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    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Dec 16, 6:42 AM
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    The sewing thread
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    • 9th Dec 16, 6:42 AM
    The sewing thread 9th Dec 16 at 6:42 AM
    We have an active knitters thread on the os board, I always felt that we should have a sewers thread here too, in visible sight. Many many people sew and there are also many learners. I made my first skirt on a treadle singer machine at age 10, many of us oldies were taught sewing at a very early age. The craft died down for many years when cheap clothing shops flooded the high streets but there is a re-awakening and I have grandchildren who are desperate to learn how to sew. I believe that a sewers thread should take equal place with the knitters thread and on this board

    I am still an active sewer, using three machines, overlocker, sewing machine and coverstitch. Even sewing a plain hemmed tablecloth for all day coverage to keep the table nice, using good quality fabric, takes less than two hours and gets lots of good comments, also very practical and made in a light fabric, it brightens that corner of the room

    I am about to teach my 8 year old grand daughter, who is getting a future-proofed real janome sewing machine for christmas. She will obviously have to start with pedal control, forward and backward etc but I can see her making an apron for her mum after half an hour of basics. I have a simple paper pattern ready, the fabric and the notions. We will do simple cutting out of two fabrics, then will sew back to back, pulling the fabric through, there will be no seam edges, or finishing or hems.

    Let`s get this thread going. Join us if you sew, if you want to sew, if you have queries and questions
    Last edited by kittie; 09-12-2016 at 9:17 PM.
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    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 21st Mar 17, 12:56 PM
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    Mines a Janome overlocker, four thread and yes I. Outlying use it on three threads. I have to say I don't generally (ever) take out the fourth needle. I suppose I should as it must be putting a small row of holes. However since I've most likely sewn a seam first on the sewing machine then the extra row of holes are going to be in he seam allowance.
    I've broken a needle in the past and it's quite fiddly to replace. And one needle goes slightly higher than the other by a mm or two.. That's the way it's meant to be.
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    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 23rd Mar 17, 12:14 PM
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    Time to fess up! My shower cap was not a great success.
    I used the iron on vinyl. Managed to catch a corner of the iron on the exposed vinyl and melted a wee bit. Not a big deal but annoying.

    I've a big head and loads of shoulder length curly hair.
    I cut a 17" inch circle which when edged in bias and elasticat d is just too small. The whole thing is a bit stiff and clumpy as well.
    An easy sewing project but not one I wouldn't recommend.
    As imwear a shower cap,if I in the bath and not washing my hair, and it's curly anyhow, I might try a simple cotton one, I honk it used to be called a mob cap?
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    • Emm-in-a-pickle
    • By Emm-in-a-pickle 23rd Mar 17, 3:29 PM
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    Arty, I`m sorry I had to chuckle at your shower cap - but have you thought of using something like tent fabric or kagoul (sp?) type fabric? There`s stuff called `rip stop` fabric that`s not thick and clunky, I`ve had some in remnant packs but Abakhan also do it by the meter - look online, they`ve got some from £2.99 per meter.
    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 23rd Mar 17, 5:15 PM
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    Yes rip stop would work nicely I think!
    The thing is though, in my mind this would be a great way of using up my pretty remnants. In reality, it take a quite a bit of fabric and is far short of pretty looking!
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    • DebrasSewingProject
    • By DebrasSewingProject 25th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
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    Is there anyone on this forum who is near to Bromley in Kent and wants to join a sewing club?
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 26th Mar 17, 9:52 AM
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    Sorry - would love to join a sewing club, but nowhere near Bromley.

    Day 2 of the overlocker course yesterday, and it was mostly putting into action what we'd learned last week. I ended the day with a completed pair of jogging bottoms, not perfect but they're not something I'd wear outside the house, they're fine for lounging on the sofa.

    Things I learned this week: a lot of it is technique, the tutor could sew a perfect seam on the same stitch setting while mine was a bit wobbly. And although I can sew a straight line on my sewing machine with ease, I'm not so accurate on the overlocker, more practice needed. As well as overlocking the seams we learned to use a twin needle on a sewing machine to finish a hem, that's something I've never tried before but I'll be buying a twin needle now.

