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Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Ironing help
« on: February 08, 2020, 13:18:29 PM »
I have a Beldray one, but I bought it in the late 70's and so I doubt it's still in production!  It's simply a metal board with a u-shaped foot that swings backwards and into two metal clips.  It's padded and covered, of course, and I've redone the padding and covering when need has arisen.

Just checked and Brabantia do one that is virtually identical to mine.  Definitely worth having for shirt-making.  Not so good for setting in jacket and coat sleeves - for that you're better off with a ham or one of those pressing mitt things.

Argos do a Leiftheit sleeve board but claim it weighs 80kg, so maybe not such a good idea  ><

Welcome Lounge and Information / Re: Important!!! Please Read!!!!!
« on: February 05, 2020, 15:52:29 PM »
It's control/alt/delete that brings up the blue window.  Control/shift/delete should bring up a list of options including clearing the cache.

Thank you - I really did not know that :-)

Technical Help / Re: Newbie needing help to make a silk sash
« on: February 05, 2020, 15:51:40 PM »
Hairy hielanders didnae wear silk, but I suppose your mother isn't going to go for the 2-yard wide, 6-yard long plaid of the pre-proscription era!

I've made sashes and if the fabric is woven rather than printed then all it requires is a rolled hem (hand is best but machine will do).  If you can't stretch to that or the fabric is printed, do it double thickness.  The overall length will need to be whatever dimensions the body wearing it is, eg, from calf up to shoulder and down to shin plus allowance for tie-off, bow or whatever.  The finer the silk the more width of fabric you can use without it looking bulky.  Personally, I think more is better within the limits of trip hazards.  Too small an item and you're in Bay City Rollers territory!

Welcome Lounge and Information / Re: Important!!! Please Read!!!!!
« on: February 05, 2020, 15:37:48 PM »
ctrl + shift + del doesn't clear the cache on Windows - it brings up the blue window of logging out, etc.  Cache-clearing is in the settings/tools functions of the browser in question.

Or do you mean a machine restart to refresh DNS thingies?

In the wardrobe / Re: Keep, recycle, or...?
« on: February 04, 2020, 18:01:16 PM »
I tend to wear things until they're not fit to be seen in.  The sweater I'm currently wearing is 25 years old, is covered in darns (some of the darns have darns) and elbow patches.  It's a woolly of many colours so it has two layers really - the elaborate outside pattern of blocks, stripes and Fair Isle snowflakes and the inside where the different coloured threads are passed across the back.  This makes it very cosy, which is why I've kept nursing it along.  I had another one the same but I got the setting on the washing machine wrong and it shrank, sadly!

Once they're no longer fit to be seen I give them to our local Children's Society charity shop because they get 50p a bag from the rag man (and because there's good parking outside!).  I have hung onto a few garments from back in the day, most particularly a pair of Vogue Ralph Lauren early 80's trousers, even though  I need to drop about 5 inches off my waist to get back into them! 

Not sure if it was me, but if it was, he was Robert Theobald in Luton and he's now retired to Weymouth.  I found this chap in Letchworth who claims to cover Watford - haven't had to use him but might be worth a try:

Machine Accessories / Re: Replacement foot control
« on: January 29, 2020, 14:34:50 PM »
Try Robert Theobald. Formerly my man in Luton, he retired to Weymouth but still trades in spares and knows all there is to know about machines. - see the contact us page for full details

Technical Help / Re: Buttonholes!
« on: January 28, 2020, 13:47:03 PM »
Just realised that this may be a new machine to you.  Are you absolutely, 100% certain, that you have threaded it properly and engaged the tension?  Sometimes it's the forehead-slappingly daft things that trip us up!

Technical Help / Re: Buttonholes!
« on: January 27, 2020, 21:07:18 PM »
My Brother has a similar buttonhole foot.  I seldom get snarl-ups but I would advise the following:

* Don't use the foot pedal.  Disconnect it and use the start-stop button and let the machine do it itself
* Adjust stitch length (not width) as the optimal density of stitches varies with weight of fabric
* Put your hands flat either side of the presser foot and gently and fairly passively shepherd the fabric under the foot.  In other words, ensure it moves like it ought to, but keep an eye on where the machine is in the cycle - you don't want to be trying to go forward when it wants to reverse direction
* Keep a button in the gauge.  If the button you intend to use is not almost flat, wrap and pin a non-stretch tape/ribbon around it to determine the actual buttonhole size you will need and find a button that is very flat and that passes through the loop.  Use that in the gauge.
* Do test buttonholes on scraps of fabric with the same number of layers and interfacing as the final garment and don't move onto the garment until you're completely happy with the result
* Always start at the bottom of the garment and work up - ropey buttonholes are much less noticeable at the hem or waist than they are at bust or neck!

In the wardrobe / Re: Miniature couture
« on: January 26, 2020, 13:37:44 PM »
I have quarter-size blocks that I was given when I did a pattern cutting course.  Bear in mind, though that they are a quarter length, so if your neck to waist is 20 cm, these will be 5cm long - they're really diddy.  Beats me how complex couture can be done on something so small!

The Haberdashery / Re: FROGS ANYONE?
« on: January 24, 2020, 15:55:05 PM »
MacCulloch & Wallis maybe - they're very good for specialist habby

The Haberdashery / Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« on: January 24, 2020, 15:52:21 PM »
Does that mean I was right to use a smidge of WD40 on my scissors?   ><

Yes, it's not edible!

The Haberdashery / Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« on: January 24, 2020, 12:35:39 PM »
"A tiny drop of household oil (or vegetable oil) can help too"  :o

What are they saying?  Are they quite mad?  You should NEVER use edible oils to lubricate machinery of any kind (nor should you use mineral oil to dress a salad)!  The only thing edible and mineral oils have in common is that they are insoluble in water.  Edible oils are, chemically, triglycerides, which are big E-shaped molecules.  Mineral oils are hydrocarbons, ie, chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached, the smallest of which is the gas you cook with.  By the time you get to eight carbon atoms you're in petrol territory and they get more viscous and 'oily' the more carbon atoms there are.

The upshot of this is that edible oils, being edible, will be digested by any passing bacterium and will go rancid, sticky and disgusting.  Mineral oil will evaporate slowly and, if it's the correct type for the machine in question, shouldn't leave a chemical residue although bits of worn-off bearings, fabric fibres, etc, might cause a bit of a mess if the machine isn't maintained.

Dress Forms / Re: Bootstrap dress form
« on: January 22, 2020, 20:00:29 PM »
If you search for 'customise dress form' on YouTube there are lots of tutorials about doing just that to your existing form, although, as ever, you need someone competent to do your measurements for you!

I smell a business opportunity for teachers of pattern drafting!  When you've drafted your own pattern you don't need instructions  :D

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