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Today... / Re: Sunday 9th June
« on: June 09, 2019, 22:22:09 PM »
Well I thought I'd pop on for a bit. It's our first full day in Cornwall. We visited Charlestown this morning and stayed for lunch. Had a bit of a wander around Mevagissey and then came home to rest. The rain has been on and off all day. Me and Kris went for a coastal walk about 4 miles this evening out to Dodman Point. The views here are just amazing 😁

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Sew Direct ... never again
« on: June 07, 2019, 13:25:48 PM »
Well they finally arrived! Just too late for me to sew but oh well...

However, despite ordering on the 24th May the postage that was stuck onto the package was dated to YESTERDAY. So they literally only packaged it yesterday...

@Francesca - I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to get to Cornwall. It's dark, blowing a gale and the rain is coming down in sheets. Typical, because it's Royal Cornwall Show week!  :S Wellies mandatory for all the mud, if you're going. I've even had to put the heat back on for an hour to take the chill off the house - crazy in June. @Lowena - aren't you glad you moved away????? :)

Yep I've been looking at the weather report all week hoping for some sunshine but it's going to be a very wet holiday indeed. Wellies and walking boots and waterproofs all packed! I'm just going to accept the weather and get on with it. Nothing is going to stop me from having an ice cream on the harbour.

As for storms it's not much better here...

Sounds like it was faulty, or maybe a different model (perhaps not the S14-78). The machine has suction cups underneath and it moves a bit in operation, but the vibration is dampened by the suckers. Mine is no louder than a sewing machine, has free-arm capability and it is possible to disengage the knife.

Yup it was that one. It did have suction cups but was still hugely loud. Overlockers are quite loud in general, but in comparison to my Juki it was much much louder.

I woke up very late after a weird dream and am just only now getting all my bits and pieces done before we head off tonight. Long drive to Cornwall but we're breaking it up by stopping in at Kris' dad's on the way and staying over. It adds about an a hour to our total journey time but it does mean that we avoid the A303 and means we don't have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Sew Direct ... never again
« on: June 06, 2019, 22:09:56 PM »
I ordered one of the new release patterns that were supposed to be in mid May. I chased yesterday, but they hadn’t received them yet at Sew Direct. Perhaps the Parent Co. are having problems too.

This is interesting as I have ordered a new release one. I wonder if they don't have it and are stalling.

When I asked them why they didn't put anything up saying there was a delay due to being busy (I would've ordered the one I really wanted from elsewhere if I'd known) the reply was:

The delivery time was not stated that we are experiencing a high volume of orders, this would be the managements decision.

Really helpful thanks.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Sew Direct ... never again
« on: June 06, 2019, 22:07:41 PM »
What a shame - poor you -  but my goodness that really is ridiculous. My order arrived in 8 days (6 working days). I think the website says 3-5 working days for UK. Will you be able to call them tomorrow?

Not really much point as I'm going on holiday tomorrow. They said it was only prepared on Monday. I was hopeful that it might be quick to arrive but I expect it'll come next week. They didn't package/prepare the order until 8 days after the order was placed.

Huskylock as far as I'm aware is one of the brands that got bought out with the big Singer merger. My local sewing shop has a shelf of these machines labelled "ready for landfill" so make of that what you will.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Sew Direct ... never again
« on: June 06, 2019, 18:42:00 PM »
I was so hoping the patterns would arrive today. I really wanted to sew the jacket for holiday and today was my last chance but alas, come home to no patterns :( It's been 2 weeks.

I wouldn't be without an overlocker now. They make such a difference to the inside of wovens and tidy up armhole seams just beautifully. Sewing stretch and jersey fabrics is a breeze. Unlike @Acorn, I never had much success with sewing stretch fabrics on my 'proper' machine. There was one synthetic ponte which just wouldn't sew on it  :( Overlocker to the rescue!

The quality of the Lidl Singers seems to be hit and miss. Mine was very good as a low-price entry-level machine, particularly when I didn't know if I would get on with it. It's now sold on (Gumtree, full working order, one careful lady owner!) and I've upgraded (I got a deal at the Harrogate show) to
 the Juki MO-654DE which is mechanically identical to @Francesca 's machine. The only difference is the accessibility of some of the controls.

I agree that it is an excellent machine. The salesman told me that it would be the last overlocker I would buy - which sounded slightly disturbing! I'm sure he meant it as a recommendation.

Yes I believe the 54 is the same with the upgraded threader. I can thread mine fine, but I know for some who struggle with dexterity and sight it can be harder to thread the lower looper.

I am the same, wish I had one earlier. I just love the ability to throw together jersey garments and get a great result so quickly. Plus I like that I can confidently finish the inside of garments without having to go to the lengths of french seams and such all the time. It's nice to take a little shortcut here and there even on woven garments. I'd say I use my overlocker on everything I sew. I even overlock the edges of fraying-type fabrics before I wash them.

I have a Pfaff Combi at home, but when my old Riccar OL died I needed an OL to use at work.  I took a chance, and bought a cheap Singer one, brand new from Lidl, and it's excellent.

Not a top of the range machine, but for all that, it has a great range of stitches for the price.  About £100 I think.


I had the Lidl Singer and found it to be a disaster. Could never get a consistent tension and when I took it in for repair the result was still lacklustre. It was also so loud and rattled the whole table top in comparison to my Juki. I felt like the Singer just wouldn't last that long.

I love my overlocker, it's completely changed how I sew.

I have the Juki MO644D and I really rate it. It's a solid machine, goes very well, I've sewn an awful lot on it and it's held up.

In the wardrobe / Re: Fit? What's that then?
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:00:43 AM »
Just looks like the standard lagenlook that has been popular with some for a while.

Just cut out a stripey t-shirt. Not very exciting but at least I'll get it finished as I want to take it on holiday on Friday.

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