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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
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    • RosyRed
    • By RosyRed 21st Sep 17, 3:52 PM
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    I visited a lovely craft shop in another town & bought Merchant & Mills Top 64 pattern yesterday,but I dont yet have any suitable fabric and I'm not sure what I fancy either.Been looking on pinterest for inspiration!You can make it up as though its a jumper,or linen types and denim.I did see some gorgeous pink,I think it said it was boiled wool but it was beyond my budget

    Have a good hol Silva Sava.
    'A woman is like a teabag: You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water'. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    • flissh
    • By flissh 26th Sep 17, 2:16 PM
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    Rosy, Ive just looked on pintrest. Its a very versatile pattern. I saw one in jersey (i think!) stripes for a sort of relaxed sweatshirt type.

    I have put to bed the disaster last week by making a new dress.
    https://grainlinestudio.com/shop/women/dresses/willow-pdf/
    Its got a strange pleat about hip height, but I went with it and I'm really pleased with it. I made it in a cheap fabric I got in fabric land, brighton which seems to have worked really well. It looks a bit like a chambray, pale blue with white daisy type sprigs on it.
    I'm thinking of making another. I bought some green fabric which I thought had bees on it but my dughter took one look and said Uggh, Flies!! So I'm not sure if it's such a good idea!
    • RosyRed
    • By RosyRed 26th Sep 17, 10:51 PM
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    Flissh- glad you're happier with your latest make! I like that pattern.

    I've been looking at those images too of the M&M top-so many different ones I cant decide what look to go for yet .I might look through my stash and make it up in a cheapie first before I splash out on a dearer fabric.
    'A woman is like a teabag: You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water'. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    • flissh
    • By flissh 27th Sep 17, 5:02 AM
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    Good idea. I always think next time I'm going to make a toile out of something I've had for ages but I never do.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 27th Sep 17, 7:50 AM
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    I make a sort of toile every time I make a new pattern for a top or dress, for that I use old fabric, like the pink linen for a top or an old fine cotton for a nightie. I made the MnM trapeze dress in a fabric that I didn`t really want but it turned out lovely except for the neck, being a fabric that I had not cared much for, I thought `what the heck` and cut and altered the neckline, it was a fab success and I applied it to the other two dresses that I made since then. I am glad that I made all these garments properly because I love them all

    I have the top64 pattern, loved it but not made it yet, need to make room in my wardrobe first. I am glad you mentioned the boiled wool as it didn`t cross my mind but I have two lengths, from the german stemmer shop online, five years ago and carefully kept on their bolts. It would make a fab top in that but yet again it is another pattern I would first make in something like the kaufman denim that I now have in my stash. No seam finishing with boiled wool and would be very warm, ideal for winter as an overtop

    I haven`t been sewing for weeks now, been so busy with kondo stuff, I am looking for a new house, so I need to prepare. I have three nice lands end cotton nighties,in a sale 7 years ago, nice slightly stretch small print on white fabric. I realised why my hip was aching at night and the fabric from the lower split sides was bunching up under me. I am going to make myself a few pairs of knickers from one of them, the fabric is just right and I have fold over elestic. These hm knickers of mine are now my `go to` for comfort and a quick sew
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Oct 17, 11:52 AM
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    I have been waiting a long time for my back order of `cotton and steel` fabric to arrive but 2 lengths arrived this morning. One has bees on it and the other random red and pink shapes. I have seen an MnM dress made up of this make of fabric and it was awesome. These are destined for very artisan and exclusive dresses next year. They would cost a bomb if you can find them ready made. There is one more to arrive, magic forest foxes. They are also good for quilting hence ordering in multiples of fat quarters
    http://thefabricfox.co.uk/bees-yellow-magic-forest-cotton-steel/

    one length washed and is drying outside draped over a rack. Inside out so the colour does noit fade
    • RosyRed
    • By RosyRed 6th Oct 17, 4:07 PM
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    Kittie,that site has some lovely interesting fabrics.I shall go back and have a good look later.

    I have made up the top64 in a cheap black fabric and I enjoyed making it.I think when I use nice fabric I will make it slightly smaller too so it was worth doing.The only problem I had was I hadnt quite enough and made the neck facing from a black vest and its not quite right,but certainly wearable and comfortable for in the house.

    I think I'll get quite a lot of use from the pattern as you can use various kinds of fabric,making it very versatile
    'A woman is like a teabag: You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water'. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Oct 17, 4:51 PM
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    Rosy, that re top64 is very interesting to hear. I have ample fabrics and think I will also make a first one in one of my less-loved fabrics. I don`t have any sewing mojo at the moment, partly because my wardrobe is already too full but it will come back. I can see that it will be a very useful top
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 28th Oct 17, 12:53 PM
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    Hello all, am wondering if this thread is getting too lengthy, but let's see if I can get some replies! Lovely to read about your projects.