    So, lots of practice needed, the only problem now is finding enough time! What's everyone else up to?
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    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 26th Mar 17, 12:41 PM
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    A few years ago I bought two meters of very expensive silk charmeuse with a sort of Monet style watercolour print of lilies and water, quite abstract, veryretty. It cost a small fortune and I was never quite sure what to do with it.had enough for a dres. But eventually decided I'd get more wear form a skirt.
    So I have made it into a ballet length softly pleated skirt with a wide waistband. It looks pretty good I think.
    I plan on wearing it with a close fitting top of some sort, plain of course to a friends sons engagement party.

    I'm going to. Make another piece if grey, mint green and pale blue floral silk j it a short top to go over my new ankle length trousers.
    Nearly all my tops are hip length and don't look right with the shorter length.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 26th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
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    your clothes sound very nice arty. Wd for always thinking outside the box and having a go

    Yesterday I quickly took up six pairs of trousers, I know they were too long because I was walking on them. Luckily five were fine with black thread and I used the overlocker for first stage, then I needed fawn and I could not get that new thread through the lower looper, arghh, I even bent my long and impossible to replace, babylock wire threader. I didn`t give up, the repair place is a long way away and the machine is far too heavy for me to carry any distance. I had a good look inside, worked out that the lower looper was blocked at the looper bit and decided that it was worth me having a go with a screwdriver. Took out 4 screws and 4 parts, last was the looper, the tube into it was only about 2mm diameter. I poked and poked with the looper wire and eventually a very tight blockage popped out, it looked like a micro cork but was packed up thread

    Got it back together with fingers crossed and then blew compressed air into it to clean it, air did a great job. Turned it on its side and undid the 4 screws on the base, took it off and gave it all a good vacuum with a micro tool, taking all the blown fluff out. Tested it slowly with the handwheel and then the foot pedal and then fabric, wowee it was good and the thread threaded through to the loopers easily. I even managed to release the blade, which had been sticking a bit in the locked position. I must say that I was ecstatic, the fact that I did not have to go anywhere, that I saved at least £30 probably more and that I thoroughly cleaned my machine. Babylock never need oiling btw and I now have confidence in changing my blade if ever needed

    Maybe tomorrow I will finally finish my fleece bodywarmer. The zip is in, just got to put the hood in and tidy up the raw edges. Then sewing will have to take a back seat, the allotment is getting lively, I have knitting to finish and wood carving to work on.
    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 26th Mar 17, 9:13 PM
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    Good job Kittie! I reckon fleece fabric makes a lot of fluff inside the machine.
    I did a similar but not so impressive job on my Janome sewing machine. Took off needle plate to,change to the fine hole one for themsilk, accidentally removed the wheel racenfor the bobbin and found loads of lurking threads and a bog clump of fluff that had turned to felt. Most satisfying!
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 27th Mar 17, 2:52 PM
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    Interesting - my overlocker manual says it needs oiling more often than a normal sewing machine. The tutor at the class I've just done advised us not to oil at all, she said it's not necessary and the oil will get on your fabric.

    They certainly do create a lot of fluff and dust, I'm a bit scared to hoover mine in case anything falls off!
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 27th Mar 17, 6:01 PM
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    arty I don`t use the overlocker for fleece, it only needs a zig zag to hold seams together to get a tidy thinner effect and my sewing machine does that.

    Polly do you oil underneath ie after taking the bottom plate off, when the machine is on its side. I think that is where the oil is needed most of all. I don`t see that oil will get on the fabric as you are only going to oil moving parts lower than the fabric. Some would need oiling, I am sure
    • imho
    • By imho 28th Mar 17, 6:29 AM
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    Just wanted to say thanks to Kittie on this thread for writing how to sew stretch fabrics with the proper needle and thread.
    I bought a jumpsuit made from stretchy fabric and the legs was so wide and decided to make the legs less wide but I would have just used normal needle and normal cotton. Kittie said to use rounded end needle and zig zag stitch and it has come out perfect.
    Thank you Kittie
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 28th Mar 17, 7:23 AM
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    Ahhh - the power of this thread! I'm really enjoying this thread too. Unfortunately I'm not getting enough sewing time (maybe I should spend a bit less time on here!).

    Kittie my manual suggests oiling it somewhere around the loopers - I need to get a bright light on it and see exactly where. I've never taken the base off but then it's had minimal use so far!
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