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

I have NO WINTER COAT or Jacket, but I do have three or four lengths of fabric stashed away ready to make myself a couple of new ones. Since it is 20 years since I last made a properly stitched one I am going to have to brush up on my skills. Especially as the one length is a fine Camel Hair, another is a length of Linton Mills Tweed that has lurked since 1989, and another is a much cheaper Wool Tweed that looks like a more sensible everyday wear garment.
So pick me as the winner and I will triple the use of the prize by making three coats! ;-) Liz

Re: A Pretty Blue Coat

Susan,
Are those Press Studs covered with tiny circles of lining fabric gathered round the edge and secured to the wrong side, then an awl, knitting needle or stiletto used to begin an opening between the threads for the 'ball and socket' of the press stud to connect through? Then the press stud sewn in place.
I know this has been described as a nice finishing touch in THREADS in the past, and I have done it for many years. At one time I had a stack of samples of Silk Scarves from a certain Bond Street, London, fashion and fabric store. They were especially nice for this; fine but strong, mostly small prints, and every colour under the sun. I could cut my circles, cover the press studs, and they would be totally comoflaugeed except on fabrics such as Gabardine.
I have also seen the Ball part sewn between the garment and facing so the metal is totally concealed; just the ball emerges through a small eased opening, and another eased on the under part of the (left) front so the two parts can connect.

Liz Powell

Re: What Makes a Sewing Space Great?

One GREAT thing about my current Sewing Space; a Glass Paneled Door. Originally intended to allow cats to observe me at work without being able to access short ends of thread, pins, and fabric scraps, as well as inviting sleeping nests amongst my stash, it also allows light from the Patio doors to flood into an otherwise internal and underlit hallway.
Second good thing is; A Wooden Floor; no carpets in my house, in fact I have a small rug in front of my as Fireplace, a runner in the hall, and a couple of 'pick-up-and-shake-outside' Rag Rugs from a certain Swedish Store, otherwise it is Laminate or Parquet or Ceramic Tile throughout.
The bad/sad thing is that I shall soon be moving house, and my next place will be even smaller. But I'll be near my DD's so can store excess there. ;-)

Liz

Re: A New Improved Seam Roll

I have used a length of very stable cardboard tubing, maybe 1 1/2" diameter; no idea now where it came from, with a single layer of old terry towelling diaper made into a tube. I was able to sew the seam then stitch the one Seam Allowance down over the other (slightly trimmed one) to make a primitive Run and Fell Seam. Turned inside out and slipped over the tube I simply rolled the ends down into the middle of the tube.
By using the doubled Seam Allowance area I have a 'stop' that keeps it from rolling.

I also have a much bigger tube; came with fabric wound around it, covered in the same way; use this one to press flatter seams/straighter seams. It is also longer than the narrow one, which is 18" or so.

Liz P.

Re: Australian Woolgrowers Dress Prince William

To the best of my knowledge a "Worsted" spun yarn cannot be used to produce a "Flannel" weave/finished fabric.

"Worsted" uses yarns that are made from long, and crimpy and made parallel fibres; hence Merino Fleece being ideal, So that the resulting yarn is smooth with few surface hairs. The fabric is tight, smooth, and has no surface fuzz.

"Flannel", on the other hand, is woven from fibres that have been spun with much less twist, have surface fuzz, and are generally softer and less tense. After weaving the fabric is usually brushed or teazled to raise a surface nap on one or both sides.

One major problem when discussing fibres, spinning, weaving, finishing, and the resulting fabric, is that especially over the last half century the indiscriminate use of nomenclature or knowledge of fibres and fabric has loosened to the point that either the 'rules' are changing; what used to be defined as "A" now includes "B", "C", and "D", or folk have lost knowledge, never known it, or simply become lazy about being exact.

Of course I am just an opinionated Brit who lived in Yorkshire for a number of years and believes that those small and superb companies still use the best Aussie Merino Wool to produce the best Wool Cloth.

Liz

P.S. The Merino Sheep originated in Spain; the whole history of the breed is quite fascinating.

