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sarahbell

Do you sew?

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It's been on my list of things to learn for ages, just below understanding Cyrillic text. My hands are too big for needles I suspect, I struggle with guitar strings unless it's in the upper 3 frets :ph34r:

I just post things off to my mum and she repairs them and posts them back.

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1 minute ago, sarahbell said:

What do you make?

At this point, not progressed much beyond sewing LEDs onto felt patches and having them flash in different combinations. My sewing skills are pretty dire TBH.

There are a number of sensors I should find time to play with: accelerometer, light sensor, microphone  - so I can make an interactive Christmas jumper design this year.

Originally got some kit in case one of the BotLets wanted to experiment with it as a DT project, but ended up having a go myself...

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On 29/09/2018 at 15:04, unregistered_guest said:

At this point, not progressed much beyond sewing LEDs onto felt patches and having them flash in different combinations. My sewing skills are pretty dire TBH.

There are a number of sensors I should find time to play with: accelerometer, light sensor, microphone  - so I can make an interactive Christmas jumper design this year.

Originally got some kit in case one of the BotLets wanted to experiment with it as a DT project, but ended up having a go myself...

You will look like a 1990's farytale Borg.

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First thing we made in form 1, now referred to as year 7 was an apron. Red striped for the girls, blue for the boys. Everyone had to make one and then they were used for home economics. 

I had one of these when I was little so started young. I love sewing , crochet and I’ve made a few large Bucilla Christmas felt kits. Don’t do enough now. Too busy ipading.

 

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First year secondary school we made a hymn book cover and an a line skirt. 
If that gives you an idea of how nice my school was. :)
Both took forever.
Second year a blouse.

Was great for teaching us the finer points of pattern cutting and making but tedious as heck to have to spread it out over such a long time. Sewed on my gran's hand machine making dolls clothes for little sister's toys. 
 

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On 09/10/2018 at 11:53, sarahbell said:

First year secondary school we made a hymn book cover and an a line skirt. 
If that gives you an idea of how nice my school was. :)
Both took forever.
Second year a blouse.

Was great for teaching us the finer points of pattern cutting and making but tedious as heck to have to spread it out over such a long time. Sewed on my gran's hand machine making dolls clothes for little sister's toys. 
 

Probably around age 6 or 7 we all (boys and girls) had to make dolls and all the clothes for them, then we had to make a shirt for ourselves all sewn by hand. Stood me good. Can sew invisibly and repair or alter all my clothes and I make all my own curtains, cushions, upholstery etc. I can't be bothered to make clothes.

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I learned to sew when a young teen. If one of my shirts had a button missing, ma would sew on a replacement. Of any random colour. I'd be getting ready to go out and the white shirt I was planning to wear would have a bright red button on it. So had to learn to sew myself. Also learned to go ott when sewing on sleeve buttons. My buttons don't come off without a fight.

When my eldest was about 8 or 9, he liked to show off doing knee slides. Went through trousers fast. I'd buy charcoal grey trousers from jumble sales that older kids had outgrown due to puberty so almost new.

I'd unpick the seams but leave the pockets and most of the waistband intact. Chalk it out using a pattern for his size, cut it down and sew it up. A heavy application of the steam iron got the original creases out and then press in new creases. Rinse and repeat every 4 months or so.

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I can "man" sew.

-buttons

-shorten trousers

-mend seems

-replace zips (most of them are crap, you need metal zips)

you can do this by sewing a zip over the old one - it'll be seemless!

Look out for job lots of decent metal zips, doesn't matter if it is for a pocket and it is a little long. You can always tuck it in, and you can't see it.

E.g https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LARGE-JOBLOT-ZIPS-JOB-LOT-ZIPS-CRAFT-SEWING/382603745855?hash=item5914f5da3f:g:71kAAOSwnVRb0MBi:rk:12:pf:0https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LARGE-JOBLOT-ZIPS-JOB-LOT-ZIPS-CRAFT-SEWING/382603745855?hash=item5914f5da3f:g:71kAAOSwnVRb0MBi:rk:12:pf:0

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On 26/10/2018 at 07:33, Hopeful said:

Can sew invisibly

If I could do things invisibly I'd do something a hell of a lot more interesting that sewing....

Father in law used to take his trouser legs up with a stapler.

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On 29/09/2018 at 11:04, spunko said:

It's been on my list of things to learn for ages, just below understanding Cyrillic text.

I found the Memrise app brilliant for learning Cyrillic text and beginner Russian if you are interested. Better than duolingo and textbooks for initial work of memorising the sounds and being able to read them.

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