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Embroidery Machines / Singer Futura XL420
« on: December 24, 2019, 15:46:01 PM »
Apparently this has an 'endless' hoop.
No idea if Singer embroidery machines are recommended.

Vintage Machines / Buttonholer for a 99K
« on: September 14, 2019, 22:28:00 PM »
As I will be getting my 99K back overhauled and with a motor I was wondering about treating it to a buttonholer, particularly since I have seen posts praising the buttonholes these machines can make.

Can one of the vintage experts in here tell me what the correct buttonhole attachment for a 99K is please (and the best place to find them)?

Publications / What to keep?
« on: September 03, 2019, 19:58:11 PM »
I have been moving some of my books around and found myself wondering whether a cull might be a good idea.
I would be grateful for any comments about which of these are definitely worth hanging on to -

Singer Sewing Reference Library. 101 Sewing Secrets 1989
Ladbury, Ann. Make the Most of your Sewing Machine. Batsford 1987
Aldrich, Winifred. Metric Pattern Cutting. Mills and Boon 1976
Bray, Natalie. More Dress Pattern Designing. Crosby Lockwood 1970
Woolridge, Anne (Ed) Encyclopedia of Advanced Dressmaking. Marshall Cavendish 1978
Betty Foster’s Adapting to Fashion. Macdonald 1980
Foster, Betty. Creating Fashion. Macdonald 1983
Garner, Lynne. A Perfect Fit. David and Charles 2009
The Perfect Fit. A practical guide to adjusting patterns for a professional finish. Creative Publishing Int. 2005

Technical Help / Using Swedish Tracing Paper
« on: February 24, 2019, 12:29:45 PM »
Does anyone use this for making toiles?
I know you are supposed to be able to sew into it, but it feels so flimsy.

Any advice welcome.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Empress Mills
« on: January 13, 2019, 14:32:35 PM »
I have an email from Empress Mills - January Sale now on.
Worth a look as some things have a good reduction on them.

I am now considering replacing my sleeve board having decided I couldn't justify it - or maybe the mini steam iron 30% off.

Fun with Fabric / Do you wash fabric?
« on: January 06, 2019, 13:30:45 PM »
I did do a search as I thought this had been discussed before, but without success (not saying it isn't there I just couldn't find it).

So, please

Do you wash garment fabric?
All fabrics?
Which fabrics?

Patterns Discussion / Fit Models and Pattern Makers
« on: September 12, 2018, 13:45:32 PM »
Boppingbeth referred to the different fit models used in her comments on Sewing Workshop and Patterns for Pirates patterns.

Either because I never thought about it or because I grew up in the time of the Big Pattern Companies I had never heard of Fit Models.

Now I am not sure if I will ever venture into the new companies (they certainly aren't aiming at my age group), but if anyone has a spare minute can you explain to this old bird how one finds out which model is used by which companies and what difference that would make?

Technical Help / Fitting Systems (Solo)
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:14:45 AM »
This was triggered by my getting emails about a new fitting book just published 'New Book = Temptation'

Plus finding a post I had printed off from TSF (oh dear, 2008  :| )
"choose just one, methodical fitting and pattern adjustment scheme that you can use to fit yourself, focus and stick with it."

So I hauled out fitting books from my shelves (I think I found them all)

Vogue Sewing Book of Fitting, Adjustments and Alterations
Sarah Veblen. The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting
Lynne Garner. A Perfect Fit (creating personalised patterns)
The Perfect Fit – A Practical Guide to Adjusting Patterns for a Professional Finish
Singer. Sewing Pants That Fit
Betty Foster’s Adapting to Fashion
Betty Foster – Creating Fashion
Palmer/Pletsch Jackets for Real People
Palmer/Pletsch Pants for Real People

Plus several Craftsy classes (one of which I have actually worked on - Pam Howard Jacket Fitting)

Help! I think I need an intervention  :o

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Another top
« on: May 24, 2018, 19:37:02 PM »
And this one?
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How should/could I quilt this please?
What colour thread?

I just saw this and thought it might interest some Dark Siders

Fun with Fabric / Quilted lining
« on: January 10, 2018, 18:20:26 PM »
Something like this could be good as lining for a coat like that raincoat DF has just finished

Well since it looks as if this might actually get finished (well the top pieced anyway) it should probably have its own thread rather than just being muttered about in the daily thread.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / FPP thread ends
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:14:29 AM »
Ladies, I am sure I read in one of my books (did I mention my craft book library?) that you don't need to tie off the thread ends when doing FPP as they get buried under the next piece.
Now I can't find the reference.

Is it right, please and do you just leave them?

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Rotary cutters
« on: August 20, 2017, 14:20:58 PM »
Ladies, could I ask how often you replace the blade in your rotary cutter?

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