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Tech Know How / Persona non grata on my tablet?
« on: April 11, 2021, 12:29:10 PM »
I have logged into TSP on my new tablet but I don't have the facility to "like" anything and it says I'm not allowed to view attachments. Does anyone know what I have to do (to the tablet I assume?) so that I can be recognised?

Welcome Lounge and Information / MOVED: Hello!!!
« on: April 02, 2021, 13:08:35 PM »

Your Favourite Suppliers / Needle Little Love
« on: February 03, 2021, 13:20:28 PM »
This is an online shop selling remnants of furnishing fabrics. Some of them, but not all, are quite expensive, but not compared with the original price of the fabric. I ordered one which was 145cm length and I paid £12 plus postage. Very pleased with it. A lot of the remnants are 2 metres, which, if you want it for seat covers or cushions is plenty.

Se them here

Sewing Machines / I've just bought a new machine!!!
« on: February 01, 2021, 17:06:44 PM »
I didn't get up this morning with any idea of buying a new machine but I just have! After my nightmares with the curtains yesterday I thought I had sorted out the problem but having unpicked it all (again!) I have had the same problem again today. I haven't a hope of getting the machine serviced in the near future, so I did what several of you have recommended and phoned SMD. I spoke to Dave, not Russell but I can recommend him just as highly! After explaining what I wanted and needed I have bought an Elna Experience 520S, which I think is what my daughter bought last year. It's coming Wednesday!

The Haberdashery / Curly cotton anyone?
« on: January 29, 2021, 14:22:40 PM »
I am still working my way slowly through the saga of my daughter's curtains, and am trying to hand stitch the bottom corners of the hem. I normally only use polyester thread, but the fabric came (from Just Fabrics) with reels of Gutermann cotton thread. I am assuming all you Dark ladies use cotton  thread for your quilts and wondered if you have come across the same problem I have. The thread is fine in the machine but, if I pull off a length to thread a needle, it comes off in ringlets. Before I've even got the needle into the fabric it's springing back on itself and tying itself in knots! It's driving me potty! I've tried running it through candlewax and soap but nothing seems to help. Can you?!

Access All Accessories / My new bag
« on: January 26, 2021, 15:41:22 PM »
I started this thinking I would give it to my friend for her birthday. I used what fabric I already had but I don't really like the fabrics together. The pattern is  This one

(I hope you're impressed, I've only just learnt how to do that!).

It's supposed to be interfaced with fleece giving a padded effect, which I didn't fancy. I couldn't find any heavyweight interfacing so I used a very stiff tulle which I already had and had used in this way before. It worked well until it came to the handle - having spent 2 hours trying to turn it through I chucked it in the bin and cut a new one from just one fabric instead of several like the bag. I used ordinary interfacing this time.

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If I can get hold of some fabrics that go better together, I might have another go at it. I shall be looking for another birthday present!

House Beautiful / Strange velvet
« on: January 03, 2021, 12:46:45 PM »
I have started on my daughter's curtains. The fabric is this:

and it's very strange stuff. It has a beautiful finish and I think it will hang very well, but when I went to pull a thread it was impossible. It didn't appear to have any selvedges until I had unrolled half of it. There is a section where the top of the fabric is peeling away from a backing it is obviously bonded to somehow. The selvedge - on the backing - has been cut away, as this left-behind piece shows. I haven't been able to peel much of it away to get a good look at the back of the topping, but what I can see looks, for all the world, like a knit! Surely it can't be can it?
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Incidentally, I'd like to put a word in for Just Fabrics. This is the second lot of fabric we have had for these curtains. The first lot was a large printed Ikat design and when I went to start them by pulling a thread, I found that the printed design "ran off" by 4cm. Just Fabrics contacted the manufacturer but were unable to give us a perfect replacement. They collected the duff roll and gave Emma a credit very quickly. Very good service and no quibbles.

Edit: I forgot to say that to cut this, I used the same method I use for linings, using a glossy magazine, a metre stick and a pencil!

