A knitted dress is by its nature a stretchy garment that can quickly grow stretched out "bags" around the more protruding parts of your body. And if the dress is long, that includes your knees! A very effective solution to the problem is lining. If you wear a slip under the dress, the knitwear will… Continue reading How to line a knitted dress
Ah, the first edition in the new house and new sewing room! Now that I've had a chance to settle down a bit and start using the new space, I found myself using it differently than I first thought I would... Typical. This overview is a bit different from the previous "crew" overviews because now… Continue reading My sewing crew – 5th edition
Help! She's doing straight stitch and zig-zag like a good girl but is not doing any patterns! 😥 This is the Pfaff pattern disk showing you all the patterns that your Pfaff 230 Automatic can sew fully automatically. You pick a stitch of interest, set up the knobs as shown, set knob E to the… Continue reading Pfaff 230 not stitching patterns
This is one of the great classics from 1955: Pfaff 230 Automatic, not to be confused with Pfaff 230 that didn't have any fancy stitches. This machine has signature Pfaff forward-facing vertical rotary hook with internal belt transmission. Zig-zag is done with a swing needle mechanism and all the fancy stuff is in the arm.… Continue reading Pfaff 230 Automatic
The power of your sewing machine motor is typically printed on the label. On old motors you often see 40W or 50W, on modern ones it's 90W or 110W. Have they doubled in power? No, this is the weird case where 90 is smaller than 50... This is a label from a domestic sewing motor… Continue reading Power of a motor
Too fiddly to knit. Takes too long. Mind- and finger-boggling all around. Enough reasons to do it. 😋 This Rowan jumper is now in its fifth if not sixth year - since starting. I finished the cabled bits quickly enough and then got entirely lost in the Fair Isle. I'd put it away for months,… Continue reading Fair Isle is not my thing
This is a strong statement. We all search for The One And Only sewing machine that would replace all other sewing machines for us. It would do everything we care to do, perfectly. Having used so many machines over the years, I have all but given up on finding The One. Not even The One… Continue reading I found The One!