Category Archives: Equipment

Knowing your sewing machine needle

I have to admit I’m a bit slack here. I know the importance of using a needle that is sharp and straight. And I always make sure I’ve got a ball needle when I’m sewing jersey. Apart from that, I … Continue reading

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Twenty uses for a bulldog clip

I must say that I think the title of this post is rather pushing it. Some of these “ideas” are only what I thought a bulldog clip was for. But on the other hand, there has got to be some … Continue reading

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Pattern weights

Sometimes, pins just won’t do. You might be using something where the pins would leave holes. Like leather, pvc, or paper. You might not want the distortion you get when you lift everything up to get the pin through. You … Continue reading

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New tapestry bobbins in action

Weaving tapestry tends to mean that you have several colours on the go at once. Which means a choice between lots of loose ends, and winding the thread onto some form of small piece of card, or another type of … Continue reading

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Recycled looms

Now, I know you can make looms out of all sorts of things. The big, serious ones cost loads of money, but on a smaller scale, there is a lot of scope for using your initiative. There are instructions online … Continue reading

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A new helper in the studio

Following my trip to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC recently, I have a new helper. According to the instructions that came with her from The Quilters’ Trading Post, her name is Dawn. I’m not sure about that, because … Continue reading

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More experiments with the new sewing machine

Did I mention I have a new sewing machine? Well, having done some worthy straight lines, I decided I would do something more frivolous. Rather than being completely aimless, I thought I would make a cover for my over locker. … Continue reading

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The studio has plumbing!

I have a new sink in the studio! OK, so it is a newly installed sink. Up until now, the water supply in the studio has been a large jug. Any rinsing out has happened, very carefully, in the kitchen … Continue reading

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Useful work, or is it playing with my new toys…

I have recently become a sewing volunteer at Sewerby Hall in Bridlington. Theoretically, we make and maintain costumes for exhibits, and for visitors (especially children) to dress up in. The house is intended to be pretty much as it was … Continue reading

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A lace pillow

I found an old book about needle lace making recently. In the list of tools and equipment, it mentioned that a drum shaped lace pillow is a handy thing to have, as it allows you to support the work while … Continue reading

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