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Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric for PJs
« on: December 28, 2020, 09:47:16 AM »
Thanks all :D I'm wondering if what we're after is brushed cotton - or if that's the closest to the pjs he likes. But he'll probably either have to order samples or go to a real live shop.

He's also now thinking of making a t shirt, but without a serger I think that may be best avoided as a first project.

I know what's going to happen - give it a couple of weeks, and he'll be better than me. Which, to be fair, wouldn't be hard :laughing:

Fun with Fabric / Fabric for PJs
« on: December 27, 2020, 20:11:02 PM »
Shock horror, after watching Celebrity Sewing Bee, my hubby fancies having a go at making his own PJ bottoms  :o I'm not sure how to find the right fabric though, as we'd rather buy online. He has a pair of Next bottoms he likes - they're thin woven 100% cotton, but soft, not crisp and shiny. They need to be light, so nothing that could be described as 'cosy'.

Does anyone know if there's a specific term I could use to hunt down suitable fabric please? Of course, if you know of a specific fabric you think might be what I'm after, that would be even better!

The Haberdashery / Re: Tracing paper
« on: September 14, 2020, 13:45:41 PM »
Not to worry @Gernella - I'm keen to get going asap and don't want to add to your jobs list, so will order some paper online. Thanks again for the very kind offer though <3

The Haberdashery / Re: Tracing paper
« on: September 14, 2020, 10:59:44 AM »
@Gernella, if you're sure you won't use it, I'd happily take it off your hands - and pay for it, of course. 

The Haberdashery / Re: Tracing paper
« on: September 14, 2020, 10:05:49 AM »
Thank you all - Swedish it shall be :D

The Haberdashery / Tracing paper
« on: September 13, 2020, 19:49:23 PM »
After fighting with my second muslin for Jalie Eleonores and discovering along the way that I have a full, low-slung bum and I need to let them out further than the sea allowances would allow, I'd like to trace the pattern onto paper and do a 'proper' adjustment rather than my usual 'guess and bodge it' approach. I've never done this before so I don't know if some tracing paper is better than others, and whether to go for one with dots or lines. Any recommendations please?

In the wardrobe / Re: My first dress
« on: August 10, 2020, 13:42:59 PM »
Even the contestants on Sewing Bee have problems with invisible zips and pattern matching at times. OK, they're under time pressure, but they have so much experience... and still produce dodgy garments!

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 03, 2020, 18:20:03 PM »
Thank you all - I'll have a look at all the recommendations on Amazon :D

The Haberdashery / Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 03, 2020, 13:56:42 PM »
I'm not sure my dressmaking scissors are as sharp as they could be - the brand is Silky, and they're 37 years old (eeek! How is that even possible??). Recommendations for a new pair please? They're for general cutting out, but I wonder if it woul be helpful to have a smaller pair too for snipping round notches?

The Haberdashery / Re: Special Buttons
« on: August 03, 2020, 13:45:01 PM »
Given that I've lost my whole button box, I don't think I could be trusted with these.

Sewing Machines / Re: Loosely wound bobbin and needle threader
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:57:10 AM »
My bobbin winding is working this morning - wearing my glasses while doing it probably helped  :facepalm: Not so the needle threader. I might see if I can find a magnifying glass, or use my camera, later to see if I can see exactly what's going on. At least it didn't take too long for me to find my little wire needle threader! So having sorted that, I started stitching the raw edges on the waistband, unpicked them because though I'd adjusted the stitch width and length for zig-zag I'd forgotten to set the stitch selection, stitched it up again, unpicked a couple of bits as I'd changed my mind about the elastic in the front of the waistband and decided to remove it, and pinned the waistband to the body of the trousers, which took a couple of attempts before I got it the right way round. Though there seemed to be a distinct lack of matching notches - I haven't a clue how that happened!  :| That's my shoulder quota for today, and I'll need to concentrate when sewing them together so I'll think about that tomorrow. It's getting a bit hot for sewing in the conservatory now.

It'll all be so much better when hubby goes back in to work and I get my sewing table back - I won't have to spend ages wandering round looking for threaders, stitch unpickers, markers, pins....

Sewing Machines / Re: Loosely wound bobbin and needle threader
« on: August 02, 2020, 18:01:40 PM »
That's interesting @KayK - it's always good to be able to blame the equipment ;)

Sewing Machines / Re: Loosely wound bobbin and needle threader
« on: August 02, 2020, 15:22:53 PM »
That's a good idea, @WildAtlanticWay :-) In future I'll probably wind a couple of bobbins rather than one when I start a new reel of thread.

Actually, it would be good to know how many bobbins' worth of thread are on a standard reel because unless you're planning on using different threads top and bottom, you could then do them all in one go rather than faff about whenever one runs out. It'd depend on the thread of course, and the bobbin, and the machine... I've not managed to find an answer on Google, I may have to experiment at some point.

Sewing Machines / Re: Loosely wound bobbin and needle threader
« on: August 02, 2020, 13:21:36 PM »
It's a Juki HZL-353z. User error is very much a possibility though, I'm very inexperienced!

I get frustrated because I have fibromyalgia and dodgy shoulders so can only sew/fiddle for a short time, and fiddling around winding bobbins and threading needles with gritted teeth because it's not going well is the very worst for my muscles... so I might leave it till tomorrow to have another go. On the plus side, my first project - Jalie Eleonore trousers - is almost complete and by some miracle seems to fit :o (Despite needing to be unpicked and redone when I realised that the seam allowance was meant to be 3/8" and not 5/8" :| )

Sewing Machines / Re: Loosely wound bobbin and needle threader
« on: August 02, 2020, 10:29:17 AM »
Hmmm, I might have wound it round the wrong bit of the tensioner. Problem is once I've sat down sewing I'm too lazy to get up and get my glasses :S Which is also why I'll spend 20 minutes fighting with the needle threader rather than 30 seconds getting the glasses and finding my needle threader thingy.

I suppose I should rewind the bobbin or my next session will be spent dealing with a mighty snarl-up in the bobbin compartment!

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