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Carly_Sue

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HEIRLOOM BABY ENSEMBLE

My granddaughter Ashlee requested an heirloom outfit for her new baby daughter, my first great, Aubrey Sarah.  I shipped the outfit to TX on October 04, 2011 and then I  saw this contest in...


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Re: Book Giveaway: "Handbag Workshop"

This book looks terrific...like most women, I love to carry different bags to go
with the outfit I am wearing. i have made some purses and have loved them. I would love to have this book.

Re: Book Giveaway and Free Pattern Downloads: "The Magic Pattern Book"

I enjoyed reading about the author and the book. It is a book that I would love to have to extend my knowledge of pattern drafting. I, like most sewers, have a lot of fabrics, notions, clothing that could be remodeled. Fitting is the most important phase of sewing. I would cherish this book.

Re: Book Giveaway: The Art of the Handbag

I have seen bags made using a cigar box. They can be dressed up to be quite beautiful or played down to look very casual. I love making and carrying bags and would love to have this book.

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

I plan to get back into making some fall clothing for myself, doing free machine embroidery to make one of a kind garments. I had been on "Insider' but I wanted to switch back to the paper editions. I would like to win the drawing to extend my magazine subscription. Threads is the best....have gotten it for years...it has been most helpful and has such beautiful ideas.

Re: Cheryl Kuczek Pattern Giveaway

I would love to win these patterns...Thank you for your giveaways.

Re: TWO Book Giveaway: "Sew Fun" and "Sewing School 2"

My granddaughter wants to learn to sew. When she was just two, she rummaged through my fabric and found a piece that delighted her. I used to sit her on my lap and guide her on how to use the machine. She is grown now and we don't live close enough to see one another often, so I would like to win the books to send to her. She is the mother of a 3 yr. ofd daughter and a 5 month old son.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Patternmaking Made Easy," Third Edition by Connie Crawford

I have always loved traditional styles because I can build on the pieces for a classic wardrobe which never goes out of style and is elegant.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue no.173 (June/July 2014)

I wish I had gone to the Fashion Institute and gotten a degree from there. I have a lot of certificates from various seminars, which has of course meant that I have learned vey much about all phases of sewing. I especially love beautiful classic clothing and love to make home furnishings.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Textiles: The Art of Mankind"

I just love the looks of these books. I think the Indian culture probably started these sort of textiles.

Re: Book and DVD Giveaway: Claire B. Shaeffer's "Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques"

Couture techniques are wonderful...you can make garments like no other. I love to study all sources and educate myself. I would love to win this book.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction"

No matter how much you know about sewing and how many books you have, there is always room for one more...and most of the time, we can pick up ideas, techniques and brush up on new ways to accomplish it.

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

I have many books and fabrics but I keep on loving to find out about new things and trends. I would love to win this book.

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

I have many books and fabrics but I keep on loving to find out about new things and trends. I would love to win this book.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads #171 (February/March 2014)

My pattern drafting books by Virginia Nastuik....Personal Patterns by Jinni. I took her course back in 1987. I have loved to make my own garments since because they fit and I can perfect what needs fixing. I have dozens of wonderful sewing books. I love to my collection and use them all of the time.

Re: Behind the Scenes of Penn & Fletcher

this is beautiful.

Re: Sew a Lapped Zipper by Machine

I would have to agree with the two above. Why put yourself through learning this when hand sewing is quick and easier?

Re: Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

I love the radiant orchid color...I have worn it in the past and got rave remarks about how great of a color it is for me. I am thrilled that it is in vogue now.

Re: Book Giveaway: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion

This sounds really interesting…would love to have it to read.

Re: The Big Quilter's Giveaway!

I love making quilted clothing art. I have never made a whole pieced quilt but I do love the one I have of my grandmother's made at least 100 years ago. It would be fun to win your books. thanks, Threads, for all that you do or we sewists.

Re: Bust Darts: Where and why?

