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@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.

A Good Yarn / Re: Show featuring weaving
« on: June 02, 2022, 09:05:49 AM »
I couldn’t find the Sky Arts channel last night but I will try to watch it on catch up.

In the wardrobe / Re: Fabric lengths
« on: June 01, 2022, 12:49:24 PM »
I would complain and ask for a replacement cut in one length or a refund.

I might have a go at a quilted jacket as I’ve found a Grainline pattern that looks easy but I would do patch pockets instead of welt pockets, much easier to match evenly.

Sewing Machines / Re: getting a flat zigzag stitch in thin fabric?
« on: May 03, 2022, 18:49:23 PM »
Is your daughter using the right foot with a zigzag stitch to finish seam edges? 

I was going to enter the pyjama trousers I've made for my OH but decided against as I found the check, which is very large, difficult to match so they look a bit odd.  He's pleased with them and has asked for another couple of pairs.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Fabworks
« on: April 30, 2022, 12:28:21 PM »
Good service from Fabworks as I ordered samples yesterday afternoon and they arrived this morning so all I have to do is choose what colours I want.

I have a friend who volunteers in a charity shop and he says they’re always grateful for men’s clothes as they don’t receive that much. 

Technical Help / Re: Overcast stitch is wrong way around
« on: April 22, 2022, 18:58:58 PM »
I don’t know the answer but I considered buying a F & R machine in the early 1970s but was advised against it by the dealer because the needle only swung to one side. 

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