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The Haberdashery / Re: Good zip sellers?
« on: November 14, 2019, 16:20:04 PM »

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Croftmill trouble
« on: November 08, 2019, 12:59:39 PM »
That is unusual for Croftmill.  I hope you manage to get everything out of the two pieces.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Price of PDF patterns
« on: August 18, 2019, 20:36:01 PM »
I really enjoy pdf patterns, especially when they come with Layers which means you only need to print out the size you need so there is no tracing.  I currently favour Sinclair Patterns , most of their patterns come in petite/regular/tall which really cuts down on the number of adjustments I have to make.

I print out only the size and pieces I want and them tape them together on the glass back door.

If the pattern has huge pattern pieces then I agree buying pre printed or getting printed on A0 is the way to go.

In the wardrobe / Re: Trapeze dress
« on: July 19, 2019, 23:18:26 PM »
This is a good one Pauline Alice Dress

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Do you know these suppliers?
« on: June 14, 2019, 17:49:40 PM »
I buy my Juki machines from Franklins. I din't realise they manufactured machines also.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Butterick B6028
« on: June 13, 2019, 22:43:52 PM »
I love this trouser pattern and have made them twice. There is quite a lot of ease over the hip and thigh but I like that in a trouser.  I actually found that I didn't need to put a zip fly in the front, I could fit them over my hips without needing the zip.  The style lines are really nice and the top stitching is great - if you get the blouse pattern also, I think the top stitch on the trousers will go well with the top stitch on the blouse.

I love the embroidered one, you are really good at making special garments.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Franklins Salisbury
« on: May 04, 2019, 21:04:52 PM »
I have bought my Juki machines from them and they are great for machine servicing and also will try to sort your problem out by phone, talking you through what you need to do.

Patterns Discussion / Re: "Pattern Review" a grumble
« on: April 27, 2019, 22:31:09 PM »
I am surprised by how unhappy people are with sewingpatternreivew,  I think it is a great resource.  It takes a lot of effort to write a good review and I appreciate what people write as long as they do write something.  Even from this list, there are those who want to know about the instructions but not about whether it is true to size, and vice versa.  I find it really useful to see garments made up on different body types in particular ones similar to my own.  If you are not a paying member, you will only see recent reviews.  I also take inspiration from the changes people make to a pattern and how they make it their own.

Another good way to find out about a pattern is to google it and look at images.  From this you can follow links to peoples blogs or websites which may give the information you need.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric suggestions please
« on: April 24, 2019, 22:02:54 PM »
@Efemera, when I washed my shirting from Fabworks it softened dramatically.  Did yours soften much after washing?

Machine Accessories / Re: Mini Hoover for defluffing
« on: April 08, 2019, 22:27:21 PM »
I had a similar add on but my vacuum cleaner couldn't cope with the reduced air flow and overheated.

I have recently bought a 1970s Elna Lotus sp, it is really light (11lb, 6kg) and sews brilliantly.  In fact it seews vinyl straps better than my Juki DX7.  I have found that low shank feet from other machines fit it.  £50 well spent.

In the wardrobe / Re: The enticing pretty pictures
« on: April 06, 2019, 22:39:11 PM »
I  like the design of the jacket but I don't think the jacket in the photo is very well pressed.  I am surprised it is an Alison Smith pattern.  I will keep an eye out for reviews because i love the look of the jacket.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Independant pattern companies
« on: March 30, 2019, 13:41:02 PM »
I find PaulineAlice great for my daughter who is 5' 1".  They are well drafted.  This one is really versatile.

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