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Katy30/01/2008 12:25:00
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Have you wondered about trying a new technique? What is your favourite and which will you never attempt again?
ShibaStitcher20/02/2008 17:57:00
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I especially like machine piecing and applique, and my tip for success is that whenever you are sewing on a machine and things aren't going right - slow down the machine speed. I have solved a lot of problems that way. 
Popular Patchwork21/02/2008 18:42:00
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I'm sure you're right! I quite often speed up towards the end of a long seam and then veer off as a result. It's much better to just slow down a fraction and keep it steady. I also think you really need to make sure you've got enough good light - squinting doesn't help keep seams straight!
Mrs Hamilton04/04/2008 13:03:00
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I have been trying to put together the make up bag illustrated in February¹s issue of Popular Patchwork. I cannot seem to understand the instruction for folding and  sewing to achieve the end result . I would be grateful for detailed help with sections 5,6 & 7 of the instructions Fig 6 and Fig 7 are baffling me.

G Hamilton

Katy04/04/2008 13:56:00
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I will look into it for you - I haven't made that project myself, but I'll try to find someone who has. We'll get it sorted out!
Katy04/04/2008 14:42:00
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I found that folding a large square of paper really helped me to understand the instructions. I'll post some photos in a minute!

1) When you've got the paper folded as in Figure 4, fold point C to point D so that you have a symmetrical shape (hopefully like picture 1)


2) Then take the top rhs layer and fold it back to Corner B.(picture 2)


3)The vertical line that you just made is the sewing line E to F. If you unfold the top layer, you will see that it looks like the magazine Fig 5. (picture 3)


4)If you fold this back up again, and take hold of the top triangle, you can squash it into a kite shape (pictures 4 & 5) This takes you up to magazine Fig 7

5)You need to slip stitch each side of the kite shape to the layer below



See if that helps, if not let me know

Steph12/04/2008 00:49:00
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Oh those bits horribly confused me too!

I'm going to make up another one, and will post photos of it in various stages if you want - silly me forgot to take a picture of the one I made for my niece-to-be (she's using hers to store all her paper crafting tools)

 Then again, I'm probably far too late now to help!


Sue Owen24/04/2008 00:06:00
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if you have tension troubles with your machine here is one solution found after 40 years of machine sewing.

when winding a bobbin for machine sewing, if you are using a polyester based thread, WIND IT SLOWLY,[ i know this is one of the most boring bits of sewing, but believe me this works!] when polyester thread is wound fast its heats up and stretches as it is wound, then when wound  it cools down, now your thread is overstretched so when you sew with it it shrinks back to the unstretched tension. leaving your fabric puckered , where upon lethal curses are pronounced upon the machine,

hope this helps , sue.

Katy24/04/2008 07:44:00
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Thanks Sue

That really makes sense, and I must admit that I usually wind bobbins as fast as I can.  What a sensible tip!

Ann L28/04/2008 01:29:00
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I have been struggling with machine quilting smaller quilts and wall hangings.  I just put the back on one today and used my walking foot.  I did simple straight diagnol stitches on a 23x 43 size quilt.  Well, I used quilters safety pins to baste.  I pulled the back as tight as I could get it and basted it to my carpet then basted top layers.  After I quilted I checked the back and there were puckers and wrinkles made by the stitching.  I was so mortified because I spent so much time basting it!  Should I do needle and thread basting?  I just can't figure out how to get that smooth look on the back.  What other things can I try? Please help.


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