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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.

Fun with Fabric / iana fabrics - pleased with this one
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:27:37 PM »
I have just received a package from iana fabrics which is one of my favourite ebay shops. I did think they were going to disappear a while ago because there was nothing on their ebay listing but far from that they have included a leaflet for their new online store I think the website is probably a work in progress but I shall keep looking. There was another leaflet for a sister company retail venue, Richmond Mill Fabric Shop at Unit 10d Richmond Mill, Richmond Road, Bradford BD7 1DL.
Too far away from me, but for anyone nearby that doesn't already know it, might be worth a look?
Edit to add: the leaflet says fabrics from 50p per metre.

The one I got is this which I am planning to make a jacket with:

Sewing Machines / Singer 4423 Heavy duty
« on: November 26, 2019, 20:19:42 PM »
Does anyone know anything about this machine? My daughter is thinking about buying one in addition to her old Elna. Apparently it's capable of stitching through 8 layers of denim and she thinks it would be good for the dog collars etc that she makes. We have no idea who it's actually made by.

House Beautiful / Tablecloth/curtains?
« on: November 04, 2019, 15:16:03 PM »
OH has been complaining bitterly about a draught coming from under our (just under sill length) bedroom curtains. He wants long curtains. I told him that that will be too expensive this side of Christmas. I did, however, find some on Ebay for under £40. Problem is that I carefully made sure they were long enough and quite forgot about the width and they are a bit too narrow.

Earlier this week though, in an antique centre, I found an enormous damask tablecloth - about 13ft long and it's wide enough. Even at that, it's about 10 inches short for making 2 curtains from. I have washed it and managed to get out several marks. What I'm thinking is that if I cut 4 bands from another cloth (I already have several) I could sew on a piece at the top of each, making the seam coincide with the bottom of the header tape, and another piece at the bottom, turning up the whole piece for a hem. Anyone have any thoughts about this?

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Jill Fry
« on: October 17, 2019, 14:42:47 PM »
I have just been speaking to my ex. He had visited Beaulieu and seen this lady working on a picture which really impressed him. I think it must have been a combination of applique and embroidery (he called it putting bits of cloth on). Looking at the website she seems to do various techniques but they all look lovely.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Has another one gone?
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:14:30 AM »
One of my favourite Ebay shops has been Iana Fabrics. I was looking through their listings a couple of days ago and had been thinking about a couple of fabrics I might buy. I went back to look again this morning and they have no listings at all. I'm hoping that perhaps they might be redoing things and will relist, but afraid it might be another one gone.

Vintage Machines / Kimball and Morton sewing machine
« on: March 17, 2019, 21:03:17 PM »
Anyone else just watched Antiques Roadshow? They have just valued a Kimball & Morton sewing machine at £10-15,000. I've just googled it and there are images, but I've never see one like it. Have a look and see what you think!

Fun with Fabric / Straight grain on lace?
« on: January 29, 2019, 11:22:18 AM »
I haven't done much with lace fabric before. Can anyone tell me if there is a straight grain on lace? I would like to take advantage of the shaped edging overlapping onto to adjacent plain fabric and I wondered if I can do this regardless of whether or not it lines up with where the pattern piece shows the straight grain ought to be? I have only just ordered the lace so I may be jumping the gun here, but it has been running through my mind. It is a medium weight (I hope!) guipure lace.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Regency Rags
« on: January 14, 2019, 16:19:56 PM »
Just going through my list of Ebay saved sellers and Regency Rags has gone. A shame because I've had some nice fabric from them in the past. Perhaps the High St isn't bearing all the bad news!

Technical Help / Holes caused by jeans
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:11:45 AM »
I am really fed up with the holes that appear in tops caused by the abrasive action of jeans against the inside. It seems to happen so quickly.

I am intending to try and build in protection against this when I make the tops. My dilemma is how to do it. I could use a bonding web and glue a piece of the fabric to the inside - the downsides to this are that it would show up especially on lighter colours and just delay the process. I could sew a strip of the fabric right across the front - sewn into the seams but otherwise left loose or I could double up the fabric for the entire front as long as it isn't too heavy.

I would appreciate any thoughts you may have!

Tech Know How / Images downloaded?
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:47:37 PM »
I have been going through all the things stored on my computer and deleting things I no longer want because it has been grindingly slow lately. I found that every time I have looked at images in posts on here, a copy has downloaded into my computer. Should it do that? How can I avoid it in future?

The Haberdashery / A cutting board?
« on: October 09, 2018, 14:42:17 PM »
I am in the middle of painting my dining table. It's French polished finish was long gone and years of grandchildren's drawing sessions on it have taken their toll too. The thing is that I have to do all my cutting out on it and whilst I am happy for the painted surface to acquire a naturally "distressed" finish, I have a feeling that scissors and pins are not going to achieve the right effect.

Whilst painting I have been thinking that I should get a cutting board but I have never used one before and don't know what to expect from it. Do you have to fix it to the table, does it slide about? I do have a table protector cut to fit the table - the sort with a plastic patterned surface and felt underneath but I don't know if that would do the trick? It would be nice if it did because the boards I have seen are quite expensive. Can anyone advise me? If I am going to buy a board I would like to have it ready for when I want to sew.

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