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A Good Yarn / Re: What do you think this was for then?
« on: September 17, 2020, 16:14:15 PM »
I don't think I could crochet with that as the soldered join would hurt my hand and the length, with additional hook, would get in the way.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Best lining for a mid weight wool
« on: September 17, 2020, 15:35:45 PM »
Croft Mill has a good range of lining fabric. You might find something suitable there.

In the wardrobe / Re: A new raincoat
« on: September 11, 2020, 10:45:23 AM »
Oh my word! Beautifully sewn.

I agree with you about the seam binding. I'm planning to line my jacket instead, partly to avoid the dreaded binding.

Good tip, thank you @Marniesews and Marniesews gran!

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Dutch online supplier
« on: September 03, 2020, 20:55:35 PM »
I haven't yet succumbed to the siren call of the winkelwagen, despite temptation. In lockdown I decided to sew fabric I already had. That has had mixed results. Probably the reason they hadn't been sewn up earlier is that they weren't a wise purchase in the first place.
Now I'm eyeing up their thicker jerseys, 'jogging' and 'sweatshirt' (might just be 'sweat'  :S) for winter makes.
Has anyone here bought these? Which would be better for winter tops (sweatshirt or hoodie type) or trousers?

Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: September 01, 2020, 11:52:58 AM »
Looking good! I love the shape of the skirt.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: 3 or 4 spools
« on: August 29, 2020, 10:30:44 AM »
I use the four-thread option as often as the three-thread, so definitely go for four - not that I came across any three-thread models when I was looking to upgrade my overlocker a couple of years ago.

After looking at the info on this site and elsewhere, I went for the Juki MO 654DE. It's been every bit as good as everyone said it was and I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.

Events / Re: The Vlieseline Shortlist from FOQ
« on: August 25, 2020, 12:05:43 PM »
This is one of the parts of the Knitting and Stitching Show that I enjoy most. It's so different and so far beyond anything I could ever create. My favourites here would be Floating Garden, Lava Flow, Hanging by a Thread, Rooms A><B. I'd love to see them for real and sadly won't be able to this year.

I'll miss seeing the quilts too and again they're well beyond my limited abilities.

The Haberdashery / Re: New Iron Recommendations
« on: August 22, 2020, 21:26:48 PM »
Has anyone heard of an "intelligent" iron that has no heat setting dial but automatically adjusts the heat to the fabric of the garment being pressed?

Yes, tried it, hated it, sent it back. It couldn't iron plain simple cotton. I need to be in control!

Sewing Professionally / Re: How I Made a Waistcoat Larger
« on: August 12, 2020, 14:32:16 PM »
Don't feel embarrassed, you're worth every penny!  They got a bargain with those waistcoats.

Think of it in terms of hourly rates - tradesmen round here charge £20-25 per hour - and you have materials and electricity to factor in.

Sewing Professionally / Re: How I Made a Waistcoat Larger
« on: August 11, 2020, 14:12:49 PM »
Blimey, Sandra, you have superb sewing skills. Alterations like that require particular expertise. I hope you are properly appreciated!

In the wardrobe / Re: My first dress
« on: August 09, 2020, 19:36:51 PM »
Nice dress, nice fabric! Wear it with pride.

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:52:41 AM »
That's interesting, @BrendaP, it must have been a good vintage! I bought a pair of the Galadim scissors after your previous recommendation, but I have to admit that they're still in the box. I'll bring them out to tackle the winter fabrics.

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 03, 2020, 23:25:02 PM »
Kai scissors are very good too. I have a smaller pair which are very useful for notches, clipping seams and other small jobs. My cutting-out scissors are Fiskars (Wilkinson Sword) and I've had them since about 1980  :|
When it's time to replace them I'll definitely consider the Kai range.

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: How not to make a machine cover
« on: July 27, 2020, 17:31:55 PM »
Thank you for sharing your nightmare, henceforth I shall never allow myself to be tempted to sew pleather.

On the plus side, you now have a functional machine cover.....

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