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Machine Accessories / Re: DIY thread distributor
« on: August 12, 2020, 11:21:08 AM »
@wrenkins where does the safety pin go?

@BrendaP nice work! I love that fabric. @RJR_38 could you post a bit of detail about the Cricut machine? (Auto correct wanted 'crucifixion' there). I do like a gadget, I wonder whether I need one?

Sewing Professionally / Re: How I Made a Waistcoat Larger
« on: August 10, 2020, 17:41:02 PM »
That looks fab. Very creative, using the belt. I hope you charged a fair bit for this.

In the wardrobe / Re: My first dress
« on: August 09, 2020, 19:47:37 PM »
It's lovely. I like sharks - just as long as they're not in the same bit of sea as me. Wear it with pride and don't tell people about any mistakes learning opportunities. What's next?

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from an absolute beginner!
« on: August 08, 2020, 22:44:21 PM »
Welcome. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

In the wardrobe / Re: Tiny harem pants
« on: August 01, 2020, 21:56:46 PM »
They are lovely @Syrinx. Which hoody pattern did you use?

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: August 01, 2020, 19:13:29 PM »
That's lovely @Kenora. Flamingo fabrics do have some lovely prints: I have the hummingbirds waiting for me to pluck up courage to cut it.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 31, 2020, 21:37:17 PM »
@BrendaP your dress is lovely. The tabs on the sleeves are a nice addition. I also like your pink hair.

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 31, 2020, 14:31:51 PM »
 Lachica's 2nd entry : matching dresses for my daughter & granddaughter.
Fabric is cotton with a bit of poly, seersucker type with a slight crinkle. Grey, white & pink striped. Bought last year in Spain.
Pattern taken from a dress she already loves. Bodice very fitted, I made a toile & posted it to her, luckily it fitted. This was a first time doing shirring on the back, it was easier than I feared. Deep pockets added, as requested!  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Little version, bodice again copied from one which fits. Self-lined bodice. Shirring across back. Pockets like mummy's.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 31, 2020, 14:09:15 PM »
Pink on blue - if it's not pink enough then disqualify me! This is the lovely cotton/viscose fabric which I made the toile for - hated the look of that - so have gone with an old faithful Prima pattern for tunic. This time I cut 14 on the shoulders (this pattern runs a bit smaller than their usual) and gave myself a bit more underarm coverage with an extra couple of cm on the bust but keeping the 14 armhole. I cut the armscye for sleeves but just made a half -sleeve, like a cap sleeve, the lower armhole is bound. The facing is made from polycotton dyed with Procion Raspberry. The colour came out perfectly for this print, a paler result due to the poly.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]    [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: THINK PINK ... 1/7 - 31/7
« on: July 29, 2020, 06:51:05 AM »
My new top is pink on blue background - would that count?

@Helen M I'm not sure where it fits in the range, it has a needle threader which sold it to me, and variable width stitch which has been surprisingly handy. I bought the extension table too, wouldn't be without that now. It's also a lot easier to thread the lower looper than on the 1034 which I had before. Push a button & the whole looper assembly pops out for threading.

House Beautiful / Re: Finished Tuffet
« on: July 28, 2020, 18:04:49 PM »
Very pretty. When is Miss Muffett visiting? (Garden distanced of course)

@Helen M it's a Brother4234. Not a year old yet. When I rang the dealer about a new blade I expected him to sell me blade replacement & a service (that's what I'd have done) as it's still under warranty. I'd have accepted & paid. Changing the blades was very simple, there's only one position they will fit. The new Chinese blade is the wrong shape to fit the machined recess. The upper blade seemed ok in the cutting position and sort of worked but when folded out of the way it hit the bottom of the lower blade. I turned it over by hand so found this out without causing damage. Unfortunately, on the advice of DH I ordered 2 more sets from the same company - and I've contacted to ask to cancel but it's too late  :facepalm:  I expect DH will machine the blades down to match the original. @Acorn @Ohsewsimple A useful lesson & I will try to get a refund from the supplier but don't hold out much hope. Will now order a genuine pair to keep in reserve.

After my recent incident with a hidden pin, I ordered a replacement lower blade (as I could see a notch out of it) from the dealer I bought the machine from. He had to order it from Brother in Germany. It's still not here, but at the same time I ordered both blades from a Chinese supplier on eBay. These arrived in 11 days, looked good and DH (engineer) pronounced them good quality & he fitted them. Big mistake. The blades were chewing fabric, the upper blade was pushing cut off bits of fabric up & back into the overlock chain & couldn't be retracted properly as it's too thick & the wrong shape. The lower blade wouldn't locate properly in the machined recess. DH has now 'fettled' the originals to remove the damage & the machine is working fine again. Thank goodness, as it's less than a year old. An expensive lesson. :scream:

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