.
 I will need it both for cutting out and sewing on and I`m wondering how stable it is?
 I would also want to pull it away from the wall when cutting out.  Husband reckons it would be easy to fix casters.  Any thoughts?

Tech Know How / Deleting posts
« on: January 30, 2021, 07:55:31 AM »
Is it possible to delete or amend posts made in the past? I only seem to be able to do it to most recent ones

Technical Help / Best/easiest way to sew buttons onto press studs?
« on: January 26, 2021, 10:47:44 AM »
I`m making a top for my grandson which has a placket opening.  I don`t want to put buttons on as my machine isn`t reliable with jersey buttonholes and I don`t have  Kam snaps so I was going to sew some small  plastic press studs on and want to disguise them with a small button on top.
I`ve got in a muddle doing this before as iit s tricky to sew the button in place once the press stud has been sewn on and vice versa

Any tips please!

Patterns Discussion / Problem with Ellie & Mac pdf
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:37:07 PM »
I am going to make this

It claims to be trimless and that every page should touch the corresponding page against a dotted line.   This is working where each side edge joins, but at the top of each sheet there is a blank space of about 1cm which I am going to have to trim off to allow it to join the sheet above in the right place.
I`ve read the instructions for printing several times and am pretty sure I have done  it correctly.

It`s not a huge problem as it is only a child`s top with not too many pieces but I`d be interested to know if I am doing something wrong or if there is a fault with the pattern itself

Tutorials / Binding a jersey V neck tutorial
« on: January 22, 2021, 15:56:18 PM »
I have just made my grandson the DIBY free T-shirt pattern which was good except that the round neckline was too tight to get over his head comfortably.  One solution seemed to be to make it into a v-neck so I took off the existing binding, cut the V and then followed this tutorial.  It was easy to follow and has turned out well.  I`d definitely use it again when altering necklines for myself

Tech Know How / Not allowed to attach a photo
« on: December 18, 2020, 13:28:41 PM »
I`ve just tried to attach a photo of our Christmas tree and got a message saying this is a subscriber only feature - I`m pretty sure I am a subscriber and haven`t had problems attaching photos before

Technical Help / neckband - cut on bias or not?
« on: December 07, 2020, 16:05:50 PM »
Back in  September 2018 I asked for advice about finishing a stretchy neckline in Jersey - and Francesca posted a very useful reply which tells me to cut a strip  2inches wide long enough to go round the neckline plus a bit.  I printed this off but the original seems to have vanished from the forum.  My notes don't say if the strip should be cut on the straight or bias, but the instructions do tell me to stretch it a bit as I pin it to the neckline
What should I do?  The top I am making has a round slightly scooped neckline and the fabric is a fairly stable cotton jersey

House Beautiful / Christmas tree "skirt"
« on: November 29, 2020, 16:44:52 PM »
I have bought some red crushed velvet (eBay) to make a cover for the stand of our artificial tree. The idea is to cut a circle with a slit in it - possibly held together with Velcro. I thought I would finish the outer and inner edge with bias binding but I'm not sure how successful that would be. But I don't fancy hemming a circle of crushed velvet!
Any ideas? (I don't have an overlocker)

Tutorials / Pattern matching video
« on: November 16, 2020, 15:36:56 PM »

I found this tutorial useful - it`s still a bit fiddly but it has worked well for me.  It`s primarily for matching curtain fabric

Fun with Fabric / Searching for this out of stock fabric
« on: October 18, 2020, 13:31:09 PM »

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