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Autumn 2020 6-Pack / Re: Autumn 2020 Loosey Goosey ...
Last post by Susan in Saint John - December 01, 2020, 11:53:13 am
All I've managed to do is to complete my winter coat.  But that makes me happy and I'm wearing it.
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Autumn 2020 6-Pack / Re: Autumn 2020 Loosey Goosey ...
Last post by kowgiirl.up - December 01, 2020, 11:26:38 am
Well, it's December already and I did not complete the 6Pac. At first I was a little sad about it and then I thought more and realized that part of the point of this Autumn 6Pac was to get folks back sewing and it did for me.

I was able to complete two tops. One I'm not in love with and the other is ok. I did get to try my hand at some new to me techniques, the flutter sleeves being one and the other being using some iron on gems (I forgot the name but bought them from Peggy).

I also cut out a TNT top. I traced off the sleeve first to make it a 3/4. It's ready to be stitched up. I really love this fabric (the black & white fabric). It's so soft and comfy.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by warpjr1965 - December 01, 2020, 11:17:35 am
Last year's was my favorite SWAP, I wear almost all the items, I even have 2 on right now!
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by CCL - December 01, 2020, 10:44:57 am
Quote from: mahgret on December 01, 2020, 10:11:56 amI sat down last night to try to plot out my plan.  There's just too much going on in my mind!  I think I need to plot out which pieces of my existing wardrobe I want to use, and then choose from my list of things I want to make to fill out the capsule. ... Maybe I'm overthinking.

I am with Mahgret! To make it easier for me, I went back to my Autumn Loosey Goosey 6-PAC plan - where I got stumped by buttons for the green dress.  (The buttons I ordered over a month ago have not arrived.)

To break the curse of the buttons-which-have-not-arrived, yesterday I cut out the green and navy plain skirt.  We will see what the mail brings today.  Bonus: I believe I have enough left over for some sort of vest.   So that sort of helped to jump start my thinking.

However, similar to Mahgret, I too need some blouses and "tops" to make it all work... currently thinking these might be the existing pieces.

Loosey- Goosey Six Pac
  • Green wool shirt dress (lengthened 8772 blouse - becoming a TNT)- this will be - fingers crossed, my previous made
  • Plaid turquoise, apple green and navy plaid pencil skirt (pattern to be determined) - Anna Klein, OOP V2433 - this will be my made since rules announced
  • Grey wool dress (OOP Vogue 8615)
  • Black fleece jacket (TNT lekala 4398)
  • Maroon plaid dress (pattern to be determined)
  • Maroon plaid jacket (Vogue 7975)

So that's 6.  I am still working on what to make to fill it out...

I like Pagog's idea of two 1/2 monties - one winter / one summer.  Thinking along those lines.

So what is everyone's favorite SWAP that they started, participated in, maybe just planned, or even finished?  My favorite is still the one I did for Better Half, though it took me two years to complete the plan.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by mahgret - December 01, 2020, 10:11:56 am
I sat down last night to try to plot out my plan.  There's just too much going on in my mind!  I think I need to plot out which pieces of my existing wardrobe I want to use, and then choose from my list of things I want to make to fill out the capsule. The problem is, I'm wanting to maybe concentrate on cardigans and jackets to fill out outfits, but then I need tops and bottoms to go with each and that adds up to too many garments.  Maybe I'm overthinking.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by Grasshopper - December 01, 2020, 06:54:28 am
@Pagog, your plan for doing the wildcard and two 5-packs (one for cool weather and one for warm weather) is a really great idea, since SWAP typically spans the change in seasons.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by warpjr1965 - December 01, 2020, 06:42:22 am
Love all the creative juices flowing here!
Still no firm plans to join, I have 2 other projects to complete before I should start anything for myself at this point.

I do have 2 items that need finishing: one needs some stabilization at the neckline, the other needs some serious seam tweaking in order to be wearable, plus hemming, my (least) favorite. Those could be simple tasks that would not detract from the other projects, in fact they would probably be a welcome break!

Oh, and a jean jacket that needs buttons/holes, and another that needs the same.

Maybe I could do an "Endless chain of mending and finishing!" :yeah:
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by sewsy - December 01, 2020, 06:42:22 am
Quote from: helenyang on November 29, 2020, 09:42:20 pmHey there, I'm just looking for a zigzag sew machine. I've chosen SINGER's one. My cousin say's bernina is better than Singer.
Now i'm confused. Please can you help me to chose best one?

Hey Helen. Well, I'd say first, how much do you want to spend? Berninas are going to be (relatively) more expensive than Singers. Which Singer were you thinking of? Is there a comparable model Bernina in both features and/or price? You stated that you wanted a zig-zag machine. Both have that feature. As for which is the better of the two, well that depends.

There was a regular here years ago (Manuela) that sewed on Singer machines exclusively (older model and newer). She swore by them, and (for me) is arguably one of the best sewists on the planet. She and her husband live in Hong Kong. She didn't have a serger, I suppose that she finished her seams using the zig-zag stitch.

So, honestly, it's really your choice. During these times, it's kinda hard to go sewing machine testing, but I'd begin by narrowing it down to the Singer you want, and then checking for a comparable model Bernina and figure it out from there.

One other idea that you may think about is getting a used machine. That may be a way to keep costs down, (if cost is an issue) and still get the make you'd like, especially if you decide to go with the Bernina. That's what I did. Twice. One for myself, one for my granddaughter. I really like mine, it was top of the line in it's day, and the seller had not only the embroidery unit (that I doubt she ever even used) but lots of extra feet.

Having stated all the above, I'd honestly say this.

If what you want is a Singer, then that's what you should get. Because at the end of the day, it's you who will be sitting in front of the machine, it's you who should be satisfied with the machine you'll be using. Good luck.

eta. Here's a link to Manuela Freidrich's Instagram page.
https://www.instagram.com/manuela_in_hong_kong/

One more thought. Whichever machine you wind up getting, if you find that you really should've gotten the other, there's no law saying that you can't own more than one. I happen to have four. Two Singers, the Bernina and my goto Brother.
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SWAP 2021 / Re: SWAP 2021 - General Discus...
Last post by Pagog - December 01, 2020, 05:20:30 am
I do accept the permission to emulate indigotiger's title, so I have posted my plan.  I have no set idea yet on my shibori design; but trust me, it won't be complicated as I've not done this before.  I may also do an ombre dip while I'm at it.
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SWAP 2021 / Patricia's "I've Got The Denim...
Last post by Pagog - December 01, 2020, 05:09:27 am
I have a lot of denim fabric I want to use up. I like the idea of making two 5-packs with a wild card. I usually make a winter SWAP, but by the time SWAP completes, I'm ready for spring clothing.  This year I am going to make a winter 5-pack in the first two months, and then make a spring 5-pack for the final two months.  I may knit or purchase a sweater as the wild card.  I could use the sweater as an extra layer in the winter or a cover up in the spring. I have different weights in my denim/twill stash, which should work for both seasons.  I pulled a bunch of fabric out last night without a clear idea of what I will be using. From this point on, I have SWAP on the brain.
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