Thursday, 11 October 2018

Sewing by hand

It is ages ago that I last sewed anything of a decent size, by hand. Is it a lost art one wonders?

Lace measuring 6m long with a 45cm drop, for the long side of the conservatory windows:
I am currently turning up the hem just a tad so I can insert some lead to hold it down, to try and keep out the flies. They have been up for a few days and it doesn't. I shall stretch the lace out flat against the windows and used velcro to hold it tight below them, hopefully, that will work.
I do have a sewing machine, two actually, one heavy and one light duty, but no sewing table. Sometimes, a semi quick job like this one, I do by hand.

There is an even bigger piece of lace for one of the bedroom patio doors but it will be sewn by machine as I have to cut and turn up twice, a hem on that one. It will replace the one torn by her majesty whilst still a very inquisitive pup.

Here it the old cut down one in situ:
Other than decorative sewing, and buttons, do you still do any hand sewing?
Have a good weekend everyone.


12 comments:

  1. I like hand sewing as it can be done sitting comfortably and watching tv or listening to the radio. I started to sew again a couple of years ago but mainly on the machine. I would like to do more hand sewing. Hope your anti fly plan works.

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    1. This first attempt won’t I don’t think.

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  2. Making school play costumes today - a mixture of hand and machine sewing. I enjoy both techniques

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    1. I prefer machine but have to get it out all the time.

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  3. I have been making a few bits and pieces for the Grandchildren, a mixture of hand and machine sewing.

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  4. I do bits here and there - darning, hemming and sewing on Cub and Scout badges. Also hand sew small items for presents like Christmas decorations, lavender bags and pyjamas for s toy rabbit.

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    1. Ah yes, I remember the old cub badges.

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  5. I always hem by hand. Love doing so.

    God bless.

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  6. Do you not have screens for your windows and doors over there? We have them all doors and windows and I don't remember the last time I had any flying creature in the house. I don't even want to think of a mouse coming in through the open door!! Your lace curtains do look very pretty and I do like doing some hand sewing but haven't done any for quite a while.

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    1. No. I try to fit some over the windows usually open to keep flies out but think this warm autumn is causing multiple breeding. We have an electronic device for mice that usually keeps them out.

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