Author Topic: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)  (Read 40616 times)

Offline Turquoise

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 217
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #420 on: April 23, 2018, 04:47:42 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement Wendy, I’m going to see if I can get something together - it depends on how much free time I have this week.

Sorry to hear about your machine, that sounds worrying.  Hope you can fix it - probably a silly question but it’s not just a bent needle is it?  I once got into a panic about my sewing machine and the needle had a very slight bend to it that I only noticed when a friend suggested I try a new needle.  The bent one only showed a very slight bend when I compared it next to a new one and checked with a magnifying glass.  Fingers crossed that you will fix it - SWAP or no SWAP none of us wants to be without our machines  :)



Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #421 on: April 23, 2018, 06:29:29 AM »
Wendy hope your machine got sorted.
I have had exactly that problem when sewing thicker fabrics and then pulling the fabric out of the machine at the end and bending the needle.
The needle was the issue and replacing it fixed it for me, hope it does for you also.

Wow Treefrog, stuck to her plan, has finished and uploaded the pictures to the gallery. They look amazing.
Have to admit this made me slightly anxious about dates but I checked on the rules and we are still in sewing time if we want to be, Treefrog has been super organised and is in slightly early!

Quote
Sewing begins on 26 December 2017 and ends 30 April 2018
One garment may be started on 1 November 2017 and completed prior to 26 December 2017
One garment may be completed prior to 1 November 2017
One RTW garment may be included

Photo rules say
Quote
Provide 6-12 photos.
Include one photo that includes the full group of garments (plus optional accessory if it applies)
Include one photo of you wearing an outfit (perfectly fine to blur face or omit head shot)
Additional 4-10 photos of various outfit combinations (these can be on you, dress form, rack, hangar, laying on furniture, whatever you prefer)
Every garment must be shown in at least two outfits (as per the rules)
Composite photos are allowed (but not required); however they are limited to a main photo and two smaller insers
Photos should be sized to fit the page without scrolling.
Photos should be posted by Monday 7 May.

So I can carry on sewing until next Monday 30th April (if I want) and then take the photos by Monday 7th May. However I'm away that weekend so will need to do them the week before.

It is all getting really exciting now!

Online Lisanne

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1019
  • southern England
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #422 on: April 23, 2018, 06:46:56 AM »
Good Luck to you all for one week more of sewing time - well it's actually 8 days, so of course you can manage it
 :heart_smilie:
It's exciting for those of us who are following along as well !
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Offline warpjr1965

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 610
    • Nebula Classical Academy
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #423 on: April 23, 2018, 12:46:04 PM »
Well, I actually did not check the needle. So that is silly of me. I'll go back and take a peek at it. I don't think that is the only issue however, as the whole needle mechanism was off to the left at one point. It is back centered now after some turning on/off and switching the stitch programs.

The clunky Singer has a gear stripped so that the feed dogs don't engage. So that is that.  I cannot imagine sewing multiple garments without feed dogs, although it would work in an emergency.  I think I'll order replacements and we can play around with repairing it as a back up.

Tree frog, I'll sneak a peek at your gallery tonight when i have some time!
Wendy

Offline Garden Girl

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 717
  • Middle California
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #424 on: April 23, 2018, 08:02:59 PM »
Well, I actually did not check the needle. So that is silly of me. I'll go back and take a peek at it. I don't think that is the only issue however, as the whole needle mechanism was off to the left at one point. It is back centered now after some turning on/off and switching the stitch programs.

Silly Wendy.  :pointlaugh:  (hope you're laughing.) It took me a long time to establish a good set of rules for the occasions something acts up, as for some silly reason it's usually operator error with my machine. How can this be?   :eyelashes:

  • Rule 1. Change the needle.
  • Rule 2. Use a new needle for each garment sewn only on the machine or poly fabric, every two garments if partially serged.
  • Rule 3. Make sure the machine needle is actually set for where I think it is. Clear the stitch pattern. Maybe try setting a few others to see if it moves properly.
  • Rule 4. Make sure I have the correct presser foot for that stitch.
  • Rule 5. Pop the bobbin out and reinsert it. Clean the raceway while it's out.
  • Rule 6. Snip the needle thread and remove it by pulling it out through the needle area rather than backwards.
  • Rule 7. Re-thread it leisurely whilst saying nice things to the machine.
  • Rule 8. Turn the machine off, give it a rest and try again.
  • Rule 9. Change the needle. Again.

