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The Haberdashery / Re: Bobbin winder?
« on: May 18, 2020, 13:36:59 PM »
I bought one like that from Goldstar.  It stopped working after 6 bobbins.  The company replaced it without issues and the same thing happened with the second one.  I gave up on this model after that.   :angry:

A Good Yarn / Re: Suggestions sought please for 450g of lace weight yarn
« on: February 14, 2020, 17:11:52 PM »
If you have a sensitive digital scale, try unwinding 10 measured yards of your yarn and weighing that amount.  From there, you should be able to figure at least an estimate of yardage in each 50 gram ball.

A Good Yarn / Re: Two dolls
« on: February 14, 2020, 16:28:27 PM »

How nice to have toys to pass on to a new generation!

Here's one way of doing it:
I made a lot of dolls at one time and this way was about the easiest.  You may need to remove the original hair to make it work properly.  I would also use the yellow sweater as a pattern for replacing the jacket. 

Vintage Machines / Re: Are you a purist with your vintage machine>
« on: November 24, 2019, 15:16:54 PM »
Not a purist at all - I tend to be practical and use whatever gives the best result for the task.  That said, I'd love to find a Singer Penguin Walking Foot.  The video makes it very clear how "walking" foot became the name.   :D 

Sewing Machines / Re: Do I need a walker foot for sewing with PUL?
« on: November 07, 2019, 14:49:27 PM »
PUL comes in a knitted as well as a woven form.  I've used the knitted one for a few simple projects.  A walking foot might help to keep the layers even as you sew them together, especially if the other layer/s are woven.  The knit PUL tends to stretch,  so a lower presser foot pressure can help, as can sewing with an overlocker where possible.  It's a bit like quilting on a home sewing machine - the layers like to form puckers because they feed in opposite directions, unless you baste or do something to keep them from shifting as you sew. 

Vintage Machines / Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« on: August 09, 2019, 13:03:50 PM »
I have a white Featherweight and use one of these.  I'm in the US, but maybe the same type is available on your side of the pond?

Vintage Machines / Re: singer sewing machine with sphinx decals
« on: August 03, 2019, 18:36:12 PM »
It might be helpful to figure out which model of machine you have to narrow down the years of manufacture.  The sphinx decals were used on many models.  The L- series seems to end in 1901 with 1165200 and were made in Elizabeth NJ, according to this.  This link gives suggestions for determining the model.
I've also read that some of the older models are still manufactured in India, although not badged as Singers.  I wouldn't know what serial numbers are used so have no idea if it could be more recently made, with the older type of decal.

Apparently, posting at the same time as LeilaMay, with similar thoughts!   :D

Fun with Fabric / Re: PLU and Fleece? Advice on fabrics please!
« on: August 03, 2019, 14:00:56 PM »
The PUL I used is a laminated polyester knit, so it handled a bit like a thicker, slightly stiff knit.  With the thicker fleece, seams were... thick.  Also, pressing doesn't work.  The lamination can melt.  There are several types of PUL, apparently.  I was making a a washable dog mat, so I used the least expensive.  For your purposes, you may want to check into woven types also.  I've heard there is a cotton type, but cotton holds on to water, so possibly not the best for you.
Thinking more about this - your jacket might be heavy, since the PUL adds bulk.  It depends on your preferences.  I don't care for bulky clothes, so I tend to use the hi tech fabrics that are light and meant for things like jackets.  Have used the scraps to make dog coats as well, which means my dogs wear hi tech ski wear.  Neither they nor I ski...  :woof:

Fun with Fabric / Re: PLU and Fleece? Advice on fabrics please!
« on: August 01, 2019, 14:21:11 PM »
I've used PUL with fleece for waterproof pads for my old dog.  It does wash well, but it takes forever to dry when paired with fleece.  Maybe the waterproof PUL traps water in the fleece that would normally spin out in the washer cycle?  Recommended uses from the manufacturer (besides diaper covers) include rain coats and capes.  I think it's worth experimenting, although I'd be inclined to use thin fleece rather than the thicker type commonly available.  Never thought of trying this - interesting idea!

Technical Help / Re: Best way to adjust for too tight armscye
« on: July 09, 2019, 13:49:55 PM »
That's a great idea.  Once you know the alteration/s you need, it all gets easier.  Best of luck with it!

Technical Help / Re: Best way to adjust for too tight armscye
« on: July 08, 2019, 20:03:33 PM »
@Vezelay ,
I think I misunderstood what you're trying to do.  Are you saying it feels as though you can't lift your arm without the sleeve binding?  If so, this video might be helpful. 
This Threads article talks about armscye fitting in general and may give you some possible starting points for figuring out where to begin other adjustments.  Getting a good fit is worth the time and effort and draping is much easier with a helper.  Once you have the right shape, it can be used to adjust other patterns.
I hope this better addresses what you were asking :)

Technical Help / Re: Best way to adjust for too tight armscye
« on: July 07, 2019, 14:09:04 PM »
As I have narrow and square shoulders, I often need to adjust for that.  I have both woven and knit patterns in which the sleeve/shoulder fit perfectly.  I traced the armscye and shoulder areas of the F and B, and the top of the sleeve from those patterns onto a sturdy pattern material.  I simply lay/pin them over the relevant areas of a new pattern (making sure of the correct shoulder width and using the appropriate knit or woven one) and cut.  Works every time, even with weight fluctuations.  It saves all the slashing and shifting and taping on new patterns.  Patterns with intricate design elements in the upper sleeves are another issue, of course.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Where to buy border prints and best uses?
« on: May 30, 2019, 16:53:23 PM »
I believe that raincoat was made by the amazing Manuela.   ;)

I've seen tops (can't find a pic just now) where the border is at the hem, with the middle of the print forming the upper part of the top.  Facings made from the border part can be reversed and topstitched onto the public side, or used in collars, cuffs, etc.

ETA:  some Google images

Machine Accessory Reviews / Re: Brother side cutter attachment
« on: April 22, 2019, 15:09:01 PM »
Not familiar with that model, so I can't help with which machine it fits. 

However, my experience with this type of cutter wasn't good.  It was by Bernina for my Bernina machine.  It created a huge linty mess all over the machine and table and the cutter seemed to dull and not cut as cleanly after a project or 2.  Have others had better experiences?

Vintage Machines / Re: A lightbulb moment...
« on: March 19, 2019, 13:30:46 PM »
Oh, too bad it wasn't as simple as that - I thought you would probably have tried that, but worth mentioning, just in case.  I hope you get it sorted quickly!

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