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Dolls and Toys / Dolls' clothes - knitted and sewn
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:28:15 PM »
This is Dolly:

She has a 22cm/9in chest, and long thin arms and legs.  She is about 14in tall.  I have just discovered how difficult it is to find dolls' clothes patterns that give anything other than the height.  I just don't know whether a pattern labelled as for a 14 inch doll will be the right width - and I am quite particular about fit!  I have been looking at knitting patterns, but I am interested in sewing as well.

Does anyone have any sources that give enough information, or any nuggets of advice?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Jaycotts
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:41:56 PM »
Well, lots of us know that Jaycotts are wonderful, but I still needed to say it again.

I'm embroidering napkins for Christmas Day, and was running out of a crucial (and fairly uncommon) colour of thread.  I placed an order with Jaycotts at 1.42pm yesterday, and it arrived today - before I actually ran out!

And I didn't ask them to speed the order or tell them it was urgent, or anything like that.  It was just a normal order, with normal postage (free, as I ordered over £25-worth of stuff, but it would only have been £1.50 if I had ordered less).

And, of course, their stock range is fantastic.   0_0

Must get back to embroidering those stars...  :)

Your Favourite Suppliers / Hot Pink Haberdashery
« on: November 22, 2018, 13:24:48 PM »
Has anyone used Hot Pink Haberdashery?

I placed an order with them on November 10th, and received a shopify email on the 12th saying that the order was on its way.  Logging on to my account with them shows the order as still being prepared.  I emailed them 2 days ago to ask what was happening and I haven't had a response.   -<

Adding Zing & Bling / Changing thread colours... or not.
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:03:43 PM »
I know that there is a setting on my Husqvarna Viking Topaz 25 that stops the machine from stopping for colour changes in an embroidery design - ie it lets you do the whole design in one thread without changing or stopping.

I know that there is a setting, because I enabled it by mistake a few weeks ago.

Now I want it I can't find it...  :\ ... I've searched the menu and the manual as well, with no luck.

Can anybody help me???

Fun with Fabric / MOVED: Toy pattern
« on: November 18, 2018, 16:06:21 PM »

Tech Know How / Downtime Today (5th November)
« on: November 05, 2018, 16:47:10 PM »
Just letting you know that the downtime we have suffered from this afternoon is down to our webhosts.  It was not under our control, and we had no warning of it.  The information is here - such as it is.

We have no idea whether there is more to come.


Patterns Discussion / Style Arc Mavis
« on: October 24, 2018, 16:24:05 PM »
Has anybody made the Style Arc Mavis top?

The line drawings show a fairly loose neck, but the reviews on Pattern Review make it look quite narrow.  The only photo on the Style Arc listing doesn't show the neck very well, and it has clearly been made with ribbed jersey anyway, so doesn't really give an indication of how it would be in ordinary knit jersey.

It doesn't matter terribly, because I will happily just give it an ordinary neckband, but I would like to know whether it's worth bothering with the polo in the first place.  I can't bear close fitting polos.

The other thing I wondered about was whether it would work with inserts made of woven fabric rather than jersey.

Your Favourite Suppliers / I need to identify a shop!
« on: September 23, 2018, 20:42:38 PM »
Earlier this year I bought a lovely piece of viscose from an online shop.  I would love to get some more, either the same design or the same fabric in a different design.  Unfortunately I cannot figure out where I bought it.  I have searched my emails but can't find any that refer to orders containing viscose.

It came in a ziplock bag that was long and thin, with the folded fabric at one end and the bag folded around the fabric.  Does that ring any bells with anyone?

It was definitely an online shop with its own website, not an Ebay or Etsy seller.  It was definitely not Minerva, whose bags are not ziplock.

For what it's worth, the fabric is navy blue with a deep pink flower, but there are quite a lot of viscoses that fit that description (and the specific fabric may no longer be available), so that's not really of any help.

Patterns Discussion / Diagonal Dart Problem
« on: August 19, 2018, 21:11:48 PM »
I have just been cutting out the pattern for a Lekala top that has diagonal darts.  This is the technical drawing:

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Unfortunately on cutting out the pieces I realised that the top is very short, coming only just below the waist.  I need it to be at least 4 inches longer, preferably a bit more, and normally I would just lengthen it at the appropriate point.  However, because of the diagonal dart I cannot do this.  This is the pattern piece:

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Does anyone have any advice?  Should I fold the dart and add length below it, or do you think this would lose the effect of the dart?

Should I just look for another pattern...?   -<

Welcome to The Dark Side / Extension Table
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:10:05 PM »
If you have been following my By the Sea project thread you may remember that I have three main machines, two of which have extension tables.  The third, is, of course, the one I want to do my quilting on, and I was reluctant to spend £70 - £80 on a third extension table.

Well, Mr Acorn has made me one, entirely from bits and pieces that we already had.  It even slopes perfectly in line with the gentle slope of the machine's free arm (1.8 degrees, so I am told).  It is brilliant.   :D

Here it is:

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BTW, I won't be using it in its current position - I will have plenty of table to the left of me when I'm actually quilting!

Sewing Machines / Skipping Stitches
« on: June 13, 2018, 15:15:18 PM »
Sob... my shiny new Toyota Oekaki is disgracing itself by skipping stitches whenever it can.

I have done all the usual things - rethreaded top and bottom, fiddled with tension, changed needle, changed thread.  Changing the thread improved things dramatically because I was previously using a very old reel of rather lovely, but fairly thick, thread.  However, it did not get rid of the skipping completely.  I think it gets worse when it gets faster, but it does skip at lower speeds too.  When I was doing serpentine stitch last week it was consistently skipping the stitches on the right hand curve, and that was using the thread, needle and fabric that were supplied with the machine.

@Francesca - did you have stitch skipping issues with your Oekaki?

Does anyone else have any ideas or suggestions?

Patterns Discussion / Deer & Doe Myosotis
« on: May 31, 2018, 21:38:16 PM »
I really like this pattern, but I don't like the way the back is longer than the front, both the bodice and the overall length.  The line drawings do not show either style as having a longer back, and initially I thought that the dress on the larger model should have had a proper FBA, but the dress on the other model is just the same when you look more closely.

So why do you think it is like that?  Are the line drawings wrong, and it is actually designed that way?

Sewing Machines / Shiny New Toyota Oekaki
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:31:10 PM »
It's arrived!!!!!  I only ordered it at 4pm yesterday, and delivery was free (Parcelforce)!!

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But it's too heavy for me to lift off the table in the porch... I'm currently dismantling things in situ as far as I can.

Current Projects / By the Sea
« on: April 19, 2018, 15:56:21 PM »
I am about to start making a quilt for our caravan.  It's actually going to be a quillow, a quilt which will fold up into a pocket on the back to make a pillow, thanks to Elnnina  :loveit: who has sent me a lovely pattern.

Anyway, I have been collecting fabric for this quilt for a very long time, and I think I have finally found a pattern that may suit it (and me, it not being too complicated). 

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I would really love any advice or comment - I can choose fabrics I love, and I can see when things clash, but I don't have the skill with colours that a lot of you do.

The idea is that where the pattern has a blue patterned strip and a white plain strip, mine will have a stripe in the sea/sky fabrics, and the next in the sandy fabrics.  (I probably have more fabrics for each section, but these pictures give a good idea of the range).

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What do you think?  Will that work?  Anything else I should add?  Should I put a white stripe in between the coloured stripes?

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