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    « Breather | Main | S is for Sunflower in the Saturday Sky, Posted on a Sunday »

    Saturday, August 19, 2006


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    Please note...I'm FIRST, baby. Yep, that's right. Number ONE. :)

    That halter is too damned cute. I'm coming up there so you can give me sewing lessons, k?


    btw, I love the Abercrombie & Fitch comment. It's SO true!!!!


    The halter is really cute, but I know exactly what you mean about sewing -- it terrifies me! I come from a long line of excellent seamstresses, but I'll sew almost anything by hand rather than use that machine that won't listen to me when I scream at it.

    Dave Daniels

    Ok, Norma Ray, just watch those fingers when you're sewing. Remember, those fingers are the source of your livlihood.


    Very cute halter! And, as an October baby, I love the idea of a pumpkin watch.


    Practice on the sewing machine and SLOW down.


    I love the patch and all the stitching! My girls used to cut words and art off of t-shirts and use them s patches on others, or on sweatshirts or backpacks -- showing an extreme aversion to needle-and-thread in all its forms, they would attach them with safety pins!


    It's funny to me that so many of us would frog back 4 rows and reknit but we won't take the time to unpick a sewn seam. Somehow the quickness of sewing makes that time seem too valuable. T-shirt knits aren't the easiest fabric to sew with, but those halters look cool. Nicely done!


    Remind me someday to tell you of my Not-Quite-Martha Moment with my sewing machine one Thanksgiving morning when I was rushing to make napkins for dinner. Needle through thumb, didn't realize it had broken off inside...not pretty. But listen, if you can use one of those transcription thingies, you can master a simple sewing machine!


    Wow. Um yeah.... I bet you'll get better with practice! :)


    You sew just like I do!!!

    rock chick

    One word. Serger. Suddenly life will make sense. Well, as far as sewing is concerned.

    (And why is it whenever I say the word serger I want to intone it as Professor Kingsfield would in The Paper Chase?)


    Ha! Good to know I'm not the only one with that way around sewing machines. I did learn to rely on the guide lines on the foot plate to help with straight seaming, though. Now if I could just remember how to thread the damn thing.


    When I started sewing after leaving home when I was a kid I never re-did anything. But I really really loved sewing. Everything I made for quite some time was really really embarrassing. Or so fawked up that I couldn't wear it at all (cotton corduroy shrinks - I promise). But eventually, with some experience and maturity, it got better. If you seriously want to sew, you will. If you have better things to do then it won't be any big deal. Kinda how people are about knitting or any other needlework kind of thing. IF it's something you really want to do well, you will.


    And here I thought you could do anything really well...

    I love you anyway.


    Rethink the skirt? I don't think I'd want "Steamboat" across my butt.. ;- )


    Gotta tell ya - nobody sews as poorly as I do! When my daughter was 5, I made her an adorable clown costume - problem was I decided to reinforce the leg seams. When I was finished, I got up all set to show it off to Hubby, only to discover that I had sewn the 2 legs together - AND REINFORCED THE SEAMS! Betcha can't top that :-)


    Oooh, Rockchick said the "S" word. Serger. That word sends chills down my spine. Norma, I have the same sewing machine experience as you. Carole says to slow down, eh? Does that work, Carole? I've tried slow, very slow, r e a l s l o w, and still can't sew a straight line to save my soul.

    Serger????? That would be SUCH a nasty seam to try and use the ol' ripper on. Wouldn't it?


    Sewing machines and I totally don't get along -- how do you get the damned thing to sew at something approximating a normal speed? -- and I am more Sewing Impaired than even you can imagine. My sincerest sympathy.


    I'm a follow the pattern type sew-er. I'll make adjustments and alterations to the pattern, but I like a pattern as a starting point. My daughter (just turned 23) is a fearless, seat of the pants, I've got an idea in my head that I sketched on a scrap of paper so give me the scissors and get out of the way sew-er. We both have a similar philosophy about finishing. If it works, it's good even if it isn't someone's idea of perfect, and never underestimate the value of a bottle of Fabri-tac (fabric glue, available at Michael's, Wal-mart, JoAnn's...). It is great for hems, sticking on little patches (or words), glueing on gaudy "jewels" and rhinestones, sticking on decorative edgings.... Oh also- a SHARP seam ripper is the sew-er's best friend!!! Relax and enjoy. It's supposed to be fun. (A quilter's trick for straight seams- stick a piece of self-stick weather strip or fun foam along the edge of the machine at the desired seam width from the needle. Butt the fabric against the strip and it will guide the fabric along for you.)


    I *love* ripping out seams... the bad part is the putting back together!

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