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Sewing Machines / Re: Recommendations for a sewing machine for quilting.
« on: December 06, 2021, 19:11:56 PM »
I had an early version of the Pfaff Quilt Expression - in fact it was replaced twice because of problems with it, quite apart from the annoying habits @WendyW mentions. I eventually gave up on it and looked at the Janome Horizon which was all the rage at the time - big harp space etc, but in the end I got a Bernina 550QE, which does everything I want. It does have a clunky walking foot, but I find I get on better using the free motion foot even for straight line and in-the-ditch. It has a smaller harp space but I have managed large quilts through it without much trouble - it's more important to have space behind and to the side of the machine to support the weight of a quilt so it doesn't drag.

Count your pennies/save some more pennies @Lemon Syllabub, go to a real shop and try as many different machines as you can and find the one that feels right and does what you need it to do. 3 million fancy stitches are no good if it doesn't do the essentials.

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A Good Yarn / Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
« on: November 27, 2021, 19:31:32 PM »
@Lowena But you can knit, you said so in this thread a couple of months ago (c mid-September)

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I can only do knit and purl on metal, straight needles.


If you can do that, you can do anything. You just need to try...




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maybe because adding a reverse image/template is too complicated

I've used this method for making Mariner's Compass. The instructions for it in Judy Mathieson's book tell you to iron the freezer paper on to the wrong side of the fabric but also reminds you that you have to make sure you have worked out exactly which piece goes where and what colour or you end up with a 'right side' that is the reverse of your original plan. I surmise that these gemstone patterns advise you to iron on to the right side to save having to think/overloading your brain. As with many things in this life, you do what works for you...


(https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mariners-Compass-Quilts-Print-Demand/dp/0914881973)

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Misery
« on: November 11, 2021, 18:46:03 PM »
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.get those NZers! Snuk up on yas'!

@rubywishes Better watch out, they may sneak up on your lot too... ;)

Hope the shoulder gets better soon.

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A Good Yarn / Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
« on: October 30, 2021, 19:20:35 PM »
For those enthused enough to carry on knitting socks - The Sock Yarn Shop has a good (though not vast) range of yarn. Fast mail order and free postage over £30.
https://www.sockyarnshop.com/

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@Bjay Don't wish to rain on the parade, so I assume the variations in layout of two of the yellow blocks are intentional?

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@Lemon Syllabub Mostly we make it up as we go along...
Or we see a pattern we like, discover we haven't enough fabric already and go shopping...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacket-Jazz-Patchwork-Techniques-Templates/dp/1564770214

Jacket Jazz by Judy Murrah might be useful useful. She uses small sections of patchwork to cover a foundation of calico, and lines the jacket with satin-type lining, no wadding or quilting. Lots of useful techniques, eg flying geese, log cabin, bargello, which look good without being too complicated.

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Hi, I'm new... / Re: new member reaching out
« on: October 25, 2021, 18:55:28 PM »
@bodger Not many people sell machines here regularly - though they often buy them! But if you come across a handcrank in need of tlc they will be happy to help you repair/refurbish it. Plenty of advice available. Have a look at the vintage machines section.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Ploshkin - Weaving Along
« on: October 24, 2021, 19:03:53 PM »
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Whenever I make anything my husband always asks " what's it for "? "Where's it going"? or, "what will you do with that?"

@Lowena At which point you smile sweetly and say you're going to wrap it round his neck* in a minute... :devil:

*or stuff it in an orifice?  ;)

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A Good Yarn / Re: Seaming rib knitting
« on: October 08, 2021, 19:32:49 PM »
Whip stitch on the inside, not too deep and not pulled too tight. It will flatten out and there won't be a ridge. Mattress stitch if you have the patience...

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A Good Yarn / Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
« on: October 08, 2021, 19:29:39 PM »
@Flobear Kitchener stitch is the work of the devil. I've tried it and it is more trouble than it is worth, imho. An alternative is to decrease to about the last 8 stitches (total, not per needle) then cut off the yarn (give yourself about 12") and thread that through the stitches a couple of times, pull it tight and sew in the end.

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A Good Yarn / Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
« on: September 17, 2021, 19:01:29 PM »
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I hadn't pulled enough of the wool to finish all the stitches, undo , allow extra wool and start again.

@realale If you cast on starting with a slip knot and working forwards from there, ie make a stitch and put it on the lh needle, knit behind it to make the next stitch and so on you just cast on the stitches you need and start knitting. Simples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFkYejFGwsI

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