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Sewing Machines / Re: Hi from a total novice looking for some advice! :)
« on: October 04, 2020, 22:19:59 PM »
I understand the wish to only have one machine, but please note, the more complex the functions, the more likely it is, that the machine will only do some of the functions well.  I am very strongly opposed to combination machines (previous shockingly bad experience with a crappy singer sewing/embroidery machine), as I feel that in order to get the complexity into one machine, there has to be compromises. 

I will second previous suggestions.  A good quality metal body machine for the heavy duty stuff, and an entry level embroidery machine for the pretty stuff. 

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2020
« on: September 20, 2020, 06:04:26 AM »
Hi all, just checking in on everyone, to see how we are all going?  I have been lacking a bit of sewjo, and so not much of my xmas sewing is getting done.  Still, it is only September.  I have been avoiding starting the satin bedroom set, but I should be braver, I have done it before.

These are some embroideries I am working on.  Eventually these will be golf club covers for one of my nephews.  There is another set to be made.   These are for the fronts, and I am working on the quilted sides in coordinating fabrics.

Golf club covers by Dani, on Flickr

This in an early job.  DD, actually asked me to sew something for her, which is unheard of.  Her classroom is a large open plan place, and as it warms up, she is finding she doesn't have pockets to hold her mobile phone, markers etc.  I plan to make her a proper apron, maybe for xmas, but this is an upcycle from a bib style apron, to get her through the rest of the year.

Teacher apron by Dani, on Flickr

I repurposed one of the aprons I embroidered last year, cutting the bib off, removing the pocket, embroidering on it, and reattaching. I then used the bottom third of the apron to make the full width pocket.  The pocket is lined with a scrap of VanGogh Dr who fabric, for the required nerd factor.  Its a bit of a bodge job, but it will do.

Teacher apron by Dani, on Flickr

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Tilly and the buttons Sewing Rooms
« on: September 05, 2020, 01:28:45 AM »
I am one of those annoying people, that tend to have a tidy and organised sewing room ..... well usually.  Like others, I find the colour coded and well curated spaces that are on show, just a bit annoying.  I don't believe in having thread on show, dust is a major issue in australia ..... the same goes for fabric.  We have really strong sunlight, and your clothes fade while you are wearing them, let alone being rolled up on show. 

I have been working from home for the last 6 months, so the work desk has had to slot into my sewing room.  On the whole its an ok setup, although being surrounded by your hobby, when you should be working is tough.  And conversely, having my work space in the sewing room, has had a fairly significant impact on my sew-jo.  At the moment, my cutting table is a bit of a mess, and I really need to get in and sew up the myriad of projects I have cut out ready to go. 

The photos show my weekend set-up.  The folder stand, mousemat and keyboard get moved to the left slightly, so they don't interfere with the embroidery machine.  I probably should set up in a different room, but meh! too lazy. 

Sewing room 2020 by Dani, on Flickr

I really need to clear this table ..... its getting out of hand.

Sewing room 2020 by Dani, on Flickr

Current Projects / Re: I'm Blue ... dabu de dabu da
« on: August 26, 2020, 10:42:59 AM »
Lovely @datcat23  :D, the zigzag corners look good: clever use of the HSTs. 
The quilt underneath looks interesting too!   0_0

Just for you Sheilago ........ the quilt underneath is an embroidered quilt that I bought as an unfinished project, just a stack of cat hair covered blocks.  I used the MSQC tute  to put them together as a QAYG quilt.  Its not quite big enough to fit the queen bed .... just as a topper.

Embroidered quilt by Dani, on Flickr

Current Projects / I'm Blue ... dabu de dabu da
« on: August 26, 2020, 09:50:36 AM »
I'm Blue ..... dabu de dabu da

I am having a break from work for the week, and trying to finish off a few projects.  This one was waiting for the borders, but I had to faff about a bit, to get the right look at the corners.  I don't often name my quilts, but this one has been called "Blue Eyed Boy" even before I started it.  Its for my son, probably for xmas.   I used the left over 1/2 square triangles, after making the diamonds in the middle of the blocks, to make the zigzaggy corners. 

Blue eyed boy quilt by Dani, on Flickr

Blue eyed boy quilt by Dani, on Flickr

Fun with Fabric / Re: Directional print bunting
« on: August 22, 2020, 06:53:44 AM »
I would make the bunting as a rectangular shape at the top, with the bottom curved.  That would mean you would see more of the print, and you wouldn't waste as much fabric. 

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2020
« on: July 05, 2020, 12:47:26 PM »
As part of my planning, I thought that I might focus on pj's this year.  And so for my daughter and my niece will be a nightgown and matching robe, in this ancient Kwiksew pattern.

KS nightgown by Dani, on Flickr

My niece will love them in a slippery, shiny satin, but I think I might make my daughter's in a soft lawn. 

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Freestanding Lace
« on: July 03, 2020, 03:38:24 AM »
Ooo @datcat23 What are those hoop clip things on that pic. They look useful.

