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Technical Help / Thread problems
« on: Yesterday at 10:12:04 »
I was all planned out yesterday, sew the darts, press, interface, overlocking, zip in, sew sides etc. I started stitching the darts and got that horrible clunky noise, I thought it was because I'd gone into reverse and hit air.  Re-threaded,  same thing happened, took the bottom out, cleaned, good blow out, re-thread paying a lot of attention managed until the last dart and started clunking again. So now I'm thinking I need another machine, which I hate because I then have to remember exactly how each one works, which is not as daft as it sounds really, different threading and bottom bits.  After three or four complete re-threads I managed to get it done.

I finished up leaving when I'd got the overlocking done, I couldn't be bothered to fight to put the zip in.  Later when I was wondering whether I might have a serious problem and  it might be new machine time I was sort of wondering why it should happen when it is such flipping steady teddy other times.  Then I had a lightbulb moment.  Looking for the thread, if I don't get a match I don't bother as I use Gutermann Mara 120, but this time I'd found a match, but it was two reels of some old Coats that I'd bought that came with a job lot of Gutermann threads.

So is this the problem?  I have had it occasionally before, solved by re-theading and that was it, soldiered on as usual. 

Your Favourite Suppliers / Gather N Sew
« on: August 06, 2020, 13:34:12 PM »
Found it looking for some jersey viscose, the one I fancied was cheaper than Croft Mills as well.

In the wardrobe / New Look 6107
« on: August 06, 2020, 11:49:29 AM »
I wasn't sure of this from getting the fabric, seemed a bit what I call blowsy to me, I tend to go more on the demure side. Not a brilliant picture, cat stuff has got in the way of my sewing room mirror.

The pattern had loops on for buttonholes, which I did and removed, I didn't like them and mine seemed too big.  Buttonholes are easier for me. The buttons I bought for a McCalls dress, which I didn't like so used them but had to buy more and  guessed the wrong ones so similar but odd if someone gets really close and has an eagle eye.  I actually look as if I have a waist, when it's smoothed down.  I thought it was going to be a wadder but I think I might make it again.  The skirt works well as well and both easy to make.  I used french seams where I could.  It doesn't show on the pattern, or maybe a size bigger would have been better, but it parts at the bottom but that is actually the bit I like best, it makes it just that bit different from being just a blouse.  It's only buttoned on the protruding placket as well bound to fall  apart
if not tucked in.

Patterns Discussion / Another blast from the past
« on: August 04, 2020, 11:30:11 AM »
I remember making this in the late 80's. Now I would look at the front piece and say in my head "too fiddly".  I made a really good job of it though in some cream wool  fabric, which never seemed to cost very much then.

All done with my old 1967 Brother sewing machine.

Technical Help / Patterned fabric
« on: July 08, 2020, 15:27:27 PM »
I made a skirt earlier this year with a remnant, Lady McElroy's Stripey Palms. It was that gorgeous I even made it longer  than I usually wear to get value on the pattern.

So I've decided to make dress in the same fabric but got a query.  Would it be better with seams at the front or darts to avoid spoiling the pattern?

I'm currently using the pattern I'd picked out on a plain fabric which has four darts at the front.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Truro Fabrics
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:54:23 PM »
Got a flashy new website and now have Lady McElroy fabrics on, although they seem more expensive than other places.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Linton Samples
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:20:11 AM »
Looking at @elisep's lovely jacket reminded my that I requested some fabric samples from Linton last time I had the urge to make one.  Last time I had a clean around I came upon them in a now tatty envelope.  There are quite a few, if they are any good to someone, I shall be happy to post out.   

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Bernina Feet
« on: June 22, 2020, 13:17:26 PM »
There is someone on Preloved selling Bernina feet.  "fits machines 5.5 and 9mm".

Half price.

Technical Help / New trouser zip
« on: June 01, 2020, 10:33:46 AM »
He passed me some  trousers yesterday for a new zip, just like it was shortening trousers (easy).  I have never done one and don't really want to.  Anyway I've ordered a zip from Jaycotts (with a few other bits that I didn't really need but seemed a shame to waste good postage). 

