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I have many back copies of Threads, and wouldn't part with any.

If computers needed so much human intervention,  they wouldn't be so popular.

Acorn, I always make notes as I go along in pencil in the manual. Info for a single step is often spread across the manual. It was only after I got to grips with my Bernina 1300DA,  that I realised it was the manual from hell, not the machine.
Watching any online videos helps.

Rotary cutter- to sharpen,  you can fold a few layers of aluminium foil, put that on your rotary cutting board, then run the cutter up and down on it.

Publications / Re: Sewing magazine sold in the U.K.?
« on: June 04, 2019, 15:16:09 PM »
Burda is a monthly pattern magazine, so is Ottobre. I prefer Ottobre (it's less frequent) as it is more informal. You have to trace off from both.
Threads is an American magazine (quarterly I think) with sewing pattern reviews and technique articles. There are lots more aimed at younger beginner sewers, often containing patterns in envelopes. 

Hand Sewn / Re: Sashiko update
« on: June 03, 2019, 09:02:12 AM »
Thanks Celia. Can you visit your friend and try out something small (like stitching on napkins) to get a feel of how much you would use it? It is a big, heavy, expensive machine.

Hand Sewn / Re: Sashiko update
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:36:17 AM »
Machine update- I set up my Babylock Sashiko machine yesterday, determined ro master it. Well, after three hours of making a dozen stitches then the thread  breaking,  I took a break and watched their demo. Tried again, longer run but still thread breaking. I am using the cheap polyester that works on all my orger machines. Any suggestions?

Fun with Fabric / Re: Where to buy border prints and best uses?
« on: May 29, 2019, 20:07:29 PM »
Saris, although they may be  a bit lightweight for what you want.

In the wardrobe / Re: recutting and using scraps - ideas?
« on: May 27, 2019, 15:48:54 PM »
I am going to make a sewing machine cover.

In the wardrobe / Re: recutting and using scraps - ideas?
« on: May 27, 2019, 14:07:39 PM »
I am using scraps to make Boro fabric.
You can google pics. I also got out a library book on it called Wabi Sabi.

In the wardrobe / Re: The inspiration/knock-off thread
« on: May 25, 2019, 15:08:17 PM »
Manuela- oops, I forgot to add, later slipping into your silken pyjamas and reclining on the balcony sipping gin slings.....
(I have a pattern for Singapore pyjamas- they sound most improbable, mostly consisting of circle shapes).

In the wardrobe / Re: The inspiration/knock-off thread
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:59:48 AM »
Manuela, do you have an amazing social life that you are keeping quiet about, or do you merely change four times a day, for meals?

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Morning!
« on: May 24, 2019, 15:17:24 PM »
Mens clothing is a lot easier to fit, since they mostly have fewer 3D curvy bits. Your first step is accurate body measurements- Burda have a checklist that you can choose your closest pattern size from.

In the wardrobe / Re: Machine Guidance
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:58:45 AM »
Take a trip to Cribbs Bristol and visit John Lewis. You can get a basic machine for under £200. I would pick one that does variable stitch width and length. Their own make is Janome, a good brand.They sometimes have sales.
Hobbycraft is also there and does other makes.
Check out machine reviews on Patternreview.
Fabricland in central Bristol sells cheap poly menswear fabric if you want to try making trousers- when you are happy with the fit, you can splash out on better fabric.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Copying
« on: May 23, 2019, 13:48:14 PM »
Once you get rid, you think of a use. So true! I just stopped myself clearing out my hoard of plastic veg nets (come with lemons etc) when I thought I could use them in bunting as a layer under fabric flags.

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