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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.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Fabric outlet near York
« on: April 28, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »
I’ve just seen this on FB

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It could be complete bake but I feel I should investigate, in the interests of other members you understand.

House Beautiful / Roman Blind help
« on: March 29, 2019, 20:06:20 PM »
This weekends project is a Roman blind for my office.

I have some lovely fabric from the £1 a metre room at Immanuels and a new blind kit from Terry's Fabrics.

I've never used a kit before and so have been reading the instructions!  This kit includes a pocketed tape to hold the rods and secure the cords replacing those pesky little rings.  This looks like a great idea, attach the tape to the lining and Bobs your uncle.

Just before I embark on this blind can anybody tell me if they have used this system and if so did it work OK?

The puritan in me keeps whispering that if it is easier to do, it won't be as good. :S

Fun with Fabric / Need a name
« on: March 17, 2019, 18:32:39 PM »
My 6 year old DGS has been sewing at school and now wants to sew with grandma :loveit: 0_0 :D

I have lots of brightly coloured wool and some bodkins but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of that fabric we used to learn to embroider on. It’s woven with holes in a grid formation. 

We did a little bit yesterday with some pre punched felt and he enjoyed it and I do want to encourage this. Anything to keep him off computer games.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Immanuels
« on: March 06, 2019, 14:42:38 PM »
Has anybody been to the church recently?

I need new curtains and was thinking of a trip to t'other side oft Pennines but its so long since I've been. I hope its still there.

In the wardrobe / Simplicity jacket
« on: March 04, 2019, 19:43:27 PM »
I am attempting to make this using this.

I can't decide how to best utilize the diagonal effect of the fabric, which is quite pronounced.

The fronts  could form a vee but then do I do the sides in the opposite way and then what do I do with the back?

Or am I overthinking the whole thing and would I be best having all the lines the same way?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Sewing Machine Sales
« on: February 28, 2019, 23:45:38 PM »
Has anybody used Sewing Machine Sales based in Whitley Bay?

They have a good price on a machine I’m interested in but I don’t know anything about them. They are close enough to me that I could go in person but I’d appreciate anybody’s personal experience.

Tech Know How / Sideways avatar
« on: February 09, 2019, 13:58:48 PM »
Finally found a pic I wanted as an avatar, the damn thing has come out sideways  :S

I feel slightly squiffy but have no idea how to correct it.  Ah well never mind.

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