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Today... One thread per day / Re: Mondays Twins Birthday
« on: Yesterday at 10:47:24 »
Wishing you both a very happy birthday, hope you have a lovely day.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturdays Birthday
« on: April 17, 2021, 13:13:02 PM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday, hope you have a lovely day.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wot No Saturday thread ????
« on: April 17, 2021, 11:52:15 AM »
So sorry to hear of your news Sara-S, do hope that you do not have to wait too long for your operation.

I had my second jab yesterday, and can happily report that the side affects were not as bad as the first time round, just milder versions of a headache, icy hands and a bit of a temperature, and this morning I am absolutely fine.  There is no sign of where the jab was on my arm, no lump and no bruising - thank goodness.  However I was given a leaflet this time and this was printed in March, so at least four weeks after I had my first jab, and in this it mentions leg swelling.  Well I actually had within the first four weeks very swollen feet, so much so I did actually go and see my GP, but he did not mention that it could have been a result of the jab.  My feet just swelled up so much I was struggling to walk, put anything on my feet and I was using crutches to help me even here at home.  The swelling has gone down quite a bit and on the worst foot the skin is now peeling in places.  My daughter goes for her first jab on Sunday - she will be pleased to get this over and done with.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 16th April
« on: April 17, 2021, 10:14:06 AM »
I am only just picking this up and Grannysyb so sorry to read of your news, really feel for you and your family at this time.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 16th April
« on: April 16, 2021, 15:35:09 PM »
Oh that is promising news Hernibs, so glad that you were able to go and see your husband around midnight.  Today is another day, and it is remarkable just how our bodies cope, and of course I do hope that he continues to make good progress.  Hold on in there, and take care and look after yourself.

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Thank you for keeping us in the picture, now I hope you will enjoy using this machine and all that it can do.  Have fun.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 15th April
« on: April 15, 2021, 20:49:08 PM »
Hernibs I've just been reading what has happened to your husband, what a chapter of incidents/accidents.  So good to read that he has come through the operation, now all he has to do is to draw on his strength and heal and get better.  Please do look after yourself too, hope you can sleep tonight.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Today's Birthday
« on: April 14, 2021, 10:08:03 AM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday, hope you have a lovely day.

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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: Singer treadle FOR SALE
« on: April 12, 2021, 23:13:40 PM »
Oh you naughty girl LeilaMay, yes that is exactly the sort of treadle I would love to have, you really have got me drooling.
 BUT I must not be tempted.  I was given a 201-2 treadle in a cabinet for my birthday by my son last year, the machine is in superb condition, but the cabinet has seen far better days.  The machine itself also has an electric motor attached and the foot control is one of those horrid metal shoe types.

I shall now go to bed and probably dream about this - I am very tired as I was up in the night, and have been trying to keep my eyes open all day.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 12th April
« on: April 12, 2021, 23:06:23 PM »
i was working in Old Bond Street at the time of Yuri Gagarin's visit to London, and one of the girls I worked with and I walked through Green Park to wait for the Convoy to come past  and we were lucky to actually see him in the back of the car - he was very small - and this was just outside Buckingham Palace, something I will never forget even though it seems a lifetime ago.

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Hello and welcome from me too.  Enjoy your sewing.

I see that you are up in Norwich, now there is a shop in Kings Lynn run by a member on here called Machine Steve, so why not treat yourself to a trip to Kings Lynn and just see what he has to offer in the way or sturdy older machines, i.e. those taken in part exchange, and also have a look at the more modern machines which I think you will find for your budget rather inadequate with regards to the weight of the machine and thus likely to move around the table.  In the past I have read from others on here that Steve and his staff are excellent, will listen to what you are wanting and help you decide what is best for you.

May I wish you well in your quest.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday, Sunday
« on: April 11, 2021, 11:44:44 AM »
My hair is about as long as Leila's but very much thinner, and extremely fine.  I have had long hair most of my life and prefer to have it up and tied into a knot, or a swirl on top of my head - hate having it loose and billowing around my face.  When I first went to school my hair was of course in plaits and I was very blonde, and to keep the side top pieces in order my mother did a sort of French plait until it reached the rest and then just two plaits one each side.  Of course other children loved to pull off any bands/ribbons and the teachers could never plait as well as my mother and of course I then got into trouble when I got home for having untidy hair. 

