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A Good Yarn / Free Teddy Pattern
« on: April 22, 2021, 11:00:19 AM »
This popped up on my FB, and I wondered if it was of any interest to any of you knitters?

It's a free pattern, and might be worth a look.


A Good Yarn / Jemima Puddleduck - Help!
« on: March 23, 2021, 19:33:39 PM »
This is a really big ask, and I feel stupid for asking the question, but I'm stuck on the duck!

I knitted all the pieces for 2 or 3 of these toys a couple of years ago, then put them in a tin, and got on with other projects.

However, last week, suffering from a miserable cold, I dug it out again... then I quickly realised why it had been put away...

The pattern, written by Alan Dart for Woman's Weekly, is really quite difficult.  It is quite short on making up explanation, and as a result, sewing it up has had its difficulties.

I'm up to the tail atm, and I'm stumped.  It may be that my brain cell has gone walkabout, or just that knowledge is assumed which I haven't got...  Either way, I can't make this tail work.  :'( :'(

So, if any of you lovely ladies has made this pattern, and can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

It hasn't got to the stage of holding me up, as there are so many pieces left to sew, but I would like Jemima to have her lovely jaunty tail...



The Haberdashery / Snap adapters
« on: March 09, 2021, 10:29:09 AM »
I've been helping a friend out lately with her Prym Snap Fastener kit - her OH bought her the big set, and she wasn't sure which ones were which.

While I've been doing this, I found a lot of snaps which I had bought in error, and they don't fit either the 8mm or 10mm adapters that are the only ones that Prym does.  It seems these snaps are measuring up at approx 9mm and Prym don't supply a 9mm adapter.

Is there a way that I can use these snaps?  Maybe using another method?

Not sure how else to attach these snaps as I've always used Prym metal snaps.  Is there another tool which would work?


Your Favourite Suppliers / Looking for fabric...
« on: January 30, 2021, 12:01:54 PM »
I'm making Mary Poppins outfits for Theo and Lilya, and I've managed to find most of the fabric I need in my stash.

Two pieces I still need though:  Red tafetta, for Mary's dress, and some Poppins themed lining for Theo's Blazer.

I've looked online, but can't see any available at a reasonable price, and can't tell the taffeta quality from the online pics.

Have any of you any recommendations for either or both of these fabrics please?  I have some time as they are only needed for the summer...


Patterns Discussion / Help! Looking for a boys Blazer Pattern
« on: January 26, 2021, 19:41:24 PM »
I'm looking to make a blazer for Theo age3 shortly.  He wants to be Bert from Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews version).

I've found a Burda pattern I like, but it only starts at age 8.  :S  I looked further at pdf's to download, and quite frankly, they don't look up to much.  The last one I looked at was a Melly Sews one, and like the others I was put off by the poor finish, and the lack of thought to the scale of the jacket eg the lapels look too big for the poor little boy...

So, if anyone can suggest a pattern for a simple boys blazer age 4+ I would be very grateful.

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Vintage Machines / FeatherWeight making an Awful racket
« on: January 17, 2021, 19:42:52 PM »
My lovely FW was put away a few weeks ago, after making some masks with no trouble at all.  I took her out of her box last night so that I can use the Ruffler - she's the only SM I have at home which it fits.  I gave it a test run, but it wasn't running at all well, the stitches were varying sizes and the machine was noisy.

I've had bobbin trouble with this machine before, and know what to do, but unfortunately, nothing I have done has fixed the problem.

The machine runs nicely until I try to put the needle plate back, but then it tries to lift the plate - as if the feed dogs are lifting it up!!  :o

Could I possibly have knocked the timing out? Or have I done even worse damage... :'(

I can manage without the Ruffler, but I'm really concerned about my lovely FeatherWeight...  :'(

If anyone can help I would be very grateful as I don't know of any local SM Engineer.


Vintage Machines / Bernina 730 Record Belt replacement
« on: January 13, 2021, 11:04:31 AM »
Well, I lifted this machine out last week and started making friends with it, but it's always had a small problem that put me off using it.  When I start off sewing, it will often hesitate, then 'snatch' at the fabric.  I'm pretty sure this is a belt problem, as I managed to remove the side and I could see that the top belt is worn badly in a few areas.

So, I got in touch with Helen Howes, and she supplied me with the belts which I received yesterday, and Youtube and I decided to have a go at replacing them... :rolleyes:

I got the side panel off, and the handle, and I could see what I needed to do, but I couldn't find a way to remove the motor cover, which needs to be taken off both to remove the old belts, and to replace with new.

After over an hour, I replaced everything as it was and decided to ask for help... So, HELP!

I haven't managed to find a video showing the changing of the belts, so if anyone knows of one I would be very grateful, as my machine is now making a squeaking noise...  :'(

Alternatively, if anyone knows of an engineer in this neck of the woods Wigan/StHelens area I would be delighted.  I did use Bob Green but I think he's in poor health these days.


Patterns Discussion / NewLook 6107
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:17:51 AM »
This project was started because I had a failed mail order delivery - failed because of the delivery charge - over £36!!

I chose this pattern, as it will be easily hacked to replace two of the tops I was going to order - with no delivery charge!

This first iteration I did to check fit etc as the pattern only goes up to size 40 bust and I'm slightly larger.  :S

Made from some unknown voiley type fabric, which behaved quite well, I quite like how it's turned out.  The tie neck (I did view A) was a bit fiddly, as were the cuffs, but neither will be repeated next time.

