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Member Since: 08/07/2012

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Re: Cinch a Dress with an Elastic Waist

A quilter's trick, if your fashion fabric is opaque. Sew the casing wrong sides together. Press the seam open then press to the middle of your casing. Sew down as indicated. If the seam allowance does not show through to the outside, this saves you having to turn the tube.

Re: Pattern Roundup: Vintage-Inspired Styles

Tickles me to no end to see younguns get nostalgic about the 50's. The newspapers covered the latest Paris fashions every season and I can really remember some doozies (even though I was still in elementary school).The bubble dress is a standout. Really, the 60's were more colorful and more fun!

Re: 9 Ways to Write on Fabric

Enter the world of rubber stamping. I have a set of letters and use permanent ink to stamp when the feeling hits. On my new granddaughter's daddy quilt I added "Be smart. Be happy. Play fair. Love well."

Re: Combine Topstitching and Binding for an Elegant Seam Finish

I am freaky about finished seams. This is delightful and I hope I can remember when the occasion calls.

"Stitching in the ditch" is a quilting term. When two fabrics are joined and the seam is pressed to one side, a ditch is created on the right side. Just a small u-shaped curve that abuts the folded over s.a. Quilters stitch there to avoid the bulk of the s.a., add quilting to the edge, emphasize the block. (And any other reason they want.)

And wouldn't you know, someone else explained. I so enjoy your posts.

Re: Video: How to Sew an Elastic Waistband Without a Casing

I was afraid I would be in the minority on this one so I'm surprised. I'm having trouble getting over the messy look and I can't imagine that having the elastic sitting on the body would be comfortable for me. For Sewmarj, I think he did say to quarter the elastic and the garment. You can mark with chalk, pins, washable makers, your choice. Still, it may not be worth the effort.

Re: Project Runway: Junior: Episode 10: "Finale"

"most furtherest" I know better.

Re: Project Runway: Junior: Episode 10: "Finale"

Loved it! I am the most furtherest from fashion as one can get but I so enjoyed how these teens appreciated the show and each other. No snarkiness. No back stabbing. Just hard work and some wonderfully wearable clothes. I think they all have great potential. Sure would like to see Threads take an active role in PR. You have so much to contribute.

Re: Video: Add a Bound Seam and Hong Kong Finish to an Unlined Jacket

Excellent. Threads is never a waste of time!

Re: Kaffe Fassett Book Giveaway

It's all the eye candy, whether in a book or on a fabric. It's the pretty that makes me want to sew.

Re: Book Giveaway and Interview with Shea Henderson

By myself, I started with Barbie clothes for a Barbie that wasn't mine. I think it belonged to the girl next door. But my first class in sewing was Home Ec in 7th grade and the first thing we made was an apron. It got better from there. What I really need are more classes since 8th grade was a long time ago. All clothing has issues for me.

Re: Splashdown! Get Ready to Sew Swimwear

Sew beyond me! Although I did make a two-piece when I was in high school, out of a denim-like fabric with no elastic. I think I got it wet once.

Actually, my husband of 44 yrs has only seen me in one bathing suit. I had it when we were first married and wore it until the elastic went away, I'm thinking about 10 years later and I never replaced it. Just this year I decided to take a swim aerobics class which necessitated a new bathing suit. So 50 lbs into life as we know it, I shopped and found the plain maillot that works for my fluff. Got to class and I'm the small one. Yes! Now, to maybe I'll learn to swim...

Re: Industry Insider Techniques DVD Giveaway

I have two binding classes coming up. The samples are 4" schoolhouse blocks. One is in bright Kaffe collective fabrics named "Art School" as a nod to their education. The other is made in French General reds, "Les Petites Ecoles Rouges."

Re: The Perfect Blouse DVD Giveaway

So afraid to tackle "real" clothes. My pride and joy are two heirloom nightgowns for my granddaughters.

Re: Book Giveaway and Interview with Quilting Expert Joan Ford

Conquering that 1/4" seam allowance took years of study and massive amounts of tries. Finally figured out, it's the machines that aren't helping us. When manufacturers finally get it, most quilters won't have the problem. In the meantime, I have a $3 seam guide that's a miracle worker.

Re: Enter Our Huge Quilting Giveaway

I had no idea what I was doing but a good book to work from. I gathered all old fabric including some muslin that used to be kitchen curtains. All quilts have muslin, right? I did a block at a time technique and ran each block into work to ask my friend if it looked right. I am Italian. No one in my family had ever made a quilt. She's from the South, so all Southern gals know about quilts, right? Luckily she really did and kept me going. It's a sea of beige with a binding that defies descriptions but my first is a treasure.

Re: Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

Why not learn something absolutely gorgeous? Inch by inch, to have these techniques would be a dream.

Re: Book Giveaway: Hand-Stitched Home - Signed by Susan Beal

Any education is a good thing. Just love books!

Re: Big Sew Stylish Giveaway: Books, Sketching Panels, Pincushions, and more!

I have no imagination so a great pattern does it for me!

Re: Big Sew Stylish Giveaway: Books, Sketching Panels, Pincushions, and more!

I have no imagination so a great pattern does it for me!

