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Lovely as they are they are too heavy for what I want, but I have never seen so many for sale at the same time, particularly on FB, there must be about six or seven.  I even saw one 20 miles from me and despite the fact that it would be lovely to have, lots of kg too much to heave up the stairs.

Bargains for some though.

House Beautiful / Kitchen seat covers
« on: April 24, 2021, 13:15:47 PM »
They have lasted quite well but mine has now split and gone a bit flat on the internals.  DH's has lasted longer or I thought so, but he'd switched with another.

So on the hunt, they are rounded kitchen chairs on the end and before we've gone for the buttoned ones.  Has anybody bought any that they consider really good buys. I'm not too enamoured with going with William Morris covers (Scotts of Stow) at an extortionate price and then finding the innards collapse, when Dunelm might be just as good.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Horn Cutting Out Table
« on: April 18, 2021, 12:43:44 PM »
I'm looking for the lightweight one as it will be going upstairs and neither of us are spring chickens now.  However, somebody else might be interested:

Patterns Discussion / Waffle new pattern
« on: April 09, 2021, 11:24:19 AM »
I do like skirts but not quite sure about this:

In the wardrobe / Pattern overload
« on: April 05, 2021, 16:21:20 PM »
I think it is my brain that has got overloaded.  I've jumped from doing  a pattern where everything was set out as to what to do in a logical manner to starting something where you start off doing the faffy bits first.  I cut out then got some fabric for a top and left it to do the top.  Top now ready for a bit of coverstitching so I started thinking about the faffy pattern.

I've got the printed instructions off (Waffle) and rifled through until I got to a bit I wanted to do.  I've actually done this pattern before but I'm sure I never had this problem.  I really don't want to interface the fiddly bits until I get to them, I want to do the juicy bits first.  To me starting the body is the bit you start with, followed by the other bits, not interfacing the bottom band which doesn't go on until much later or the sleeve cuffs, ditto.

Just having a whinge.

In the wardrobe / When hoarding new stuff is not good
« on: March 29, 2021, 11:47:56 AM »
Last week DH asked me  for a safety pin, I didn't ask what for, not that interested.  This morning ironing boxers I came across a pair of new ones with the safety pin in at the waist.  When washing the week before I'd missed a pair at the bottom of the bin so he was a pair short and had to get a new pair out :faints:

Serves him right.  Which means that the other new hoarded is all too big.  Silly boy.

Machine Accessories / Milward Thead rack
« on: March 28, 2021, 15:48:22 PM »
I must admit I'm quite impressed with this.  I had earlier bought a cheap plastic one, which I intend to use downstairs.  It was okay but felt a bit lightweight so went for this:

I was surprised at how well made it is and unlikely to fall over.  Once kitty's had a look he generally doesn't bother anymore, not on his patch.   

Not so hot on 1000 meters though

I store them normally in Art Bin satchels but then I fetch them out and am too idle to put them back so they had accumulated in varies little plastic boxes.  I had a fall out with myself recently because I'd got that much behind the machine it was impeding fabric movement.  So I had a crack down.

In the wardrobe / The Jacket
« on: March 28, 2021, 15:36:23 PM »
Finally finished about three weeks ago, when I just stuffed away after 74 hours of work.  Towards the end I was not enjoying it because I was getting fed up of it.  Anything else I would probably have moved on and gone back later.  I just shoved in a plastic bag without even pressing it.

I cheated on the buttonholes, I didn't have the right thread and I had spent so much on it I did not want to spend anymore (perfection is overrated to me).  A machine one would have been too perfect so I did another way, on the reverse of the fabric, so you can just see it, which I like  better.  I ran out of lining because of the way I had cut it in oblongs, so I got another, which did not match but I wasn't in the mood for searching through emails to see where it had come from.

The toile for the sleeves was  too wide and too long so I reduced but left the length, which was a good job, from being level with my ring they are now about an inch above my wrist, which I think is how it was meant to be.  Most of it was just slow, steady and tedious as the only machine part was the outside seams.  I'm pleased with how it turned out but not in the market for making another. Kitty has made an appearance, they can always tell when you are 'doing' something.

