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What lies beneath... / Re: Sports bra toile
« on: Yesterday at 20:35:12 »
Love that bra @BrendaP, you've made a fabulous proffesional looking garment 👍.

In the wardrobe / Re: Damned printed patterns.
« on: August 12, 2022, 02:13:12 AM »
If only it were that simple @Fabric Lover, but thanks anyway for your input  :thumb:

In the wardrobe / Re: Grey needlecord trousers
« on: August 05, 2022, 18:27:47 PM »
I prefer back zips too, well most of the time anyhow. I think for me they look much nicer when you've got a bit of a tummy, however they are a pain if I've been hanging on and hanging on for the loo  :scream:, you can't see the zip lock and have to feel for it   :laughing:

I really like that jacket but the collar and shoulders look absolutely dreadful to me. Not that I've got very much time to sew lately, I can see a lot of faffing to sort it out and to charge that for an obviously 2/3rd rate pattern  :scream:.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Throw-type Stuff
« on: July 28, 2022, 14:08:14 PM »
I've used superking sized bed throws on my settees to protect them from my dog. I have 2 settees one of which is around 6'.5" long, I don't have much trouble with them slipping but the scatter cushions do tend to slip a bit.

Technical Help / Re: Drag Lines On Sleeves - Help Please!
« on: July 25, 2022, 22:07:57 PM »
I'd say the shoulder seams are a touch too wide try tacking about a small 1/2" dart in the middle of the shoulder (don't press it as its only temporary), it will change the way it fits across your upper chest but the idea is not to put a permanent shoulder dart in, it's just so you can see if a shoulder adjustment will help, if it does you'll have to take that much out of the shoulders. It also looks to me that the under armhole isn't big enough, really the only way to find that out is to abandon the good fabric and make a toile that you can mark and cut into until you get it looking how it should do.
I could show you far better than I can explain it with the written word so sorry if it looks like waffle.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello!
« on: July 19, 2022, 16:18:38 PM »
Hi @Tr4cie, welcome  :)

In the wardrobe / Re: Damned printed patterns.
« on: July 17, 2022, 12:02:15 PM »
When you compare prices to a shop bought pattern that's really cheap and considering the time and frustration spent creating a sloper the're quite a bargain  :thinking:

In the wardrobe / Damned printed patterns.
« on: July 15, 2022, 20:46:50 PM »
Not sure if this should be in the rant thread or here!
I hate printed patterns but do use them when I either don't have time or can't be bothered to draft my own but please can anyone tell me why most pattern company's insist on printing 7" shoulders when the average width of most women's shoulders in the UK are 4"!
I only wanted to make a couple of quick cool tops for this upcoming 40° we're supposed to be getting next week, I dug an unused pattern and some cool fabric out of my pattern box and stash, start measuring and anticipated the darts, waist and hips being in the wrong place for my height.  That's OK, easily sorted measured the shoulders, low and behold 2.5" too wide, abandoned that one and dug another pattern out, same story and found the same with 4 others.
This is only the 2nd time I've been able to make time to sew properly this year, now I'm too flipping mad to set about drafting one of my own or faffing about reducing the shoulders on the printed pattern :rant: :rant:.

Technical Help / Re: fusible thread
« on: July 14, 2022, 15:34:37 PM »
I have, it's ok on industrial machinery but I found it left debris on my domestic overlockers.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: July 14, 2022, 15:27:25 PM »
Welcome from me too @allea  :)

Machine Accessories / Re: Very cheap foot actually works!
« on: July 13, 2022, 16:22:52 PM »
I might think about getting one, one day.
I do have a few hobbies that can be quite expensive and also have a 10 year old Son - so I cant be too self-indulgent, at least not for a few years yet.  :thumb:

Look at it this way, it's more an investment than indulgence, 10 year olds have a habit of becoming teenagers and drifting away, besides you don't have to get one of the high end ones. I've had one of mine around 20 years and apart from getting it serviced it owes me nothing and still works like a dream.

Machine Accessories / Re: Very cheap foot actually works!
« on: July 12, 2022, 19:55:34 PM »
Nice one @Adey1981, there'll be no stopping you once you get an overlocker and you know you really want one  :rolleyes:

The Haberdashery / Re: William Whitley scissors
« on: July 12, 2022, 09:20:12 AM »
The ones I have are not Prym @Ivydene, I've had them a lot of years and got them directly from Kai so unless Prym have either taken Kai over or bought the name somehow I really don't know what's happened there!
I know a lot of people use and like Prym products but personally I wouldn't touch anything Prym with a barge pole.

Unless I'm misunderstanding what I see on the link in all honesty I'd top stitch before you close the underseam, sometimes some pattern instructions sometimes like to make life as difficult as they can for home sewists and more frequently there are errors in the instructions.
Without a long arm that's the way I'd do it anyhow.

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