    I volunteer at a small local music festival, and we need a new stage backdrop. I said I would make it. We are going to apply for a grant, so the committee suggested that I cost my time (which I will then donate to the festival as we never have enough money!)
    Like a lot of amateur seamstresses I haven't a clue how long things take! And as I have always made my own curtains I don't have a clue how much professionals charge. I thought I would estimate my time and charge 'living wage'. This what I have to do:
    Buy about 40 metres fire-retardant fabric
    Cut into approx. 3 metre lengths
    Join so we have double widths - so about 20 metres of seam
    No side hems
    Hem bottoms and add some weights
    Fold over top and hem to make a tube (to thread on to piping)

    Can anyone give me any sort of clue about time? Any other suggestions gratefully received
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 28th Oct 17, 9:39 PM
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    Yikes - that sounds like a huge job! I won't even make ordinary curtains any more because I loathe handling large amounts of fabric, so good for you. . (By the way, I don't think the thread is too long, I just haven't had time to do any sewing lately).

    Do you have to pre-estimate the time, or can you just time it as you do it? Reading the list above, , of course there are a lot of 'depends on' questions: will you buy the fabric online or have to go and get it; have you got space to lay this all out; will you be able to do it and leave stuff set up or will you have to pack it away in between sessions; will you to rethread the machine, wind extra bobbins, stop and de fluff it .... I'd guess 10 hours or so but I'm not a speedy worker.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 28th Oct 17, 10:06 PM
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    Thanks Polly! Yes, because of the grant timing, I do have to estimate this week! I shall order online, cut in my friend's long conservatory, and yes, I have a room I can spread out in, as long as I choose a week when none of the family visit!
    Great minds think alike, as I had 10 hours in my mind. It doesn't really matter too much, as I will not actually be charging them, just need to put a reasonable figure on the application forms. The accounts will show that I was paid, say 75, and that I then donated that amount.
    I found it difficult as big companies make curtains for ' free ', charging a higher price for fabric, and small enterprises quote for a job.
    I'd welcome other opinions as to whether 75 sounds about right.
    • no.1swimmum
    • By no.1swimmum 31st Oct 17, 2:01 PM
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    Hi, Ive been a long time lurker on this thread, avidly reading what people have been sewing. I hadn't made anything for a long while, partly because I couldn't get motivated because of my long term pain issues. I bought some jersey from the local market at 1 a yard to make some pyjammas as I was due to go into hospital for 3 weeks - and this has helped me to gradually get back into sewing, I am currently making a second pair of jammies but I'm now not sure if I am going into hospitla (long story).
    I have been looking for some time for some suitable storage for my sewing patterns, I have quite a few and wanted something that would stack on top of each other - I was wondering what you all use to store them in.

    Thanks
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    • RosyRed
    • By RosyRed 31st Oct 17, 5:14 PM
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    Hi No1Swimmum,glad you stopped lurking .I just put mine in one of those fabric covered baskets that I got from Ald i last year but then again I dont have that many and have just got rid of some to the CShop.
    If I had a lot I suppose I'd look in somewhere like Wilkos or Dunelm for stacking plastic boxes- depends whether they will be on show or not too.I have seen some decorative boxes with lids (like archive boxes) which would stack. HTH

    Jackyann -good luck with your backdrop,it sounds a hard job to me but I'm another who hates making curtains etc.Well done for trying and donating the money back too.

    I haven't done any sewing for a few weeks either but would like to make a dress as I have 2 evening 'do's' at the end of November,we'll see
    'A woman is like a teabag: You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water'. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 31st Oct 17, 10:09 PM
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    Hello swimmum, not sure what your pain issues are. I find that sometimes sitting and sewing makes it worse, but doing something absorbing helps. I try to plan to sit awhile, then move around a bit. And definitely well done on jersey for a pound a yard! I used an old filing cabinet for my patterns, we bought it for a pound, 40 years ago! It was lovely wood, which my OH stained and varnished. I am now lucky enough to have a sewing room, in which he has made drawers to store the patterns.
    Thanks rosyred, I shall let you all know how I get on, but won't be making the backdrop until the New Year, just needed to get the grant application in. It is a small festival, run entirely by volunteers, and is a highlight of our local year!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 1st Nov 17, 9:36 AM
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    Jackyann - I would suggest doubling your estimate. Handling large amounts of fabric can be very tiring! I have to make curtains for my sitting room to get the length and width - 8ft drop and 4 curtains needing 3 widths in each - it's a marathon! So even though you will be making this as a donation please don't under estimate your time. My old boss always used to add a percentage for what he called the !!!!!!ance factor! He's been right so many times!
    No sewing done recently - I've a small mending pile that needs attacking and I had a LBM when tidying up. I bought a cheap mattress cover but the fitted cuff was made out of something like jcloth which split as soon as it was fitted over the mattress. I was going to repair it with an old fitted sheet but I've decided the quilted top can be cut up to make some more pillow protectors instead.

