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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 13:14 
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I’ve watched so many videos and so many diagrams as to how the too thread loops the bobbin, and just when I think I’ve got it, I haven’t. I am now fully committed to ‘magic’ as an acceptable explanation.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 13:33 
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I’ve watched so many videos and so many diagrams as to how the too thread loops the bobbin, and just when I think I’ve got it, I haven’t. I am now fully committed to ‘magic’ as an acceptable explanation.

Works for me! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 18:55 
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@goddess Jasmine Og, what a shame!! there’s usually a tiny little screw in the bobbin set-up that can adjust tension, but usually you never need to touch the bobbin tension on a Brother drop-in bobbin machine. Tensioning should be altered using the top thread 99.5% of the time. Just in case, take out and put the bobbin in a couple of times (making sure it’s the right way around and following the thread channel to the cutting blade) and when you pull it through there should be some ‘drag’ on the tension. If it feels to pull through loose, take it out and start again. Make sure you have the right depth bobbin in (the one that came with it) as there are some that are about 1mm narrower and they won’t tension properly.

If you have a machine where the bobbin tension has shipped with it not properly set then you are incredibly unlucky but hopefully will be able to set it. Your machine is like a fancier version of mine (which is the FS100WT I think). Your machine is gorgeous. Happy sewing.

Thought I'd reply in here so as not to take over the things that we have brought thread.

I think it was a mixture of things really. The only fabric I had to hand that wasn't stretch was cotton poplin, so very thin. I was using the thread that came with it, Brildor, which seems to be quite robust. After I'd posted I did take out the bobbin and rethread it along with playing with the tension - that did seem to make a difference - if in doubt, re-thread right? :)

I haven't had it out again since unfortunately. It's right here next to me, but I've been working on my report again today (I've been asked to work on that rather than attend training on Monday, but this training will be a good thing for me to have, so I'm choosing to do it in my own time for my own gain). Currently my work desk and sewing desk are one and the same, and I need to get this report finished tomorrow. I'm hoping it won't take more than a couple of hours, then I can have the afternoon sewing. I have some gifts to get finished. Also, pants. Always pants.

ETA: It's SO quiet. Joans didn't even realise I was testing it, he thought I was working - it practically purrs, I love it. :hug:

I love the hand/button controls too - I didn't even plug the pedal in. I will do, obviously I need to test everything, but it's just so convenient. AND it does buttonholes. It's SO different from last machine, I can tell how much of an upgrade it is. I had started to get a bit bored of it and was using my serger more, but trying this out has made me want to sew with cotton again. I can see some hats and bags in my future.

Did you manager to finish the hats for you and Russ?

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 19:09 
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Oh, I’m so pleased for you. YES, they are such quiet machines. I’ve got used to how quiet mine is now, but when I first used it I thought it was amazing. Yours is a fancier version of my machine.

Some things I love about it are: the max stitch speed selector, push button (no pedal) sewing, THAT THE THREAD CUTTER CUTS THE THREAD LONG ENOUGH SO IT DOESN’T GET SUCKED BSCK INFO THE BOBBIN, always ending on the needle down position. But yeah, the adjustable top speed is amazing, because I’m a pedal-to-the-floor sewer, so now I can sew at a normal speed. Did you get a wide quilting table extension with yours? I lost mine (twice) once when I got it and again when we moved, and finally found it again today.

I did make more hats, yes :D one each for Russell and I. I narrowed the brim a tad on Russell’s to make it more of a man’s hat, whilst still giving effective shade.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
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Oh, I’m so pleased for you. YES, they are such quiet machines. I’ve got used to how quiet mine is now, but when I first used it I thought it was amazing. Yours is a fancier version of my machine.

Some things I love about it are: the max stitch speed selector, push button (no pedal) sewing, THAT THE THREAD CUTTER CUTS THE THREAD LONG ENOUGH SO IT DOESN’T GET SUCKED BSCK INFO THE BOBBIN, always ending on the needle down position. But yeah, the adjustable top speed is amazing, because I’m a pedal-to-the-floor sewer, so now I can sew at a normal speed. Did you get a wide quilting table extension with yours? I lost mine (twice) once when I got it and again when we moved, and finally found it again today.

