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Tech Know How / Are we having site problems again?
« on: June 09, 2021, 15:20:13 PM »
It's running very slow again and when I click on some of the sections I keep getting "we cannot open the page because the connection was lost". It happened on
The Cafe,
Fun with fabric.
I'm having no problems opening the site, I tried a clean-up but it hasn't helped  :S.

Fun with Fabric / Ticking?
« on: June 01, 2021, 13:29:59 PM »
Does anyone know where I can get hold of some good quality cream/natural colour feather-proof ticking please? I don't really want the old fashioned striped stuff because the outer cushion covers are a shampagne colour and I don't want it to show through.
All of my scatter cushions are feather, I've tried covering the original pads with a second layer of waxed cotton cambric which was supposedly feather-proof (hmph) but a few feathers still manage to poke out.
Thank you in advance.

The Haberdashery / Guttermans thread.
« on: May 11, 2021, 19:14:38 PM »
I had a email from Minerva this afternoon saying there is 40% off Guttermans thread plus an extra 10% if you're a member of their club if anyone's interested.

I've been trying to have a shift round in my sewing room and found these, are they any good to anyone, all are uncut. I can't remember why I bought the pins but I'd say they are not really any good for dressmaking as they are quite thick.
All free for the price of the postage.

Amazing Fit K8258 gone
McCalls M7390  gone
New Look K6397  gone

Your Favourite Suppliers / Calico Laine
« on: February 03, 2021, 11:35:23 AM »
Has anyone used Calio Laine for online fabrics? I'd appreciate any feedback please  <3

Fun with Fabric / Question about cable jersey?
« on: January 09, 2021, 21:41:02 PM »
Has anyone used this,
I like this but am wondering if it runs like a hand knitted piece and if it pills. I've got very little time for sewing at the moment but I'm determined to find time to make a simple top and don't want to waste my energy, time or cash if it's going to end up in the bin after a couple of washes.
Thanks in advance  <3

In the wardrobe / Backing fabric?
« on: August 24, 2020, 09:08:22 AM »
I got an email this morning showing me this......

as a few of you know I don't quilt so I don't know if backing cotton is a heavy fabric or not but I like this and wondered if it's a suitable weight to make a top out of. I'm also a bit suspicious of the price for 100% cotton. Can anyone offer any guidance please  <3.
Thanks in advance.

Fun with Fabric / Fabric search?
« on: August 10, 2020, 19:28:53 PM »
Does anyone know where I can get some Labrador printed cotton fabric from please. I've searched all the places I can think of but all I've seen is boring black & white or multi breed prints 😪.

Sewing Machines / Embroidery machines?
« on: August 07, 2020, 18:05:10 PM »
I've just come into £500 I didn't expect and believe it or not I don't really know what to do with it soooo after seeing some of the fabulous things you do with them my thoughts are going to an embroidery machine, something I said I'd never buy 🤗. Can anyone help answer the following questions please?

1) do they have to be hooked up to a computer?
2) will I have to start learning graphics?
3) is £500 enough to get a decent one with?

I have used an industrial one but I only used to have to tell it what I wanted it to do, a techy bloke used to do the graphics for me. I don't think with everything I've got going on I could focus on learning graphics and I'm not sure I could be bothered to be honest.

Publications / Vogue business article.
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:49:57 PM »
Just stopped for a cuppa while I'm trying to clear my house of some of the crap that's built up in the house over the last year or so and having a browse around the web while I'm drinking it. I've stumbled across this and thought it might be interesting for some of the more curvy amongst us. Not sure which section it should go in so please admin can you put it in the right place for me, sorry if it's going to cause you work  :'(.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Logo' ribbons.
« on: June 04, 2020, 10:25:47 AM »
I know some of you like to put labels in your garments and when I saw this I thought about you. I don't sew professionally any more so have no need of labels so can't vouch for what they are like but if your interested perhaps you'd like to investigate the link.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Cotton for masks.
« on: April 27, 2020, 17:18:30 PM »
I've got some patterned cotton pieces left over from other projects, if anyone is making masks and can use them please let me know. I'm fairly sure they are cotton as I don't usually buy poly cotton. They are for free by the way.

In the wardrobe / Brushed jersey?
« on: April 06, 2020, 21:11:28 PM »
Has anyone used brushed jersey please, I've never seen it in the flesh and am wondering if say a medium weight would be any good for something like a lightweight cardigan or is it as stretchy as normal jersey.
Thanks in advance for any replies.

Technical Help / Open zip tip please?
« on: February 06, 2020, 22:04:09 PM »
Does anyone have a tip on how I can fix the fraying insert of an open ended coat zip please?
I really don't have time nor the very patience at the moment to strip the zip out and replace it (and that would be if I could find one long enough without it being chunky)  I like the coat a lot and don't really want to get rid of it. I haven't worn it much but sadly I've had it too long to return it.  I do vaguely remember reading a tip somewhere on how to make a temporary fix and thought I must remember that but can I heck as remember where or how  :S any help would be greatly appreciated.

Fun with Fabric / Why do I do it?
« on: January 14, 2020, 20:40:57 PM »
At the moment I'm really involved in some heavy family issues so can't find the time or concentration to sew, so yesterday I was out shopping and spotted some new double bed size BHS popcorn fleece throws for £5 each, what do I do but buy 2 pale cream/off white ones with the sole intention of making something like a dressing gown and maybe a top from them.
I know full well it's going to be months before I can get back to sewing and I already have enough stash to start a shop with so why have I done it  :S :ninja:

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