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First attempt to post vanished  :headbang:

If I manage to attach the photos and send post

Photos should show image that came with pattern and two my two border options (I don't have enough of either to do all four the same colour)

Not sure if I am overthinking this but I don't want to take the easy way out and regret it or do the more complicated one and get it wrong.

Always supposing I can get the photos loaded and identified. Hopefully the pic that came with the pattern and the two border options.

Technical Help / Help needed - shortening stretch jersey trousers.
« on: April 19, 2021, 17:41:09 PM »
Title says it all  :)

New jersey trousers delivered today. I like them and they fit nicely - except they are too long (I knew they would be) so I need to shorten them.

Please what is the best way to re-hem stretch jersey?

Could I ask those of you who trace out your patterns which pens you would recommend?
I am using Swedish Tracing Paper if that makes any difference.

Also recommendations for tape please.

Patterns Discussion / Rebecca Page Patterns?
« on: January 28, 2021, 09:24:35 AM »
A link to this designer popped up on my FB page this morning, mainly pushing her 'capsule collection'. 

She is UK based so I have no idea why things are priced in dollars

So I wondered if anyone had come across her before.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Small item storage
« on: October 22, 2020, 12:20:35 PM »
How do you store your 'small items' 'notions' so that you can find them again  :P

Things like hooks and eyes, snap fasteners (am I the only one who calls them press studs?) bias binding/tape assorted - stuff like that.

I have no idea how i came by these (possibly from a sales table at some point) and I know I will never do anything with them.

Two patterns
No 1 The Going-away Dress of Charlotte Bronte
No 2 A Dress of the Revolution

Full details on their website

Tech Know How / Deleting images/photos
« on: April 15, 2020, 10:35:44 AM »
How do I delete pics I have posted to this board please?

Embroidery Machines / Singer Futura XL420
« on: December 24, 2019, 15:46:01 PM »
Apparently this has an 'endless' hoop.
No idea if Singer embroidery machines are recommended.

Vintage Machines / Buttonholer for a 99K
« on: September 14, 2019, 22:28:00 PM »
As I will be getting my 99K back overhauled and with a motor I was wondering about treating it to a buttonholer, particularly since I have seen posts praising the buttonholes these machines can make.

Can one of the vintage experts in here tell me what the correct buttonhole attachment for a 99K is please (and the best place to find them)?

Publications / What to keep?
« on: September 03, 2019, 19:58:11 PM »
I have been moving some of my books around and found myself wondering whether a cull might be a good idea.
I would be grateful for any comments about which of these are definitely worth hanging on to -

Singer Sewing Reference Library. 101 Sewing Secrets 1989
Ladbury, Ann. Make the Most of your Sewing Machine. Batsford 1987
Aldrich, Winifred. Metric Pattern Cutting. Mills and Boon 1976
Bray, Natalie. More Dress Pattern Designing. Crosby Lockwood 1970
Woolridge, Anne (Ed) Encyclopedia of Advanced Dressmaking. Marshall Cavendish 1978
Betty Foster’s Adapting to Fashion. Macdonald 1980
Foster, Betty. Creating Fashion. Macdonald 1983
Garner, Lynne. A Perfect Fit. David and Charles 2009
The Perfect Fit. A practical guide to adjusting patterns for a professional finish. Creative Publishing Int. 2005

Technical Help / Using Swedish Tracing Paper
« on: February 24, 2019, 12:29:45 PM »
Does anyone use this for making toiles?
I know you are supposed to be able to sew into it, but it feels so flimsy.

Any advice welcome.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Empress Mills
« on: January 13, 2019, 14:32:35 PM »
I have an email from Empress Mills - January Sale now on.
Worth a look as some things have a good reduction on them.

I am now considering replacing my sleeve board having decided I couldn't justify it - or maybe the mini steam iron 30% off.

Fun with Fabric / Do you wash fabric?
« on: January 06, 2019, 13:30:45 PM »
I did do a search as I thought this had been discussed before, but without success (not saying it isn't there I just couldn't find it).

So, please

Do you wash garment fabric?
All fabrics?
Which fabrics?

Patterns Discussion / Fit Models and Pattern Makers
« on: September 12, 2018, 13:45:32 PM »
Boppingbeth referred to the different fit models used in her comments on Sewing Workshop and Patterns for Pirates patterns.

Either because I never thought about it or because I grew up in the time of the Big Pattern Companies I had never heard of Fit Models.

Now I am not sure if I will ever venture into the new companies (they certainly aren't aiming at my age group), but if anyone has a spare minute can you explain to this old bird how one finds out which model is used by which companies and what difference that would make?

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