A Good Yarn / Greybird's grey jumper
« on: December 30, 2020, 11:13:29 AM »
This is my first completed garment since excavating my knitting machine from the murky depths of the garage. It has taken me a while to bring it back to life after so many years.

The yarn is lambswool which I have had for many years and I didn't know how far it would go. The third picture is what I have left! TIP: do not empty your waste basket until your garment is complete!
I had to unravel the tension square and all the false starts (of which there were several) in order to finish it. I even resorted to a few rows of a different colour inside the neck band which I hope looks as if it was intended.

I wanted it to be tunic length and actually it could have been a bit shorter, which is really annoying because then I would easily have had enough yarn!   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

House Beautiful / Furnishing fabric remnants
« on: November 25, 2020, 14:12:29 PM »
I have found this supplier of furnishing fabric remnants (I haven't put this under favourite suppliers because I haven't tried them yet) :

Some of them are cheaper than others but they are all a good price I think compared with RRP (some of them I have already drooled over elsewhere!). If you just need enough for chair seats or maybe some cushions this would be a good bet.

House Beautiful / Garden room blinds
« on: October 05, 2020, 15:07:57 PM »
I now have my new roman blinds up in the garden room! I have used blind kits for the first time - from Merrick and Day - and I'm quite pleased with them. They did assume that you already knew how to use them - the only instructions, such as they were, were in Spanish and it wasn't entirely self-explanatory, but I muddled through.

I have enough fabric left over for seat cushions but I don't think I'll be doing those very soon.

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Edit: The windows look lopsided in the pictures - they aren't!

A Good Yarn / Anyone got a Knitmaster 600/700?
« on: September 04, 2020, 17:57:28 PM »
I have finally managed to get my Knitmaster 700 set up in my, newly free, small bedroom. It was in a Horn cabinet but closed away from 2005 (hiding from grandchildren) until 2015 when we moved here and since then it's been stored in it's cardboard box in a dry garage.

I have realised that, although I used to work for Knitmaster and demonstrate these things, it has been so long that I am little more than a beginner again. I do remember that the carriage on it moved very freely and easily but in spite of a good clean and thorough oiling, now it doesn't - it's very stiff. What I have noticed is that if I move the carriage to the extreme left, once the left hand memory drum passes the end of the bed, it is much freer. Looking at it, that drum is sticking out from the back of the carriage further than the right hand drum. I really can't remember if it is supposed to or whether it has somehow got misplaced.

I wondered if anyone has one that they could look at for me and see if theirs is the same?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Minerva
« on: July 29, 2020, 23:07:58 PM »
I know there was a recent thread about poor service from Minerva (can't find it?), but they have just given me really good service so I thought I'd better pipe up with it. I decided I needed a jacket for Mum's funeral - we don't have a date yet but I'm hoping I'll have time to make it. I found what I wanted from them and messaged them to say I needed it urgently (but not why). They replied today that they are posting in 1-2 days. I ordered the fabric and paid extra for 1st class post this morning and have just had a message to say it's been posted!

House Beautiful / Longleat fabric
« on: July 01, 2020, 10:56:31 AM »
I have just received this from Just Fabrics:

I am going to make roman blinds for the side windows in OH's summerhouse which he is plodding on with. I am nowhere near being ready to make them but bought it on impulse when I saw it - and it was in their sale. Very pleased with it - it has a strong design without having too much colour in it.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Itokri
« on: May 29, 2020, 14:59:47 PM »
This company is in India. My daughter has just ordered 11 metres of fabric and a couple of pieces of (cheap) jewellery from them and, with the postage, it came to just over £49. It all looks rather lovely - I'll let you know what it's like when it arrives.

Patterns Discussion / Liberty patterns anyone?
« on: May 17, 2020, 09:39:01 AM »
Has anyone used a Liberty pattern? My daughter has picked out this one for a wedding:

and I think it will be me making it. Just need a bit of feedback as to any possible difficulties.

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