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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Posted by: michelenel | 22 February, 2020

Happy mending….

I love the happy mending on these old socks of mine.
I don’t walk so they’ve lasted 10 years already so hopefully this gives me another 10. 😁🧵💖
Visible mending is a lot of fun.
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Posted by: michelenel | 12 February, 2020

Sleeve covers needed….

I went for my morning coffee/exercise and as usual my sleeves are covered in mud from a quick wheel out. I get so annoyed when I have to keep washing all my clothing just for this! The problem is that this jacket is new to me and can’t just be washed so I will have to attempt a spot clean instead. have some makeshift covers for my arms from a pair of children’s tights but they aren’t in my handbag – next sewing project I think.

#sewingforwheelchairusers #sewityourself #sleevecovers #annoyingthingsonlyawheelchairuserwillunderstand #heskethhandmade #heskethemporiumhandmade #wp

Posted by: michelenel | 10 February, 2020

Two firsts in one day!

My second first of the day.
1st first was a trip by myself in my wheelchair to the local Costa coffee near my house along a never before used path 💪🏼😁. A treat of a flat white with coconut milk at the end and oh boy it was so worth it.
Then in my 2nd first, is this Christmas quilt for Project Linus in Wigan. So amazing that we are going to attempt to gift every child in the local hospital with a quilt on Christmas Day.
What a blessing to be a blessing to others. 💖💖
@project.linus.official @projectlinuswigan #projectlinuswigan #firstlinusquilt #sewityourself #heskethemporiumhandmade #heskethemporium #sewingforothers @costacoffee via Instagram
Posted by: michelenel | 10 February, 2020

Community Sewing Group….

Twice a month I run a community sewing group at The Edge in Wigan.
Last month we did quilt-as-you-go and some ladies turned theirs into bags and some into mats.
I never get a chance to finish my project because I’m too busy helping and teaching but I eventually did this one today so that there is at least one less unfinished project or UFO in my sewing room.
I love our Handmade Sewing & Craft group so much.
#HeskethEmporium #Handmade #heskethemporiumhandmade #SewItYourself #CommunitySewingGroup #WiganSewingGroup @postcodecoffeehouse @theedgewigan @tcclife via Instagram
Posted by: michelenel | 10 February, 2020

Fabworks Online….

Thanks Fabworks Online for amazing service and beautiful fabric.
The black will be some new trousers for my slimmer me and the others are all going to be blouses/tops.
This will be my treat when I get to my goal weight. Really excited to make myself something when I normally sew just for others.
I am down from 225lbs to 164lbs and haven’t bought or made anything new in a very long time because I’m not wasting the clothes I have, so I simply keep adding elastic to the waist.
It is easier for me because I’m in a wheelchair and you don’t notice the way you would if I was standing and my pants fell off 🤣.
@fabworksmillshop @HeskethEmporium #SewItYourself #HeskethEmporiumHandmade #MakeYourOwnClothes #NewClothesAfterWeightLoss #MyTreatForLosingWeight #ExcellentServiceFromFabWorksOnline #WP #healthierslimmerme #becomingahealthierwheelchairuser

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