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Sewing Machines / Re: Got my new machine
« on: Yesterday at 18:50:11 »
Lovely - do enjoy it!

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 16th October
« on: October 16, 2021, 11:39:18 AM »
Best wishes @SilverRose and just diddle along until you are ready!
Drizzly day here.  May be selling car, so gave it a good polish yesterday and boy! do my arms ache today (I would rather do it properly than the half hearted job DH will do).  He had a real nag yesterday as i bought some black polish (it is a black car!) to polish out some minor scratches that they seem to pick up from nowhere - apparently I was wasting money as the next car might not be black (It was only a fiver!)  I did point out that it might increase the saleability if it was exceptionally clean and we would probably make our fiver back! :[

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday's double birthday greetings
« on: October 12, 2021, 14:45:54 PM »
Birthday wishes to @Iminei and @Zigzag Have a great day both! :VV:

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 7th October
« on: October 07, 2021, 11:26:17 AM »
@Sandra I feel your pain regarding the iron!  I bought a new, reasonably priced steam iron last year (about £28 I think) as my old one had died - one of the cats, desperate to see a pigeon out of the window careered onto the ironing board whilst I was ironing and knocked the iron onto the floor - killing it!  Just switched itself off and refused to heat up again.  DH tried to take it apart, but no luck.  Mum gave me her old iron last year, but I couldn't use it without an extension lead as its own lead was far too short about 6', so by the time it was plugged in, it wouldnt reach the end of the ironing board.  I've got a dear little Morphy Richards dry iron that I had as a wedding present in 1977, which still works brilliantly, but I am terrified it's going to die as well (but it's so well made compared to todays' ones).  The upshot of this is  I need to go on an iron hunt again - any ideas anyone?

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 6th October
« on: October 06, 2021, 10:16:34 AM »
Luckily managed to get fuel yesterday, down to last 20 miles and managed to fill up for the first time for three weeks - I thought I'd hang on for as long as I could!

Managed to see GP yesterday, who promptly sent me to the hospital for the 12 day headache/faceache - I think it was because I previously had a blood clot on my lung.  Seen very swiftly in the assessment unit, diagnosed with (more than likely) Neuralgia and given some codeine.  Feel a wee bit better today, and pretty impressed with the speed of it all.  Slept like the dead (codeine induced I'm sure) and had a very weird dream about running a scrap yard!

I had trigeminal neuralgia about 25 years ago, and this feels similar.   Oh well, at least it's not anything more serious and I am grateful for being seen so quickly!

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Today... One thread per day / Re: 5th October Tuesday
« on: October 05, 2021, 11:35:14 AM »
Woo Hoo!  Got a real, live GP appointment today!  I have changed surgeries as so seriously fed up with the arcane attitudes of the Practice where I have been for the last 20 years (a whole other story). I have had a headache for the past 12 days, which just will not go.  I have done the Dr Google thing and it would appear to be a sinus headache, with no congestion.  My forehead, above my eyes is so painful, as are my cheekbones, if I move my head it feels like I have been hit by a brick, and my face on the left side feels numb as well.  I phoned my new surgery yesterday afternoon as I could stand it no longer, got a phone call from GP this morning who has asked to see me this afternoon!  My previous surgery would not see anyone unless you were almost at death's door, and certainly wouldn't let anyone through their doors either! I hated seeing quite ill/infirm people standing in the car park, with no shelter whilst they were to be invited in.  The pharmacy was the same.  Had to shout instructions through a grill in a window and have your meds handed to you through a slot, in a basket. Not good.

Just want the pain to go away.  Not had this before, not had a cold, runny nose, stuffy nose or anything.  I can only think I have inhaled some rather dusty hay!

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@CeliaI've been pretty successful on Facebook marketplace "Preloved Sewing Machines for sale" rather than fleabay.  I do sometimes worry about part ex as they will sometimes give you two thirds of bugger all, or are not interested!  Good luck with whatever you do!

