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Vintage Machines / Re: Singer 237 review by Sewot
« on: Yesterday at 10:58:20 »
She looks very clean inside and a very posh cover.  Very definitely a keeper with a good sewing stitch.  They certainly don't make them like they used to nowadays.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday August 13th
« on: August 13, 2020, 16:30:28 PM »
Oh dear DH has just come in and says it looks as if the fox cub is starving.  You don't often see them in daytime unless  they are hungry and haven't caught anything in the night.  We have been putting stuff out but a big white cat that seems to stray from across the road keeps nicking it.

I do feel sorry for it  :(  I hate to see anything starving.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday August 13th
« on: August 13, 2020, 11:12:35 AM »
As it was cooler and cloudy, made a mistake and walked to the pharmacy to collect prescriptions.  By the time I  got back my face was like a red balloon and and running in sweat.  It was so nice walking with a breeze as well.

Litter louts, saw two blue masks chucked into the side of the paths.  Not the kind of thing you litter pick yourself without a litter-picker.   DH was talking to the village handyman who does the litter picking and he'd picked a few up as well.

Regarding your cat @Bjay I have found a great way of dealing with a  struggling cat, particularly one who doesn't want to go inside.  I first saw my vet use the technique on DH's Siamese, Gernella who was unmanageable when we first got her and she needed to clip her claws.

All she did was pick her up turn her and lay her over her shoulders so facing behind you.  It works as well, I've never had to use it until we got the rascal, who  as soon as he realises he is going inside tries to wriggle as hard as he can.  By the time we've got the door shut he's still enjoying view.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 12th August
« on: August 12, 2020, 10:50:26 AM »
28c here too and wall to wall sunshine.
Been to collect my prescription, made bread, dusted the sitting room and am now going to spend the rest of the day gardening in case we catch any of the storms

Whatever it is your on, @Lowena just bottle it up and send, I could use some assistance.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 12th August
« on: August 12, 2020, 10:01:02 AM »
We've had no rain, no thunder storms and no lightening, I'm jealous, the air needs cooling down soon.  These are not my 'nice' days.

I've always said I would hate to live anywhere where there is wall to wall sunshine every day.  Our heat is funny though, or it is to me.  You can go to Italy (only place I like for any length of time) and it is hot, but not like the 'hot' you get in the UK, seems easier to manage.

Still going to be an afternoons sewing though, lining added to dress.

Machine Accessories / Re: Anti " chase yer foot pedal " gizmo
« on: August 12, 2020, 09:43:07 AM »
I have this problem although my foot is more a broad slab on my Pfaff.  I've solved it by sticking a basket of not used much patterns behind it.  It takes a lot to shift it but eventually I have  to swear and drag the basket back into position.

Tutorials / Re: Kenneth D King ... Invisible Zipper
« on: August 11, 2020, 09:49:37 AM »
People have zero control over how they sound.

I don't turn off because of the voice @Renegade Sewist , I never get to hear the voice, sound is just off  all the time. 

What annoys me with videos on sewing is showing an extremely intricate process that requires pressing for each part, but using fabric that is so malleable, anything could be done with it.  Then when you try the process on the fabric you have chosen, you have to fight every step of the because you're not using cotton  but something chunkier.

In the wardrobe / Re: RTW dress
« on: August 10, 2020, 21:42:23 PM »
Yes @sewmuchmore I do have the pattern.  It was one of the first knit dresses I made, it was that stuff where sort of frill was sewn all over the fabric.  It actually looked okay apart from the fact that it was too short (on 5ft 3), so it got dumped.  Luckily I hadn't sent the pattern to the charity shop.

What I do like is that you have a choice of putting darts in or leave plain.  There are a few similar ones at the moment, some just re-badged with different picture and number. 

Tutorials / Re: Kenneth D King ... Invisible Zipper
« on: August 10, 2020, 13:30:24 PM »
it. Youtube is great for some things but oh the talking...
The method I used was the one in this book. It might be worth picking up a copy for good basics.

What annoys me @wrenkins , is  when they start pointing and keep on pointing, usually with manicured nails and long. Best videos I like are the ones that don't mess around and speed up a bit, then you can stop when you want, one of them, a man was taking a trouser zip out to replace.  I was cringing the whole time, no finesse should a sharp blade (a big one ), and rip, rip, rip.  I don't want noise, which I why I always have the sound off, I just want them to show me with no messing around

Tutorials / Re: Kenneth D King ... Invisible Zipper
« on: August 10, 2020, 10:00:43 AM »
Works absolutely fine on a cushion cover @TartanPaint, done many.

To be honest the way he did it (I don't turn on the sound) his way was a bit faffy.  I learned from a leaflet published from the Husqvarna shop in Nottingham. 

I don't use pins now, I use the quilting clips and I don't lay it all down at once, on a skirt I put on before the back is stitched together and just get a zip on inch longer that what I want, 8 inches normally.  Left hand first followed by the right hand, making sure it twists the right way.  I can just about do it my sleep now.  I also use the proper invisible zip foot.

Problem you get when you are replacing on a skirt, dress, cushion cover, easy just a matter of thinking out where each is side twists.

Mind you, at school I always liked to go my own way, which of course was better than the  teacher's method.

Technical Help / Re: Thread problems
« on: August 09, 2020, 14:29:31 PM »
Well had a changeover this afternoon, both ends. Had a good try out and no problems at all so I think problem solved. I've got a few more Coates so they can go to the charity bag.  Not much point in keeping if they cause trouble with this machine.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric suitable for making a cardigan
« on: August 09, 2020, 10:36:19 AM »
Thanks.   Can't stretch to Art Gallery (no pun intended) because they are too expensive, especially for what will be a practice garment.

Actually I'm a bit disappointed with Art Gallery fabrics, @UttaRetch, the fabric is lovely to work with, nice patterns and goes through a  coverstitch without any aggravation, but, it is quite chunky fabric, if you make a top with it, it feels quite warm, especially in hot weather. 

Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric suitable for making a cardigan
« on: August 08, 2020, 13:24:04 PM »
I am minded to have a go at the Cashmerette fuller cardigan and bearing in mind that I do not have an overlocker (intentionally) and don't want the frustration of sewing with curly, thin knits, what should I consider?

Thanks peeps.

What about that cable knit that Favourite Fabrics sell.  That looks like too thick to curl.

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