Posted by: michelenel | 9 December, 2021

Scandinavian folded stars tutorial

Posted by: michelenel | 31 October, 2020

Mandala throw is complete….

My #bonnybay mandala throw is complete.
I had so much fun making this with the variety of stitches and I’ve already started on her other crochet blanket pattern.
Her YouTube channel is brilliant and has step by step video tutorials to guide you through the entire pattern.
Posted by: michelenel | 30 October, 2020

A bit of quick quilting ….

I’ve eventually got round to doing a bit of quick quilting on my bed throw for winter.
This is made from offcuts of fabric that were gifted to me and some Liberty Tana lawn backing that was in my stash.
I have a very big bed so this quilt is 3 m x 3 m and is taking a huge amount of thread to machine quilt.
These are bobbin numbers 11,12,13,14 and 15 and I’m not sure if that’s even going to be enough! I’m thoroughly sick of changing the bobbin now. 🤪🧵🧵
Posted by: michelenel | 21 October, 2020

Bernina 707 Minimatic….

Beata is a beautiful 1967 Bernina 707 Minimatic sewing machine that has just been restored and ready to go to her new home.

It is such a wrench for me to sell any of the machines I buy because I really love each of them and all the time and love spent on them makes them even more special for me. I do however need to keep reminding myself that selling them helps to pay for new machines that will also eventually find a lovely home with someone new.

Beata is a Polish girls name that I chose for this lovely girl because of a Polish friend. Apart from glueing the damaged paper lining in the case and giving the carry case a clean she is ready for her new home with Kath.

With each machine I rehome, I include a few bits and pieces for the new owner. A little tin with thread, bobbins, needles, snips, pins, bobbin holders (foam toe seperators), tape measure and a seam ripper. I usually also add in a few bits of fabric so that they can have a sew and play around as soon as she arrives.

I tend to leave the machine threaded (where you can fit a spool inside the case) so that they can see straight away how to repeat the process for themselves. In addition, I am also trying to do a little video on my Youtube channel showing exactly how to thread the machine and wind and thread the bobbin.

Here is a link to the Bernina 707 Minimatic sewing machine manual.

How to thread your Bernina 707 Minimatic –

Meet Beata…..

Posted by: michelenel | 20 October, 2020

Viking Husqvarna 6020 Manual

I recently acquired a Viking Husqvarna 6020 sewing machine. I was lucky enough to have received all of the booklets and manual that it came with in the late 60s early 70s.

It may not be perfect but here is a copy of the manual which I have made into a PDF for anybody who has this machine and the manual is missing.

Posted by: michelenel | 31 May, 2020

Bernina Virtuosa 150 – 160 Manual

There is nothing more frustrating than when you get a new to you machine and the previous owners have misplaced the manual.  I have a LOT of machines and I spend so much time hunting down user manuals and I am so annoyed when the only ones I can find have to be paid for.  Seriously!  You’ve just scanned it people and now you want to charge for it!  I have therefore been on a mission to upload every manual I ever get and make it free to anyone that needs it.0f13b-64645623_120566165842888_1212221725426076981_n

Here is another manual for you to use and get the most from your machine.

This is for the Bernina Virtuosa 150 & 160 and Bernina Virtuosa 150 & 160 models.

I hope you learn to love you machines as much as I do.

Happy sewing.


Posted by: michelenel | 9 April, 2020

Free is the best price….

Free face mask pattern and free fabric! What a winning combination for this little stash busting project.

Thank you to @freesewing_org for the Fu Mask pattern and thank you to @contradouk for the free fabric.

This is the inner mask layer and I’m using some gorgeously soft fleece that came in my last box. 👍😷

Posted by: michelenel | 17 March, 2020

Coronavirus update – 17th March 2020

Handmade Update17th March 2020 It will come as no surprise, and I am really sad to have to announce that in line with the public health advice issued…

Coronavirus update – 17th March 2020
Posted by: michelenel | 9 March, 2020

I feel like a dummy….

I feel like a dummy! 😂🧵.
I really dislike the fabric these adjustable dummies come with and they leave residue on your pins as well. The red is ugly so it’s time to fix it.
A piece of very stretchy floral fabric will be just the thing. This will allow you to take the cover off and adjust the size and then slip it back on. Pinning into this fabric will be a whole lot better as well.
Now I just need to figure out why I can’t adjust the torso length?!? I am going to have an elasticated hem and neck to get it on and off easily.
A quick and easy fix to make something that will hopefully be much prettier standing in a sewing area.
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Posted by: michelenel | 9 March, 2020

Making the ordinary feel new….

Sometimes it’s just wonderful to get out of the house and do something ordinary but somewhere new.
Today working on my @mypicot shawl at my local @Costacoffee. Enjoying a coconut milk flat white after a very icy wheel across the motorway from home.
I adore this fabric bag I made from a leftover piece of fabric from our granddaughters bedroom 10 years ago. It is just the right size for a small project for my handbag.
Making this shawl with sock yarn which is a wonderful weight but not entirely loving the colour. No problem as it isn’t for me anyway, but will be a gift for anyone that loves it enough.
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