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Bridget Snitchler, Binghamton, NY, US
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Started sewing at age 10 in order to have dresses to wear to school. Now quilt, and have learned to alter clothes since my own daughter grew up shorter than petite at full stature. Have learned much through the school of hardknocks as one might say as far as my sewing skills go. I am very much self-taught and also ,unfortunately for me, very much a perfectionist minded sewer, in alterations, sewing, and quilting.
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craft interests: crochet, embroidery, knitting, quilting, restyle, sewing, accessories, vegiesgarden

Gender: Female

Birthday: 10/08/1953

Member Since: 12/08/2008


recent comments

Re: Vote for the Winner of the 2014 SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge

very LIGHT AND FEMININE and hard to cover up mistakes which I see none.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1466 Giveaway!

Ooooh YES!, I could live with this pattern in the 10 - 18 size and fit it first for myself (as I've done nothing for me in yrs.) and secondly for my a little larger daughter. Of course, she'd have to do most of her own sewing! (If mom makes things, they typically don't get worn more than once, but if she has a hand in it, somehow it become HERS!)
TWO for ONE (pattern) at our home!

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1466 Giveaway!

Ooooh YES!, I could live with this pattern in the 10 - 18 size and fit it first for myself (as I've done nothing for me in yrs.) and secondly for my a little larger daughter. Of course, she'd have to do most of her own sewing! (If mom makes things, they typically don't get worn more than once, but if she has a hand in it, somehow it become HERS!)
TWO for ONE (pattern) at our home!

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

Oh, Pleeeaaase! It is too seldom that I bring out my serger and it's like I have to learn it all over again. Ugh! I could use a "Kick-start".

Re: The lady in Red

You are to be commended! We, established sewists, should be looking for enthusiasm among your generation to become the sewists of today and tomorrow. As you are finishing or have finished your 4-H career, let me congratulate you for the finery you have created and are shown wearing. It is a beautiful dress and in inspecting the photos, I'd vote your dress as No. 1!
I congratulate your tutors for their input over the years from your 1st project of an apron and potholder to this dress of beauty!
Congratulations!

Re: The Big Quilter's Giveaway!

I've been quilting for better than 14 years now. I have made oodles of Irish Chain laptops which I gave away as gifts and just for the "heck of it".
Then I moved on to quilted totes and a Rail Fence Queen for my daughter's 16th birthday. Another queen for my husband for our 8th Anniversary which I hand-quilted. Made a Queen for my mom which she hated and wouldn't use, so years later I relieved her of it and one just like it for my mo-in-law. She was thrilled to receive such a loving gift.
When I hit 50, I had some "TIA's" which affected my language and math skills. After a bout 3 months, I went into my sewing room and decided to figure out how to unravel the directions for making a "Trip around the World" quilt. One intrigue is that I hate large blocks and so in making a king sized quilt, with my measurements required 12 blocks with sashing to distinguish each block.
Many potholders, log cabin, flying geese, Quilt Guild (including "Ugly fabric" challenge wall-hanging) and many other endeavors spurned on by the Guild and paper pieced turned into Foundation Pieced (Saves on needle wear and picking out paper pieces and stabilizes work.)
My latest projects (2) involve resurrecting 2 antique quilt tops, finishing them off to period standard and returning them to the owner.
Along the way, I have taught my daughter how to quilt, 1st by foundation piecing and then with the normal 1/4 inch seam. (She has taught others the foundation piecing method. An Aside: She has Down Syndrome, was taught at home most of her schooling years.)

Re: Win a Copy of Serger Techniques on DVD!

I'm sure I'd use my serger more than once a yr. or so and without the frustrations if I had a copy of "Serger Techniques" along with the visual helper of the DVD. I know it has many uses, and sitting in its zippered case is the least of them! Can you help me? Thank you in advance.

Re: Enter to Win a One-Year Subscription to Threads!

I have saved every "Threads" that I have rec'd since I began subscribing. I have the Magazine Archive but found the paper copies easier to refer to. I would love to have the honor of extending my subscription one full year. Threads Magazine is the only one I order and read from cover to cover and Learn from also. Keep up the excellent work. BTW, I may be a little older, (not yet to the 60's or anything) but I like the new format of this last issue.

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

Our financial circumstances are changing again with my not being able to work,and my husband being forced to retire from his PT job because of his injured back ( on his previous FT job). I have enjoyed much of what Insider has opened the door to me and have learned much more. I can actually bump up myself on the confidence scale due to the skills affirmed and most of all gained and even especially the new techniques I've learned.
Begging to be chosen, Thank You.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Quilt Love"

I have two antique quilts to finish up. I'm stumped. I have a quilt of my own inthe works for too many years. Some of this delay has been other projects and hemming (ugh). A book like thi wold help me get backon track with quilting. Thank you for considering my entry.

Re: Kid's Fashion Giveaway: "The Fashion Designer's Handbook"

oooooooooo-eeeeeeeeeeeee, I would love this!

Re: Creating a Back Neckline Dart for Better Fit

I did this, not knowing the art of altering except that what was needed on one side needed to pretty closely follow on the other (based on the model at hand, my daughter.) Your presenentation makes so much sense, after the fact. My daughter has Down Syn and Hypothryroidism and never grew tall to her best potential.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

Wow, What an opportunity for the real me to come out!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Power Sewing Toolbox 1 and 2" by Sandra Betzina

Sandra Betzina is so thorough in her explanations. I expect nothing less from her new book. Hoping to win! Would save purchasing and to have an utographed copy would be the "cat's Meow"! I have appreciated Sandra's works in the past!

