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The best bit of advice I got to help choosing colours was to find a fabric that you liked the colours of,  but not necessarily the pattern of. Then use the coloured circles,  ( can't remember what they're called  ), in the selvedge to assist in the choosing of other fabrics. I find this works well if you have access to fabrics that you can touch, but no use if they're on a screen.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Schmetz needles
« on: November 25, 2020, 15:20:04 PM »
I recently placed an order for a box (matchbox sized ) of 100 universal needles and a packet of 5 microtex needles from them. As Sochic says, prices were good and delivery was fast but in two separate packages  :facepalm:

Might be a daft question, but have you cleaned between the tension discs? My Janome is really fussy in this respect, but as long as I keep this area clean it seems happy enough - I use a length of dental floss with little knots every inch-ish to remove any debris.

Sewing Professionally / Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« on: November 18, 2020, 06:43:34 AM »
I don't take up trousers  or jeans, probably never have. We are all tall and find it increasingly difficult to buy jeans and trousers that are long enough, DD, 6'2" wears 37" inseam for instance so RTW trousers  needing taking up are very rare indeed. 😉 I am occasionally asked by friends to to do so, and it's usually urgent, but my reply is always that " I'll finish what I'm doing first and then take a look". They  seem disappointed that I'm not willing to drop everything to do them a favour so find some other ' mug' to  do the deed.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Binding Width
« on: October 25, 2020, 13:20:16 PM »
I never use double binding on a quilt, so I cut my binding at 1 3/8" - gives a nice tight narrow edge. If the design calls for a wider binding, I add a strip to the quilt border and do my tight narrow binding in the same colour. End result looks much the same.

I too use the Reader's Digest book, from  1976/7 - I was still at school, didn't take Needlework to O-level but my house tutor, also Needlework teacher, recommended it. A bit old fashioned, but so useful.

Technical Help / Re: Sewing stretch velour
« on: September 28, 2020, 11:24:18 AM »
I fought sewed stretch velour early this year and had a  similar experience. After much changing of needles/stitch pattern/foot and foot pressure, what worked for me was walking foot with jersey needle, 'lightning' stitch, slightly reduced foot pressure and a finer better quality thread. Changing the thread was my last option before abandoning the fabric completely, and it made such a difference.

@Bodgeitandscarper  - you've no need to apologise for being cross  :hug:. Unfortunately, the practice continues and it's just plain wrong!

Embroidery Machines / Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« on: September 15, 2020, 11:22:18 AM »
I think that it's the dye that causes problems: you often find that tension needs to be adjusted for black thread wrt other colours and certainly in my machine knitting days a black yarn would knit up very differently to other colours of the same yarn. The number of times that I finished a red school jumper for DD and started a black one for DS only to have to change tension and start again as the black yarn seemed to be noticeably thicker  :facepalm:

Patterns Discussion / Re: Any ideas for a bubble or cocoon shape top?
« on: September 03, 2020, 18:08:39 PM »
What about

The pockets would be handy for doggie treats.  :D

I've made this several times in woven and stable knit fabrics (~5% stretch ), as long as the fabric drapes nicely it's really comfy and fits well at the shoulders and bust . I made a size smaller than usual and just added a little width to the whole length of the sleeves.

The Haberdashery / Re: Burda Dressmakers' Carbon Paper
« on: September 01, 2020, 19:08:55 PM »
I have a 'transfer pencil' , the idea being that you draw the design onto plain paper and then transfer it to your fabric by ironing - similar to those  embroidery design sheets that you can buy. I bought it ages ago from Jaycotts, it is made by Prym has a green lead and I've had no problems with washing it out when I've finished my creation. The only downside is that it doesn't show up on dark fabric.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Horn Workstation
« on: August 21, 2020, 13:11:55 PM »
I got rid of mine ( bought 2nd hand),  'cos I'd nowhere to put my legs if I had the chair at the height to match the work surface especially when the machine was lowered for quilting. I sold it on to my 5'1"friend, who loves it. Me, I use Ikea's height adjustable table.

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Pin cushion
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:37:42 AM »
I was considering a teeny dress form pin cushion for the Access All Accessories Swap but knew the hand-sewn finishing would defeat me :(

I made one using Simplicity 8532, I used a wooden barbecue skewer as the leg of the mannequin and despite the requirements list asking for 3/8 yd!!!! of each of two fabrics, got the pincushion and scissors case out of decent size scraps of patchwork cotton's.
The pattern also includes pattern weights, sewing machine cover / mat, scraps bag, needle case so is reasonable value for money.

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Hiding a PVA stain
« on: August 15, 2020, 14:48:56 PM »
If you Google 'PVA glue removal', several ideas come up. Might be worth trying one/some/all ?

The Haberdashery / Re: Alternative to polystyrene balls
« on: August 11, 2020, 07:44:55 AM »
The 'plastic poly pellets' are made from recycled plastic and being Polyethylene (PE) can themselves be recycled via our normal refuse collection. Expanded polystyrene is more difficult to recycle - when I had a new kitchen fitted we had loads of the stuff to dispose of and the only place we could find that would take it was 15 miles away.

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