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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sultry Saturday 8th August
« on: Yesterday at 18:25:59 »
@hernibs Glamorgan sausages are not meat ones.  They are made with breadcrumbs, leeks and cheese bound with egg.  Traditionally, mature Caerphilly is used (not the bland, white, crumbly stuff in supermarket vac packs) but I find they work well with mature cheddar.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sultry Saturday 8th August
« on: Yesterday at 08:49:33 »
Its warming up here, been up since 6.00, been out and done stuff and off to see mum in FoD today.  Ive just made some Glamorgan sausages to take for lunch with some home grown salad.
Have a good day everyone  :)

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In the wardrobe / Re: New Look 6107
« on: August 06, 2020, 21:26:56 PM »
I think yours looks great and a good fit.  I too have made this pattern and it wasn't quite right.  It was a bit too roomy at the front if I recall correctly and i found the V neckline too low.  Like you I don't normally wear V necklines.

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Vintage Machines / Re: A couple of 221k questions
« on: August 05, 2020, 14:14:40 PM »
Thanks @BrendaP I have sorted the tension by not actually doing anything.  The bobbin fell out of the case and I put it back in and now it is stitching beautifully.  I may have had the bobbin in the case back to front because I know that the thread clicked into the slot when I first put it in.
I saw that you had recommended replacing the bulb with an LED on an old thread so I will do that.

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The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 05, 2020, 14:09:41 PM »
I have some Kai scissors with 3" blades (that's 3" from the pivot point - don't know how they're officially measured but they're 7" from handle to tip)
They are finely serrated and they are my most used scissors.  They cut right to the tips and are brilliant for notches and cutting out small stuff.
I find the most important thing with big scissors is how comfortable the handles are because I have crappy hands.

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Once you get to sewing rows together there's enough fabric to do some judicious stretching and shrinking to accommodate any small discrepancies in piecing.  Very, very occasionally I might re sew a bit of a seam if it just isn't going to play ball.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 5th August.
« on: August 05, 2020, 12:08:40 PM »
Ooh, lovely colours!
It's a dark, windy but reasonably warm day here and not raining.  We've just had the builder here, they're starting work on Monday week but will probably be here before that to put up scaffolding and do some preliminary work.  I need to get outside and move the stuff that's against the walls of the house and finish the reshuffling of rooms in preparation.  My sewing will now be confined to a small strip along one wall of what has been my sewing room in order to make room for the  office bits.  When it's all finished I should have a new, much larger sewing room - I bagged it from the architect's drawings and, bless him, he labelled it on the drawings as sewing / craft room so there can be no dispute  :)

O seem to have been a bit cakeless recently so I think I will go and make something.
Have a good afternoon everyone

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Vintage Machines / A couple of 221k questions
« on: August 05, 2020, 11:08:10 AM »
This is my first foray into here I think.  You may or may not have seen my post in the cafe yesterday about the gorgeous Featherweight that my husband presented me with.  It would appear from the exterior condition to have been used very little or by someone who took extreme care.

It was sold as having had a replacement motor (time of replacement unknown) and I can see that all the wiring and possibly the foot pedal are new.  I've had a look at the innards that are all clean and fluff and dust free.  The belt is new. I have run it just for a couple of short lines of stitching but want to oil it before trying it in earnest.  I have the instruction book and can see that there are a zillion places for oil.

I have discovered, thanks to posters here, the Singer Featherweight Shop website and can see that there are tutorials and videos covering just about everything.

I have a couple of questions
Motor  The manual says that the motor should have a lubricant down two holes on the top - there is an original, unused tube of lubricant in the box.  However, the motor has been replaced and there are no holes for lubricant.  DH says that it is a sealed unit that doesn't need lubrication.  Does this sound ok?

Thread tension  On my stitching sample the top thread tension is too tight.  I have checked that I have it correctly threaded through the tension discs.  I have read that you should start by getting the bottom tension correct first.  When I hold the bobbin thread the bobbin / case drops very fast which would suggest to me that the bobbin tension is too loose.  Before I fiddle with bobbin tension, is there any common top tension problem that I may need to fix first?

Needles  There are 2 packets of new needles with the machine but they are all size 16.  Where can I get needles?

Thread Stand Is it normal on these machines to use a thread stand for cross wound reels of thread?

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunny Tuesday 4th August
« on: August 04, 2020, 11:23:13 AM »
Good morning, it's dull and grey and a bit chilly and spitty here.
I'm pleased to say that the recumbent ewe of yesterday morning responded well to my interventions and is now grazing in the plot opposite the house.  I, on the other hand, have very nettle stung forearms and a very black and bruised hand from getting it caught between said sheep and the side of the trailer.

It's another 'not sure what to do' day today.  I had a good clean up of the kitchen yesterday but after cooking my cured ham it seems to be back to square one.  I also did all the washing yesterday so I think that's the  h*******k quota done for this month  :)  I might get out and do some weeding if it doesn't rain - it's looking a bit jungular outside the office window.
Have a good day everyone.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Indian block print shirt
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:47:29 AM »
I would be happy to be seen with you in that  :)

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Alternatively you could do it in quilt piecing fashion.
A rectangular strip of the purple top and bottom.  A rectangular strip for the middle with the pink in the centre and a purple bit at each end.  Then join the 3 strips together.
Make sure you add a bit for the seam allowances so that it doesnt end up too small.
No snipping, no puckering, just straight seams.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 3rd August
« on: August 03, 2020, 09:43:43 AM »
Very autumnal this morning.  I always looked on August as summer before I moved here but here August 1st is the beginning of autumn.
It's drizzling now which is good because I found an old ewe down with mastitis on my rounds.  DH isn't here today, 2 of my neighbours are on holiday and the 3rd is with his partner who is giving birth in hospital.  So, I'm on my own and the ewe is heavier than me so I can't move her.  I've given her a hefty dose of antibiotics and anti inflammatory and am keeoing my fingers crossed that it stays cool.  Of course, she had to be lying in a patch of particularly tall and vicious nettles so I now have nettle stings up my arms.

I'm really not sure what I'm doing today.  I'm in a bit of a limbo waiting for builders to arrive.  I don't want to clear too much until I know when they're coming.  I must be getting quilt itch.  I keep finding myself looking at quilts on t'internet.

Have a good day everyone.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 1st August
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:18:42 AM »
Piddlin' down here @Acorn no fog though but we don't really get fog here.

@Bjay does Pippin generally like treats / morsels?  A tip I was given was to have two bits - the first with the tablet concealed and then a second bit.  Make sure the dog can see that there is a second one to come and they will wolf down the first one so they don't miss out.  It certainly works well when there are two dogs as they don't want the other dog to have it.

It's going to be indoor stuff for me this morning - I've already got wet doing the rounds of the sheep with the dogs.  I've got an order for jars of honey from the little shop that sells some of mine so I need to get some in jars.  I will be very careful not to leave the tap on the bucket open this time!!

Have a good day everyone.

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House Beautiful / Re: Finished Tuffet
« on: July 28, 2020, 21:53:43 PM »
What does the kit consist of if there's no fabric?
You've mentioned a big needle and feet, what else?

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Yes, I think it is the grippy stuff though I cant tell if it makes a lot of difference.  I got self adhesive silicon rings for my rulers.  I made sure I placed them with the hole in the middle of the ring over a point where 2 inch lines crossed.  I have never found them obscuring a mark that I needed.

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