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Fun with Fabric / Re: Tencel sweater kniti
« on: August 14, 2022, 12:46:14 PM »
I would imagine that it will be very stretchy so will need to be kept under control when sewing.  Have you asked the seller for any advice on handling it?

The Haberdashery / Re: William Whitley scissors
« on: July 30, 2022, 15:37:53 PM »
@Kwaaked   Kai scissors are very expensive your side of the pond equivalent to about £80 whereas the dearest here are roundabout £40. I’d be hacked off if I’d paid $100 and then received poor or no service from the company but I don’t think they are sold direct in the UK.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Help with decorative stiches
« on: July 20, 2022, 18:50:30 PM »
Have you tried using the balance facility on your machine as this should solve the problem.

Sewing Machines / Re: Entry level Bernina or mid-range Janome etc?
« on: July 20, 2022, 18:45:20 PM »
@jen1r   I’ve had machines serviced at World of Sewing in Tunbridge Wells as well buying various bits and pieces over the past 20 years and have always been happy with the service.   My Bernina is an ex-demo and I’ve never had any problems.

Sewing Machines / Re: Entry level Bernina or mid-range Janome etc?
« on: July 19, 2022, 19:56:45 PM »
All I would say is if possible visit a dealer so that you can look at as many machines as possible.  If you go down the on-line route Sewing Machine World in Kings Lynn or SMD in North Wales come highly recommended and are very helpful.  There are a couple of sewing shows coming up in the next few months at Ally Pally and Harrogate and they very often have good deals on machines. 

The Haberdashery / Re: I Hate My Iron
« on: July 13, 2022, 12:51:47 PM »
I have the same iron as Iminei and it's great although I can't remember how much I paid for it but I think it was fairly cheap.  I also have a Philips steam generator but I only use that if I have a lot of ironing, and I have a Morphy Richards dry iron which was a wedding present 45 years ago and that is still used occasionally for some sewing tasks.

The Haberdashery / Re: William Whitley scissors
« on: July 12, 2022, 09:54:22 AM »
@Ivydene   Ploshkin has jogged my memory and Prosharp is the company I bought my Kai scissors from.  Mine are all badged Kai with no mention of Prym but I think some Janome scissors are made by Kai in Japan.

The Haberdashery / Re: William Whitley scissors
« on: July 11, 2022, 20:47:10 PM »
I have three pairs of Kai scissors in varying sizes and I’m very happy with them.  I bought the last ones from a shop in Cornwall but I can’t remember the name.

@BrendaP & @realale   your tops all look great.  If I re-use a pattern I don’t usually make too much of an alteration perhaps the length but nothing major.
I’m the other way one lot of fabric and two patterns so don’t qualify for the competition.

Sewing Machines / Re: the etiquette of buying a sewing machine
« on: June 30, 2022, 07:41:43 AM »
@Gernella   the tacking stitch on my Bernina is the same as your Pfaff in that I have to move the fabric.

Machine Accessories / Re: Bernina bobbin case
« on: June 23, 2022, 19:13:48 PM »
The Bernina accessory book says it should but I would check direct with Bernina or one of their dealers.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Newcastle upon Tyne area fabric shops?
« on: June 15, 2022, 14:56:28 PM »
I bought fabric from BST for pyjamas for my OH which was cheapish but it has washed well and OH is pleased with them.  My order was delivered quickly even though I made a mistake which was dealt with by phone.

Sewing Machines / Re: getting a flat zigzag stitch in thin fabric?
« on: June 08, 2022, 20:08:45 PM »
It’s 2 straight stitches, a zigzag then 2 stitches and a zigzag and so on.  All the manufacturers seem to call this type of stitch by different names so I think it’s a case of looking at what stitches your machine does.

I have just looked at the Janome stitch chart and 10, 13 and 40 all look similar to the Bernina varilock.

Sewing Machines / Re: getting a flat zigzag stitch in thin fabric?
« on: June 08, 2022, 13:18:26 PM »
I found with my Bernina that using the overlock foot with a vari-overlock stitch gives a flat edge which is much better than a three-step zigzag.  I only found this out by reading the manual more closely.

Sewing Machines / Re: Battery operated Bernina?
« on: June 07, 2022, 14:37:10 PM »
I seem to remember a programme on TV where some one was using a sewing machine on a narrowboat but I can’t remember if it was electric or not.  I wouldn’t risk using a computerised machine off a battery.

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