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Your Favourite Suppliers / Do you know these suppliers?
« on: June 14, 2019, 17:06:06 PM »
Can anyone give me any feedback on any of the following sewing machine suppliers?

Hampshire Sewing Machines
Six Penny Memories
Sewing Quarter

These are the only places I can find that appear to have the Britannia coverstitch in stock - whether they turn out to really have one is another matter of course - and I can't find any reviews for them as suppliers.

Franklins, who would be my preferred supplier (since they are also the manufacturer!) won't have any in stock until a tentative late July, and I'm not patient.

I can't believe I'm saying this.  I genuinely believe that overlockers and coverstitchers are the machines of the devil, and I've been happily sewing jersey on an ordinary machine for years.

However, I want to make some jersey clothing for my goddaughters, and when I make things for other people I am much, much fussier about neatness inside.

So, if I want to make nice hems and neat seams on (almost exclusively) cotton or cotton-lycra jersey, what do I need?  It doesn't need to be bottom of the range, but not too expensive, because I could be spending that money on fabric and other nice things.

Adding Zing & Bling / Husqvarna QuickFont Program
« on: May 22, 2019, 18:01:25 PM »
According to my Topaz 25 manual the complimentary software should include QuickFont, which allows you to make embroidery from any TrueType or OpenType fonts on your computer.  The manual seems to suggest that that software is separate from the rest of the free software (Premier+ 2).  However, information on the Husqvarna website seems to suggest that there should be a QuickFont tab within the Premier+ 2 software.

There isn't one in mine.  I have contacted Husqvarna Viking, but I'm not holding my breath.

Is anyone else using this program?

Patterns Discussion / Mocha - iThinkSew
« on: May 22, 2019, 10:41:05 AM »
Has anyone made any of the Mocha patterns on the iThinkSew website?

I can't find any reviews anywhere, and while I like many of the patterns, I wonder whether they might look good on a model but be a bit too shapeless on a more traditionally made body. 

I'd also like to get some idea of the amount of ease - which looks enormous, but, of course, there's no way of knowing from the designer's pictures (and there are no finished measurements available as far as I can see).

They have a nice-looking range of baby patterns too.

Darkside Diaries / Acorn pieces it all together...
« on: May 20, 2019, 13:19:57 PM »
Just getting out my sewing machine and looking for my extension table... nothing to see yet, but I'll try and get some photos of my latest project up soon.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / FMQ
« on: May 10, 2019, 21:08:37 PM »
I'm preparing myself to practice FMQ on my machine (Husqvarna Viking Topaz 25) by reading the manual!!!!

It says:
When you are sewing free motion at low
speed the foot will raise and lower with
each stitch to hold the fabric on the stitch
plate while the stitch is being formed. When
sewing in high speed, the foot floats over the
fabric while sewing. The feed teeth must be
lowered and the fabric is moved manually. All
stitches can be sewn in Free Motion Floating Mode.

The Free Motion Spring Action Presser Feet
follows the up and down movement of the
needle with help of the spring and the arm
on the presser foot. The feed teeth must be
lowered and the fabric is moved manually. It
is recommended to turn on the Stitch Width
Safety for the presser feet that are only
intended for straight stitch sewing.

I don't understand this.  Can someone tell me which I should do?

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Quilt Borders
« on: May 08, 2019, 10:21:29 AM »
I have pieced the main top for the quilt for my goddaughter and am currently doing the borders.  There is a border of the background fabric, then a narrow pieced border using the fabrics from the blocks, then a final border of the background fabric.  I've laid them out in the photo to give some idea.

I did the first two borders yesterday - the first plain one was 2.5 inches (I intended it to be 2in, not sure what happened there!)  The pieced border is intended to be 1inch (maybe less).  Placing the final border alongside it the proportions looked completely wrong, whatever width I made the outer border. 

This morning I have dismantled the borders and would really appreciate some advice about the balance.  I'm on the verge of putting the quilt away for the moment, but I really don't want to.  The picture shows the inner border at 2inches (for real this time) and the pieced one at 1inch.  I think this is probably OK - do you?  And how wide should the outer border be?

The HST squares are 4inches, and the quilt is going to be 48 to 50 inches square overall.

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I love the colours, but have no inspiration whatsoever.  What springs to mind for you, and what other colours, if any, would you add?  Would you do something with a dark background?

