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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / At last!
« on: Yesterday at 22:01:26 »
It was last November that my son and his OH decided to move into a place of their own, leaving our attic bedroom, where they had been living, spare.

So the plan was, a quick coat of paint, a bed settee for visitors, and a little sewing corner for Mick to call his own.
Easy job, be done in no time.

Six months later it's almost finished.   :[

It may be small, minimal even, but it's mine...

Sewing_1 by Mick, on Flickr

Sewing_2 by Mick, on Flickr

Access All Accessories / Simple man sewing.
« on: December 19, 2019, 21:41:39 PM »
For a simple man, sewing!

My job takes me all over the fairly big factory where I work, and wherever I go, my tools have to go with me.
Well I finally got fed up of rummaging in the bottom of the toolbox for the right size spanner, and decided a little organization was called for.

This heavy-duty canvas is the remains of an old welding screen. It's old, frayed and a bit manky.
So I know just how it feels...

Something like this? Precision guesswork at it's finest.

Strong thread, a Jeans needle in the machine, and away we go.

No more swearing and chucking stuff about because I can't find the right tool.

Access All Accessories / Transformation Challenge
« on: April 04, 2019, 21:56:05 PM »
Sorry, was channeling a bit of a GBSB moment with that title... 8)

Anyway, back to reality.

When finally forced to admit that this sewing thing was not just a passing fancy, I thought I'd better get a slightly more "user friendly" sewing machine than the hand-cranked antique I had been using.
Ended up with a Singer HD 4423, which seems like a fine thing. Does everything I ask of it with no fuss.

However, for a machine that prides itself on being strong and well built, the cover that comes with it is frankly a bit of a surprise. Apparently made of J-cloth it looks like it should last for about 10 minutes.

So this seemed like the perfect time to steepen my own learning curve a little, by designing and making something from scratch.
This is how it turned out.
Has a cut out in the top for the handle, and pockets on the front for the mains lead and foot pedal.
Hardly the most technical of projects, but as I say, having never done anything like this before, I'm just surprised it actually fits the machine properly.

And the GBSB reference?
Well the outer is made from discarded restaurant napkins, the lining is from old pot-towels, and the pocket linings are industrial roller towel.
Cheapskate, me?
No, I prefer to think of it as "environmentally friendly". :D

Access All Accessories / Momento Mori
« on: March 04, 2019, 22:14:09 PM »

As I said in the Hi I'm New section, I am pretty much an absolute beginner at this sewing thing, so trying to get some simple projects done, just to find my feet.

So here goes...

I bought this jacket in the late 1970's, when I got my first motorbike, and was still using it until recently.
It's seen a lot of hard road miles, and more than a few adventures.
But to be honest it's had it's day. The leather is brittle and perishing in places, the pocket linings are long gone and many of the zips don't work anymore.

Still, it seemed a shame to just bin it, after all this time together.

So I downloaded the simplest wallet pattern I could find, salvaged the best bits of the leather, a bit of the quilted liner, and set about it.

It's far from perfect, the stitching is a bit wobbly in places, and some of the cutting could have been neater.
But it works, and it's the first faltering step along the road to getting better at this stuff.

Hi, I'm new... / Just another newbie.
« on: March 01, 2019, 22:21:31 PM »
Hi everyone,

my name is Mick and, much to my own surprise, find myself fascinated by the world of sewing.

It started with some leather items I got asked to make. I can't resist a challenge, so took the job on.
I got fed up with hand stitching the stuff pretty quickly, and started looking for a better way. What I ended up with was a 1918 hand-cranked Singer 66, very cheap off Ebay.

YouTube taught me how to set it up and use it, and together we rattled through the work in no time. The plan was to get rid of the thing as soon as the work was done.

Leather-work out of the way, I began to wonder what else a machine like that could be used for. And so began the slippery slope into fabric crafts.

I'm still pretty much baffled by it all, but keen to learn. To that end, I got myself a much more modern, and easier to use, machine. I've completed a few simple projects on it, but still suspect I'll be taking a lot more away from this forum than contributing.


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