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The Little Sewing Company has a small range of fabric they are trying to sell off as well as some patterns. She moved from a shop to a home business but struggled due to Covid and is closing it down.


https://thelittlesewingcompany.com/collections/fabric

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Textile Express 20% sale
« on: December 22, 2020, 10:20:41 AM »
Email received this morning:

https://www.textileexpressfabrics.co.uk/

Our shop floor remains closed but in order to keep things as normal as possible...

HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF OUR MASSIVE INTERNET SALE
 
Our sale will run from 4pm 23/12/20 until 9am 06/01/21 with a fantastic 20% off all stock.

BUT as a special thank you we would like to offer you early access so you can shop the sale immediately.

This is a stock only sale so it really is a first come first served opportunity.

To receive your discount, simply enter 202020 at checkout.
 




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Fun with Fabric / Middle finger fabric
« on: December 04, 2020, 17:37:48 PM »
Can anyone suggest a use, suitable or not, for this charming fabric:

https://www.textileexpressfabrics.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/93172313/s/s67-middle-finger-linen/

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Fun with Fabric / Fleece
« on: November 25, 2020, 07:58:18 AM »
I have a couple of pairs of pj bottoms from Tesco made from fleece from years back. I’d like to make a few pairs but I am not sure about which fleece fabric to buy. The RTW ones are sewn from a smooth, flatter fleece rather than the higher loft, fluffy fleece (but that may be due to their age and umpteen washings).  I don’t actually wear them to sleep, just lounging around the house. Any pointers on suitable fabrics? This may seem obvious but when I search for fleece fabric, there seem to be different types, not to mention prices.

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For those of you who don't have quite enough patterns already.

https://www.lovenotions.com/product-category/pattern-sale

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I recently registered with Textile Express so I could get a free fabric sample. I just received the email below. There is nothing to indicate from the main website there is a sale but if you put in the code, I presume anyone could get the discount. I just re-read the blurb. Perhaps the site will change at 5pm today. Get in there first, folks.  :ninja:

https://www.textileexpressfabrics.co.uk

Thank you from all of us at Textile Express!
The last few months have been hard for everyone as we all try and adjust in these strange times. All the team at Textile Express would like to say a big Thank You for your support.

From 5pm today we will be offering 20% off all stock items until 9am on Tuesday morning 01/09/20.

The good news is as a subscriber to our newsletter you can start to shop the sale straight away using the discount code BANK20. This is a great advantage in our stock only sale as some items will sell out.

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About to have a look now...

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Fun with Fabric / Fabric for summer trousers
« on: May 27, 2020, 14:41:02 PM »
My scrub sewing is come to an end soon so planning some shamelessly selfish sewing.

I am in need of some summer weight trousers as I have put on lbs and many pairs from previous years no longer fit. I don't want anything voluminous but would like them to be drapey rather than skin tight clingy. I will most likely use a Style Arc pattern such as https://www.stylearc.com/shop/sewing-patterns/besharl-pant/. I'd love a pair in a woven viscose print but then I would be stuck for tops. I'm also in need of tops as some of mine are a wee bit snug in the bust but that's for another day.

Any thoughts, Lightsiders? Darksiders welcome to chip in too.

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The Haberdashery / Ironing Guides
« on: May 24, 2020, 10:09:06 AM »
I don’t know what they are officially called but I seem to remember there being strips of a certain material in varying widths that you could fold fabric over and press hems, etc. Does anyone know anything about these? Alternatively I could make my own but not sure what to use that wouldn’t melt or become distorted over time.

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https://www.lovenotions.com/shop

I am thinking about the Vivace Dolman but I fear it will look like a glorified scrub top on me if I'm not careful with the fabric choice.


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Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« on: April 10, 2020, 12:03:49 PM »
My Bernina 800DL overlocker has never given me jip, nor did its forerunner. I have a heap of overlocking to do. The stitching is perfect. The problem seems to be with the foot pedal. It isn't always responding to pressure so stops and doesn't start again. It's quite warm and there is a plastic smell coming from it. I thought it was the machine at first because this is what happened to my last sewing machine. Nope, it's definitely a pedal issue. It may be time for a service or pedal replacement but that's just not possible right now. Any suggestions?  :(

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House Beautiful / Recovering an office chair
« on: March 20, 2020, 08:43:06 AM »
Has anyone ever done this? I scored an unexpected bargain at work yesterday. One of the managers popped in to let us know that estates management were selling off office chairs for a fiver. These were in perfect order apart from the fabric which was badly stained. I emailed the relevant person and found there were two left. For a £5 I decided it was worth a punt.

The biggest challenge is separating the cushion parts (seat and backrest) from the hard plastic. I don’t want to damage the actual chair prising them off. I have been looking at tutorials but I might see if YouTube has some videos. I may be imagining it but I vaguely recall something on TSP about this.

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Vintage Machines / Vintage machine feet
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:06:40 AM »
Just a heads up for those who have a collection of vintage machine feet/contraptions and have wondered, like me, what the heck they are for or what you can achieve with them, Barbara Emodi of Sewing on the Edge blog is about to produce a free e-book on this topic. I believe she plans to publish individual blog posts first but then compile the lot into the e-book.

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Fun with Fabric / Coat lining
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:15:47 AM »
I am after some plain black lining, preferably not shiny, for a full length winter coat. The coat fabric is medium weight, I would say. The lining I can buy locally - Fabricland - is too thin and too shiny. I have looked online and found lining that is suitable to dresses, skirts etc but not anything more substantial. I am going up to London in a couple of weeks and might pop to Walthamstow. Goldhawk Rd won’t be an option. Any suggestions?

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