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Tech Know How / Internal server error
« on: July 11, 2020, 18:05:06 PM »
The website has been very slow today and this evening I'm getting Internal Server Error messages when I try to view different threads

House Beautiful / Potato storage bag?
« on: July 02, 2020, 14:53:46 PM »
Not exactly "House Beautiful" but never mind
We don`t eat a great many potatoes and I`m fed up with them going green or sprouting before we`ve had time to use them.  I don`t have room for them in the fridge and I don`t know if they should go in there anyway.  At the moment they are loose in a plastic drawer thing in the utility room and that`s no good.  So I`m wondering about making a simple bag to put them in first.  I assumed dark fabric would be best to stop the greening but most "potato bags" for sale look like cream calico

Any thoughts?  It won`t be on show so it doesn`t matter what it looks like

ps I know the ideal solution is to not buy so many potatoes but we are relying on supermarket deliveries at the moment and the options are limited

The Haberdashery / Most useful Bias Tape Maker?
« on: June 23, 2020, 13:16:58 PM »
I am assembling a package of "extras" for a friend who has recently returned to sewing.  I thought I would include a bias tape maker.  I`ve got 3 Clover ones of different widths - I think I got the widest one when I had a go at bag making.

If you just had one which width would you find most useful?  And are Clover the best?  I have seen sets of 3 unbranded ones which are considerably cheaper but don`t want her to be put off by trying to use one that doesn`t work properly

Machine Accessories / Hump jumper advice
« on: June 16, 2020, 20:48:06 PM »
I have got a Jean-a-ma-jig which I thought was the only hump jumper you could get.  But when I searched for one for a friend I discovered there is another - so now I can`t decide which to get her.  Any thoughts?

Don't worry, I haven't got lost and ended up here by mistake. But I understand you ladies spend a lot of time binding things and I want to know if there is a good way to join two bias strips so you end up with a nice long bias strip with a nice neat diagonal seam - without spending ages trying to remember how to position the 2 pieces and then sewing the seam the wrong width so you end up with a crooked long strip

House Beautiful / curtain fabric suppliers - recommendations?
« on: June 07, 2020, 16:57:56 PM »
I have worked out that I`m going to need about 45 metres of fabric for our new sitting room - and that`s assuming no pattern repeats. There are two very large picture windows.  It`s going to be quite a task and expensive so I`m hoping to do it only once.  The plan is to do it in the Autumn but I`m doing a bit of preliminary research.  I`ve bought from Terry`s Fabrics in the past - ok but I haven`t seen anything suitable.  And JustFabrics are now local to me.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.  I`m hoping I might be able to persuade someone to give me discount for a large order

Last year I found what looked like a very good selection of  viscose / linen (suitable for summer trousers).  It was available in several  plain colours and there was also a choice of 2 weights.  I was intending to send for a couple of samples  but life got in the way, and I didn`t make a note of the supplier.

Any idea who it was?

Technical Help / Bias tape question
« on: June 01, 2020, 07:18:05 AM »
Possibly a daft question.  I`ve got a pattern which requires 1/4inch double bias tape. Am I right in thinking that if I make 1/2inch tape with my bias tape maker and then fold that in half I will end up with 1/4inch double tape? 
The pattern refers to the "wider folded edge of the tape" - I`m not sure how to end up with a "wider folded edge"!

Fun with Fabric / Calling batik experts!
« on: May 22, 2020, 16:37:26 PM »
I`m very partial to a bit of batik and am looking for some to make a dress.  Last year I had some really nice (but expensive) from Croft Mill but they have sold out of that quality this year.  I`m now looking at Doughty`s and Empress Mills - obviously they are aiming mainly at patch-workers so I wonder if it would be too stiff to make a dress?

Any thoughts?

Patterns Discussion / Simplicity 1080 - yes or no? Update
« on: May 21, 2020, 13:56:04 PM »

Now the weather has got so hot I am looking for something to wear that is cool and  loose-ish but not too sack-like (and quick to make). I`m average height, 63, small boobs but pot belly.  I like the photo on the pattern but some of the efforts on Pattern Review aren`t flattering at all!  I don`t want to end up with boobs looking smaller and tummy bigger!

Any thoughts?  Or alternative suggestions?

PS suitable for wovens rather than knitted

The Haberdashery / Thread matching problems
« on: April 09, 2020, 13:38:20 PM »
I buy most of my fabric online and when possible ask for a matching thread.  Otherwise I buy Gutermann Sew All from my local curtain fabric shop which has a good range.

I`ve just started making some curtains and have some thread which is ok-ish and I will use that.  But ideally I would have liked some a little bit paler -  and this has made me realise how difficult it is to choose thread online.  I was hoping that as I know the number of the thread I already have, it would be easy to view the ones that are similar - but I haven`t found a way of doing that.  The numbering seems to be totally random!

Your Favourite Suppliers / Higgs and Higgs
« on: March 27, 2020, 19:20:26 PM »
One of the reasons I was very keen to move is that our new house isn`t far from Higgs and Higgs shop.  All that is on hold for a while so I had a little wander over to their website.  They have a lot of tempting stuff and this has definitely taken my eye:-

In the wardrobe / Sinclair Harper Cardigan
« on: February 21, 2020, 11:12:25 AM »
This was my first attempt at a pdf pattern and also my first cardigan (though Husband did insist it is not a cardigan as it isn`t knitted).

I can`t say it has converted me to pdfs.  I didn`t enjoy all the cutting out and sticking together but it was a free pattern!

My first hitch was that I misread the fabric quanitities and didn`t buy enough so this was my second choice.  In my defence I would say that the section listing the quantites is the least clear bit of the whole pattern and I didn`t realise I needed to add 2 amounts together.  I should have known that one metre was never going to be enough for a long sleeved cardigan but I didn`t until the fabric actually arrived!

The seam allowances are only 1/4 inch but I increased them to 5/8 as I don`t have an overlocker.  I was then pleased that I had some extra to play with for the sleeves as they are very narrow - you wouldn`t comfortably fit a long-sleeved top under them.

Overall I am fairly pleased with it but wouldn`t make it again.  The front band is rather wide and is quite high at the back of the neck - you couldn`t wear it over a shirt with a collar

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Hand Sewn / What`s this needle for?
« on: February 13, 2020, 11:22:48 AM »
As mentioned yesterday, I`m having a cull of my old needles.  I reckon some actually came from my Grandmother!

Anyway, amongst them I found this and wondered what it would be used for.  It`s got 2 eyes, is about 2 1/2 inches long and has a rounded point (not sharp)

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