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Vintage Machines / Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« on: August 09, 2019, 13:03:50 PM »
I have a white Featherweight and use one of these.  I'm in the US, but maybe the same type is available on your side of the pond?

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Technical Help / Re: Best way to adjust for too tight armscye
« on: July 09, 2019, 13:49:55 PM »
That's a great idea.  Once you know the alteration/s you need, it all gets easier.  Best of luck with it!

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Technical Help / Re: Best way to adjust for too tight armscye
« on: July 08, 2019, 20:03:33 PM »
@Vezelay ,
I think I misunderstood what you're trying to do.  Are you saying it feels as though you can't lift your arm without the sleeve binding?  If so, this video might be helpful. 
This Threads article talks about armscye fitting in general and may give you some possible starting points for figuring out where to begin other adjustments.  Getting a good fit is worth the time and effort and draping is much easier with a helper.  Once you have the right shape, it can be used to adjust other patterns.
I hope this better addresses what you were asking :)

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Technical Help / Re: Best way to adjust for too tight armscye
« on: July 07, 2019, 14:09:04 PM »
As I have narrow and square shoulders, I often need to adjust for that.  I have both woven and knit patterns in which the sleeve/shoulder fit perfectly.  I traced the armscye and shoulder areas of the F and B, and the top of the sleeve from those patterns onto a sturdy pattern material.  I simply lay/pin them over the relevant areas of a new pattern (making sure of the correct shoulder width and using the appropriate knit or woven one) and cut.  Works every time, even with weight fluctuations.  It saves all the slashing and shifting and taping on new patterns.  Patterns with intricate design elements in the upper sleeves are another issue, of course.

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Fun with Fabric / Re: Where to buy border prints and best uses?
« on: May 30, 2019, 16:53:23 PM »
I believe that raincoat was made by the amazing Manuela.   ;)


I've seen tops (can't find a pic just now) where the border is at the hem, with the middle of the print forming the upper part of the top.  Facings made from the border part can be reversed and topstitched onto the public side, or used in collars, cuffs, etc.


ETA:  some Google images

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Machine Accessory Reviews / Re: Brother side cutter attachment
« on: April 22, 2019, 15:09:01 PM »
Not familiar with that model, so I can't help with which machine it fits. 


However, my experience with this type of cutter wasn't good.  It was by Bernina for my Bernina machine.  It created a huge linty mess all over the machine and table and the cutter seemed to dull and not cut as cleanly after a project or 2.  Have others had better experiences?

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Vintage Machines / Re: A lightbulb moment...
« on: March 19, 2019, 13:30:46 PM »
Oh, too bad it wasn't as simple as that - I thought you would probably have tried that, but worth mentioning, just in case.  I hope you get it sorted quickly!

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Vintage Machines / Re: A lightbulb moment...
« on: March 19, 2019, 13:09:30 PM »
Is this one of the machines that has a knob for turning the light on and off?  It looks like it in this photoI've been known to leave it turned off and then forget to turn it back on, in similar situations...

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A Good Yarn / Re: Is there such a thing as a "small" knitting machine?
« on: March 11, 2019, 13:32:05 PM »
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Also a knitting machine is really nothing like handknitting - there is a steep steep learning curve for setting one up.
This!  When I first became interested in them, I thought knitting machines were similar to sewing machines in that one machine could be used to knit pretty much any type of garment or item.  As it turns out, the machines are made for specfic wool thicknesses.  For thin wool (generally sock weight and thinner), one uses a standard gauge 4.5mm machine.  For thicker, but not bulky weight wool, a mid gauge (6-7mm), and for the bulky (but not extreme bulky types), a 9mm.  There are a range of other gauges, but those are the most common.


Next, the machines have the purl side facing you at all times.  It takes a bit of brain training to realize how stitches will look on the knit side as you work.  Also, it requires a ribber (an addition of a second needle bed) to make knit/purl ribbing with one pass of the carriage.  Without it, there are options that are close approximations or require more time and effort.  These are just a few differences from hand knitting to give you a general idea.  It's worth putting in some time to learn more before deciding on the one to buy.


I love my knitting machines (plural, to accomodate different types of yarn).  Once you do get past the learning curve, they are fast and fun.  There are still some types of knitting that are simpler to do by hand, but stockinette flies on the machine. 

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Technical Help / Re: Using Wonder Tape for knit fabric hems?
« on: January 22, 2019, 14:29:24 PM »
I do as you do, especially with jerseys that like to curl at the hem.  Small pieces of wonder tape work to tack down areas prone to shifting.  I also use washable glue sticks for tacking down such spots.  The type sold for school use like this generally cost less than the "sewing notion" types.  The wonder tape is just to keep the hem in place while you're sewing, unlike the interfacing, which provides stability when washing and wearing.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Over tight stranded colour work
« on: January 16, 2019, 14:05:35 PM »
Seconding BrendaP.  You may also want to check the gauge of the various different sections to see which is closest to the pattern recommendation before changing needle sizes.  It's very easy to get too tight with fair isle or too loose with mixed knit and purl stitch patterns - or both!  That will be a lovely sweater  :)

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Sewing Machines / Re: I do not want to Machine embroider
« on: December 14, 2018, 15:40:28 PM »
@Ploshkin - yes, I enjoy the manipulation parts as well.  I use Photoshop these days.  That has a learning curve also but can produce interesting effects.  Once, it was possible to rent time in a darkroom in the nearest large town.  That worked, but fees and limited time slots were an issue.  I did a little work with printing color slides but color was difficult and expensive to do.  Mostly it was B&W. Were you able to have your own dark room?
I agree - I call sewing a hobby now, but it's always just been a part of what I do since I was old enough to manage a needle and thread.
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The thing with hobbies you tend to throw money at them before you realise it's not for you
@Gernella - This is exactly how the local quilt guild got my donation.  I had supplies for far more quilts than I would ever make, all because I can't resist colorful fabric prints!

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Sewing Machines / Re: I do not want to Machine embroider
« on: December 13, 2018, 22:46:11 PM »
Me, too, on most of this.  I have a stained glass studio that I would love to use, but various health limitations make it challenging.  Not ready to let that go yet.  Photography is still a hobby and so much simpler in the digital age.  I do not miss film, chemicals and a dark room in the slightest.
For the most part, I keep returning to sewing and knitting, both by hand and machine.  I make things for fun or because I want something that I can't buy (for whatever reason). 
I donated a lot of quilting supplies to a local guild recently, keeping the basic rulers and a few favorite fabric pieces in case inspiration strikes.
It's harder to let go of sewing machines.  I have my grandmother's treadle, which is beautiful to look at, but I much prefer sewing on my TOL (but now headed toward vintage) electric machines.  I do still take out my little Featherweight just for the fun of using it.  I have a few other vintage machines that I bought for next to nothing.  It was fun cleaning and fixing them but I think I'd rather have the storage space they use now.


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Vintage Machines / Re: Jiggly knob
« on: November 13, 2018, 14:38:03 PM »
On some of the vintage machines, one is supposed to turn the knob so it tightens down to the stitch size you want and won't move further down the column as you sew.  I don't know if that's the case with yours, but worth a try?  I have a 901 but haven't had it out recently.  I think it has the knob you can turn.  It's very similar to the 801.

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Technical Help / Re: Help! Fabric marker disaster.
« on: October 03, 2018, 13:31:30 PM »

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