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I made itonce but made the mistake of cutting it on the bias!  The two armholes of course didn't match and it ended up in the bin.  :'(

However, with a suitable fabric, cut properly it is a good choice for learning several techniques,

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I prewash if it's for clothing as I don't want nasty surprises after it's made, but not usually for P&Q fabrics.

Pressing direction of seams depends on the seam.  Darkside piecing seams usually go to the side although I usually press seams in the binding open to spread the bulk.  Straightish seams in garments made from wovens are usually edge finished and pressed open, curved seams such as the armscy are more likely to be hand finished by turning the edges in and over sewing, they would be pressed towards the sleeve and felled seams are of course pressed to the side as part of the process.  French seams and any overlocked seams of course can't be pressed open.  It's horses for courses.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 19th January
« on: Today at 13:41:08 »
BF and I have decided to stop counting birthdays and we have decided that 29 is a good number...

That was my mother - and her birthday happened to be the same day as Terry's.  SHe eventually realised that her son in law was somewhat older than her!

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Sewing Machines / Re: Tangled!
« on: Today at 13:38:12 »
In that case just be careful not to pull on the fabric as you rotate it as that will lengthen the thread between where it comes up from the bobbin and where it meets the needle.

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Sewing Machines / Re: Tangled!
« on: Today at 11:46:04 »
Are the needles up or down when you pivot?  They need to be up, but only just, and be careful not to move the fabric any distance, only rotate it.

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Two substantial books arrived yesterday; the first one with techniques and the pattern book with the CDs.

Whilst I love the look of the reverse applique and beading I'm not sure about the unfinished look of hems just cut and left raw, nor am I keen on the knots on the outside.

I have plans brewing (and :fabric: ordered  0_0 ) for something with all the hand embellishing but constructed with the overlocker.

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Happy Birthday @Elnnina and Happy Birthday @b15erk
 :toast:  :cake:  :cake:  :toast:

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Vintage Machines / Re: FeatherWeight making an Awful racket
« on: Yesterday at 23:08:57 »
Getting the bobbin race correctly positioned can be very tricky on a lot of machines.  It wouldn't be the first time that I have walked away and started again the next day.

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Oh dear! @Sandra  It sounds like a dometic of some sort.

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Congratulations @Acorn  :toast:

Another nothing day here.  I'm finding it had to get motivated to do anything.  Probably a combination of apprehension about the next few weeks healthwise and the general covid situation.  Whilst it's good that some parts of the country are now able to start offering the vaccine to over 70s, around here they haven't even started with the over 80s. :'(

I have done a bit of sketching, trying to catch up on a daily challenge I'm following on FB, but need to think about lunch now.


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In the wardrobe / Re: Next project
« on: January 17, 2021, 10:33:54 AM »
Yes the grey zip.  I'm not a big fan of contrasting zips.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 17th January 2021
« on: January 17, 2021, 10:32:29 AM »
Bright and sunny but chilly here and still very wet ground.

Mr Ocado is due in about an hour and my other task for the day is tidying up, I have a bad habit of using things and just leaving them on the desk, table or wherever they have been used!

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Hello @Aunty Stitches and welcome to TSP.

Your other post has already caused a couple of books to fall into my Amazon trolly  :o  :thumbsup:

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Trimming the churn dash blocks down will destroy the nice points in the corners.  Better to add plain borders around them and then trim so that they are all the same size.

Using them with the rail fence blocks depends on how much difference in size there is.  It might be that three railfence = two churn dash or something similar

@Pearl 's suggestion of mixing several different blocks into one bigger design is good.  It could be an opportunity to try out several different blocks, and just fit them together as best they will go with plain squares/rectangles to fill in any gaps.  I'm sure that's how some early quilts were put together.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Special TSP birthday greetings
« on: January 16, 2021, 18:02:03 PM »
Happy Birthday @hernibs   I hope you've been having a good day. :toast: :cake:

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