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

During the mid 1950's my mother bought two new "Summer Dresses" each year. These were her 'Best' clothes, and were worn to Weddings, Parties, Fetes, and to Church. Usually they were made by "Horrockses", and were chosen because they came in a size that fitted her very well; she was a lean 5"11" person, the styles suited her; small waist and full skirt, and she could always find something in her favourite shades of Blue.
One I particularly remember was jokingly referred to as the "Ink Spot Dress". Navy blue cotton printed with a large-ish scaled slodge pattern resembling a sort of reverse Ink Spot, the dress had a wide white bandeau collar. It suited her very well, but it also was one of her all time favourites.

By the early 1960's I was at college. Come the first Christmas I had a 'date' for the College Ball, but no dress. My father refused to fund one, so Mum suggested I could borrow one of hers. What she produced was a Horrockses Gown from the 50's! Again a wide bandeau collar; dark navy I think, and a dress of shades of blue print of Roses on a paler background. Needless to say it had a tight waist and a floor sweeping skirt which measured many yards around. I remember ironing the skirt with the assistance of a couple of chairs to support the freshly pressed part.

Of course no-one knew it was a borrowed gown, or that it actually belonged to my mother. Come the next Ball; at the end of the school year, I was confident to make myself a gown from Emerald Green Rayon "Dupioni" drapery fabric, 1 1/2 yards worth; I was slim enough then that a straight dress could come out of a shoulder to hem length! After that I had a new gown for every dance, and sometimes even two; a shorter 'Cocktail' dress to work my shifts at the Student Union Bar during the evening and a truly formal 'Ball' Gown for the actual dance.

Somewhere at home I have a snapshot of my mother wearing the Ink Spot dress, taken in 1956 or so; not many photos exist of her or me during those years; my father photographed views rather than family, so the few snaps that exist were shot with my "Brownie" box camera. It is good to remember with such affection that dress. Mum would have been been 92 years old by now, and would have also remembered it well, She did like it so much.

Liz Powell

Re: Halloween Costume Contest 2010 Official Rules

OOps, Sorry Folk,
Computer is having a spate of "Mind of my own".

What I am trying to say is that Tennessee does not require a 'release' to be signed, Puerto Ricca and Quebec, and anywhere else where void by law, means that a sweepstakes such as this is not automatically open to everyone.

Liz

Re: Halloween Costume Contest 2010 Official Rules

Jenerator;

Here in Canada many contests are limited to the Provinces and Territories OTHER THAN Quebec. Just the way our laws work.

"This contest is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are over the age of majority in their province of residence. Sweepstake void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.

How To Enter: To participate in the Contest, visit http://www.threadsmagazine.com/contest/halloween-costume-contest-2010 (the "Website") between 12:01 am ET on October 29, 2010 and 11:59 p.m. ET on November 14, 2010 (the "Submission Period"), and follow the directions to upload and submit a photo of your costume with a description of how you made your costume and why you should win. There is no limit to the number of costumes you can enter.

Submission Requirements: Each garment submission that is entered into the Contest must meet ALL of the "Submission Requirements" set forth below (any Submission that, in Sponsor's good faith judgment, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):

The Submission must be the submitting entrant's original unmodified, previously unpublished work;

The Submission must not include images or text that is obscene, pornographic, libelous, illegal, discriminative or otherwise objectionable; and

The Submission must not include any corporate logos or any other material that may infringe on any third parties copyrights or trademarks.

The photograph portion of the Submission should be .jpg or .gif, up to 4 mb, 400 - 4,000 pixels. The Photograph portion of the Submission may not be digitally enhanced or altered.

By entering into this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that (i) his or her Submission is entrant's own original, previously unpublished work; (ii) that entrant owns the copyright in and to the Submission; (iii) that such Submission does not violate the rights of any third party or infringe or violate any law, and as of the date of the Submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic or obscene. Note: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if Sponsor views the Submission as potentially infringing or otherwise a violation or potential violation of a third party's rights or seek to secure permission for Sponsor's benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if it deems the Submission to be lacking in taste, quality, or to be otherwise objectionable.

