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    @Mama Mirabelle my mums machine is probably a similar age and when she got it services recently, the guy told her how much better made they were back then and that they're much better than today's machines. I would believe it, considering there aren't many household appliances made today that will still be working in 30 years! So I'd say the one you've got is great, may just need a service if it hasn't been used in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mama Mirabelle View Post
    You ladies are so talented! I can do basic sewing like hemming pants but I struggle following patterns.

    Could anyone here tell me if there is a big difference in sewing machines from say 30 year ago and today? I have my mums old Elna sewing machine. It's a bit heavy and clunky, I'm not sure if it would be worth it to buy a newer machine or if they're all pretty much the same.

    I agree with JR03, the old machines are usually better then the new ones, less to go wrong. I have both an old machine and new one. I find the old can handle bigger things then the new ones. I have an industrial machine that is almost as old as me as well and it's amazing. If you find the service is going to cost to much, and think about getting a new machine. I'd recommend going with a simple machine without all the computer input. I have a basic elna domestic machine and I'm a dress maker by trade. I love elna that are an amazing machine.

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    I've come up with a new term tonight; "revenge sewing". My sister was really nasty to me today so I sewed something for my daughter and cut out some shorts to sew for my niece belonging to my other sister tomorrow night. Nothing for mean sisters kids. My mean sister and her kids obviously won't know and I would never tell anyone but it is making me feel a lot better to be nice to my other niece so petty when I write it out haha.

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    Oh and these are the shorts I made for my daughter IMG_1475493325.162909.jpg

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    I haven't got my own little one yet, can't wait to start making them clothes. But this is something I love making (I have way to many stuffed toys though )

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    Just saw this in an email from Spotlight in case anyone is looking for a new machine

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    Has anyone made an Advent calendar? I'm thinking of making one this year but only a really simple one, I saw one yesterday which was a neutral linen background with the pockets sewn on and numbers put on using stencils and fabric paint, and a piece of dowel in the bottom and top to keep it straight. But I can't find the picture / instructions now lol. But I'm open to being persuaded to something more complicated if anyone has a great pattern to share

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Has anyone made an Advent calendar? I'm thinking of making one this year but only a really simple one, I saw one yesterday which was a neutral linen background with the pockets sewn on and numbers put on using stencils and fabric paint, and a piece of dowel in the bottom and top to keep it straight. But I can't find the picture / instructions now lol. But I'm open to being persuaded to something more complicated if anyone has a great pattern to share
    I bought the Dashwood Advent Calendar fabric panel from Textile Traders the year before last, but I haven't finished it because it's quite fiddly & time consuming, and the pockets are quite small.
    I'm thinking of doing one like you described, because we had one as kids that my mum made, where it had a dowel at the top and the numbered pockets were safety pinned to the back panel. I like that because you can move the numbers around so they're not in order, or in the same position year after year. Just a matter of working out your measurements!

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    I started making this a few years back. I didn't follow a particular pattern, I just freehand drew the tree and tried using a fancy stitch to do the numbers (this looks dodgy as, my mum has since got an embroidery machine so I would change that if I were to make it now). I cut the tree and the ornaments from felt, the ornaments are all hand sewn and we have a mini stocking for each family member with our name on it. I'm still about 5 ornaments short so should pull it out early and get started on doing them before the year is gone again, we still put it up and use it each year anyway. The pockets meant if I ever decided to do a chocolate in there or a piece of paper with something to do it could easily be added. The hooks are actually just decorative split pins.

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    I should make one... I bought the fabric panel for one a year ago


 

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