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    • essexgal
    • By essexgal 17th Feb 14, 3:55 PM
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    essexgal
    The Sewing Room (part 2)
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    • 17th Feb 14, 3:55 PM
    The Sewing Room (part 2) 17th Feb 14 at 3:55 PM
    The old thread was getting rather cumbersome so we have been asked to start a new thread.

    This thread continues on from the original thread here



    essexgal
    old enough to know better, young enough not to care
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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 30th Aug 16, 7:34 AM
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    Mooloo
    I am so busy with alterations but I plan to ear mark a set time at the end of the day to create. I have to put new things into the shop, as the makes I have are all from before the shop was opened.Time flies and the shop has been open now for two years ( well by next Monday). The last year of my current lease. So I have until April to decide if I want to stay and negotiate a new lease, or relocate.
    So everything counts now and any tweeking of procedures and looking for ways to be more profitable
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • drinkupretty
    • By drinkupretty 9th Oct 16, 12:16 AM
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    drinkupretty
    First project completed, I made two cushion covers:

    "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes"
    • givememoney
    • By givememoney 11th Oct 16, 11:55 AM
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    Your covers look lovely, but what I do know thanks to a friend of mine, I put two cushion innards inside to give a nice bulky solid feel to the cushions. Providing of course, you have put in zips.
    • Littlefrugalcottage
    • By Littlefrugalcottage 9th Nov 16, 10:23 PM
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    Hello all, does anyone here do EPP???
    • Justamum
    • By Justamum 10th Nov 16, 7:10 AM
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    Hello all, does anyone here do EPP???
    Originally posted by Littlefrugalcottage
    What is EPP?

    • Littlefrugalcottage
    • By Littlefrugalcottage 10th Nov 16, 9:00 AM
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    What is EPP?
    Originally posted by Justamum
    Sorry it's English Paper Piercing basically hand sewing. I've made a couple of quilts now and just about to embark on Dear Jane in EPP and very excited.
    • Paddee
    • By Paddee 10th Nov 16, 9:42 PM
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    Paddee
    c4 error on singer sewing machine
    Whilst using my machine it suddenly stopped, motor made a strange noise. I noticed the lever seemed to be jammed against the casing. I unscrewed the casing cleared some thread that was wrapped around near the lever. Everything else seemed to be clear but the machine is still not working just making a whirring sound and displaying a c4 fault. I checked to see if the bobbin winder worked but no luck. Has anyone else had problems like this? The nearest repairer is 30 miles away and if it is going to be a costly job I may be better putting the money towards a new machine. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem. If it means a new machine I would appreciate some recommendations for a reliable mid price machine, Thank you
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 4th Jan 17, 6:37 AM
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    *Jellie*
    I haven't tried EPP yet- it is on my list of things to try at some point.

    Paddee- sorry I've never had something like that happen.

    What are peoples sewing plans for the year? Anyone sewing at the moment?

    I've been using the lutterloh system and have bought some vintage editions so I'll be trying some vintage patterns this year. I can't get to my sewing area at the moment as we dumped loads of stuff in the study before Christmas! Before I do any sewing I think I have about a weeks worth of sorting out the craft area to do! In the meantime I am starting a list of projects for the year. Wherever possible I need to work within my stash (including charity shop finds purchased in the hope I can refashion them!).
    Has anyone managed any refashion projects using jumpers?
    I am learning to knit on a loom at the moment as I need to sort out some thick, warm, knitted winter garments. Ideally I want to use my sewing patterns and then knit the pieces....I have no idea if I will be able to pull this off.

    Well and truly fell off wagon!...2017 Womble #9 Gave up counting :-( Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £250/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 gave up! VSP 2017 # Gave up SPC 10. Stashbusting projects lost track! Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £350/200.....oops!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 4th Jan 17, 12:55 PM
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    Jellie I do alterations for a living now so do very few personal projects anymore but I love refashioned makes, and often ideas are sparked when I am in a charity shop, although now they are becoming more pricey so less opportunity for bargain fabrics.
    I often use bedding for children's clothes, my thermal bags and totes.
    I have yet to master my embroidery machines and am planning to block time in the diary to achieve that this year.
    I also bought a cover stitch machine in the summer and didn't really get to grips with it yet, so that is also on the agenda.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 4th Jan 17, 10:12 PM
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    Mooloo- I have a coverstitch machine but haven't clocked up many hours and a self taught. Haven't gone beyond basic stitching but it is great for hemming. Main problem I have is skipping stitches (probably operator error!)
    I can't believe you have been in the shop 2 years!