Posting of Submissions Online: Subject to Sponsor's sole discretion, all Submissions that meet the Submission Requirements above, may be posted by Sponsor in a virtual gallery on the Website along with entrant's name.
Publicity Release/License to Use: By participating in the Contest, unless prohibited by law each entrant irrevocably grants the Sponsor the rights to use such entrant's name, likeness, biographical information and Submission(s) in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation advertising and promotional purposes, as well as, the Contest and/or other promotions conducted by the Sponsor, and each entrant hereby releases the Sponsor from any liability with respect thereto.

Winner Selection: At the end of the Submission Period, the Sponsor will review the Submissions and select three (3) winners. The winners will be selected from all eligible Submissions and will be judged in three categories: Best Adult Costume, Best Children's Costume, and Scariest.

The winner will be announced on or about November 19th, 2010 by Sponsor, whose decisions will be final and binding in all matters related to this Contest.

Prize and Approximate Retail Value(ARV): Threads prize package ($189.90)

2010 Threads Archive DVD – Value $149.95
Couture Techniques DVD - Value $39.95

Claiming Prize: Winners will be notified by email then by mail within 10 days of the selection. Winners must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) All prizes will be awarded. One prize per person, household, or family.

Winners’ List: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by January 1, 2011 to: Taunton Press “Threads Halloween Costume Contest” Winners List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.

Terms & Conditions: No transfer or substitution of prizes. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible. All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply. The winners will be responsible for all Federal, State/Provincial, and local taxes

Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the Sweepstake period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the Sweepstake. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Sweepstake should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the Sweepstake. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstake is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules.

Each participant agrees to release and hold the Sponsors, their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, and their subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and/or liabilities arising out of his or her participation in the Contest or resulting from accepting or claiming any prize awarded hereunder.

SPONSOR: The Taunton Press Inc., 63 South P.O. Box 5506 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.

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Jenerator writes: In this day and age, why are entries limited to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec)?
Posted: 7:04 pm on November 9th
artzyfartzy68 writes: Does "unedited image" mean no professional pics? or just no digital changes to the costumes in the pics?
Posted: 11:06 pm on November 7th
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Jenerator;
If you read the next sentance you will see the crucial wording "Prohibited by Law".
Here in Canada many contests are limited to the Provinces and Territories OTHER THAN Quebec. Just the way our laws work.




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See More Products Halloween Costume Contest

Did you make your Halloween costume this year? We want to see the crazy and scary costumes made by our creative community.

Share your handmade costumes in our Halloween Costume gallery by 11:59pm, November 14, 2010, and you could be one of three winners to take home a Threads prize package.

One winner will be selected for each of the following categories:

Best Adult Costume
Best Children's Costume
Scariest Costume

You could win a prize package including:

•2010 Threads Archive DVD (152 issues of Threads on a single disc)
•Couture Techniques DVD from Claire Shaeffer.
See official rules for more details.


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Re: Halloween Costume Contest 2010 Official Rules

Jenerator;

Here in Canada many contests are limited to the Provinces and Territories OTHER THAN Quebec. Just the way our laws work.

"This contest is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are over the age of majority in their province of residence. Sweepstake void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.

How To Enter: To participate in the Contest, visit http://www.threadsmagazine.com/contest/halloween-costume-contest-2010 (the "Website") between 12:01 am ET on October 29, 2010 and 11:59 p.m. ET on November 14, 2010 (the "Submission Period"), and follow the directions to upload and submit a photo of your costume with a description of how you made your costume and why you should win. There is no limit to the number of costumes you can enter.

Submission Requirements: Each garment submission that is entered into the Contest must meet ALL of the "Submission Requirements" set forth below (any Submission that, in Sponsor's good faith judgment, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):

The Submission must be the submitting entrant's original unmodified, previously unpublished work;

The Submission must not include images or text that is obscene, pornographic, libelous, illegal, discriminative or otherwise objectionable; and

The Submission must not include any corporate logos or any other material that may infringe on any third parties copyrights or trademarks.

