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The Haberdashery / Too much choice - thread!
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:15:05 PM »
Are there some basic rules about threads? I’ve tried searching but I think I’m using the wrong terms, possibly?

I’d bought some embroidery threads (pretty colours!) and used them to pep up my basic mug mats etc. that I made for Xmas presents but I found them breaking constantly on my more expensive Juki although they sewed ok on my much cheaper Brother machine. I used the same thread for the bobbin as I used on the top, before anyone asks.  :)

It got me thinking and I wondered if there is a useful guide someone can point me too that explains about different types of threads and their uses?

I was reading some US pages and they included various brandnames of thread (many I’d never heard of) and disparaging Gütermann, which I thought was a top brand, plus used a numbering system that I’ve not seen either

It’s all rather confusing... :S

Vintage Machines / Just bought an old-ish sewing machine for €3
« on: October 22, 2019, 16:41:39 PM »
I popped into a charity shop next to the supermarket to browse through the books and a chap was on his way through the shop door with what looked liked an old sewing machine in its case.

I asked him what he’d got and he said he was throwing it out as they’d plugged it in and it wasn’t working. No idea what came over me but I said, I might like to buy that. He lifted the lid and it looked clean and tidy.  Manager (who I know well) said I could have it for €5 to include the 2 books I was holding. I asked the manager to drop it off for me on his way home (he passes my house) as I didn’t have the car with me.

I’m home now and wondering what on earth I’ve bought??
I won’t know until he drops it off later but I remember it was beige coloured, has a black motor with a rubber belt attached to the hand wheel. It had a lever sticking out on the front that went up and down?
When it arrives, I’ll take a photograph and post it to this thread and see if any of you lovely experts can advise me if it’s worth trying to get it fixed.  :vintage:  :)

Patterns Discussion / Mary Quant 60’s style Free Patterns
« on: October 20, 2019, 09:53:15 AM »
I spotted these 2 free PDF patterns via the V and A museum website.

I like the look of the Georgie dress myself.

Sorry, if this has already been posted elsewhere, I searched but couldn’t find anything.

Patterns Discussion / Vintage Patterns
« on: August 23, 2019, 17:40:28 PM »
I saw this on a Facebook post and it made me giggle.  ;)

Would they get away with saying this nowadays?  :devil:

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Publications / Charity shop find
« on: August 20, 2019, 19:53:13 PM »
I bought a sewing book today for €3 in the charity shop. I picked it up to look at the vintage illustrations.

I can’t seem to post a photo of it but it’s the same edition as this one and in good condition.


Just bought these stacking colourful storage boxes on Prime. Thought they’d be good for storing fat quarters and offcuts  in according to the fabric colour. At the moment, I tend to store them in a couple of shoe sized boxes but I have to rummage through them to find the colour I want.

I’m now wondering if I’ve been a tad ambitious.  :|

I ordered the Style Arc Estelle coatigan pattern (it says EASY!) and a pretty blue flower print design in Ponte Roma as that was recommended by the pattern.

However, it’s arrived and is slightly stretchy and I’ve never sewn a stretch knit fabric before.  :S

Please give me your top tips for sewing this type of fabric and...if I made a toile in muslin fabric, would that work because muslin isn’t stretchy...??? Does it need pre-washing?

Also, what’s the sizing like in Style Arc patterns? As it’s a coat style, it is more important to go by the bust size rather than waist and hips because I’m more of an apple shape?

I’m happy to have a go but don’t want to waste decent fabric.

Publications / Sewing magazine sold in the U.K.?
« on: June 04, 2019, 14:50:17 PM »
Recommendations please?

My lovely sister is visiting me from the U.K. next month and I’ve asked if she’d bring a few sewing magazines with her.
What titles are generally sold in the U.K. that’s you’d recommend?

I’m interested in sewing both clothes and accessories but not ventured into patchwork and quilting yet. I picked up a copy of love Sewing this month whilst visiting Cork city but haven’t seen anything else.

Someone posted about the Burda magazine previously but I’m not sure if it’s more of a book or what?

Fun with Fabric / Interfacing question
« on: May 01, 2019, 17:09:24 PM »
My sewing tutor had recommended using a flexible soft and stretchy cotton interfacing called Stayflex and she gave me some of hers for a project I was doing.

Unfortunately, I’ve no idea where she bought hers from so I’m trying to find it online and Amazon has this:

Do you think it’s the same sort of thing?
The sewing class has finished for the year so I won’t see her again until September.  :(

The Haberdashery / Cone of thread for normal sewing machine?
« on: April 19, 2019, 19:35:35 PM »
Can you use the large cones of polyester thread on an ordinary sewing machine?
If so, how does it work?
I don’t know the correct terms to google.  :S

I have a basic Singer overlocker that’s great and I bought a few cones of thread for it and recently purchased a 250m reel of Gütermann thread and wondered about the difference in price v difference in quality and how to choose the right type of thread for your project?

I’d probably stick with the branded polyester or cotton thread for dressmaking but I’m mostly playing at sewing and making bags, bunting and cushion covers etc. at the moment so don’t want to waste money on expensive thread if I don’t need to.

Access All Accessories / Sewing machine (overlocker) carrying bag
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:55:14 AM »
Does anyone have a link to a pattern suitable for making a bag to take my overlocker to my sewing class?

I have a lovely strong bag for my main sewing machine from RooBeauty that has a vinyl outside printed with vintage sewing related images. However, I’ve looked online and the ones big enough (square) for an overlocker are very expensive. (£50?)

I was wondering about adapting a bag pattern and making the bag using slightly thicker cotton (curtain type?) fabric.
Perhaps incorporating 2 long zips that meet on top, in the middle.
What would I use to make the bottom a bit more solid?

If anyone has tackled a similar project, I’d really appreciate your advice. Thanks.


You can purchase 6 issues of Prima magazine with free sewing pattern - you must tick the box that appears on the last page (?) when ordering. 6 issues for £6 BUT ONLY IF YOU SIGN UP TO DIRECT DEBIT.

If you pay by credit/debit card, the offer isn’t available.

After 6 months you will be billed £15.75 for the final 6 issues unless you cancel your subscription 28 days before your final direct debit goes out of your bank account.

Just saw this in a Facebook forum and know nothing more than the info posted below:

Callout to save buttons from landfill...

A Brown & Co Buttons (a 104-year-old button factory in Croydon) needs to dispose of 30 TONNES of buttons as the factory is shutting down.

For anyone interested in large quantities. 

Email Sarah:
They are currently selling for £2/kilo. Colours can be requested.

In the wardrobe / Prima magazine pattern sizing
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:41:33 AM »
I have a question about magazine paper patterns please.

I was sorting through some old boxes of stuff and discovered 5 Prima paper patterns that are about 10 years old. I remember getting a magazine subscription one year as a Xmas present from my sister and I obviously saved a few patterns thinking I might get around to sewing them when I have some spare time.

Are they easy enough patterns to follow and what’s the sizing like on them?

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