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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / John Lewis sewing machine on: February 03, 2010 12:23:32 PM

I recently got a sewing machine for Christmas, which my mum, who is, although not prolific, reasonably experienced with sewing and sewing machines, along with being the worlds best Googler, chose for me. My specifications were something that was relatively basic but as reliable and flexible as possible. It's a long story with things not arriving on time before I went back to uni etc, but I ended up getting a John Lewis JL125, which seemed like a great little machine for the price she paid. And indeed, up till now, it has proved to be wonderful.

However, I just bought a zipper foot, assuming that it would fit my machine; that they were fairly universal, especially with it being John Lewis (who are known over here for being especially reliable and having excellent customer service). I can't find a way of fitting it to my mahcine, and I'm now concerned that actually it has a non-universal fitting for the foot, especially as their website does not have any feet at all for sale (slthough it is clear from the instructions that, at time of writing at least, there were zipper feet available for my machine).

Has anyone else got a JL machine, and have you had the same problem? Or am I just entirely mis-undertanding how the foot is supposed to fit?


12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tea cosy on: January 29, 2010 11:05:13 AM
Meh. Who needs irony if you have beautiful yarn. Wink I do particularly love that one though.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tea cosy on: January 28, 2010 12:04:21 PM
These are photos of the tea cosy I knitted for a friend who got married last summer. She got it a little late though as I never found any yarn I wanted to use until I found this. If I could describe it, I'd say it's Heather in tea cosy form - colourful, straight forward and always bringing cheerfulness, comfort and a hot cup of tea to any room or gathering...

Apologies for the poor quality of the pictures.

14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Denim Rag Quilt on: January 25, 2010 02:50:47 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the rainbow side.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fleece lined Arran style jumper/sweater on: January 24, 2010 03:12:06 PM
Thanks. It looks professional until you see my poorly made lining which I bodged a bit. But as long as he has the sense not to ask me to fix anything, it will all be good...
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Rant on: January 23, 2010 04:01:01 PM
I don't get it so much with knitting except when I'm doing it when I've been doing it all day and I'm knackered, but I get it a lot when I'm learning piano pieces, or bell ringing, or anything else like that. I think it's just a wierd mental thing.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fleece lined Arran style jumper/sweater on: January 23, 2010 03:36:17 PM
My goodness, this has been a labour of love.

It was my first ever jumper/larger project. Because I'm a poor student, although I knew I wanted to knit the pattern for knitter'sbloke I simply couldn't afford to go out and buy some nice soft wool. So then I found a huge amount of pure shetland wool on eBay for a great price, bought it thinking "well, it might be rough but it'll be hardwearing and better than acrylic". I did know when the wool arrived that I'd need to do the collar and cuffs in something softer, as my fiance is ALWAYS complaining about rough itchy clothes, so I used Mirasol Tupa (50% silk/50% merino) which I knew he liked already (I made a scarf out of it for christmas last year and it's the only one he'll wear now.)

So anyway, to cut a long story short, I made a hash of the tension due to vague unthought out thoughts about (slight) felting, and it ended up FAR too wide. I gather this is a common problem for inexperienced knitters. I then took a risk and washed it on a 30 C wool wash, which actually worked quite well (didn't shrink too much lengthways at all, and came out rather softer). None the less I decided to line it with fleece anyway, since there was room and it would make it more of an outdoor garment than just a jumper. Sounds simple, except that I'm an even more inexperienced sewer than I am a knitter! I got a sewing machine for christmas, and could do basic stuff but had never made an item of clothing. I ended up machining the seams on it and handsewing the lining to the jumper. Getting the zip to lie flat was another saga in itself!

So anyway, that's the saga of the jumper. It's now finished (as of an hour ago), and I love it to bits, so I'm posting it up here before even knitter'sbloke has seen it finished (we live in different cities, not seeing him for another week - too long to wait to show off this!). It's not perfect, but I's really proud of it for my first item of clothing, item of sewing that involved more than just straight lines and basic hems, and, most of all, large knitting project. Having said that, any advice, criticism and comments would be very helpful for the next project.

The whole thing:

Close up of the inside of the collar:

Close up of the cable pattern:

Close up of the lining seam:

I may post a couple up of him wearing it in a couple of weeks.

And I'm off to pour myself a whisky.
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Crate & Barrel Inspired: Bermuda Stripes on: January 23, 2010 03:06:58 PM
So need to learn to quilt...this is brilliant.
19  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Fabric and Yarn shops in and around York on: January 16, 2010 03:51:49 PM

Does anyone know of good fabric shops in or within public transport reach of Yok? I would like to make a quilt for my brother and his fiance for when they get married, preferably out of some form of beautiful shiny/satiny fabric in deep purple* but I can't seem to find many decent fabric shops round here.

I'm also struggling to find a really good yarn shop, although I've been spoilt a bit by living close to Texare in Bradford, and now everywhere seems to have rubbish or particularly small ranges, so if anyone knows of a similar type of warehouse out in the suburbs of York I'd love to know. This is, admittedly, probably a good thing given how many projects I already have yarn for I want to make...

*I know, very specific and I'll probably never find exactly what I want...but any thing nice would be good for a start...


20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for detailed books to get me started in knitting on: January 14, 2010 01:05:02 PM
I learnt using Debbie Bliss's book how to knit : http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Knit-Definitive-Step-step/dp/1843402130/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263502758&sr=8-8. I bought that one because I actually liked the patterns in it. I've knitted a couple of them, and intend on knitting most of the others at some point, but nearly all the new techniques I've learned I've gone back to that to check something, or learnt it from that book.

Having said that, the pattern for the lacey tunic I started last week is wrong. (I've triple checked - I'm convinced it's the pattern that is wrong not my inexperience.)
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