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In the wardrobe / Re: Pattern Emporium Songbird Jacket
« on: August 10, 2022, 21:57:49 PM »
Very nice. I also prefer the full length band.

Wow! Fabulous space!

What lies beneath... / Re: Bra Shapes
« on: August 05, 2022, 16:49:10 PM »
@LeilaMay that doesn't surprise me. The band will feel very tight to start with and your shoulders will feel lighter as the weight is taken by the band. I went to 34F when I first measured as the 32 band was too tight but after a few months the spread out breast tissue migrates back to the front and the tighter band then feels ok. The cup size then increases again! The BOB cup sizes sound alarmingly big at first but there's a good explanation of how cup volume relates to breast volume on the BOB site. Good luck, you will find your ideal style but it may take a lot of trial and error. If you have a Bravissimo nearby they're very helpful & use BOB sizing.

What lies beneath... / Re: Bra Shapes
« on: August 03, 2022, 15:51:38 PM »
I second looking at Boob Or Bust f/b group & following their instructions to measure. Breast tissue migrates to underarms (& even the back apparently) but a proper fitting bra will round it up & bring it back into place! Since getting BOB sized bras I don't have the wire-in-armpit chafing or the 'back fat bulge', straps are the correct distance apart so they don't fall down. I went from 36c using the old 'plus 4 inch' system to 32FF or G. As @BrendaP says, the cup size goes up as the band goes down. I'm not  very big.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Help with decorative stiches
« on: July 19, 2022, 13:36:52 PM »
All the machines I've ever had with decorative stitches (4 to date) have a dedicated foot with a wide groove underneath. This is to allow sideways movement which you wouldn't want when, for example, patchworking.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Help with decorative stiches
« on: July 19, 2022, 13:02:41 PM »
Do you mean they look different to the pictogram on the machine? That's not uncommon. Are you using the correct foot? Decorative stitches don't work well with the standard foot.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello!
« on: July 19, 2022, 11:53:36 AM »
Hello, welcome to the forum. There are lots of helpful people on here so dive in with your questions. What do you like to sew?

I've topstitched short sleeved shirts for DH, more for show than strength. He doesn't wear long sleeves. If I were making for son-in-law's ridiculously long, skinny arms (which I've got out of so far) I wouldn't even attempt it. Fortunately he's now found he can get M2M from a posh shirt maker, 4 for £100 and they add 6" on the sleeve length. The fabric is great quality and treated to be non-iron. I couldn't compete with that. @Andymat you're right, construct on the overlocker then run a line of topstitching on the side seams, yoke etc for show.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: July 12, 2022, 09:35:56 AM »
Hello  & welcome!

With difficulty. Some of the older machines have a small freearm (eg Bernina 730) on which it's easier - still not easy. If you have an overlocker, that will prevent fraying. Otherwise, overcast stitch on your machine? French seams definitely easiest though.

I remember stitching one of these, about 1981 I think. I bought buttonhole thread specially, and was very pleased with my neat work.

They're brilliant, and go so well with the wall tiles.

Patterns Discussion / Re: It's Toile Time!
« on: July 06, 2022, 12:59:50 PM »
Great pattern matching @b15erk.

In the wardrobe / Re: how to cut something from 50cm fabric?
« on: July 04, 2022, 08:39:45 AM »
A sleeveless tank with the yoke made from knit, if they're wide enough. Or use both to make either a front or a back, with centre seam, and knit for the other side & sleeves if wanted. Add a strip of the fabric to centre line of sleeves to tie it in.

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2022
« on: July 03, 2022, 09:21:20 AM »
I'll start in September... maybe.......more likely December panic!!

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