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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday's TSP birthday wishes
« on: September 08, 2020, 12:54:03 PM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday KayK, hope you have a lovely day.  Wow what a lovely surprise present you have had, now how did he know that this would be right up your street, so go and play and enjoy.

A Good Yarn / Re: Anyone got a Knitmaster 600/700?
« on: September 07, 2020, 18:02:33 PM »
There are two places you might get some help from, one is Anne Smith of Machine Knitting Monthly magazine - she is in Maidenhead, has run the magazine since it started, and is a machine knitter herself - she knows so much about the machines it may be worth a call to her - 01628 783080.  The other place is Silver Viscount - the people who were/are Knitmaster - Knitmaster were marketed by Silver in the Far East, and then a few years back now became Silver Viscount here in the UK.  They are based up in Northampton and there phone no. is 01933 311888.  I had dealings with them a few years ago ( Anne Smith put me in touch with them) and they were extremely helpful.

Anne might know of someone who actually does maintenance or repairs knitting machines, but I bet they are few and far between.

Hope you can get this sorted soon as I bet you are really wanting to get back into this now.  By the way the only machine knitting magazine left nowadays is Machine Knitting Monthly, but Anne Smith has her finger on the pulse regarding machine knitting, so I am sure she can help you - she is lovely to chat to as well.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Tilly and the buttons Sewing Rooms
« on: September 05, 2020, 17:55:20 PM »
UttaRetch you have the beginnings of a lovely sewing space, something I know you have hankered after for many years.  I think we all have 'cutting out table' envy, perhaps we should all come round to you to use it!!!!  Seriously though what is stopping you now with regards to sewing?  Look forward to seeing your makes, you are far better than you think - I remember well that beautiful grey coloured coat, the one where you did something a bit different at the back waist, and then there was your gorgeous 'tapestry' type coat.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 4th September
« on: September 04, 2020, 12:03:32 PM »
No wonder the NHS is in all sorts of trouble Twopence, and what a mess they have made with this poor man.  Cannot the various departments co-ordinate  properly with one another, let alone the damage they have caused him mentally as well as his wife - it is just not acceptable.  At least it has proved one thing for sure, he cannot manage at home in the company of his wife for too long.  Maybe now they will have to start thinking of alternative accommodation for him - the right sort as well.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 4th September
« on: September 04, 2020, 11:55:56 AM »
Oh that will look nice when finished Effie, and what a lovely green space you have behind the garden.  By the way that strip of grass already laid enhances all the efforts you have done already in sorting out the paving and the wall of the border.

In the wardrobe / Re: Jacket or not
« on: September 04, 2020, 11:26:57 AM »
Sorry I meant to add that I, too, love a two piece sleeve, so a three piece one sounds even better and will give a lovely line, so again I shall look forward to seeing how you get on with this.  I also like Claire Schaeffer's patterns and articles, and I do have one or two of her patterns.

In the wardrobe / Re: Jacket or not
« on: September 04, 2020, 11:23:21 AM »
Gernella I shall be watching your progress with interest.

As an alternative to a hand sewn buttonhole, have you thought of doing a bound buttonhole - they do look superb on a tailored garment and are much easier to do than you think.  I was doing bound buttonholes in school, and this was also the method I used when doing my Couture and Tailoring courses.  If you like this idea, then why not have some trial runs on other fabric whilst you are waiting.  This is also where a 'clapper' will come into its own in pressing this, or if you do not have a clapper a nice new clean rolling pin will help, not only to use like a clapper to press the steam into the fabric but also to whack it if necessary.  Failing a suitable wooden whacking tool, do you have an unused wooden steak hammer and then use the flat end.  Perhaps a trip to your nearest £ shop for a rolling pin and or a wooden steak hammer.

Enjoy your making up of this jacket.

Technical Help / Re: Quick trouser thing
« on: September 02, 2020, 14:50:08 PM »
Quite a few years ago now I did an experiment in making a toile in actual muslin.  Various people had helped me with the fitting, anyway I took them in evenly all over and that was better.  I then proceeded into fabric and  for whatever reason decided to stitch all the seams using the triple straight stitch which is an excellent stitch especially for the crotch seam as  there are three stitches on top of one another this is less likely to pop.  The trousers were finished and I tried them on and they were massive.  So I had to undo everything and that meant clipping each and every single one of the triple straight stitches taking are not to slip and to cut into the fabric.  This of course took ages and ages to do.