The photograph portion of the Submission should be .jpg or .gif, up to 4 mb, 400 - 4,000 pixels. The Photograph portion of the Submission may not be digitally enhanced or altered.

By entering into this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that (i) his or her Submission is entrant's own original, previously unpublished work; (ii) that entrant owns the copyright in and to the Submission; (iii) that such Submission does not violate the rights of any third party or infringe or violate any law, and as of the date of the Submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic or obscene. Note: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if Sponsor views the Submission as potentially infringing or otherwise a violation or potential violation of a third party's rights or seek to secure permission for Sponsor's benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if it deems the Submission to be lacking in taste, quality, or to be otherwise objectionable.

Posting of Submissions Online: Subject to Sponsor's sole discretion, all Submissions that meet the Submission Requirements above, may be posted by Sponsor in a virtual gallery on the Website along with entrant's name.
Publicity Release/License to Use: By participating in the Contest, unless prohibited by law each entrant irrevocably grants the Sponsor the rights to use such entrant's name, likeness, biographical information and Submission(s) in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation advertising and promotional purposes, as well as, the Contest and/or other promotions conducted by the Sponsor, and each entrant hereby releases the Sponsor from any liability with respect thereto.

Winner Selection: At the end of the Submission Period, the Sponsor will review the Submissions and select three (3) winners. The winners will be selected from all eligible Submissions and will be judged in three categories: Best Adult Costume, Best Children's Costume, and Scariest.

The winner will be announced on or about November 19th, 2010 by Sponsor, whose decisions will be final and binding in all matters related to this Contest.

Prize and Approximate Retail Value(ARV): Threads prize package ($189.90)

2010 Threads Archive DVD – Value $149.95
Couture Techniques DVD - Value $39.95

Claiming Prize: Winners will be notified by email then by mail within 10 days of the selection. Winners must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) All prizes will be awarded. One prize per person, household, or family.

Winners’ List: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by January 1, 2011 to: Taunton Press “Threads Halloween Costume Contest” Winners List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.

Terms & Conditions: No transfer or substitution of prizes. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible. All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply. The winners will be responsible for all Federal, State/Provincial, and local taxes

Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the Sweepstake period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the Sweepstake. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Sweepstake should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the Sweepstake. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstake is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules.

Each participant agrees to release and hold the Sponsors, their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, and their subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and/or liabilities arising out of his or her participation in the Contest or resulting from accepting or claiming any prize awarded hereunder.

SPONSOR: The Taunton Press Inc., 63 South P.O. Box 5506 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.

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Jenerator writes: In this day and age, why are entries limited to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec)?
Posted: 7:04 pm on November 9th
artzyfartzy68 writes: Does "unedited image" mean no professional pics? or just no digital changes to the costumes in the pics?
Posted: 11:06 pm on November 7th
Lizothelake, post your comment below
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Jenerator;
If you read the next sentance you will see the crucial wording "Prohibited by Law".
Here in Canada many contests are limited to the Provinces and Territories OTHER THAN Quebec. Just the way our laws work.




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See More Products Halloween Costume Contest

Did you make your Halloween costume this year? We want to see the crazy and scary costumes made by our creative community.

Share your handmade costumes in our Halloween Costume gallery by 11:59pm, November 14, 2010, and you could be one of three winners to take home a Threads prize package.

One winner will be selected for each of the following categories:

Best Adult Costume
Best Children's Costume
Scariest Costume

You could win a prize package including:

•2010 Threads Archive DVD (152 issues of Threads on a single disc)
•Couture Techniques DVD from Claire Shaeffer.
See official rules for more details.


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"In this day and age, why are entries limited to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec)?"

Jenerator
Halloween Costume Contest 2010 Official Rules "I love this costume, the fabric combinations, colors and design is wonderful. Well done, your..."

becauseiliketo
Little Bo Peep "Sewing for grandchildren is so much fun. These costumes are wonderful and so well made. Beautiful..."

