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Last updated:- Aug 2014

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Self adhesive tape measure 5 - stick on to your work surface so it will always be handy 60” 150cm (pack of 2) Made in Germany. Can split pack.
These are so useful to have near your sewing or knitting machine. I also have one stuck inside the drawer where I keep my baking tins in the kitchen.
Useful on any workbench.

Angled tweezers 3- essential when using an overlocker. Made in Japan.
Use for threading loopers and needles. 6" long

Tweezers have smooth or grooved gripping surface at tips.

Brass wire threader 1 - helpful for threading overlocker loopers
5" long

I also have fluorescent nylon threaders also 1 each - picture soon.

Large seam ripper 1.50 - good quality made in Japan 5" long

Sewing Sampler 5

Learn various techniques enabling you to embellish your knitwear using your sewing machine.
16 illustrated pages show how to create something different.
13 different ideas, 3 braids and 3 fringes are included.
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T-shirt instructions 1

Instructions on how to make a T-shirt from fabric with a machine knitted neckband.
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Fine iron-on nylon 1m 5

Nylon is approx. 60” (150cm) wide, has some stretch and is currently available in black only.
Use to back fair-isle or single motifs to cover the floats.
Iron on to lengths of knitting to produce “material” for the cut and sew technique.
Ideal for stabilising knitted skirts preventing them from seating or dropping.
Use for easy cut and sew neckline technique and stabilising shoulders. (Instruction sheet available 1)
Cut into narrow strips and iron along cut and sewn edges which gives a superbly neat bound edge anchoring all cut ends and/or hiding stitching.
Sold in cut lengths (as above) although longer lengths can be ordered.
Free factsheet on how to use iron-on nylon with every purchase.

Cut and sew necklines and stabilising shoulders 1

Instructions and diagrams for easy cut and sew necklines, stabilising shoulders and other seams with iron-on nylon.

"Romeo" Water soluble stabiliser 20cm x 45cm 1

Very useful for the machine knitter as a stabiliser when doing embroidery or making buttonholes on the sewing machine. Washes out completely with water. Free factsheet included. Longer lengths are also available, 30" (76cm) wide.
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Schmetz "Enormous eye" sewing machine needles 4 per packet of 5 (sizes 70 , 80, 90 or 100) Type 130N
SPECIAL OFFER - 1 packet each of sizes 80, 90 & 100 for 10 plus P&P

Originally developed for machine embroiderers, to enable the use of unusual and interesting threads including Lurex.
These are great if you have difficulty threading the needle as the eyes are 2-3 times the size of an ordinary needle - you can use these just for ordinary sewing. Size 70 is new in stock - Feb 2014
I have had great success in sewing up machine knitted garments using fine yarns e.g. brights, fine cottons and wools, O.E.S. acrylic and smooth 2/30's.
Use your sewing machine to wind yarn on to the machine bobbin as well.
Sizes 80 and 90 can be used on overlockers which take standard needles - using size 100 may damage your looper.

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Schmetz ELX 705 Sewing Machine Needles 4 per packet of 5 (assorted size pack 80 to 90)

These needles are used in Cover stitch machines, certain models of Babylock and Elna overlockers and also Husqvarna models S21 and S25.
They have a longer scarf on the back of the needle which means that the looper has a slightly longer time to pick up the threads and has a light ball point.
It is often worth trying these if you are having problems with particular types of thread or fabric combinations.
The needles are the same length as regular needles. Refer to your manual to check which type of needle your overlocker requires.

Schmetz HAx1 SP Sewing Machine Needles 4 per packet of 5 (size 90)

These needles are used in some makes and models of overlockers. Usually a small label can be found on the overlocker which states that the machine takes this type of needles. Many Janome and Toyota machines take HAx1 SP needles (SP means that the needles have a special tip which means that it can sew all types of fabric and knitting preventing skipped stitches.) Refer to your manual to check which type of needle your overlocker requires.

Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles 2 per packet of 5 (size 90) Type 130/705 H 15x1H

These needles can be used for sewing a majority of fabrics including knits and synthetics
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Schmetz Twin needles 2.5mm & 4mm. (size 75 stretch ) 4 each

With free information sheet if required. Twin needles can be used on nearly all modern sewing machines. Using straight stitch and a 2.5mm. needle, the seam produced will stretch making it ideal for sewing up knitting or stretch fabric. I use the 4mm. needle to topstitch necklines, hems and cuffs on knitted materials.
The needles sew two parallel lines of straight stitching on the upper side mimicking the cover stitch seen on ready to wear garments and producing a stretchy finish.

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Schmetz Embroidery Twin needles  4 each 3mm size 90

Large Eyes mean much easier threading and also enable you to use metallic thread.

Open-toed foot for Sewing Machine, short or long shank 8
The open toe feet are available as clip on from 8 (plus 7 for the ankle if required)

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Please specify foot style for your machine from Sewing Machine Feet Diagrams when ordering.

Open toe illustrated factsheet (3 pages) 1

This is a collection of 14 suggested uses for the open toed foot giving explanations and illustrations of how to use the foot.

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Cording foot for Sewing Machine with single hole -short or long shank 8
Cording feet (with 3 cord guides) are available as clip on 8 (plus 7 for the ankle if required)

With free information sheet.
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Please specify foot style for your machine from Sewing Machine Feet Diagrams when ordering.

Adaptor for Bernina machine (Special order only)

This enables Bernina owners to use standard short shank feet.

There are 2 fittings available;

  1. Up to 1630 - Click here for a photo
  2. Artista - Click here for a photo

Open-toed foot for Bernina machine (Special order only)

Only up to Bernina model 1630.

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