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Post by lynsosaurus » Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:58 pm

Erm, does anyone want to come round my house and show me how to thread my sewing machine?

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Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:39 am

And mine as well.

I have key lime pie for anyone who will.
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Post by roobee » Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:41 am

My mum could do it, but she's on holiday in Spain just now. Hold fire.

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Post by Miss Anna » Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:19 am

If it's the same as my sewing machine, then I can show you. The chances of this though are phenomenally slim, since my sewing machine is about 700 years old and was given to me more as some form of heirloom rather than anything practical. Still, stitches a fine hem.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:10 pm

Can you come to Glasgow and try anyway? Kthxbye.

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Post by yubo » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:28 am

lyns, if you can wait til next Thursday, I will show you how to thread your machine and sew a straight line. How about that?

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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:39 am

That is awesome.

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Post by Sylvie » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:49 pm

Does anyone know any UK websites that sell fabric? I'm looking for something patterned like Marimekko, but cheaper, that is suitable to cover two chairs and a few cushions.

At the moment, it's either ordering something from US or settling for Ikea. I'd prefer something more unique than Ikea really.

I'm wondering if I should print my own fabric....
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Post by yubo » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:11 pm

I really like Amy Butler and she makes upholstery weight fabric. There's a long list of on/offline stores on her website: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/buy/
Some of them appear to be in the UK.
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Post by stolenwine » Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:12 am

does anyone know of any beginner's sewing classes in london? all i've been able to find in my google searches is proper courses. i just want a beginner's evening class so i can learn how to alter stuff and make simple tops/dresses/skirts etc.

i haven't used a sewing machine since i was like 12. and i wasn't very good back then anyway!
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Post by Sylvie » Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:06 pm

stolenwine wrote:does anyone know of any beginner's sewing classes in london?
I remember when I lived in East Ham there were some sewing evening classes at the college there. Maybe some other local colleges will offer similar courses.

Thanks for the Amy Butler link Yubo! I think I've already spotted some of her designs on the Internet and they are very nice indeed.

I think I'm going to buy cream fabric and print my own design on it. I was considering copying the Marimekko flower print, but I feel a bit naughty. I'll post a picture of the chairs in here when they're done (it'll be a while off).
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Post by mop » Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:36 pm

stolenwine wrote:does anyone know of any beginner's sewing classes in london? all i've been able to find in my google searches is proper courses. i just want a beginner's evening class so i can learn how to alter stuff and make simple tops/dresses/skirts etc.

i haven't used a sewing machine since i was like 12. and i wasn't very good back then anyway!

Did you ever find anywhere? I've been looking for classes too but so far all I have found were classes which were about £350!

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Post by mae » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:35 pm

i don't know where the best place to post this is but have you heard about spoonflower? http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome

it looks so great, they make custom printed fabric! it's just a beta version at the moment so you have to add yourself to a list of people who want to join. they emailed me back really soon though. i want to give it a go but i need a really good design first, and a scanner. and some idea of what i'd use the fabric for after that!

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Post by stolenwine » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:01 pm

mop wrote:
stolenwine wrote:does anyone know of any beginner's sewing classes in london? all i've been able to find in my google searches is proper courses. i just want a beginner's evening class so i can learn how to alter stuff and make simple tops/dresses/skirts etc.

i haven't used a sewing machine since i was like 12. and i wasn't very good back then anyway!

Did you ever find anywhere? I've been looking for classes too but so far all I have found were classes which were about £350!
nope, i still haven't found anywhere. i walked by this place in islington last month that was like a crafty "studio" where they teach you how to do loads of different things. i was drunk though so i've forgotten the name! it would be nice to learn how to make a simple 60s-style shift dress and how to take in tops/dresses too.
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Post by meepmeep » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:44 am

Do you really have to go to a class? Have you not got any friends who knows how to sew who could teach you? I mean, it is really quite easy. You could start by buying a simple pattern and make something of that, and then you just need practicing. That's how I learnt (with some help from my mum, who's really skilled). What I generally do, is to look at clothes that I've got and that I like and then use them when I make my own sewing patterns.
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Post by stolenwine » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:36 pm

no, i don't have anyone who could teach me (at least not in london. my mom is amazing at sewing but she's all the way in canada)

getting a sewing machine would be a good start i think. i should probably do that soon!
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Post by knibbles » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:49 pm

Nottingham has sewing classes. That's not particularly useful, is it?

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They do day courses on dressmaking in July and August. I quite fancy going to one. I can't do darts to save my life, I need to sit and watch someone do one rather than just look in my book.

It's really hard to find sewing courses, isn't it? And then if you do find any they are usually for people who want to make cushions.
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Post by stolenwine » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:52 pm

the lovely miss mop found some in london! one sounds particularly good so i think i'm going to go for it after i get my machine. does anyone have any recommendations on machines for beginners? the last time i tried sewing was in home ec class when i was 12 or 13. i couldn't even sew in a straight line!
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Post by knibbles » Sun Jun 22, 2008 3:45 pm

My sewing machine is 90 years old because I'm scared of the foot operated ones and electricity. You just turn a handle to make it sew and you can do it really slowly if you like, until you gain confidence, unlike the electric ones that whizz away and make you sew your fingers together. So I'd recommend one of those, however I am a luddite.

It's pretty:

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You can get them on ebay for about £10. I am quite sure no one else would want to use something so ancient, but I get on really well with mine. I don't know anything about modern sewing machines apart from that I am scared of them.
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Post by meepmeep » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:51 pm

I'd recommend Bernina. One like this:

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That's Bernina 830, I think. But there are loads of similar ones, and I think they're more or less the same.

It's a very good Swiss machine and you can find it on Ebay for a reasonable price. Obviously it won't be new, but I wouldn't even recommend buying a new machine anyway.

Newer machines seem very plastic to me, and as if they're going to break, and if they do, be impossible to repair. Older machines are better, because they can (I assume) more easily be repaired. And they've got that nice weight; you can feel they're properly made! Spare parts are easy to come by as well. And they haven't got too many unnecessary functions like newer "high-tech" machines that will confuse you and make you want to give up before you have even started.

We had these Bernina machines in school (usually a good sign that they are good quality) and my mum has had one for 25 years or so and it is still brilliant. When I get a bit more money that's what I'm going to buy.
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