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My little fairies

Re: The Bullfighter's Jacket

Kenneth,
Is the Bullion actually made of Gold?
Gold is, after all, fairly unique amongst metals in that it does not oxidise, rust, or tarnish under normal circumstances, hence it's being used to this day for Military Badges, Liturgical Decorative Work, and so on.
I remember being at Goldsmith's College in London during the summer of 1967 on a course for Hand and Machine Embroiderers. One class was in Gold and Bullion Embroidery. Those of us taking the class went to a small shop to buy our threads, gilded leather, silk floss and bullion. We all spent, quite literally, a small fortune on supplies. By the following week we all needed "More" but due to the Israeli-Arab "6 Day War" the price of Gold Bullion had skyrocketted. Most was, back then, still hand made by one-person workshops in Jerusalem, and with the uncertain political circumstances supplies became impossible to get.
In England, must have been around the time of the early Georges and so on, there was a craze amongst 'Ladies of the Court' to unravel Bullion Embroidery off the coats, jackets, epaulets, badges, and trim of their "swain's" clothing. A gentleman would give the lady of his affections either the trimming off an actual garment, or a garment purchased soley for the trim put on it. She would then spend her time unpicking the threads, removing the Gold, and then selling the precious metal for cash. Ladies and Gentlemen were in the habit of gambling away small fortunes and large ones, so such a source of income was often welcome. There is a technical term for this handwork, but I am totally unable to remember it.
Finally, attending Boarding School in England many fellow pupils only returned 'home' during the Summer Vacation. Christmas and Easter they stayed with friends or relatives in England since their parents were employed in remote and exotic places. One pair of sisters went back each summer to Afghanistan, where their parents were involved with some NGO organisation. One September Shauna and Elise returned with the most exquisite "Pashmina's" woven from Cashmere Goat Hair and Gold Thread and further embellished with hand worked embroidery. Shauna, my particular friend, explained that the highly placed official who had presented them with these treasures had told them that if, at some point in the distant future, they tired of the colour of the yarn, or of the design, they could be returned to the village where they were woven and the artisans would retrieve the Gold, re-work it, then weave a new and different scarf using the same gold again.
Liz, now in Northern Ontario, where we have Gold Mines!

Re: Starter Machines and Beginning Sewers

Having already found a Bernina (OLD Style) 830 for my daughter, and having given her a Hello Kitty Waffle Maker for Christmas, I may start looking for this "Toy" for her for her Birthday. A 30 somethings gal can never have enough toys!

As for using a 3/4 machine, I have, and use, an electrified 99 K Singer, in a cabinet. Works great and is just that bit smaller than my full sized others.

I also have a couple of Treadles, a couple of Handcranks, and some more Electrics. I am NOT a Collector; each machine serves a different function. ;-)

Liz

Re: Fresh Start for a Sewing Space

Older style Babies Cots have Peg Board bottoms; nicely enclosd in wood, and just the right set back to allow the special hooks to be inserted when the board is screwed to the wall.
Various places sell sets of drawers that are shallow; and a handy person can route or saw a 'kerf' from the sides of the right sized wood or plywood cube during construction then put pre-made drawers such as those sold at IKEA for holding Kitchen cutlery and tools.
Jam Jars are a pretty way to store Buttons, Hooks and Eyes, Press Studs, and so on. And a standard bookshelf can be sawn in half so the shelves are only 5 1/2" deep, Then it will fit nicely in behind a door because of the door frame!
My scissors live 'tips down' in an old Cutlery Basket; complete with pillows to cushion their tips.
I also make full use of the Label making functions of my computer and printer to label everything; saves opening the container with White Press Studs when you want Black.
A large Kitty Litter Bucket holds a variety of diameters and heights of cardboard tube; yardsticks and such items are stored vertically in there.
Instead of a broom I use a Dollar Store Handle and Bar intended to be covered with dampened static cloths, instead I use 'cut-to-size' pieces of Fleece to catch and hold threads; when it gets too dirty I can wash it or throw it, and it is easier to swoosh across my wood parquet floor.
My biggest regret is that my sewing room does not have enough space for all my machines! So I have 15 or so elsewhere in the house.
Liz

Re: Measuring with What's at Hand

Twice round your wrist is equal to once round your neck.
Twice round your neck is once round your waist.

