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  • poppy3
    Lidl have got sewing machines in again for 39!!!

    I persuaded my OH to buy me one for valentines day hehe!

    Now I just have to learn to use it so will be watching this thread with interest.

    Any recommendation for an inexpensive book for a complete novice?
    Originally posted by karmacookie
    karmacookie I can't find a Lidl with sewing machines around Wakefield area, which area did you buy yours? What brand is it
    Waddle you do eh?
  • sara2so
    I bought my machines from www.sewingmachinesdirect.co.uk, Russell is extremely helpful and very, very fast on delivery and at good prices. I have a Janome 4618 & 4623 both of which I have been very pleased with. I have to have two machines 'just in case' one breaks down but have not had trouble with either.
    I teach sewing classes and several of my students have also bought machines from Russell and we've all found him to be very helpful. He's not just internet you can call him as well on 0800 092 5212.
  • Olliebeak
    My sewing machine is an old Singer one made in 1956 (model 401G) and I wouldn't DREAM of updating it.

    My first one was hand-operated table top with a 'boat shuttle' - 'Jones' one - black with beautiful daisies all over it.

    Then my grandfather bought me a 'Jones' basic electric one for my 21st in 1972 - but that was stolen during a break-in in 1975. My mother then gave me her very basic machine that she hadn't used for about 10 years (she got it, made a dress each for my younger sisters then put it away again!).

    I started doing sewing orders for people using that one (bridesmaids dresses, holy communion dresses, orange lodge outfits etc.). THEN I did a set of 6 bridesmaides dresses for my nephew's wedding. His mother wanted to pay me but I said it was my present to the happy couple. She then offered to do a 'swap' of HER 'all-performing, zig-zag, embroidery, double-needle machine for my basic one - as she didn't have a cloo what to do with hers and mine was all that she needed! Have to admit to nearly snatching her hand off!!! That's the one I'm using now and it's nearly as old as ME! Then again my original one was older than my great-grandmother!!



    image borrowed from a 'sewing machine' website - not my own machine shown here but identical!
    Last edited by Olliebeak; 16-02-2008 at 9:58 AM. Reason: pic needed re-sizing!
  • karmacookie
    Hi Poppy

    The machine is a 'lervia'!?! German made i think, with a 3 year guarantee!

    I'm in Scotland so perhaps they are only in the Scottish stores?
  • Rikki
    I have a fab bought top and just the piece of material I'd like to make one in.

    I have never made a pattern before any tips or ideas? :confused:

    ........and before you suggest it I am not unpicking it.
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  • Old Meanie
    Rikki if its a fairly basic shape you can lay it out on either brown paper, or any plain paper such as drawer lining paper etc then lay that on something you can stick pins in. Pin the top (like you would with drawing pins) into shape and draw round. You can then construct basic garment just sew up main seams face or bind neck, sleeves and hem. If you want you can use a cheap fabric or charity shop bought item to cut up and make a pattern on that and then adjust to how you like it to fit by just tacking it then pull it apart and make up in good fabric. If its more complicated perhaps you could find a shop bought pattern similar and then alter it how you like it. Vogue, McCalls and Simplicity patterns all have websites and buying from USA is usually half price or less and the postage for a pattern isnt that much.

    HTH
  • Old Meanie
    OOPs forgot to mention add on seam allowances or it will be a bit tight!. For something like this an inch all round is best plenty of room to alter.
  • top_drawer
    hi,

    I need some advice ...

    I have always fancied learning to sew (or at least do alterations) as Im quite short and find trousers difficult to buy. Anyway, I have a pair of jeans in which the zip has bust, im not too overly bothered about them so thought they would be a good little project to work on... if they turn out excellent if not then its a start on learning sewing skills.

    I have looked all over the internet for some instructions on replacing a zip, I must have been through every site in the uk and the usa and none of them have instructions on how to do this?

    So does anyone know of a site which does offer this or a book which I could get from the library?

    Thanks

    Jen
  • C1aire
    hi,

    I need some advice ...

    I have always fancied learning to sew (or at least do alterations) as Im quite short and find trousers difficult to buy. Anyway, I have a pair of jeans in which the zip has bust, im not too overly bothered about them so thought they would be a good little project to work on... if they turn out excellent if not then its a start on learning sewing skills.

    I have looked all over the internet for some instructions on replacing a zip, I must have been through every site in the uk and the usa and none of them have instructions on how to do this?

    So does anyone know of a site which does offer this or a book which I could get from the library?

    Thanks

    Jen
    Originally posted by Jen_L
    To get the old one out:
    Unpick the 'fly shield' (the bit of fabric that covers the zip on the inside of the jeans).
    Unpick a bit of the waistband on either side of the zip so that you can see the top ends of the zip.
    Unpick the overstitching, the bit that makes a sort of J shape on the front of the fly (it will make it easier to attach the new one if you are using a sewing machine. If you are doing by hand, you might be able to skip this step).
    You should now have the whole zip exposed and be able to unpick it.

    To put the new one in:
    With the zip closed, pin it in place with the zip running along the edge of the left hand (imagine you are wearing them) edge of the trouser fly (note: you should have one layer under the other so that when it is finished you can't see the zipper on the outside).
    Stitch in place and close up all the seams you opened around the old zip and re-attach the 'fly-shield'.

    I hope this helps, its kind of tricky to explain without being able to show you the bits of the zip/fly I mean, but do make sure you tack it in place first and see if it looks right/lines up well.