My problems typically relate to Rule 4, correct presser foot. On this little computerized baby it tells me exactly which foot is acceptable with what stitch, period, no discussion or room for non compliance on my part. Plus I usually just use a brand new needle every time to preempt potential needle related issues. Basic needles are cheap. The local recycler takes old needles, pins and rotary blades so why not.

I hope that Textile Garage sale yielded goodies for you Wendy.

OK Ladies- Keep at it. Don't panic, don't stress and don't give up. Unless of course you are only on garment 1 or 2. Towel throwing would be understandable then.  ;) Or, like me, you haven't even printed out the patterns yet. I sewed a pillowcase back in February. That's been it this year. I might get time in June. Or not.  :run: :run:

Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #425 on: April 23, 2018, 09:43:27 PM »
I've not managed any sewing today as I needed to clear a path for the heating engineers coming tomorrow to change pipes to avoid the freezing in winter thing.
I will take stock at the weekend as to whether I've managed to sew anything extra and if so whether it wants to be in the SWAP.
Happily I can make a collection from things I have as of today, and I have even managed to incorporate one of the fashion trends (sheer) though not managed an accessory so far, and it seems unlikely at this juncture.

Offline LyndaC

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 361
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #426 on: April 23, 2018, 11:03:00 PM »
I admire your tenacity greatly, Garden Girl!  I would have given up long ago.

Offline warpjr1965

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 610
    • Nebula Classical Academy
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #427 on: April 24, 2018, 02:03:36 AM »
Garden Girl, I'm afraid I jumped right past Rules 1 and 2 to Rule 3, LOL.

Tomorrow I'll reassess before I take her in for repairs.  If it really is mis aligned I don't want to make anything worse.

Ruthie, how lucky to have so many options for a SWAP collection!

Meantime tomorrow I'll cut out a few projects that I can get mostly done on the serger. Cross your fingers that the serger holds up!!
Wendy

Offline theresa in tucson

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 312
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #428 on: April 24, 2018, 03:09:34 AM »
I have not visited this thread since Jan and saw that there were umpteen pages not read so I jumped ahead to the most recent page.  You folks have been busy!  My sewing mojo keeps getting pre-empted by other but that will pass.  I love hearing about what everyone else is sewing for SWAP so keep on keeping on.

Offline Garden Girl

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 717
  • Middle California
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #429 on: April 24, 2018, 03:28:52 AM »
I admire your tenacity greatly, Garden Girl!  I would have given up long ago.

LOL! Oh no Lynda, my towel never even made it out of the box. I know I won't even get a chance to sew before late May, early June. But the little SWAP plan I sort of formulated is one I still like and intend to do when I actually have time. It's all suitable for Summer and we don't cool down until mid November, so lots of time to wear them. And I do need them. Badly.

Wendy, it sounds like my rule 3 is your rule 1.  ;) Good luck with your machine.

Offline Rosemary

  • New (or Just Quiet) Member :)
  • ***
  • Posts: 3
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #430 on: April 25, 2018, 01:18:15 AM »
Rene,
I add 3 more items to your list.
1. eye drops
2. clean glasses
3. if I can't get my serger threaded, I call my hubby to thread the needles.
Rosemary

Offline mudcat

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 881
  • Sonoran Desert / subtropical
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #431 on: April 25, 2018, 01:55:58 AM »
One more week to go.   :smiles-pom1:



Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #432 on: April 25, 2018, 06:07:24 AM »
I am going to put the pieces I am auditioning onto a rail, then decide from there. That can be one of the photos, showing how things work together!
I have been taking things back from rotation as they come through the laundry. A good sign I think as I have been wearing them :-)

Offline dementedfairy

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 138
    • The Demented Fairy blog
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #433 on: April 25, 2018, 07:05:57 AM »
I've ground to a halt.  Technically I've got enough to form an entry, but I need a couple of pairs of trousers to maximise combinations...but I haven't sewn anything for a week or two now.  I also need some plain simple T shirts, but I could just as easily buy those as make them, so they may sit to one side.
Meanwhile, work issues are intruding again, and I have to focus on sorting them out.
Aaaargh!
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Offline Magimum

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 152
    • I blog at Poor Mother
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #434 on: April 25, 2018, 03:12:13 PM »
I'm very excited to see what you've all been up to.
My flickr feed https://flic.kr/ps/28QUmm
 
My blog: poormother.co.uk
and flowerdogdesigns.co.uk - where my machine embroidery will live, eventually.