When sewing Blanket Stitching or other hand embroidery or sewing stitches you can 'mark' the needle holes for accuracy by machine sewing without thread along the edge using a 'Wing' or large sized needle and a long straight stitch.

A Square or a Rectangle have it's diagonals exactly the same length.

A Right angle is formed at the 3-4 corner when the sides of a triangle are in the ratio of 3:4:5. (Pythagoras)

To form a Right Angle Line to a Straight line take a pair of Compasses and draw an arc, having the point of the compasses on the line. Then move the point along the line and draw a second arc. Join the points where the arcs cross with a straight line; the X of the two lines forms 4 90' angles.

Use a Thumb Tack or Map Pin a pencil or chalk, and a length of string to draw large Circles. Secure the pin in the cen tre of the material. Loop the string around it, and join the ends so you have the correct Radius. Into the other loop place the pencil or chalk. Now rotate the marker in it's loop around the pin; drawing your circle as you go!
Great for drawing Circular Skirts as you can spread the fabric out on the floor and do it.

Finally, 4 Gallon Paint Cans, one under each table leg, raise a standard dining table to the right height for cutting out. Place cans on the floor, raise one end of table and slide or kick them into position.

Liz O'the Lake

Re: How do you store your thread and other sewing notions?

Much of my collection of Notions, Trims, and so on is stored in 'Plastic' Boxes; some are the big ones with wheels and sit on the floor, and they decrease in size to the Shoe Box sized ones. All are labelled; thank goodness for computer printout labels.
Buttons are in Mason Jars; sorted by colour, type, even size for the most common colours.
Beads are in Pill Vials, but I recently acquirred a supply of small plastic tubes with a weird small spoon in their lid! Perfect for Beads as the lid screws on.
Some fabrics are stored flat in small cardboard boxes from the supermarket; used to ship Cucumbers, while larger pieces are in boxes that had Chicken Pieces wrapped then in a sealed Plastic Bag in them; both are perfectly clean and just a nice size for my home built shelves.
Shelves fit from one wall to the next; 8' tall X 16" pieces of MDF Board; you get 3 from a 4' X 8' sheet. I put wood blocks on the WS to compensate for the skirting board, drill a series of 1/4" holes 4" in from the long edges every 2", and cut more 8' X 16" lengths into 24" or 12" wide 'Shelves'. 1/4" Wood Dowel Pins make shelf supports. A helping hand assists as you put supports in place, put in a top and bottom shelf and continue across the wall. Sometimes you need to cut the last shelf over or under size to get an exact fit, or you can put a bottom shelf and a top rail to use the last bit as a hanging ara/ironing board storage or such.
The best is that this system can move house and/or fit in a totally different room with the minimum of trouble. So far mine has moved house/room 5 times!
Out in my sitting room I have one tall bookshelf devoted to my Sewing Books, while the bookcase hidden behind my bedroom door holds magazine holders containing my copies of THREADS and all the other magazines I have amassed over the years.
When I buy Kitty Litter in a Cardboard Box it comes in a strong plastic bag inside. Once the bag full is used I tape the box shut again then draw a line across the bottom of one 'end' 1/3rd of the way up, and across the other end 2/3rds of the way up. Then connect the corner points with a diagonal line. Cut around with a box cutter I have two slant sided Magazine Holders which I can cover with a Collage of Pictures from old magazines or Wallpaper or Sticky Backed Plastic; cheap and effective, and re-cycles something for another use. Plus they hold more than a standard Magazine Holder; great when you have thicker magazines to deal with.
I have an old Kitty Litter Bucket; square plastic, with some cut off lengths of sturdy cardboard tube in it. My rulers, 'pokers', and other long and narrow thingies are stored safely in theere, along with my "Super Stick" a length of Broom Handle with a 'Rare Earth Magnet' glued on the end; it retrieves needles, pins, bobbins and all the other small metal items that fall on the floor; mind you I have no computerised machinery around to worry about.
Liz P.