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In the wardrobe / 2 new tops
« on: April 01, 2018, 18:47:08 PM »
The Jane  from style arc and the Addison from Seam works are now finished
Been of work this week so dusted off the machine first time in ages due to various factors but need new tops and new trousers

In the wardrobe / Re: Duh !!
« on: March 18, 2018, 15:39:28 PM »
Thanks, been a tough few months but getting there. Looking forward to finding my way around the forum again

In the wardrobe / Duh !!
« on: March 18, 2018, 15:10:49 PM »
I haven't done any sewing for a very long time combination of a new job and my thyroid problem and lupus both deciding to have a party at the same time !

Anyway starting to feel more human and getting used to the new job demands so decided to make up the Jane overshirt  from StyleArc that I have had ready for ages. It's a pretty straightforward shirt  pattern - or would be if my brain was in full gear! Just have the button holes and cuff to do and was pressing the sleeve when I realised I had the back piece back to front !! With the wrong side of the fabric out. :angry:

It's quite prone to fraying and as I have machine sewn the yoke using the Burrito method I really can't be bothered unpicking the whole thing which is what I would have to do and figure mean as I didn't notice until I was pressing it nobody else will  ;)

Next question is will my ever increasing tummy fit in it - combination of huge weight gain thanks to thyroid and inability to exercise because of the lupus - if not I will just leave the bottom couple of buttons open.  Hopefully will get the buttons this week and get it finished

I have the Brother 750e and although to be honest I don't use it as much as I probably should it is very easy and I have never had any issues with it.

Software there are various packages available I use embriallance stitch artist - mainly because I am a MAC user and choice is very limited but it is modular so you only need to buy those modules you need, I have done very simple original designs but I have also used it to edit purchased designs

Designs there are literally thousands  of sites where you can purchase designs at very reasonable cost and quite often they will have free designs available as well. You can also buy CD's with designs on Anita Goodesign has some beautiful ones which can be made up into quilts

Hoops you can get compatible hoops at GUR which are what I use, you can "split" a design (if you have the software) which means you can do larger designs with smaller hoops all be it that it can be a bit fiddly

Threads these can work out very expensive because of course you "have" to have all the colours but again there are alternatives to the named brands out there embroidery4you sell brilliant threads

Stabiliser you will need various types for different fabrics but this is fairly easy to get hold of

The 800e is the updated version of the 750e with a colour screen I haven't  seen one in action so can't comment on it but it sounds as if the screen is better and there are more on machine editing options than with the Brother 750e

The Haberdashery / Re: Embroidery thread
« on: June 11, 2017, 09:07:18 AM »
I've been using Simthread (from Doris Darby at I think that's what the website is).  It's so much cheaper than Madeira etc, and seems to work fine for me.

I use that as well and find it really good, as good as any of the "branded" threads

Website is

( think there was an "r" missing from your link Bodgeitandscarper)

In the wardrobe / Re: Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 06, 2017, 18:30:27 PM »
love the shell stitch finish what a brilliant idea

In the wardrobe / Re: Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 05, 2017, 21:04:55 PM »
I tried this, but the armholes and sleeves were so tight it's unwearable.  I found the neck was also far too wide and very low too.  It's now had the sleeves cut out and awaiting binding around the enlarged armholes.

 I made the adjusted fit version which is wider in the arms than the original I think I could have used the original but I do like the fit of this around my arms. I'm just wondering if the original fit is narrower across the shoulders which would help with fitting I will have to print that version of and try it

In the wardrobe / Re: Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 05, 2017, 20:24:16 PM »
Still need to do the hems and give the neck another good press

( don't look at the mess )

In the wardrobe / Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 05, 2017, 17:19:17 PM »
I have been looking for a v neck loose fitting top for a while and last night found this one and I am summing it's very popular by the number of reviews available.

Love that you can just print the size(s) you need and have more or less finished it in a couple of hours just need to do the hems

I used a grey cotton jersey I had in my stash and made the short sleeve version and I really like it and better still it fits and doesn't look like a sack. It's a tiny bit wide on the shoulders but everywhere else is fine I may try grading the next size down or I may just see if it bothers me when I am wearing it

Patterns Discussion / Re: Fitting and ease
« on: June 05, 2017, 12:17:28 PM »

- back lenght ( from poking bone on bottom neck - sorry, dunno what it's called :D but it sort of pokes out on everyone to waist)

Spinous process of seventh cervical vertebrae or C7  0_0 0_0

Sorry the radiography clinical Tutor in me coming out there  0_0

That's a really useful list thank you

Sewing Machines / Re: Which sewing machine
« on: June 04, 2017, 01:59:03 AM »
Thanks for the advice, I was just looking at a Husqvarna 690Q but I will do my homework. I have a shop that's local to me that you can try out the sewing machine so that might be worth a visit.

I have that one and have been very pleased with it sews really well - apart from today when it was playing silly beggars but that turned out to be my fault - the throat is quite wide I have done straight quilting (straight lines is my limit at the moment)  on a double quilt with no problem.  There are enough stitches to keep you going for ever including some quilting ones and the automatic buttonhole is very easy. I would get the extension table at th same time if you are mainly using it for quilting

The Haberdashery / Re: Swedish Tracing Paper - worth it?
« on: June 01, 2017, 22:24:55 PM »
Errr, Burka tracing paper, Didi?? You need a pattern to make a burka?  ;)

Message to self -- Read what you have typed before pressing submit  0_0 0_0

Fun with Fabric / Re: What have you bought?
« on: June 01, 2017, 21:44:51 PM »
I was in Abakahn this afternoon the little one in Chester on my way home from work. I needed 2 zips for some cushions I am making for 2 colleagues who are retiring both are Radiography lecturers and married to each other so 1 cushion has a skull embroidery and the other a hand. Whilst I was there I had to go and have a look downstairs at the fabric because it would have been rude not to and some navy dress polyester fabric just happened to come home with me, hoping to make a dress - that fits- this weekend. I just need 1 more stamp for my £10 voucher

The Haberdashery / Re: Swedish Tracing Paper - worth it?
« on: June 01, 2017, 21:34:41 PM »
I don't do tracing, though given my present apparent inability to get anything to fit, maybe I should
I always think there are thousands of patterns out there so if some miracle happens and I lose weight I can get a new one
I do have burka tracing paper I use it to fill in the gaps on various adjustments, I did buy a tracing wheel years ago don't think I've used it and not even sure where it is now

Patterns Discussion / Style Arc new pattern
« on: June 01, 2017, 18:30:49 PM »

This is more like my thing than the dress released earlier this week

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