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 @Celia A few pics may to help! One shows the machine set up, table on and how long the whole lot is.
Another shows a stitch sample - I wanted to make a stitch library, as some of them look soooo much better in the flesh than they do on the chart! (sewn on very cheap black cotton with embroidery machine thread)
The other pic shows the super-high foot raise

I'm not really an enabler (much!) :thumbsup:

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I do! I bought it in May!  The M7 Continental is huge and very expensive, but thus far, I am pleased with the 6700.  It is a pretty big machine, others of similar size are far more expensive.  It is more useful than it is pretty, but it is a heavy machine, and the table that comes with it is huge. It is nice to have something that isn't 'automatic' and you can set your own tension and foot pressure.  The HP plate and foot are pretty good too, as is the Accufeed system.  it does have it's little quirks however - the drop in bobbin case sometimes jumps up but the machine will do an 'emergency stop' when it senses something has gone wrong. 

I bought it to replace a Bernina 475QE, which was beautifully made, but made too many decisions that I didn't want!.  I do  a lot of free motion embroidery, and like to use unusual threads to do bobbin work, but the Bernina was just too fussy to play!  It was a big machine but the working area was only very small, and the accessories were very expensive.

The quality of the Janome accessories are not as good as the Bernina, but they do a pretty impressive job.  I have free motion quilted a 6'x6' quilt on it with ease.  There are three stitch plates to use, which change easily.  It does seem to gather fluff like there is no tomorrow, so needs seriously frequent cleaning. 

I did have a trial run on it, took all the types of fabric i like to use, and was pleased with how it performed.

Hope this helps - there is also a Janome 6700 group on Facebook which are quite helpful!

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Hi, I'm new... / Re: Oh no, another bloke!
« on: July 13, 2021, 16:23:37 PM »
Bit late to the party here, but welcome @Andymat - very impressed with the tee shirts - I've been sewing for 50+ years and the thought of one of those makes me quake, and yes, I do have an overlocker!

Yes, we are a fab group of enablers, listening ears and helpers, and you do need to start a stash!

enjoy!

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Sewing Machines / Re: Thinking of new Bernina machine!
« on: July 10, 2021, 12:20:45 PM »
I have a little Bernina Activa 220 which I paid £180 for a short while ago, mainly used for taking to classes and it is an absolute little gem. A couple of my classmates have bought new the 325's which are very, very similar to the Activas.

It depends on what you want/need to sew.  I purchased a Bernina 475QE last year, a lovely machine, but the biggest mistake for me was not having enough space to the right of the needle, as I do a lot of large projects. I also found the 'scissors' button was in a very awkward place, and also found it a bit 'too clever' as it automatically set tensions etc, which I wanted to do myself! (I did sell it!)

I would say the 435 is worth the extra, the touch screen is rather good, and all your feet will fit.......but have a try if you can, as the jumbo bobbins and threading are slightly different, and if you dont get them EXACTLY right they play up!

Good luck with your decision!

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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Not quite a horn
« on: July 04, 2021, 08:31:11 AM »
Nice to see TSP on your laptop!

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The Haberdashery / Re: Machine needles!
« on: June 29, 2021, 22:24:51 PM »
I think I may have discovered the cause of the falling out needles - i have noticed that the Janome needles have a layer of 'colour' applied to the needle to denote type, and I have noticed that each needle that has dropped out has had the layer of coating scraped off - this must somehow make the needle looser in the holder, and as it 'jiggles' the coating wears and the needle drops out!

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The Haberdashery / Machine needles!
« on: June 28, 2021, 11:37:45 AM »
I have used Schmetz brand needles for a long time with no problems, all types, all sizes.  I am now the very happy owner of a Janome 6700MCP, and decided to try the own brand needles that came with it.  Everyone, without fail, has fallen out at some time during the sewing, despite my pretty decent tightening regime!  I have gone back to my Schmetz needles with nary a glitch!  There must be a tiny discrepancy on width is all I can think!

I read on some forum somewhere (not here!) that Janome machines should only use Janome needles.......but I am guessing this is just a bit of sales spin! However, I am not going to use them ever again!

Anyone else had needle problems?

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The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor sharpening
« on: June 24, 2021, 12:48:50 PM »
I have one of these gadgets to keep my Fiskars/Wilkinson Sword shears keen:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiskars-Scissor-Sharpener-Right-handed-grinding/dp/B0001P08JC/ref=asc_df_B0001P08JC/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=232028567160&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=21784743042646195&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1007209&hvtargid=pla-421742577521&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

I too have one of these, and although they won't rescue a pair of scissors with a big burr in, they will manage other slightly blunt ones with ease.  I put all my scissors through this little gadget regularly and it really works!

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