Re: Giveaway: Threads Insider Membership

Finally getting a chance to really get a look. I'm impressed. Would I like to be the winner? You Bet!

Re: Two Techniques for Edges

I like both techniques very much. I am especially intrigued by the mitered corner since I find more time to quilt since my "little girl (handicapped and 28) won't wear her own dresswear and prefers to quilt, putting me either in the mending (hemming) box or encouraging aquilt project these days.

Re: Is There a Right Way to Iron a Garment?

I was taught as you were except to do the little parts of a garment FIRST (collar, cuffs, yoke, lapels ....) and then do the large parts of a garment (bodice, shirt front, back, skirt, etc. ...) because fussing with the little stuff AFTER ironing the large sections of a garment inevitably creates wrinkles in the work you've already done. I also use starch on some items, not all (ie. shirts and blouses but not pants generally.)

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

I could stand to learn some new and fun "embellishing" ideas. I feel stale. Thanks!

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

I learn so much practical things from your SEW STYLISH mags. I'd really appreciate not having to drive 12 miles to get this issue! Thanks!

Re: Button Art

At first, I thought "What a waste of time and effort!" but as I watched the video of the piano and the detail unfold, I thought differently.
It's not something I could master especially the masterful replication of the instruments, say nothing of the other objects
It was a pleasant eyeful and I will be sending his website address to the quilters' guild and to the choir director.
Thanks, I enjoyed the break from the usual.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Colette Sewing Handbook" by Sarai Mitnick

I would use this to fire up my daughter again since she was in 4-H and made dresses, etc. This, I would use to stimulate her creative sewing interests again. BTW, she, though high functioning has Down Syndrome (if you wonder why I need to help her understand the longest words of what she reads).
She can do it, with your help (and mine).

Re: Gifts for Sewers - A Gift Guide to the Holidays

If I were to get my "Dream Christmas Wish", this year, it would to get a helper to organize my sewing room which has become the "Sewing / Pile-It" Room over the last 5 years since I took my niece in and had to hide things in the sewing room. Ayear of hiding personal papers and business from her and several "company visits" and welloa, I feel overwhelmed. So, my dream gift would be time and a helper.

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

I have this ever so valuable volume of THREADS magazines on CD's. My intention in submitting my request to be considered as a winner is for my sister, Nancy. She sews, but her garments are less than fashionable and hardly correctly put together. She needs to LEARN from the experts! I can think of no better way for her to learn than for her to peruse a technological device. If something rubs off, then it will be to the benefit of all who are embarassed but feel compelled to wear her "creations". (She knows a lot about sewing, but is sloppy with zippers, unknowledgeable about plackets,etc., things that are obvious.....)

Re: Shaped Twisted Bias Insertions

Wonderful! I can't wait to try this! Love it!

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

Please consider my simple request to win as I would give this away to my sister and thereby introduce her to THREADS!
Thank you. I love THREADS so muc, I wish I had the finances to share it. I live in the "flood torn" part of the USA.

Re: Who influenced or taught you the most when you started sewing?

My mother started me driving a sewing machine at about age 9 which would have been way back in about 1962.

Re: Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket

I am always having to use the fold-up method for my daughter's short arms. i'm going to try the 'button placket '!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Guide to Fashion Sewing

I could use this book for my sewing library. Thank you

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

Let your choice be me... I'd love to be able to say that MY undergarments and specialties were MADE IN AMERICA!

Re: "Project Runway" Announces Season 9 Designers

I am impressed by Danielle Everine. I really like her styles and her presentation. She'd get my vote to continue on the Project Runway Challenge.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: SewStylish Summer 2011

I have two projects in mind - a dress for myself and re-designing a purse pattern I love. Could use some tips.....

Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

Here's my dilemna: Stress caused me to lose too much weight and then gain just enough back. Thus my shape is not what it used to be just 3 yrs ago.
Secondly, I have a handicapped daughter who knows all the right things to do to lose weight but has steadily gained since the end of 2006. She finds food to provide comfort esp. since employers aren't hiring the handicapped, even minimally handicapped as she is. So, at 4'8", she is now up to 146 and each "fitting" for a garment, whether handmade or off the rack alteration has to be carefully made.
I could use the assistance of learning how to properly do "Draping" so that each project would make sense to properly fit. Those that she and I have made at home have been the best fitting with ALTERATIONS, NOT DRAPING TO DETERMINE THE FIXES BEFOREHAND
I ask your consideration for my submission as the winner.
(I have done some alterations outside "these four walls" but am not a professional by any means.)
Thank you

Re: How did you learn to sew?

I had finished 5th grade. My parents decided to transfer both my brother and myself out of parochial school so that Andy could take trumpet lessons in public school. Only one problem with this scenario; that being that I had no dresses to wear to a regular, public school having worn uniforms for 5 years.
So, that summer, my mother came up with a rather simple yoked dress pattern (early 1960's) and some "material" as it used to be called and set me down to start sewing my first dress. After accomplishing the first one, I moved on with only slight bits of help for the second one. As I recall, they were both dress weight cottons, not like the quilt weight cottons of today and this is how I started.
Maybe I should say that I am the oldest in the family and my mom was a very busy mother of at least 4 of us by the time I was in the 5th grade, and eventually 7.