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Rachel McWha
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Heirloom Conspiracy
Hi guys I know I haven't updated this blog in a while. I've moved from the UK back home to Australia and am working out what the next chapter in my life is. As part of my sewing teaching and costume making past I've always been intrigued by the wonderful de...
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Heirloom Conspiracy
Hi guys I know I haven't updated this blog in a while. I've moved from the UK back home to Australia and am working out what the next chapter in my life is. As part of my sewing teaching and costume making past I've always been intrigued by the wonderful de...
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Decanting cones into spools
Occasionally you find an amazing tip on another blog that's to good to ignore. The Makery have come up with this amazing tip on what to do when you have one big spool and want to turn it into 4 spools for overlocking. I'll talk more about thread another day...
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TECHNIQUE: Quilting, Wadding, Batting (or whatever it's called)
I have a confession, I have no idea what the correct name for this technique is (if you know, please tell me!), but it's what I use to join a layer of wadding or batting to one or more pieces of fabric and this is one technique where the overlocker is far s...
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Vintage Fancy Dress Dogs
I've certainly never got so much joy from a Daily Mail article before, but look at these beauties. These are Vintage Dog Show Photos. And this picture doesn't just show any vintage Dog show, but dogs in fancy dress. Honestly, what is not to love?? Yes that ...
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Why does this blog exist?
I teach overlocker (that's serger to our American friends) classes to the ladies of the Women's Institute. I've been sewing for years, and it's occured to me that in spite of the revival in sewing and the long term existence of overlockers, people are still...
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Guilty Pleasure Frock Flick No 4: The Slipper and The Rose
Many people raved about Kenneth Branaghs recent Cinderella story, but for me there really only is one true Cinderella film, and it's The Slipper and The Rose. Made in 1976, 4 years before I was born, it's like Star Wars or The Sound of Music, I simply canno...
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TECHNIQUE: Gathering
Threads: Can be done with 3 threads with either needle, or 4 if you want a really strong gather Tension: Normal Stitch Length: 4-5 or as high as possible Differential Feed: 2 or as high as possible. Knife: Usually engaged but can be disengaged if needed My ...
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An intriguing picture of Henri et Caroline
I just stumbled acrross this picture on my phone. This Christmas my husbands family decided that it would be fun to hire out a small Scottish Castle which was absolutely amazing. (For the curious it was Castle of Park with a link  here  and only cost us abo...
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Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Film Flicks
When I meet people I usually know within about 5 minutes how good a friend they will be. One of my very best friends and I met when she wanted to hire me to costume a period film (which is a pretty good start). While we can both wank on about arthouse films...
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