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Sewing Machines / Re: Free arm machine help please
« on: Today at 09:31:48 »
What about Elna, i seem to think they only have a small amount of space to the left. here is one on eBay

Sewing Machines / Re: help needed
« on: Today at 09:10:06 »
What thread are you using? The fraying sounds like a problem you get with using poor quality thread i.e. wooly polyester and have you checked the bobbin thread is coming of the right way?

A Good Yarn / Re: Crochet Hooks
« on: Yesterday at 18:09:51 »
Knitpro for me from my local wool shop here

@realale are the threads in the front of the photo suitable for an embroidery machine?

Fun with Fabric / Re: Silk Velvet - help!!
« on: Yesterday at 09:22:00 »
here is a useful article on sewing velvet. As @BrendaP says i would still cut out your pattern pieces in the same direction, it may not feel as if it has a nap but have you looked at the fabric from both directions, up and down, does it appear lighter/darker if it does then it has a nap. If the colour is exactly the same from which ever angle you look at it then there is no nap.
Good luck

Technical Help / Re: What size buttonholes?
« on: January 18, 2022, 09:23:17 AM »
I've usually seen instructions for using loops with toggles,  no button holes involved.
Yes, i have done loops many times but on coats and jackets, this is a cardy and not sure the loops will look right, i will try both methods on spare fabric and see which HE wants.

Technical Help / What size buttonholes?
« on: January 17, 2022, 14:27:08 PM »
OK, so the Newcastle cardy just needs buttons and HE has decided that he wants toggles   :S
The question is how do you work out how big to make the buttonholes? I have never used a toggle with a button hole before. these are the offending items. As you can see they are 50mm long, is that how long the button hole should be or would you make it the same as the diameter.

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:28:38 AM »
@annieeg will you use the Pfaff Creative as a duel machine or will you just use it in embroidery mode? If you use it as a duel machine your QE will become redundant and the price for the Creative seems reasonable. If you intend only to use the embroidery unit and keep your QE then it is quite an expensive buy. You can get Brother embroidery only machine for less than £1000 and you will still have your QE

In the wardrobe / Re: Emilie turtleneck to try out new overlocker
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:18:35 AM »
Nice job, certainly  doesn't look like "cheapo jersey". Re printing, you will probably find some were on all sites that sell PDF downloads that they will not print correctly from phones or I-pads.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Questions about silk
« on: January 14, 2022, 09:33:39 AM »
this is the advice The Silk Route give, a company i have bought silk from. However i have washed the fabric i got from them, initially a hand wash using a bar of natural soap but then the dress got mixed up with some other stuff and ended up in the machine on a wool wash. It washed ok. I wouldn't wash on a high temp or high spin and try not to wring the fabric out, it damages the threads.
I would do a colour test first, wet a small corner of the fabric and squeeze it between some white cloth (tea towel, towel etc.) if there is any residue of colour on the white cloth then it will not be colour fast.
Contact the company you bought it from because the roll of fabric should have a care label with it.

In the wardrobe / Re: My makes so far 2022
« on: January 11, 2022, 17:33:21 PM »
Looks beautiful!
Is it really all done this year? Fantastic, it's just a few days😲
To be honest apart from walking the dogs there is not much else to do in January, too wet/cold for the garden/allotment/boat and mum's care home has gone into lockdown due to staff with covid so no visiting.

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 11, 2022, 09:32:03 AM »
@annieeg have you said what is your budget? I cannot seem to see any mention of what you are thinking. It may help us to look/offer advice.

In the wardrobe / Re: My makes so far 2022
« on: January 11, 2022, 09:14:16 AM »
Half way through the Newcastle cardy for He Who Must Be Disobeyed. He saw the teal and black boucle wool on my table (was supposed to be a dress) and asked if it was for the cardy i have been promising him, how could i refuse  :[

In the wardrobe / My makes so far 2022
« on: January 10, 2022, 17:38:38 PM »
I am going to try and keep up with showing you my makes this year.
I have made 2 dresses and 2 gillets so far, all the fabric/zips have come from my stash. The gillets are a simple self drafted pattern that only takes 3/4 metre of fabric and lining.
The Elephant dress is B6241, which i have now made 4 times, each time taking up the excess fabric of the pockets. Not bad going considering i had this pattern up for sale and in the charity bag before i decided to have a go. I wasn't sure all that drapey fabric was me, but really love this pattern now. The fabric is a bubble crepe jersey that came from a destasher on eBay, a bargain at £5.
The red/navy dress is Dhurata Davies Maxine dress, i did have to redo this as it originally came out way to big. The fabric is Mind the maker jacquard jersey and at £18 a metre the most expensive fabric i have every bought. But you can certainly feel the quality and it sewed up a dream.

Sewing Machines / Re: Pfaff part lost!
« on: January 10, 2022, 17:00:32 PM »
@annieeg if you are using the machine without the blade etc then don't forget to untick the thread cutter function.

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