Now I just cannot wait for what little horrible colour my hair turned naturally to turn to white so then I can start using some colour - I hate roots showing though but am hoping that white roots showing up will be better than anything darker.

Thinking of you Greybird especially this week, do hope that some magic happens and that everyone can get back to normal - well as near normal as is possible for you.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Pattern Drafting question
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:59:46 AM »
Rachel please forgive me I posted very late last night and forgot to mention something.  McCalls patterns – some of these are designed by Palmer Pletsch (yes of the fitting tissue fame) and on the pattern envelope up near the word McCalls, you will find the name of Palmer Pletsch as well.  Now some of these patterns marked this way – will actually have extra lines already printed on the pattern tissue so it is these lines that you actually follow in order to do the FBA.  Now I do not know when they started doing this, so you may find some patterns have this and some do not.  However to help me initially I went through the DVD seeking out the various patterns that Marta had used (believe me in places it is very difficult to pick up the pattern number) and then using  Google I went looking on the internet, and I was able to pick up factory folded and unused/discontinued patterns quite easily.  If you can find a pattern that has these extra lines on that will be a great help in getting you started.  Marta also shows you how to get the bust shaping in the correct place as we are all different, and that will help you a lot, by drawing a box around the bust shaping and cutting this out and then placing this in the correct position for you and filling in the gap with other tissue.  It is all these little hints and tips that make Fit for Real People and the Full Busted DVD so very useful.    At the time I purchased the Full Busted DVD I was able to buy the patterns that Marta  had used – but only those I was particularly interested in in this way and it did make quite a difference when following Marta as she steadily worked through the fitting process.  I believe over in the USA people buy up the discontinued/out of print patterns and then sell them on via Etsy and other ways – and this is how I obtained mine – perhaps being over here in the UK it was an expensive exercise but I was rather desperate to try and get my fitting issues sorted and found this was the way to go.

Once you have mastered this technique you can then apply this to other patterns – so it is something I think you will find very useful.  Yes maybe initially on starting out on this journey you may have to spend a bit of money acquiring all the  necessary bits and pieces that will help you, but I do not think you will be disappointed.

I think the Full Busted DVD is the next best thing to going to classes to be fitted, in fact having Marta residing in your workroom/sitting room has been a great help to me.

May I wish you good luck in your fitting process.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Pattern Drafting question
« on: April 08, 2021, 23:40:36 PM »
May I throw my  suggestion into the mix.  A DVD called Full Busted by Marta Alto deals with the bust area as the title suggests.  Marta was also instrumental in the book Fit for Real People, and if you can follow Marta's way to do the FBA you cannot go wrong.  At the beginning of the DVD she takes you through the whole process very clearly, and of course you can stop and start the DVD as much as you want to, so by copying what she is doing may help you.  In addition to the DVD and the book Marta tells you exactly what equipment you are going to need to be able to do all of this, and thus it is worth taking the trouble to look at this and compare to what you already have at home.  i.e. a cardboard cutting out board that is already marked in inches, some Scotch Magic Tape but you need the 1/2" size, also you will need some Perfect Pattern Tissue by Palmer Pletsch and this is again marked up in squares, and you cut into strips different widths so that you have the correct amount to insert when doing the FBA.  The first time I tried to do this I used stuff I already had, and made an almighty mess and what a waste of a pattern.  I now have the correct items and having watched the DVD several times now I realise and understand just what is happening.  Marta makes it look so easy, and it is just like having your own personal one to one tutor in the room with you.  Marta is using real people to tissue fit and of course some of these people are lovely and slim whilst others are more generously endowed.

Once you have a garment that is fitting you correctly and is comfortable, then this is just the start for other garments, and of course you can then use designer features to make your own version just as nice as the pattern.

By the way I have mentioned the Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto, this book has been around for a good few years now, and more recently they brought out an updated version and that title is  Palmer Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting.  Both books are covering all sorts of fitting issues and again are using real people.

I personally find that the DVD Full Busted and either of these fitting books excellent and have helped me a lot in my own personal fitting issues.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesdays Birthday
« on: April 06, 2021, 09:45:33 AM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday Acorn, have a wonderful day.

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