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Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 9th April
« on: Yesterday at 10:46:26 »
A difficult day. Loft conversion was meant to finish 2 weeks before the next lot of builders started work on the downstairs. In fact they have overlapped so we currently have builders everywhere, no kitchen and only one working loo.
And, son and his 2 children are calling at lunch time. Apparently it is not safe for us to have them in the house, but we are allowed to have half a dozen random builders wandering in and out!

House Beautiful / Uses for surplus blackout lining?
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:39:08 AM »
I`ve just made some loose linings for some curtains and , due to some generous cutting from Terry`s Fabrics , I have just over a metre of good quality cream blackout lining leftover.
I`ve no plans to make anymore curtains but it seems a shame to throw it away.  Any ideas what I could use it for?

(It`s not the easiest fabric to store as it spoils if folded and I don`t have anywhere to store it on its cardboard tube)

Technical Help / Re: Inserting snaps
« on: March 19, 2021, 07:26:09 AM »
I have the Prym Vario pliers set  but struggled to master them. You need to practice quite a bit before risking them on your finished garment. I have a feeling that @Ploshkin uses them.
When I bought mine Jaycotts were the cheapest

Fun with Fabric / Re: The Cheap Shop
« on: March 02, 2021, 12:19:03 PM »
I`ve bought from them on Ebay and was very pleased with the quality.  Good to know I can buy direct too

@Flobear mine was 215g and that is perfect for a t-shirt.  When I first started using jersey I kept a small sample of everything I bought with a note detailing things like the weight and composition.  It`s a good way to learn what you like if you can`t visit an actual shop

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello!
« on: March 02, 2021, 08:49:36 AM »
Lucky you living in Guernsey. I have a glass jug which was buried in a garden for the duration of the invasion! (We had family who had to leave in a hurry)

Tutorials / Re: Kenneth D King ... Invisible Zipper
« on: March 01, 2021, 14:29:06 PM »
This is a very recent Sew Essential video for the same technique

Tutorials / Tutorial for top of an invisible zipper
« on: March 01, 2021, 14:24:33 PM »
As there is currently a discussion about the Kenneth D King invisible zipper method I thought I would mention this tutorial for getting a good finish at the top of the zip.  (It doesn`t matter that she doesn`t use the KD King method for inserting the zip)

The Haberdashery / Re: Waistband Interfacing
« on: February 19, 2021, 15:18:19 PM »
@Sewingsue  I`m embarrassed to admit that I gave up on my trousers before getting to the interfacing!  I did buy some from  but she doesn`t appear to have any at the moment (I can`t find mine or I would offer to send it to you)
@Stitchalot recommended this to me - and might be able to suggest another supplier

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: February 18, 2021, 11:49:54 AM »
Another little work of art.

I never thought I'd be interested in doll's clothes until I saw what you are doing!

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 14:02:17 PM »
Yes, the delivery charge is off putting but we don't have a store nearby. I'm waiting a while to order as we might need some other things too when the loft conversion is finished

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:22:56 PM »
@Kad thanks, that's very helpful. Is yours all white? The one that is available now has a fawn top. I think it would be ok but the photo isn't very clear

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:59:07 AM »
When our loft conversion is finished I am planning to sew up there.  The room will have to also function as a guest bedroom but I should be able to fit in a large (160x80) Ikea Skarsta table.  It`s the one that you adjust the height manually.
 I will need it both for cutting out and sewing on and I`m wondering how stable it is?
 I would also want to pull it away from the wall when cutting out.  Husband reckons it would be easy to fix casters.  Any thoughts?

Fun with Fabric / Re: Lovely Jubbly
« on: February 09, 2021, 13:11:15 PM »
I haven't actually bought from them but have been very tempted by their border prints - just need to think of a garment that would make best use of them

The Haberdashery / Re: Is Swedish tracing paper worth it?
« on: February 06, 2021, 15:51:06 PM »
I've just bought some for the first time and like it. I found it easier to use because it's on a roll rather than folded - which the Burda  is.  You can also write on it more clearly than stuff like greaseproof paper.

I just used it for tracing not for fitting but I think it would be strong enough to do that

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