Online Lisanne

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1019
  • southern England
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #435 on: April 25, 2018, 07:45:30 PM »
A marvellous achievement Turquoise, even if it doesn't count as a rule-following SWAP   ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Offline LyndaC

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 361
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #436 on: April 25, 2018, 09:01:46 PM »
You are right that you can probably buy T-shirts just as cheaply or even cheaper than making them, BUT you will probably not get as good a fit, as good a quality of fabric, or as many compliments!  :)

Offline dementedfairy

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 138
    • The Demented Fairy blog
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #437 on: April 25, 2018, 09:20:35 PM »
Lynda C- you're right, but I really am lazy!
Apparently I'm a quintessential Gemini- but I think that's a load of b.s. myselves...

Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #438 on: April 25, 2018, 09:31:26 PM »
Turquoise, what an amazing collection you have sewn so far, beautiful.
You probably could add RTW jeans and pick from your collection to make an entry which fit the rules if you wanted to.

I have a lot of my pieces on a rolling rack now and am debating them though without much decision!

Offline warpjr1965

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 610
    • Nebula Classical Academy
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #439 on: April 26, 2018, 12:08:44 PM »
OK Gang,

I am kidless for the weekend, so plan to see how much I can get done before they return. If it is a decent amount, I may be able to finish.

changing the plan around to include mostly knits and TNTs since I can sew 90% of them on the serger.  checking with a friend to see if I can borrow a machine, otherwise I am going to check in about open studio time with some of the sewing shops in town.
Wendy

Online Lisanne

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1019
  • southern England
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #440 on: April 26, 2018, 03:48:46 PM »
Well Done Wendy for your determination - you'll deserve the special prize of some nice new co-ordinating clothes to wear  :D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Offline Turquoise

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 217
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #441 on: April 26, 2018, 08:00:53 PM »
Thanks Lisanne and Ruthie for the lovely comments, I’ll see if I can get something together if I can get my head to work better - I seem to have the start of a cold and my brain seems to have ground to a halt when it comes to being able to decide anything.  I’ve been cracking on with my pile of previously cut out coral coloured makes, so hopefully if my brain doesn’t turn completely to mush I can finish those before Monday.

So Wendy I guess your machine is still out of action then  :(  - good luck with the knits and I hope you can borrow a machine, it sounds like you’ll have a good stretch of time to enjoy some concentrated sewing.



Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #442 on: April 26, 2018, 08:06:33 PM »
I wanted to do some more sewing this week but things have kept coming up which meant its not been practical sadly.
Oh well. maybe I just need to focus on pictures.
Probably an early night tonight.

Offline CCL

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 877
    • My Flickr Photo Stream
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #443 on: April 26, 2018, 10:09:19 PM »
I have lost track of everyone's progress, but Turquoise I just took a peek at that coral jean jacket - wow!  What a great piece!  - Your entire repertoire is gorgeous, so I am sure you will be able to get a "collection" out of it. 

Warpjr1965 - You are amazing - I hope your sewing weekend is fun and productive.  It must be frustrating with your machine difficulties, but you have such a cheerful, infectious attitude!  Thanks, I needed that.

Medea - your blouses are great!  Anyway you could work all three of them into the collection?  Can't wait to see your final sets.

Treefrog - the self-designed print tee shirt is another stunner.   

As always, I know I am missing commenting on some, but it's been a joy to see what everyone is doing.


Offline treefrog

  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 64
  • SWAP Addict :-)
    • sew Treefrog
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #444 on: April 27, 2018, 01:11:37 AM »
Just dropping in for a quick hello.   I'm snowed under with work at the moment so I haven't been able to follow along as much as I like to.  And to make matter's worse they were doing upgrades to the comms tower so phone and internet services were down during the day for almost a week.

For those sewing this weekend, may the sewing gods be smiling on you.