    That should have read b*u*g*g*e*r*a*n*c*e
    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
    • no.1swimmum
    • By no.1swimmum 1st Nov 17, 9:45 AM
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    Hi Jackyann, your fiing cabinet sounds amazing - I dream of a sewing room, maybe one day when the boys move out I will get one!

    I have fibromyalgia, so am in pain in numerous parts of my body, I do have to pace myself and can only sew for a short while, and on days when my hands aren't to painful! I work as a technician in a school, so I take my fabric and pattern to work with me and lay it all out on one of the tables in the textiles room and cut out my fabric in my breaks - I would have to lay it out on the floor at home as DH won't let me use the new dining room table!!

    I bought some fabric to work with me today, to make ds a pair of pj bottoms as a joke birthday present, the fabric has maths sums all over it and he is a maths teacher.
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    Fibro-Warrior
    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 22nd Dec 17, 8:23 AM
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    Morning sewing people, I have a nesting table set that has three round table slotting under an oblong table. The wee ones are sooooo useful however for the umpteen years I have had them I have been meaning to make round covers for them. This is my plan for the weekend plus couching over some gold coloured laces that had been glued but has dried and is falling off. (These are the pretend laces on one set of our "Xmas stockings", the ones that look like velvet knee high boots with gold laces and gold buttons and fur trimmed tops as opposed to our star trek xmas stockings). Unfortunately the dried glue has marked the velvet however it means I have a guide where I am sewing the laces back down. Plus I bought a lovely top but am making side splits in it so fiddly unpicking then sewing back up. All fiddly jobs but have been hanging around a while (esp the tablecloths)
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 29th Dec 17, 8:45 PM
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    Once New Year is in and the Christmas decorations are packed away I will start on my sewing again. I have some and sods of mending - a top to shorten and then start on my big job! New Dodgers for my boat - I'll use the old ones as a pattern, they look fairly straightforward but will need brass eyelets to attach to the boat. I'm also trying to source some white lettering to put the boat name on them. The ones I can buy are 9" and I need 7" - I'd prefer ready made to sew on.
    When I've done those I'll be making a main sail cover and I'm intending to have a long zip to close it when the sail is down - need to have them done by end March - no pressure lol!!!
    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
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 31st Dec 17, 10:55 AM
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    I'm not sure what dodgers are! I mentioned above making some sheet bags for my friend's boat, it nearly did for my Janome so I used the 100-year old workhorse which coped well. I left the eyelet/press studs for him to attach.

    I'm definitely going to be doing more sewing in January. I received a French curve and a Tailor's Ham for Christmas, very happy as my aim is to make more of my own clothes. Plans are: more t-shirts, after a first successful attempt; possibly some more cotton tops now I've done my first ever pattern adjustment; a knit dress, I have a pattern all ready, just need some fabric. And I'm going to have a go at some knickers, using the links earlier in this thread - if it doesn't work, there's always M&S!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 31st Dec 17, 5:18 PM
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    Polly - Dodgers are the flat pieces that fit to the stanchions at the sides of the cockpit to keep the wind & weather off a bit if you are sitting down! They also usually have the boats name on so it can be clearly seen. I've an old singer heavy duty and a husquavarna that is sturdy so I'll have a practice first on some scraps to see which copes better.
    Shortened DGD's trousers for her to wear tonight and while I had the machine out I've mended a frayed towel for DS1, mended 2 pairs of knickers where I'd put my thumb through the lace on the hip, shortened a top a friend gave me and took another top in under the arms as it was a 16 and I'm a 14 so the armholes were a bit too big although the rest fitted OK! I've a pair of DGD's jeans to mend - hole in the bum and they are VERY stretchy - she's been told I'll do the best I can. I also have a nice pair of shorts with a concealed zip but it's a b*gger to do up as there's no hook and bar at the top so that's another small job for tomorrow. Then I'll start on the boat stuff!
    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
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