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In the wardrobe / Top stitching thread for denim.
« on: Today at 15:01:38 »
I’m about to cut out a denim pinafore dress and want to top stitch it in gold/yellow.

There is no thread in the stash that is suitable and as I am self isolating it will have to be bought over t’interweb.

Has anybody got any that they could check the number of.  I usually use Gutermann thread but anything I can get on line would be fine.

In the wardrobe / Topstitching
« on: March 15, 2020, 14:26:13 PM »
Tomorrow I am picking up some cotton duck in black with the intention of making another of This.

My intention was to use red buttons and topstitching but on looking through the stash I only have suitable buttons in sets of 5 rather than the six I need, but did find some rather nice black and white houndstooth check ones that would look good.

If I use these I can't decide what colour topstitching to do, I have a feeling white would look tacky somehow.

If I do change my mind and use the white, if I used poly thread it shouldn't pick up the colour from the black should it?

A Good Yarn / Two dolls
« on: February 13, 2020, 21:21:10 PM »
I have recently founds these two dolls that were made for my DD in the mid 80s.

I would love to restore them and give them to her 15m old daughter.

They’ve had a good bath and don’t look too bad apart from their hair which I am going to have to attempt to redo.  Also the boy dolls jacket is missing but I’m sure I can find a pattern somewhere to replicate that.

They were made by my aunt who is now in her 90s. I would love to be able to send her a photo of DGD playing with the dolls.

If anyone knows how to redo the hair I would love to know.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]     [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Fun with Fabric / Fabrikanza
« on: February 06, 2020, 18:45:27 PM »
Has anyone tried this group on FB?

It has some very cheap and cheerful fabric. Might be worth a punt.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Westalee Rulers Course
« on: December 10, 2019, 14:00:16 PM »
I’ve just received the equipment list for my Westalee rulers course next March.

I’ve got most things already but have to prepare 12 quilt sandwiches with cotton wadding.  As my contribution to the Dark Side has been minimal recently I need some wadding and some plain cotton fabric. I’ll have a root through the stash but think I’ll need a small shop after Christmas.

They appear to want you to use Glide thread which I’m not familiar with but will buy some in appropriate colours once I’ve made my sandwiches.

I’m pleased I’ve been given plenty of notice of the requirements. It means I can wait until after Christmas to get things prepared.

I’m really looking forward to this course.

A Good Yarn / Butterfly Cowl
« on: October 20, 2019, 16:10:41 PM »
Just finished this

It’s the Butterfly Cowl by Marin Melchior.

I’m not sure about it :S

I saw her Papillion Shawl pattern on Ravelry and loved it but I’m not really the shawl type, so was pleased when I saw she done this pattern. I love the effect but am not sure I’d find the cowl easy to wear, it’s a bit of a funny fit.

When I feel like knitting something that requires a fair amount of concentration I may try her scarf pattern which is what I should have picked in the first place.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Janome coverstitch skipped stitches
« on: October 17, 2019, 14:14:52 PM »
When I had my Coverpro skipped stitches when passing over seams drove me insane.

I have been reading on an FB coverstitches group about people raising the back feed dogs and getting a much improved stitch.

I can’t have a go myself as my Janome is no more but it might be worth trying for anyone on here with the same problem.

Details are on the FB Janome Elna  Coverstitch Support Group.

Events / Sew Up North
« on: September 02, 2019, 23:06:27 PM »
Has anyone else been to one of the previous Sew Up North events?

I’ve never managed to go before but this year I’ve got a ticket and am determined not to have to cancel.

Can’t beat a day out that’s all about sewing but I am a bit worried it’s going to be populated by trendy young things that are all about blogging and Instagram.

Access All Accessories / Moment of madness
« on: August 20, 2019, 14:26:36 PM »
DH asked me recently what I wanted for my upcoming birthday and in a moment of madness I asked for some leather to make a bag :S

I’ve just had a look at the very useful list from @Lizzielogs and am going to have a good peruse later.

I’ve made a few bags in the past but never in leather and am now wondering if I’m going to bite off more than I can chew, but heigh ho, no harm in trying.

I know I could just have asked for a new bag but if I leave DH to choose it, it will be boring and sensible.

Vintage Machines / 185k
« on: August 14, 2019, 13:44:45 PM »
I’ve been looking for a basic electrical machine for my grandkids to learn on and have seen a 185K on a local selling site for £35.

What do I need to check when I go to look at it, apart from the obvious things like does it actually stitch.

Do those of you with more experience think it would be suitable for a 7 and 8year old?

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Cheap fabric in York
« on: August 12, 2019, 14:09:49 PM »
For anyone in the York area, I've just seen on FB that Junk & Jewels are selling all their fabric for £2 a metre until the end of August.

They often have some nice stuff but I daren't go as I'm supposed to be reducing stash not adding to it :'(

A Good Yarn / Teaching a child to knit
« on: August 05, 2019, 22:41:47 PM »
I’ve been asked to teach my sons GFs daughter to knit. She will be spending some time with us each week once she and her mum move in with DS in the next few weeks.

I’m looking forward to it as a chance to get to know her better.

My problem is it best to start with  English style or do I teach her the Continental style I use.

My intention is to cast on about 30 stitches and do a few rows to give her something to work on. Learning to cast on first always seems so hard.

Courses & Classes / Westalee rulers course
« on: July 19, 2019, 21:08:19 PM »
I've just seen this and am very tempted.

I've been doing bits and bobs with my ruler set but know a workshop would be very useful.

I'm looking at the beginners one in March next year.

Think it will be my Christmas present to me 0_0

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Janome 8200 buttonhole foot
« on: June 09, 2019, 14:38:56 PM »
I’be just had a frustrating morning trying to sew the buttonholes on my Stylearc Martha overshirt.

It’s taken me ages to realise I was using the buttonhole foot from my old Janome8200, not my new machine.

When I use the correct foot everything works fine :D

If anyone can use the foot from the 8200 it’s theirs for the cost of postage, don’t want that faff again.

I thought I had orderes a clear foot for my Evolve but by mistake ordered one for the Enspire.

Stupidly didn't realise, fitted it and the needles caught on it   I can't send it back or use it so if anyne wants it they are very welcome.  There is a slight snag on the plastic that I am sure will disappear with a gentle file.

Free to good home.

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