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I have quite a few metres of this pure silk 2 ply fabric, hard to put a name to the colour, peach/sand/honey???

Suitable for tops and dresses fairly crisp handle but is soft and smooth to touch and very comfortable to wear. I've used it for the inner lining of facemarks and for lining a faux suede jacket.Photos show it against a green gold taffeta and white net.

£8 per metre.

Happy to send samples if there is any interest.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Ordered some Bobbins for my Pfaff  from Hobkirks and the very helpful lady there Linda tell me that when current stocks are gone, they will no longer be stocking Husqvarna Viking or Pfaff items.

So if anyone needs or wants any items @25% discount, get them now.


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The Show Must Go On / Tutu odds and sods!
« on: March 27, 2021, 13:51:00 PM »
Not sure how many classical tutu makers are on here these days and it's a while since I ventured down that route and I appreciate that stretch tutus have become more popular with the advent of top quality patterns available.

Having a sort of of my stash and wondered if there was any interest on here for what still I have? if so, please ask questions and I'll list them for sale with photos.

#3 Silver hooks & bars
Old English Cotton Bobbinet-prewashed so a very pale ivory shade.
Cotton Backed Satin Coutil in Tea Rose (ballet) Pink).
Speciality English Multi-filament net. Very fine but very stiff and suited to top layers of pancake tutus and top plates. White only.
Various 100% Silk Dupions, predominately paler colours.






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Tech Know How / Subscription Run Out?
« on: February 08, 2021, 11:04:57 AM »
@Iminei Hi, wanted to attach a photo but couldn't. Perhaps my subbscription run out?

If so I'm sorry, 2020 has certainly affected many things!

Can you please help me sort this? I don't post many photos but I do like the facility of doings.

Thank you Pat

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Joel & Son - Sale
« on: July 23, 2020, 12:35:21 PM »
Joel & son have sale on and their faux fur fabric has huge reductions. if anyone is thinking of winter or Christmas items.

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I'm not a quilter so I'll describe this as best I can.

Not fleece as most think of it, it is quite stable with a woven backing, has been used for light weight quilting, two layers ave been used and spray basting worked extremely well. Child's quilted floor mat, curtain interlining and bag interlining.

Extremely well behaved in sewing and in use of finished items. @Mike Bateman can testify to this!  He made very large floor length curtains.

Washes perfectly without shrinkage or distortion. Photos depict washed fabric.

166cms wide. £3.00 per metre plus p&p at cost.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  



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Vintage Machines / Young People and Vintage Machines.
« on: March 01, 2020, 10:54:32 AM »
Yesterday I sold a vintage mechanical machine , straight stitch, zigzag facility with just a few stitches built in stitches only.

The buyer was a young man studying at college, textile design or whatever they deign to call these courses now.

it was so nice to find a youngster (no disrespect meant here) so excited about what he can achieve with an older machine, a little thought, vision  and application.

Sadly so many are actively encouraged to buy a modern all singing all dancing computerised machine when there are lots of perfectly useable older machines around which can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Indeed some are even given away for free.


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Is anyone interested in any Luxury Faux Fur?

I have some still on the frame and a few remnants.


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Vintage Machines / Are you a purist with your vintage machine>
« on: November 24, 2019, 13:56:02 PM »
Curios to know what others think and do with their vintage machines to continue using them today.

Who searches for and waits to source genuine parts and accessories, who utilises generic items, whatever they can to enable them to continue using their machine, e.g. adaptors for pressure feet, screw on or clip on? Rufflers, binders and such like?

Many of these after-market and 'universal' fittings are far more inexpensive than genuine and original items and obviously much more readily available.

ETA What gem would you love to find?


Interesting being a purist can be costly and time consuming.

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Tech Know How / Automatic Payments cancelled?
« on: November 17, 2019, 10:41:21 AM »
@Iminei Email from PayPal yesterday saying you've cancelled the automatic payments for subscription. Can you advise please.

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Fun with Fabric / Fabric price-Gulp- Oh my.
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:29:48 AM »
Was looking at the price for a fabric on this site and out of curiosity I looked at couture/designer fabrics came across this.   

How on earth does one summon up the nerve to cut this out :o.https://www.joelandsonfabrics.com/uk/couture/17991?fbclid=IwAR17WwQZFw5xDT_1vLuTZgVxHaipl89CMx5N4LUyqAniFTtrsoKJVWGKIxc

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Vintage Machines / Vintage Sewing Machines in Stockport.
« on: August 09, 2019, 10:34:38 AM »
May be of interest to vintage sewing machine enthusiasts in or around Stockport.http://www.pearmillvintageemporium.co.uk/no27.htm

As seen on Antiques Roadshow.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0blrq0s/antiques-road-trip-series-17-episode-19
about 29.30 mins in.

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Fun with Fabric / Vintage or just Old Fabric Part 2
« on: July 29, 2019, 15:29:53 PM »
I am struggling to resize photos for attaching here, If this works, it's for @sewmuchmore ,  well you did sound interested aeons ago. lol

Promise, I will put all the other fabric photos on if this is successful.

Oh my goodness it does work. :toast: for me, but not too many that I forget how to do it.

Better add measurements
Overall length 4.34 metres
Front embroidered area 117cms
Remainder is plain fabric.




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Technical Help / Dyeing silk dupion?
« on: May 31, 2019, 18:31:58 PM »
I have read up on doing this and it seems to be relatively easy to do. I wondered if anyone had personal experience of doing this and how successful the process was.

The fabric is beaded and embroidered dupion, a very delicate shell pink, the embroidery and beading are a somewhat deeper pink.

I feel that a slightly deeper colour would possibly make the fabric more useable.

Any thoughts will be helpful.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Fun with Fabric / Fabric, Vintage Or Just 'Old'?
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:06:23 AM »
What is vintage fabric and what is just old?

I have a variety of fabrics which I will never use and would like to offload them, but how best to describe them? No tickets or labels so an educated guess as to fabric content! Ok some definitely cotton, but some are a bit of a mystery to describe.
They are all 'old' as in not newly purchased but all unused, oh yes some Japanese made, I know that because it's printed on it in gold.

Should I just go down the route of photographs titled "I haven't got a clue'

Any help advice, interest or just nosey questions, I'm happy to answer.

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