In the wardrobe / Heeelllllllppppp!!!!! Advice needed.
« on: March 18, 2019, 19:36:53 PM »
I am going to a Do.  You may have picked up on the fact that I don't generally do dressy.

On the plus side, I have my birds top - this one:

However, it is blue, and my only posh skirt is black.  I clearly need to either buy some dressy blue trousers, or buy/make a skirt.

The biggest problem is the matching up of navy blues.  The top is not as dark as it appears in the picture, and I can't imagine how I could possibly get a match buying online - and that's the only option.  I have no time to get samples, because The Do is a fortnight tomorrow.

So.  Has anyone got any ideas about how to match them?  I can't imagine a patterned fabric that would go with the top, but if anyone has any thoughts I'd love you forever.

Maybe I should leave the birds top and make a top to go with my black skirt.  I could probably do that from stash.  I do love my black skirt (black smooth crepey stuff, flowy with sparkly bits), but I really want to wear my prize-winning birds top.   -<

Either way, I'm going to need shoes.  Online again.  EEE fit, with small heels that I won't fall off (not kitten heels, much as I would love them.  I would break an ankle.)

Oh dear.

Patterns Discussion / PDF Big 4 Patterns
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:33:20 AM »
I know that some of the patterns from the Big 4 companies are available as downloads.  I have occasionally come across them.  However, I can't find them now!  Where should I be looking?

Patterns Discussion / How do I get a US pattern?
« on: February 20, 2019, 16:06:07 PM »
I have fallen for Simplicity 8856, despite the fact that I hate tissue patterns.

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell it is only available in the US.  There are two listings on Ebay, but one would end up costing over £20 and the other seems unsure as to what exactly they're selling, and would take a month to arrive.

Is there another way?

Patterns Discussion / Lekala Dressing Gown #5237
« on: February 06, 2019, 19:13:10 PM »
This seems to be a really nice, simple dressing gown, but the instructions are diabolical, even by Lekala standards.

It refers to 'the trim', but it was only after reading the instructions 5 times and poring in puzzlement over the pattern pieces that I realised that 'the trim' is actually a full lining.

Oh, and I know I'm not skinny, but the belt is 9' 8" long...   :o  I wondered whether for some reason they were folding it lengthwise, but definitely not - it is made up from one piece of the outer fabric and one piece of the trim, and no folding is needed.

I also have a feeling it is going to come up extremely large in other ways too, so I won't cut any fabric without comparing it to my current dressing gown.

*Sigh*.  This was going to be a simple, quick make...

Your Favourite Suppliers / Calico Laine :)
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:40:10 AM »
I ordered a sample of brushed cotton from an online supplier last week.  I loved it, but when I tried to order some I found it was out of stock.  I had a vague look for it elsewhere, but had no luck.  I emailed to ask if/when it would be back in stock, but didn't get an answer.

On Tuesday I had an email from Calico Laine with a coupon code for 15% off.   I went to see if they had anything to tempt me, and guess what!!  There it was, and cheaper than at the other place, even before applying the code.

I paid for 1st class (but not next day) delivery, and it arrived yesterday - 24 hours after ordering.

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Fabric Dies
« on: January 23, 2019, 14:10:56 PM »
I had the Sizzix Big Shot Plus for Christmas, and it in inspiring me to get back into English Paper Piecing (which I can do sitting in front of the TV in the evenings).

However, I am finding that there are not enough dies to satisfy me!!  Ideally I would like to be able to get dies that are the same but roughly 1/2 inch different in size so that I can cut out both the fabric and the papers using the machine, but I've only been able to do this with hexagons.  (Diamonds... I want diamonds!!)

So, other Sizzix users ( @Lowena ) are there other dies that will work with the Big Shot Plus, and if there are, where can I find them?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Fantastic Ribbons
« on: January 23, 2019, 13:58:15 PM »
They are... well... fantastic!

They sent me an email a few days ago offering 76 cards of fabric covered buttons for £20 - usual price £227.

Oh - and I placed the order on the afternoon of Jan 21st and received it today - Jan 23rd.  Postage was free because it was over £20, but I opted to pay an extra 90p to have them sent 1st class.

They are absolutely beautiful.  They look good on the website, but they are even nicer in reality.  I am going through my clothes in my head thinking about which ones would look good with new buttons.  It's just a shame I hate sewing buttons on, but I think I can cope!

This is not an unusual offer from Fantastic Ribbons, and everything I have ever had from them has been beautiful.

PS, the code was fab19, just in case they have any left.

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