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Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Overlocker?
« on: November 09, 2021, 12:11:49 PM »
This is where I was nearly 10 years ago!  I didn't want to spend a lot of money on an overlocker as they were a complete unknown to me, but I could see that they would be good for knits and seam finishing.

I went with a Singer from Lidl for £99. (Lidl have also got an overlocker in stock this week).  My machine was very good, but from other reports on this forum, other people weren't so lucky. I used it a lot and after five years or so decided to upgrade to a Juki654DE at just over £400 at the time.  I sold the Singer, which was still going strong. It had served its purpose as a starter machine.

I wouldn't get too excited about the 2-thread stitch.  When I tried it with the Singer it never worked satisfactorily as it relies on a little plastic spreader thingy, which keeps falling off.  When I bought the Juki, I asked about 2-thread stitching, saying what I'd found, and the dealer pretty much admitted that it doesn't ever work very well on any machine.  Maybe the TOL models are different. In any case I've found 3-thread or 4-thread work well for what I do.

My machine came with an elastic gathering foot which I haven't used to date.  It's still in the packet.  I don't use any additional feet, but your needs will depend on what you are intending to sew.

Threading is fiddly, but can be avoided much of the time by pulling threads through (loosen all tension dials, snip off the old threads near the cone, tie on your new threads to the tail and gently pull - you might need to rethread the needles if the knot doesn't want to go through the eye - then reset the tension).  When you do need to thread the machine from scratch, take your time, use the tweezers provided and do it slowly and methodically following the handbook and it will be fine, if sometimes exasperating!  YouTube can be a big help.

Generally I would say go for it if you sew knits.  An overlocker is a game-changer.

House Beautiful / Re: Refurbishing 1970s dining room chairs
« on: October 30, 2021, 12:22:18 PM »
Lakeland orange oil is good for improving the appearance of teak.
It smells good too!

Events / Re: The Great Tapestry of Scotland
« on: October 29, 2021, 22:36:47 PM »
That looks interesting, a different style altogether but similar concept.

Events / Re: The Great Tapestry of Scotland
« on: October 29, 2021, 21:05:25 PM »
The Borders area is a well-kept secret!

Events / The Great Tapestry of Scotland
« on: October 29, 2021, 18:35:08 PM »
Today I visited The Great Tapestry of Scotland at the new exhibition building in Galashiels. Read all about it here

It took me two hours to get round it all and that was despite a realisation halfway round that I needed to move faster to get round before closing time!  A second visit is definitely on the cards.

The tapestry was finished in 2013 and first displayed in Edinburgh, before it went on tour.  The new, permanent home in Galashiels was purpose-built (at huge expense) and only opened in August.  It consists of 160 linen panels, stitched by teams of community stitchers all over Scotland.  The work is stunning. 

A visit is highly recommended!  The Galashiels stop on the Edinburgh-Tweedbank railway is only 5 minutes walk from the exhibition and there are car parks nearby as well.

Technical Help / Re: Boiled wool coat - to line or not to line?
« on: October 07, 2021, 10:49:40 AM »
The coat was finished just in time for the cool spring and is back in use now. I didn't line it in the end and I'm happy with the result. To be more accurate, the pockets are lined, though the rest of the coat isn't! I made the 'no lining' decision after I'd done the pockets  :rolleyes: I'm hoping the lining will help keep the pockets from stretching out of shape.

It's not too scratchy as there's always a clothing layer between fabric and skin. The unlined sleeves are wide enough that there's no difficulty putting the coat on. As for warmth, it's a between-seasons coat and is warm enough for that. It's definitely more of a coat, rather than a cardi/'coatigan'.

In the wardrobe / Re: Ottobre Dress 10-5-21
« on: October 04, 2021, 17:08:24 PM »
Your version is so much nicer than the one in the magazine photo. It looks great on you!
My first reaction to the dress shown in the mag was the same as yours. The bodice seam looked too high and would be very unflattering. It cuts right across the bustline. Also that style of dress looks much better in a longer length. Your adjustments have been very successful.

Patterns Discussion / Re: McCalls 8121
« on: September 20, 2021, 18:15:17 PM »
I had to look hard at the line art and think even harder, but after all that, I think you're right, it does do up the 'man's' way. Somehow it isn't very obvious to me because of the zip and the diagonal fastening.

Definitely go with your personal preference.

Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: September 20, 2021, 18:01:51 PM »
What a beautiful dress! That is such an achievement, both in design and execution. It is a huge success.

Sewing Machines / Re: Janome DC3100 and or 7025? What's the better option?
« on: September 10, 2021, 17:10:37 PM »
Although I don't have any experience of the models you mention, I had this machine from John Lewis which was great for sewing through layers of upholstery fabric, as well as dressmaking. I sold it on very reluctantly after a big upgrade, but I've told the buyer that I'll have it back if she doesn't get on with it!  I was sad to see it go.  It is a sturdy, mechanical machine, controllable and dependable.

There are similar models available from Sewing Machines Direct which is a good online source.

You were wise to involve your wife in the decision and if you can go and try out some machines, it does help.  It's funny how some 'fit' the user better than others.  I wish you happy searching!

A Good Yarn / Re: Baby blankets
« on: September 06, 2021, 14:51:21 PM »
That's a lovely version of the corner-to-corner blanket. I like how you've used the colour with the white, it's very pretty.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Bridesmaids outfits
« on: August 29, 2021, 15:03:59 PM »
That's so pretty! I love the back detail.

In the wardrobe / Re: Grey wool skirt Simplicity K8128
« on: August 27, 2021, 18:53:49 PM »
Making good progress @Silver Rose! I know what you mean about the 'modern' zip feet. I prefer the older ones too. The slimmer design feels easier to use.

In the wardrobe / Re: Style Arc Clare trousers
« on: August 27, 2021, 13:58:03 PM »
Very nice trousers, I like the style, particularly for the warm weather. The tops go well too. I will be taking a look at the Style Arc site later!

 :thumbsup: Excellent! I'll look forward to hearing what you think of it.

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