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Vintage Machines / Thingummiwotsit
« on: October 16, 2019, 12:22:55 PM »
Does anyone know the name of a tool for setting the height of a presser foot? Something like a feeler gauge, but 5/16" thick?
I wanted to align the foot with the feed dogs, but was afraid to loosen the screw that held the post in case the whole assembly dropped down.  Since it was stitching well I assume it is at the correct height, so I wanted to prop it up at that level while I tweaked the foot.  Nothing in the house was exactly that height.
(In the end, I managed with the handle of my red cleaning brush on top of the plastic cover of my little notebook and the end sheet inside. Phew! I would rather have the  ideal thing in my toolbox though)
What does everyone else use?

Vintage Machines / featherweight one thread embroidery attachment
« on: September 22, 2019, 17:13:46 PM »
Has anyone seen this?
I want one!  It folds the thread into a loop and stitches it down to make a beautiful chain stitch on top of the fabric. Like couching but with a single thread.  Unfortunately they are very rare and cost hundreds. There is a U spring on it which is irreplaceable.  Surely there are spring manufacturers still?
 Watch the video to see the slow motion demo. Beautiful.

Vintage Machines / Can you identify this please?
« on: September 21, 2019, 15:49:00 PM »
Don't know what this does, the little arm pivots through 90 degrees.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  
Can anyone help?

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 Complete with all the cams, specific to THIS machine.   £10 to include p&p
Could not upload the pictures from my phone at first, although I had done it in the past.

Sewing Machines / 222k and 221k what is the difference?
« on: September 07, 2019, 20:43:04 PM »
Looking on ebay,  the 222s seem to command a higher price.  What is the reason for this?  Are they any better, and if so, in what way?

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / the Leaves
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:50:45 AM »
@Sandra and @Iminei   They have followed us here. Have you seen Francesca's next summer dress?

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / blade sharpener
« on: June 07, 2019, 13:22:15 PM »
Has anyone used one of these?  Is it worth £34?

Your Favourite Suppliers / foam
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:41:04 PM »
Just ordered some foam for a garden seat cushion from efoam.  Their website is a model of clarity, very easy to use. They take Paypal so I didn't even need to put in my address.  Small orders like mine they said could take an extra couple of days, but I ordered Monday teatime and it has just been delivered (Wednesday lunchtime). Very pleased indeed.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Going over seams on coverlock
« on: March 18, 2019, 17:11:14 PM »
I have been having trouble getting the Coverpro to go smoothly across the overlocked seams on a panelled jersey skirt. Tacking down the hem firmly on each seam, from cut edge downwards to the fold, made it go through smoothly. It was well worth the couple of minutes it took and easy enough to take out afterwards.
Hope someone else finds it helpful.

Fun with Fabric / hair canvas for waistband
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:18:17 AM »
I am making some trousers from a Vogue pattern, which calls for hair canvas in the waistband.  The band is shaped, so I can't use the lining/gripper  stuff on a roll which I have.  Does anyone know what weight of canvas would be best for this? 

Your Favourite Suppliers / Lost another shop
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:50:17 AM »
Sadly, saw that Dutton for Buttons Ilkley shop has now closed down.  York and Harrogate are still open but it's a much longer journey.  Very few button sellers on the internet now too, except China.  There used to be some lovely ones.

Publications / Sew magazine
« on: February 08, 2019, 16:39:29 PM »
In December I posted about their subscription offer.  Two months later, the fabric has still not arrived.  On the third phone call they said it had run out because there had been such demand and I could have an alternative fabric and pattern.  You would think that if they had taken, say 350 metres it would not take a genius to work out that this was 100 pieces of 3.5 metres and then they could contact the extra people to offer an alternative, but I had to chase them.  The girl answering the phone, after a long wait in the queue, was apologetic and asked what I would like - there is a heart fabric, a grey... What is it, a jersey, a cotton or what? - sorry there are no more details.  What are the patterns that goes with them ? -sorry, it doesn't say.  She has been trying to get more information from them. I felt sorry for her but it is definitely cancelled.
 The magazine got less and less interesting each month too.  It is aimed beginners mainly but there were some interesting bits in the first one I saw. 
Conclusion, don't get involved with their offers. If one issue interests you, buy it off the news stand.

Tech Know How / add a vote
« on: February 08, 2019, 07:46:26 AM »
So many entries in the Stashbuster, I was getting lost. Picked my 5 then closed without posting - I was first at about 5.30!  When I went back thought I would add and save one at a time but found I had locked myself out, is there any way to add the other 4?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / For Sale: Furnishing items.
« on: February 06, 2019, 16:40:36 PM »
Not going to use these.
Quilt patterns (only 20yrs old!) £7.50 each inc p&p Intermediate one is gone, last two are Advanced.
Valance rails for soft valances, fit behind existing rails.   £7 each including p&p  Plastic strip can be bent when heated.
2 x 240cm  and 4 x 180cm
As much 1" wide curtain tape as anyone needs, 10p/metre plus postage  (will throw in 5m with each rail ) white or cream
Flanged upholstery piping. Copper, pink and navy all full cards 25m  £25 inc P&P
two tone gold and red and gold partly used, probably at least 15m of each left, will measure if anyone interested. £/m
Tasselled tiebacks, cotton one 21cm tassel length, rayon one 15cm  £2.50 per pair, plus p&p (probably £4) tissue box just for size!

My son sent me a link yesterday:
Each month for a year,  you get a chapter of the story and pdf instructions for a quilt block, which builds into a picture giving clues which help you solve the mystery. Unfortunately it closed at the end of January or I might have been tempted, even at $9 per month.  Different techniques in the blocks.

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