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Patterns Discussion / Simplicity 1080 - yes or no? Update
« on: May 21, 2020, 13:56:04 PM »

Now the weather has got so hot I am looking for something to wear that is cool and  loose-ish but not too sack-like (and quick to make). I`m average height, 63, small boobs but pot belly.  I like the photo on the pattern but some of the efforts on Pattern Review aren`t flattering at all!  I don`t want to end up with boobs looking smaller and tummy bigger!

Any thoughts?  Or alternative suggestions?

PS suitable for wovens rather than knitted

The Haberdashery / Thread matching problems
« on: April 09, 2020, 13:38:20 PM »
I buy most of my fabric online and when possible ask for a matching thread.  Otherwise I buy Gutermann Sew All from my local curtain fabric shop which has a good range.

I`ve just started making some curtains and have some thread which is ok-ish and I will use that.  But ideally I would have liked some a little bit paler -  and this has made me realise how difficult it is to choose thread online.  I was hoping that as I know the number of the thread I already have, it would be easy to view the ones that are similar - but I haven`t found a way of doing that.  The numbering seems to be totally random!

Your Favourite Suppliers / Higgs and Higgs
« on: March 27, 2020, 19:20:26 PM »
One of the reasons I was very keen to move is that our new house isn`t far from Higgs and Higgs shop.  All that is on hold for a while so I had a little wander over to their website.  They have a lot of tempting stuff and this has definitely taken my eye:-

In the wardrobe / Sinclair Harper Cardigan
« on: February 21, 2020, 11:12:25 AM »
This was my first attempt at a pdf pattern and also my first cardigan (though Husband did insist it is not a cardigan as it isn`t knitted).

I can`t say it has converted me to pdfs.  I didn`t enjoy all the cutting out and sticking together but it was a free pattern!

My first hitch was that I misread the fabric quanitities and didn`t buy enough so this was my second choice.  In my defence I would say that the section listing the quantites is the least clear bit of the whole pattern and I didn`t realise I needed to add 2 amounts together.  I should have known that one metre was never going to be enough for a long sleeved cardigan but I didn`t until the fabric actually arrived!

The seam allowances are only 1/4 inch but I increased them to 5/8 as I don`t have an overlocker.  I was then pleased that I had some extra to play with for the sleeves as they are very narrow - you wouldn`t comfortably fit a long-sleeved top under them.

Overall I am fairly pleased with it but wouldn`t make it again.  The front band is rather wide and is quite high at the back of the neck - you couldn`t wear it over a shirt with a collar

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Embroidery and Embellishment / What`s this needle for?
« on: February 13, 2020, 11:22:48 AM »
As mentioned yesterday, I`m having a cull of my old needles.  I reckon some actually came from my Grandmother!

Anyway, amongst them I found this and wondered what it would be used for.  It`s got 2 eyes, is about 2 1/2 inches long and has a rounded point (not sharp)

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Embroidery and Embellishment / Hand sewing needles recommendation please
« on: February 12, 2020, 19:02:24 PM »
I have got dozens of needles.  I don`t even know where most of them have come from - I think I inherited lots of them from my Mum.  And I don`t like any of them!  I`ve been doing a bit of sewing this evening and have given up because the needle I was using it so sharp at the eye end that it was hurting my fingers  (I can`t sew with a thimble).

So I`ve decided to have a mass clear out and buy some decent ones.  But I don`t know what I`m looking for.  I prefer to sew with  quite a long needle.  And even if the needle itself it fine, I can`t cope  with a tiny eye!

Point me in the right direction please

Tech Know How / No emails when "mentioned"
« on: February 10, 2020, 13:19:12 PM »
Until recently I would get an email if I was "mentioned" in a post but that seems to have stopped.  I am still getting a little notification at the top of the main forum page.

As far as I am aware I haven`t changed any of my settings.  Can anyone assist please?

PS  I have checked and they are not going into my Spam folder

Patterns Discussion / PDF patterns idiot`s guide required
« on: January 30, 2020, 13:42:49 PM »
I am a pdf pattern virgin but @Clareew mentioned this and I really like the look of it - and it`s free.

The problem is that I haven`t got a clue about how to buy a PDF pattern, how to choose the size, how to print it and cut it out - or anything else really!

Does anyone know of a really basic guide?  Failing that, I`m going to be asking you a lot of stupid questions!

The Haberdashery / Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« on: January 23, 2020, 16:54:03 PM »
I know there is a golden rule that you mustn't use dressmaking scissors to cut paper - and I don't. But I must admit that I wonder if this is an outdated rule stemming from the days when scissor blades weren't as robust as they are now.
I fail to see how scissors that happily slice through some chunky tweed would be damaged by a sheet of paper!
Educate me please!

My own sewing machine has a needle threader and I`d be lost without it.  A friend was recently complaining that she is finding it harder and harder to thread her sewing machine needles and I wondered if there is a gadget which would help her.
I have already got something similiar to this:-

and I couldn`t make it work at all!

In the wardrobe / Tried and tested top
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:07:49 AM »
I`ve got quite a few projects that I "should" be doing this winter but they are all quite challenging and I`ve got enough stress in my life at the moment without adding to it.  I did want to do some sewing though so I decided to make this top which started off as

I have altered it though to accommodate my fat tummy, small bust and dropped right shoulder.  I`ve also made the round neck lower (and previously have made the v-neck higher). I also used a neck facing rather than a neck band.   All of these alterations are things I would never have attempted until a few years ago (following advice from TSPers or gleaned from the internet) so I always feel quite pleased with myself when they work out!  The fabric is a cotton jersey which is my preferred option for sewing and wearing

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A Good Yarn / Granny squares first attempt
« on: January 08, 2020, 11:49:01 AM »
This is my first attempt at crochet - several of you pointed me in the directiion of BellaCoco videos which were very helpful.
I quickly realised that using a wool that is 2-coloured was not a good idea because it makes it hard to differentiate the stitches - but on the other hand is does conceal a lot of mistakes!
I`m not sure what this will end up being - I need to buy some more wool if I want it to be much bigger

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Tech Know How / Problem posting a photo as an attachment
« on: January 08, 2020, 09:35:31 AM »
I`ve been trying to attach a photo taken from my camera - have done this before with no problems but today after clicking on "instert an attachment" the detail appears in the main body of my message (not the actual photo) and when I click on "post" nothing happens.
Please excuse layman`s language - I`m not over computer savvy

(I was trying to start a new topic in A Good Yarn)


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The Haberdashery / What to use to stabilise knit hems?
« on: November 25, 2019, 14:18:04 PM »
Following a recommendation from someone here I use Pellon Knit-N-Stable stretch fusible seam tape to stabilise jersey before turning up a hem.  It is good, but is 1 inch wide.  I`ve seen reference to 1/2 tape on American websites but can`t find any here.
What do others use?  I`d prefer fusible

(I don't have an overlocker)

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