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Today... / Re: Thursday 16th January
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:43:14 AM »
Morning all!

Very windy and wet here again today. Yuck.  :(

Might attempt some food shopping later this morning and then it’s ‘homework club’ after school for DS and his 2 pals. Thankfully, I made a big pot of Spag Bol in the pressure cooker yesterday so I’ll just need to warm it up for their tea and then I can get on with other stuff.

Hope the weather’s not as bad where you are.

Today... / Re: Monday 13th January
« on: January 13, 2020, 16:07:14 PM »
I rather like the idea of ending my days in Thailand. Doesn’t sound bad at all!

Maybe @Manuela might consider slightly amending her Plan B to also run a home for retired TSP-ers  :thread: in Thailand, a bit like the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel....?

I have an older friend here who spends her winters (from October to April) in the Canary Islands to avoid the worst of the cold weather and illnesses. She says it costs her little more than she’d spend on living here and heating her bungalow.  :o

Today... / Re: Monday 13th January
« on: January 13, 2020, 09:48:39 AM »
Morning all!

@Ploshkin I feel sorry for my chickens as they don’t know whether to shelter under the coop or inside it.  :(
It’s Storm Brendan and there’s an Orange weather warning today and gale force winds blowing a hoolie here at the moment and it’s not due to subside until later this evening. I want to go shopping to buy milk as I’ve got less than a pint left but I don’t fancy driving in this. There are lots of trees on the 5 mile journey to town and I’d be worried about one coming down and landing on the car, like you see in the movies.  :S

It’s definitely worse in the North West though. I don’t think it’s too bad where @wrenkins and @hernibs are?

Sorry to hear about your health problems @Silver Rose. Hope they can prescribe something that will help.

The Show Must Go On / Re: Dancing on Ice - sparkle on ice!
« on: January 07, 2020, 09:39:04 AM »
Some excellent skating for the first week and some lovely skating costumes although none with more sparkle than Jayne's dress.  Any inspiration there for you?

I love watching Dancing on Ice. I think it’s because I’ve followed Jayne & Chris since they started to become well known when I lived in Notts, just before they won the Europeans. I haven’t watched this week’s episode yet but it’s recorded.
When I do get around to watching it, I will try to pay more attention to the costumes.

I also admire anyone who’s learning to skate when they’re over 40. They’re very brave in my view. The falling over would shock me too much, I think.  :|

Sadly, despite a few attempts, I can’t get into Strictly. I find the whole programme quite annoying but I’m not really sure why as I love watching dancing at the theatre, a traditional ballet or modern dance performance.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Can someone check my pattern for me please?
« on: January 06, 2020, 09:52:44 AM »
No such luxury unfortunately. As usual I’ll probably do my usual of improvise a solution somehow

Initially, I used a red sharpie pen and drew a line down the centre of the clear plastic foot that made it easier to follow and match up to any lines you’re following on the fabric. Obviously, this probably won’t work if you’ve got a metal foot though.

Tutorials / Re: Any YouTube channels aimed at men?
« on: January 04, 2020, 19:05:56 PM »
I sew using my hands, foot and a sewing machine.  :sew:  :)

I don’t think our reproductive organs are relevant to being able to sew well or how much enjoyment you might get from sewing, but maybe I’m wrong on that one?  :S

The Haberdashery / Too much choice - thread!
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:15:05 PM »
Are there some basic rules about threads? I’ve tried searching but I think I’m using the wrong terms, possibly?

I’d bought some embroidery threads (pretty colours!) and used them to pep up my basic mug mats etc. that I made for Xmas presents but I found them breaking constantly on my more expensive Juki although they sewed ok on my much cheaper Brother machine. I used the same thread for the bobbin as I used on the top, before anyone asks.  :)

It got me thinking and I wondered if there is a useful guide someone can point me too that explains about different types of threads and their uses?

I was reading some US pages and they included various brandnames of thread (many I’d never heard of) and disparaging Gütermann, which I thought was a top brand, plus used a numbering system that I’ve not seen either

It’s all rather confusing... :S

Today... / Re: The first birthday thread of the year
« on: January 01, 2020, 08:24:50 AM »
Happy Birthday @JillH and @Hibernogirl

Hope you have a lovely day ladies.  :cake:  :toast:

Today... / Re: January 1st 2020 - Happy New Year
« on: January 01, 2020, 08:23:35 AM »
Happy New Year folks!  :toast: :drink:

It’s our annual New Year’s Day Party later so I busy finalising stuff and a quick hoover around.

Hope you have a great start to the New Year, and a safe trip back, @Manuela

Sewing Machines / Re: Giving beginner sewing lessons
« on: December 26, 2019, 12:12:23 PM »
I haven’t taught anyone to sew but ideas you might like to consider are:

1. Sewing a simple envelope cushion cover
2. Make an apron. Cut out a simple apron pattern and hem the edges. Attach a central pocket and attach the straps - neck strap and ties.
3. Make a bowl cozy or mug rug. Learning about using wadding/interfacing and simple quilting stitches.
4. Sew a simple elasticated skirt or trousers from a pattern.

Madetosew on YouTube is very good. She demonstrates and explains the steps well.

Current Projects / Re: Christmas tree skirt
« on: December 22, 2019, 08:40:04 AM »
That’s absolutely gorgeous. And why not with an artificial tree?  ;)

Did you follow a pattern?
I’d love to make something like that but I’d need detailed instructions as I’m not experienced enough to wing it by myself.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: We have winners....
« on: December 15, 2019, 10:40:26 AM »
Congratulations to both of you.  :cake: :toast:
Fabulous creative work.  :thread:
Very inspirational to peeps like me.

Vintage Machines / Re: An introduction to Jonesy
« on: December 12, 2019, 17:52:57 PM »
Each item on its own looks fabulous but the two together look really special. 

In the wardrobe / Re: Christmassy garment needed fast!
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:23:19 AM »
School said the same thing regarding my son’s nativity play and his last Christmas jumper is far too small so I sewed some battery operated lights onto his black sweatshirt and a little pocket on the inside to hold the battery compartment.
This was taken last night at a distance but you can see him quite clearly.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: FOR SALE 10 Bobbins
« on: November 25, 2019, 09:27:19 AM »
My brother bobbins are measured in mm not inches.
11.5mm height.

Could you re-do the pics using a metric tape measure?

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