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Thread: Chat
21/06/2020 10:01:56

It could be the thread. Twice this year I have used what looked like a good quality polyester thread, which is hard to break by hand, but it does not move freely through the top of the machine, and so breaks frequently. I changed to a branded thread (Coats moon thread) and the stitching was great again - I made no other changes to needle, tension etc. Marian

17/02/2019 08:13:54

I used a foam product called Bosal In R Form for bagmaking, which gives a nice shape to bags but is VERY expensive for the amount you get. The one I bought was fusible on one side, but I found that my outer fabric looked wrinkly when it was ironed on. A much cheaper alternative is Car Headliner fabric, available on an auction site - it is used to line the inside of the roof of cars. It is a thin foam (3-4 mm) with a thin layer of fabric to hold it together - it is not fusible, but you can use a temporary spray adhesive if required.

Thread: Popular Patchwork Announcement
05/05/2018 23:03:54

In reply to Joanna about the bits I don’t like, today’s magazine has some very good examples. There are 3 projects in the magazine which use Makower fabrics on a total,of 14 pages - the patterns for 2 of the projects are available for free on the Makower website ( Beachcomber and Beachcomber tote), yet take up 9 pages in the magazine. I am angry that the magazine is being “packed out” with free patterns AND that the projects promote buying specific fabric from one supplier. I would prefer to see projects that can use the fabrics that ALL of us have in our stash already.

Thread: Show and Tell 2018
24/03/2018 19:19:33

I love the embroidery, Jayne - is it a Red Brolly design ? I need to challenge myself this year and try out foundation piecing - Eileen’s quilts, and the one in the latest magazine may inspire me to try it out.

20/03/2018 09:12:34

Within a week of receiving my magazine, I have made this bird pincushion. I glued a lead button (used in curtains) to the inside of the cardboard base to make it more stable.9f4c7922-de3f-436e-851b-34ba9c96577e.jpeg

Thread: Easter Bunting
18/03/2018 09:52:39

Because of an error in the magazine, the applique templates (and the full pattern sheet) have been posted on this website for printing. Hope this helps.

Thread: Easy and quick christmas table runners
10/10/2017 22:45:33

img_1493.jpgChoose a fabric like the two below, from an online auction site. Cut to size required, add borders if you wish, quilt and bind.img_1492.jpg

Thread: Chat
10/10/2017 09:26:29

Having researched further, you need 15mm/ 5/8 inch tubing for normal size spools.The tubing is also used for home brewing, garden water pumps etc - easily available on a well known auction site.

09/10/2017 22:43:03

Photos of using plastic tubing for spool storage.


09/10/2017 21:17:51

I have seen on Pinterest, but not used, clear plastic tubing to over the spools. Basically, there is a clear plastic tubing often used for an aquarium, among other things, that you cut into thin slices to fit inside the spool, then cut the tube open and wrap it around the spool to stop the thread unravelling. Marian

Thread: Show and Tell
28/09/2017 20:15:30

Is it called "All Hallows" block ? Marian

27/09/2017 14:36:09

This is lovely in Christmas colours Eileen. Is it a free tutorial from ? I think I have seen it in different colours on her website. I have made a "winter seeds" table topper in the same shape from a tutorial on her website, where she gives very clear instructions on the binding - I see nothing wrong with yours. Marian

Thread: September challenge
12/09/2017 15:34:27

img_1424.jpgI have made a number of pin cushions over the last few years in order to try out different techniques - embroidery, cathedral window, felt etc - but I keep coming back to the combined pin cushion and needle holder in the first photo. I have just made these three, one as a replacement for mine, and the other two for presents. Marianimg_1422.jpg  


Edited By Marian C on 12/09/2017 15:36:06

Thread: Game of Thrones help please
28/05/2017 13:37:47

I Am told that there are "houses" in game of thrones, which each have a symbol associated with them, as well as mottos . If you Google "Game of Thrones Houses symbols" and "Game of Thrones mottos" and then click on "images" at the top of the google page, you will come up with things like a bear, fish, dragon, bird, rose etc

Thread: Chat
24/05/2017 12:14:22

And a yellow and navy thin stripe on eBay - ref number 282087185756, £2.65 per fq with free pp

24/05/2017 12:04:37

There are two red fabrics with black dots on, 100% cotton on eBay. 1. eBay ref number 131621660051, £3.79 per m plus £1.90 pp. from India 2. eBay ref number 171475772696 58 inches wide £3.95 perm + pp, Manchester. Alternatively, as mentioned above, you could draw on the dots - I recently bought a circle template on eBay for 99p -it's like an extra wide ruler with different sized circular holes cut into it, so it would be easy to draw on the circles

Thread: Cutting fabric.
15/02/2017 12:10:15

If the scissors have obvious nicks in the blades, they may be past their best and need professional sharpening. I use a Fiskars Sew sharp restorer ( a small hand held orange device, about £4) to sharpen my small embroidery scissors and medium sized scissors - it really hones and sharpens the tips and makes a big difference to their cutting ability.

Thread: Bag Wadding
13/02/2017 11:38:37

It's called Bosal In-R-Form fusible foam stabiliser and is available at Hobbycraft for £10. The size is 18x58 inches, and so is on the expensive side because you would only get 2 or 3 bags out of it. I have used it on one bag, and it gives a very structured shape to it so that it stands up on its own, but is also very flexible in use. However, I won't buy it again as it is too expensive. I recently bought a bolt of Heat n Bond fusible fleece from A****n and will use that instead, perhaps with some interfacing if it needs to be stiffer - at £29.40 for 20 inches x 11 yards ( 50.8 cm x 10metres) it works out at £5.80 per metre, whereas the Bosal works out at £14.74 per metre.


Thread: Show and Tell
21/10/2016 12:50:38

Lovely autumnal colours, Pam.

Thank you Winnie, I have emailed Liz Betts.

I can send the instructions to anyone who wants them in a Word document.

20/10/2016 13:25:41

I designed these circular table centres, after seeing a photograph online, but with no pattern. I used a microwave plate as my template.


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