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    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Dec 16, 7:42 AM
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    The sewing thread
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    • 9th Dec 16, 7:42 AM
    The sewing thread 9th Dec 16 at 7:42 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 10:17 PM.
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    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 5th Jan 18, 10:22 PM
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    daisy 1571
    Much joy, an ancient thick cotton tablecloth beautifully embroidered but stained with tea in places has now become a lovely dust cover for my machine so I don't have to wrestle it in and out its metal cover all the time.

    Daisy xx
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 18th Jan 18, 3:11 PM
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    Mended some jeans of DGD, now I've got a small curtain to make for DS1 for his utility room. I've managed to source some letters for my Dodgers so when they arrive that will be my next job. I have been procrastinating with starting them but need to get on with them soon. I did turn a mattress cover into 4 pillow protectors but not much else done.
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • kittie
    • By kittie 18th Jan 18, 4:08 PM
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    I was just thinking that I may well start to shorten skirts, one at a time. I wore one out today and am noticing that my legs look a lot better now that I have lost some weight plus I am cycling when I can. I`ll just do one skirt to start with because all my skirts are longer than attractive and so are all the dresses I made, however I may not shorten summer dresses and skirts because I will have to show my legs bare and don`t think I can do that. I would rather be bare legged under a longer skirt/dress in summer, than wear tights in summer

    silvasava, I am not feeling at all like sewing at the moment, would rather be cosy with knitting but have just seen a made-up M and M dress in a shop window and it looks wonderful, so am waiting to be inspired again
    Last edited by kittie; 18-01-2018 at 4:10 PM.
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 18th Jan 18, 5:33 PM
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    I've been doing fiddly bits; found some water-resistant fabric and cut it into bags to try to cut down on plastic; made some bowl covers as well.

    Picked up some nice fabric in sales for summer tops.
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