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Technical Help / Re: Sleeveless bodice lining construction
« on: August 15, 2019, 22:11:17 PM »
Thank you for your replies.
I'll see if I can do it that way, it will be easier to unpick the shoulder seams than side seams.

Technical Help / Re: Sleeveless bodice lining construction
« on: August 15, 2019, 20:42:38 PM »
I've just done the same thing with a simple shell top I'm making. It was supposed to be a quick make!

Did you figure any way of resolving this @Francesca  or should I just get on with the unpicking?

Vintage Machines / Re: Vintage Sewing Machines in Stockport.
« on: August 11, 2019, 11:22:45 AM »
I've been to that Vintage Emporium & the restored machines & other stuff on this stall was lovely.

@Happymrsg Is it this one?

Looks like you have to subscribe, but there’s a 14 day free trial.

Thanks @Holly Berry  that is the article I wanted. See above - I have now found it. I've made a toile of it this morning using an old sheet. It's turned out well but I'm a bit apprehensive if I use something more silky, it won't be easy cutting bias strips

@StitchinTime thank you for your response.
I have been thinking about this for weeks & searched & searched for the article myself, but could never get the whole article from Threads. I've just looked again & found a pdf from Sew Stylish & been able to print out the instructions. I'm going to have a go at this today.
Thankyou so much for offering to help me out.

An item from Threads Mag popped up on my FB "How to Sew an Elegant Wide Belt" Its in edition no 126 – Aug./Sept. 2006 & I'm wondering whether anyone has this magazine & would be willing  to lend it to me.
I recently bought a dress & I don't like the belt it came with & this is just what i'm looking for.
I would really appreciate any help with this.

Many thanks

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: For sale Bernina 830
« on: July 16, 2019, 23:30:15 PM »
@Iminei this machine is too heavy to be taken out, if thats what you want it for.

@Lemonie yes I can take photos, but not till Weds evening or Thursday, if that's ok. It is a Bernina 830 & does a great straight stitch & a number of decorative stiches, including zigzag. I'm looking for £250. I have the case & a number of feet, but not the table.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / For sale Bernina 830
« on: July 15, 2019, 22:50:08 PM »
I have 2 lovely Bernina 830s both from the 1970s. They sew beautifully and purr when in use.
I am going to sell one of them, I don't need 2 and I don't have space either.
I need to sort out an advertisement for them and work out the feet that I am selling with it. It has recently been cleaned and oiled.
Whilst I'm doing this, I thought I'd check here whether anyone is interested in making me an offer for my machine?
I am in Manchester, you are welcome to come to view the machine. If getting to Manchester is difficult I may be able to meet halfway or deliver if not too far.

Today... / Re: Saturday 15th June.....just
« on: June 17, 2019, 20:22:58 PM »
@Tamnymore thanks, I'll look out for the shop when I go to Hebden

Today... / Re: Saturday 15th June.....just
« on: June 16, 2019, 12:22:24 PM »
@Tamnymore were the fabrics in a shop or market stall? I have a trip to Hebden planned in a few weeks time

In the wardrobe / Re: Fit? What's that then?
« on: June 07, 2019, 13:07:58 PM »
Thanks to posting this link to I really like many of the styles & often look for patterns and fabrics to make similar items, with little success.
I'm tempted to order a couple of tops but they seem too cheap. Has anyone any experience of buying from this site?

Update - I've had a look around online , it looks like the goods ship from China so take a while to get here. I don't think I'll order from them.

Technical Help / Re: Up my game
« on: May 23, 2019, 23:10:24 PM »
Thanks for you supportive replies.
Morgan - I know what you mean about what you love to sew isn't what you like to wear. I do try to make clothes that I like to wear but I struggle, & always have, finding patterns & fabrics that are like RTW clothes. Its even harder now there are fewer fabric shops.
Efemera - how did you learn what you need to do to get things to fit?
Jessie - I regularly make things too big because I'm afraid of them being too tight, unflattering etc.
When I spoke to my sewing teacher tonight about this, she was surprised - she sees me as a confident & accurate sewer.
I have a dress in my wardrobe that I made when I was in my 20s. I'd never tackle anything like it now because it was quite complicated with a lot of detail & I'm concerned about the time it takes, it might not fit, etc etc
I've just got to tackle things, not avoid them because I'm afraid of failing.
And I've got to spend less time on the internet, looking at other people's sewing when I should be sewing myself!

Technical Help / Up my game
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:45:08 PM »
I am put off sewing because I'm often disappointed with the fit. Also I think I sometimes select unsuitable fabrics.
I have sewn for years and have made some successful garments & some never ever worn.
Recently I have made a few simple tops, including the Mandy Boat Tee, a free pattern from Tessuti & I'm really pleased with it, and The French Dart dress, one dress I love & the second I'm not sure about, although I wore it to work on Tuesday, but I'm not sure whether i'll wear it again..
I was chatting at home today & DH was saying he thinks I should up my game - make something more challenging. He suggests I make a dress for a wedding we'll be going to later this summer. He thinks my garments are fine - I'm just too self critical.
I read the thread by @annieeg & feel jealous of the help she had from @Holly Berry. I would love help like that. I do go to a sewing class & tonight I'm going to discuss my fitting issues with the teacher.
I've discovered I bought a class on Craftsy -  Sew the Perfect Fitwith Lynda Maynard in 2013. I have the pattern that accompanies the course, Vogue 8766, a pattern I really like. I can still access the class now that the site is Bluprint.
So, I'm going to work through the Craftsy/Bluprint course & hopefully can turn out a lovely dress.

There, Ive told you all - I'll have to see it through. :frock:

Fun with Fabric / Re: Fabric suggestions please
« on: May 09, 2019, 22:36:44 PM »
Thats really great. I love the style of the dress and the fabric. I wish you well to wear it.

Thanks so much @Manuela   for telling us about this programme and  @Holly Berry for how to find it on iPlayer. I watched it last night with OH and a friend. We really enjoyed it. Highly recommend to anyone who's not seen it.
So many interesting things and even the graphics were Fab.

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