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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 7th April
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:20:55 AM »
Another online fabric disaster yesterday - waiting for some fabric to make a border for a quilt from Empress Mills - I had ordered three colours, a hot pink, a bright lime green and pale lime green.  It arrived.  Fabric good quality......but, and here comes the but, the two greens were so similar, there is very little difference between them, apart from the fact one has a'dirty/faded' look.  On the PC screen, they showed a good degree of difference but in real life, I would never have picked them!  Shame, as that has buggered the plans for the quilt!  It's all gone to pot as I was making a bargello quilt out of a 40 strip jelly roll, which came out really well, and I wanted to enlarge it.  Slight problem as the jelly roll I bought was 'old stock' and I can't buy that one again!  Still, I suppose I have learned a lot from it, and might make it into a quilt for a toddler size bed.

Freezing here, water pipes at stable yard were frozen, but one had defrosted enough to get water by the time we had finished.  Wind has teeth in it again, face is burning!.

Trying to find my mojo again, it's disappeared with the warmer weather I think.

Have a good day all - just nice to see some sun out there (even tho it's freezing!)

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 6th April
« on: April 06, 2021, 11:05:32 AM »
Must have been cold in the night as there was a thin layer of ice on the horses' water buckets. 1.5C when I went out, with a good breeze.  It looks lovely through the windows until you venture out.

Need to go shopping.  DH has managed to eat in four days what should have lasted 7 - I don't know where he puts it.  Whenever I look at him he is munching (and boy, does he munch!). I think this lockdown has confirmed to me just what a noisy eater he is.  I am probably now listening out for it, and it drives me to want to shriek at him!.  If I should help myself to a (rare) biscuit or piece of fruit, he always says 'Where's mine?' and yes, he means it.  I can eat nothing without having to share or provide the same for him, but he is constantly stuffing his face and never, ever asks if I want any!  Its funny, because we are both 'only children' and I was taught to always share, always offer and always help and he does absolutely none of this!  I sometimes get annoyed as he is not so much selfish, as self centred.  His mother treated him like a King and I don't think he can function in any other way.  Oh I'm just having a moan, as like all of us, feel a bit cheesed off with groundhog day!

Have a good day everyone, and counting down the days until at least I can go and buy fabric!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Easter Monday 5th April
« on: April 05, 2021, 11:50:09 AM »
Looked out of the window this morning (without specs!) and I thought I saw a few pigeon feathers floating - put specs on, it was snow, that got fatter by the moment, wind blowing a gale.  Went to do horses, temp was 2.5C - with a wind chill of -5! Awful - poor mare had got her rug blown right over her head - she looked like a frilled lizard! Sun is out now, but still very windy and very cold!  Feel very sorry for those who had booked to see outdoor friends today - wind is so hard you can hardly stand up!

Boredom is striking again - fed up with the same old chores over and over again, want to sew but not got fabric for anything - waiting for some stuff from Empress mills, and telling myself that shops will be open for fabric buying next monday - whoopee!

Supposed to be making headway with the end of the two year course assessment piece, but only done a test run on scraps  so far.  I think I know what stuff I want, but buying somethings online has led to disappointment, so I'll have to wait!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 3rd April
« on: April 03, 2021, 13:56:49 PM »
Absolutely livid with an eBay seller.  Bid for, and 'won' a Bernina bobbin case.  Fine - the postage charge was a little hefty, but it said 'One day Packlink' at £7.39.  A bit expensive I thought, but never mind, only paid £6 for the bobbin case. It arrived today (one week after winning it) not via Packlink, but via Royal mail with a second class stamp on it, in a much used envelope with more sticky tape than paper!  I have sent him a message asking for a refund of the extra postage, and will escalate it if he doesn't play ball.  I'm hoping it was a genuine mistake, but I have taken photo of his invoice and the wretched envelope!

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: My problem or Elvistoos
« on: March 24, 2021, 12:23:02 PM »
Having completed that huge 'Golden Tapestry' I can contribute the following!
1.Kingstar metallic thread is by far the best, I have used over 2000 metres of the stuff with never a breakage or a twist.
2.  I use it on one of those 'Prym' metal thread stands, and stand it at least a metre away from the machine - this stops the thread twisting which sometimes leads to breaking.  It can be a bit sniffy if you use it on the machine spool holder.
3. I use metallic thread needles.  You will find the needle hole is longer, usually made of 'harder' material as the speed and friction of the thread can sometimes 'saw' into the needle hole and make little nicks.
4.  I use Brother embroidery bobbin thread - is fine but strong.
5. Slightly loosen the tension.

On a creative stitch course I did, we had to compare metallic machine threads, and Kingstar came out ahead, for being easy to use.

Hope this helps.

Three for lucky me!  Two delightful ones from @Kad who must have been using a drone to spy on me!  I have Buff Sussex bantams which are the same as the lovely hen, and I also have three cats!

Also a lovely one from @Iminei too

Loving the ones on display - there are some super clever people out there!

Vintage Machines / Re: Vintage Singer Belts
« on: March 16, 2021, 10:49:15 AM »
I second Helen Howes!

Why do they have to have such dreadful music to accompany them?  And as for stitch in the ditch...well, pick a ditch, any ditch you like!  What a fat seam as well!  I didn't watch the whole video either!

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Gift Bag
« on: March 12, 2021, 11:08:40 AM »
That's really lovely - I think the colours are fantastic! 

Vintage Machines / Re: Advice on a 401
« on: March 11, 2021, 12:49:00 PM »
I have repaired horse rugs on mine, which also involves sewing through layers of webbing, and it coped absolutely fine - I sometimes have to give the 'hand wheel' a bit of a shove, but I have never had had a problem with it being slant shank, or  had broken needles.  The only downside was not being able to lift the foot any higher than I would have liked.

Mine has arrived and it is delightful! All will be revealed at the later date.  About halfway through making mine at the mo!

Vintage Machines / Re: Advice on a 401
« on: March 03, 2021, 11:15:04 AM »
I had a 401G which I stupidly sold about a year ago.  It was a fantastic machine, fast, solidly made and a beautiful stitcher.  It isn't particularly user friendly, but when you do get used to it, its marvellous!.  It did the best satin stitch of any machine I have ever had (and boy, have I had a lot!)

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Free motion embroidery
« on: February 23, 2021, 19:27:30 PM »
I drew the design onto a piece of old sheet with a water erasable pen, backed it with some iron on stabiliser and hooped it into a wooden hoop.  I use a zig zag stitch, length 0 and width 3, and move the hoop in a side to side motion.  I hold the hoop very lightly and try to remember to breathe!

Embroidery and Embellishment / Free motion embroidery
« on: February 23, 2021, 13:59:24 PM »
Just a little sample of free motion embroidery wot I have been playing with!

If I have been doing any quilting via free motion, I use Simthread - never ever had a problem with it and I must have over 70 reels of the stuff! (Sewing Machines Direct sell it for £1.39 per 1000m reel)  I have had breakage problems with various reels of Guterman cotton for machine quilting.

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