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An item from Threads Mag popped up on my FB "How to Sew an Elegant Wide Belt" Its in edition no 126 – Aug./Sept. 2006 & I'm wondering whether anyone has this magazine & would be willing  to lend it to me.
I recently bought a dress & I don't like the belt it came with & this is just what i'm looking for.
I would really appreciate any help with this.

Many thanks

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / For sale Bernina 830
« on: July 15, 2019, 22:50:08 PM »
I have 2 lovely Bernina 830s both from the 1970s. They sew beautifully and purr when in use.
I am going to sell one of them, I don't need 2 and I don't have space either.
I need to sort out an advertisement for them and work out the feet that I am selling with it. It has recently been cleaned and oiled.
Whilst I'm doing this, I thought I'd check here whether anyone is interested in making me an offer for my machine?
I am in Manchester, you are welcome to come to view the machine. If getting to Manchester is difficult I may be able to meet halfway or deliver if not too far.

Technical Help / Up my game
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:45:08 PM »
I am put off sewing because I'm often disappointed with the fit. Also I think I sometimes select unsuitable fabrics.
I have sewn for years and have made some successful garments & some never ever worn.
Recently I have made a few simple tops, including the Mandy Boat Tee, a free pattern from Tessuti & I'm really pleased with it, and The French Dart dress, one dress I love & the second I'm not sure about, although I wore it to work on Tuesday, but I'm not sure whether i'll wear it again..
I was chatting at home today & DH was saying he thinks I should up my game - make something more challenging. He suggests I make a dress for a wedding we'll be going to later this summer. He thinks my garments are fine - I'm just too self critical.
I read the thread by @annieeg & feel jealous of the help she had from @Holly Berry. I would love help like that. I do go to a sewing class & tonight I'm going to discuss my fitting issues with the teacher.
I've discovered I bought a class on Craftsy -  Sew the Perfect Fitwith Lynda Maynard in 2013. I have the pattern that accompanies the course, Vogue 8766, a pattern I really like. I can still access the class now that the site is Bluprint.
So, I'm going to work through the Craftsy/Bluprint course & hopefully can turn out a lovely dress.

There, Ive told you all - I'll have to see it through. :frock:


I bought a Jaguar 487 Overlocker a year ago. it has made me love using an overlocker again because its a breeze to thread, in complete contrast to my previous Janome overlocker.
However, I have a big birthday coming up and I've decided to upgrade my overlocker.
I bought my Jaguar 487 Overlocker from GUR Sewing machines a year ago. it has only had light use. I have the paperwork & it came with a 5 years warranty. I am in Manchester & I am reluctant to send it and prefer it to be collected. I could possibly be persuaded to send it though because and  I have all the original packaging. You are welcome to come to try out the machine.

I would like £160 for the machine.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Free - Threads Magazines
« on: November 17, 2018, 16:52:58 PM »
I have copies of Threads from 2007 to 2013.
Does anyone want them? (issue nos 128, 129, 142,143, 145,146, 148, 150 to 158, 165 to 169)
The whole stack is a bit too heavy to post. I'm in Manchester if you'd like to collect them.
Or if there's a particular edition you want I could post it.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Free Hemline Thread Stand
« on: November 17, 2018, 15:06:36 PM »
I bought this after some one recommended it on The previous sewing forum but I've never used it.  It's still in the original box.
Would anyone like it? I'll post it out to you.
Sorry, I've not attached a photo but if you Google Hemline Thread Stand you'll see how it looks.

Sewing Machines / Bernina 1008
« on: October 18, 2018, 23:18:19 PM »
I have always wanted a Bernina sewing machine & I may have an oppurtunity to buy a used Bernina 1008.
Is there anything I should ask when I speak to the seller? And can you advise me how do I decide how much to offer?

I'd appreciate any advice, thanks

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / For sale Elna overlocker SOLD
« on: February 11, 2018, 14:42:32 PM »
I have this Elna ovelocker for sale, as well as the Janome one I've posted separately. It's in good condition. I can show more photos and you're welcome to come and see it. I'm in Manchester

NOW SOLD I am selling this overlocker. It's in good condition and has had light use. I can send more photos. You're welcome to come and see it. I'm in Manchester

Fun with Fabric / Scuba?
« on: October 20, 2017, 16:48:43 PM »
I saw some lovely scuba fabric in Abakhan. I was wondering whether you could tell me what garments you have sewn using scuba. Can you direct me to photos? Any advice for using scuba?
I saw a Simplicity pattern Project Runway Dress 8213 which specifies that it's  especially for scuba, but i'd  love some other recommendations


Patterns Discussion / Searching for a dress pattern. Can anyone help?
« on: October 10, 2017, 14:11:35 PM »

2 to 3 months ago I saw a dress pattern I really liked. I probably noted the number but I dont remember where.
I@m fairly certain it was one of the big name pattern companies.
The style was a plain front, shift dress style & the back had a gathered panel towards the hem. I've probably not described it very well but can anyone help?
I've looked through webites with no success.


House Beautiful / Suggestions please for a quick project
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:09:25 AM »
I have made my friend some cushions. There's some fabric left over & I'm trying to think of something I could make as an additional gift for her to go in the living room with the cushions.
Any thoughts? :fabric:

Tutorials / Great tutorial for invisible zip finish
« on: August 01, 2017, 23:03:57 PM »
This is in this month's  Love Sewing magazine issue 42
It it's not a tutorial about inserting an invisible zip, but getting a really neat finish at the top of the zip.
It's by Clare Louise Hardie aka Thrifty Stitcher.
I read about the article on Instagram and bought the magazine. I used it on a recent dress and am delighted with the finish at the top of the zip, something I was previously disappointed with.

In the wardrobe / Lining a dress
« on: June 28, 2017, 21:36:37 PM »
Hi. Please could I have some help with how I attach a lining to a dress I'm making?
The dress is McCalls 6429 a straight short sleeved shift dress. I have made this dress already with the help of my sewing teacher at Bury Adult Education class. But I cannot remember how it was done.
I have made up the lining & the dress but haven't attached the neckband & facing, nor have I put in the zip - the back is completely open.
With the first one I attached the lining at the ends of the sleeves then somehow turned it through & attached the back seam to the seam allowance of the zip (If I remember correctly)
I would welcome a pointer to instructions for this or to  YouTube.

Thanks a lot

Hi, I'm new... / I'm from TSF
« on: May 15, 2017, 23:06:10 PM »
Hi, I have been lurking on this site since its early days. I too was a longstanding member of TSF.
The reason it's taken me a while to register is that I was considering changing my name but in the end I kept the same one as on TSF.
I dither about my sewing too.
I'm still dressmaking & still have problems with the fit and make many garments that don't get worn.
I attend a local authority dressmaking evening class, although there are only 3 more weeks left of the year.

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