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I only buy sewing magazines if there is at least one free pattern that I'm interested in. These are not useful to me, but to give them a second chance...

Simplicity 9701 - tops (knit), trousers and skirt  sizes 8,10,12,14

Simplicity 8787 knit pullover dress in 2 lengths with side draping sizes 6 -18

New Look 6676 skirt with 2 options sizes 8 -20

Theses are all uncut, although at least one has notes in pencil on the envelope. I was going to send them to the local charity shop but they are not accepting them any longer, so if anyone is interested let me know and they're available for the cost of the postage.

1st book sold

Technical Help / Vogue 9278
« on: April 08, 2020, 06:44:27 AM »
I've just had my first ever delivery from driessenstoffen ( thanks to whoever it was who introduced us to them  <3 ). Two
glorious lengths of jersey and I love the look of this pattern.

Just one question though: the pattern specifies the use of elastic as the shoulder stay, if I hadn't read the instructions, I would have used a narrow tape/ribbon as usual. Will it matter if I don't use elastic?

Embroidery Machines / FREE Digitising software available to download.
« on: November 28, 2019, 10:54:27 AM »
I was having a mooch around the internet last evening and came upon these two sources of FREE embroidery digitising s/w

- - my editor.
 this runs on Windows XP upto Windows 10. " A free, simple viewing and editing software with some innovative features and functions. It was mainly developed to provide the capability to view and modify supported embroidery files and then re-save them in any of the available embroidery file formats"

- - ink/stitch.
" An open source machine embroidery design platform based on Inkscape. Ink/Stitch aims to be a full-fledged, cross platform embroidery digitising platform based entirely on free, open source s/w. Our goal is to be approachable for hobbyists while also providing the power needed by professional digitisers."

Does anybody know anything about either or both of them?
I'm thinking that one or both of them might save me having to by the software peddled by the big sewing machine manufacturers

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Turning corners
« on: May 06, 2019, 14:46:19 PM »
I've been using my new Brother coverstitch machine successfully now for 4 or 5 tops but today cut out and sewed Vogue 9057 view E. Most of the tops in this pattern have an asymmetric lower hem that involves one 90° ish corner but view E has 2. I'd pinned, tacked and was merrily whizzing along on the machine and came upon the first corner whereupon I realised that I wasn't sure how to tackle it.  :S What I did do was to try and pivot about the leftmost needle and then carry on with the hemming, but wondered if anyone has a better technique for continuously coverstitching a hem that has corners?

Your Favourite Suppliers / New fabric shop near Preston
« on: July 10, 2018, 19:08:20 PM »
I've just today discovered that there's a recently opened fabric shop in Great Harwood. It's called

"Fabric and Fent", - can't find a website but they apparently have an eBay shop. The shop/warehouse is open week days only so I feel that it's my duty as a forum member to go and investigate and report back regarding stock, prices etc  :devil:. Pity that it's not payday until next week

Tech Know How / Junk emails
« on: March 12, 2018, 18:39:08 PM »
I have today received 2 junk emails to a mailbox that I created specifically for use on this forum. I have had to delete this mailbox and create a new one. Hope that this is not repeated.

Embroidery and Embellishment / I've been playing ....
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:52:02 AM »
I don't know why, as there's a quilt under planning/construction and various items of clothing just needing a final tweek to be finished, but I needed to play and this is the result:

They both started off with painted/sprayed Bondaweb which was then foiled and then shapes cut from organza with a soldering iron appliqued on.

Considering that they were both produced at the same time - does this indicate both sides of my personality??  :D 

Events / NEC March 25-18 Sewing for Pleasur and Fashion & Embroidery shows
« on: February 24, 2018, 08:07:32 AM »
I've just bought tickets for this event, only to discover that you now have to specify the day(s) of your intended visit rather than tickets being valid for any day. Although the lady taking the phonecall did say  "yhat if you do turn  up on a different day we'll not turn you away" !?!

Anyway I'll be there on the Friday so perhaps might see one or two of you .

PS - Sewing Quarter are  giving out a code during the morning show for 2 for 1 tickets which means more  :fabric: :thread: :sew:

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / For Sale - Cotton Yardage, SOLD
« on: January 22, 2018, 11:56:03 AM »
During my recent attempt to regain some order to my sewing corner I decided that I'll never use the rest of this fabric so perhaps one of you lovely members could make use of it.

Both fabrics are 114 cm wide, 100% cotton, about quilting weight, with a woven not printed plaid pattern, previously machine washed by me as I started to sew PJ trousers for DS.

There's 2.6m of the red one which weighs just under 400g,  and 5.1m of the green/purple - 700g.

Cost to you lovely members  £5 each ( to include postage as 1st class small package).

Comment on this thread to claim and then message me with your address. If you live close enough or are passing by on the M6 (junction 28) perhaps on a visit to Standfast & Barracks or Immanuels  :devil: you could also collect.

Part No 846410003.
Fits Janome MC7700QCP, MC6600P and some Elna machines too

I replaced my much loved Janome 6600p early last year, but during a recent attempt to tidy my sewing corner, found this. It's in good condition, no nicks etc.
No longer have the original packaging.

Unfortunately, it'll have to travel as a Royal Mail small package as it's just too big to squeeze in as a large letter.

Cost to you lovely members £10 to include postage as 1st class small package

Comment on this thread to claim and then message me with your address. If you live close enough or are passing by on the M6 (junction 28) perhaps on a visit to Standfast & Barracks or Immanuels  :devil: you could also collect.

In the wardrobe / Liesl & co Cinema dress
« on: September 30, 2017, 21:05:48 PM »
I bought this pattern from Backstitch of Burwash Manor during our recent holiday, has anybody already made it up? And if so,   did you have any problems or did it sew together like a dream?
I'm anticipating that I'll have to add some length both above and below waist level and to the sleeve too, and will probably use a nice length of Liberty cord that's sitting prettily in my stash  :D

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Harrogate quilt show
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:31:46 AM »
Just wondering if anyone else is going to the Quilt show in Harrogate tomorrow? If so I'll keep a lookout for wearers of Two pins

It's on until Sunday and I've only decided this morning that I'll go. It's been a couple of years since my last visit but I do enjoy the day. Not so extensive as FOQ,  but more doable in a day, the journey there's pleasant, no M6, and the parking is free so there's more money for  :fabric: etc

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Quilting Rulers?
« on: August 16, 2017, 18:49:22 PM »
Has anyone any experience with any of these quilting rulers systems, such as ' Westalee' or ' Parrs Reel rulers' ?

I've not got  a long arm quilting machine but understand that these rulers may be used with a standard domestic machine as long as you also have the ' ruler quilting foot' for the machine. 

I already use fmq on my quilts and am tempted  :devil: by the precision that these rulers  promise, but  I'm not sure if I'm tempted enough to spend £££'s on the rulers, after all I could spend it on fabric :fabric: !

In the wardrobe / Invisible zip into French seam?
« on: July 26, 2017, 16:01:46 PM »
I'm playing around with a length of Liberty lawn to make ' interesting top' for DD.  I can afford to play with it as it was labelled as  ' Misprint' and cost the princely sum of £1 for about  1.5m

The question is -  can I insert an invisible zip into the side seam when I would much prefer to French seam the whole thing. I love the tidiness of French seams and don't find invisible zips a problem,  but can I combine the two?

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