Fun with Fabric / Fabric - Wait or buy now
« on: March 27, 2021, 10:37:13 AM »
I've bought the pattern, I know I have other stuff to make so it might be end of this year or next before it gets made, if at all.  I look for fabric, just looking of course, see some I like.  So do I buy now, prices could go up or leave it

What would you do?  My fabric 'store' is around 50 meters at the moment, most of that is in smaller amounts of 1 or 1.5 meters.

In the wardrobe / A rescue that went wrong
« on: March 24, 2021, 18:15:37 PM »
Things were going so smoothly on my new dressing gown, until Tuesday, I ironed the bottom where I like a coloured band on, halfway through I stopped and adjusted it.  Next thing I had a hole in the top side of the lining fabric I was using doubled up.  Not the one I usually use which I think would have survived.

Overnight I considered, take off, insert a piece or put another band on top, which I went with; stitched ready, wasn't right so another try, still not right (on the other side).  So I've gone for the next option.  I picked the scissors up and cut the lot off and consoled myself, wasted work with the fact that it was longer that I wanted it to be and now it would be just right.

I hate wasted sewing hours.

Sewing Machines / Expression 2
« on: March 09, 2021, 16:40:10 PM »
Yet another penny dropped today.  I was going through all the stitches today on some scrap fabric in preparation for selling.  The basting stitch has never worked for some reason.  Now I know why, when it says manually change the stitch length, you actually have to lift the leaver up and move the machine :laughing:    I was trying to alter the length on the panel.  Another didn't seem to work until I noticed that you had to manually press reverse leaver when you wanted to change distance.  Yet another one was going backwards, which it's supposed to do, if I'd looked properly on the screen.
There was a quilting stitch which just appeared like a normal stitch, I haven't fathomed that out yet, is it different when it gets on quilting fabric. :rolleyes: Who knows.

Went through the buttonholes and got a dodgy one, no thread in the bobbin, which it doesn't tell you, but tells you if you are not starting in the right place.  Second one didn't finish off and was a bit bent, which was probably me, I wasn't sitting straight on the chair and as I've never used this particular buttonhole before, it's either not working or didn't like the scrap of denim fabric with a funny finish (which brought my neck out in a rash).

Anyway the rest works fine, maybe just needs an expert in charge and not a plonker :laughing:

Sewing Machines / Pfaff Expression 710
« on: February 28, 2021, 15:12:49 PM »
I kept my hands off it yesterday or nothing would get done.  So today I had a mini clean up after the old one had been moved, got the brush out and swept that much 'dust' that it made me cough.  The bottom of my Purelight weights a ton, well 7kg, so I repositioned that before bringing the machine on. I'd brought it upstairs in two goes with an overnight 'rest' on the little landing.

I was going to finish off what I was  doing with the old machine, which looked a bit forlorn now sitting with no table on, but what's the point of that when you have shiny new although to be honest the old one still looks new, I take care of them.

Although I like  to read instructions first, unlike DH,  with sewing machines they all seem to follow the same format in threading.  Well I got as far as the top hook and could I heck as get it to come down the right side.  Got there in the end and then the bit of a shock, I just assumed it would still have a presser foot lever it doesn't.  So I carried on, I even threaded the needle,  which was a shock, I've only ever mastered the Pfaff Select one, that it does it first time.  Got my test fabric in and started, and got this little message about a low bobbin, well it would wouldn't, there wasn't one in.

I got the shout for coffee, which I normally make in an afternoon ,and left it sitting pretty.

I love the purple, I thought it might be too much but since I always sew with the lid up the white of that tones it down.  I think we are going to be very happy.

Anyway I've packed the box away with  all its packing ready for when I've had it too long, want to upgrade  and I need to sell it   :laughing:

Optimism is my middle name. :)

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