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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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    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 5th Jan 18, 10:22 PM
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    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.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 25th Jan 18, 7:50 AM
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    I have decided that today is the day when I go into my sewing room, specifically to do a sort and tidy, so that the room entices me in again.

    I wore a long hm skirt yesterday, one made from a petite plus pattern, made it from a tweedy fabric that was going to be thrown out, bought it as a bargain bundle a long time ago, made a short skirt, long skirt and a waistcoat. The waistcoat fits well but isn`t me, so that is going to cs, the long skirt is comfortable and warm and will be kept for housewear on cooler days, long enough not to need knee highs

    My mil used to make bags all the time, shopping bags, always useful. Think I will copy you jackyann and keep some behind the utility door, the old plastic carriers are almost gone now and it will be nice to hand a hm bag to anyone who gets things from me. I may well make even thin ones from cotton as direct plastic carrier replacements and for family christmas present bundles etc
    Last edited by kittie; 25-01-2018 at 7:52 AM.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 25th Jan 18, 8:36 AM
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    Been procrastinating - but mainly due to recovering from flu from Christmas! Boat lettering for my Dodgers arrived yesterday so over the weekend will cut the new ones using the old ones as a pattern. I also need to try out which of my machines will handle the canvas better. I've a Husquavarna and my mum's old Singer which I suspect will be better but it hasn't been used for a good few years so probably needs some TLC!
    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 25th Jan 18, 8:47 AM
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    I just haven't had time for sewing, I made a pencil case and a peg bag as presents for my sister just before Christmas, but nothing has happened since then. However I was lucky enough to win some fabric on a blog giveaway, it's a cream background with black leaves on, and it's very drapey and lightweight - I believe it's georgette.

    There's enough for a dress but I can't see myself wearing it all over, so I've just ordered this New Look 6471 pattern. I'm wondering if I can just have a stand-up collar without the tie, I'll see what the pattern pieces are. Last year I hacked a shell top, making my first ever FBA, so I'm hoping to use that to adjust the fit before I start. I've never sewn with this type of fabric before, it looks rather slippery! Any tips?

    So much I want to do, just not enough time.
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    • no.1swimmum
    • By no.1swimmum 25th Jan 18, 8:48 AM
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    I am hoping that this group of sewers will be able to help me.

    I am support staff in a school and the textiles teacher has been off on long term sick! I have been doing my best to help the exam groups with their practical,which must be finished by Friday 9th Feb, but have come across a problem that has me a little stumped.

    An a-level student is making a pair of trousers, she has woven a section of legs herself using strips of co-ordinating fabric, this has taken her some time, so we have just got to the point of sewing the trousers together along the crotch seam and i have discovered that instead of cutting each piece on double thickness fabric she cut them individually and has not mirrored the pattern piece so has 2 identical legs that don't match - I am not that well at the moment and in my pain fuddled brain the only thing I can think is for her to cut out a new leg but she has no fabric and they don't have any left in the shop!!! Any ideas, would be gratefully recieved!!!

    Thank you
    Fibro-Warrior
    • IrishWasherWoman
    • By IrishWasherWoman 25th Jan 18, 5:45 PM
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    Just a quick post having read about reducing plastics. I've always been aware that proliferating carrier bags were a bad idea, and for decades have been the "eccentric" in the supermarket queue, with one bag full of others I was reusing, (sometimes for a couple of years until they fell apart). When a 5p charge for supermarket carrier bags was introduced here, I had a good idea for recycling: I took out a pile of old cushion covers not currently being used, and bought some strong tape from the haberdashery. I made and attached two handles to the opening edge of each cover, and hey-presto, a new, and strong shopping bag - complete with a zip! They also roll up really small so one can be tucked into a shoulder bag so as to always have one ready for bits of shopping done ad-hoc.
    • IrishWasherWoman
    • By IrishWasherWoman 25th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    Hooded Towels!
    Aahh, this brings back happy memories of my two hulking 6ft+ young men when they were sweet little tiddlers! I used to buy hoodie towels until they got past the toddler stage, then no one seemed to make them big enough, so I did my own with cheap multi-buy beach towels. They worked out well and were always much appreciated as it's so cosy when getting out of the pool or sea or whatever. Did you go ahead and do them this winter? Even if not done for Christmas, they'll go down very well, I'm sure.
    • RosyRed
    • By RosyRed 25th Jan 18, 6:31 PM
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    I am hoping that this group of sewers will be able to help me.

    I am support staff in a school and the textiles teacher has been off on long term sick! I have been doing my best to help the exam groups with their practical,which must be finished by Friday 9th Feb, but have come across a problem that has me a little stumped.

    An a-level student is making a pair of trousers, she has woven a section of legs herself using strips of co-ordinating fabric, this has taken her some time, so we have just got to the point of sewing the trousers together along the crotch seam and i have discovered that instead of cutting each piece on double thickness fabric she cut them individually and has not mirrored the pattern piece so has 2 identical legs that don't match - I am not that well at the moment and in my pain fuddled brain the only thing I can think is for her to cut out a new leg but she has no fabric and they don't have any left in the shop!!! Any ideas, would be gratefully recieved!!!

