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Vintage Machines / A couple of 221k questions
« on: August 05, 2020, 11:08:10 AM »
This is my first foray into here I think.  You may or may not have seen my post in the cafe yesterday about the gorgeous Featherweight that my husband presented me with.  It would appear from the exterior condition to have been used very little or by someone who took extreme care.

It was sold as having had a replacement motor (time of replacement unknown) and I can see that all the wiring and possibly the foot pedal are new.  I've had a look at the innards that are all clean and fluff and dust free.  The belt is new. I have run it just for a couple of short lines of stitching but want to oil it before trying it in earnest.  I have the instruction book and can see that there are a zillion places for oil.

I have discovered, thanks to posters here, the Singer Featherweight Shop website and can see that there are tutorials and videos covering just about everything.

I have a couple of questions
Motor  The manual says that the motor should have a lubricant down two holes on the top - there is an original, unused tube of lubricant in the box.  However, the motor has been replaced and there are no holes for lubricant.  DH says that it is a sealed unit that doesn't need lubrication.  Does this sound ok?

Thread tension  On my stitching sample the top thread tension is too tight.  I have checked that I have it correctly threaded through the tension discs.  I have read that you should start by getting the bottom tension correct first.  When I hold the bobbin thread the bobbin / case drops very fast which would suggest to me that the bobbin tension is too loose.  Before I fiddle with bobbin tension, is there any common top tension problem that I may need to fix first?

Needles  There are 2 packets of new needles with the machine but they are all size 16.  Where can I get needles?

Thread Stand Is it normal on these machines to use a thread stand for cross wound reels of thread?

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Tech Know How / HELP forum has gone odd ... And it's suddenly ok
« on: July 16, 2020, 15:08:01 PM »
I thought it was just my new computer but its the same on my Kindle.  The forum format has changed ana the print is quite small but everyone's avatars fill the entire screen - Wrenkins gnome is particularly scary!I

Its suddenly gone back to normal and I honestly havent had any  :toast: or  :gin:

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In the wardrobe / Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:28:35 PM »
First time I've used this pattern - I can't remember who recommended it (probably Vezelay, my pattern guru).
It's very quick to make and I really like it and it's one of those things that I know I will wear out and the pattern will definitely get used again.  I'd like to find a nice, sweater knit.
My only criticism of the pattern is the lack of instructions for attaching the front/ neck band. Apart from the centre back neck there are no notches for matching up.  The band is quite a bit shorter than the garment edge but you need to put a lot of stretch round the concave neckline, a bit of ease round the convex curve at the base of the V so that it lies flat and just a smidge of stretch down the straight fronts.  I have done jersey many times so I was ok but an inexperienced person could end up with a bit of a mess.
I used this fabric which is a bit unuaual.  The 3 layers make it a bit thicker than normal jersey, but I think to call it quilted is a bit of an exaggeration.  It has a very warm and comfortable feel without being too bulky.
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I have 1.5m of this fabric

If anyone wants it for £12 (including postage) it's yours.

I bought it to make a top and assumed (should never do that) that the design was small and delicate because thats usually what broderie anglaise is.
The fabric is lovely but the pattern is a much larger scale than envisaged - the pale blue fronds with the holes are about 10" long.

 it is really not to my taste for what I want to make but it would be great for a summer skirt or dress which I never wear.  It will just languish in a box which is pointless and I just want to see it used.

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Dolls and Toys / Stegosaurus
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:53:48 AM »
Eons ago I used to make loads of stuffed toys (as teenagers @Flobear and I had a bit of a cottage industry) but it is more than 20 years since I have made anything and I have only ever made things in fur or felt which are very forgiving.

Anyway, my neighbours recently started fostering.  Up until now they have just done weekend respite for other foster carers for two 12 year old girls.  About a month ago they took in a 4 year old girl on an emergency placement.  She came with very little stuff and of course there are no shops open.  Neighbours with children rallied round and put together some bits for her and I had some things from when my niece and nephew used to come and stay. they're in their 20s now.
About 3 weeks ago DH told me that the little girl had told him that she wanted a dinosaur so I thought 'no problem'.  I found a pattern for cotton fabric and after a bit of searching realised that good old Bumbleberries quilting fabric was a good dinosaur look.  All the pieces are backed with fusible woven interfacing for robustness.  I was delighted to find a pair of googly eyes in my button box, goodness knows why I had them because I've never used safety eyes for anything before.  I washed an old pillow with a polyester filling and it was perfect for stuffing.  Just as I started to stuff I realised that one of the eyes had a crack right across the surface.  Damn, blast and botheration! 
I searched on e bay for some more googly safety eyes that weren't in China or in packs of 500 and found some in London.  After receiving an e mail to say they had been posted they arrived 10 days later!  It has taken me forever as my hands didn't like using a needle in confined spaces to stitch on the legs so I could only manage one every couple of days.

But, I have finally finished it - the moment has probably now long passed and my neighbour told me yesterday that the girl had just received a box of her things from home.

