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Sewing Machines / Re: Janome DC3100 and or 7025? What's the better option?
« on: September 10, 2021, 17:10:37 PM »
Although I don't have any experience of the models you mention, I had this machine from John Lewis which was great for sewing through layers of upholstery fabric, as well as dressmaking. I sold it on very reluctantly after a big upgrade, but I've told the buyer that I'll have it back if she doesn't get on with it!  I was sad to see it go.  It is a sturdy, mechanical machine, controllable and dependable.

There are similar models available from Sewing Machines Direct which is a good online source.

You were wise to involve your wife in the decision and if you can go and try out some machines, it does help.  It's funny how some 'fit' the user better than others.  I wish you happy searching!

A Good Yarn / Re: Baby blankets
« on: September 06, 2021, 14:51:21 PM »
That's a lovely version of the corner-to-corner blanket. I like how you've used the colour with the white, it's very pretty.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Bridesmaids outfits
« on: August 29, 2021, 15:03:59 PM »
That's so pretty! I love the back detail.

In the wardrobe / Re: Grey wool skirt Simplicity K8128
« on: August 27, 2021, 18:53:49 PM »
Making good progress @Silver Rose! I know what you mean about the 'modern' zip feet. I prefer the older ones too. The slimmer design feels easier to use.

In the wardrobe / Re: Style Arc Clare trousers
« on: August 27, 2021, 13:58:03 PM »
Very nice trousers, I like the style, particularly for the warm weather. The tops go well too. I will be taking a look at the Style Arc site later!

 :thumbsup: Excellent! I'll look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Sewing Machines / Re: Brother Innov-is 1800Q
« on: August 15, 2021, 22:21:26 PM »
@Bill I tried pushing the knee lifter to lower the presser foot as you described and it works!  Thanks, I wouldn't have known it did that if you hadn't mentioned it.

Sewing Machines / Re: Brother Innov-is 1800Q
« on: August 15, 2021, 15:39:18 PM »
I started using the knee lifter when I was batch-sewing face masks. It speeded up the process no end. I leave it on the machine now and use it all the time.

I wouldn't describe it as a 'knock' @Bill, more of a push with the side of my knee, as much as is required to move the fabric. I always lower the presser foot by hand to start with.

I've just measured and the 6700p feet are 5cm in from the right edge of the machine.

House Beautiful / Re: Piping cord for trimming cushion covers
« on: August 15, 2021, 10:52:08 AM »
Thanks to @Helen M and to @Esme866 both, for the smooth cord and layered seam allowances pointers.

The only time I've sewn cushion covers before was around 40 years ago and they were just rough and ready things. Piping was not involved!

House Beautiful / Re: Piping cord for trimming cushion covers
« on: August 14, 2021, 19:38:46 PM »
I'll look out for that, thanks @Greybird

Sewing Machines / Re: Brother Innov-is 1800Q
« on: August 14, 2021, 18:07:20 PM »
Oh, very nice! Persevere with the knee lift. You're right, it feels completely ridiculous at first, then becomes automatic, after which you will never take it off.

House Beautiful / Re: Piping cord for trimming cushion covers
« on: August 14, 2021, 18:01:17 PM »
That's a good tip for the overlocker @toileandtrouble, thank you.

These are going to be rustic rather than fine, a mixture of tweed and jacquard curtain fabric, with the jacquard used for the binding. Should I get 5mm cord or would 4mm be enough with the heavier binding fabric? I'll go for the cotton cord if it's easier to deal with. I don't wash cushion covers unless I absolutely have to.

House Beautiful / Piping cord for trimming cushion covers
« on: August 14, 2021, 17:04:06 PM »
Can anyone advise me what diameter cord I should use in piping for cushion covers?  I haven't a clue, all I know is that my machine piping foot won't take anything wider than 5mm.

Should I use cotton or polyester, or does it make no difference?

Think very carefully @Celia .....what you need rather than what you want...what will you do with the excess machines???

Sell them!

And there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to something you want once in a while.

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