    Well and truly fell off wagon!...2017 Womble #9 Gave up counting :-( Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £250/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 gave up! VSP 2017 # Gave up SPC 10. Stashbusting projects lost track! Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £350/200.....oops!
    • trix-a-belle
    • By trix-a-belle 4th Jan 17, 10:46 PM
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    i'm doing more upholstery than sewing at present (the sewing pile will hopefully get reduced gradually) and will get round to posting some pics when i have time, i'm really enjoying the problem solving element of upholstery and satisfaction it brings me
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    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 5th Jan 17, 6:38 AM
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    Trix-a-belle I look forward to the pictures. I've forgotton how I used to upload them here

    Well and truly fell off wagon!...2017 Womble #9 Gave up counting :-( Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £250/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 gave up! VSP 2017 # Gave up SPC 10. Stashbusting projects lost track! Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £350/200.....oops!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 5th Jan 17, 6:53 AM
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    Mooloo
    Yes it was 2years in September! Time is flying by so fast.
    I am going to be making changes this year to try to make it more profitable and pay more wages to me!
    Today is the first day back and I have two evening gowns and a jacket to alter. So unless I get a lot through the door it will be game on for me to work on lesson structure and practice on the machines.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 5th Jan 17, 7:48 PM
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    ERICS MUM
    Good evening all. I'm a regular reader so now I have a question I can't think of a better group of people to ask !

    My sister is looking for a new sewing machine and fancies the Janome 7025 which is a John Lewis exclusive. She wants a good solid machine but doesn't need loads of embroidery stitches/functions.

    Do any of you own this machine or another in its price bracket of £219.

    Thanks
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 5th Jan 17, 8:07 PM
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    Janome are good machines. You will find that the "exclusive" machine will probably be the same as one of their other machines on the inside and just have a special outer casing for JL and number, that technically can then be exclusively there's.
    The only machines that are really a waste of money are the junior machines and the £50-£60 bug machines made by most of the manufacturers.
    I would never sell those.
    I personally am an agent for a different supplier but I use Brother, janome, Silver, Singer and Necchi machines on a regular basis, and I have a Toyota Jean Machine at home, but I would not really recommend that one.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 5th Jan 17, 9:49 PM
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    ERICS MUM
    Janome are good machines. You will find that the "exclusive" machine will probably be the same as one of their other machines on the inside and just have a special outer casing for JL and number, that technically can then be exclusively there's.
    The only machines that are really a waste of money are the junior machines and the £50-£60 bug machines made by most of the manufacturers.
    I would never sell those.
    I personally am an agent for a different supplier but I use Brother, janome, Silver, Singer and Necchi machines on a regular basis, and I have a Toyota Jean Machine at home, but I would not really recommend that one.
    Originally posted by Mooloo
    Thank you so much, I know you sew professionally so this is very useful feedback. Xx
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 7th Jan 17, 8:24 AM
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    I have a janome and an elna (one sewing machine and one overlocker)- the machines of both companies are made in the same factories and are thought to be pretty much the same on the inside. I don't have that model buy love both my machines.
    I'd recommend your sister goes in and test drives any she is thinking of- my local sewing shop will happily let you test out the machines and run through them with you.

    Well and truly fell off wagon!...2017 Womble #9 Gave up counting :-( Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £250/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 gave up! VSP 2017 # Gave up SPC 10. Stashbusting projects lost track! Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £350/200.....oops!
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 7th Jan 17, 11:40 AM
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    ERICS MUM
    I have a janome and an elna (one sewing machine and one overlocker)- the machines of both companies are made in the same factories and are thought to be pretty much the same on the inside. I don't have that model buy love both my machines.
    I'd recommend your sister goes in and test drives any she is thinking of- my local sewing shop will happily let you test out the machines and run through them with you.
    Originally posted by *Jellie*

    I didn't know that. We do have a local shop selling all the main brands, I'll suggest my sister goes in. Thank you. Xx
    • trix-a-belle
    • By trix-a-belle 20th Jan 17, 7:59 PM
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    finally got round to uploading my upholstery pieces so far, more soon to be added...
    my day bed from the course I took at Diss School of Upholstery


    A matching footstool I followed up with


    my christmas nursing chair project


    I am currently working on a dining chair to use at my sewing machine, binding on a car carpet, a bus bench seat and soon 2 car seats (one for my classic car, one for a friend to use as a desk chair)
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    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 21st Jan 17, 1:18 PM
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    Great looking furniture Trix.
    I've spent some time cutting out some 5 inch squares I'm going to make a start on a puff quilt, I need to cut up an old sheet in to 4 inch squares for the backs.
    It won't be a very varied quilt as I don't have many different fabrics and I'm not spending any money on it as I have the stuffing already.
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