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Your Favourite Suppliers / Thumbs up for The Sewing Studio
« on: April 29, 2020, 13:08:45 PM »
I've just received some fabric from The Sewing Studio that I ordered yesterday morning.  I found a number of online suppliers had messages on their sites stating 7 - 10 days or delays for delivery.  They have a message saying that orders are going out as normal.  I placed an order and had an e mail less than 2 hours later to say that my order was being packed.  It arrived this morning.  :)


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Fun with Fabric / Some nice printed cotton jersey
« on: April 16, 2020, 09:38:19 AM »
Somebody lock up @wrenkins .
This isnt my fault, it's the person who put the link to the sewing bee contestants because at the bottom was an ad for Second Star Fabric.  In the interests of research I had to have a look.  A bit pricy of course but some great designs.
Second Star Fabrics

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A bit of a 'do' / Prom Dress for Niece
« on: March 18, 2020, 22:35:17 PM »
For those who think I'm a fraudster, cos I don't do any sewing, I'm about to be shaken out of the doldrums because I've offered to make a prom dress for my niece.  The prom will inevitably be cancelled but hopefully it will happen a bit later so I'm going ahead.  I'll be doing it remotely because she lives in Dorset.
This is the pattern she has chosen (view A with lace overlay).  It's got princess seams which will help hugely with fitting.  She has chosen a lovely deep turquoise satin.  I have ordered samples of lace fabrics today (neither she nor her mum had thought about the difficulty of  matching up colours).  You never know how turquoise will be in the flesh, it's so variable.  But I've also ordered some black samples and told her that it could look very classy with a black lace bodice overlay - I think she's convinced.
I've traced off the pattern pieces, because I had to do a lot of grading between sizes and made a toile of the bodice to send for my sister to do some fitting.  Once I've got that right it should be pretty straightforward - I hope that's not famous last words.

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A Good Yarn / Self Patterning Yarns
« on: March 10, 2020, 13:43:49 PM »
I don't really get self patterning yarns - I don't see how the pattern can possibly come out right unless you are knitting a very specific size with the correct tension.  Patterns designed for those yarns come in multi sizes but surely if you do a bigger or smaller size the colour pattern won't come out as shown.  I had a self patterning yarn for a pair of socks and the dark colour, which was supposed to make diagonal stripes on the light background colour, didn't.  It came out as little random blobs.
I find it a bit annoying that most multi coloured yarns available these days are self patterning when I just want something that will give a random variation in colour.

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A Good Yarn / Finished a cardigan
« on: February 21, 2020, 10:47:26 AM »
This is a bit outside my comfort zone for style but I think I like it and it is very comfortable I wasn't sure about the double breasted look.  The pattern is from Olive Knits and is knitted in one piece - not a seam in sight  :)  The collar looks ok down flat but to have it up I need to put a small hook or something at the neckline.
I used Drops Nepal (Aran weight) and it was easy to knit.  I would have preferred better instructions for placing the buttonholes rather than 'every 2 1/2 to 3 inches'  Because it is knitted top down I had committed myself before I decided that it was going to make the thing too long if I had 7 buttons or too short with 6.  So as it has a deep rib I did the bottom ones closer together to hopefully look deliberate.  The pairs of buttons are all carefully measured, it must be the way I'm standing that makes them look out of line!
The colour is actually a nice red leaning very, very slightly towards the rusty end of the spectrum.  I had to use a flash in the low light which has made it rather orangey.
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A Good Yarn / Article about Fairisle knitting
« on: February 19, 2020, 09:22:15 AM »
I found this article with lots of pictures of traditional Fairisle knitting.
Here it is

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A Good Yarn / Goat socks
« on: February 10, 2020, 11:07:12 AM »
I've just finished these socks, I like to do a bit of sock knitting between bigger things.  The yarn is a discontinued Rowan one which is a wool / mohair / polyamide / silk mix.  I have 3 pairs of goat socks that I bought years (6, 7, more?) ago from Wiggly Wigglers.  WW don't sell them any more but I believe that they are Corrymoor goat socks.   They were expensive but I have worn them, in wellies, for years over the top of a pair of cotton socks.  They're not thick but are very warm and very hard wearing.  I have had to dispose of 2 out of the 6 socks this year so I suspect the others haven't got long left.  I set about looking for a goat yarn that was suitable for socks but seemed to be going round in circles.  The yarn I used is nothing like my goat socks but hopefully I will get some good wear out of them.  I've got another skein of the Rowan yarn in blues.
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The Haberdashery / Iron that lifts up
« on: February 03, 2020, 11:47:52 AM »
I seem to have inadvertently subscribed to Barnyarns  newsletter.  A few weeks back they announced that they were stocking irons (from the USA) that automatically lift.  I think they must have been popular because they seem to now be waiting for new stock.  The price was iirc £134
It was Jessie burning her ironing board cover that made me think about it.
This is it

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In the wardrobe / Quick jersey top - Robin Rescue
« on: January 23, 2020, 14:40:46 PM »
A quick and easy top from a piece of cotton jersey that I got about a year ago to make up the amount for free postage.  Apologies to those who don't like wildlife on clothes and yes, I know I have beheaded a robin at the neck and I was so careful (or I thought I was) when I was cutting out.  It is from my much used (9 times now I think) Grainline Lark Tee pattern.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Current Projects / Batik quilt #2 - it's finished!
« on: November 22, 2019, 15:12:53 PM »
I did start a thread on my second batik quilt but it was in the general bit so I thought that now I've begun the actual thing I would put my progress under Current Projects.
I have completed my first block.  It's easy to put together but was a bit tricky to square up.  It's 14 1/2"  I can chain piece the following ones but wanted to complete one first to see if it was ok.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  
It is straight, the sides are a lens aberration.

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