DementedFairy - Hope you are able to add an extra bottom into your plan.  Are you able to use on of your pre-made pieces in place of something newly sewn?

Warpjr1965 -  Bummer about the sewing machine.  Fingers crossed you can get a loan machine for the weekend.

CCL - I'm enjoying watching your wardrobe come together.  It looks soooo good!

Online Lisanne

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1019
  • southern England
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #445 on: April 27, 2018, 11:29:11 AM »
Good Luck Ruthie for finishing your lovely selection  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Offline Helen M

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 609
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #446 on: April 27, 2018, 04:03:48 PM »
Good luck to everyone on the last weekend of sewing!
Sewing in Cheshire

Offline warpjr1965

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 610
    • Nebula Classical Academy
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #447 on: April 28, 2018, 12:13:13 PM »
Thanks for the cheers gang!!

I might be the last one finishing up this weekend.

A friend is loaning me her Bernina 930, which will be similar to my 1230, so I am in good luck there.

Totally switching up the plan to manage finishing on time. If by some miracle I can work on my woven top I'll include it, otherwise I'm going with knits or stretch fabric.

Hoping for 3 garments a day, I'll put my plan in my thread. I'm off!
Wendy

Offline mudcat

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 881
  • Sonoran Desert / subtropical
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #448 on: April 28, 2018, 06:00:59 PM »
wow warp ... good luck! :smiles-pom2: :smiles-pom1:



Offline Turquoise

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 217
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #449 on: April 28, 2018, 08:49:49 PM »
Great news on the loan of the Bernina Wendy! - best of luck with your sewing plans  :)



Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #450 on: April 28, 2018, 10:23:31 PM »
Yay Wendy! Happy sewing.

I found the teal and silver fabric I wanted to use for the scarf, and I want to get my Bernina 800DL out and learn how to use it to do a rolled hem on all the scarf edges. That might be a project for tomorrow or even Monday.
I am full of a cold/cough/sore throat thing though and feeling a bit below par.

Offline Turquoise

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 217
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #451 on: April 29, 2018, 06:13:58 AM »
I am full of a cold/cough/sore throat thing though and feeling a bit below par.

Oh dear Ruthie, you too  :(  hope you feel better soon.  I wonder if the abrupt change in weather hasn’t helped with everyone catching colds - last week it was 27 deg C and now it’s really damp and chilly again.  If you have any trouble with the rolled hem, a really narrow overlock stitch can also look pretty.  I don’t think you'll have problems, I’ve got the same machine and it’s great but I know how the cold can make it difficult to think straight - I was tearing my hair out yesterday trying to understand the instructions for the Lekala pattern I was working on  :D
« Last Edit: April 29, 2018, 06:16:06 AM by Turquoise »



Offline warpjr1965

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 610
    • Nebula Classical Academy
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #452 on: April 29, 2018, 11:42:15 AM »
Turquoise and Ruthie, I hope you feel better! Spring colds are the worst, like a slap in the face.

I didn't get quite as much done as I wanted yesterday, but am making good headway.  Will keep on sewing today, I'm confident I can finish.
Wendy

Offline Sew Ruthie Sews

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1260
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #453 on: April 29, 2018, 09:23:44 PM »
Turquoise, some great coral pieces, such clever use of the scraps in the tee also.
Stephiecan love your shirt dress, a beautiful calssic you can style many different ways for years to come.

I am still full of cold but managed to learn today how to do rolled hems on the serger after all these years and so have made my optional accessory, a teal scarf with silver threads. I have therefore managed to incorporate another trend "silver/metallic".
Its mostly been introduced so I can wear the brown top with the two teal bottoms in a more cohesive way.

Offline warpjr1965

  • Subscribed Member
  • Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 610
    • Nebula Classical Academy
Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter #2 (continued)
« Reply #454 on: April 29, 2018, 09:40:08 PM »
Too tired to make comments (I'll look later at everyone's threads) but I am DONE!

I didn't get to make the woven shirt I wanted, but this SWAP will check a lot of boxes for me for sure. I'll start populating my gallery soon.

And there are at least 3 Swap-extra garments I want to make to extend this group.  This is my best SWAP yet.  Thanks for all the encouragement and camaraderie, and Mudcat thanks for coordinating!
Wendy