    Thank you
    Originally posted by no.1swimmum
    Hi No1swimmum,

    Without seeing the garment the only thing I can think of would be to use a new fabric that colour coordinates with the woven pieces the student has done &cut 2 new legs out,then insert the woven pieces- either by cutting a section out of the new fabric pieces once they have been cut out and joining with a seam,or possibly attaching the woven pieces on top,like applique ,if it wouldn't make it too thick.

    Someone else may have a better idea,but good luck!
    'A woman is like a teabag: You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water'. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    • weeze210
    • By weeze210 25th Jan 18, 9:51 PM
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    Just wanted to say 'Hi'. I am a self taught 'sewer' and have learnt everything I know from YouTube!! I have only been sewing for about 18 months and tend to make mostly bags from recycled denim and other fabrics like curtains, sheets and duvet covers. I had a overlocker for Christmas and really want to get into upcycling clothes but I am really scared that I'm not good enough. I love watching youtube tutorials and I am often on Pinterest looking at all the wonderful inspirational ideas that I am too scared to attempt myself. I have made a 'rag quilt' recently and a friend has commissioned me to make one for her daughter as a lap quilt for when she is in her pushchair out of her old jeans. I love sewing and find it really relaxing and a lovely hobby. I do sell a few of my makes but not as many as I would like. My mom has always sewn and did it as a job years ago and also made all our clothes, 4 girls 1 boy, when we were kids. All matching of course! But she never taught me.
    Huggles
    Louise x
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 25th Jan 18, 11:38 PM
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    Welcome Louise, you sound as if you're learning fast.

    No1swimmum, I'm trying to visualise it. I don't think there's a way round it that won't involve some additional fabric, and if the original fabric isn't available, a contrast is probably better than a bad match. I'd lay the 'wrong' piece out and put the pattern (correct way) on top and see if there's an obvious area where you could add fabric to make it big enough to recut the pattern. I hope that makes sense!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 26th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
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    Just a thought - could the wrong piece be used inside out if the fabric hasn't got an obvious right and wrong side? Otherwise Rosy & Polly's ideas are good - better a contrast than a bad match.
    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
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 26th Jan 18, 11:37 PM
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    I feel I need a tailors dummy, but to get one to suit my body shape is stupidly expensive
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Where I am in Telford there is a local "craft group" of women who meet in a local chapel-hall on a Wednesday morning, and last year funds stretched to buying a plus-size tailors' dummy for us all to use, an adjustable one at that.

    Maybe there is a local group for you - you might have to pay to join a class or something, but it wouldn't be much. I pay a full monthly sub to my lot, 25/month, but as it's my main social contact as well, and also helps keep the hall as a community space rather than its becoming des.res. housing, we think it's worth that.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 27th Jan 18, 7:30 AM
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    I have a body form and I padded it to my own shape, it took me a long time and a lot of determined grit as it was so boring to do. I used a curved needle and put a stretch cover over the top, with an inserted zip down the back because figures change. Then I put tape around bust, waist and hips. I covered it so it is hidden and she wears a stuffed bra. I have never used it for making my dresses or tops but I will. It is so realistic that I won`t be leaving it to the removals men if/when I move

    I have two large full length standing mirrors in that room, on secure stands and with chains so they don`t collapse. I placed them in a corner at right angles to each other and they are very useful, much more used than the dress form. I had to measure myself and that was difficult but I bought a craftsy class that showed me how to do it and I also bought
    http://stores.islandersewing.com/measuring-made-easy/

    Now I can measure every bit of myself. It started with the Linda Lee class on craftsy called `fitting solo` I would give that lady 10/10, she is a fab teacher
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 27th Jan 18, 11:04 AM
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    I did a much more bodged job than you! I have my slender Gran's dummy, and I am not slender, so I swathed it in muslin holding layers of soft-toy polyester kapok stuffing, and then just draped and pinned some cheap synthetic tartan cloth onto it, using the lines as horizontals and verticals and matching the plaid ( ) and shoved more kapok in at top, bottom and armholes and chest opening, before pinning it all closed again.

    It isn't perfect but it's much better than it was!

    I almost never use bought patterns. I tend to sketch on paper, calculate distances and draft that onto squared paper to ensure it will all fit onto the fabric, and then chalk and cut fairly freehand. It sounds very skilled but in reality it has some real comedy moments - I sympathise with the A-level student mentioned upthread as I have done that, cut two left-hand skirt-panels with none left for cutting again (solution there was cutting each in two and being able to bodge it).
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 27th Jan 18, 3:25 PM
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    My sewing room is too much of a mess to sew in so I am making a big effort to clear up, clear out and sort it ready for making some new tops for the summer.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 28th Jan 18, 8:03 AM
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    overlocker bargain

    I highly rate this company and have bought some big items from them

    https://www.gursewingmachines.com/jaguar-supa-lock-486-overlocker-27358?utm_source=GUR+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4988 f71477-27.1.18_JAN_SALE_FREE_SEWING_BOX_OFFER&utm_medium= email&utm_term=0_cbb4194c38-4988f71477-9318645&mc_cid=4988f71477&mc_eid=18157c9a79
    • kittie
    • By kittie 28th Jan 18, 8:21 AM
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    I didn`t realise that they sell crafting stuff. I just bought some russian dolls to paint and varnish, everything supplied. Perfect for my grandaughters for christmas or birthday. I am chuffed, I know they will love them. PnP was free. I also didn`t know that they sell fabrics and their clearance sewing machines are very cheap, I think from 69, again perfect for a sewing child or learner adult
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