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Sewing Machines / Re: Recommendations for a sewing machine for quilting.
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:53:49 AM »
I have the Janome 8900 QCP which has a large harp for quilting, and the extension table is useful to have.  The bonus with this machine is the huge number of embroidery stitches for other types of sewing projects.

Most online suppliers can supply samples (usually at no cost).
If you have a Dunelm close, they have larger curtain samples hanging up to see how they hang. Try M&S online as well.

Technical Help / Re: The etoile dress-French poetry
« on: June 14, 2021, 16:12:12 PM »
I don’t have the pattern, but it’s a very pretty dress.
There is a video at the bottom of the order page that may help.

Tech Know How / Re: Cutting disc pinking spacing
« on: March 21, 2021, 20:21:23 PM »
Sew Easy do a pack of 3 pinking blades ER4100  45mm Rotary Cutter Blade Set  (Pinking, Skip and Wave blades)

(posted reply at same time as StitchinTime)

Access All Accessories / Weaving - a pouch to match the bag
« on: March 05, 2021, 18:24:48 PM »
A little purse/pouch to match the bag I wove into a bag yesterday. A little zipped pocket and some card slots, just big enough for some money, cards and a phone.

Access All Accessories / Re: Bag made with my own fabric
« on: March 05, 2021, 12:29:57 PM »

Any chance when you post something about weaving you can put weaving in the subject line I nearly missed this post and that would have been so sad

 :loveit: :loveit:

Will do. Thank you everyone for your kind remarks.

Access All Accessories / Re: Bag made with my own fabric
« on: March 04, 2021, 13:24:10 PM »
Fabulous... I’ve just started weaving, a 32” rigid’s too big so I’m looking to buy a 16”.
I find the 16” is a bit limiting (not ready to attempt double width on it yet) and will probably go for a 24”, either a table or floor loom. Love the Saori looms, but they are a bit expensive.

Access All Accessories / Bag made with my own fabric
« on: March 04, 2021, 12:56:22 PM »
As a bag maker, I like the totes made from Harris tweed, but never found tweed in the colours I liked. So I started to weave some random colours together (simple tabby weave with acrylic dk with an occasional sparkly wool) and ended up with my first piece of ‘fabric’ to try making a bag (have done plenty of scarves before).
Will attempt a twill with better wool (maybe even on a larger loom when time and money permits), but for now, quite happy with my first attempt

Sewing Machines / Re: Best sewing machine for bag making
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:11:30 AM »
I have a 201K which is a great workhorse for most of the sewing for bag making, but it did ‘miss’ a few stitches on the thickest parts (more than 5 or 6 layers) especially when topstitching.
I also have the Janome HD9, which fulfils everything I need it to do - I can sew from 12+ layers of vinyl down to 2 or 3 without it missing a stitch.
The HD9 is perfect for bag making, especially when you don’t have room for an industrial. It is only a straight stitcher, and is a bit noisier than the Singer. There is a Fb page for the HD9.

Current Projects / Re: Bags
« on: December 11, 2020, 23:58:42 PM »
@CraftyIrish as well as Spencer Ogg, look at Shamballa, Swoon, Maggy55, Blue Calla, Bagstock, ChrisW designs, RLR. Just a few of the many independent pattern designers. Some also have free patterns for download.

Vintage Machines / Re: Old Singer 28k - should I keep it?
« on: November 28, 2020, 12:06:22 PM »
I sold one recently, only because I didn’t have the room for it (and others).   :'( It sewed the best stitch, was good to have in case of power cuts, easy for young children to use and the watching the bobbin winding was mesmerising  :P

A Good Yarn / Re: Looms and Weaving in General
« on: October 31, 2020, 17:32:33 PM »
I bought a 16” rigid heddle loom about a year ago, and I love it.
I have made scarves, both in plain weave and ‘Saori’ art style, using all kinds of yarns, ribbons, etc.
I find it very relaxing, and much quicker to produce something than knitting or crochet.
When I eventually get my craft room, I can see me wanting a (small) floor model.
Just  a few of the ones I have made so far...

Sewing Machine Reviews / Re: Janome HD2200
« on: October 13, 2020, 02:55:54 AM »
Looking at both twin needles.....are they different lengths?

Brenda P, We couldn’t get into foot pedal without possibly breaking the casing. Don’t have time to send it in for repair, and replacements are inexpensive.

I have a couple of vintage Singers for sale, collection only from central Scotland.

28K hand crank 1928 with lovely embossed grapevine end panel. C/w shuttle and 3 bobbins. £60

99K electric from 1956. Lovely condition. C/w original box and accessories. Connectors and plugs are there, but needs new foot pedal (had to remove as capacitor went!) £40

Both sew beautifully. Sad to sell these machines (the 99K was my Mums) but moving house and no room for them. Due to the weight of them, I would be looking for collection only.

Anyone local looking for a vintage machine (or 2)?

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