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Fun with Fabric / Cotton Lawn for Interlinig Sillk?
« on: July 19, 2019, 20:28:03 PM »
Does anyone know a good place for a white cotton lawn to interline a silk taffeta dress I am making?

Fun with Fabric / Washed Linen?
« on: July 09, 2019, 23:15:35 PM »
Has anyone bought the washed linen from Higgs and Higgs and, if so, was it any good?

The Show Must Go On / Steampunk ?
« on: June 14, 2019, 13:23:25 PM »
Going to a Steampunk fancy dress party at the end of the month.  I was going to make a denim corset but when I look online, it doesn't seem that denim is used very much.  Is denim a no, no.  Any Steampunk experts want to offer any advice?

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Embellisher anyone?
« on: June 09, 2019, 20:30:53 PM »
I have an Husqvarner embellishing machine that I bought from someone on TSF some time ago.  Can't remember who.

At the time they were quite popular and I though I would get a bit creative with it but it never happened and I haven't even got it out of the box.  I am a practical sewer, not an arty one.

So would anyone be interested?  If so, I will finally get it out the box and possibly have it serviced if I think it is necessary.  Bound to be a bargain because I need the room.  Cannot be faffed with ebay.

I have a full skirt, tulle wedding dress to alter.  Just worked out that the last time I did one of these was about 30 years ago.  I remember exactly how I did it but I thought I would run my technique past you knowledgeable ones so you can tell me if I might have it wrong.

Marked the amount to be taken off by marking to the top of the shoe with pins.  Did not turn it up as that would add weight to the skirt so not allowing for the fullness to spring out.  Measured the amount to be taken off on the top layer.  When working on it, mark a line where the dress is to be cut of with a blue/purple washable or air dissolving pen on all layers and the same amount for each layer.

Finally, run each layer through the overlocker without needles or thread, thereby just using the blade to cut a smooth line.

The alteration was successful but I thought I would ask if you can see a problem.

Does anyone have any information of making handmade children's clothes and selling them (knitting and sewing).  As usual, I always have a project in mind (hate retirement, climbing the walls! :P) but I am sure that this must be entrenched in legislation.  Any advice, or can someone point me in the right direction. :D

I am after New Look 6413 - which, of course, I want to wear at the weekend. ><

There will be even more I'm sure.

If I am doing a design like an eight point star (Le Moyne Star, say).  There doesn't appear to be a seam allowance to join the blocks together  If I join them it will cut off the points by 1/4 inch.

I have Linda Clements' The Quilter's Bible but it doesn't seem to explain.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Ladder stitch for EPP
« on: January 28, 2019, 21:00:12 PM »
About to start my first quilt!!!  This will be hand stitched EPP and quilt as you go.

I have always used an overstitch to sew the pieces together.  Could I use a ladder stitch instead do you think?  Love the neatness of ladder stitch and it really doesn't show when overstitching can.  Each 12" block will be stitched and quilted within a day or two so no hanging around when it might get damaged, come undone, etc.  The quilt will be a beach/picnic blanket.

This is my pastime for these dark evenings until the gardening can start.  Going out of my mind with boredom at the moment.

What do you think  Can I break the rules?

Sewing Professionally / Advice on business name please.
« on: November 19, 2018, 00:03:01 AM »
So, I've started to do a few craft fairs.  Got the bug after doing stuff for the school fair.  Organisers keep asking for my business name and I hadn't thought about it until now and cannot think of anything.

My daughter came up with "Absolutely Fabric".  Domain name is available.  There is a shop up North called Absolutely Fabrics (with an s), but I don't think that's a problem for little old me.

So, what do you think of that name?  I cannot decide whether its a bit naff.  Please be honest - wont be offended.

Fun with Fabric / Fabric Adhesive?
« on: October 23, 2018, 23:49:24 PM »
I am making some crafty stuff for the school Christmas Fair.  Lots of the items are padded with iron on fleece and I have used up the bit I had in stock.  I do have several metres of curtain interlining (bump) which I think would do use as well but I would like it to be attached to the fabric whilst I manoeuvre it through the sewing process.  I don't want to have to baste it.

Is there a, probably spray on, adhesive that will very lightly secure the top fabric to the interlining.  I have tried spray on starch but that wasn't particularly effective.

Fun with Fabric / Cheapest place for cotton prints?
« on: October 18, 2018, 19:10:04 PM »
I have volunteered to make sewn gifts and decs for the school shopping evening fundraiser.  I thought I had a lot of scraps of cottons that I could use.  On sorting through though, not so much as I thought. 

With FQ's at about £3.00, this random act of kindness could end up costing me lots.  Is there anywhere that does really cheap stuff.  I have looked at Pound Fabrics but they don't really have much.

Sewing Machines / Decisions, Decisions re buying a new machine.
« on: October 13, 2018, 21:43:53 PM »
Okay I have been given approval for buying a new machine (cheek, as if I need to ask!) but cannot decide what to do.  At the moment my arrangements are

An old F&R straight stitch which is heavy duty and is great for heavy jobs.
A little cheap Brother bought in a panic for a wedding dress alteration about 15 years ago with a fabulous stitch, lightweight and hardly used.

A Bernina 180 Artista sewing and embroidery machine, probably about 25 years old with the embroidery unit which works great as an embroidery machine but there is something wrong with the feed dogs and I have a short stitch even on the longest setting and it glides all over the place when I try a straight line.  Plus the software is no longer available to download embroidery images.

A Brother Overlocker

A Coverpro coverstitch machine

A Huskystar embellisher (hardly out of its box)

I have a budget of around £500/£600 for something new.  I don't know whether I should/could buy something that would do the job of the first 3.  This would get me something that is far better than the little Brother but is only 10% of the cost of replacing the Artista with today's equivalent.

I have a specialist "Bernina Doctor" living nearby.  Should I let him have the Bernina to correct the feed dog problem and risk using a large part of my budget if it cannot be done.  And then there is the possibility of the motherboard just giving up at any time because of its age.

I don't usually have a problem spending money  :devil:  I would really appreciation your views on this because I am in a quandary.

Now that I have waived goodbye to my industrial machine, I have a few bits and pieces to get rid of.

I have ten feet to fit a brother machine, which I think means that they are fairly universal.  Perhaps someone would like to confirm/put me right on that.

They are:

Teflon piping foot, fairly large I used it for upholstery
Piping foot, as above
Teflon zipper/piping foot right side
Piping/zipper foot right side
Piping/zipper foot left side
Invisible zipper feet x 2
Rolled Hem foot 4.8mm
Rolled Hem foot 3.2mm
Standard foot

Rather than photo the whole lot, I will photo individually for anyone interested.

I am looking for £2.50 each for them, or if anyone wants to take the lot, then £22. + p&p

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