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Fun with Fabric / Re: Nice lining?
« on: September 09, 2021, 13:51:35 PM »

Fun with Fabric / Re: Ticking?
« on: September 09, 2021, 13:45:35 PM »
@Andymat £7.70/m is more reasonable a price than the £30/m designer stuff JLP are hawking!  Shall bookmark  :thumbsup:

In the wardrobe / Re: Satin was a terrible mistake
« on: September 06, 2021, 12:41:47 PM »
Very slightly damp cloth and low temp iron.  I have successfully made satin 'prom' dresses in the past and it's possible.

I am beyond envious :loveit:  Lucky you - enjoy

Technical Help / Re: Bias binding with stretch fabric
« on: September 04, 2021, 17:12:40 PM »
I found this a good explanation of binding stretch garments

House Beautiful / Re: Piping cord for trimming cushion covers
« on: August 15, 2021, 12:09:28 PM »
I was sold an adjustable zipper foot at a K&S show at Ally Pally some years ago, on the strength of the Brother rep's recommendation.  She was absolutely right - just the job for adding piping to cushion covers as it allow you to drop the needle exactly where you want it and doesn't get fussed by big cord.

I use my piping foot only occasionally.  It came in handy when DS was doing a school applique project (he chose the D-Day landings!) and he wanted to add brown piping to a cut-out tank shape to represent the caterpillar track.  He zig-zagged over it.

House Beautiful / Re: Decisions…
« on: August 10, 2021, 16:27:57 PM »
Do any of the windows face the sun?  If so, hold the swatches up and see which one attenuates the glare best.  Our kitchen faces east so gets the morning sun straight in.  When we were picking a roller blind fabric glare attenuation took higher priority to printed design.  What we have, therefore, works colour-wise but is a bit cottagey for my taste.  I got used to it!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Breastfeeding/Nursing Tops
« on: July 30, 2021, 13:06:47 PM »
Another thing I discovered - DS was born about 9 or 10 days before Xmas and was violently sick when I tried to have some wine on Xmas day!  That was me on the wagon for the next 15 months!!!



are good stable solutions for tracing patterns.

This kind of thing is good for adding seam allowances or increasing/decreasing seam allowances as needed.  Also great for precision pattern drafting:

MacCulloch & Wallis also do French curves in various configurations - these are handy for adjusting armscyes (sleeve holes) and getting smooth curves elsewhere.

What lies beneath... / Re: Pattern cutting for bras
« on: July 29, 2021, 19:36:41 PM »
Pattern Cutting for Lingerie, Beachwear and Leisurewear by Ann Haggar might be worth a look

Patterns Discussion / Re: Breastfeeding/Nursing Tops
« on: July 29, 2021, 19:25:55 PM »
I had an emergency caesarean and the mummy tummy never fully disappeared even with as many crunches as I could find time for!  DS is now 18....

Do be aware that if she also finds herself in that situation she might find the entire ceremony very tiring so you may have to cut her some slack.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: seeking advice/opinions
« on: July 21, 2021, 20:05:21 PM »
It's good ergonomics to have the long axis of your workstation perpendicular to the window.  If you are facing the window you get glare and if your back is to it you're working in your own shadow. 

I agree with all the comments about sun damage to plastics.  If you want to keep your machine on the table permanently make a lightproof cover (something as simple as a blackout lining, case-shaped sleeve will do it) and throw that over the machine before you walk away.

Sewing Machines / Re: Machine Weight/body strength
« on: July 08, 2021, 16:00:52 PM »
I was told most emphatically at the weekend that women should be moving weights around, ultimately aiming for 24kg.  24kg!  Never gonna happen, thought I, but I can absolutely see why she said it - strength is really important to health as you get older and moving iron around mitigates bone loss too.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Not quite a horn
« on: July 04, 2021, 15:57:58 PM »
Recommend you make a lightproof cover for your machine (or throw a blanket over it) when not in use.  You've got it by the window, which makes a lot of sense, but sunlight can make the plastic of the machine brittle.  I had my Brother's spool pin snap off even though it's got a hard case because the pin is below a gap in the case that the handle passes through.  Now I keep my pressing cloths on it to keep the light out when it's not being used and I throw a lightproof cloth over it when I finish for the day but don't want to put it all away overnight.

I agree with you about sewing (or office) chairs.  It's never one-size-fits-all so you have to shop around.  Unfortunately since Staples shut their stores there isn't an obvious place to look at new retailed chairs.  Might be worthwhile seeing if you have a second-hand office furniture dealer within reach then you can try before you buy.  That's how I got our three Kinnarps chairs and they're great.

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor sharpening
« on: June 25, 2021, 13:38:26 PM »
I've found it's OK for that kind of thing.  Cutting through pins is another matter :scream:

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