Nowadays as I make smart type trousers, when I have cut out the fabric I firstly overlock all the edges as I cannot abide the trailing threads, and then press in a crease on the grain line on both the front and back pieces of each leg.  I use a special pressing cloth called The Rajah Pressing Cloth, this is a chemically treated pressing cloth that originated in Australia, was exported to the USA and then again over to the UK.  It is absolutely the most marvellous cloth, and my creases stay in  without the need to have an iron  repressing the crease.

Technical Help / Re: Quick trouser thing
« on: September 01, 2020, 15:22:06 PM »
I would take the trousers in evenly using both the inside seam and the outer seam that way you do not compromise the grain line which should be running straight down the centre of each leg.

Tech Know How / Re: Neckline help and ideas
« on: August 27, 2020, 13:13:02 PM »
I see that you are trying to avoid me Wrenkins, now stop procrastinating and fine that pattern and lets get you sorted out once and for all.  After all I am waiting to help you!!!!!!

House Beautiful / Re: It's got me beat
« on: August 23, 2020, 10:51:59 AM »
Sewmuchmore and toileandtrouble whilst sitting in my chair last evening I was running my hand over where the zip is and I think possibly it is an open end zip that they have used, and I suppose this would make sense.  It is certainly a very tight fit and then the fabric and its wadding come up and over the actual arm and then fills in the gap from the arm rest to the base  where again it is stapled into that area.  Needless to say I have not tried to remove it.  I know that upholsterers do seem to have massive power in their arms  for pulling etc.  I tried to remove the cover from the seat cushion and I couldn't manage it, yet my ex son in law found it no problem - well he was an upholsterer.  However in the factory they have a machine that squashes the foam and then the cover slides on - easy.

Vintage Machines / Re: It would be rude not to
« on: August 23, 2020, 10:34:48 AM »
Wow JP that is a beauty, and the case is lovely too - lucky you being in the right place at the right time.

So what attachments have you got?  If it would help I have a booklet from  1963 that has wonderful diagrams and instructions on how and where to use the various feet from the straight forward hemmer feet, the adjustable hemmer foot, roll hemmer, the tucker and its uses, the ruffler and how to use for gathering and also pleating, the quilter, the underbraider, the sipper, the gatherer, the edgestitcher, the buttonholer, and a rug maker.  If you would like further information please just ask - willing to help.  Incidentally this booklet was produced by Singer and called a Manual of Family Sewing Machines, and was aimed at the schools and colleges.  It also covers a lot of the earlier Singer machines and how to thread them etc. but does not include anything on a 27 or a 28.  Of course if ou need anything specific Helen Howes is the person to go to.

I have yet to do anything with either of my two oldies - really just lack of time, and I want to see if I could remove the electric part of my 201-2 treadle - it has the most horrible foot control and I really want to just be able to treadle.

Have fun today and enjoy your new toy.

House Beautiful / Re: It's got me beat
« on: August 22, 2020, 20:00:32 PM »
Sewmuchmore, I have just almost turned the chair upside down to have a good look at the arm.  An ordinary zip has been used, one side has been stapled into the wood whilst the other side is sewn into the arm fabric and padding.  Also the way they have put the zip in is that the zip pull is well hidden and tucked away, so if you can imagine this the zip is inside out.  I would probably break a few finger nails trying to get  the part of the  zip pull  moving.

House Beautiful / Re: It's got me beat
« on: August 22, 2020, 18:02:26 PM »
I have some chairs that have wooden arms but are covered and padded with the same fabric as the chair, however there is a hidden zip - so may be that is your answer.

Oh well done on getting your machine fixed.  So it was a good idea to contact Robert Theobald even though he had moved to Dorset - it is people like that that are worth their weight in gold.  Why is it that these days youngsters just do not want to know or start at the bottom and work up, there is nothing wrong in becoming a sewing machine mechanic/engineer, and if those really old antique sewing machines can be coaxed back to work, then surely there must be a way to preserve the pre computerised machines as well.

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