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The mechanics of sewing

Just a quick post today – I spent my morning having a lesson on how to use my overlocker. I booked it through Sew in Brighton, who do an overlocker day class, but I did mine today on a one to one basis.

I got a Pfaff Hobbylock 794 a while ago off the internet, in a fetching colour combo of brown and cream, for about £30. Yes, I know this is risky and when I got to my session this morning, it wouldn’t start at all! It turned out there was no fuse, but once that was in place and we jigged it round a bit, it ran fine. Apart from the fact that it appears to be stuck on “on” or “off” so can’t currently be controlled by the foot pedal. So it needs a service which I will get done over the next few weeks (if you live in or near Brighton, I recommend Richard Mouland who has previously serviced my sewing machine and got it working again when it broke).

All in all, I think it will make sewing stretch so much easier, and it was by far not as scary as I thought it would be. I’m going to book another session once my Hobbylock is serviced, to learn some more of the ins and outs, and hopefully sew my first stretch tshirt!

All this got me thinking, I really need to get myself a more reliable sewing machine. My machine is very basic, noisy and temperamental. I spend far too long rethreading, sorting tension and tangles out. Does anyone have suggestions of an affordable, reliable machine? I don’t need anything mega fancy – just a workhorse really.

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May giveaway still open!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Just a quick post to say hello to all new followers and thanks to all who have entered the giveaway so far!  I’m just sorry I can’t keep up with all the comments.  SewMamaSewMayGiveawayDayIt will be open until 16 May, so you can still enter if you like. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post so I know you’ve entered.  Check out Sew Mama Sew for literally HUNDREDS of other giveaways which are also taking place this week.  I may have entered one or two of the supplies ones myself, but I never win anything so not holding out much hope!

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Things to do in London

On Saturday, I went to London for a very good friends birthday.  It was a lovely sunny day, and the main activity for the day (aside from drinking cocktails and eating amazing Mexican food at Lupita) was a treasure hunt.  carnaby street

This was done through something called Hidden City, and it was such a great way of seeing things you never normally would see in a big city like London.  We did the Cupid’s Conundrums – basically you are texted a clue relating to a particular location, when you know the answer, you text it back to get the next clue.  We were out exploring for a good couple of hours around some lovely parks, streets, famous landmarks and upmarket areas of London.

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What should I do for my next giveaway?

I did a giveaway towards the end of last year, and think it is high time I did another one. What should I give away this time? Please drop me a comment and let me know!

These are the choices for you.

I will hopefully put together the giveaway by the end of the week, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.