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Betina

Victoria, BC, CA
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craft interests: gifts, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 12/16/2010


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Re: Four Serging Techniques

I bought my first and only serger about 25 yrs ago, and I love it. It's starting to get tired though, and I'm sure things have changed in the newer models. Ease of use, ease of adjustments to tension controls etc. I find it very hard to switch tension back and forth, and remember the old settings, etc. so I tend not to move my tension disks at all which can be very limiting.

So, I'm considering getting a new serger, but don't know enough about the new models to know what I'm looking at or looking for. Anyone have any recommendations? I don't want to spend a fortune, but do want one that will be easy to use and easy to switch back and forth so I'm not so intimidated about doing a lettuce hem, for example, and knowing I can easily get back to the precise settings for doing regular stuff.

Do you have one that's particularly wonderful? Please let me know what to look for.

Thanks.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

I remember fascinating my daughters with tales of the changes I've seen over my lifetime. And that was over 10 years ago! I remember bras being made of white cotton, with no stretch anywhere, and those awful seams that went horizontally across each breast that would start to pucker when the bra got old. Straps with no give that cut in to your shoulders, and my mother tugging and yanking on my first bra to adjust the fit, while I stood there in complete humiliation.

My first stockings were stockings with a garter belt, but I only wore them once because it was a special occasion, and by the time I was allowed to wear them regularly, pantyhose had come along. No spandex/lycra yet though, so they bagged at the knees and wrinkled at the front of the ankle. Then came L'eggs with memory yarn! Tucked inside a little white plastic egg, they came out in a scrunched up bunch instead of smoothly wrapped around cardboard, and looked completely shapeless.

They sure felt better, clinging but not binding. L'eggs revoluntionized pantyhose, at least in my small world.

I remember my older sister wanting to wear bikini panties in her teens (hipsters by today's standards) and my mother stating that she would be "darned" if her daughter was going to traipse around in a garment so shameless. I think this would have been about 1970. My mother was scandalized by the thought of panties not covering one's belly button.

How times have changed!

Thanks for the opportunity for this book. I'm now approaching grandmotherhood, and have developed a fascination for corsetry and the like. This book would make a valuable contribution to my collection. Once I've devoured it once or twice, of course. And no, my library doesn't have it either, and it's not on their order list, in spite of my request.

Re: Finally! Project Runway is Ready to Roll

I'd like to see them work with real women too, or at least real-sized models. I hate that they are working with skinny models, it takes away from the credibility. They should have a challenge for working with middle-aged women, fashions for young mothers (fabric washability is important), pear-shaped women, busty women, disproportionate women, etc. You know, real people, who the audience might actually be able to identify with.

I don't need to know all the dirty laundry either. I'm watching to learn some new techniques and be inspired. I want to see the sewing skills, the creativity, and the finished products.

I have kids. When I watch tv, I don't want to listen to children bicker. Backstabbing is childish, and has no place among professionals which these people are supposedly striving to become.

Get rid of all the drama-diva attention, focus on the task at hand, and let's get on with it. THAT will make me watch without fail. The rest just gets really old, really fast.

Re: Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

When laying out a pattern that is not terribly complicated, it's much faster to use a cutting mat and wheel, and weights to hold the pattern down, rather than using pins and scissors. I place one pin in the middle or at each end of the grain arrow, and then place weights around the perimeter of the pattern piece. Using a cutting wheel, it's quick to run around the edge and just nudge the weights in a bit to make the markings and snip the notches, then remove the weights and carry on to the next centrally pinned piece.

You can buy the expensive pattern weights, or what I found is the leftover "slammers" from the POG craze work really well. I salvaged about 2 dozen of them. As those are no longer available, I've supplemented my supply by using drapery weights, taping two of them together to make a slightly heavier weight. Any flat weight will work though, so use your imagination. Large washers? Repurpose something from the children's toybox as I did with the slammers?

Betina

Re: Giveaway: Teach Yourself to Sew Magazine and DVD bundle

I've been sewing since I started making doll clothes at the age of 6. Since then I've never stopped, but neither of my daughters were interested in learning, and since they stopped teaching it at school, I was disappointed that they would never acquire this basic lifeskill. However, my elder daughter got married this year, and I made her bridesmaid dresses. Two of her bridesmaids were so impressed with how I was able to accomodate their crooked spines into sheath dresses, they have asked me to teach them to sew, so they can have clothes that finally fit them. My younger daughter is involved in an historical reenactment club, and needs costume pieces which are hard to come by, so is wanting to learn how to make them herself. So I've now started holding sewing classes in my home once a week, where all three girls come over and work on their projects, taking turns using my equipment. Also, I'm now teaching my 9 year old stepdaughter to sew, by using her 18" American Girl-type doll to inspire her creativity. She's anxious to learn how to make new fashions for her doll, so I believe I have another generation and a half coming along in my wake as budding sewers. It makes me feel really good to pass along the ability to express one's creativity with fabric and design.