Fitting is the main thing for clothes to fit right. Angela Wolf is so talented and knowledgeable. I am looking forward to her more of her advice.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Sew Red"

My husband and I have completely changed our food intake due to my high cholesterol and triglyceride numbers. We have been eating Vegetarian on our way to Vegan. It is so important to do this for our heart health as well as our overall health. We exercise every day..mainly walking at the mall or at our local hospital sponsored rehab center, using their equipment with our "Silver Sneakers" membership. Remember, it is really true that WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! If you don't eat it, it can't stick or clog your arteries. We have lost 10 lbs. each and neither of us have ever been over weight more than a few lbs. What a difference just that much loss has made in our lives. If you think it isn't worth the effort, you are wrong. Go for it! Oh and yes, I would love to win this book. Red is my favorite color and making things is my hobby.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Hat Shop"

I have always loved hats. They make a gal feel so classy. I would love to receive this book. I have made several summer hats but not winter felt ones.

Re: Enter the Teach Yourself to Sew Giveaway Sponsored by Janome

I always love to learn new techniques. I need a new sewing machine. Custom fitting is so important ..without it, no matter how well you sew, you won't want to wear what you make.

Re: The Bag-Lady Giveaway: Four handbag books and a quilted bag to carry them all!

OOPS, I didn't mean to send this twice!

Re: The Bag-Lady Giveaway: Four handbag books and a quilted bag to carry them all!

I would like ago make a purse inset and the outside shells.something like the Miche purses. The purse insets of various types would be so convenient. I have made various purses and have torn old favorites apart to make clones of those. Fabric is the variable, so they all look different.

Re: The Bag-Lady Giveaway: Four handbag books and a quilted bag to carry them all!

I would like ago make a purse inset and the outside shells.something like the Miche purses. The purse insets of various types would be so convenient. I have made various purses and have torn old favorites apart to make clones of those. Fabric is the variable, so they all look different.

Re: Announcing New Threads Editor, Sarah McFarland

Congrats Sarah....I love Threads..it is truly a wonderful publication for we sewists out here. I particularly love vintage and 'frenchy' looking things.
Keep up the good work.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

I have always loved the vintage look. I wish it would come back in style.
It is more lady like and elegant. Nothing pretty in my opinion, seeing so much cleavage and exposure of the breasts that we are seeing nowadays. The fashion industry has too many 'follow the leaders' gals that buy whatever. If they started to make vintage again, gals would buy the clothing. I would love to win this book.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

I have always loved the vintage look. I wish it would come back in style.
It is more lady like and elegant. Nothing pretty in my opinion, seeing so much cleavage and exposure of the breasts that we are seeing nowadays. The fashion industry has too many 'follow the leaders' gals that buy whatever. If they started to make vintage again, gals would buy the clothing. I would love to win this book.

Re: Win a Copy of Serger Techniques on DVD!

Even though I have had a serger for several years, I know that it does a lot more than I try. I hope Threads has ore articles on using them in the coming issues. I do use it for a lot of things though...love it...would hate to be without it.

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

I have the top of the line Rowenta that works great. I would like to win this one though...have seen it used on Sewing with Nancy and Fonz and Porter sewing shows. My tip is to always read the directions carefully, whatever appliance you buy...also, to always empty the water from the iron when done using it...especially if you won't be using it again for a while...third tip is to use the
'self cleaning' feature fairly often for fool proof maintenance and of course the pressing cloth is a must.

Re: How to Pretest Pattern Changes with "Minipats"

Nifty idea...I will be trying this. thanks, Louise...I use your ideas and advice quite often.

Re: Book Giveaway: The Vintage Pattern Selector

I think I was born in the wrong era of time...I have loved vintage things since I was a small child. I wish we wore more ladies'[ fashions in this era of time...when ladies were thought of as special. I would really love to win this book. I love the looks of the roarin' 20's through the 50's.