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

Maybe I need to try something that would fit me! Wimping out on little girl dresses.

Re: Interview with Designer Joi Mahon and Giveaway

My fit isn't. I love the non-feel of tents and anything oversized. At the same time, I'm short so I can't let it go all the way crazy. How to get it in focus would be great.

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

Grandgirl dresses are next on the list. Threads just makes it all better!

Re: Christine Haynes Pattern and Book Giveaway

A second (third) generation wearing a Derby Dress. Great for grandgirl!

Re: An Easy Way to Accurately Pleat Ribbon for Trims

I took a class from a Pfaff educator who used her ruffler to make pleated ribbons. They were gorgeous.

Re: Sewing References in Music

Dolly Parton sang about "The Coat of Many Colors." And you must Google Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter. she has a wealth of music and it's wonderfully fun.

Re: Cheryl Kuczek Pattern Giveaway

Always fun to play! Thanks.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

Use a bamboo skewer as your third hand. It's a wonderful stiletto for the machine. If the needle hits it, it will pierce and not break the needle.

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

I have only ventured back to little dresses for the grandgirls. I need to read this book!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Designer Techniques Vol. 2"

My favorite designers are all the brave souls out there who create. Can't name one (as if I could remember any name right now!). It's the techniques I would love to see.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue no.172

My mother always said that I was born with a needle in my hand. I think, not quite, but I do remember cards and yarn at age 2. I would go in and out of the punched holes, happily sewing. It stuck!

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

I did! I bought Irish linen in Ireland, Even traded with a quilter there for a piece of the rare green linen. First thing I look for in a new town is the fabric connection!

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

Those tried and true books are wonderful, but I'll take Islander tapes or Nancy's Notions shows any day.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Sew Red"

I walk, indoors or out, 3 miles mostly. Wish I could say more, but the old heart is doing fine!

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

I'm getting old. It's about time I got better!

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

If I could dream a perfect bag, it would be lightweight yet sturdy. As beautiful as leather with fantastic wearability. The outside would have just enough gold to show classy, not flashy. Inside are pockets--lots of them. And a perfectly fitting organizer. The lining is fun yet unfrazzled. Not too big, a little on the small to medium size so as to not overwhelm my shortness. As beautiful as a birkin (sp?) but moderate in cost. Yea! That's my bag.

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

I can sew, just would like the opportunity to take real lessons. The last one I had was in 8th grade, about the time of the Middle Ages.

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

Gee. I haven't had a real lesson since 8th grade, sometime during the Middle Ages. Okay, not really that bad but having some help would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

Make friends with your pressing tools. A ham can be a more than a sandwich! I'm more of a quilter and the ease of an Oliso would be most welcome.

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

Sew nothing past a child size 8. When fitting is a problem, bail out! Do I need the education or what?!!!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue 168

Almost anything Kate Winslet wore in "Titanic." The movie is fascinating just for the costumes.

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

I've never been to The City Quilter but I would make it a point to get there if I could. Our last visit was a theater overload. Still love the glitter and glory of that.

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

The thrill of getting a Threads. One glances at the front cover and immediately turns it over to the back. there is the treasure!

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

Threads is so absolutely gorgeous besides informative. Who wouldn't want anything to come off those presses? It's where I go for my education these days.

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

If it involves fitting, I check out. I would love to learn the right way. The last lesson I had was in 8th grade, a very, very long time ago!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Improv Sewing"

I need to learn to let go! What a great idea.

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

I love to baste--really just love the results. A bit of embroidery can be fun, and I most often do a hand hem. I feel like there is so much more to learn!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Quilt Love"

Beenquilting over 20 years now and to pick a favorite is difficult. Proudest of my Baltimore Album, but I like so many!

Re: Explore the Textile Center of Minnesota

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (MD) has recently opened. It's small and working from grants. Located in Denton, MD, it draws from Maryland's Eastern Shore and the state of Delaware. It opened over the summer with a show of the quilts of Elly Sienkiewicz, done in the Baltimore Album style. The last show I noticed was a quilt display of red and white miniatures and small quilts inspired by the show in NY. Hope this is what you are looking for.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: What advice would you give to someone learning to sew?

I would tell them to take classes, lessons, whatever they could do. Actually seeing a demonstration, or great photography, is so helpful. Take your time when sewing. It does not have to be a race.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: What is the most exciting sewing destination you've been to?

Been to NY and I'll probably never see Paris or Milan, but I spent hous at Keepsake Quilting in NH. The ride through the mountains is wonderful and one of the largest attractions in town is the setting for "On Golden Pond." Not exciting you say. No, just warm and loving, full of those bubbling things that make one apreciate America.

Re: Project Runway Episode 6: "Fix My Friend!"

With all the work Threads has done in articles about clothing our real bodies, I am hopeful that you as a sewing leader can vocalize that rudeness to anyone is always unacceptable. What respect and admiration I had for his garments has paled considerably in the light of his behavior. The sooner that he is gone from the show, the better.

Re: Win a BERNINA Swag Bag!

This would be wonderful--not just for me but I'm thinking as a guild treat for someone!

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

Would love to read these! Great game.