One side looks easy but the other side looks complicated as it's all enclosed.  They are a cream trousers, old but he likes them because they are very light weight, good for summer.

Anybody got any tips, pictures?

I'd just started work at 15 and mum bought my clothes.  The only thing I made at that stage was skirts, with no pattern. A chunk for the skirt and the a piece chopped off for the waistband.  No zips, homemade buttonhole.  My new job (apprentice hairdresser) required something to cover up my clothes.  To long ago to remember what I actually wore at work but I had the bright idea to make an overall, although I think then they were called duster coats. This is what I bought and from memory made a good job of it.  Only trouble was mum was not impressed, she said it looked like something you would wear if you were pregnant. After that I don't remember but it didn't wear out (lilac polyester or similar not sure if that had been invented).

Last night I got Clothspot's email of latest fabrics and it also featured an old pattern, my first pattern. Mine was the yellow one. 

I do remember the sewing machine, passed down from my paternal grandmother, an old Singer with a funny shuttle.  the expert on sewing machines was my dad.  He'd left the RAF after the war (he was a sergeant but didn't want to stay  in) and by the time he was 21 he'd had 21 jobs and got fed up of them.  One of them was a sewing machine repair man and another was typrewriter repairs. 

In the wardrobe / Fashion, what ever would DH say
« on: May 26, 2020, 09:31:30 AM »
He would flipping hate this, I  don't dress for him but for myself but even I would draw a line with this.  Yet it seems to be so fashionable, or is it, would probably hide a multitude of sins.


Your Favourite Suppliers / Sherwoods
« on: May 12, 2020, 13:33:18 PM »
I had an email from Sherwoods last night, the fabric I had bought as being the last two meters, was not,it was only one meter.  So I was offered the option of either taking the one meter and a refund (if one meter would have been enough) or look for some new fabric up to £20 a meter and pay no more.

So last night a scrabble to find something as I was ready for it (Itch to Stitch jacket).  I eventually found  something suitable and a colour I liked at £15.90 a meter.  Can't wash it but being a jacket that won't matter..

It was good of them though, the previous cost was just short of £25 with postage.

Sewing Machines / A Bernina, I Don't think so, not at that price
« on: May 10, 2020, 11:07:37 AM »
Cruising around and saw this:

I don't dispute, it is a nice machine but this is more like daylight robbery.  I know they are no longer making them (so I've heard) but no need to take the mick.

Machine Accessories / Lighting Machine Assessory
« on: May 08, 2020, 11:49:09 AM »
I've been hanging my nose over this since before Christmas, deciding to buy his little brother to  tide me on, which is great, especially for when I want to move downstairs when it gets hot.

Anyway I just happened to have a look at my sewing Wish List and it had come down in price.  Takes me over my set Visa budget each month but worth it.  The old one is just an Anglepoise with a Daylight bulb in, which is many years old and sometimes sags, onto me head.   I will still keep it but have it angled all the time on the other machine instead

I've seen some stick on the machine lights recently advertised on Facebook but not much use if you are doing a bit of hand sewing or polishing up your skills with the stitch ripper.  I face north as well in the sewing room so lots of extra light needed in winter. 

Fun with Fabric / What do you think about this?
« on: May 02, 2020, 10:24:36 AM »
I had  an email from Itch to Stitch last night, and money off so couldn't resist.

So this morning, a hunt for fabrics.  I've got two lots of gaberdine that would be suitable but not for this, I've got some quilted fabric which I fancy but I suspect it is more for internal lining as it is a bit shiny.  I did  consider buying and quilting but although the last project worked out fine, I didn't like the fabric in the end so it sits waiting for  toggles.

Then I came across this:


DH will love it but not sure if it the right thing for this type of jacket.  I've got some dusky pink twill that I've been sitting on but when I saw this, I got the itch.

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