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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?

Patterns Discussion / Bootstrap/Lekala pattern question
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:57:51 AM »
I am using Bootstrap 45179 for the One Pattern Three Ways sewalong.

Having had to make the shoulders narrower - not something I've ever had to do before - I decided that I would order the pattern again with a narrow shoulder adjustment.  As I couldn't get on to the Bootstrap site (a problem I frequently have) I ordered the new one from Lekala - the identical pattern (4517) with identical measurements plus the narrow shoulders adjustment.

I have just printed off the sleeve, neck and top of the main pieces to compare them to my previous pattern (hoping that I wouldn't need to redo the whole pattern).

The edge of the shoulders is only quarter of an closer to the centre.  The arm part of the sleeve, however, is an inch and a half wider and an inch and a half longer.  The top of the sleeve is also about an inch and a half longer.  The armscye is higher.

The bust dart is also about 3/4 inch higher - and it was already on the high side on the first pattern.

Put simply, are these differences that you would expect to accompany a narrow shoulder adjustment?

Tech Know How / Attachments 18.02.18
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:49:57 AM »
If you made a post yesterday with attachments could you possibly go back and see if the attachments have disappeared, and  re-attach them if necessary?

It's a Tech thing.   :|     My apologies.    :S

Welcome to The Dark Side / Slip sliding away...
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:45:28 PM »
There are various things on offer to stop quilting rulers from slipping on your fabric.  Does anyone have any experience or recommendations?  I would have thought that with the little stick on pads there would be too much chance of them being in the wrong places when cutting something small, but maybe they grip the cutting mat anyway so that wouldn't be an issue.

I have two rulers and they are driving me mad - I really can't risk cutting into any fabric that matters given how often they slip just as I'm going along the edge with my rotary cutter.  They weren't cheap, though, and I don't really want to replace them with non-slip rulers.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Please help a ditherer...
« on: January 22, 2018, 14:30:51 PM »
I have a pack of 42 10" squares in the design shown below, together with the set of fat quarters also shown (26 fqs that are 18" x 22").

I'm trying to find a quilt pattern to suit them, and having so much trouble.  I want to make blocks, because I think I will probably quilt them as I go.  I don't want to do too many hsts (because I may end up biting someone if I do) although I don't want to stick to squares, so some are inevitable.

I keep coming back to this pattern

(although I think the colours need to be better balanced).  But I'm really not sure.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions, thoughts, ideas etc... because otherwise I'm never going to get started.

Vintage Machines / Featherweights for Dummies
« on: December 28, 2017, 12:14:49 PM »
Well, she's here.   :D 

I have been prodding and poking here, ferreting around in her innards and generally trying to get to know her.  She seems to be remarkably clean - almost no fluff anywhere, just one little loop around one of the rods inside the face plate.

I am being vey cautious and checking everything I can before even plugging here in, so I have oiled all the bits the manual tells me to.  I have also checked the grease tubes on the motor, and they appear to have little or no grease in them.  So my first question is where to find 'Singer Motor Lubricant', because the manual tells me bad things will happen if I use anything else.

I have found this on Ebay, which is presumably the right stuff, but has a frightening postage charge

Or there's this, which also comes from the US, but the shipping seems so low that I'm afraid they would be sending it by pigeon.


"As a special end of year treat we're giving you 25% off, but only when you shop at You just need to use the code BOXING25 at the checkout to get your discount. Don't miss out though, the sale ends on 31 December!"

I bought 5 Style Arc patterns on Christmas Eve, from their pre-Christmas sale.  I'm not sure I should be allowed anywhere near the site today...  :o

Burda Style are offering a bundle of 6 patterns (sizes 44 to 52) as free pdf downloads for today only.

Vintage Machines / Urgent advice please!
« on: December 21, 2017, 12:12:03 PM »
Yesterday we found a Singer Featherweight in a shop locally.  It seems to be in good order - clean and nice, in its box, with cables and a box of what looks like feet (I didn't look for very long).  I think the price is probably reasonable - £85.

Mr Acorn has decided that he would very much like to buy it for me for Christmas.   0_0

Please can someone tell me what we should be checking?  I am very nervous about the electrical side of it.  We don't have the expertise, although my Dad certainly does - but he is not on the spot.  I don't want to get it and then find that it needs a lot of work before it can be used.

I asked the seller about it and she said it had come directly from a house clearance, and she thought it looked good, but hadn't tested it.

Oh, and I have no idea about the age - I wasn't considering possibly owning it! - but it was black with gold decals and had a small green booklet that doesn't say 'Featherweight' on the cover.  Unfortunately I can't remember what it did say.

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