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Post by Ploshkin on 1st October 2018, 2:59 pm

Reading Dandelion's thread on knitted toys made me realise that I don't generally post the non gardening stuff that I do and I always have something under the sewing machine and on the knitting needles. Most of the sewing is basic t shirts and jeans but I have been making bras and knickers recently (knickers from leftover t shirt fabric) - I'm sure you don't want to see those.
Here are a couple of the possibly more interesting things I have made:

A biker jacket from cotton moleskin


A t shirt to wear to on the Beekeepers' stand at shows (this was very difficult to find fabric)


A quilt I was making for my mil but she died before I had completed it (one of the main fabrics has strawberries on it - she was a strawberry grower)


last one in next post as I can't put in another picture
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Post by Ploshkin on 1st October 2018, 3:00 pm

and a quilt I made for the Project Linus charity. This one was made for a competition on a sewing forum - each entrant was given 2 colours for the basis of their quilt. I was the joint winner! The quilts were taken to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC and given to Project Linus.
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Post by Chilli-head on 1st October 2018, 3:06 pm

Oh I like your bee shirt bee

The quilts are lovely too. I like the geometric patterns. I always liked those early Roman mosaics that were monochrome geometric patterns.
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Post by Dandelion on 1st October 2018, 5:09 pm

The quilts are amazing!!

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Post by FloBear on 1st October 2018, 5:47 pm

What a talented needlewoman you are, Ploshkin!
I've been wanting to make myself a nice zippy jacket for a while and I love your B-shirt. I wonder if I need an overlocker
As for the quilts, they are stunning. bouncing
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Post by Ploshkin on 4th October 2018, 11:09 am

Oh, you definitely need an overlocker Flobear (says she with her devil's horns on). I really do use mine a lot and sew far more Jersey knits than I ever would have done without it. Unless I am doing something that needs a 'couture' finish on seams I will always use it for long seams on woven fabrics too which saves a huge amount of time.
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Post by FloBear on 4th October 2018, 9:47 pm

It's something I've thought about on and off for quite a while. I don't sew many jersey fabrics but I'm guessing that if I had one I would find plenty of uses for it!
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Post by FloBear on 21st October 2018, 6:46 pm

Well, I've been&gorn&dunnit!
The sewing machine repair man delivered my machine back to me on Friday and, in our general chit chat, mentioned that he had a barely-used old Pfaff overlocker for sale. Fully serviced and a year's warranty plus free delivery. I said I'd give it some thought. Half an hour after he'd left I sent a message to say yes. It was clearly meant to be!!
It's coming tomorrow
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Post by freebird on 30th October 2018, 1:13 pm

Well.....? Have you got it, have you used it, what have you made?
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Post by FloBear on 31st October 2018, 7:57 pm

Oh yes!
It came the next morning. I haven't done anything other than practise sewing and threading up. I intend to make a cover for it to start off with.
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Post by Chilli-head on 31st October 2018, 8:36 pm

I an eagerly waiting just to discover what a Pfaff overlocker is !
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Post by FloBear on 31st October 2018, 9:02 pm

Something like this:


The four threads sew and finish the seam all in one go as well as cutting off a strip of excess fabric.


It is especially good for stretchy fabrics though can be used on most materials.
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