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Dolls and Toys / Re: The Well-Dressed Chef
« on: Yesterday at 01:22:05 »
Your mother had you tested ????????

I had to look this whole thing up. Oh. I saw 15 minutes of the 1st episode of BBT and never ever again. Typical California science nerds, I know at least 100 people like them in real life. It's fun to laugh at science nerds unless you're living the life. My pals didn't see the humor.

Party conversations were interesting when I was literally the only non scientist/ computer engineer in the building.  :o

What a wonderfully broad, open category. Great inspirational suggestions. Well done.  :perfect10:

I went looking at current patchwork coats after @Lemon Syllabub mentioned them and found this lovely at HeyByeShop of etsy on another website. Long gone, the combo of plaid, floral and leopard are whimsical. What I really like is the simplicity of what I'd call a barn coat. I think it would be fun for knocking around on lazy days or working in the garden.

Does anyone know of a similar very simple, no darts in front jacket like this? Easy of course to eliminate pockets or add side seam pockets. Or a simple patch pocket or two to the lining.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Singer Melody 50 string tension
« on: October 25, 2021, 22:28:43 PM »
Do you have the manual for the machine?  They usually have some machine specific troubleshooting tips. Do you buy this used?  If so were you able to test sew to make sure there isn't a problem with the machine?

@JohnSnug 1st,  welcome!  Don't fret about it. If you can ride a bike, drive a car or eat a sandwich with both hands you can use any machine. Being a lefty myself I can tell you that in general we are more proficient with our non dominant hand than the righties are. That's from years of practice using every day objects designed for those other people.  ;)

If you are severely left dominant one thing to consider is if the presser foot lifter lever is on the back or the right side of the needle area. A simple improvement for you would be buying a computerized sewing machine. A lot of inconvenient things can be handled for you if you so desire. A technique book I read explained that a computerized machine elevates anyone's sewing in that it handles all sorts of mundane activities quickly,  efficiently and consistently.

Brother makes very reliable computerized sewing machines , many in the $200-300 range. Hmm, 145 to 225 pounds.  Mine is a combination with small 4 inch embroidery module and was $300. I absolutely love it.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 25th October
« on: October 25, 2021, 21:32:56 PM »
Good afternoon everyone. Well, the light of day reveals that the branch that fell last night was ripped from the tree, all splintery at the base like when you bend and twist a twig to try and break it. It was only about 27 feet in length and came from about 35 feet up the trunk. The base was pressing against the window. I'm surprised and relieved that it didn't break the glass. The rain arrived a few hours later. Heavy but not torrential. If we get more wind I might have another tree heave over as the ground is saturated and all the tree canopies are still full. Deciduous trees don't drop their leaves until December here.

Spoke too soon. It is now torrential rain. Glad I was back inside.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 25th October
« on: October 25, 2021, 12:07:43 PM »
Sleep? What's that? Just having our usual California fun. If you look at any international news you might have seen mention of an historic monster storm descending upon the western US coastal states. Phrases like "bomb cyclone" and "atmospheric river". This is a stage 5, the most severe  rating. Lots of fun. The rain hasn't reached my location yet but the wind has.

Result: a rather large limb detached itself from the Modesto Ash tree behind my bedroom. The base of the branch is across my window and the foliage reaches to the back fence or beyond. I wasn't going out there to check. I was sitting on my bed when it came down. Can't sleep now, waiting for something else to come down.

Not going to be a good day.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Autumn / Winter 3-piece Sewalong
« on: October 21, 2021, 08:48:07 AM »
Actually @Bumblebuncher overlock is the ideal stitching for fleece. It squishes the seams down so they aren't unruly, looks great and is done in a flash.

The Haberdashery / Re: spring action scissors
« on: October 20, 2021, 19:31:32 PM »
@annierose mine are over 30 years old. Love them to bits. Not as nice of a handle but so nice to the hands. I was having carpal tunnel problems back then. It's nice to have them open back up for you. I have little Fiskar snips that do the same thing.

Sewing Machines / Re: New overlocker
« on: October 20, 2021, 19:25:23 PM »
I know this has moved on, since it started, but I settled on a Bernina L450, I I bought my overlocker, this summer. Sturdy, relatively quiet, straightforward to thread and rarely needs much in the way of adjustment.
@Ouryve it was the L450 or L460 that I used in that class last year. Sweet machine.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday Monday
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:28:48 AM »
I'll be wandering over to the rant thread. :perfect10:  Maybe some of the profanity I want to scream will have deflated by the time I get there. Yes, spoke to both the pharmacy and my doctor's staff again today. Good times.... :scream:

Sewing Machines / Re: New overlocker
« on: October 19, 2021, 00:59:12 AM »
Last spring just before all the covid fun and games got started I took a Bernina overlocker lab class from the Bernina Academy. It was one of the national educators for Bernina. Very posh, fancy workbook, limited seating, hands on assistance, lots of samples made, great snacks. Free too.  :perfect10: I've never been a fan of Bernina but I left that 3 ½ hour class absolutely smitten by the Bernina overlocker. They're overbudget for me but well worth saving up for.

Oh no!  I wonder what  I was selling all those years.  :scream:

Dreams. You were selling dreams.

The Haberdashery / Re: Overcooked the thread storage
« on: October 14, 2021, 21:45:29 PM »
Fancy rack.  0_0 Looks very useful. I avoid racks here. With multiple cats and living in a desert during a drought I have an overabundance of cat fur and dust as well as sunlight here. None of these are thread spool friendly.  :thinking:

BTW,  my overlocker has been sitting out for 3 years now. Unused, uncovered. Poor thing. Middle of the living room, not near any sunlight, just gloomy room light. It is threaded. Three of the spools are crumbling.  :headbang: The fourth is a different type of plastic and seems fine. They have never been exposed to direct sunlight. This makes me glad I don't use racks.

My bigger cones are in plastic shoe boxes with a raised lid so they are extra tall. Exactly the right height for the cones. Those are in an armoire.

Fun with Fabric / Re: It started with a sample swatch ...
« on: October 13, 2021, 12:07:31 PM »

I am also planning on making sure my hair matches the final colour choice ...

..That answers my question.  :devil: I was going to ask what color your hair was but that doesn't seem to matter. Instead, which flatters your skin tone?

I'm also secretly hoping you'll tart this up with way too much blush. I'm thinking all your colors should be intense.

BTW,  definitely the teal or one of the cobalt. Turquoise is a bit flat, especially with the gold and silver dresses. Teal is just that much richer, more intense.

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