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    The Sewing Machine Family

    A good friend interested in sewing sweetly asked for a post on my sewing machines – probably out of surprise that I own so many. Truthfully, I used to own more – my first three sewing machines are no longer around. The first – A singer purchased from Consumers Distributing (Canadians will get a chuckle out of that one) died after

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    Vogue 1261

    That little top I spoke about the other day is done and I’m pretty happy with it. I’d read quite a bit about the sewing instructions on sewing blogs and pattern review, which led to to research the RTW version online. As far as I can tell, the original was constructed using a coverstitch machine and the vogue instructions attempted

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    Best of Plans

    Looks kind of sad, doesn’t it? Let me retrace a bit. Last weekend was filled with minor annoyances – a piece of software saw fit to warn me that my hard drive had ‘integrity errors’ (?), which led me down the rabbit hole of backing up, scanning, verifying, etc… After disk utility failed to find any problem’s with my drive’s

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    Drafting The Schematic

    Once I’ve drawn a sketch, I can begin drafting the shape – I use Garment Designer (GD), from Cochenille Studio. The general requirements are selected through menus at the top, and each garment shape can be further refined through toggle points – I highlighted the sleeve’s side seams to show these above. Sometimes it is necessary to use menus in

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    New project: it isn’t a sweater, it’s a jacket

    I’ve been inspired by customers – ever since I started to carry B&L yarns, my most enthusiastic supporters have been from Japan. The most popular varieties are Super and Country Roving, and I wish I could read japanese so that I could follow their blogs and find out what they are making. But it’s a pretty safe bet that they

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