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Do you need the wss on the top?  I generally only use it if the fabric has a pile to stop the embroidery sinking into the pile.
The Haberdashery / Re: Rough pins
« Last post by Tamnymore on Yesterday at 20:18:09 »
Yes I'm naughty too - I sew over pins. I bought a big box of cheap pins recently (Hemline, since you ask) knowing that they would be a bit rubbish and guess what? They are. Most are OK but a number are a bit bent, others don't seem to have points and a few have those rough points that some of you have mentioned. I've learned my lesson!  :S
Sewing Machines / Re: Pain...
« Last post by blackcat001 on Yesterday at 19:57:16 »
And it's broken again. Looks like same fault...
Today... / Re: Thursday, 5 December
« Last post by Acorn on Yesterday at 19:28:46 »
I've finished the girls' dresses apart from hemming and putting elastic into the cuffs - and then washing them to get the soluble pen off.  I seem to have really gone to town with it this time!

We've just rescheduled this coming weekend's activities, so the small party is going to be the following weekend (flu in the goddaughters' family) which takes a lot of pressure off me.  There is now a (vanishingly small) chance that I might be able to make myself a new top to wear at Christmas.
The Haberdashery / Re: Sewing kit for Mum
« Last post by Helen M on Yesterday at 19:18:25 »
Sewing machine needles?

I assume she has some scraps of plain cotton for getting tensions right on that before trying out any other fabric? I like to have a small pile, and also a few bits of stretchy stuff.
The Haberdashery / Re: Rough pins
« Last post by Esme866 on Yesterday at 18:57:05 »
Pins and needles do rust/corrode over time and the damage is not visible to the naked eye.

Ran over a pin once when I was quite young and my mom dug the tip of the machine needle out of the corner of my eye....I NEVER intentionally sew over a needle! (I'm slightly OCD regarding safety.)

I pick up a new box of decent quality pins every few years and try to keep them separate from older ones, just so I can use for silks, etc.
The Haberdashery / Re: Sewing kit for Mum
« Last post by Esme866 on Yesterday at 18:42:44 »
Thread snips!

My fingers are only slightly arthritic, thread snips are as amazing as sliced bread!
The Haberdashery / Re: Sewing kit for Mum
« Last post by BrendaP on Yesterday at 18:36:38 »
I know a lot of people like cutting with rotary cutters but I wouldn't be without a decent pair of shears.  These are excellent, and they come with a pair of snips.
I picked a couple in this series from a charity shop and came back from my Sister's in Canada with two more.  I am only interested in garment making and there is a lot in that set for which I would no use.
The Haberdashery / Re: Rough pins
« Last post by Holly Berry on Yesterday at 18:16:08 »
You need to fill it with sand instead as sand apparently keeps pins sharp!

My mouse pin cushion has emery sand in the base and it does keep the pins sharp. As it was for wearing on my wrist I wanted something lighter, but it didn’t work.
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