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Husqvarna Viking H Class E20
Husqvarna Viking H Class E20
Offered by UK Sewing Machines
Price: £147.99

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and versatile, 18 Aug. 2013
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The Husqvarna-viking E20 has a good solid build and many useful features. The tension is automatic but you can adjust it if needed, and you can vary the stitch width and length. If you are using thick material or are trying to sew a bulky seam the two step pressure foot is very handy. Stitches include various over-lock and decorative options.

The accessories include a darning foot which was really hard to fit. I would recommend the generic low shank darning foot I bought from Amazon which was easy to put on and accommodated my large hand-embroidery hoop easily.

If I have a quibble it is with the instruction booklet. The instructions for accessing the decorative stitches were not clear and it was only by trial and error that I worked out how to do it. If you want to do the decorative stitches, your stitch length must be between 0 and 1 and make sure you have the satin foot on. Also, how to use the built-in threader is not explained. I got the impression this feature was added before the manual was updated as this feature is not mentioned in the product description. I had to turn to the Internet for help. However, I am not complaining about an extra!

Altogether very good value for money and I was pleased with the service from GUR.

I have received this link from a Mr McCarthy [...]. Thank you for the link. I have watched the videos and they are very useful. They clear up all the questions raised above.


In Treatment - Complete HBO Season 3 [DVD] [2012]
In Treatment - Complete HBO Season 3 [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Gabriel Byrne
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 23 Jun. 2013
The formula remains the same - the sessions of three patients plus Paul's sessions with his own therapist - and none the worse for that.
This season sees Paul still in his New York apartment struggling to cope with life on his own and is finding the introduction of a step-father in his children's life hard to deal with. Paul is worried that he has inherited Parkinsons from his own father.
I did not find the patients quite as interesting as those in previous seasons with the exception of Sunil (Irrfan Khan), reluctantly living with his son's family. A recent immigrant to the States, he finds his American daughter-in-law incomprehensible and feels the marriage is a mistake. A person who had respect in his home town, now he feels marginalised and trapped and he is angry about it. This anger is mainly directed at his daughter-in-law, Julia(Sonya Walger), who he sees as controlling and domineering.
Anyone familiar with the previous two series will know what to expect. Even with those characters you do not particularly like, watching Paul patiently peel back the layers to help them with their different issues, seeing them see or not see their way forward, is an engrossing process.
There are rumours that a fourth season is under consideration provided the workload on Gabriel Byrne as the central character can be lightened. Fingers crossed!


Zanussi ZWG6141P Flexidose Slim Depth 6kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine - White
Zanussi ZWG6141P Flexidose Slim Depth 6kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine - White

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zanussi seems not to be as dependable a brand as it was, 12 Jun. 2013
What can I add to that?
Just ten months after the guarantee ran out the machine stopped working, no longer emptying after its first fill. I am seriously thinking of returning to a twin-tub because the previous washer also failed after a similar length of time.
Zanussi are now owned by Electrolux which may or may not explain the fall of in quality.
I also bought a Zanussi oven which developed a fault which while minor, is annoying.

If you have any problems with a Zanussi product I would recommend emailing which proved a lot less frustrating than the telephone service.


Tango [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tango [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars Lush and entrancing, 9 May 2013
I have wanted to see this for a long time and was not disappointed. Visually rich and with plenty of tango, the story moves between the lives of the protagonists and the unfolding development of a musical. One reflects the other, with a twist at the end.
The themes are as outlined in the other reviews - power, greed, corruption,with references to repressive regimes.
I was entranced.


Clothes moth trap and lure x3 by Xlure. 20p of this sale will go directly to the Russell IPM charity foundation Leukemia & Lymphoma research (charity number 216032)
Clothes moth trap and lure x3 by Xlure. 20p of this sale will go directly to the Russell IPM charity foundation Leukemia & Lymphoma research (charity number 216032)

1.0 out of 5 stars Did better with a slipper, 28 Dec. 2012
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I bought this thinking it would provide a tidier way of dealing with the moth problem and did not catch a one. Killing them on sight proved a more effective way. I won't be buying another.


Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Pattern: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges
Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Pattern: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges
by Ann Budd
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Design your own sweater, 28 Dec. 2012
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This book is well laid out, suitable for all skill levels, and is a huge help for anyone wishing to design their own knitwear. The text is clear and easily comprehensible.

Organised by gauge so that all yarns from lace weight to super bulky are represented in the tables, it covers all the basic variations of sweater design. Helpful tips are given throughout.

I would not depend on the yarn calculator, however, though I would point out that I have yet to come across a foolproof method of calculating how much a home project will take.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice but..., 12 Dec. 2012
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A well made product but much space is wasted by the way it is put together. The tray you see in the top of the box is useless for sewing purposes as it is screwed to, and is part of, the lid.

The first thing I did was to take out the false tray and replace it. PVA glue secured the glass to the wood of the lid. It was easy to make a new lining (I used a lace doily cut to size with a plain colour beneath to bring out the lace) and this would help make the box extra special as a gift. If you do decide to revamp the lid, note that the false tray holds the glass in place.

The false tray now works as storage and the whole thing is much more useful.

You can just about fit in a pair of shears if you put them in diagonally.


Konnect - Portable Stereo Speakers For SanDisk Sansa Fuze 2GB, 4GB,8GB,Sansa View,E200,E250,E260,E270,E280 & Sansa Clip MP3 Player
Konnect - Portable Stereo Speakers For SanDisk Sansa Fuze 2GB, 4GB,8GB,Sansa View,E200,E250,E260,E270,E280 & Sansa Clip MP3 Player

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't look for power, 22 July 2012
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I tried this powered both by mains and battery. Output on main power was so low as to be almost inaudible. Battery power was better, but not great. As another reviewer noted, these are best used if the rest of the household is asleep and you do not want to disturb them. I'll be returning mine.

No complaints as to service from Star e-shop though. I had a prompt reply, offering a refund and allowing me to keep the item. Would consider buying from them in future :)


Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
by Gladys Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the experienced knitter, 3 Mar. 2012
This is a a survey of Jerseys, Guernseys, and Aran patterns from all around Britain. Gladys Thomson gives local variations on stitches, and detailed instructions on how to construct the jumpers, as well as anecdotes about the places she visited or the person who gave her the pattern.

Charts, photos, and written instructions are given with the variations, sometimes for whole panels, or entire garments. With a little know how, it is possible to blend together the different stitches to make a unique sweater.

You do have to make your own decisions about sizes, as few are given. The construction of the sleeves, which have gussets added on, makes this easier than it sounds, but you are on your own for shaping the neck. However by looking at those patterns which have full directions, you should get by.

I love this book - a real treasure trove.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra energy for ME sufferers, 23 Sept. 2011
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I got this because my sister spotted a review of the product on Amazon by somebody who had bought it for an ME sufferer.

I have used it daily for several weeks now and it definitely helps. I find it is best put on first thing in the morning and taken off an hour before bed time - like many ME sufferers, I find getting off to sleep a problem.

It is not a cure all - I still feel the effects if I overdo it. On the other hand, I tend to recover from exercise more quickly. I also find I am more mentally alert.

For the price, it is worth trying.


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