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A bit of a 'do' / By hand or Coverstitch
« on: August 17, 2017, 13:09:06 PM »
I've bought some expensive lightweight viscose jersey from Joels for a dress for a wedding.  Dress is a nice simple mock wrap. I've tacked the sleeves in ready to try on as I have narrow shoulders and next is the hem.  So do I do a coverstitch hem or do I do a hand stitched hem.  Coverstitched would be easier but would hand stitched be better? 

In the wardrobe / French, normal or Flat Felled
« on: July 31, 2017, 11:36:17 AM »
I've finally decided to get round to this pattern.

I could have got the fabric  suggested or similar but in the end I've gone for linen/cotton mix, which will have slightly more body.  I'm going for C, and they indicate some seams are French, which would be okay with voile but with linen mix, would either normal or flat felled be more suitable?

During the winter I draw up the conservatory blinds and cover them in like a sack of fleece, not elegant but it works.  We have heating but we seem to get a lot of dirt come in because of it being attached to the back door so it gives them some protection and it lets more light in during dreary months.

I've just bought a remnant of Ebay with the idea of making some proper covers that I can slip over and tie at the top.  The fabric is a good quality cotton but a bit thin, so having had a bit of a quilting moment last year, I wondered about making them quilted. I've got plenty of the batting so just need the backing.

I don't want to spend too much time with them so what would be  the best and easiest way to quilt the  fabric.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / FOR SALE: Bernina 009DCC
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:56:03 AM »
Bought it on a  whim after I'd bought a Bernina Overlocker but it is a cow of a machine.  Looks hard to thread on the looper side but it is actually quite easy.  When it works, it works wonderfully but half the time I either have the right needle working perfectly or the left one.  It purrs when it works, no clatter like the Janome machine makes and I love the foot so easy to put fabric underneath it.

It comes with the instruction manual plus  a bag of tools that I have never used (I think there is a blind hemmer in it), plastic cover and the original box (a bit  tatty).

This is not the latest model Bernina have  just brought out.

Do not even think of buying this if you are a novice sewer or don't have the patience of a saint.

It was purchased around 3 years ago, cost me £265 and had been serviced.  Given my history with it and time wasted on it, no reasonable offer will be refused.

Last year I bought a Modalu cross over leather bag, which I love, but it was a brick red and for summer I wanted something a lighter colour and crossover again, great for supermarkets and also having your hands free when out and about.  The last one was around £60, reduced because probably an old line.  Anyway I was trawling on line, found what I wanted but the price was above what I really wanted to pay.  I finished up on John Lewis, again supposedly reduced but again above what I wanted to pay.  I did another trawl and came upon this site:

I found what I wanted  nearly £70 cheaper and I even bought another one.  I felt like a kid in a sweetshop.  I wish I had found them before.  They only sell four brands but fortunately a brand I like. <3 

They have started advertising customer sewing machines, sale is between owner and buyer and they don't guarantee them.  Currently they have the new Janome CoverPro 2000cpx for £400.

I got my first Style Arc pattern last year but only opened it a couple of weeks ago to find they have sent me another one for free.  Bianca top, not really suitable for me. :vintage:

If you have never had Style Arc before, the instructions are sketchy.  Send me an A4 envelope with your address on and will post, I've not checked but I would assume it is a size 14.  I've not used private messaging before so that will be trial and error, but I'll let you know my address to send the envelope.

Hi, I'm new... / Well isn't this just peachy
« on: March 02, 2017, 10:37:52 AM »
Well, this has taken a lot of work and I am truly grateful for all their efforts.  The Reddit Place was a bit intimidating for me and not really easy on the eye.  This is wonderful.

As you can see I am a survivor from TSF.  Living in the northern regions of Nottinghamshire, very rural and very perfect apart from the lack of sewing fabric shops.  I  normally only sew for me, last thing I want is the stress of making something perfect for other people (barring of course DH).  As I've got older I've got a lot more patience but then I need it since I continually lose things, drop things and occasionally sew the pattern under the foot.

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