Re: Fabric Giveaway: Celebrating Grand Central Terminal's 100th year

I have been to NYC. It is such a fascinating place to visit. I just love the fabric of the Grand Central Station and would love to win it. Depending on how much fabric is being given a way, I think it would make a beautiful coat or if a smaller amount is being given, it would make a lovely hand bag and perhaps cover a pair shoes and/or a hat to match. Or a cover a piece of luggage.

Re: Chat with Sewing Expert Mary Ray

i don't understand how to get in on the live chat...is this it? I presumed it was an actual live chat with Mary.

As I get older, my back is getting more rounded. I need a sewing buddy from Hendersonville, NC to share fitting my sloper correctly. Can you give me guidance just doing it myself?

Re: Win a Copy of Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King on DVD

I would love to win Smart Fitting by Kenneth King. I would like to sew more clothing for myself because I can't fit my tops as well as I wish I could. I have a rounded back, as many older women do. I wish there was more help in fitting bodies that are aging. With the baby boomers retiring, there is a real need for more help. I hope my name is drawn as the winner!

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

I just renewed my Insider subscription. I felt as though I got my money's worth last year and don't want to miss out on future issues. I have been reading Threads for years and find it to be the finest magazine for sewing knowledge. Even if you aren't one of the three lucky ones who win, you should consider subscribing. You will love being an Insider.
It sounds like I am working for Threads..\o/... nope, just want to tell others about them.

Re: How to Embroider Garments Like Penn & Fletcher

I enjoyed this article so very much. I always really appreciate what others are doing and I love the vintage past. This embroidery is just exquisite. I wish I could attend their classes. I appreciate you too, Threads, for such a wonderful magazine and website.

Re: Instant Fit Check

I will have someone help do this tracing on me. I hadn't ever seen this done before. I can see why it is so important that the shoulder slope is just right in order for garments to hang right. Thanks

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I am like crafty creations in that I would love to create classic stylish clothes for the mature ladies, of which I am one. Fit is everything and then personality styles! The stores mainly cater to the young people...not suitable for gals past 40 or 50. We older ladies like classic, elegant clothing even of every day wear.

Re: Video: How to Make a Personal Croquis

WOW! What talent! You make it look so simple but I don't think it will be easy to do. It makes sense though, to have your very own body proportions to style.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: The Best of Threads Fitting

This sounds like a very helpful book that i would like to have. A home sewist really needs a sewing partner as it is very difficult to fit yourself, especially in the back, which is my main problem. In retirement years now, I would like to make haute couture garments but they have to fit very well, of course. Oh sewing partner where are you?

Re: Book Giveaway: "Costume and Fashion: A Concise History"

Yes, I sure would love to win this book. I would like to choose ' vintage copy cat fashions' that are in vogue today. I wish women dressed like ladies nowadays, instead of generic looking clothing.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

Gertie's book sounds so intriguing. I would just love to win it. I have always been a "vintage' sort of person. I will check out her new blog for sewing.

Re: Book Giveaway "Vintage Lingerie"

I have made some under garments for myself in the past and would just love to have this book to see the wonderful lingerie from the vintage era, and copy their ideas, using the patterns. Thanks for the offerings to win various things from Threads.

Re: Quick Tip: Button Placement Inside a Vertical Buttonhole

This is a really good hint to tell us about. I will use it from now on. thanks!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

I wish that we dressed like ladies used to. I would just LOVE to have this book. Thanks, Threads, for offering books and things to your readers.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

I wish that we dressed like ladies used to. I would just LOVE to have this book. Thanks, Threads, for offering books and things to your readers.


Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Threads" Issue #165 (February/March 2013)

I like putting hems in garments by hand, picking up only one thread so that there are no visible stitches on the right side of the garment. I seem to do quite a lot of hand stitching on clothing and home furnishings....I like the look and it is rewarding to get compliments from other seamstresses. Haute couture sewing requires it too.

