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A bit of a 'do' / Help please! Shortening prom dress
« on: June 28, 2022, 15:17:56 PM »
Polyester/Lycra fishtail dress. Ruched across tummy from LHS. Step grandaughter wants the fishtail cut off. I've marked it & am about to cut...... because it's double layered (self lined) I was hoping to undo a bit of seam inside then overlock from the inside. However, I've just looked properly and the panels are made of double layers but stitched all the way along the seams so that wont work. What would the pros do @Sandra ? Anyone? Should I just cut then turn each layer & stitch together? Can I get away with machining or will I have to hand stitch?   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  Suggestions welcome!

Patterns Discussion / Retrieving Stylarc patterns
« on: March 26, 2022, 22:40:24 PM »
I'm trying to log in to Stylarc to download my patterns. When I ask to reset the password I get an error 404 as if it doesn't recognise my email address. I'm a bit annoyed as I have a few patterns I've bought & it seems the website has changed & I've lost them. Any suggestions? The help tab doesn't, there's no 'contact us'.

I'm about to cut out a sweatshirt for DH. He wants deep pockets which his phone won't fall out of, ideally like a kangaroo pocket but INSIDE. I've drafted a pattern piece for this, but it'll have to be stitched onto the front, obviously, so the stitching line will show on the outside.  Is this the only drawback? Should I refuse & make in-seam pockets then put up with the moans about phone falling out? Put velcro on the pocket edge? (Last time I did this the hooked side kept pulling threads when it stuck to the wrong place). I have some very nice marble pattern French Terry which I don't want to mess up. Any suggestions welcome.

In the wardrobe / 1970s disco wear suggestions please
« on: December 03, 2021, 18:20:04 PM »
We have a murder mystery pack for Boxing Day. I can make a pair of Loons for DH, and possibly a skinny t shirt although he's no longer skinny. I've found my 1974 platform boots but I can't get my feet in them so that's Plan A out the window. I still have a long Indian print circle skirt though the waist seems to have shrunk  ><. The brief is 'Disco' so I'm thinking Abba style,  I'll be more Julie Walters than Meryl Streep. What fabric? Shiny/ sequinned? I didn't wear minis then & I'm certainly not going to now, it'll have to be trousers & top. Suggestions please.

Embroidery and Embellishment / What's this sticky fluffy stuff?
« on: October 19, 2021, 21:53:44 PM »
I've had my machine (Pfaff Creative 3) for ages. I've just (re) discovered this pack which came with the embroidery module. There are clips, which I think I've finally worked out fit on the hoop like this:  though I'm not sure why I'd need them? And this slightly sticky, fluffy stuff which looks a bit like thick stabiliser but which is cut to fit over the large hoop.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  Does anyone have any idea what it's for? I wondered whether it was to cushion the edges of delicate fabric when hooping?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Cross stitch sampler
« on: September 28, 2021, 14:31:11 PM »
Anyone want this for the price of large letter postage? 45x 33 cm . Fabric looks like linen, design is printed on.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  Just the panel, no embroidery threads.

Ok, clever peeps, who can point me in the direction of an embroidery file to stitch out a mandala type thing, about 100mm diameter? Anything around that size would work, and another maybe 50mm? It can't be a very dense design as I'll be stitching on C/L. Thanks!

Vintage Machines / Singer 359k
« on: March 11, 2021, 10:43:55 AM »
I have the chance to buy one for £25 but the owner says she can't thread the bobbin. It looks rather pretty, duck egg green, and apparently it powers up. I'm thinking either she can't make the bobbin winder work or that she doesn't know how to fit the bobbin properly. Would I be wasting my time?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Baby patterns for wovens
« on: February 12, 2021, 17:37:18 PM »
Butterick 5624 and 3405. Both sizes NB-SML- MED which my notes show to be 0-3 month, 6 month and 12 month. I traced them, included are my traced pieces complete with my construction notes, modifications and scribbles! The sleeves from B5624 also fit B3405. Yours for the price of postage (large letter for one, I think I could send both large letter but need to check)
I'm not able to attach pics, am getting an error message,

Vintage Machines / A snip!
« on: November 29, 2020, 20:04:44 PM »
 Just browsing FB marketplace
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Embroidery and Embellishment / Transferring files to embroidery machine
« on: November 21, 2020, 21:08:07 PM »
How do you all transfer bought embroidery files to your machine? I have an On-the-go cable for my phone, so I bought some files & plugged the USB connector of my cable into my machine. It isn't recognised, possibly because the Pfaff doesn't like memory sticks bigger than 1 or 2 Gb. Previously I've borrowed DH's laptop to unzip from my email, load into a folder then drag to a USB stick. But that's all old tech. I'm not up for upgrading my Pfaff yet, the wireless enabled Pfaff is about £8k.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Christmas decorations ITH
« on: October 24, 2020, 07:54:40 AM »
Some time ago someone (possibly @Stitches)? Posted photos of ITH declarations. They were so lovely I bookmarked them. Or so l thought. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

Tech Know How / How can I edit thread title?
« on: April 12, 2020, 16:04:46 PM »
Apparently I have a 'fiary' . Thus is a real wind up to a teacher - how can I edit it? I can change it for individual posts using the edit function but can't see how to edit the thread title.

Does anyone has this pattern for sale? It's the cardigan pattern I'm after so could be interested in in a different cardigan pattern with ruffles.

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