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Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: We have a winner...
« on: October 18, 2019, 21:59:33 PM »
It arrived a couple of hours ago, via a neighbor from a few doors down the road.

The Post Office use our street as part of their "training route", and apparently trainee post people can't read house numbers properly.

We get quite a lot of other people's mail, and rely on other people to bring ours around when they can be bothered.

Anyway, it's here now, and a source of some considerable pride... ;)


Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: We have a winner...
« on: October 14, 2019, 21:02:46 PM »
Thank you all very, very much.

As a very inexperienced sewer, on a forum full of people who can actually sew, no one is more surprised about this than me.

I shall wear the badge with pride... :)

Mick's entry for the competition.

OK, a bit late to the party here, but I started a completely different project for the competition, and that went very, very wrong. My fault for choosing a raw material that was just too difficult for someone of my modest ability to work with.
So this was a bit of a last minute rush.

Raw material
DW gets these smocks issued by the place where she works.
She gets a new one every year, and they don't want the old ones back.

The project.
I've had this hat for ages. It's comfy and fits well, but it's falling to pieces.

Made the hat into a hat pattern.

And used the hat pattern to make a hat.
Sounds easy when you say it quickly...

I re-used the plastic peak stiffener, and the velcro strips from the original hat. The inner band came from the bits-and-bobs-box.
Bought the coverable button for the top, and the patch came free with a Bike magazine, some time in the 1980's. It's been on at least one denim jacket and a couple of pairs of jeans since, but is still in good nick, considering.

Access All Accessories / Re: Transformation Challenge
« on: April 06, 2019, 22:45:33 PM »
Thanks for the encouraging words, everyone.  0_0

Love the pockets in the cover. That’s a great idea.

Here’s mine. I just pop it on the machine when I’ve finished sewing. 
I used some left over fabric that I’d used to make shopping bags for my DIL’s.

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That is some pretty cool fabric.

The problem for me is that I don't have anywhere to leave my machine set up. I need to pack stuff away when I've finished using it. So the pockets are a real help in that respect.

Access All Accessories / Transformation Challenge
« on: April 04, 2019, 21:56:05 PM »
Sorry, was channeling a bit of a GBSB moment with that title... 8)

Anyway, back to reality.

When finally forced to admit that this sewing thing was not just a passing fancy, I thought I'd better get a slightly more "user friendly" sewing machine than the hand-cranked antique I had been using.
Ended up with a Singer HD 4423, which seems like a fine thing. Does everything I ask of it with no fuss.

However, for a machine that prides itself on being strong and well built, the cover that comes with it is frankly a bit of a surprise. Apparently made of J-cloth it looks like it should last for about 10 minutes.

So this seemed like the perfect time to steepen my own learning curve a little, by designing and making something from scratch.
This is how it turned out.
Has a cut out in the top for the handle, and pockets on the front for the mains lead and foot pedal.
Hardly the most technical of projects, but as I say, having never done anything like this before, I'm just surprised it actually fits the machine properly.

And the GBSB reference?
Well the outer is made from discarded restaurant napkins, the lining is from old pot-towels, and the pocket linings are industrial roller towel.
Cheapskate, me?
No, I prefer to think of it as "environmentally friendly". :D

Access All Accessories / Re: Momento Mori
« on: March 05, 2019, 10:24:40 AM »
@Mick I hope you've saved other bits of the jacket for your next project...........

Yes I did.
So does that mean I'm in danger of developing (whisper it quietly) a...fabric stash?  :o

Access All Accessories / Momento Mori
« on: March 04, 2019, 22:14:09 PM »

As I said in the Hi I'm New section, I am pretty much an absolute beginner at this sewing thing, so trying to get some simple projects done, just to find my feet.

So here goes...

I bought this jacket in the late 1970's, when I got my first motorbike, and was still using it until recently.
It's seen a lot of hard road miles, and more than a few adventures.
But to be honest it's had it's day. The leather is brittle and perishing in places, the pocket linings are long gone and many of the zips don't work anymore.

Still, it seemed a shame to just bin it, after all this time together.

So I downloaded the simplest wallet pattern I could find, salvaged the best bits of the leather, a bit of the quilted liner, and set about it.

It's far from perfect, the stitching is a bit wobbly in places, and some of the cutting could have been neater.
But it works, and it's the first faltering step along the road to getting better at this stuff.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Just another newbie.
« on: March 03, 2019, 00:01:00 AM »
Thanks for the welcome, everyone.

Welcome. I'd say the 66 is a pretty solid beast. Benefit of the electric machine is that one can use both hands to guide the fabric. I rarely use anything more than straight stitch and zigzag, what machine did you end up with?

Yep, to say that 66 is a hundred and one years old, and according to the guy I got it off, had spent the last forty years forgotten about in his late mothers attic, it's a remarkable piece of engineering. Don't think I'll ever get rid of it, just seems a shame I don't use it much now.

I got a Singer Heavy Duty. I can see myself sewing more denim and leather than fine fabrics, so it seemed like a decent choice. Don't know if the more experienced heads here would agree?

It's a clever machine, compared to the 66, and can do a lot of things I'll probably never need, but this is all a learning process for me, so figuring out what all the knobs and dials do is half the fun.  8)

Another welcome from me.  What sort of things do you think you might be making?

Well, I'm a long way off being skilled enough to make to make any kind of clothes, so sticking to "utility" items for now.
A cover for the sewing machine is the most ambitious project so far, and I'll admit to being ridiculously proud (and surprised!) that it turned out not to be a total disaster.   :)

Another welcome from me, on the other side of the planet.  Welcome to the swirling maelstrom that is sewing.  Its addictive, frustrating, satisfying and .... frustrating ..... all at the same time.

Ahh, right, so it's not just me then.  I certainly get the "frustrating" bit.
Never even heard of a seam ripper until I started this stuff. Now it get's more use than anything else... :|

BTW ...... in a couple of months, I will probably post a topic about preparing for xmas.  For some reason that surprises this bunch every year.    :devil:

Now there's a scary thought..."Why don't you make me something for Christmas..." :o

Welcome to TSP - and do tell us about what you are miking with your shiny new machine. :sew:

Don't worry, I'll probably be boring you all silly with my cack-handed attempts to waste perfectly good fabric, soon enough.  :[

Hi, I'm new... / Just another newbie.
« on: March 01, 2019, 22:21:31 PM »
Hi everyone,

my name is Mick and, much to my own surprise, find myself fascinated by the world of sewing.

It started with some leather items I got asked to make. I can't resist a challenge, so took the job on.
I got fed up with hand stitching the stuff pretty quickly, and started looking for a better way. What I ended up with was a 1918 hand-cranked Singer 66, very cheap off Ebay.

YouTube taught me how to set it up and use it, and together we rattled through the work in no time. The plan was to get rid of the thing as soon as the work was done.

Leather-work out of the way, I began to wonder what else a machine like that could be used for. And so began the slippery slope into fabric crafts.

I'm still pretty much baffled by it all, but keen to learn. To that end, I got myself a much more modern, and easier to use, machine. I've completed a few simple projects on it, but still suspect I'll be taking a lot more away from this forum than contributing.


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