Re: Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

How fun...mystery books based on the art of sewing. I would love to read those.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I am like many other gals in that I have wished I could design a fabric for a particular project. I would like to make one of a kind jackets with painted or embroidered borders swell as other unique designer touches. I love sewing home furnishings and this book would give me many ideas and know hows.
Since so many have registered for this book, and only one can win it, how about giving each of one? \o/ Or at least more than one winner!

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

I recently became "An Insider". It is by far more than worth the price of admission! I am a seasoned seamstress and find that there is always much to learn at any stage of life. There are so many entries for these Louise Cutting DVD'S and only one lucky person will win them. I sure hope it is me!

Re: Turn Your Special Textiles into Something Special to Wear

This so clever...what talent! I have a lot of linens from my mother and my husband's mother. You have enthused me to use some of these wonderful linen and cotton fabrics. I LOVE wearable art and wish more was shown on Threads...which I also LOVE! Thank you so much, Mary Ray...show more of your work.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sew What You Love" by Tanya Whelan

I would love to win this book. It looks like it is full of wonderful ideas and things to construct.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Roberto Capucci Art Into Fashion"

I would love to win this book.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The New June/July Issue of Threads (#161)

I would choose "Sewing Destination: London, England". Every choice you give sounds wonderful though. It is hard to choose. Threads online is the greatest. I really appreciate all that you present for we readers to learn from and enjoy.

Re: Fashion Scarf How-to

Love, love, love this scarf and the new knot method. I ca't imagine not being able to sew. What a pleasure to create and also feel good about the savings too.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Famous Frocks" by Sara Alm and Hanna McDevitt

I love haute couture sewing. I would have to choose Aubrey Hepburn even though I think any of the choices would be great. Classics are elegant.

Re: How to Make Ribbon Trim

This trim is just exquisite. I love you, Threads, for all of the wonderful information you provide on the net. It is great that you have the top notch designers like Kenneth King, on this site. I appreciate it so very much. The perfect directions make it so easy to follow and get beautiful results. Keep up the good work.

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

I would like to see more fitting techniques. the baby boomer population is coming into SS age and needs more instructions on pattern fitting for the rounded back. Love the magazine.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Embroidered Textiles" by Sheila Paine

I love embellished clothing and have done a lot of it over the years. Always pleasure to see what other people's imaginations dream up. I would love to have this book.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

I would love to have this archive of Threads. Your magazine is the best one of this type on the market. I have issues from past years, but would love to be able to see what all is in these on the CD's.

Thanks for giving it to one lucky winner. May I be her!!

Re: The Work of Weaver Teresa Kennard

What talent! I love her ideas and her work is so beautiful.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

I would like to make my garments look more elegant, couture looking. This is just the book I need. Claire is such an inspiration to me. I hope I win!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

This looks like book full of most everything a seamstress would need. I would
love to win it!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Embroidered Textiles" by Sheila Paine

I love all types of embroidery but I think the one that brings me the most satisfaction is Free Machine Embroidery. It lends itself for a person to be so completely creative, making any size or scheme of your choice. For those out there who wish for a machine embroidery machine but can't afford one, this is such a wonderful way to learn to do it on your own. Uniquely your own creations!

Unless you want a commercial machine to make money with, repeating the same thing on many articles for, say, an organization, do learn the Free Machine Embroidery way. It is just plain fun to do! Most any zigzag machine will work for it. Even the old straight stitch machines will do it.

Happy embroidering, whatever is your favorite. Just so we are contented and happy using our hands and minds. Remember the importance of teaching and sharing what we know with the younger generations.

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

No matter how well you sew, if garments don't fit well, you won't wear them.
Make the effort to have patterns fit to your body and perfect fit as you sew.


Re: Button Placement

I too, have been using this method for years. It is wonderful to wear a garment and not have to worry about gaping shirts. Thanks for all of your wonderful tips and illustrations.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

With all of these comments it seems unlikely that I will win, but there is always that glimmer of hope, so I will sign up for a chance. I love Threads and all that you do for we seamstresses out here. Keep up the good work.