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Technical Help / Re: Verao Top layout
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:27:14 PM »
If you are worried that a satin binding would look too dressy, could you use an organza binding instead?

Gosh, @Lowena, that's expensive. Was it a large package? I fitted two quilts into a large shoe box and it was under 2 kg, so it was £3 to send it as a small parcel second class or £4 to send it second class signed for.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 23, 2019, 09:25:46 AM »
It looks as though the 12 stitch sewing machine is "badged" for many different suppliers and has the model number FHSM-505.

The 12 stitch model appears to weigh 1.94 kg,  has 7.2 W motor and sews at up to 350 stitches/minute (do have a look at the photos of users and the machine and see if you can spot the user error!).

The FHSM-508 16 stitch version of the machine is heavier ~3.4 kg (and has the same user error in the brochure). This is mains only, and also appears to sew at up to 350 stitches/minute.

In contrast, the Hello Kitty machine weighs 4.6 kg and can sew up to 400 stitches/minute, whereas the  Singer 1306 machine is 4.3 kg and has a 70 W motor which some sites claim can stitch at up to 750 stitches/minute.

For reference, I think your main machine weighs ~9.7 kg and has a stitch speed of 850 stitches/minute (which is why I am skeptical of the Singer's speed).

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 22, 2019, 20:52:39 PM »
@Lowena I think the Silver machine at John Lewis is the same as the 12 stitch machine you initially found on Amazon. The manual is available on the JL site and mentions a battery compartment - I don’t think there can be too many sewing machines that take batteries  ;)

@Iminei I sent the photos this morning. You should have two emails - one for each quilt.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 22, 2019, 16:35:37 PM »
I've managed quite well with a John Lewis mini machine for piecing quilting cottons at a monthly meeting, which I think is what @Lowena wants to do.

As I mentioned earlier, it doesn't sound too happy going over seam intersections if I've not nested the seams, but it got through them. I got mine second hand from ebay and it is still going strong after 5 years of being taken to meetings.

Photos sent, @Iminei. They are in jpg format so hopefully they are OK, but let me know if you need them resizing or resending.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 21, 2019, 19:00:21 PM »
@Lowena Your main machine is a top loading bobbin you might prefer to stick with that. My earlier suggestions are now outside your revised budget of £50.

I’ve found a slight better spec of your the machine you were thinking about for ~£2 extra. This is a top loader and doesn’t have the battery option which makes me wonderful it has a better motor. It also seems heavier than the first machine (3.6 vs 2.5 kg).

I think this is the user manual for the 16 stitch version but I can’t tell from this whether it (or the 12 stitch version) has auto declutch for bobbin winding.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 21, 2019, 18:02:28 PM »
@Lowena A front loading bobbin is when the bobbin goes into a metal holder which is then put into the machine via a “door” that is at the front of the machine. With a top loading bobbin, the bobbin is put directly into the machine via a slide off cover just in front of the foot. (There are variations on these description, where bobbins are put in to the side of the needle, but this tends to be on some older machines.)

What make and model is your main machine? You might be more comfortable with as similar set up as possible for the little machine.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 21, 2019, 16:07:41 PM »
The Amazon machine looks as though it could be very under powered - I found my mini machine to be quite frustrating when it came to speed, especially if you are used to a “normal” machine. The other annoying feature was that it didn’t declutch when winding a bobbin so the needle carried on going up and down.

The Singer 1306 is at the upper end of your price range, but would probably have a bit more oomph and has auto declutch for bobbin winding.

Are you OK with a front loading bobbin as both have my suggestions have that type.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 21, 2019, 15:15:04 PM »
Would you consider a second hand machine from a dealer, @Lowena? If so, Steve at Sewing Machine World in Kings Lynn sometimes posts part-ex machines on Facebook, so it might be worthwhile giving him a ring to see if he has anything in.

Sewing Machines / Re: Very small, light, simple machine
« on: July 21, 2019, 14:31:50 PM »
Can you post links to some of the machines you are considering? I have a John Lewis mini machine (now discontinued I think) that I used to take to my quilting meeting. It was very light, but struggled at times over seam intersections if the allowances were not nested. You will also need to consider how you are going stitch a 1/4” seam as some of these little machines may not take standard or generic feet.

When my Mum needed a light weight machine, the lightest “proper” sewing machine I could find was the Hello Kitty one from Sewing Machines Direct. I used it a few times and it was adequate for what it cost. It had the advantage of having a needle threader which might be useful if you need something easy to thread.

In the wardrobe / Re: Riding Habit
« on: July 19, 2019, 17:23:08 PM »
I know it is only a mock up, but I really like the fabric you used. Could you use an open ended zip on future mock ups to make it easier to get into, rather than having to use a busk?

My parcel was posted this afternoon just in case I can’t escape the workshop in time for the meet up and/or hand over. I’ve taken photos and will send them next week (is it to the PayPal email?).

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: We have a winner....
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:16:55 AM »
Well done, @doesntworkonwood, your pattern matching on the side seams was amazing.

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