    If you want a book with pictures of how to do it, the readers digest complete book of sewing has diagrams which are sort of easy to follow. Look up "fly-front zip" in the index.
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  • Rikki
    hi,

    I need some advice ...

    I have always fancied learning to sew (or at least do alterations) as Im quite short and find trousers difficult to buy. Anyway, I have a pair of jeans in which the zip has bust, im not too overly bothered about them so thought they would be a good little project to work on... if they turn out excellent if not then its a start on learning sewing skills.

    I have looked all over the internet for some instructions on replacing a zip, I must have been through every site in the uk and the usa and none of them have instructions on how to do this?

    So does anyone know of a site which does offer this or a book which I could get from the library?

    Thanks

    Jen
    Originally posted by Jen_L
    If you visit the Husqvarna sewing room HERE you can follow the link to the zips and it give you a demonstration on each type of zip.
    Its a really useful site.
    Last edited by Rikki; 17-02-2008 at 10:18 AM.
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  • top_drawer
    Thank you!!!

    Thats excellent I will have a go at replacing the zip sometime this week, true money saving as I really love my jeans so would have had to buy another pair.

    Jen
  • C1aire
    All this talk of jeans has reminded me of the time my old flatmate proudly showed me her new denim mini skirt. She was chuffed because it was a 'sales bargain'. I nearly fainted - it was so blatantly an old pair of jeans, the manufacturers had not even bothered to use a proper skirt pattern. You could see the shape of what would have been the tops of the leg pieces just stitched over eachother to form a skirt, rather than stitched together to make 'legs'. And it didn't even have a hem . Still amazes me even now. Still, a handy solution for when the seams wear out in the inside legs (always the first to go, or so I find!)...

    It was the first time I realised I was turning into my mother (just not as cash-savvy).
    Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realise that we cannot eat money.
  • Hardup Hester
    I thought this might give you all a laugh. I was asked to shorten a pair of trousers by a work colleague, when she gave them to me she asked how much it would cost, I told her 3.50. Once they were done she wanted to collect them at a time when I would be out, so I arranged to leave them on the doorstep & she said she's put the 3.50 in an envelope & put it through the letterbox. When I got home the trousers had been collected & there was an envelope on the doormat. When I opened it there was 1 in it with a note saying 'I looked at the trousers & as the legs are so narrow I decided 1 was enough to pay to have them shortened' Bloody cheek, I shan't do any more alterations for her again, lol.

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  • C1aire
    I thought this might give you all a laugh. I was asked to shorten a pair of trousers by a work colleague, when she gave them to me she asked how much it would cost, I told her 3.50. Once they were done she wanted to collect them at a time when I would be out, so I arranged to leave them on the doorstep & she said she's put the 3.50 in an envelope & put it through the letterbox. When I got home the trousers had been collected & there was an envelope on the doormat. When I opened it there was 1 in it with a note saying 'I looked at the trousers & as the legs are so narrow I decided 1 was enough to pay to have them shortened' Bloody cheek, I shan't do any more alterations for her again, lol.
    Originally posted by Hardup Hester
    OMG! Some people are so rude. Would she go into a supermarket and only pay what she 'thought' her groceries are worth? I dare you to go and ask for 2.50 worth of the thread back...
    Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realise that we cannot eat money.
  • Justamum
    It was the first time I realised I was turning into my mother (just not as cash-savvy).
    Originally posted by C1aire
    I've been turning into my mother for years! She sewed for herself and my sister and I for years, and whenever she went into a shop looking at clothes she would look at the price, then look at the standard of sewing and say "I wouldn't buy that, you can make it better at home.". I find myself doing the same thing. Even the expensive shops often have a bad finish on the seams. What I really need is an overlocker to get a really good finish. Zig-zag just doesn't do it as well.

    My mum doesn't do much sewing now though. She used to always cook from scratch too, but now just buys ready meals in as there's only her and dad and she finds it difficult to stand for long at the cooker as she needs hip replacements.

  • Justamum
    I thought this might give you all a laugh. I was asked to shorten a pair of trousers by a work colleague, when she gave them to me she asked how much it would cost, I told her 3.50. Once they were done she wanted to collect them at a time when I would be out, so I arranged to leave them on the doorstep & she said she's put the 3.50 in an envelope & put it through the letterbox. When I got home the trousers had been collected & there was an envelope on the doormat. When I opened it there was 1 in it with a note saying 'I looked at the trousers & as the legs are so narrow I decided 1 was enough to pay to have them shortened' Bloody cheek, I shan't do any more alterations for her again, lol.
    Originally posted by Hardup Hester
    Some people want something for nothing. It was your time and knowledge she was paying for and she thought that was only worth 1?! You should ask for money up-front if you ever do alterations in future.

  • Reformed
    Hardup Hester, was she joking? That's so rude!!


  • Mrs Flittersnoop
    HH, this is precisely why I no longer do alterations for people. They are so ungrateful it's staggering. If it's so 'easy' then they should do it themselves. I'm really sorry that you were treated so badly by this person.

    Mrs F
  • zombiecazz
    OMG what a blinking cheek.
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  • Olliebeak
    I've had people buy something at a Jumble Sale and then ask me to do an alteration to it.

    Nothing quite like being asked to hem/re-line/alter sleeves/mend pockets on a smelly old coat. Only ever accepted the job ONCE - that's what made me decide to never do it again - the coat stank of BO!!
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