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I`m making a top for my grandson which has a placket opening.  I don`t want to put buttons on as my machine isn`t reliable with jersey buttonholes and I don`t have  Kam snaps so I was going to sew some small  plastic press studs on and want to disguise them with a small button on top.
I`ve got in a muddle doing this before as iit s tricky to sew the button in place once the press stud has been sewn on and vice versa

Any tips please!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Problem with Ellie & Mac pdf
« on: January 24, 2021, 17:15:15 PM »
The test square is right.
The instructions are strange - they say that if you are printing A4 you should select "letter" - there is even a comment that this sounds odd but you should still do it!
I might play around and just print one page to see what happens.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Problem with Ellie & Mac pdf
« on: January 24, 2021, 13:37:34 PM »
@Acorn  when I look at the pattern on my laptop the lines showing where to overlap are visible and the printing for each size goes right to the top of each page. But when I print it the size lines aren`t going right to the top of each sheet - it is leaving a clear margin.  Does that mean the issue is with my printer settings?  (Sorry, I`m not very computer savvy) 

Husband has just told me that our printer is unusual in that it prints sideways - I don`t know if that is relevent

Patterns Discussion / Problem with Ellie & Mac pdf
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:37:07 PM »
I am going to make this

It claims to be trimless and that every page should touch the corresponding page against a dotted line.   This is working where each side edge joins, but at the top of each sheet there is a blank space of about 1cm which I am going to have to trim off to allow it to join the sheet above in the right place.
I`ve read the instructions for printing several times and am pretty sure I have done  it correctly.

It`s not a huge problem as it is only a child`s top with not too many pieces but I`d be interested to know if I am doing something wrong or if there is a fault with the pattern itself

Tutorials / Binding a jersey V neck tutorial
« on: January 22, 2021, 15:56:18 PM »
I have just made my grandson the DIBY free T-shirt pattern which was good except that the round neckline was too tight to get over his head comfortably.  One solution seemed to be to make it into a v-neck so I took off the existing binding, cut the V and then followed this tutorial.  It was easy to follow and has turned out well.  I`d definitely use it again when altering necklines for myself

Tech Know How / Re: Not allowed to attach a photo
« on: December 18, 2020, 13:44:36 PM »
@Acorn - oh right!  My fault then.  Will rectify

All sorted now.  Sorry for delay in renewing @Iminei

Tech Know How / Not allowed to attach a photo
« on: December 18, 2020, 13:28:41 PM »
I`ve just tried to attach a photo of our Christmas tree and got a message saying this is a subscriber only feature - I`m pretty sure I am a subscriber and haven`t had problems attaching photos before

When I went away to college in 1973 my mum bought me my first machine and chose a Singer as she assumed it would be reliable - it was rubbish!

Fun with Fabric / Re: Do I need to prewash this fabric?
« on: December 10, 2020, 14:57:38 PM »
I'd definitely wash it. I had some cotton upholstery fabric last year which I used to cover a box cushion. I washed it first and it shrank a lot!

Technical Help / Re: neckband - cut on bias or not?
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:27:45 PM »
Thanks everyone

@Happymrsg I tried that method a while ago but I don`t have an overlocker and if you can`t finish the raw edges neatly you end up with bits that curl up and that can show when you wear the garment.
For me, applying the binding as a strip - much like you would bind the armholes on a sleeveless garment - gives a neater finish on the wrong side which lies flatter

Patterns Discussion / Re: Vogue Winter/holiday 2020 patterns
« on: December 08, 2020, 18:58:07 PM »
Air Force blue midi coat for me - with detachable short cape!

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi
« on: December 07, 2020, 20:28:32 PM »
To be honest if you just want cheap curtains and you can find the size you need you would probably be better off buying ready made - possibly buying longer than you need and altering them.

If you are able to spend more I've had good stuff from Terry's Fabrics online and they will send you free samples

Technical Help / Re: neckband - cut on bias or not?
« on: December 07, 2020, 18:08:36 PM »
Thanks very much - I remember doing it pretty much as Efemera says and it was fine but just couldn`t remember about the bias issue

Technical Help / neckband - cut on bias or not?
« on: December 07, 2020, 16:05:50 PM »
Back in  September 2018 I asked for advice about finishing a stretchy neckline in Jersey - and Francesca posted a very useful reply which tells me to cut a strip  2inches wide long enough to go round the neckline plus a bit.  I printed this off but the original seems to have vanished from the forum.  My notes don't say if the strip should be cut on the straight or bias, but the instructions do tell me to stretch it a bit as I pin it to the neckline
What should I do?  The top I am making has a round slightly scooped neckline and the fabric is a fairly stable cotton jersey

In the wardrobe / Re: The West Wing
« on: December 07, 2020, 08:09:39 AM »
I watch "His Dark Materials" mainly for Mrs Coulter's clothes - sadly I don't have the figure or lifestyle to carry them off

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