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Post by freebird on 3rd April 2013, 9:52 pm

Went to the i-player tonight to catch up with the last Gardener's World, and saw Great British Sewing Bee instead. Anyone else watched this? It was good fun (along the lines of the Great British Bake Off), and rekindled my enthusiasm for making some clothes again.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th April 2013, 2:28 pm

I had wondered if it would be a bit slow compared to the bake Off - DD2 watched it and was enthusiastic though. She thought it was good because it made the techniques easy to understand.
I was doing some sewing myself though - making very heavy weather of sewing a simple seam on a bath towel which had come unravelled. (Fifteen minutes to find the lead and foot pedal from the machine, another fifteen minutes because the bobbin wasn't quite in right and the thread kept breaking. Then extra time because I was trying to zigzag but the towel was too thick...) Will not be applying for the next series of the Sewing Bee!!!

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Post by freebird on 4th April 2013, 3:09 pm

Dandelion wrote: Then extra time because I was trying to zigzag but the towel was too thick...) Will not be applying for the next series of the Sewing Bee!!!
Had you folded it, so it was double thickness? The presser foot on my machine can be altered for pressure, and when at its lightest pressure, allows thicker fabrics to pass under it. Failing that, you could have maybe used some seam or bias binding to finish the edge, which would save having to double the towelling.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th April 2013, 5:46 pm

Ypu're absolutely right - wish I'd posted this all yesterday before I spent an hour grinding my teeth! It would have been much better to have only folded it once then zigzgged it (or even not folded it at all...) - I was trying to fold it where it had been folded before, and had been machined on an industrial machine! And also. it's over ten years old, and has gone quite hard after repeated washing. Oh well, next time I need to repair a towel I'll know how to do it! Laughing

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Post by polgara on 4th April 2013, 8:51 pm

I thought the Sewing Bee was quite good, a bit rushed in the do-it-yourself bit, especially if you were new to sewing.

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Post by Dandelion on 5th April 2013, 10:35 am

Mmmm, think I'll have to watch it myself next week!

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