I added a half inch to each side seam, and didn't put darts in just yet, and the fit is good.

I will be using the pattern again, but hacking it about a bit.


eta, I did a lined yoke using the burrito method as I thought it looked neater.

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Your Favourite Suppliers / Bernina supplies
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:01:30 AM »
Lockdown has been a bit of a discovery time for me, I've spent time getting to know my machines.  Not just the machines I use, but the ones which are usually tucked away for one reason or another.

This weekend, I've been getting to know my Bernina 730.  It's a lovely machine, but the manual is very difficult to follow, however despite this, I have learnt how to do an acceptable buttonhole (not that I'll ever use it for a buttonhole).

The machine is running very well, and is beautifully quiet, but there are a couple of things which need attention, so that I can use it more often.

Firstly, on starting to sew, the machine motor makes noise, but doesn't move without a turn of the handwheel, then it seems to 'snatch' away.  I think the belt is worn and needs replacing, but not sure where is the best place to get one.

Secondly, there are no markings on the bed of the machine, which makes it sewing a seam trial and error.  I've rigged up a 5/8" seam guide with a piece of leather and double sided tape, but this leaves no room for adjustment.  Does anyone know if there is a good magnetic one (or similar), which would work with this machine.  I bought some card ones with markings ages ago, which were suitable for the Singers, but the Bernina is very narrow.



Technical Help / Plaid Pyjama help needed
« on: December 28, 2020, 12:11:24 PM »
I found a really nice soft cotton plaid in the stash, which I know will be great for pyjama bottoms for OH.  Unfortunately, the plaid is quite big, and the piece only measures 1.3 mtrs.

I'm using a Simplicity pattern as a base, and did alterations last night.  However, the bit under the crotch will have to be patched - not too worried about that.  What I am bothered about is matching the plaids...

If I use a small plaid, I don't bother too much, but a large pattern will hit me in the ey when I look at it.  So, looking for the best way to pattern match please.

I'm also going to add a faux fly to these, and pockets, which are not on the pattern.  These will have to be done with contrast fabric I'm sure, as there won't be much plaid left over!


I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Luminus lights
« on: December 11, 2020, 10:42:34 AM »
We did a trip to Costco last night, for various bits, and while overall I was disappointed with their offerings, I managed to get everything we needed - and I found a wonderful thing!!  :dance: :dance: :dance:

In the motoring/lighting section I found some lights.  Nothing life changing there, but 6 in a pack, rechargeable batteries, and meant for drawers and wardrobes.  I had an idea that I may be able to use them on my sewing machines...

Well, I've just tried one out on the Singer 611g, which has very poor lighting, and it is amazing!  Such a difference!  But that isn't the best bit.  These work automatically, with a sensor, or, manually with a little side switch.  Fitting is a small magnetic strip on top of the light which sticks to the machine, and just lifts off for re-charging which is done via a USB
lead two are provided.  The size is approx 7cmx2.5x1.25cm - very small, but very bright, and no weight to speak of.

I'm not sure how much they are, but about £12 for 6, and two chargers!  I think that is amazing value.

Guess who's doing the happy dance  :dance: :thumbsup: :dance:

(it doesn't take much!  :laughing:)


Patterns Discussion / ISO Men/Women outdoor aprons
« on: November 17, 2020, 10:34:12 AM »
Just bought DD and SiL's Christmas present - a Pizza Oven of all things, (they spend a lot of time outdoors) and I would like to make them some aprons, cooking mitts and tea towels to go with it.

I have some heavy denim which I think will be good, and a lovely russian doll print which DD will really like.

I would really appreciate any suggestions, as I've only made children's aprons recently.


Patterns Discussion / Pattern Printing Help Please
« on: November 16, 2020, 14:17:19 PM »
Searched through all my patterns yesterday for a favourite, and couldn't find it anywhere.  :(  I think it's at work, and there is no way I'm going in for a while.

I had stored the .pdf on my PC though  :thumbsup:, so no problem...

Except, it won't print.  :(

Last time I printed it off was on the old Windows system, and since then we have been upgraded to the 21st century.  :thumbsup:

Unfortunately, the .pdf doesn't like the 21st century so won't print my pattern.  :(

Any ideas?  The pattern is showing in full,  but when I try to print, only the top left A4 piece emerges from the printer...

The printing information says that it should be set to 'poster',  but I have no setting for 'poster' on my printer information.  :(

Not holding out much hope here, but any suggestions would be good.  :headbang:


Technical Help / Press studs and buttons?
« on: November 10, 2020, 13:13:59 PM »
Just a very quick, feeling stupid sort of question. 

What do I sew on first, the press stud/popper/snap fastener, or the button...?



A Good Yarn / ISO a top down Poncho Pattern
« on: October 16, 2020, 10:02:42 AM »
I'm looking for small knitting projects to use up my large yarn stash.  I have lots of yarn, but great quantities of matching colour/type.

I've already mastered knitting simple socks, but as the evenings are getting cooler, I'm finding that I need to cover the tops of my arms while I sit knitting.  It's still to warm for a full gown.

Upshot is, I've found a lovely pattern which appears to be available on a free website, but I've been unable to download it.  I've found other patterns that I like, but they are knit bottom up.  The beauty of top down if you are using up small quantities of yarn, is that it doesn't matter too much if you are a little short of yarn.

If any has this pattern, or something very similar, would you consider selling?

Fingers crossed.


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