...wanders off to google ...

My machine is a Janome 400e.  The hoop clips are a standard accessory with the hoops.  and Yes, they are very handy.  A couple of my hoops are the wrong width for the plastic clips, but I have had success with fold back stationery clips, although you have to watch that they don't get in the way of the foot as the hoop moves about. 

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Freestanding Lace
« on: July 03, 2020, 03:35:51 AM »
Do you hand-stitch them closed around the ornament?  They look great.

Yes, you join the two sets of 3 panels together at the edges, slide the circle of lace over the bauble, and then tie in place with ribbon at the top (and bottom depending on the design).

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Freestanding Lace
« on: July 02, 2020, 23:00:23 PM »
Freestanding lace was one of the first big jobs I gave my embroidery machine to do.  I made over 25 of these bauble covers, to give as gifts for xmas a couple of years back.

More baubles by Dani, on Flickr

This is what they look like, as they are stitching out.

More covers by Dani, on Flickr

In the wardrobe / Phoenix tshirt
« on: June 20, 2020, 08:53:46 AM »
What do you do when you have more than a dozen items on your to-do list?  Why you cut out something completely different of course, and sew it up. 

This is my TNT (tried n true pattern) for a tshirt. Jalie Raglan shirt.  I make so many of these, replacing them as they wear out.  The fabric is a panel and coordinate that I purchased online from a store that no longer exists.  The panel wasn't quite wide/long enough, so I needed to add some of the coordinate to the sides, and a little bit at the front neck.

Phoenix tshirt. by Dani, on Flickr

Phoenix tshirt. by Dani, on Flickr

Phoenix tshirt. by Dani, on Flickr

Having a little smile to myself - On a Facebook selling page there has been advertised an absolute dreadful old machine - very rusty, I reckon it was a shed/garage find.  They were originally asking £300 for it, then £200, - dropping incrementally until today, it's now advertised at £20!.  It would probably make a good boat anchor, looks like it would be impossible to restore, and really not worth it!

I am not sure if there is an equivalent in Britain, but here we have the phenomenon of the "dump shop".  This is where the waste transfer station, has a shed where you can leave usable items, rather than dumping them with the rubbish.  It employs people on job creation programs, and usually charges minimal for the items.  My brother is forever checking it out, and often sends me photos of shed finds that are beyond redemption.  He knows I collect them, but has no concept of the simply millions that exist out there in the world, therefore making one rusty, broken down one, worthless.  Obviously the shop managers don't either, because they will often be ridiculously priced.   

I am noticing a rash of vintage and antique machines on my local gumtree ...... treadles for over $500 (not prisitine either), and the metal body 70's models for over $300.  Far more being offered than I have seen before.  I figure that people are in financial uncertainty, and selling unused items, because they need the cash.  Its frustrating though, because it inflates the market, and makes other believe that a vintage machine (of which probably millions were produced) are some sort of gold mine. 

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2020
« on: June 08, 2020, 00:01:51 AM »
Can you sew us an aeroplane to go home with please Datcat?

I wish I could,  *hugs* big time for you.

Are you even earlier than usual @datcat23? I thought the excrement usually hit the ventilation system in July...I might be wrong.  0_0
A couple of our Stateside pals have been C*******s sewing a couple of days every month, or started to. Last year I cancelled C*******s 2020 but of course it's reinstated.  :[

Yes I am a month earlier this year.  What can I say?  I am a bit bored.   :devil:

I don't feel so strange sewing a Christmas tree skirt now.
Thanks @datcat23  :thumbsup:

Your welcome

Are we sure Christmas is happening this year?  :S

There is that .... this virus is like slow motion torture.  Here in Aus, we have gone hard early, and its paying off, but there's no knowing what its going to be like in 6 months. 

Maybe the plan should be ...... Plan Christmas Crafts that can be Posted. 

Current Projects / Christmas Craft 2020
« on: June 07, 2020, 01:01:05 AM »
 :scream:  She said it  ..... she really said it!    :faints:

Well people its that time again.  Time for datty to scare the bejesus out of everyone, by saying the "C" word, way too early.

We have have had plague, sadness and civil unrest, and in Australia, we have also had a summer of fire.  The economy and our collective sanity, are taking a battering. 

I am a bit rudderless this year.  I am in a different job, and the usual excessive gift giving I do, isn't required.  I will still be sewing for my previous manager and office mates, but not the extended group that I used to.  And at this point, I have no idea what I might do. 

For my nephews, I think I am going to find a golf club cover pattern, and embroider them some covers.  I might also pull my focus back, and look at sewing more for my immediate family.  Maybe the traditional xmas pj's, something I have never done before.  And I am going to encourage hubby to resurrect his HP keys 3d printing project.  I have an organza embroidery file for a xmas tree angel - I might work on that.   

And gift bags ..... definitely gift bags. 

Don't be scared, a little bit of planning won't hurt ..... I promise. 

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