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OMG Imi, I'm off for a lie down in a darkened room.

Never in a month of Sundays!

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In the wardrobe / Re: Dress from Butterick 6143 ...
« on: February 06, 2018, 15:13:36 PM »
 0_0Hooray, it's finished and gone!

You had to complete it before you could move on, I think it looked fab BTW.

You've no WIPs now, I think you want to carry on as you're always looking at patterns.

Pick something not too challenging and have another go, we'll all be cheering you on.

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Re: Stitch My Style
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:24:43 AM »
Link Jessie?

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Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Ease
« on: February 04, 2018, 19:03:18 PM »
Very useful, thank you.

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Saw this at the cinema last year.  It's a load of hokum but very enjoyable.

The clothes she makes are fabulous plus one of the Hemsworth brothers is the eye candy (can't remember which one, but it doesn't really matter).


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Oh Brenda, I've never heard of ClothSpot before.

There are some rather fine fabrics and it's nice to see a site that sells in fractions of a metre.

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Courses & Classes / Re: Craftsy Lettering Embroidery
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:08:22 AM »
Can't do a linky thing on the tablet, but it's called 'Editing Essentials Professional Lettering Techniques'

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Courses & Classes / Craftsy Lettering Embroidery
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:48:19 AM »
No use to me but have just had an email about a new Craftsy course covering machine embroidery lettering.

Looks rather good.

Imi, how is Elvis's spelling?

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Vintage Machines / Re: Are button holes better on all old machines?
« on: February 01, 2018, 20:48:39 PM »
Thanks Roger and Arrow, I think it helps.

I just need the time and application to get it out and play.  I had it serviced not long before I got a newer machine so it should not be too bad. 

It's in a cabinet so I need to find a home for all the things on top of it, then I 'll haul it out and play.

I used it for years and it was always a good workhorse, I just got seduced by flashier things.

I must also find the box of attachments and see what is in there.

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Vintage Machines / Are button holes better on all old machines?
« on: February 01, 2018, 19:46:47 PM »
I've been reading various threads which mention the superior buttonhole sewing capabilities of older machines.

I have a Singer 498 which, at a guess, dates from the late 60s.

I know it has settings for sewing buttonholes but have not used them for years.

Is it worth me getting this out and having it serviced in the hope it will produce a decent buttonhole?

My lovely Janome does really nice buttonholes on shirt fronts but has a bit of a hissy fit on things like coller stands

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Technical Help / Re: Repairing a cut
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:21:14 AM »
That would be my plan as well Jessie.  Keep the cut edges as close together as possible but handle them as little as possible, if that makes sense.

I'd use some lightweight fusible underneath and then zig zag in a colour as close to the background as possible.

I trim stray threads off after seeing as you are less likely to pull things out of shape.

Then forget about it, even if you always notice it, other people wont.  It is as you say a busy print and the tear will get lost in it.

How is Lilya getting on?

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Machine Accessories / Re: My new favourite presser foot
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:25:39 AM »
My problem with the Janine button foot is fitting the damn thing and the removing it when I've finished.

Is there a knack to this or am I just being even more cack handed than usual.

I assume we are talking about the little one with the blue plastic section.

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The Show Must Go On / Re: Latest ballroom dress - Foxtrot intense blue
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:06:09 AM »
Amazing, looks very professional.

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House Beautiful / Re: Cushion covers... how hard can they be??
« on: January 26, 2018, 16:55:23 PM »
I second Vege, YouTube is the place to look for vids.  I dodn't know if Peg Baker does a simple cushion but her vids are very good IMO.

Cushions are easy, just take yout time, measure everything twice and pin or Wonder Clip if you feel the need.

Perhaps try one in some spare fabric before you cut into your good stuff,

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When looking for the pleather I found a couple of off cuts of shinier pvcish stuff.

One is 18" long and is 3" at its narrowest and about 8" wide for the majority of its length.  The other is 13" by 11".

If either of these are any good PM me your address and I'll pop them in the post for you.

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