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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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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 8th Jan 20, 2:54 PM
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    silvasava
    I went to Scotland over New Year and a lovely little shop sold squares of tartan oddments. I bought some lovely soft blue ones with a brushed finish that I'll make into a couple of cushion covers. One for me and one for DS1
    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 8th Jan 20, 5:51 PM
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    Laura_Elsewhere
    Having bought the fabric about 4 years ago and cut out the main pieces a good 18 months to two years ago, today I finally started sewing my new dressing gown! A really over-the-top opulent number in pale shell-pink, in very very heavy satin... a big soft shawl collar, the fronts crossing right over so it's decent and warm, long sleeves tapering to just above the wrist, and the long flaring skirts shimmering round my ankles... think Kathryn Hepburn, only fatter
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    • ConstantKathyPatient38
    • By ConstantKathyPatient38 8th Jan 20, 6:14 PM
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    Sounds gorgeous - I remember you writing about this. Well done for getting started with it...…..

    I'd be wanting another one in a different colour, for when it's in the wash!
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 8th Jan 20, 6:50 PM
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    Well, if I spot 60-inch very heavy satin for a quid a metre in another colour, I'll get another five metres of it...!
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    • ConstantKathyPatient38
    • By ConstantKathyPatient38 11th Jan 20, 2:55 PM
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    I bet you will - I suspect it uses a lot of fabric, too. Will all be worth it when you are gliding about in it!!!
    • -taff
    • By -taff 11th Jan 20, 6:26 PM
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    -taff
    I've been watching a lot of channel 4 stuff with the adverts for blinds...that dressing gown in gold/orange is beautiful and I have been wanting to make one of those, just looks so comfortable and opulent at the same time...Now to find the fabric reduced or free somewhere...
    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 12th Jan 20, 3:35 PM
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    Seakay
    I just wanted to let people know about a knitting and sewing opportunity which can help orphaned and injured animals in Australia - there's a lot more at the moment thanks to the months of fires that they've been suffering.

    Please note that synthetic yarns and fabrics cannot be used

    Pouches-for orphaned joeys

    When juvenile kangaroos or wallabies come into care they need to be kept warm and quiet. WIRES carers are always in need of suitable pouches. The pouches are used for many different animals, at many stages of their development. Some are required for the tiny furless joeys and some for the larger joeys. This means various sized pouches are always useful. Many people, who would like to help our wildlife but are unable to commit to animal rescue or care, can help by making pouches and/or linings.

    Pouches

    Wool: 8 ply pure wool (we are unable to use pouches made from synthetic materials)

    Knitting: Pouches should be knitted in plain (garter) stitch both sides

    Needles: Size 8 needles (old UK size) or 4mm metric UK size needles

    Dimensions: Two separate rectangles either: 40cm wide x 60cm long OR
    50cm wide x 70cm long

    Sew together on the two longer sides and at one end, and leave open along one of the shorter ends.

    Alternatively, knit one long piece 40 cm wide by 120 cm long and fold, sew the two long sides, leaving the top open. This then makes a finished pouch 40 cm wide by 60 cm

    Lining

    Material: Pure cotton or flannelette, washable material only

    Dimensions: Two separate rectangles either 40cm wide x 60cm long OR
    50cm wide x 70cm long

    The lining should not be attached to the pouch as it will need to be changed regularly. We generally require many more linings than pouches to allow washing and regular changes. The lining should be closed on three sides and open at the top.

    Other Sized Pouches
    Other sized pouches are also gratefully received. Crocheted pouches are also accepted, however a tight crochet stitch is preferred for warmth.

    There is no one perfect size, these dimensions provide a guide. Finished pouches can be posted to:

    WIRES
    PO Box 7276
    Warringah Mall NSW 2100
    Australia

    Please include your email address when you send pouches or liners to us so that we can thank you, send photo's of pouches in use and emails when we have other knitting/sewing projects that you may be able to help with.
    https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-info/wildlife-factsheets/making-macropod-pouches
    Last edited by Seakay; 12-01-2020 at 3:43 PM.
    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 13th Jan 20, 4:46 PM
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    Postage varies a lot - the cheapest way is to select the slowest. My sister and b-i-l send their Christmas presents to Oz and they used surface mail which is cheaper but can take up to 3 months. Air mail isn’t usually too expensive for light items depending on weight and thickness (which determines whether it can be sent as large letter or small parcel).

    https://www.royalmail.com/price-finder

    WIRES were needing koala mittens (for burnt paws) too but I think they’ve enough of those now
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 14th Jan 20, 9:41 PM
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    PipneyJane
    I just wanted to let people know about a knitting and sewing opportunity which can help orphaned and injured animals in Australia - there's a lot more at the moment thanks to the months of fires that they've been suffering.

    Please note that synthetic yarns and fabrics cannot be used

    Pouches-for orphaned joeys

    When juvenile kangaroos or wallabies come into care they need to be kept warm and quiet. WIRES carers are always in need of suitable pouches. The pouches are used for many different animals, at many stages of their development. Some are required for the tiny furless joeys and some for the larger joeys. This means various sized pouches are always useful. Many people, who would like to help our wildlife but are unable to commit to animal rescue or care, can help by making pouches and/or linings.

    Pouches

    Wool: 8 ply pure wool (we are unable to use pouches made from synthetic materials)

    Knitting: Pouches should be knitted in plain (garter) stitch both sides

    Needles: Size 8 needles (old UK size) or 4mm metric UK size needles

    Dimensions: Two separate rectangles either: 40cm wide x 60cm long OR
    50cm wide x 70cm long

    Sew together on the two longer sides and at one end, and leave open along one of the shorter ends.

    Alternatively, knit one long piece 40 cm wide by 120 cm long and fold, sew the two long sides, leaving the top open. This then makes a finished pouch 40 cm wide by 60 cm

    Lining

    Material: Pure cotton or flannelette, washable material only

    Dimensions: Two separate rectangles either 40cm wide x 60cm long OR
    50cm wide x 70cm long

    The lining should not be attached to the pouch as it will need to be changed regularly. We generally require many more linings than pouches to allow washing and regular changes. The lining should be closed on three sides and open at the top.

    Other Sized Pouches
    Other sized pouches are also gratefully received. Crocheted pouches are also accepted, however a tight crochet stitch is preferred for warmth.

    There is no one perfect size, these dimensions provide a guide. Finished pouches can be posted to:

    WIRES
    PO Box 7276
    Warringah Mall NSW 2100
    Australia

    Please include your email address when you send pouches or liners to us so that we can thank you, send photo's of pouches in use and emails when we have other knitting/sewing projects that you may be able to help with.
    https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-info/wildlife-factsheets/making-macropod-pouches
    Originally posted by Seakay
    Thank you for researching this.

    - Pip (Aussie)
    "Be the type of woman that when you get out of bed in the morning, the devil says 'Oh crap. She's up.' "

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