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Elkton, MD, US

A 55yo female that became disabled almost 5 years ago and had to give up my lifelong ocupation of nursing for the previous 35 years. Due to severe depression at not being able to work, constant pain and savings disapearing before my eyes, I returned to my old past time of sewing. Due to my handicap, I am only able to be on my feet for short spurts, but I eventially get it done. My machine is from the 70's, but I always manage to get it to work. I've always dreamed of having a serger and a dressform. I have a son of 22 with Down's syndrome and due to his shape, I have started making his pants (he hates buttons and zippers) and could use all the help I can get.

craft interests: crochet, knitting, sewing, jewelry crafting

Member Since: 12/10/2010

recent comments

Re: How to Select the Perfect Dress Form

I love this article, I just wish I had read it before I purchased my dressforms. I originally purchased a Dritz Twinfit and lost weight, so I never used it. Then I purchased a professional one from the Shop Company,(fantastic quality and reasonably priced) unfortunately for me it was delivered to a neighbor over a block away and she opened it. Needless to say it was too large and the option to return was not available so I'm stuck with 2 dressforms that I can't use and have never been used. I just wish I lived in an area that sewing was more utilized so I could sale them because I really need one that has the correct measurements.

Re: Pattern Giveaway: Simplicity SewStylish 1699

As far as my favorite-----it's a toss between the peplum top and the dress. My size would be 16-18. Truthfully, I love all the patterns included in the packet. I could use all of them and make a whole wardrobe!

Re: Enter Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

I have so-o-o-o much sewing and craft items just laying around in my daughters old room and would just love to be able to organize so I don't have to go through each box to find what I am looking for. Not to mention, buying supplies only to find that I already had what I purchased. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this fantastic gift certificate.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1664 Giveaway!

I love this pattern, I would use a nice crisp linen blend for the pants. the size of the patterns would be 12-20, Thanks.

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

I learned BASIC sewing in home ec at high school (now you know how old I am), and have continued sewing just when needed. Mending, hemming, but I haven't sewn clothing since my 29 year old daughter was a toddler!! I now have time and would love to start sewing REAL garments providing my machine of over 10years will hold up. Since my weight always fluctuates I can never find clothing that looks right on me and really want to make clothes that fit. Threads has been a great asset in providing information that I never learned in school, and I have read books on the different techniques, but I need a push to take the plunge. I would love to win the sewing machine, however, if I won any of the giveaways it would be a dream come true!! Thanks for the opportunity to try.

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

I have been receiving Threads newsletters for a couple of years and I love all the information they provide for a person that hasn't been sewing that much in the past 20 plus years. I finally subscribed to the magazine, but I always am eager to learn more and more. This book would be a huge help as I attempt to get back into the flow.

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

After years of wanting to subscribe, buying the magazine behind my husbands back, and closely following the site online, I just gave in and subscribed. To be able to add another year would be absolutely wonderful. I can't get enough of Threads and learning new techniques. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, but I'm getting there.

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

I just recently gave in and subscribed to Threads magazine after over a year of receiving emails, and buying them at the store. I sincerely want to get back into sewing after a long break and thanks to your site, I have learned new techniques that used to take me forever to do, also the reason for buying the magazine. To be able to join the insider would be a terrific asset to helping me to keep learning and even possibly attempting something I never would have in the past. Sewing has always been a hobby of mine and I have the time now to do what I always wanted to do.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: The Best of Threads Fitting

My biggest fitting issue is my son's abdomen. Yes he is overweight. He is a 24 year old with Down syndrome and I have unsuccessfully mastered getting his pants to fit to where there isn't tons of extra fabric below his belly. When he sits and spreads his legs, the material pulls and sometimes he ends up ripping them. Hemming isn't so much a problem, I just lengthen the back so it evens up with the front. I would be honored and sincerely thankful to win this book.

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

I need all the help I can get since I haven't been sewing on a regular basis for years. I am dying to get back into it and learn all the new techniques. So much has changed and unfortunately I haven't kept up with it. What better way to learn than DVD's!!

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

I have only been sewing "repairs" in the past 20 plus years and I now have time on my hands and want to get back into the sewing world. Unfortunatly, the techniques I learned more than 30 years ago are outdated and time-consuming. I am always searching for new ways to do projects, altering and would like to try my hand at designing. So, I would greatly appreciate this book to boost my knowledge and get me there.
Thanks for the opportunity,

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

I don't know where to start, every single article calls out to me, If I don't win I will definately pick up this issue.
The Bias Skirt (always have trouble with bias), easy mending techniques, products for stabilizing seams and I could go on to mention the others, but I will just have to wait and see.
I have always dreamed of having a dressform even still I would love to read how to use one for different sizes.

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

I have started sewing again since I became disabled. Unfortunately, disability does not allow me the luxury to afford the magazine subscription. So many techniques have changed for the better and like everyone else I am constantly searching the internet to find new information. Threads site has helped tremendously and I would love to win this set. It would be so exciting to win and I couldn't thank you enough.

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

Since I recently resumed my sewing passion since childhood, Any and all tips I get are very helpful. So much has changed since I took Home Ec, and I am learning (the hard way) that there are easier and less time comsuming ways to put your project together. To have this book, would allow me to not feel ANCIENT!! I love the satisfaction you get when you complete a dress, shirt, skirt, etc. all by yourself and even better, when you came up with the design.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

Since I can't spend too much time on my feet, this would be a great item. I love to keep busy doing something and I just can't get into TV. So anything that would keep me preoccupied is for me.

Re: How did you learn to sew?

I, like many of my generation started sewing in high school. I became infatuated with all the creations you could do. My one memory that I will never forget and neither my mother was my assignment to make a jumper. I was so excited purchasing the fabric and I knew exactly how it would turn out. What made this a memory not to forget----I was raised Strict Southern Baptist, which meant everything my sister and I wore had to be at least 2" BELOW the knee. At that time MINI skirts were in fashion. I always wore skirts to school and of course being the rebellious one, rolled them up when I got to school. You can guess by now what I did. That's right---The hem was ABOVE my knees!!! It was beautiful, the fabric, colors, technique I was so proud of myself. That was until my mother saw it. I never saw that jumper again, but I will never forget it.