I did make more hats, yes :D one each for Russell and I. I narrowed the brim a tad on Russell’s to make it more of a man’s hat, whilst still giving effective shade.

I did get an extension table, yes. It looks like I have more stitch options, but yours can be used for free motion embroidery, so I don't think there's much of a difference.

Ooh, would love to see pictures of the hats if you get a chance. :)

I haven't set it up yet today, but hopefully can have a proper play around with it this afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 19:32 
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First stupid question. There is polystyrene inside the top of the hard case. It's pretty fixed in, but means it just balances on the machine. I'm guessing it's just packaging and I'm supposed to take it out so it fits more snugly?

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 19:58 
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Nope. It stays in there. I had exactly the same thought when I got mine so had to try and work out, and eventually found somewhere online where Brother says it is supposed to stay in. It’s glued into place.

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Yeah, it's fixed pretty solidly so I didn't want to just rip it out. Is it just meant to balance on top then, or should I've gently trying to push it down? I don't want to force anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 21:33 
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It pretty much just balances on top. You’ll see the when you pick it up with the case on the combined handle has a good heft and is quite comfortable to old, and if it did compress down its do so then anyway (but it doesn’t). I agree, it’s unexpected. Also it means the case doesn’t reach the bottom of the machine, which makes you think it’s not fitting properly!

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2021 18:10 
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I made a little shirt out of really light cotton, for D. I figured that if we ever do get any hot weather this way it’d be good as something to help cover up but still stay cool. I used some leftovers of something I made years ago (so many years o actually can’t remember what it was now), and my only slight disappointment is that because I pattern matched it (even all the neck facings, because something makes me do that) it hides the nice neckline and construction details. There’s not really anything I could do about that as otherwise it’d look a shambles, but it’s the version/view on the right. If it seems to work for time out in the garden I’ll get a couple of light cotton/linen blends and make a couple more out of some plain fabric. The high-low hem is a bit of a pain to turn, but otherwise it’s easy peasy.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2021 18:11 
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Oh, and having both the sewing machine and overlocker plugged in and ready at the same time so I could just swap between them was amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:59 
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Mimi wrote:
Oh, and having both the sewing machine and overlocker plugged in and ready at the same time so I could just swap between them was amazing.


I'm toying with the idea of getting an overlocker. Didn't ever need one as I was mostly quilting, but now I know I'm going to be making baby clothes more and working with jersey materials, I might explore it more.

You're a very neat and tidy sewer Meems, your topstitching is beautiful.

I made a dress for Luna, it was fiddly because it's so little!! This one is 3-6 months.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:13 
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That’s precious. And the print is gorgeous. A clever neckline for giant baby heads, too!

An overlocker isn’t essential, but if you’re going to be making a lot with knits they are a solid investment.

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Managed to finish off a few bits this weekend.

First up, a set for my friends little boy's first birthday, he was going to the zoo.

It was t-shirt and shorts to begin with, but I made emergency trousers because this is England.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 21:26 
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Super cute, Jazzy! He’ll cherish those. They are absolutely smashing. I love the contrast fabric carrying through all of the pieces.

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Dress for a little girl that loves elephants.


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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 21:28 
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Super cute, Jazzy! He’ll cherish those. They are absolutely smashing. I love the contrast fabric carrying through all of the pieces.

Thank you, I hope they are liked. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 21:44 
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Hahaha! You can tell how much she adores it. Fab photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:44 
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The clothes that you have all been making are super-lovely and I hope the kids (and their parents) enjoy something that has been specially made.

I forget how cute small clothes can be, and how fab some fabric/prints are.

Our kids have been into superhero stuff for a long time, so while they have some cool clothes, Minecraft t shirts just don't have the same charm as those sweet innocent prints. I actually felt a bit moved looking at those pictures.

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Aww, thank you. What a lovely thing to say.

You can get fabric that has superheroes and videogames characters on it that is really different to what you get on store bought clothes. But I am a sucker for bright fun prints on children. It's probably a good job that mine are grown up, or I could spend a fortune on it.

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@mimi @Flis Waves and wild have a half price sale on starting tomorrow.

https://www.wavesandwild.com/shop/

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
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Aw, super. I might get myself some joggers and dungaree patterns.

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